Educating not Discriminating
Dog Legislation Education (DLE) is for anyone on either side of the Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) fence. I wanted to provide a place where you can ask questions that otherwise might spark debate. This is not meant to be a place to argue the issues, but to help people understand why dogs bite, who's really responsible, and what types of legislation have proven successful in protecting the public and punishing human offenders. Anyone commenting on the blog will be removed from the group for being insensitive. My main focus will be for citizens of Springfield, Mo as the Animal Issues Task Force (AITF) has proposed new legislation, policies, programs to City Council. Because these proposals could help improve the safety of citizens anywhere, the blog is open to anyone.
The Root of Fear is Ignorance.
The one thing I have learned over the years, is that most people who have a problem with a specific breed of dog either had one bad experience or heard bad stuff on the news. Humans are allowed to be afraid...I'm afraid of spiders, hopefully no one faults me for that! What I hope to accomplish with this blog is to help Pit Bull and other Power Breed owners to understand that some people don't know any better than to be afraid. As dog owners we have to take our time and show the public that no one breed stands alone with behavioral issues. I hope to not only educate people who don't know the blessings our dogs bring, but also help educate people who may not know what is appropriate behavior for them and their dog. Though I don't believe Breed Specific Legislation is effective in educating the public, I do believe Potentially Dangerous Dog, Dangerous Dog, and Irresponsible Owner Legislation can not only educate, but improve public safety as well.
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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Anonymous Question: Is the City talking about expanding the Pit Bull ordinance to all "Dangerous Breeds"?

Answer: First I would like to say that a lot of people are talking about a lot of things. I cannot speak for the City except that the City Council is waiting for the recommendations of the citizens and professionals on the Animal Issues Task force.  The AITF wants to expand the ordinance to "all dangerous dogs". This would allow the city officials to punish the dangerous dogs and irresponsible owners rather than all citizens who own specific breeds. If the ordinance changes are considered and/or accepted we have to take our time changing from BSL. There were hundreds of Pit mixes that were dumped when the ordinance went in place and in my opinion it would not help us if those irresponsible people went out and got another just because the ordinance has changed again. As a power breed owner, I only want responsible people, who are willing to get educated to own our breeds.

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