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Well, Crap... - Jessie T. Wolf
March 1st, 2005
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Well, Crap...
Damn. :/ I should have known it was going to happen sooner or later. But still. Damn.

http://www.pulse24.com/News/Top_Story/20050227-010/page.asp

And after I spent the past week taking Zena out, and getting her used to socializing with other dogs and people. She was doing REALLY well, too. >.< And now I’ll have to keep her on a permanent muzzle, whenever I take her out in public. :/

I just think that’s so terrible. I mean, I can understand if you know for a fact that your dog is aggressive, but for all the good ones out there, I would think putting muzzles on them would only turn them crazy, because they hate it! It took me AGES to just walk Zena today with her muzzle on, because she kept rubbing her face in the snow, and flipping over on her back, and refusing to get up.

I feel so sad. This means that now whenever I go to a dog park, Zena will never be able to play with the other dogs, and of course, over time, that could more than likely turn her aggressive towards other dogs. Well, I guess I’ll be keeping her for sure, after this. With all the money I’m putting into her, I may as well. Plus, now that they’re being banned, I’m guessing people will be trying to smuggle these dogs in as fast as they can. I wouldn’t trust giving Zena up to anyone, because I wouldn’t know what their motives for owning a Staffie would be, especially now. O.o

But I have to get her micro chipped, and licensed with the city sometime this week, since the new law now states that it NEEDS to be done, for anyone keeping a dog that looks even a tiny bit like a Pitt Bull breed. I need to get my boys’ yearly shots done this month anyway, so I’ll just see if my mom can help me take all three of them to the Vet’s sometime soon.

Poor Zena. >.< She’s such a good girl. She really doesn’t deserve this. :/

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From:brokkentwolf
Date:March 2nd, 2005 02:10 am (UTC)
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Though I'm not one for Pitbulls myself, I don't like this kind of law because it has a tendency to slowly spill over and overextend its original reach. If Pitbulls are banned, then shortly after that dobermans, akitas, GSD's could follow and in time who knows... maybe only toy breeds will be suitable for keeping in homes. I don't like legislation like that.
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From:wlfdog
Date:March 2nd, 2005 02:23 am (UTC)
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*nods* That was the main point of a post I made only a few days ago. I know that Pitts can cause a lot of damage, but banning them won't stop attacks, and people will only use replacement dogs. And if that ends up being the case, as you said, soon other breeds will be banned. It's the wrong way to approach this, in my own opinion anyway.

I never used to be into the breed, but after getting Zena, I've learned it's not so much the breed, but the dog itself. I still can't help but feel badly for Zena, and many of the other good "pitbull" type dogs out there. Zena's a cross breed, (we think with either Shiba Inu, or Akita) and not an intimidating dog at all!

Even owners of other crossbreed dogs, that just happen to look like pits even if they're not so, are worried. They have to treat their animals in the same manner, just in case they get in trouble. The whole thing just seems so crazy to me. O.o
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From:ion_seal
Date:March 2nd, 2005 02:22 pm (UTC)
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The individual dog, or, I guess, the owner.
I've seen, and saw just the other day, the kind of dog owner that you would just want to yank the leash out of their hand and scold them saying they shouldn't have a dog.
If I were treated like that, I would have attacked some mofos
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From:luna_manar
Date:March 2nd, 2005 02:52 am (UTC)
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Isn't that kinda like...requiring everyone who owns a sportscar to drive under 30mph at all times? Or banning parents, because some of them are abusive?

That's just absurd.

NY makes it so that you have to be over 21 to own a so-called dangerous breed. I think that is fair. Outright banning the dogs because PEOPLE are abusing them and turning them into vicious animals is not going to solve anything. The people responsible for turning them into vicious dogs will simply find other animals to abuse. Not to mention--imagine how many abusive pitbull owners are going to hear about this law, and instead of finding another home for their dog, they'll probably just have it killed. AND what about people who have mother pit bulls with tons of puppies? What are they going to do with those puppies? They can't find good homes for them in the local area.

The whole thing is a load of bull. If they really want to decrease dog attacks in the area, they need to focus on educating people about how to properly care for the "agressive" breeds and be more serous about cracking down on people who don't care for their animals properly.

