Vance County Board of Commissioners located in Henderson, NC: Allow pitbulls to be adopted/rescued by NC residents or rescue groups
  • Petitioned Tommy Hester

This petition was delivered to:

Chairman - Board of Commissioners
Tommy Hester
Board Member
Gordon Wilder
Board Member
Terry Garrison
Board Member
Dan Brummitt
Vice Chair Person - Board of Commissioners
Deborah F. Brown

Vance County Board of Commissioners located in Henderson, NC: Allow pitbulls to be adopted/rescued by NC residents or rescue groups

    1. Laurie SmithBailey
    2. Petition by

      Laurie SmithBailey

      Clayton, NC

This is important because not all dogs can be transported in time to an out of state rescue group or individual before they are gassed to death in this high kill shelter. This obviously creates extra expenses for travel fees as well which makes it harder for out of state residents to save these dogs either due to time or funding. There are plenty of people in North Carolina that want to save these pitbulls but are not allowed to. The dogs suffer because of this regulation. To the best of my knowledge this is the only shelter in North Carolina that will not let pitbulls be rescued/adopted by in-state residents or rescue groups. It is unfair for these dogs to die because of the outrageously predjudice rule when plenty of people in North Carolina who would be more than willing to save their lives and love them the way they should be loved. I don't think any dog that has a chance at a better life, rather than being put to death in a gas chamber, should be denied that chance just because they are of a certain breed. The shelter's prejudice against this breed makes saving the dog almost impossible.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. 500 Hundred Supporters!

      Laurie SmithBailey
      Petition Organizer

      I want to thank everyone for their signatures on this! We have 500 loving people that agree this rule is awful and are begging for change. I think emailing the Vance County Board of Commissioners as individuals would help too. Their emails are "" "" "" "" "". Thank you again for all your support, hopefully we will get this awful rule overturned and save these dogs! Please share this so everyone will have the updates.

    3. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Austin Cottle ANTRIM, NH
      • about 1 year ago

      I own a rescued pitbull puppy who was saved from a pibull fighting sister got his older sister and his mom who were both horribly abused, including making them to fight, filing their teeth down, starving them and one was used as a bait dog for all the other fighting dogs to practice on... fortunately my puppy was rescued before most of the abuse but he did go through a sort of hell too...But all 3 of these dogs are so loving, sweet and do not hold all humans accountable for the torture that they had all had been dragged through...These dogs are such good animals, its really amazing...some of them can even bounce back rom horrid abuse and be amazing dogs that will never bite anybody...but when a pitbull treated right from birth will never bite anybody and will be the best dog you ever have. This racisim against pitbulls has to STOP.....PLEASE

    • Stefanie James BOARDMAN, OH
      • over 1 year ago

      my two are rescued and I am a responsible pet owner...stop this and give this "breed" a chance....enough!!!

    • lisa jones RALEIGH, NC
      • almost 2 years ago

      It is not right for a city to doom all pitbulls. It is discrimination against this breed and I believe that if we can save a dog no matter the breed then we should.

    • Sherry Dunford EPSOM, NH
      • almost 2 years ago

      Animals deserve to live, fair is fair.

      • almost 2 years ago

      I have fostered numerous pitbulls and find this breed to be very smart and loving. I have been a casualty adjuster to include dog bite/attack claims for greater than 10 years in NC. I have never had a claim involving a pitbull.


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