Richmond City Council meeting on Pit Bull ownership and it’s bylaws.

There was a city council meeting in my home town of Richmond, B.C. Canada on Monday January 10th 2011 this is what came out of that meeting in regards to amending the bylaw (BSL) on pit bulls.

All I can say is that the City Council;

 A) Did not fully grasp what was being requested of them.

B) There is a bias against Pit bulls and their owners in Richmond.

C) They stated and I quote “The majority of Richmond residents wanted BSL, well…, listen I never even heard that they were considering BSL or that it was in effect, until Wednesday of this week and I have lived here 20+ years. Personally, I was never sent anything via email or through Canada Post asking my opinion, There was nothing visible in the local papers about it, So I question whether this is accurate.

D) Mayor Brody also stated before BSL went into effect they had a number of Pit Bull attacks in Richmond, well I know through my research that there is Zero data on which breed of dogs are seized, and or euthanized due to attacks, what that means is If I ask how many people were attacked by pit bulls last year, 10 years ago, or even three years ago they simply can’t tell me that information. Not to mention I don’t recall hearing about even one pit bull attack in Richmond much less several, I am not denying it, I simply question if they were in fact all pit bull, it just sounds very suspect to me, sorry! If I am wrong please by all means I welcome, the chance for someone to show me any results or data to corroborate that.

 In closing it was not suggested that the Bylaws be cast aside, what was asked for was responsiblity enforcement, and fairness, it is clear Richmond City Council is incapable and unwilling to give that to its residents, be it animal or human!

 I will also add that when I was three years old I was attacked viciously by a Malamute, I had to have 65 to 70 stitches sewn into my scalp to close the wounds, which resulted in major scaring. the dog was un-socialized, the dog was neglected, the dog has displayed signs of aggression before and after the incident. The fact remains that dog held on to me and didn’t let go, so pit bulls are not the only dog capable of retaing its grasp, and they are not where the danger to the public lies, it lies with irresponsibility. Richmond gives it citizen’s a false sense of security with this legislation.

When Council member Sue Halsey-Brandt says the cost to enforce responsibility would be much greater, I beg to differ, how is it then that other Districts, other Countries have managed to do it? I’ll tell you, because they were willing to cast aside their bias’ and fears created from the media, to really look at the problem of dog bites objectively, they were willing to talk about it, learn from it, and sit down with these groups to collectively come up with something that is fair and safe for everyone. There is a bias here in Richmond and if you watched the meeting, the fear is there, the myths were spoken, and the bias is very real! Come next election, I may have to reconsider whom will best see to the needs of all the residents of richmond, not just the dog fearing ones.

I think it may be time for the citizens of Richmond to have a public meeting and let’s just see how many of the residents here really do want BSL.

Thank you!

Holly Carney, AKA (A-PIT-O-ME)

Tax Payer, Dog Owner, and Pit Bull Advocate.

About apitome

I am a mother, a pit bull advocate, but mostly I am just like any of you, I am passionate about politics, the environment and dog advocacy. I want possitive changes within the judicial system as well. I want my children to grow up in a country where we are not told what breed of dog we can own. I want to see BSL put in the trash where it belongs! I want to see the constitution protected but not manipulated *see anything on the mosque near ground zero (USA) or changing Merry Christmas to Happy Holidays (Canada)* I am not racist in any way shape or form against any ethnic group, I do however have prejudices against bad behavior! If you abuse our laws, kids, the elderly, or animals, If you move to a new country and then demand that country to change everything about it's laws & way of life to suit your own agenda, If you blatantly break those laws with no regard and show no repect for them, if you engage in dog fighting or any other forms of animal abuse, torture or neglect, or if you are a pedophile, Than yes! You are on my radar for sure, and I will do EVERYTHING within my power to see you stopped and brought to justice! Furthering that goal, I have no qualms about publishing the names and faces of convicted abusers. I am not trying to change the world, I simply want to see things improve not backslide, Mostly for my children and these wonderful dogs futures! I may say things you agree with, and I may say things that you won't agree with, I may anger you, challenge you, or just plain piss you off, but in my book that's ok as long as long as it inspires some form of action on your part. This is not a popularity contest, If I have said anything about a group or person that you don't agree with please feel free to leave a comment or simply don't come back. If You have been mentioned in my blog it is for one of two reasons, you are either an advocate or you are an abuser loser, if you are the latter I could care less what you think! I value the opinions of trash about as much as I do that of a slug! Everything in print here is a matter of public record, or came from a trusted source, with that said, I am certainly willing to print both sides of any story, in an effort to be fair and always print the truth! View all posts by apitome

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