If a dog is well-treated and well-trained, it will not become aggressive. Simple as that.
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From:formynder
Date:March 2nd, 2005 03:49 am (UTC)
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the problem with havig to educate people like that is that it takes more time and money than the athorities are willing to invest. it far easier just to pass a law and be done with it, even if it is the worst pocible solution.
personaly, id rather see state issued licences for owning pets. atlest that may prevent more stupid laws like this one.
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From:luna_manar
Date:March 2nd, 2005 03:56 am (UTC)
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Lisencing programs are even more expensive than education programs in a lot of cases. Not that I don't agree; I do. But the problem with having a liscencing program for pets (I'm assuming you mean all pets) is how rigorously to enforce it. If you can't own a pet without a lisence, does that mean every time little Timmy brings in a tadpole or cricket from the backyard pond, you need to be sure it's a lisenced pet before he can keep it? Writing up lisencing legislation is a very complex and expensive process; you need manpower and employees to implement it. Like you very wisely said, it's easier just to make a simple, blanket law and be done with it. Shit like this happens because people just don't think it's worth their time to fight about. They'd rather spend millions of dollars arguing about the Ten Commandments. -_-;
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From:nexrad
Date:March 2nd, 2005 03:01 am (UTC)
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I hate the anti-breed legislations. I used to participate to a now-defunct German Shepherd Dog breed discussion board, and our Canadian members were always putting up information about what cities were hammering for breed bans and the sort. It's a nuisance to me. To me it's all about the owners, not the dogs. It would be interesting to make an argument for a children ban after a community suffers a school shooting. ;-) (okay I have sarcastic humor at times).

Good of you to keep Zena, and care for her. As for interacting with other dogs, my German Shepherd seems no worse off for it. I would let him see other dogs, but he always ends up in a fight. -_- ... I used to think it was the other dogs, but now I see that he's the one saying "I'm the big bad boi here." :-p

Take care.
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From:taioraluvestarz
Date:March 2nd, 2005 03:20 am (UTC)
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I, for one, am outraged! Pitbulls are some of the SWEETEST most LOVEABLE dog breeds there is! How can they let a few bad OWNERS be responsible for a BREED ban?? I think those owners should be arrested for the way they treat their dogs! >:O

Pitbulls aren't the problems, its the people who mistreat their pitbulls. The dogs act the way they do because they are trained to! :/ I've met a pitbull before. It was so sweet. ;o; The government is generalizing and I'm very upset about that!

I feel bad for your Zena! I'm sure things will be alright soon. If there isnt a petition already, you should make one. :3

Tailwags!
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From:mewmew
Date:March 2nd, 2005 06:01 am (UTC)
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That's so horrible! And it's going to make it a real bitch for me to try and keep Talula with me instead of letting her go to my brother. If the filthy fuckers are going to act like that, I won't be able to bring Talula along if and when I can finally get moved up that way.

I wish people would get a damn clue and stop acting like the breed itself is so horrible. People who like Pitbulls even try to say that they're horribly dog aggresive and should never be trusted around another dog. However, I have seen OUR dog around a puppy, and never before or since have I seen her as happy as when that puppy was here to visit. Uneducated little bastards. Pitbulls are NOT dangerous, it's the people who own them that usually are. It's rare for people to get a Pitbull and actually take proper care of it.
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From:blackwingdragon
Date:March 2nd, 2005 08:21 am (UTC)
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"The wishes of the many outweigh the wants of the few" . Ironic is that the wanters, the "minority" actually do stuff to further the ban. This comes back to the simple fact that people are disgusting control freaks who are afraid of stuff they should embrace, for no reason. When I see someone who's afraid of DOGS, I start to feel pity for that person :-\.
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From:mewmew
Date:March 2nd, 2005 05:20 pm (UTC)
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Agreed. A few people have been afraid of my dog, just because of how she looks. However, she's pretty much harmless. If you don't watch it you may get a few small welts from her claws as she jumps up to say hello, but she's never intentionally hurt anyone or anything that's set foot in our apartment. She plays with my cat Artemis all the time. She stands over him, pinning him down, then pretends to bite at him while he paws her head. Neither have ever gotten so much as a scratch from it, though. I remember when we first got her, she was so sad because the cats kept running away from her. Trouble has just never been fond of dogs, and Artemis had never seen one before. He clawed her nose once, drawing blood, and she just looked at him wondering why he wouldn't be friends with her. They get along just fine now that he's used to her, though.

She also sits and takes it as my friend's two year old hits her and pokes her in the eye. I always make him stop when I catch him doing it, but he's gotten a few hits and pokes in before I see what he's doing. Doesn't phase her one bit. So much for the big bad Pitbull, huh?
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From:antimon
Date:March 2nd, 2005 09:48 pm (UTC)
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Yeah there is a pretty fine line between public safty and eencroaching on peoples rights....what if they baned peopel from ownign guns, or drivign cars for safty reasons, or havign sex without protection, liscences to be parents, etc etc. This is punishing the rsponsable dog owners, It's not right. When ya moving to the USA again? :)
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