Cities/States and Laws
Parma, OH may not change it's breed-specific law following the repeal of the state-wide law in Ohio. Cities in Ohio will still be allowed to make their own policies that could be breed-specific. This will be an ongoing battle for residents of Ohio -- however, I do feel like the state assembly's repeal of breed-specific languange sends a strong message that attitudes about the dogs are changing. Portsmouth, OH is also looking at adding a new law that would declare all 'pit bulls' and Wolf hybrids as vicious.
HSUS has backed off of its proposed ballot initiative in Missouri that would make it harder for the state to make changes to ballot initiative language. For a whole host of reasons I'm glad to see this initiative go away.
Greyhounds are now finally considered dogs, and not livestock, under Kansas state law.
Omaha officials are saying that dog bites in city parks are on the rise after there were 5 dog bites in city parks in just 10 days -- most involving young chilren. Omaha passed a breed specific law in 2008 -- which has done nothing to improve public safety.
Okolona, MS is looking at a new dog law that would specifically target 'pit bulls' and cause owners to have to pay $150 to register their dogs. The breed specific law is considered because of a couple of reports of pit bulls "out on the loose, running around, barking at people, you know, trying to bite people", according animal control officer Ellis McVay. So not actually biting people -- but running around and barking.
Putnam County, FL is seeing increased push back against their policy of not allowing pit bulls to be adopted from their shelter -- which only helps increase the demand for breading pit bulls (because they can't be adopted) and sentences most shelter pit bulls to death unnecessarily. Saginaw County, MI appears to be discussing a similar issu.
Time to repeal pit bull ban - Toronto Sun Columnist Peter Wrothington lays out a well thought out argument about why Ontario's pit bull ban should be repealed.
A Nevada Assemblyman plans to introduce a bill to make BSL illegal in the state in the 2013 legislative session.
Carthage, MO residents have approached their city council about repealing their city's breed ban.
Dogs are amazing, loving members of families across our country. However, in spite of how incredibly safe they are, serious bites do happen. When they do, it is important to look at the events that led to the attack in order to help prevent such attacks as they are a behavior based issue, not a breed-specific one.
A woman and her child were bitten by the family's pet 'pit bull' in Delaware. The child reportedly approached the dog's food bowl while the dog was eating and the dog snapped at the child. Apparenlty a similar incident happened about a year ago when a different child was bitten in the home. Resource guarding is a common problem in all types of dogs and is usually pretty easily cured through training -- but it is still best to keep young children away from the food bowls of dogs.
A nine year old Ohio boy needed stitches and likely plastic surgery after being bitten in the face by the neighbor's Labrador Retriever.
A 9 year old San Antonio girl was attacked by a 'pit bull' that was tied up to a fence while she and some friends were playing cops and robbers.
A 6 year old Kingsport, TN girl needed mron than 100 stitches after being attacked by a neighbor's "Lab mix".
A UK woman was attacked by two German Shepherds as she tried to prevent them from attacking her dog. The UK banned four breeds of dogs 25 years ago but dog bites continue to rise in the country.
A Sacramento area man was attacked by two Cane Corsos. The dogs were used by the owner to guard his home and attacked the man. A dog's "function" is often a determining factor in dog bites. If a dog is treated as a family dog it is much less likely to be involved in a bite incident than if it is treated as a "guarding" dog and encouraged to be suspicious of strangers.
A 14 year veteran of Joliet, IL animal control lost his job after saving a dog from the city's kill list. The Chihuahua was slated for euthanasia after being deemed aggressive for snapping at a customer. The animal control officer had played with the dog earlier in the week and didn't think the dog was aggressive so he took the dog home. It's an interesting story as there appears to be a lot of distrust in the department about their willingness to care for dogs vs just killing them -- and it is good to see compassionate people who are taking a stand to fight for the animals in these situations.
Sacramento City Animal Shelter has launched a new "Let Live Campaign" for the city's animal shelter. They have chosen to not use the term "no kill" because of confusion over what the term means, but is using No Kill philosophies to increase their "leave live" rate with a goal of getting it up to 90% by August. Since taking over the shelter, Gina Knepp has increased the "leave live" rate from 25%, to 30% to 52% in March.
