Cities/States and Laws
Brevard County, FL is looking at possible ways to prevent a man from owning dogs in the county in the future. The man has apparently been quite a nuessence -- with numerous finds and over $1000 worth of animal control fines in the past decade that remain unpaid. Officials say the man refuses to cooperate and art trying to prevent him from owning dogs. Officials there say it is a clear case of owner irresponsibility, involving multiple dogs over multiple years. This is exactly the type of thing that I think CAN help make communities safer.
Sioux City, IA is looking at extending the deadline for people to relicense there 'pit bulls' under the city's 'pit bull' ban. Only about 1/2 of the 'pit bulls' grandfathered in under their ban passed last year are licensed -- and they suspect that many don't know they need to relicense every year.
Hinds County, MS is looking at beefing up their dangerous dog laws following an incident where a young girl was killed in the county a few weeks ago. The county is looking at ways to prevent some of the tethering of dogs in bad conditions as well as increase fines for irresponsible ownership. The county wisely seems to be moving away from breed specific regulations because "you're always going to have another breed that comes up."
The Jackson, MS city council has been discussing possible breed bans following the same incident -- but it sounds like the majority of the council is not in favor of breed bans.
The city of Los Angeles is strapped for cash -- and is apparently going after unlicensed dogs in order to make up for the short fall. The city thinks it could make about $3.6 million if all of the dogs in the city were licensed.
The Toledo Area Humane Society is discussing the possibility of adopting out pit bulls to the community. For decades, the shelters in Toledo have killed all 'pit bulls' that come into the shelter but now, just months after Lucas County Dog Warden Tom Skeldon was forced out, it looks like they may be given the same second chance at life that other dog breeds get.
With a 4-3 vote, Elgin, IL passed the first reading of an ordinance that would ban 'pit bulls' from the city -- including restricting dogs that are just being transported through town. Apparently one of the city council members hasused information supplied by fringe animal rights group PETA as to why they favor the ban as opposed to listening to real animal welfare experst in the community. There is still time to educate these council members on PETA's end goal and stop them from moving forward with this ill-advised bill. No Pit Bull Bans has been doing a great and thorough job of covering the Elgin meetings.
Boaz, AL is still considering breed specific regulations -- but there is still time for those in the community to step up and try to educate the city council so they don't do it.
Veedersburg, IN is looking at updating their dangerous dog ordinance after a dog broke free from its chain and attacked a worker there.
Dog Bites & Attacks
A Pulaski County (MO) Sheriff's Deputy received medical treatment after being attacked by two Great Danes. The deputy had gone to the home to check on a woman who had made suicide threats earlier in the week.
A five year old Henderson, TX boy received minor injuries after a 'pit bull mix' broke it's chain and bit the boy while he was out playing. Chaining dogs often leads to the dogs getting frustrated and undersocialized which is why incidents like this are fairly common.
A five year old boy in the UK was attacked by a Rottweiler -- receiving pretty dramatic injuries. The UK has a nearly 20 year long ban on particular breeds of dogs....but there is always another dog breed that irresponsible owners can own that can still cause problems.
An 89 year old Gainsville, FL woman was attacked by a "Spaniel" that was known to have food aggression issues. The dog caused "substantial" damage according to the officials and was euthanized.
A Pittsburgh, PA area family pet was killed by a neighbor's bloodhound that wandered next door.
124 animals were rescued from a property near St. Clair, MO. The animals included 102 domestic rabbits, 3 dogs, 5 cats, one guinea pig, three goats, four hens, two roosters, two pigeons and two ducks. All of the animals were living in apparently really filthy conditions.
An Oakland, CA man was put in jail after being charged with two felony counts of animal abuse for beating his 'pit bull' with a crowbar and an ax.
A good story about a Pooch Class that is taught to children to teach them how to read a dog's body language and how to interact with dogs. I've walked through the pooch puzzle class and think it is quite good and a good way to teach kids which can help prevent dog bites.
A good editorial from out of Philadelphia -- It's not the dogs, but the people behind them.
Blogs Worth Reading
Reno Leads the Pack -- Winograd had a good overview of the No Kill success in Reno, NV -- a city that faces one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation, poor schools and was named the 2nd drunkest city in the country, Reno has still become no kill. It's a good read about how they were successful in doing so as a community.
In Colorado, aveterinarian was calling for a 10 year old Dachshund to be euthanized for being aggressive because the dog bit a vet technician in the chin. PetDocsOnCall has a good post on this case, as well as YesBiscuit! for the Veterinary Office Fail.
For the Pits has a great breakdown of the proposed Animal Abuse Registry -- comparing it to the Sex Offenders database. Based on her breakdown, the prospects for the Animal Abuse Registry working don't look good.
Buckets of Blood -- YesBiscuit! has additional information on a York County Dog Fighting Bust this week.
YesBiscuit! also has great breakdown of the new Memphis Animal Shelter Director Matthew Pepper. Pepper is taking over an awful situation in Memphis where the former director was fired after multiple cases of animal cruelty. Pepper's track record doesn't inspire a lot of hope.
Homeless People's Pets Aren't Homeless - a good view of what having a "home" means to a dog from Change.org
More History Making. This time from NACA - BAD RAP takes a look at a new policty by the National Animal Control Association that will provide more compassion for animal cruelty victims. NACA doesn't have the best history of putting a lot of weight behind its policies -- but it is a good first step.
Good coverage on the UK's failing breed Ban from NoPitBullBans.