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My dog Lilla isn’t just my best friend, she’s probably saved my life. I’m chronically ill, and I rely Lilla to help me every day. Lilla is trained to assist me when I collapse, and ensures my very safety by rolling me over, waking me up and helping me back to bed.

But in late 2011, despite having no evidence, my local council decided that Lilla was a restricted breed (a pit-bull cross) and therefore “dangerous”. They’re demanding that I keep her locked in a cage or muzzled for the rest of her life -- even though it would take away my best friend and possibly put my life in danger.

A vet and a leading dog judge have both testified that she doesn’t meet the requirements for a pit-bull cross any more than any other dog -- she’s actually an American Staffy.

Lilla is the victim of new legislation that was rushed through by the Victorian government in 2011. It’s poorly written, vague, and is completely open to conjecture. Dozens of dogs have already been destroyed for no other reason than that they happen to look slightly like pit-bulls. And this is doing nothing to reduce the number of dog attacks in Victoria.

Breed Specific Legislation is inherently flawed for multiple reasons, one of which is that it gives the public a false sense of security. Some people think that only certain breeds attack, this isn't true. Any dog can attack, regardless of size, strength, colour or breed.

Why is Lilla being targeted? Why are they spending so much of the rate payers money persecuting an innocent animal because they believe she looks somewhat like a pit bull? Why did the Victorian government bring in such subjective and poorly written laws? These are the questions I want answered.

I’m asking the local council to change its decision and spare Lilla from a lifetime behind bars.

I want a fair system that focuses on responsible ownership of all dogs, and to repeal this legislation. And I want to save Lilla, my best friend and carer, from being locked up for the rest of her life. Please sign my petition and leave a message of support. Please share this with all of your friends and family and ask them to do the same.

If you would like any further information, please go to www.savelilla.webs.com and join our facebook group www.facebook.com/savelilla

Letter to
Prime Minister of Australia The Hon Julia Gillard MP
Mayor of Hume Cr Rosalind (Ros) Spence
Chief Executive Officer of Hume City Council Domenic Isola
and 4 others
State Member for Macedon Joanne Duncan MP
Federal Member for Calwell Ms Maria Vamvakinou MP
Premier of Victoria Hon Edward (Ted) Norman Baillieu
Victorian Minister for Agriculture Hon Peter Lindsay Walsh
I just signed the following petition addressed to: The Hon Julia Gillard MP(Prime Minister of Australia), Hon Edward (Ted) Norman Baillieu(Premier of Victoria), Hon Peter Lindsay Walsh(Victorian Minister for Agriculture), Joanne Duncan MP(State Member for Macedon), Ms Maria Vamvakinou MP(Federal Member for Calwell), Cr Rosalind (Ros) Spence(Mayor of Hume), Domenic Isola(Chief Executive Officer of Hume City Council)

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In late 2011, Victorian government rushed through new legislation regarding dog ownership.
This legislation is poorly written and ill executed leaving much room for conjecture and incriminating any dog that even partially resembles a pit bull terrier. This legislation is racial profiling and descrimination of dogs. Because of this legislation, many dogs have been destroyed solely because of the way they look. Innocent dogs and their owners are being seperated everday and this is doing nothing to reduce the number of dog attacks in Victoria.

Breed Specific Legislation is inherently flawed for multiple reasons, one of which is that it gives the public a false sense of security. Some people think that only certain breeds attack, this isn't true. Any dog can attack, regardless of size, strength, colour or breed.

Why should you care?

In late 2011 an assistance dog named Lilla was deemed to be of resricted breed(Pit Bull Cross). Lilla has been registered with the local council for years and is actually a Staffy X Bull dog. Lilla has never been at large and has never been involved in an incident with another animal or a human. Lilla is a gentle dog who is well cared for, well loved and very loving.
Due to Council officers declaring Lilla a pitbull, Breanna (Lilla's owner) now has to make a decision, cage Lilla or kill her. Breanna, is chronically ill and has been for several years, she relies on Lilla to help her everyday. Lilla is trained to assist her when she collapses and ensures her very safety. Council officers are aware that they are putting Breanna's life in danger by removing Lilla from her side. Breanna is currently fighting this declaration through VCAT.

Why is Lilla being targeted? Why are they spending so much of the rate payers money persecuting an innocent animal because they believe she looks somewhat like a pit bull? Why did the Victorian government bring in such subjective and poorly written laws?

These are the questions we want answered.

So, what else do we want?

We want Breed Specific Legislation repealed.
We want a fair system that focuses on responsible ownership of all dogs.
We want to stop the mass murder of innocent dogs.
We want to save Lilla from a lifetime behind bars.

How Can You Help?
Please sign our petition and leave a message of support. Please share this with all of your friends and family and ask them to do the same. Lets repeal this legislation and demand justice and equality for our pets.
If you would like any further information on Lilla and Breanna, please go to www.savelilla.webs.com and join our facebook group www.facebook.com/savelilla