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breed discrimination

10 petitions

This petition won 2 years ago

Petition to Jennifer Hawkins, OC Board of Supervisors

Stop the Killing of Karma the Dog(safe)/ Change leadership at Orange County Animal Services!

With the dog's life saved, we are now looking to change leadership at Orange County Animal Services.  As Karma is now safe in a sanctuary! Karma, a young, healthy, sweet Husky mix was taken from her loving family by Orange County Animal Care on May 25th, after adults in the family were alleged to have been engaged in a dispute. A judge then ordered Karma to be executed because they determined she is part wolf. Now, animal advocates worldwide are trying to convince authorities to spare her life. Please sign this petition urging the OC Board of Supervisors and OC Animal Care Chief Veterinarian Jennifer Hawkins not to kill Karma. Her family loves her and would gladly have her back. But if Orange County is unwilling to free her because of concerns that she is a wolf hybrid, let her live out her days at an appropriate sanctuary equipped to care for such dogs. For four months now, Karma has been in isolation with no access to run, take a walk, stretch her legs, or breathe fresh air. She’s allowed no visits from her owners. Karma is a wonderful and friendly dog. She is friendly and has never shown any indication that there is reason to question her loyalty to humans. Karma is also a licensed service dog, having helped her owner with the effects of PTSD. Only first generation wolf hybrids are illegal in the state of California, and counties are allowed to determine their own policies regarding second or third generation hybrids, of which Karma is one. When Karma was taken by Animal Care, officials looked into her history and found an extremely low wolf content on her DNA test. Karma is anything but wild, far from vicious, and she should not be condemned to this terrible fate when her breed is perfectly legal in the state.   Five dog rescue groups have stepped forward and said they are willing to take Karma. Why would Orange County stand in their way? Please help us convince the OC Board of Supervisors and OC Animal Care Chief Veterinarian Jennifer Hawkins not to kill Karma. Urge them to release her to a suitable facility.  

Michael W.
159,689 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Florida Courts, Duval County Courthouse, ASPCA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services, John Rutherford