I'm really not sure what to make of this story -- but this one comes out of Memphis where there is apparently concern over "dog flipping" -- where people take animals from people and tell them they'll find good homes for the dogs and then sell them on Craig's List. There are some potential isues with cruelty to be concerned with, but taking people's pets that don't want them any more and then giving them to new owners for a fee sounds an awful lot like rescue to me (especially given that this story comes from Memphis -- do we really want any animals going to the city shelter?). I don't suspect this is a huge problem -- as I don't know many rescues out there who are making a huge amount of money, but do welcome people's thoughts.
Many Shelter dogs mislabeled as "pit bulls" -- the Toledo Blade has another good piece of journalism focusing on breed mis-identification at city shelters.
United Airlines decides to ban several different "bully breeds" from flying on their airline.
A great article on professional photos of shelter animals (with awesome visuals too).
Kansas City area news
Wayside Waifs has a new mobile unit to allow them to better respond to disaster situations.
Returned -- this story will make you really sad, and angry, from Pound Dogs
Surrender -- Pound Dogs again -- but this ne talking about the myriad reasons people leave animals at the shelter -- and while it's easy to point at people as being good or bad, in a black or white manner, it really is very grey in many cases.
Ho, Hum, Time to punch my time card - -YesBiscuit! with a telling video of a Memphis ACO who has to reach over a dog that is being literally dragged down the hall on a catch pole in order to punch in and doesn't even seem to acknowledge how cruel the actions of his coworker are. There appears to be just absolutely no compassion at this shelter - -and you just can't fake caring.
Atten-Hut: Sgt. Baily in Command -- Winograd celebrates Seagoville Animal Services Seargent Karl Baily and his initiative to end the killng a tthe community's animal shelter and successfully doing so.
PETA's Celebs: Naked in the name of mass pet slaughter -- Douglass Anthony Cooper takes on PETA and their 97% kill rate and other misdeeds in a very detailed article in the Huffington Post. Related: PETA's terrible, horrible, no good,very bad history of killing animals -- from The Atlantic.
Dog Body Language: How to tell if a dog is happy, frustrated, scared, annoyed -- Smartdog takes a look at canine behavior in another television news clip and notes what can really be learned about the dog's comfort level with the situation and thinks the family is setting the dog of for disaster.
Pit Bull Myths: It's how they're raised -- The Lazy Pit Bull looks at this common mantra and notes that many, many pit buls that were raised poorly quickly adapt to new environments and are still loving dogs.
Is BSL corrupting our children? -- Everything worth knowing I learned from my dog looks at what message judging dogs based on their looks sends to children who are taught to not stereotype based on appearances.
Why would shelters perpetuate the pet overpopulation myth? -- The Tulsa Animal Advocacy Examiner takes a (maybe overly) cynical look at why this might be but based on good, factual numbers.
When is a pit bull not a pit bull -- Omidog! takes a look at the difficulties in determining animal ancestery via visual ID.
Rescue Pets and the Gay Community: A Natural Match? -- I think this is a really heartfelt piece in the Huffington Post about a mutual respect for the sense of "otherness" with homeless pets.
What is a dog aficionado? -- Central Ohio Dog Blog asks the question - -I'm guessing if you're reading my blog, you qualify.
How a dog sees the world - a fun music video that features the day in the life of a dog with a camera strapped to his back....the dog has a pretty nice life.
Instights into BSL -- the details the Victorian government don't want you to know about "dangerous dog" legislation -- some great commentary on Victoria's (Australia) attempt to ban pit bulls in the state -- and the data as to why it won't work and the dog bite data for the major cities in the area.
Awesome video of a backflipping dog -- from Seattle Dog Spot
Why are "Positive reinforcement" dog trainers so negative? --- I do chuckle about the title -- but this trainer wonders about rejecting one of the 4 learning quadrants (positive punishment) in dog training protocol.