False report of ‘dog bite’ leads to the death of 2 beloved family dogs

In Baltimore, a report of two aggressive, loose dogs and the subsequent false report of a dog bite ended with the shooting death of what authorities described as “two unconfined, aggressive pit bulls.”  On Saturday afternoon, police were called to an alley located behind Edgecombe Circle where investigators found two dogs that had escaped from their backyard.

According to AbcNews, the two four-year-old pit bulls named Major and Savage have never been a problem in the neighborhood. One of the dogs was said to have jumped the fence, and the other squeezed out where three young children – aged 6,7, and 9 had been playing. The dogs were reported to have “scratched and cut” the one little girl. None of the children went to the hospital, and the child at the location was “treated for small scrapes and lacerations” according to the child’s mother who assured reporters her children are fine.

Officers contend they tried to contain the dogs, but shot both of them after they charged. One dog died at the scene, and the other dog ran home and died later that day.

“I ran home to my dog bleeding out on my kitchen floor,” the owner of the dogs stated. “I’m hurt, I’m very numb, and I’m hurt. I can’t even put it into words. I can’t stop crying. We’ve been living around here for almost nine-years or so, and I’ve never had no issues with my dogs. My neighbors never have an issue with dogs, my dogs never got out this gate.”

And yes, the owner of Major and Savage is thankful the children were not hurt, but cannot understand why the police labeled her dogs as aggressive and shot them; insisting her dogs were both “playful and spoiled.” An investigation is ongoing.

So would the police have shot two dogs jumping over a fence if they weren’t pit bull mixes? What do you think? And please comment about local headlines which included such words as “3 children attacked by pit bulls,” “officers shot dogs that attacked children,” or how about this one – “Baltimore police kill dog after it attacked children”?  Remember the children, according to their mother were “treated for small scrapes and lacerations.”

(Photo for fake dog bite and Baltimore police car via the organizations website)

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Who killed Mary? A sad message to irresponsible owners

At the Lancaster Animal Care Center in California, Mary lost her life on Wednesday. She was quietly led to the backroom of the shelter. She trembled with fright with her tail tucked tightly between her legs – as if she knew she had no future. Within moments Mary was restrained, poison was injected into her left paw and her young life quickly drained away. Mary never did anything wrong. She was a good dog. Here is her tragic story.

Shelter volunteer Sal Valdepena’s free time centers around the local shelters. His passion is helping to save the dogs. As he was uploading Mary’s profile to social media to bring more attention to her plight, he learned she had been euthanized. Sal was devastated but determined that Mary will not be forgotten:

“I was uploading her profile to get her seen. Tragically she was killed yesterday. I am still posting her because even though she’s gone I want everyone to see this sweet angel. To all the stupid f*** backyard breeders whose brains are no bigger than cockroaches look! To all the morons who dump pets look! And to the society who doesn’t give a sh** look!
This dog was only two years old and now she is gone. All that is left is the number given to her as an adoptable dog. Her description merely stated she was an unaltered stray who came into the shelter on November 28. She was killed on December 14. In shelters across the United States, 1.2 million dogs are euthanized every year. Tragically 40% of those dogs killed are  American Staffordshire Terriers, Pit Bull Terriers and “Terrier mixes.” Save a life – adopt a shelter pet.
Rip sweet girl. Humanity will ultimately pay.
Spay and neuter your pets – it’s as easy as that!
(Photo of Mary courtesy of Sal Valdepena)
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Three injured pit bulls turned away at Chicago shelter

More discrimination against dogs breeds occurred at Chicago’s Animal Care and Control Shelter this past week after a worker refused to help three injured pit bulls. According to the Chicago Sun Times, the dogs were brought there by animal rescue volunteers after hours. Advocates and critics contend the shelter violated their own rules by turning animals in need away.

According to Barbara Kitzerow, a Chicago police officer and animal rescue volunteer who had been off duty, but hurried to rescue the dogs, there was no describing how frustrated she felt when the frightened dogs, who had been dumped off by a car on the street, weren’t able to be helped. The injured dogs had likely been in a fight and had scratches and wounds on their heads; one of the dog’s had a detached ear and needed help, however a security guard at the shelter told her nothing could be done. Even when two more on duty police officers showed up, the security officer at Animal Care and Control still refused.

Alderman Lopez, who has been critical of Animal Care and Control management, stated the agency’s budget is more than sufficient to handle the situation. As reported by Fox 32, Lopez called it “unacceptable.”

“In a city that prides itself on having an open shelter, that is open to any animal that can come in injured or otherwise, to turn our backs on them and refuse to help people do the right thing is just deplorable,” stated Lopez.

