Loup City in Nebraska currently has a ban on Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, and Doberman Pinschers. Families in this city have been forced to find other homes for their beloved pets in surrounding areas. Their hopes are to get them back to the home they know and love.
Regulating breeds puts the focus on the dog, without addressing owner behavior and owner responsibility to the animal and the community. Every 10 years or so there is a new "bad" breed. In the 70's it was the Doberman, 90's the Rottiweilers, 00's it's the Pit Bull. Who's next?
BSL is a quick reaction to an incident without education or knowledge. People often overreact to a dog attack without knowing all of the details surrounding the incident. There is always a reason for a dog to bite or attack. Always.
Education is critical and before passing local ordinances, state laws our city and state officials have a responsibility to become educated on the subject matter and seek out responsible opinions from experts.
As an Animal Behavior Specialist, I have done extensive research that proves that unwanted behaviors are not due to the breed of animal (cat or dog). Yes, there are characteristics that come with every breed...but aggression is not one of them. I have worked at an animal shelter for 6 years and work with dogs who appear aggressive when they arrive. If we are going to categorize breeds by their aggression level, the Pit Bull would not be on my list.
Breed Specific Legislation is pure discrimination. It is discrimination at it's worst: killing an innocent and voiceless animal because of the way it looks. If you have ever had to hold an innocent animal in your arms while it gets an euthanasia injection and know that there is nothing you can do to stop it because the law says it must die...you would then know why we need to end this discrimination. Especially when they cannot speak for themselves.
Help end this Breed Specific Legislation and bring these breeds back to their homes in Loup City, Nebraska where they are sorely missed and very much loved. Sign our petition now, please.