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Archive for September, 2012

1. Never run up to a dog because you could frighten them.

2. Ask an adult or parent, if you can pet the dog.

3. Ask whoever is holding the dog, if you can pet the dog.

4. Once they have allowed for you to pet the dog. Stand beside the dog, put out a fist and allow him to sniff your closed hand. Move slowly and talk softly, sudden movements and loud noises can scare the dog.

5. Pet the dog, starting under the chin and the you can move your hand up on top of his head.

6. Never run away from a dog, because no matter how gentle they are, they will want to chase you. 

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A possible pit bull ban is coming to the City Of  Breaux Bridge, the current ordinance considers them to be dangerous. The past few years, there have been attacks and other issues experienced by police that have encouraged the mayor to take the breed specific legislation to his council. The council, over the past two months, have been taking a total ban of the breed into consideration, or reworking the current ordinance. The ordinance states right now, that the owners of pit bulls must have $100,00 insurance, an 8 foot tall fence and must muzzle the dog when out for a walk. Council members, Terry Thibodeaux, Gary Champagne and councilman, Menard, all have agreed that they don’t want to ban the breed, however, they do want the problem under control to protect pit bulls and their owners. The mayor, Delhomme, plans to put the item in the agenda in October for the council to discuss and he hopes the issue will be resolved then.

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The month of October is “National Pit bull Awareness Day” and because of that, the League for Animal Protection and the town of Huntington are co-sponsoring a free spay and neuter program for pit bulls and pit mixes. There are veterinarians that have agreed to participate in the program so during October, the owners are able to bring their pits in and have them fixed. There are so many pit bulls in shelters that desperately need a home and by spaying and neutering them, we are able to control the population of pit bulls so we don’t see more in the shelter.

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I recently went to the event “Pancakes For Pitties” presented by Hug-A-Bull.com It was a fundraiser, and pancakes by donations, there were people and their pitties there and also shirts, stickers and other fun things like that for sale. People and their pitties came and there was poster boards of all the pit bulls they had for adoption and for fostering and interesting facts and stories. Check out Hug-A-Bull.com, they have so many dogs available for fostering and adoption and need your help, below, there are pictures from the event and myself, enjoy!

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There have been recent threats against pit bulls online and are being targeted this Halloween. This years Halloween has been considered as “national kill a pit bull day” and have pit bull owners worried across the nation. Along with the threats, there have been comments regarding the “national kill a pit bull day” like poisoning dogs and also brutally murdering them with different weapons. The announcement has been advertised on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and the Instagram post reads “I’m here by announcing October 31 National kill a pit bull day. After you take the kids trick or treating keep your costume on round up some friends and kill as many pit bulls as you can before midnight.” The posts encourages different ways and different weapons to use in this horrific act. “Baseball bats, knives, bricks and poisons (a hotdog soaked in radiator fluid works well) are all suitable tools.” There has been some talk of this being a joke and then some people are claiming its real. Real or a joke, this should be taken seriously and this Halloween, pit bull owners should be extra careful and take extra precautions to ensure their dogs safety this Halloween.

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In the beginning of August, a four year old girl was attacked by a pit bull at a barbecue in White Rock B.C and then a four year old boy was attacked by a pit bull in Kelowna. The parents of both children are calling for a province wide breed ban. While in Ontario, there is a pressure from the pit bull community to lift the ban on pit bulls because of the unclear description in the legislation. It forbids pit bulls and other dogs with broad shoulders, short hair and a wide forehead. A lot of dogs can apply to this because “pit bull” isn’t a recognized breed, but American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers or any of them mixed, are. 

I live in B.C, and when I read that a ban could be placed on this breed, I really couldn’t believe it because for so long there has been no breed ban and I kept hoping one would never be placed. The parents of the children are responding out of fear and anger, the only way of preventing these issues is to compel animal cruelty laws and make owners responsible for their pets. A breed ban is just a false idea of safety in a community. Ignorance is a very poor excuse to ban a certain breed. 

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