Instead the dogs were transferred to the Animal Welfare League in Chicago Ridge where it is hoped all three of the dogs will soon be available for adoption. Two of the dogs needed surgery, but all are reported to be doing well.

As to Chicago Animal Care and Control, they state their policy only allows police officers on duty to drop off dogs after hours, however two on duty officers did show up asking for the dogs to be helped. Their suggestion was to leave the dogs to suffer and roam the streets until morning when an Animal Control officer would pick them up during regular business hours.

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(Photo of three injured pit bulls screenshot via Fox 32)

 

 

Breed specific prejudice creates hardships everywhere

We have all heard of and have been angered over the recent decision in Montreal to ban all Pit Bulls because of breed specific prejudice.  It has become a worldwide epidemic and is happening right here in our own backyard.

Luna, a sweet and loving 2 year old female Pit mix had been living a happy life with her family in Tampa, Florida when suddenly the landlord told her owners no Pit Bulls allowed. Her brokenhearted family put out an urgent plea for someone to adopt her, but no one stepped up to help dear Luna.  Her family was forced to do the inevitable and take her to the animal control shelter. The fact that she was an owner surrender and a Pit Bull with breed specific prejudice would have been the death knell for Luna when the unexpected happened.

A Good Samaritan and angel for animals named Stacy Devaris intervened at the shelter drop off door and offered to take Luna from her owner. Stacy had recently rescued and re-homed five stray dogs from the streets of Tampa that surely would have ended up in the hands of dog fighters. This huge rescue mission put a strain on her financially, yet she could not turn Luna down knowing what her fate would be.

This was back in August, and since then Luna has been in a boarding at Tampa Bay Animal Hospital in Temple Terrace. Although she is receiving excellent care in boarding and the staff love her, Luna wants a home and family again. Luna is fully vetted, spayed, and great with kids and other dogs. Sometimes she growls when she is playing but that is just because she is excited.

It’s not Luna’s fault she was judged for her breed before knowing her sweet disposition.

She is a great dog full of energy and love.

If you want to meet Luna and can foster or adopt please contact Stacy Devaris at 813-731-1376.

Funding is also needed for her continued boarding. Please consider a donation to help Luna until she finds the forever home all dogs deserve.

https://www.youcaring.com/luna-609666.

Cesar, pit bull in Staten Island held For 6 months on false Allegations

It seems BSL is continuing to rear its ugly head, not only in the controversial activities of Montreal but here in the United States as well. Dogs are being seized from their families on the fraudulent promise of only a 10 day quarantine; then being held indefinitely and neglected by those that are holding them hostage.

Cesar, a pit bull residing in Staten Island, New York with his owner Kristina Zdanaviciute Panattieri and her husband Douglas Panattieri, has never shown any signs of aggression. He actually serves as a therapy dog for an autistic child.  However, six months ago an incident occurred that has Cesar sitting on death row, and his owners worried over his physical and mental well-being.

The incident occurred while Cesar was in his own yard when a neighbor’s dog wandered into his territory. Cesar did exactly what any dog would’ve done no matter what the breed; he attempted to protect his territory. An altercation ensued between Cesar and the neighbor’s dog, resulting in the neighbor receiving a bite wound.  There is no concrete evidence that it was Cesar who did the biting, it could very easily been the neighbor’s own dog who inflicted the wound.

Nonetheless it was Cesar who was impounded and taken to Staten Island Animal Care and Control facility where he was supposed to only be held on a ten day quarantine per the Department of Health.  It has been six months since the incident, and Cesar has not been released to his owners as promised and now the Department of Health wants him euthanized.

During his six month imprisonment, Cesar has lost over twenty pounds and has gotten sick with pneumonia. He is being denied food and water and proper veterinarian care. He is also suffering from parasites and bacteria, yet his owners are not allowed to take him to a private vet. He is kept in a cage and not given adequate exercise. His owners, the Panattierris are only allowed to visit him twice a week for fifteen minutes each.

Under these deplorable conditions, Cesar will most likely die.  The Staten Island Animal Care and Control Center has an obligation to keep the animals in their care safe and well. That is their job; that is what they are being paid, but unfortunately they are lacking in their responsibilities by letting a dog waste away and die while under their roof.

The case is being appealed, and a petition has been started on Cesar’s behalf urging Federal Judge Kiyo Matsumoto and Attorney Christina Kang for the Department of Health to let Cesar go home to his family.

Please sign and share Cesar’s petition.

https://www.change.org/p/free-caesar-so-he-can-go-home.

It is a gross miscarriage of justice to continue to keep Cesar imprisoned at the Staten Island Animal Care and Control Center when there is no evidence he has done anything wrong other than behave as any other dog would in the given circumstances.

