Stop the inhumane treatment of Pitbulls in Dallas

Stop the inhumane treatment of Pitbulls in Dallas

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Amanda Humrichouse started this petition to Dallas Animal Services

By signing this petition you will join my family and me in our rebellion against Dallas Animal Services for their unjust treatment toward our beloved dog, Peppa. My father has been watching our dogs more closely these days after a recent encounter with Dallas Animal Services. “All somebody has to do is say, ‘I’m afraid,’ and then that gives them the legal ability to take the dog,” Dad says. Our dog, Peppa, pulled free from my mother's hands last month and ran straight for a neighbor’s dog. To Peppa, this was her way of protecting us. Dad said the dogs fought for a few seconds before getting separated. That was it. Following this, a second neighbor who overheard the incident reported our dog Peppa to the city of Dallas. That’s when DAS opened an investigation. They accused our dog of biting a person, which did not happen. DAS didn't just fail but refused to show us any information to prove that Peppa attacked a person - because there was none. The state code gives DAS permission to deem dogs dangerous if they attack a person or make them “reasonably believe” the dog will attack. The dogs that earn the designation will appear on a public registry of dangerous dogs. But the city of Dallas also keeps a list of aggressive dogs. That title is granted to unleashed animals who have hurt or killed other animals. The city deemed our Peppa both an aggressive dog and a dangerous dog. Each title carries its own separate set of fines. Ann Barnes, a field manager for DAS, claims she has accomplished a very thorough investigation. “We received multiple affidavits regarding one of their dogs,” she says. Barnes declined to make any further comments, saying Pappa’s case remains open. My father, Jim Humrichouse, is appealing both decisions. The City of Dallas still has yet to prove Peppa deserves either designation, but we're on the hook for double the costs. Each designation will cost about $250 in annual registration fees and two signs must be posted at every entry point on our private home property. “I went from nothing to two labels, $500 in fees, a lawyer, all this overnight,” Dad says. We can afford the costs, it is more about us being worried about the next pet owner. This may not impact anyone now, but it could in the future. God forbid your dog do anything. 

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