Bloodhounds, the most feared dogs on earth?

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I was at my alma mater St. John Fisher College yesterday for a day long conference on Frederick Douglass and Ireland. Scattered around the room where actual issues of Douglass' newspapers. I love history, and am always fascinated by the way the past mirrors the present. I'll talk more about abolition later this week, but today I just wanted to share an animal-related thought that jumped out at me as I read the stories from the 1850s.In one of the papers - and my stupid camera phone took such … [Read more...]

The fight for Lennox ends – shame on the Belfast City Council

Lennox, the 7-year-old American Bull Dog/Labrador mix who was seized by the Belfast City Council (BCC) in Northern Ireland in May 2012 has been, according to reports, "humanely put to sleep."The story that has captured the hearts of animal lovers around the world centers on a law in Belfast that makes owning a pit bull illegal. The BCC seized Lennox because they deemed that he was, by appearance, a pit bull, despite DNA testing to the contrary.The Barnes family, Lennox's owners, have … [Read more...]

Fight for Lennox the dog nears the end

Lennox is scheduled to die tomorrow. In fact, he may already be dead, since he's in Northern Ireland and it's already tomorrow there. Lennox has been imprisoned for almost two years. Not because he committed a crime. Not because he broke the law. He's been held because of the way he looks.Lennox is a dog. And to the officials at the Belfast, Ireland City Council, Lennox looks like a pit bull, which in their eyes makes him a dangerous dog.Never mind that Lennox is not a pit bull; he's a 7- … [Read more...]

Pit bull shot by sheriff’s deputies; community responds

photo: www.facebook.com/JusticeForDiablo

There's a hot controversy stirring here in my hometown of Rochester, NY. I confess I'm late coming to the story, being wrapped up as I am in family tree research. But I've finally had time to catch up and ... well, it's quite a story. Here's what happened.Last Friday, June 2, two Monroe County Sheriff deputies responded to a call at a home in the Rochester suburb of Perinton, NY. News reports say the officers were responding to a call for a car blocking a driveway at the home of Gary … [Read more...]

Why puppy mills and pit bull breeders both produce “disposable dogs”

My dog Bailey, the day I brought her home from the shelter. Had I not dont that, she would have been one more "disposable dog".

One of our local news station in Rochester, NY, 13WHAM news, did a two part story this week on the problem of backyard breeders and the astounding number of pit bulls ending up our local animal shelter. The two-part series was called "Disposable Dogs."In the story, reporter Jane Flasch shared information about the growing problem of irresponsible backyard breeding, which resulted with more than 1,000 pit bull puppies (some just days old) and dogs euthanized last year at Rochester Animal … [Read more...]

Ohio removes “pit bull” from state’s definition of dangerous dog

Kia is a parvo survivor looking for a home. This cuddle monkey loves people! If you want to learn more, visit PittyLoveRescue.org

It's a happy day for opponants of breed specific legislation: Ohio has changed the state's law that specifically named pit bulls as dangerous dogs.According to VIN News, the 25-year-old law formerly defined a vicious dog as one that “belongs to a breed that is commonly known as a pit bull dog.” The story goes on to explain this about the new revised code: In addition to striking the words "pit bull" from state code, HB 14 creates a new classification called “nuisance” dogs, defined as dogs t … [Read more...]

Are pet adoption rules too restrictive? And is a pet store your only other option?

Dozer is a  2 year old purebred American Bulldog who has been looking for his forever home for a while. He's currently at Lollypop Farm in Victor, NY. Click his photo to get more information!

Back in December I did a story on how animal activists have been working to get malls across the country to sever ties with pet stores in favor of rescue group"stores", in the hopes of putting a stop to puppy mills and helping more rescue animals find homes.I was surprised when readers started commenting that they ended up getting a dog at a pet store, knowing they were supporting puppy mills, because they'd been denied by rescue groups to adopt dogs. They cited restrictive rescue polices, in … [Read more...]

Miami Marlins’ new pitcher Mark Buehrle takes a stand on pit bull ban

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 Viz … [Read more...]

Snickers the service dog to be reunited with retired police officer

James Sak and his service dog, Snickers. (Photo courtesy Animal Farm Foundation)

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?

According to Breed Specific Legislation, our dog Bailey would be illegal if our community adopted BSL.

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 half that time … [Read more...]


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