Monday, November 28, 2005

Back To 8/17/05

When I posted a message about a plan to ban Pit Bulls in California back on 8/17/05 I had no idea that there were almost as many plans to regulate dog ownership as there are to get rid of the Second Amendment. Yesterday my Daughter forwarded an e-mail to me that tells about breed specific legislation in Illinois, Wisconsin and Colorado.

"We are facing three important breed specific bills in the United States soon.

(1) Illinois.

Bill SB 1790, sponsored by Sen. Martin Sandoval, would label these breeds as dangerous: "pit bull", Doberman Pinscher, Rottweiler, German Shepherd dog, Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute, Chow Chow, Great Dane, St. Bernard and Akita. All dogs of these breeds will have to be spayed or neutered. There is no exemption for conformation dogs. Owners are required to license their dogs with the state and hold "canine liability insurance". The bill passed the first reading, has now been re-referred to the "Rules Committee" (3-18)

The DPCA (Doberman Pinscher Club of America) has no State Director for Illinois. I request that an Illinois resident come forward to lead the effort in behalf of the DPCA to defeat this legislation in Illinois.

(2) Wisconsin

In April, Trempealu County, Wisconsin passed an ordinance requiring registration of dogs deemed dangerous by the sheriff or belonging to one of several breeds, including Dobermans and Rottweilers.

The Board may take a second look at what it considers a dangerous dog.

Chairwoman Barbara Semb said no one has registered a dog yet.

With the urging of Semb, the County Board's Law Enforcement Committee agreed to "take another look" at the ordinance at its Nov. 21 meeting.

The DPCA has no Wisconsin State Director. I request that a Wisconsin resident come forward to lead the effort in behalf of the DPCA to defeat this legislation in Wisconsin.


The DPCA Legislative Committee is assembling an ad hoc committee to address the possible BSL (breed specific legislation) in Aurora, Colorado, the site of the 2006 DPCA National Specialty. We currently have two people who have agreed to serve on this committee. We need additional volunteers- particularly Colorado residents-who will agree to serve on the Aurora BSL Committee to help us use the National Specialty in a manner that will assist us in turning back BSL there and in Denver.

If you are willing to step forward for the protection of our breed in any of the areas set forth above, please e-mail me directly at:


Jeff Helsdon
Legislative Director
Doberman Pinscher Club of America."

In past post I have mentioned a Rottweiler that was once a loved member of our family, (Rest In Peace Patriot) we now have a Siberian Husky. I see they have made the list in Illinois. If you were to try and convince our neighbors that she was a danger to them or their Grand Children they would laugh in your face. Since we moved in here about five years ago she has made a change in their lives. They have added dog treats to their shopping list. If anything ever happened to us I'm sure she would have a home with them. I got some BSL links I hope you will check out. I hope you will look at all of them, but if you don't have the time at least check out Find The Pitbull. It's a little test to see if you could identify a Pit Bull, you might be surprised. I want to ask you to do me a favor. If you hear of any BSL in your area contact the bills sponsor and ask him or her to send you something that will prove all dogs of any breed are dangerous. Leave a link to the proof in the Comment Section of this post. I'm convinced that BSL is all about money. Lets see if your elected official can prove me wrong.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.


Blogger American Crusader said...

One of the main problems is that the media loves to overreport every incident where a child is attacked by a vicious dog. The dog is always at fault no matter how it was raised. There are dogs that need to be raised by responsible's not that these dogs are inherently vicious but puppy farms, owners who breed for fighting, and just the fact that these are big dogs have produced a perception of viciousness. I'll be honest...I have been a dog owner all my life, German shepherds and Boston Terriers are my favorites, but when I see a pit bull without its owner, I get nervous.

4:51 PM  
Blogger Jake Porter said...

German Shepherds are my favorite but most all dogs are nice the media just likes to sensationalize what is happening a slight increase in temperature-global warming, a lighter explodes and kills one person-we are all going to be exploded, an increase by one shark attack-summer of the shark stay away from the water.

Reminds me of the Green Day song Warning.

