Marina Times – Breed ban in Montreal; Bay Area Pet Show; Rocket Dog Rescue, Oakland refuge on the new Cesar Millan series

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Little girl killed by a family dog

A 6-week-old girl died Saturday night after being mutilated by the family dog, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department …

Reading the first paragraph of this Los Angeles Times article (October 9, 2000), you might think “a pit bull did it”, but you would be wrong:

An uncle who looked after the newborn left the child on a bed unattended while he went to the kitchen to prepare a bottle for him… On his return, he found the family’s Pomeranian dog on the bed attacking the baby.

That’s right – a Pomeranian.

The main reasons for dog attacks are lack of supervision and bad dog owners. That doesn’t stop cities from reacting hysterically and enacting race bans. The most recent is Montreal, where a pit bull ban has sparked controversy and anger.

Christiane Vadnais was killed last June by a dog registered as a boxer. As Bronwen Dickey, author of Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon, stated in his Los Angeles Times editorial on October 22, 2016, a few days earlier a child had been killed by a “husky mix” in Canada. rural. , but no one shouted for a ban. Dickey also notes that of the approximately 60 dog bite deaths reported in Canada since 1964, “pit bulls” have been implicated in only two, with “sled dogs” and “huskies” responsible for more than two. 25.

Montreal law prohibits the possession of all pit bull breeds and any mixed breed dog with the physical characteristics of these breeds. It is a dangerous and slippery slope. What are these physical characteristics? Muscular frames? Count Rottweilers, Mastiffs, English and French Bulldogs, and Boston Terriers among breeds exhibiting this characteristic. In other places where breeds are prohibited, dogs resembling “pit bulls” have been snatched from their owners’ arms and destroyed, and, in frightening displays of breed, neighbors turn into neighbors when disagreements arise, even unrelated to dogs. This happened in Denver, Colorado, after the city enacted a pit bull ban in 1989. In one case, a woman visiting a friend returned home and found her dog was missing. escaped from the court. It was later discovered that the dog had been taken to a shelter and killed.

As I’ve written several times, breed bans don’t work. After the Denver ban, the rate of dog bite hospitalizations increased, with another large breed, Labrador retrievers, the most common culprit. The rate of dog bite injuries is now significantly higher in Denver than in surrounding areas without a ban. Likewise, the UK banned pit bulls in 1991 and Ontario in 2005, and dog bite injuries have increased in both places.

According to Dickey, Multnomah County, Oregon, which includes Portland, has a program in place to reduce dog bites without targeting specific breeds. “By imposing strict regulations on nuisance dogs before serious injuries occur, the county has reduced the recurrence rate by 60 percent,” she says. Calgary has also seen success with a similar program focused on responsible pet ownership. Dickey cites a 2013 survey of 36 Canadian municipalities that found that “increased enforcement of race-neutral regulations (such as leash and confinement laws) led to the most notable drop in injuries from dog bite ”. As a result, a Quebec Superior Court judge suspended the Montreal ban, but only temporarily.

As a responsible pit bull keeper, it angers me to see other media creating a ‘pit bull hype’ to get attention to their newspapers, radio stations, and TV channels (maybe failing). The fact remains that human death by dogs is extremely rare. As I wrote in a 2011 editor’s note for Northside San Francisco, with nearly 80 million dogs in the United States, there are on average less than 30 deaths per year. By comparison, the human population, barely four times the dog population, averages 17,000 murders per year, more than 500 times the number of dog-related deaths. While humans rank by far as the number one animal to kill, number two is the bee, with more than 50 sting deaths each year. …

Despite a huge storm, the Pet Food Express Bay Area Pet Fair was a huge success, with over 700 animals adopted, which will increase once applications are finalized. Congratulations to all the rescue groups who braved the rain to find homes for dogs, cats, pigeons, rabbits, rats, etc. …

Rocket Dog Rescue and Oakland Animal Services will be featured in Cesar Millan’s new TV series, Dog Nation. Two dogs were rescued from the Oakland shelter during filming and Rocket Dog saved nearly 8,000 dogs, but 4 to 5 million dogs die in America each year.

“We have a platform. Let me put a spotlight on [organizations like Rocket Dog Rescue], so that more people can know them, so that they can inspire people, not only to save dogs, but to change their lives, ”said Millan. “It’s paying up front. It happened to me. This is the only way to tell the difference. You have to help others. “

You can meet Rocket Dogs on November 6th at the 10th Anniversary of Pawtrero Hill BathHouse & Feed Co ..

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