 

The Department of Health and the Staten Island Animal Care and Control Center need to be held accountable for their treatment of Cesar. They need to be investigated and prosecuted with the same zeal and aggressiveness that they prosecute innocent animals and their owners.

 

Do not let them get away with this.

 

 

 

 

Canada judge questions pit bull ban: Lacks clarity

On Monday morning, Superior Court Justice Louis Gouin questioned Quebec’s pit bull bylaw stating he has concerns over how a “pit bull type dog” is defined, reports the CBC. The bylaw came into effect on Monday.

In response to Montreal SPCA asking for a judicial review of the law banning pit bulls, the organization asked the court to suspend the bylaw stating it will prevent “chaos” and confusion during the review process until the outcome is completed.

“I won’t hide from you that in my reading of the bylaw I had several questions,” stated Judge Gouin. “Are we talking about first generation crosses? Do we go back to the grandparents? If I have all these questions, then the owners of pit bull type dogs must have them as well.”

Also being questioned is what the definition of a “pit bull type dog” is and that the new bylaw is both “vague and imprecise.” The new law suggests that these dogs be required to be muzzled at all times – a task impossible stated the judge since the dogs would not be able to eat or drink. Representing the city’s legal department, Rene Cadieux told the judge the dogs should be muzzled at all times when they go outdoors, and that Montreal had planned to update the website specifically citing the new regulations. Also in question is the city workers’ right to enter a building and arbitrarily take someone’s dog.

In Cadieux’s  argument to the judge, he referred to the Supreme Court’s decision stating there is no scientific evidence needed for breed specific legislation, and it is perfectly legal to rely on logic and common sense. Meanwhile lawyers for the SPCA, Marie-Claude St. Amant and Sibel Ataogul are looking for a resolution by Wednesday.

And as if Ontario’s  latest bylaws against dogs isn’t worrisome enough, Premier Philippe Couillard said Quebec is likely to follow the lead and ban pit bulls also.

Citizens continue to question why the government didn’t meet with the SPCA and other humane organizations to arrive at logical resolutions instead of targeting dogs and their owners in such a heated and undeserved hatred campaign. There has never been an documented evidence that pit bulls, pit bull mixes, or their pit bull relatives dating back six generations are unpredictable. In fact, pit bulls are not a breed – they are a combination of several breeds including the American Pit Bull terrier, the American Staffordshire terrier, American bulldog, etc. When will the government wake up and look at the owners of the dogs – not the dogs?

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(Photo: Riverside Animal Shelter. Darla – rescued!)

Dog owner responds to Montreal ban on pit bulls in best way

When popular animal advocate Lynn Dalton, of Ishpeming, Michigan reacted to the news of Tuesday’s legislation as Montreal City Council voted 37-23 to ban the ownership of pit bull type dogs, she posted a photo of her own dog on social media and asked Facebook followers to also post pictures of their own “banned” pups: lynn-dalton-11

“This is my beautiful pittie. I guess she would be considered “deplorable” in Montreal and would be killed. Let’s everyone see your deplorables,” stated Lynn on her Facebook page.

The antiquated breed specific legislation (BSL) which judges all dogs with certain body types, square heads and just the chance they could be viewed as a pit bull or any pit bull type goes into effect across all 19 Montreal boroughs beginning October 3. Three months ago, Montreal resident, Christiane Vadnais, 55, was mauled to death by a dog; the pet was initially identified as a pit bull, however the police have never verified that information. The attack caused a province-wide debate on the breed – of course blaming any dog even slightly resembling a pit bull as a monster. Ironically, media has since reported the dog involved in the woman’s death identified the dog, named Lucifer, as a boxer with a previous bite record.

On Wednesday, the Montreal SPCA  filed documents at the courthouse hoping to suspend the application of some sections of the new law alleging those that specifically target pit bulls are discriminatory and contrary to Quebec’s animal-welfare laws. Although the organization states this will be an uphill battle, they will appear in court on Monday and ask a judge to suspend the application of the provisions that pertain to pit bull type dogs pending a lawsuit citing arguments to overturn the new bylaw.

“We urgently filed a lawsuit against the city of Montreal,” Alanna Devine, director of animal advocacy for the Montreal SPCA, said. “The argument is that there are serious legal issues with the bylaw, there is serious prejudice or harm that will occur and that it’s irreparable.”

In a Change.org petition which has garnered more than 267,000 signatures will be presented to:

  • Maire, Ville de Montréal / Mayor, City of Montreal
    Denis Coderre
  • Montreal City Council

asking government officials to reverse their decision. Don’t forget to sign the petition.

