About a three years or so ago was the first time I had really heard about BSL, for a short time, I tried not to think about it, because it seemed like it could never be un-done. However I had an epiphany, I saw this dog on a news clip, they didn’t even publish his name. He was used, abused and then thrown away, by his dog fighter idiot owner. He was found by a man who took him in, nursed him back to health, and gave him a home, this only to be taken away and euthanized because of his breed, because of a hateful ignorant neighbour, because of a complete waste of the taxpayers money, a little ban called BSL. He had never bitten, he had never lunged, he had only been kind, and willing to love humans again, and that was his reward.
Then a friend of mine had a female pit bull named molly, my friend got a job in a town that as it turns out had BSL in effect, she took Molly without checking into the BSL there and what it would mean for Molly, I don’t know maybe she just didn’t know enough about it either at that time. While living in her new neighbourhood Molly met the kids there and loved them all! She played with and protected them like they were her very own little charges. Until one day a 13-year-old girl in her neighbourhood was attacked, jumped from behind, and was being forced into a truck by the man driving, Molly jumped her fence and attacked the man never biting him I will add, simply keeping him at bay so she (the girl) could get into Molly’s yard for safety, Molly jumped back into her yard and guarded the girl until My friend got back from shopping.
Again, another hateful ignorant neighbour said she bit the man, and called the authorities, they came and took Molly away, drug her away in a catch pole, not even attempting a leash, even after she so eagerly went, wagging her tail looking back at mom for assurance. Her neighbours all signed petitions but all the politics, all the hate and fear was clear from the start. They kept Molly, until she got sick and then they decided to euthanize her. I lost my friendship over Molly, and my quest to be an advocate and end BSL started.
I could no longer just keep pretending that it didn’t exist, keep lying to myself and not really allowing myself to see how many innocent dogs were dying. To see how irresponsible people were still not being punished for abuse and neglect, how no energy or funding was being put into keeping these dogs owners held to a responsibility act. Nothing good was being accomplished. Dogs were still biting, most not even Pit Bull, but we seldom hear about those now do we?
I am to a point where as I have said before, NO ONE will tell me what type of dog I can own! period! I will no longer sit silently while good dogs are killed just because of a name, because of ignorance and fear. Doesn’t anyone else remember America’s Dog, or the Nanny Dog? Because I do! I have read a lot but still find that no matter how much you read there is still more to learn. A larger goal, I want these dogs to have the right to life and for people to be the ones that have to keep up a standard, of housing, shelter, food, training and care.
We have the responsibility to take care of them the way they have cared for us all these years! Haters and ignorance will always be around, the same way we project and profile each other, we profile these dogs, we must get better!
We must admit where the blame really is to be placed, and who’s shoulders it sits squarely on. You can not blame a dog for how it has turned out. Every puppy is born with the potential for greatness or failure. The outcome is ours to create, its our chore to see they are raised just as successfully as we would want our children to be raised and taught.
Lastly, its just wrong, no matter how you look at it, its wrong, we will let a child molester have a second chance to re offend but we can’t give them the right to life Hhhhhmmm?Failure can no longer be an option!
Thank you for supporting me and this blog, please don’t forget that these dogs need your faith and support too!