Justice for Blue

Please read the following story. I am seeking justice for our beloved dog, friend, and family member. I am looking for the woman that murdered my dog to be prosecuted.   On September 27, 2017, our dog Blue, was shot at point blank range, twice, in the head. The individual that shot our dog is our neighbor. This individual has not been charged with any crime and, most definitely should be. The property we reside on sits on about an acre and a half of land. The rear of the property backs into a neighboring yard, separated by a fence. The neighbor’s have a very large, seemingly aggressive dog, that has tried digging under our fence and has even created holes in the fencing several times. On this particular evening, my boyfriend and his coworker were standing outside, near the front of the property-by the house, discussing the work day. My boyfriend had two of our dogs outside playing while he was talking to his friend. The two men heard two gunshots, about 4 seconds apart, coming from the rear of the property. He immediately whistled for the dogs and only one came back. The one that retuned, came from the direction of the rear of the property, where the two properties meet. My boyfriend then ran to the back of the property looking for our missing dog. He traveled through about 15 feet of shrubs in order to get to the fence line where he saw a woman holding a gun. Another individual in the yard was on the phone with 911. Upon arriving to the scene, JSO (Jacksonville Sheriffs Office) did NOT perform a proper investigation. Had they, they would have determined, very clearly, that the individual that was claiming victim, was actually the perpetrator. Once I got to the scene (I had received a phone call while at work from my daughter’s grandmother), JSO was at the neighbors house, which is actually the street behind ours. There were three responding officers there, one in particular pointed out his “body cam” several times. Once I informed them that I was one of the owners of the dog, I asked where my dog was and I was told he was in the backyard of my neighbor. I noticed several people standing in the driveway along with the supposed victim and their dog. I was told that my dogs (2 of them) were inside of this woman’s yard, attacking her dog. I was told that this lady murdered my dog bc he supposedly bit her. That was it. One officer stated that we were to go back to our property and that the officers would inspect the fencing for any holes. I asked why the officers couldn’t simply inspect the fence from my neighbor’s yard due to the amount of thick brush on our side of the property leading to the fence. It would have been a much simpler, easier, find had they just looked from the yard they were already in. One of the officers stated that it didn’t matter and told me to return to my property, I did. When I got back to the property all three responding officers came as well. This struck me as odd but I was obviously more concerned with retrieving my dog and up to this point, I had been told I was not allowed to. When two of the three officers went to the back of our yard to investigate the fence, they forbid the owner of the property from accompanying them. About fifteen minutes later the officers returned to the front of the yard, stated that they had discovered a hole in the fence, and also stated that I was now able to go back to the neighboring yard and retrieve my dead best friend. Upon arriving, I once again saw the same group of five or six people standing in the driveway with their dog. The officer with the body cam walked me to the backyard and pointed to the hole in the fence. From where we were standing, in the backyard, facing our yard, this hole was to my far right. But where was my dog? I asked the officer, not caring about the hole at this moment, I wanted my dog back. The officer stated, “He’s over there.” and pointed to the left. My dog’s body was on the complete opposite side of the yard from this hole. Overwhelmed with emotion (your dog is supposed to greet you with a wagging tail a slobbery kisses), I ran over to where our Blue lie. He was lying against the fence, paws under him, as if he was sleeping. But he wasn’t asleep, he was gone, my Blue was gone. I saw, first hand, the bullet holes in my boy’s head. She shot him twice, once square between the eyes, and the other to his right temple. She murdered him, executed him. JSO didn’t arrest anybody that night. JSO said it was self defense. Completely disgusted with this, I requested, and received the incident reports from that evening and what I read was appalling. Not only did these people change their stories, twice, even JSO pointed out discrepancies. The report stated my Blue was “known aggressive”, he was not. JSO report stated the injury sustained was a minor abrasion, not even a bite. Upon reading the report, the victim claims that she heard something in her backyard where her dog was and went out to investigate. Supposedly she, at that point, claimed to see two of my dogs “pulling” her dog through a hole in the fence. She stated that she tried pulling her  dog’s collar, while at the fence and was unsuccessful, so ran inside her back porch and got a baseball bat to break up the fight since pulling her dog’s collar didn’t work. She stated that when she returned with the bat (which she stated was located in her screened back porch—screened—see through), that only one dog was in her backyard attacking hers. She stated that she tried to break up the fight using the bat and that my dog supposedly lunged and bit her. She then stated that she pulled out a handgun and shot him twice. She has a neighboring witness (the one who was on the phone with 911) and claims the witness observed the situation before her shooting the gun. This witness stated, initially, that she saw two of my dogs, in her neighbor’s yard, attacking her neighbor’s dog and that one lunged and bit her and she was forced to shoot it. Yet a follow up statement the very next day stated that the victim, who initially stated she had the gun on her, reverts and says it was on the table next to her. The witness now changes her statement and says that she only ever saw one dog attacking her neighbor’s dog, not two on one like she had initially stated.  One of the biggest issues I have with this is the supposed bite. Number one, Blue was a pit, if he were to actually bite something, someone, he would bite them. This is a large dog, I’d expect to see a pretty substantial mark considering this woman claimed to fear for her life due to the “dog bite”. But Blue never bit anyone, he wasn’t aggressive.  JSO report states that ems treated the “victim” and noted the injury as “minor” with “abrasions and minor bruising”. This didn’t say puncture, this didn’t say bite, this says minor abrasion. How do I even know my dog did that? This woman claimed to pull her dogs collar through a broken metal fence hole. It isn’t possible you scratched your wrist doing that? I didn’t get to see any pictures of this “bite” nor have I received any evidence giving ANY justification for this woman executing my dog. How did you shoot my dog twice in the head, but yours didn’t sustain any injuries? The report never mentioned any injuries to their dog. Nor did the JSO report disclose any information about this “body cam” that was pointed out to me numerous times that evening.     I took pictures of the fence the next day. It is VERY evident that this dog was not being pulled through the fence, but rather pulling mine through. There are evident dig marks in the photos and even a few that show previous holes being repaired with chicken wire. I actually met with an investigator with Animal Care and Control and we went to the back of the property. I hadn’t  been all the way back there since taking the photos the following days, it is extremely difficult to accept. However, upon reaching the fence, I noticed my neighbor has installed a large fence. They install a fence to keep their dog from creating holes through it after you have already murdered mine? There are so many unanswered questions that need addressed and I am desperately seeking justice for my Blue.  Please sign this petition so that the court systems may see how wrong this is. Sign this petition so the murderer who executed my dog may be prosecuted. Please help me expose this evident negligence performed by those paid to help the good, and reprimand the bad.   Please help me seek justice for Blue.     

