Month: May 2012
Teresa Lynn Chagrin, a self proclaimed Animal Care & Control expert for PETA, recently wrote a letter to the Legislatures of Maryland.
In short, Teresa doesn’t seem to care that many families in the State of Maryland are faced with the decision to either give up their dog or move out. Teresa also doesn’t seem to care about the difficulties dog groomers, dog boarding facilities, veterinarians and animal shelter are facing.
In general, I’m going to answer Teresa’s letter with the following quote:
Teresa, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.
Said that, let me go in to some details and make sure that MY Legislatures in MY State get the full picture and can make a informed decision.
Instead of citing a study that is 14 years old, how about we look at the study from the Institute for Animal Welfare and Behavior, University of Veterinary Medicine, Hanover Germany “Comparison of Golden Retrievers and dogs affected by BSL”. I would like you to pay attention to the end of the study where it says “Results”.
You also may read my Blog “The needless fear of Pit Bull Breeds” which actually includes several studies.
Teresa, in all honesty, what in the world makes you think that you are qualified to be a dog behavior specialist? May I remind you of your own
Butcher Shop Animal Shelter in Norfolk, VA? How many dogs in your Butcher Shop Animal Shelter are being evaluated or receive any kind of behavior training? Well, it is not very difficult to figure out since the kill rate is about 97%. In the year of 2011 you accomplished to adopt out 21 animals after you killed 1911. How many of the adopted out animals actually were Pit Bull type dogs? How many of them did you actually evaluate? It is not very difficult to come up with the correct answer: zero.
You say that “Shelter workers across the nation see first hand on a regular basis the horribly cruel treatment that Pit Bulls are subjected to”. Really? I happen to be a Shelter worker but I have yet to see the “horribly cruel treatment that Pit Bulls are subjected to”. I do see cases of animal cruelty but they sure have nothing to do with any specific breed. So, I do have to wonder from where this information is coming?
I don’t know how you came up with the statistic that every 14 days a person dies from a Pit Bull? Somehow that doesn’t add up. I searched statistics for over 2 days but could not find anything that would support your numbers. Again, something to wonder about and questioning your “expertise” in the field of dog behavior.
Now, at last something personal. I am the proud owner of a Pit Bull and I take very much offense that you call me a criminal because I adopted my dog from our municipal open admission No Kill shelter in the beginning of 2011. And no, Christofer is not a weapon nor is he in chains as you suggest:
Not so long ago, Allegany County was the most progressive County in the State of Maryland when it came to animal welfare. The Allegany County Animal Shelter went basically over night from a 85% kill rate to a over 94% life release rate, with help from the Allegany County Government. Now, the very same County Government that once pushed the envelope to set new standards for animal welfare in the State of Maryland has fallen in to a deep hole.
Since the ruling of the MD Court of Appeals on 4/26/12, the County Government of Allegany County, MD as of today does not allow the Allegany County Animal Shelter to adopt out Pit Bulls and cross-bred Pit Bull type dogs. The Allegany County Animal Shelter basically is the only animal shelter in the State of Maryland that can not adopt out Pit Bulls and cross-bred Pit Bulls because of the ruling from the MD Court of Appeals. This is beyond shameful. For 4 weeks now Pit Bulls and cross-bred Pit Bulls in the Allegany County Animal Shelter are waiting to find a home, waiting that the County Government that once protected them, allows them to leave their kennels.
There are 3 things inherently dangerous in the State of Maryland: a Saturday night special, a vehicle and a Pit Bull. So far, the County Government of Allegany County has absolutely no problem to let county employees operate inherently dangerous vehicles. What about accidents?
Well, it happens………
Please feel free to tell the County Commissioners what you think about it:
Allegany County Commissioners:
Jenzer, Mamma Bear, Sadie, Truffles, Mikey, Cabo, Red, Pretty Girl, Skip, Sasha, Agustus, Legion, Kilo, Chewy, Yollie, Juniper, Carver, Action, Keeva, Dagwood, Caboose
In a special session of the General Assembly in Annapolis, MD on 5/14/12 and 5/15/12, several Legislatures tried to introduce four bills to overturn the ruling of the MD Court of Appeals from 4/26/12 which has re-written common law in MD. Unfortunately the Speaker of the House, Senate President and Governor of MD have not allowed the Bills on the floor for discussion.
On 5/15/12 more than 100 pit bull owners and animal rights activists staged a demonstration outside the Maryland State House in Annapolis. Several legislatures took the time and talked to the attendants indicating that another special session of the General Assembly is planned for August 2012 and that most likely they will be able to introduce bills to the House and Senate.
From the four bills that were made public it is most likely that Bill HB 1804 / SB 1307, drafted by Delegates Smigiel and Mizeur, will be pushed by animal rights activists and legislatures for introduction and vote in August 2012
At the same time, a group of Attorneys for Statefarm Insurance Company will file a motion to reconsider the Solesky case in the Court of Appeals. The motion has to be filed within 30 days after the ruling which was 4/26/12.
As of today, the Allegany County Animal Shelter is one of very view Animal Shelter in the State of Maryland that still does not allow Pit Bulls and cross-bred Pit Bulls being adopted out. However, it was indicated by officials that adoption may resume soon.
I would like to encourage everybody to write to your elected officials in support of HB 1804 / SB 1307. Please select the legislature for your district here: MDelect
I also would like to ask everybody to e-mail or call the following people:
President of the Senate Mike Miller 410-841-3700 firstname.lastname@example.org
Speaker of the House Michael Busch 410-841-3800 email@example.com
Governor O’Malley 410-974-3901 http://www.governor.maryland.gov/mail/
In last weeks ruling, the Maryland Court of Appeals declared all Pit Bulls and cross-bred Pit Bulls inherently dangerous. In Maryland, the Court of Appeals has the power to change common law which it has done. The ruling is affecting many people, organisations, businesses and local governments.
The General Assembly and the Governor of MD will meet next week for a last session. I’m asking all people from the State of Maryland for Action:
Contact Governor O’Malley
e-mail the Governor via this webform
call the Governor: 410.974.3901 or toll free 1.800.811.8336
100 State Circle
Contact your elected officials. You can find the elected official for your district here
For Allegany County please contact:
George C. Edwards
James Senate Office Building, Room 322
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3565, (301) 858-3565; 1-800-492-7122, ext. 3565 (toll free)
Wendell R. Beitzel
House Office Building, Room 410B
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3435, (301) 858-3435 1-800-492-7122, ext. 3435 (toll free)
The following is a study regarding Pit Bull breeds and why it is unnecessary to fear them. The study was done by Danielle Dunne from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA.
I would like to thank Danielle Dunne and Dr. Eileen McFall for giving me the permission to publish this study.
The Needless Fear of Pit Bull Breeds