Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Owner or the Dog?

The Shelbyville City Council is toying with the idea of breed legislation. The question is whether or not to ban Pit Bulls within the Shelbyville, TN city limits. This legislation was discussed briefly a while back but tabled. It was brought back up after 2 recent dog attacks in the city (click HERE and HERE). The City Council meeting was packed last night with concerned citizens who suggested that the owners of vicious/dangerous dogs be the target and not breeds themselves. I feel that the citizens made valuable suggestions last night that should be considered. I personally believe that the idea of breed legislation is ridiculous until the basic animal welfare laws are addressed. If the ban on Pit Bulls in Shelbyville is a go, I just wonder who they will appoint to enforce this ban. I know that owners that breed these dogs to fight should be held accountable (which is just one concern). Fighting dogs is illegal in the first place. If they are already ignoring that basic law, then another on the books isn't going to make a difference. What do you all think?

4 comments:

Kat Coble said...

I think you hit the nail on the head. If they're ignoring one law, how hard is it to ignore a second one as well?

Linda / Chri said...

Enforcing the law that already exists before adding a new one would make sense. This breed of dog is not my favorite, but the owners should be held accountable for how they maintain and secure their pets before the whole breed becomes banned.

Pennie said...

Arrrggghhhh...I can't stand dog breed legislation!! I fell head over heels in love with Pit Bulls when I was down in MS. after Katrina. They're the most loving dogs...it's the owners who screw them up.

My thought is...if you ban Pit Bulls, then the people that fight them will just chose another breed to fight...Rotties...Shepherds...Dobbies. It's not the dog...it's the owner.

ann said...

I agree with all of the above. It is the owners that need to be banned. The should use the laws already in place BEFORE they make more possible loopholes the trouble makers will find a way through.