5:28 PM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

I agree with Crusader: media loves to overreport every incident...
I've seen mean dogs and nice dogs of all breeds.

The only two dogs which ever seriously bit me were a Cocker Spaniel and a Chihuahua. I've been around Pit Bulls and German Shepherds all my life--no bites from them.

But I'll admit that Dobermans put me off a bit. I'm not quite sure why. And I would never approach most any guard dog (Pit Bull, Chow, what have you) without the owner being around.

6:33 PM  
Blogger cc41girl88 said...

as a note, i do believe that american crusader is right what he/she said in the first sentence. its becoming sort of redicules.

however, there also needs to be much more awareness in communities of vicious dogs that are out there, and NOT just pit bulls, etc. a dangerous dog is one that does not have an affinity toward strangers, has been violent before, or has a history of being abused and thus can go off on an innocent person.

however, i have to contest the fact that all breeds of all dogs are dangerous. what makes people percieve pit bulls and dobermans as dangerous is in part their physical appearance (size, etc), and that size also makes it much harder to control the dog if it gets out of hand. in contrast, if a maltese (the little white 7lbs things that look like toys) attacks you (they like to gentry bite people sometimes, depending on the dog), it would be easy to stop him/her.

however, i have a friend who has two ENORMOUS mutts of some sort...i'm not sure what they are exactly but when they were only a 1/2 year old they could life their front legs and stretch higher than me, to about 6 feet. it was incredible. however, they were well trained and the only thing they'd EVER hard were my old straw-like flipflops, one of which they tore up during the night. but seriously, that is no reason at all to label them dangerous and have them registered, etc. the owners were always responsible, and the dogs would rather take a bullet for you than harm you in any way.

these legislations should not be here, and the real liability should be of the owners, current or past, who are not adaquately taking care of dangerous dogs (see what i said before on dangerous). the type does not matter... you do not become a violent person because of your race or ethnicity, but because of the situation you are/were in (and could be argued natural tendency, but then it would have already been obvious and that falls under dangerous).

to all those politician who try to pass those redicules legislation, i say stop being a paranoid idiot conforming to societal labels and media obserdities!

2:01 PM  
Blogger Elric said...

My question is, does the DPCA have a State Director ANYWHERE? I live in Virginia. We are facing similiar legislation here. I wrote to the DPCA to find out what their position was, and if I could be of assistance in stopping this legislation. I was told that they didn't have a director for my state. When I questioned the value of membership in light of the fact that they had no means of responding to statewide issues, I was told if I didn't want to join, don't join. This was in a note form Jeffrey Helsdon, whom I note is interested in addrressing concerns where the national specialty show is going to be held, but expressed no interest whatsoever in Virginia.

6:17 AM  
Blogger Elric said...

The key is training. No dog is inherently bad, viscious or evil. What you have is irresponsible owners who never read a book, talk to another owner, or learn about their dogs. Thus they don't socialize them properly, and the dog becomes mean to strangers.

I have a Dobe. He goes to the store twice a week with me to meet other dogs and other people. He barks and fusses when someone he doesn't know comes down the sidewalk, but then he just sniffs them and tries to jump up to be petted. I am working to break him of that.

I want my dog to be friendly to all people, and all animals, at all times except one. That being when a person I did not invite in, enters my home. In that case, I want him to attack that person to protect me and my small children. By socializing him, and by creating a loving home that he will want to protect, I am getting just that type of attitude out of him.

In just the same way that guns don't kill people, people kill people. Dogs don't come from the womb ready to kill little kids and strangers. They have to be taught, or not taught as the case may be, to develope an anti-social attitude.

I am never afraid of a dog I know has been well trained. I am always afraid of one, regardless of breed, when I know the owner hasn't a clue. But then again, I don't like loaded weapons laying around the house either...and to my mind an untrained dog is just that. Breed really makes no difference.

6:33 AM  
Blogger Katherine Thayer said...

For me... it depends to people what breed of dogs they want. If they want Pit Bull or German Shepherd. The children should not go near them. These animals consider as an animal barrier for your home.

11:43 PM  
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