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Pit-bull bans lead Denver, Aurora into endless litigation - and now, a face-off with the disabled
May 5, 2010
By Jared Jacang Maher, Face The State
Both Denver and Aurora have laws banning pit bulls. The breed, they say, is so dangerous to the public that any dog displaying more than 50 percent of pit bull-like features must be run from city limits or face extermination. But what about a pit bull acting as a service animal for a disabled person? Should officials accept dogs that their own laws deem inherently unacceptable?
Good question - and one that happens to be at the core of a new federal class-action lawsuit filed against Denver and Aurora by three disabled people who say the laws banning pit bulls violate their civil rights under the American Disabilities Act. Allen Grider of Aurora and Glenn Belcher of Denver are U.S. veterans who suffer from psychological disabilities they say resulted from wartime service. Valarie Piltz is a Washington-based dog trainer with physical mobility problems and a condition that causes her to experience debilitating panic attacks. All three say the breed bans fail to make proper exemptions for their service animals of choice: pit bulls.
Veterinarian fully vets the issue of guns, laws and pit bulls
By Patty Khuly, Special for USA TODAY
April 16, 2010
At the outset, let me state that I am unwaveringly in favor of gun control measures designed very specifically to keep guns out of the paws of our country's criminal element.
With that in mind, it seems reasonable to assume I'd be blanketly supportive of more restrictive gun control measures. And yes, when it comes to confirmed criminals, I'm all for keeping arms as far from them as possible. Surely we can justify that as a penalty for their offenses.
But recently, I tuned into arguments put forth by those who convene in Washington, D.C., today to march in support of gun rights. In so doing, I couldn't help but observe the almost identical nature of arguments made by those who support the preservation of basic gun rights and those who oppose breed-specific legislation such as the pit bull ban we have here in Miami-Dade County.
Pit bull group won’t roll over
Says city is spending thousands enforcing, defending the city’s ban
Peter Marcus, Denver Daily News Staff Writer
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Denver continues to spend thousands of dollars paying attorneys to defend and settle lawsuits stemming from the city’s ban on pit bulls.
There are at least eight individuals who have or are currently pursuing or considering lawsuits against the city. Denver resident Desiree Arnold recently won a $5,000 settlement from the city after her dog Coco was killed by animal control officials, according to the mayor’s office. The January settlement also inspired procedural changes to Denver’s ordinance.
The city is also spending thousands of dollars defending itself against a lawsuit filed by pit bull advocate Sonya Dias, who was forced to sell her home in Denver to save her pit bull Gryffindor. City officials have outsourced the case to a private law firm, paying Wells, Anderson & Race, LLC $150 per hour to handle the case. An Open Records request by a member of pit bull advocacy group The Pit Bull Band revealed that Denver has already paid the law firm $4,769 in December and $10,337 in January.
The spending comes as the city deals with a $120 million budget shortfall.
“We’re putting pressure on the city - there’s just going to be more and more,” Dias said of the lawsuits. “This law, it’s old school - it’s yesterday. They’re saying that we have a problem, but instead of identifying what the problem is, they’re just rounding up and killing dogs.”
Denver has killed 2,266 pit bulls since enforcement of the city’s ban resumed in 2005. The number has tapered off over the years, with only 13 killings this year out of 53 impoundments. Animal control officials do not have an explanation for the decrease.
Delaware Passes Landmark Legislation
July 23, 2010
The Governor of Delaware just signed the most sweeping, progressive companion animal protection legislation in the United States. The law was modeled on the No Kill Advocacy Center's Companion Animal Protection Act and spearheaded by the non-profit No Kill shelter Faithful Friends, in Wilmington, Delaware, and involved groups like Stray Haven Animal Sanctuary.
Trial By Tape Measure - The Story Of Lennox
Posted by Jennifer White on July 2, 2010 in Pet Industry News
Breed Specific Legislation trundles on and on, seemingly gobbling up more and more innocent canine victims with endless vigour, ferocity and ease. We wonder at a law that came into effect with ridiculously sloppy haste and we wonder where it will all end. We also wonder how many more families will be left devastated, confused and inconsolable because of the loss of their precious and much loved innocent pet dog.
When legislation is designed to eradicate a certain species, in this instance, a certain type of dog, you’d imagine then, that the law must be so super-protective and of such great benefit to mankind that we simply couldn’t do without it, wouldn’t you? You’d expect a law that has the almost God-like power to rob innocent beings of their lives, to be entirely righteous and justified for its absolute necessity, wouldn’t you? Because the fact that a law like this exists at all should surely mean it is supremely validated and irrefutably indispensable in keeping the majority of the public safe. Welcome to BSL, it doesn’t work like that.
A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. "What food might this contain?" The mouse wondered. He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap.
Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed this warning : "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"
The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, "Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it."
The mouse turned to the pig and told him, "There is a mousetrap in the house!
There is a mousetrap in the house!"
The pig sympathized, but said, "I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers."
The mouse turned to the cow and said, "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"
So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer's mousetrap
. . . Alone
When she returned home she still had a fever. Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup. So the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup's main ingredient
That very night a sound was heard throughout the house -- the sound Of a mousetrap catching its prey.
The farmer's wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it.
It was a venomous snake whose tail was caught in the trap.
The snake bit the farmer's wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital.
But his wife s sickness continued. Friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig.
But, alas, the farmer s wife did not get well... She died.
So many people came for her funeral that the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide
enough meat for all of them for the funeral luncheon.
And the mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness.
So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and you think it doesn t concern you, remember ... When one of us is threatened, we are all at risk. We are all involved in this journey called life. We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another.