Mark Buehrle and his wife in a 2010 PSA for AdoptAPet.com This week comes news that Miami Marlins' pitcher Mark Buehrle was willing to pass up a deal with the South Florida baseball team because Miami-Dade county has a ban on pit bull ownership. In December, Buehrle signed a $58 million, four-year contract with the club. But he reportedly wasn't willing to make the move unless he and his wife Jamie could find a house in a community that would accept their adopted pit bull and three … [Read more...]
Here's some great news: Snickers is going home! You may remember that just before Christmas, retired Chicago police officer James Sak was ordered by the town council in Aurelia, Iowa, to surrender his pit bull service dog, Snickers. Aurelia has breed specific legislation that makes owning a pit bull - even a mix - illegal. In November, Sak and his wife Peggy moved to Aurelia to be near her 87-year-old mother. Snickers went with them. The pit mix is James Sak's service dog, giving the … [Read more...]
Retired cop forced to give up pit bull service dog – do you care about Breed Specific Legislation now?
Folks involved in animal rescue know all about Breed Specific Legislation (BSL), but many average dog owners don't understand what it really means when communities adopt laws banning dogs of specific breed or physical characteristics. Then a story like this one hits the front page: retired police officer James Sak is being forced to get rid of his service dog Snickers, just because the five-year-old is a Pit bull-mix. Sak was a police officer in Chicago for 32 years, almost … [Read more...]
When it comes to being the poster pup for resilience, there may be no other dog worthy of the title than Leo, one of the fifty dogs confiscated in 2007 when authorities raided Vick's Bad Newz kennels. Leo may have begun his life in a dark place, but he was redeemed under the loving guidance of Marthina McClay, founder of Our Pack Pit Bull Rescue. After his rough start, Leo went on to be a bright light in the lives of the sick when he became a therapy dog, earning the nickname "Dr. Leo" from … [Read more...]
In honor of National Shelter (and Rescue) Appreciation Week, meet Sophie! She came from a huge hoarding bust that took place in Ohio in the beginning of 2010. She has had a rough, sad life to say the least. But guess what? Sophie bears no scars, no ill will, no grudges. She just wants a home to call her own! Sophie is 7 1/2 yrs old, loves to play ball, loves to chew on bones, and loves to go for walks. But most of all she loves to cuddle up on the couch and watch movies with you. … [Read more...]