Breed Specific Legislation is usually directed at Bullie breeds, the practice is outdated as Washington has perfectly good Dangerous Dog Laws that don't single out any breed & only focus on behavior. Everett has had BSL for almost 2 decades, it was enacted by the city council & was never given a vote by the citizens of Everett, most people don't even know it exists. Most of Snohomish county however: Does NOT have BSL...
Since the county auditor & the shelter manager for the city pound are buddies the City shelter was given the County contract. (I won't call it a shelter because it is a house of horrors)
The problem is that ONLY the City of Everett has BSL but once an animal is impounded, even from an area of the county that doesn't have BSL the dogs are still killed.
Furthermore ANY dog that they perceive to be a Pit or American terrier or mastiff mix are kept locked in the back of the shelter where the general public & owners can not see them, they claim that they take a picture of each dog & place it in a book out in the front lobby, but while I was pulling pit bulls from there I seen MANY dogs in the back who were NOT in the book.
I can only imagine how many owners came in looking for their animals & were told to look in the book but didn't see their dogs. Those poor dogs must've smelled their owners & wondered why they left as they were taken to die.
They stopped me from pulling dogs from there after I started to complain because EVERY dog I pulled from there was either injured or maced, & in retaliation they took my animals & had them somewhere for 5 hours & upon arrival my dogs were having seizures, unable to walk, bleeding from their rectum, hypothermic, bloody & missing teeth. It has been a 25 month long battle which I am still fighting
It is time to end the city's animal services & turn them over to another agency that can be trusted, who have the animals best interest in mind, not a rabid hatred for bully breeds. We have 3 very good agencies who are better equipped & staffed that can assess the needs of the animals much better & their BSL is antiquated, outdated & unconstitutional. They can adopt Washington State's dangerous dog ordinances & resolve the whole issue.
This county is in so much turmoil as it is & facing so many multi-million dollar lawsuits for it flagrant disregard for the law, can we really afford more liability? My suits alone are going to cost the state upwards of 10 million dollars or more. This is the state the County & City is in yet NO ONE is ashamed, no one
The time has come for Everett to move into this century, to give up the unconstitutional codes & to stop violating it's citizens rights. By giving the city the animal control contract, you have enacted BSL by proxy on all of the outlying cities in your county far overreaching your legal jurisdiction. The history of the shelter & it's abuses of animals & peoples have not been nor will they be rectified by the status quo. It is time for the city to get out of the animal business & hand them over to a qualified agency. In the face of a 10 million dollar budget shortfall it is the responsible thing to do for the voters of the city & the county.