Stop Breed Discrimination in Greensboro GA! Educate, Don't Discriminate.
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Summary of the New Breed Discriminatory Ordinance:
- This ordinance was passed unanimously on November 20, 2017.
- The ordinance applies to American Pit Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, and mixed breed dogs that look like they are partially of these breeds. The ordinance does not indicate how much of the targeted breeds is acceptable in a mixed breed dog.
- Owners of targeted dogs must pay $50 to register their dogs with the police. No other pets in the city must be registered.
- While on the owner’s property, targeted dogs must be confined indoors or in a locked pen with a roof and a floor. If the pen does not have a floor, the sides must be embedded into the ground at least 2 ft. The pen must be located at least 25 ft from the property line.
- Targeted dogs must wear a fluorescent collar any time they are outside.
- Puppies born to a female pit bull must be registered, at $50 each, by the age of 6 mos.
- Visitors to the city who have dogs that fit the profile cannot have their dogs within the city limits for more than 59 minutes.
Why We Oppose It:
- It’s unnecessary. The city can enforce the leash and dangerous dog ordinances already on the books, laws that apply to all dogs.
- Your dog could be next. When the ordinance was passed, the council discussed expanding the ordinance to include other breeds.
- The ordinance sentences dogs to lifetime isolation and confinement, based solely on how they look. We believe that dogs, like people, are individuals and should be judged by their behavior, not their appearance.
- The ordinance may create just what the city seeks to avoid: dangerous dogs. Isolating a dog from human contact is an excellent way to create an unsocialized, potentially dangerous animal. Also, the ordinance may cause owners to abandon their dogs rather than comply, which could result in more loose dogs and an increased threat to public safety.
- The ordinance will punish responsible pet owners who comply, while bad pet owners will ignore it, or acquire new breeds to exploit that are not covered by the ordinance.
- The ordinance will create an unfriendly environment for visitors and tourists with dogs, since dogs that fit the profile are only allowed within the city limits for 59 minutes.
- It will be difficult, if not impossible, to enforce. It’s hard even for experts to tell what breeds are in a dog’s family tree.
- Requiring a fluorescent collar for targeted dogs stigmatizes dogs that may be friendly, well-trained family pets. Many dogs, including hunting dogs, already wear fluorescent collars.
- The ordinance will discourage dog adoptions in Greensboro, since many rescued dogs are mixes and no one knows which dogs would be targeted by the ordinance.
- These organizations oppose breed-discriminatory legislation: The American Bar Association, The American Veterinary Medical Association, the Centers for Disease Control, the American Kennel Club, the ASPCA, The Humane Society of the United States, and many more.
- Americans should be able to love and care for any kind of dog they choose, as long as they are responsible. 21 states have already passed laws prohibiting this type of discriminatory legislation.
What We Recommend Instead:
- Enforce the existing leash and dangerous dog laws already on the books, which apply to all dogs and dog owners. Concentrate on irresponsible owners and dangerous dogs, not dogs with a certain appearance.
- Make our community safer by focusing on the real problems: loose dogs, pet overpopulation, and irresponsible pet owners.
- Consider licensing all dogs in the city for a low fee, with a discount for spayed/neutered animals. This would build a database which would help reunite lost pets with their families, and assist first responders, who would know what pets were in residence when responding to an emergency. The city could use the licensing fees to fund low-cost spay/ neuter, vaccination, and, most importantly, education programs.
- Create a community task force. We are a group of concerned citizens willing to take action to help make our community safer for all residents and all pets! Members of local rescue groups, as well as other experts, including veterinarians, law enforcement, and animal control officials, are ready to help the city tackle these issues.
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