Jacqueline Adkins
3,269 supporters
This petition won 2 years ago

Petition to Lakewood City Council (Dan O'Malley), Lakewood City Council, Lakewod City Council, Lakewood City Council, Lakewood City Council, Lakewood Animal Control, City of Lakewood, Mike Summers

Allow Child with Cystic Fibrosis to Keep Her Dog, a Pit Bull

  Aleeah is a 4-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis. Recently, she, her father, and their two dogs moved in with Aleeah’s grandma in Lakewood, Ohio to get help with Aleeah’s care. Every day, Aleeah endures two brutal breathing treatments, which consist of a compression vest hooked to a machine that shakes Aleeah’s chest vigorously for 15 minutes. It promises to help her breathe, but such treatment is scary for a young girl. Luckily, Aleeah always has her beloved friend, Scrappy, by her side. Scrappy is one of her dogs and her most devoted companion. She sings “The Scrappy Song” over and over during her treatments to keep her happy. Unfortunately, this happiness may end because the city is threatening to take Scrappy away from Aleeah due to an outdated ban on pit bulls. Scrappy is as gentle as a lamb and has never hurt anyone. Please join me in calling on the Lakewood City Council to reverse their archaic breed-specific legislation and allow Scrappy to stay with Aleeah. Aleeah’s family is currently awaiting results from Scrappy’s DNA test: if he is found to be at least 50% pit, the city can take him away. This would be so traumatic for Aleeah, who counts on Scrappy to see her through the dark moments in her battle with this vicious chronic disease. Since Lakewood’s breed specific legislation was enacted in 2008, many studies have proven that there is no scientific basis for it -- viciousness is an individual trait, and treating dogs as “breeds” is ineffective and inhumane. Furthermore, such legislation was never meant for cases like Aleeah’s; a case where the owner so clearly needs this dog for her physical and emotional wellbeing. We can’t let them be so black-and-white on this issue. Aleeah will be devastated if she loses Scrappy, and why would they want to punish Aleeah? Please, let’s join forces and show the Lakewood City Council how much support Aleeah and Scrappy have in their community and beyond. Please demand that they allow Scrappy to stay with Aleeah.

Darwin Dogs
145,859 supporters
Update posted 2 years ago

Petition to California State House, California State Senate

Stop insurance breed discrimination to keep pets out of shelters and in homes

Up to 99%  of pit bulls that enter a shelter are killed. Part of the problem is homeowners are finding it more and more difficult to obtain homeowners’ insurance that accept their breed of dogs.  In recent years, several insurance companies have blacklisted dog breeds they consider dangerous, making it all but impossible for dog owners to get the insurance they need to protect their home. Now Pit Bulls and similar dogs are filling up California shelters, breaking up families and costing the state millions of dollars. It is time that California joined Pennsylvania and Michigan and prohibit breed specific insurance exclusions so we can stop the needless separation of families and the eventual euthanasia of innocent dogs. I’m Dawn, a volunteer at Chako Pit bull Rescue in Sacramento, California. Every year we take in homeless pit bulls in danger of being euthanized at shelters. Many of these dogs were surrendered when their owners faced the heart-breaking decision of giving up a beloved family member in order to keep a roof over their children’s heads.  Too many children have cried, heartbroken, as their parents rip them away from their favorite companions, and even grown men have broken down because they can no longer keep their best friend. The worst part is knowing that in most of these cases, these dogs will never find another home and will unfortunately be put to sleep. In fact, having to move and being unable to find a place to rent that will accept their dog is the top reason people give for surrendering their dogs to a shelter. These pet unfriendly lists can hurt Pit Bulls, German Shepherds, and Rottweilers, among other breeds, even though study after study has proven that there are no dangerous dog breeds. There are just irresponsible owners who haven’t properly trained or managed their dogs.   Insurance company breed blacklists are not only wrong and unfair, but they are also misguided. If insurance companies want to reduce risk they should require dog owners and their pets to go through obedience training or provide proof of Canine Good Citizen certification. Requiring homeowners to show such proof, rather than denying them coverage outright, reduces the chance of dog bites and liability for all parties involved while keeping dog owners in their homes and dogs out of shelters. There are better ways to minimize insurance risk than forcing families to give up their dogs. Pennsylvania and Michigan have protected homeowners and their dogs from discrimination while also ensuring that insurance companies don’t face an unfair burden. It is time California does the same by creating legislation that prohibits breed specific insurance blacklists.  Help us at Chako Pit Bull Rescue keep families in their homes and dogs from being euthanized and tell the California Legislature to ban breed-specific insurance policies.

Chako Pit Bull Rescue
145,294 supporters