|Barked: Thu Sep 8, '11 11:38pm PST |
|I thought people would like to know that the police now have the right to seize any pitbull/cross/bully/americanstaff/bull terrier and kill it if it has not been registered as a dangerous dog by September 30. No matter was the dog has done -- even if it is gentle, it will need to be leashed at all times (allowing it free run can result in it being taken and impounded/killed) and must where a fluro collar specifying it is dangerous and a muzzle. There is a 'dob a pitbull' line where your neighbors can report you for even owning one and the police have every right to take it away if you haven't complied.
Also, the irresponsible owners who give these animals a bad rap are now dumping their dogs on the street to avoid the high registration fees -- 4 have been found wandering 'at large' (abandoned) this week. 10 were given to shelters, 4 rehomed, 6 killed.
I am absolutely speechless and know this is only the beginning. They're moving to add other breeds to the 'seize or register' list - rotts, germans and mals will be next, I'm sure. (actually I think rotts might already be on it - last week a kelpie/rott bit his owner and even though he begged them not to take it away I think they did.)
And yes, that was not a pure bred pittie - they are rare in this country, you hardly ever see pure Americans. BSL had always been wavering in the background but it has hit with full force now - they want to destroy the breed here completely so the government seems like it's doing 'something'. So ill informed and just driving the breeding of these dogs further underground. So, so stupid.
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