Drop the 72-hour-kill proposal
  • Petitioned Cumberland County Animal Control

This petition was delivered to:

Cumberland County Animal Control
Edward Melvin
Mayor of Fayetteville
Anthony G. Chavonne
Director of Animal Services, Cumberland County Animal Control
Dr. John Lauby
Kenneth S. Edge
Dr. Jeannette M. Council
Charles Evans
Vice Chairman
Marshall Faircloth
Jimmy Keefe
Billy R. King

Drop the 72-hour-kill proposal

    1. Christine Salek
    2. Petition by

      Christine Salek

      Des Moines, IA

December 2011


When Christine Salek heard that Cumberland County Animal Control in North Carolina wanted to kill every dog who entered its shelter that looked like an American Staffordshire Terrier, Rottweiler, Akita, Chow Chow, Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, Great Dane, Presa Canario, Siberian Husky, mastiff or pit bull -- within 72 hours and without giving them a chance at adoption -- she started a petition on Change.org. In fewer than three days, more than 60,000 people signed Christine's petition demanding that Cumberland County give these dogs a chance. Word spread about the issue and nearly 100 people showed up at the Animal Control Board's meeting on Monday, December 5. Because of the backlash, animal control backed off the proposal.

Cumberland County Animal Control is considering an adoption ban that would affect Dobermans, Rottweilers, Chow Chows, German Shepherds, Great Danes, Pitbulls, Mastiffs, Akitas, Huskies, or any mix of these breeds.

Although Dr. John Lauby, Animal Control director, has stressed lately that it is a limitation of breed-specific adoptions rather than a ban, the proposal goes on to say that a county resident would not be allowed to adopt one of these breeds.

Their reason for this proposal is they do not want to be held liable for these breeds and the possible problems with them after adoption from the shelter. 

We need to let them know that this is not the answer.

These dogs will be held for the mandatory 72 hours and then will be killed, THEY WILL NOT BE GIVEN A CHANCE TO BE ADOPTED.

Note: Petition letter courtesy of http://our-compass.org/2011/12/01/new-policy-requires-all-chows-danes-dobermans-mastiffs-rotties-shepherds-all-bully-breeds-to-be-killed-nc-shelter/

Recent signatures


    1. Victory! Cumberland County Animal Control Backs Off Controversial Proposal

      Pulin Modi
      Senior Campaigner

      The Cumberland County Animal Control Board in North Carolina recently weighed a proposal to ban adoptions of purebred, mixed-breed, or look-alikes of any American Staffordshire Terrier, Rottweiler, Akita, Chow Chow, Doberman Pinscher, German...

    2. Bully breed proposal dropped!

      Christine Salek
      Petition Organizer

      "Faced with a 100-strong crowd who condemned the demonizing of certain dog breeds, the Cumberland County Animal Control Board backed away Monday night from a move to limit adoptions of some breeds from the county shelter.

      "Instead, the board directed Dr. John Lauby, the animal control director, to look into ways the county can more carefully vet the people who adopt animals from the shelter to ensure they'll be responsible owners [...]"

    3. Pit bulls take center stage at Animal Control Board meeting

      Christine Salek
      Petition Organizer

      The Animal Control Board voted tonight to perform background checks on potential pit bull or pit bull-mix owners. The county policy committee and county commissioners need to approve this change for it to take effect.

    4. Reached 50,000 signatures
    5. County Commissioner says he would not support a breed-specific kill policy

      Christine Salek
      Petition Organizer

      A somewhat heartening excerpt from an article published only an hour ago:

      "[Cumberland] County Commissioner Charles Evans said he won't support a breed-specific kill policy at the shelter if the idea comes to the Board of Commissioners for approval.

      'I don't think that's sensible, to simply euthanize all these animals,' Evans said. 'No, we can't do that. We can't do that.'"

    6. Reached 40,000 signatures
    7. Petition information updated

      Christine Salek
      Petition Organizer

      Until just now, the "About this Petition" section included information stating the ban was set to go into effect today, Monday, December 5. This information was incorrect, and I take full responsibility for the error. However, this does not change the fact that it could happen soon if we do not keep fighting it. Please continue showing your support for the cause and, if you are in the area, attend the meeting of the Cumberland County Animal Control Board tonight at 6 p.m. at the Animal Control building, 7404 Corporation Drive, Fayetteville.

    8. Reached 25,000 signatures
    9. Meeting tonight (Monday) to discuss animal control's proposal

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      The Cumberland County Animal Control Board is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the Animal Control building at 7404 Corporation Drive. Members will discuss a proposal on limiting adoptions of "bully breed" dogs.

    10. Reached 15,000 signatures
    11. Pitts: Animal Control plan to limit "bully breeds" adoptions troubling

      Christine Salek
      Petition Organizer

      Dr. John Lauby, the director of Cumberland County Animal Control, is quoted a few times in this article published today, Sunday, December 4. In it, he addresses the emails he's received about the breed ban and how "misinformation on the Internet" could have led some protestors astray.

    12. Reached 1,500 signatures
    13. Breed ban proposal meeting set for Monday, December 5

      Christine Salek
      Petition Organizer

      To all in favor of this ban being struck down, especially those in the Cumberland County area: there is a meeting at Cumberland County Animal Services this Monday at 6:00pm. The address is 4704 Corporation Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28306-8104. I hope a lot of you will be able to make the trip to voice your concerns about this proposed ban.

    14. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Krisha Luangpanh PFLUGERVILLE, TX
      • almost 3 years ago

      Dogs that have been in fights, or that looks extremely dangerous are not just because they are. Mainly its because of their owners. Pets should be treated properly with great care. Depending on how you treat or train your pet, is how they are going to turn out to be. But anyway, just killing a dog by what they look like and what they are, is very cruel.

    • Matt Brown BATON ROUGE, LA
      • almost 3 years ago

      If only people felt the same way about cows and pigs as they do dogs. :/

    • Maria Hall BURBANK, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Congratulations on getting that short-sighted, idiotic petition withdrawn!!! And thanks for bringing this to the public's attention, and thanks for getting everyone together... and thanks especially for giving ALL of us a chance to voice our concerns, from wherever we live. What an inspiration!

    • Ashlee Roach CHITTENANGO, NY
      • almost 3 years ago

      So how about every murderer and child molester and rapist IF they get a second chance or are repeat offenders or hell if the are first time offenders instead of them walkin on our roads in our towns liveing next to us...how about as soon as they come through those gates they get put down. Thats what this ban is doing and these dogs havent murdered or rapped anyone, they protect our homes and babysit our kids..what the hell is wrong with you people. Its not the dogs fault go after the peice of crap owners. and about this "once they get dropped off by owners they get put down" Its called we're in a Resesion. Alot of people cannot aford to feed them selve let alone their dog... you people sickin me to the fullest extent.. in my eyes your worse then terrorists

    • Julia Hollandsworth COLLINSVILLE, VA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I have owned several of these breeds and they were never violent nor did they harm anyone. There are always bad seeds in EVERY breed, but the entire breed does not need to die because of that!


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