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Metro Animal Care and Control (MACC) in Davidson County, Tennessee euthanizes all pit bulls and pit bull type dogs that come to their facility.

THERE IS NO WRITTEN POLICY MANDATING THIS PRACTICE.

Regardless of countless rescues and outreach organizations volunteering to assist, pull pit bulls from MACC and identify appropriate homes, they refuse to give any pit bull type dog a chance at life and they are all euthanized.


When a pit bull or pit bull type dog is an owner surrender to MACC, the dog is immediately put down.


A stray that is picked up by a MACC officer does get a 3 day hold, but if their owner does not come to claim them, they are put down.

All dogs who are picked up as strays or owner surrenders should be treated wth equality regardless of their breed.

All dogs should be temperment tested, medically examined and given a chance at adoption or pull from a rescue organization regardless of breed.

MACC should not be killing healthy, adoptable dogs simply because of the way they look and that they are perceived to be a "pit bull" which is a subjective term and identifier.

Letter to
Director of Environmental Health, Metro Public Health Brent Hager
Mayor Karl Dean
Director, Metro Animal Care and Control Metro Animal Care and Control
and 1 other
Director of Health Metro Public Health Department of Nashville/Davidson County William S. Paul
Metro Animal Care and Control (MACC) in Davidson County, Tennessee euthanizes every pit bull and pit bull type dog that enters their facility.

THERE IS NO WRITTEN POLICY MANDATING THIS PRACTICE.

Regardless of countless rescues and outreach organizations volunteering to help and pull pit bulls, they refuse to give any pit bull type dog a chance at life and they are all euthanized.

When a pit bull or pit bull type dog is an owner surrender to MACC the dog is immediately put down.

A stray that is picked up by a MACC officer does get a 3 day hold, but if their owner does not come to claim them, they are put down.

On December 13, 2011 there was a public meeting at the Metro Nashville Police Department East Precinct in Nashville, TN titled "The Future of Animal Care & Control in Nashville".

At this meeting MACC Director Judy Ladebauche stated that they (MACC) does not adopt out pit bulls because they "fear they will be used for bad purposes and do not have the resources to follow up."
There are several flaws with that rationalization. First there is no guarantee that any dog adopted out of MACC will not be used for "bad purposes". Secondly, that does not recuse MACC from allowing rescue groups to pull pit bulls as rescues do have the resources to follow up and ensure they are adopted into appropriate homes.

When a public attendant at the meeting challenged Ms. Ladebauche regarding the lack of policy or legislature to support her choice to not allow pit bulls to be adopted and/or pulled by rescues she stated that they do in fact work with one rescue, but that rescue is always full.
The glaring problem with that statement is that if your practice is to not allow rescues to pull pit bulls from MACC how is this one rescue exempt?
How is that just or fair to other rescues and/or the dogs they are trying to save?
The gross hypocrisy is glaring in this statement.

This declaration from Ms. Ladebauche that MACC does in fact allow one rescue to pull pit bulls brought more challenge from the public audience.
Ms. Ladebauche's next rationalization was that 64% of all dog bites were from pit bull type dogs.
The problem with this statement is that "pit bull" is a blanket title given to many dogs and the identification of a "pit bull" is subjective and solely based on the opinion of the evaluator.
Breed profiling when it comes to pit bull type dogs is almost always inaccurate and further review of these statistics has been requested.

The only fair and equitable way for MACC to proceed and serve the community of Davidson County would be to do treat all dogs who are picked up as strays or owner surrenders wth equality regardless of their breed.

MACC should temperament test and medically examine all dogs regardless of breed. All responsive and adaptable dogs should given a chance at adoption or pull from a rescue regardless of breed.

MACC employees should not be disregarding state and/or county policy and procedure and euthanizing healthy, adoptable dogs simply because they do not feel that certain breed would fare well in our community.

I thank you for your time and consideration.

Please feel free to contact me at MusicCityPitBrigade@gmail.com should you have any questions and/or concerns.
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Sincerely,

Jennifer Krabacher
Founder, Music City Pit Brigade