Ok, so here’s what I know so far.

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.

-Apitome-

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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