Stop Canine  Profiling In Prince George's County
  • Petitioned Karen Toles

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county councilwoman
Karen Toles
county councilman
Obie Patterson
county councilman
Mel Franklin
county councilman
Will Campos
County Executive
Rushern Baker
county councilwoman
Mary Lehman
county councilwoman
Leslie Johnson
County Councilwoman
Ingrid Turner
county councilman
Eric Olson
county councilman
Andrea Harrison

Stop Canine Profiling In Prince George's County

    1. Ledy VanKavage
    2. Petition by

      Ledy VanKavage

      Collinsville, IL

Prince George's County has an antiquated breed discriminatory law that bans "pit bulls." Instead of dealing with aggressive dogs running at large, animal control must get search warrants to see if someone owns a "pit bull." They go into the "suspect's" house, seize their pet, try to decide if it's really a "pit bull," and then, if it is, kill the pet.

Prince George's breed discriminatory ordinance not only tears families apart by killing pets, it's a waste taxpayer dollars. According to economist John Dunham and Associates, it costs Prince George's County approximately $1,137,726 annually to enforce.

Studies done in the United Kingdom and in Spain have shown that canine profiling fails to protect the public from dangerous dogs. Indeed, in the spanish studies, bites increased after the breed restrictive law was passed.

Any dog can bite. The public should be protected against any dangerous dog no matter what its appearance.

Pits are pets too. Please sign the petition and help save well mannered pets, no matter what their breed.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 4,000 signatures
    2. University of Maryland Students Organize to End Breed Discrimination

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Slow and steady wins the race, so I'm betting on the Terps to stop canine profiling in Prince George's County, Maryland.
      At the end of March, Terps for Animal Welfare, a student organization at the University of Maryland, hosted Best Friends Animal...

    3. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Gina Thomas PETERBOROUGH, NH
      • over 2 years ago

      What are you people doing. Stop wasting our money on these stupid issues. Use our money for good not evil.?!

      • over 2 years ago

      I hate breed discrimination. This is absolutely ridiculous! Pit bulls are generally very loyal, sweet, playful dogs. Pit bulls may, in some cases, attack people, but with the ROTTEN way society treats them, isn't this only fair for them? blame the people, not the dog.

    • Michael Cornell COLUMBIA, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      The American Bar Association urges all state, territorial, and local legislative bodies and governmental agencies to enact comprehensive breed-neutral dangerous dog/reckless owner laws that ensure due process protections for owners, encourage responsible pet ownership and focus on the behavior of both individual dog owners and dogs, and to repeal any breed discriminatory/specific provisions.


      Your own vicious dog law review taskforce recommended lifting the ban because of cost, ineffectiveness, and it punishes the responsible dog owners and does little to nothing to punish the irresponsible dog owners who are the problem.


      In 2002 to very important cases regarding breed specific legislation prevailed.

      August 2002 (WAF/Shelia Tack v Huntsville Alabama) the Alabama Supreme Court affirmed a trial court decision that American Pit Bull Terriers are not vicious or genetically dangerous.

      In November 2002 in Acadia Parish, La. (EBA v Acadia Parish) The 6th District Court ruled American Pit Bull Terriers are not dangerous and BSL unconstitutional.

    • Cassandra Carter MANITOWOC, WI
      • over 2 years ago

      We use to have a pit bull boxer. We miss her dearly. She died of sickness. But Pit bulls are dogs too. She treated our 1 year old daughter as if it was her own puppy. I'm a dog lover and I've been bitten in the face by a dog when I was 6 years old. And that was a black lab. So any breed can be dangerous in the right conditions. So Breed Discrimination is WRONG. PERIOD.

    • Tara Anderson HOLLY RIDGE, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      It's not the dogs, it's the OWNERS. Over-breeding of every dog has put more and more dogs out on the street. If you had to fight for every meal, you'd be angry too at the hand that turned you away. Pits get a bad reputation. They are just like any other dog, show them love, they love you back. Show them how to fight and they will fight. Pit bulls are not the only dogs that bite.


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