Well these three look like threats to your safety now don’t they? Look out your lips and laps are in danger, run!
First off I just want to say sorry for not posting in the last few days, I have worked feverishly to gain all the documentation I can against Breed Specific Legislation (BSL)
and unfair bylaws that make pit bulls, bully, staffy’s, etc., all wear muzzles on the street. Now I had always thought of my hometown, as being the kind of place, well, having the kind of leadership you could be proud of, for being fair to all, for being knowledgeable about the issues and the data, for not being like all the other bias cities run by morons looking to make BSL and their bylaws a cash grab.
That does not mean I do not support responsible ownership, I do! I support all dogs having to wear a leash at all times on a city street, in a public park, and even in your front yard. I have never agreed with dog parks per say, I think the intent is good, however I do feel that they are really just an accident waiting to happen, any dog can become aggressive if they feel threatened by another dog, so I feel that unless you live in the Appalachian mountains, or in the wilderness, you have no right allowing your dog to run loose, this is why BSL was started in the first place, and it pisses me off!
Secondly as I have said BSL is here, and I am now working to “amend” the current bylaw, not remove because I do support dog bylaws they are meant to keep the public safe. However we must create one that demands adherence of its dog owing sector, for the safety of the public as well as other animals, and should the bylaws not be adhered to punishment should follow. It is going to take me some time to get this together in such a way that the city simply can’t deny its bias, its cash grab, and it’s ignorance about these breeds anymore. I want to keep all of you up to date on everything.
As I take this journey if you will, I want you all to be able to take it with me, so that if you are stepping up, taking a stand for your rights and the right’s of these dogs, you can learn from my successes and my failures.
Now apparently I have lived under a rock for the last five years, Breed Specific Bylaws (so they call them), have been in place since then, I do not recall ever being asked by mail or otherwise if I agreed. There was little to no announcement about the new bylaw, so I am left feeling like this council is full of OLD men and women that really have been in the “Cushie” seats waaaay too long, next election this will change if I have anything to do with it, and I will say this, I am one “Tenacious B” when I have to be.
I have requested through the “Freedom Of Information Act” all attacks that have taken place in this town, and more specifically what the breeds of the dogs were, and if they were euthanized or rehabilitated. So it will be very interesting to see what they come up with as proof that pit bulls are such a problem.
FYI the breeds that they have listed as “dangerous” are as follows:
A) Any dog killed or injured a person or companion animal, or domestic animal while running at large; or (agreed)
B) Any dog that an Animal Control Officer has reasonable grounds to believe is likely to kill or seriously injury a person (Well that’s comforting, are they all qualified animal behaviorist now?)
C) Any dog that aggressively harasses or pursues a person or companion animal, or farm animal while running at large; or (agreed)
D) Any dog owned primarily or in part for the purposes of dog fighting, or that is trained for dog fighting; (hallelujah to that!) but, wait for it……
E) A Pit Bull terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, Pit Bull, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, or any dog of mixed breeding which includes any of these breeds; or any dog which has the physical characteristics predominantly conforming to the standards of any of the above breeds; or (NOPE, NO BIAS THERE! lots of other breeds do these acts, they are not on the list now are they?)
F) Any dog that, according to the records of the SPCA, RCMP or other municipality, or to the knowledge of the owner, has killed, injured, or aggressively harassed or pursued a person or animal. (agreed)
Now under the bylaw all “dangerous Dogs” must be muzzled at all times while off property, meaning in public property ie, streets, parks, sidewalks, etc., (AGAIN, NO BIAS THERE)
So let me get this one straight, My Pit Bull must be muzzled on city streets but if a Golden Lab let’s say, is off leash and runs at and or attacks my dog, my dog is them defenseless against any such attack isn’t that right? Nice work Richmond City Council, great job you’ve done there ensuring my dog’s safety huh?
Stay tuned for more tomorrow, I am approaching SPCA and the local shelter for more info.