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The “Puppy Bowl” on Animal Planet is a yearly program on TV,  that is like the Super Bowl but except football players, they use puppies! The show consists of a number of puppies playing in a model stadium that looks like an actual football field, with commentary on what they’re doing. This years “Puppy Bowl” lineup is featuring two pure bred pit  bulls and four pit bull mixes out of thirty one puppies. However, the Puppy Bowl takes place in Miami and there has been a twenty year ban on pit bulls. Failed efforts to downturn the legislation last year, Miami-Dade is the only county in Florida that has an active pit bull ban. Animal Planet has been doing an amazing job with promoting pit bulls and changing peoples misconceptions about the breed. You can watch The Puppy Bowl this Sunday at 3 p.m. 

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Steve Madison, the city councilman thinks Pasadena should be considering a ban on pit bulls within city limits. He says that the breed poses as an inherent threat to the public, being aggressive and powerful sometimes.  Madison said “Time after time, a pit bull chews a kid to death somewhere, and I’m not going to let that happen in Pasadena,” during a meeting of the councils Public Safety Committee, Madison also says “I would have no problem saying ‘Pasadena’s a special place: If you want to live here, come, but don’t bring your pit bull.”

The president of the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA, Steve McNall, says the law would unfairly punish the responsible pit bull owners. “It’s a discrimination issue” McNall says, and told Madison he would refuse to take part of any plan that wants to seize and euthanize contraband dogs. “To take somebody’s personal property, a family member, and kill it? The last time I checked, this is the United States, not Russia.” However, the pit bull ban is currently on pause because California’s law prevents cities from banning a specific breed of dog.

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Earlier this year, Maryland ruled that pit bulls were “inherently dangerous” and also if a tenants dog bites someone, the landlord can be sued. Earlier this month, a letter was sent out to every resident at the Armistead Gardens apartment complex in East Baltimore. The letter reads: “If you have a pit bull or cross-bred pit bull mix, you must get rid of the animal immediately.” One of the residents refuses to get rid of his pit bull, but his only option is to go to court. 

 “What may be in the interest of the community may be to ban pit bulls and anything that looks like a pit bull so they don’t have a financial judgment issued against them.” said the attorney of the resident refusing to get rid of his pit bull.

The ruling from the Maryland Court Of Appeals applies statewide and the first apartment complex to want to get rid of all pit bulls was the Armistead Gardens apartment complex, however this isn’t the only apartment complex willing to do so. While reading through different articles, I read that this only applied to pure bred pit bulls but no such thing exists because a pitty is a type of dog.

 

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Good news! As of May 22, 2012, Ohio’s law now states that dangerous dogs are now defined on behavior NOT breed. Before, Ohio, as well as Maryland used to state dogs were vicious based on breed and looks. Ohio has been the only state to categorize dogs based on looks and breed. However, some places in Ohio will still continue to ban pit bulls.

Although this is good news, it makes me wonder when they won’t base on breed and behavior, but when they’ll base on humans and ownership. Ohio states that they now define a dangerous dog by behavior, however that behavior is learned and they learn it from their owners. Makes me wonder when humans are going to get it and be punished. For now though, I think that Ohio’s law is better than no law being lifted and changed, its a step to a better future for pit bulls.

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Fayetteville, N.C

Cumberland county officials are considering placing a ban on adopting out dogs of the bully breed because there have been too many frequent attacks and bites on humans and other animals. The animal control advisory board in the county have discussed the issue on Monday and any policy the want to change will have to be approved by the county board of commissioners. Cumberland animal control director, John Lauby, says he considers it ill-advised. “I have never said I wanted to ban a breed or any specific breed, and the reason is I know from statistics (that) banning breeds doesn’t work,” says Lauby. Lauby would rather do more screening on those who want to adopt pit bulls, rottweilers, and chows. He wants them to go to people who know how to care for them properly and wont use them for breeding or to roam freely. The chairmen of the animal control board, Cristóbal Berry-Cabán, says the shelter does not have enough resources to check up on potential adopters and he also says that they will try and send such breeds to rescue groups, but if no group can then the dogs will have to be put down…

I cant imagine a ban on only adopting bullies, EVERY single dog in a shelter needs a home, including pit bulls and other bullies. That is going way too far, no dog deserves being treated like that. And if they cant find a home or a group that will take them they have to put them down? Mind you, this is for the pit bulls and other bully dogs they are planning this for. Pit bulls are the most unwanted dog and with that said, they need a forever home and to be adopted out. I understand people are concerned about the attacks and what not, but that doesn’t mean the dogs don’t deserve and need a home. I hope this policy doesn’t pass, it is so unfair.

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Dunn, North Carolina. 

Police in Dunn say they have gotten many calls about aggressive pit bulls in the last year. Chief B.P Jones requested a city wide ban on the breed. There has been 44 calls about aggressive pit bulls, but no injuries. “But pit bulls are still a dangerous breed” Jones said. He plans on discussing his ban idea with the city counsel this weekend. ” The owners of the breed don’t take the necessary precautions to protect people from the dogs” Says Jones, he also said: “They treat pit bulls like any other dogs, but the pit bull dog is different from other dogs”

This police officer, Jones, is completely ignorant and uneducated. He thinks that this is a dog that is naturally aggressive and has been like that since they were bred. Which is, of course, untrue. People SHOULD treat pit bulls like any other dog because they are like any other dog! There is nothing different about a pit bull than any other dog. The only thing that’s different about pit bulls than any other dog, is their bad reputation, and the media has done a fantastic job of doing that (cue the sarcasm). Pit bulls shouldn’t be banned, irresponsible owners  should be! It isn’t the dogs fault, its the owners. That goes for poor breeding too, because its the owners who are breeding them that way.” The owners of the breed don’t take the necessary precautions to protect people from the dogs” What are the necessary precautions? That’s what I wanna know. All you need is to train, raise them properly, and provide unconditional love for your pit bull and you won’t run into these problems. Only if Jones would understand and educate himself, maybe he would think twice about a ban. 

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