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Good News Friday

It’s Friday so I’m happy to say that we have some good news to take us into the weekend.  The AKC reports that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in their appeal challenging the constitutionality of the Denver breed ban. This ruling reverses the United States District Court of Colorado’s 2007 dismissal of the suit.


So what’s that got to do with you or dogs?  Well, the Denver, CO, ordinance that’s being challenged bans ownership or possession of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier and/or any dog with a majority of physical traits of one or more of these breeds within the City and County of Denver. Since 2005, as a result of this ordinance, more than 1,000 dogs within the city limits have been euthanized.  Those dogs were killed not because they actually did anything or were “vicious” or dangerous dogs, but just because of what breed they happened to be.


The ruling today challenges the whole notion of Breed Specific Legislation and gives the plaintiffs, who lived in Denver at the time the ordinance went into effect, the right to have their day in court.  The plaintiffs — Sonya Dias, Hillary Engel, and Sheryl White — say that they were forced to move out of Denver with their dogs because of the ban which they claim was a violation of, among other things, their constitutional rights.


“The AKC has always opposed breed bans on the basis that there are no bad dogs, just bad owners. We support reasonable, enforceable, non-discriminatory laws to govern the ownership of dogs,” said Margaret Poindexter, General Counsel for the AKC. “We also have serious concerns about AKC breed standards being used by law enforcement to identify dangerous dogs. Breed standards are intended to serve as the written ideal of a dog which breeders can aspire to, not a benchmark for defining dangerous dogs.”


The AKC supports laws that: establish a fair process by which specific dogs are identified as “dangerous” based on stated, measurable actions; impose appropriate penalties on irresponsible owners; and establish a well-defined method for dealing with dogs proven to be dangerous. If necessary, dogs proven to be “dangerous” may need to be humanely destroyed but the AKC strongly opposes any legislation that determines a dog to be “dangerous” based on specific breeds or phenotypic classes of dogs.


So, good luck to this challenge to the Denver breed ban.  As we all know, public opinion about dogs can change.  Right now the media hypes unreasonable fears about bully breeds but in the past other breeds of dogs have been feared.  In the 19th century Collies were believed to be vicious and kept by thugs — Collies which are now identified with the beloved Lassie.  Maybe ten years from now your breed will be singled out as a “vicious” breed.  Breed bans are foolish.




Since it’s Friday here’s something else to make you smile for the weekend.  A friend of mine can’t seem to stop making these very funny videos featuring English Setters.  And I love this one since one of my dogs is in it.  See what you think.  This one is called English Setters:  Perpetual Puppies!





May 29, 2009 - Posted by | dogs, Pets | , , , ,

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