And now it’s time to meet some more of these delightful pooches in no particular order – just pit bull breeds. lynn-dalton-4lynn-dalton-5 lynn-dalton-3

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Heartbreaking photo of Montreal pet owner training dog to wear muzzle

Ask Erika Ashley Matta, who lives in Laval, Quebec City Canada how her dog named Lucky has reacted to the news of Tuesday’s legislation when Montreal City Council voted to ban the ownership of pit bull type dogs.

The photo of Lucky has been shared thousands of times as Erika recalls back to 2007 when she adopted what is believed to be a Labrador retriever and pit bull mix from the SPCA when the dog was barely a year-old.

“No more playing ball in a park or running around catching sticks,” stated Erika. “She has been through so much and now at her senior age she sure doesn’t deserve to be muzzled. Today as I went to Mondou to go see what size muzzle Lucky would need to wear,we encountered a lady who was scared of dogs but was really enjoying petting Lucky; she said she is such a sweet dog.”

When the woman asked why Erika was purchasing a muzzle, the woman started to cry and told the cashier how unfair this new ruling was for dogs. As does everyone who can think beyond knee-jerk reactions, one should punish the neglectful dog owners  – not the dogs.

“There are good-hearted people out there, and a lot of people on our side to fight for the right of our dogs, and I hope we can accomplish something because having to see my dog wear a muzzle and cower down the way she is in this picture sure breaks my heart,” reflected Erika.  “At 9 years old she should be enjoying her life the best she can. She doesn’t understand why she has to wear this weird thing on her mouth, and to her it’s not a positive thing. We are trying to make positive but in the end the dog is not happy wearing it.”

On Wednesday, the Montreal SPCA stated it is waging a legal challenge against the city over the ban on pit bull type dogs. According to Global News, the organization has filed documents at the courthouse hoping to suspend the application of some sections of the new law alleging those that specifically target pit bulls are discriminatory and contrary to Quebec’s animal-welfare laws. On Thursday, the SPCA will appear in court and ask a judge to suspend the application of the provisions that pertain to pit bull type dogs pending a lawsuit containing arguments to overturn the new bylaw.

“We urgently filed a lawsuit against the city of Montreal,” Alanna Devine, director of animal advocacy for the Montreal SPCA, said. “The argument is that there are serious legal issues with the bylaw, there is serious prejudice or harm that will occur and that it’s irreparable.”

More news to come – the fight isn’t over yet. Read more about the legislation here.

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Shame on Montreal: City council bans pit bull type dogs

On Tuesday afternoon, Montreal city council voted  37-23 to ban the ownership of pit bull type dogs thus changing the animal control bylaws, reports CBCNews.

The antiquated breed specific legislation (BSL) which judges all dogs with certain body types, square heads and just the chance they could be viewed as a pit bull or any pit bull type goes into effect across all 19 Montreal boroughs commencing October 3.

“My duty as mayor of Montreal is making sure I am working for all Montrealers,”stated Denis Coderre. “And I am there to make sure they feel safe and that they are safe.”

Three months ago, Christiane Vadnais, 55, was mauled to death by a dog; the pet was initially identified as a pit bull, however the police have never verified that information and are still waiting for DNA test results stating they were not experts in judging dog breeds. The attack caused a province-wide debate on the breed – of course blaming any dog even slightly resembling a pit bull as a monster. Ironically, media has since reported the dog involved in the woman’s death identified the dog, named Lucifer, as a boxer with a previous bite record.

According to the Montreal Gazette, during the last 30 years in Quebec, five other people have been killed by dogs, and all of the dogs involved were described as from the husky breed. No laws have ever been introduced to ban huskies in Quebec, argued Ewa Demianowicz, a spokesperson for the Canadian branch of the Humane Society International.

“This is the first dog identified as a pit bull who kills someone, and everyone reacted right away,” stated Ewa on Friday.

The Montreal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals stated the controversial legislation is “unfair, unenforceable, and most importantly ineffective.”

The new legislation will define the following as pit bulls:

  • Staffordshire bull terriers
  • American pit bull terriers
  • American Staffordshire terriers
  • Any mix with these breeds
  • Any dog that presents characteristics of one of those breeds

For anyone owning a dog fitting the above description, owners who live in Montreal, will be required to obtain a special permit by December 31, 2016. In addition the law now creates two categories of dogs of all breeds – at risk and dangerous. An at-risk dog is any pet that exhibits aggressive behavior such as having bitten someone. If  a dog is deemed dangerous, the council will be able to “act accordingly.”

Social media has erupted with animal lovers posting photos of their pit bulls – calling the council a disgrace. Anyone with a dog with a square head is afraid they might be stigmatized, forced to make their dogs wear muzzles or even ordered to have their dogs euthanized.

And as animal lovers everywhere hear the decision was based on “common sense” and not a “scientific debate” making it opinion over facts, one can only hope the ignorance will end.

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(Photo courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)