The city of Pasadena is considering a crackdown on pitbull breeds. While an all-out ban isn’t permissible given California state law, Pasadena is also mulling a mandatory spay-and-neuter law for pitbulls, reports the Pasadena Sun.
The effort doesn’t stem from a recent attack within Pasadena city limits. Instead, City Councilman Steve Madison seemed to propose the ban as a preemptive measure.
“Time after time, a pit bull chews a kid to death somewhere, and I’m not going to let that happen in Pasadena,” said Madison at an Oct. 1 meeting of the city council’s Public Safety Committee. “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.’”
Madison also said, “I doubt there’s a stack of cocker spaniel fatalities they’re hiding from the newspapers.”
Pitbulls (an umbrella term for the breeds American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers and Bull Terriers) have historically been bred to fight other animals, and a small minority of owners today are still training their dogs to be aggressive or compete in dog fights.
As Madison’s “cocker spaniel” comment indicated, there’s no doubt that reports in the media about pitbull attacks contribute to the breed’s bad rap, making them the most likely type of dog to end up in a shelter and be euthanized. A 2008 report of Los Angeles shelters found that pitbulls made up 43.6 percent of all the dogs killed that year.
But as more and more governing bodies target pitbulls with breed-specific legislation (without any proof that the laws are effective), we thought it was important to remind Pasadena residents about some heroic pitbulls in the news.
Check out these stories of pitbulls who have spent the past year saving lives, fighting terrorism and being loyal friends.
Pitbulls Are Resilient
“London” learned to walk on his hind legs after a fall from a window shattered his front legs. His owners left his injuries untreated for a month.
a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/08/13/dog-named-london-who-lost-front-legs-learns-to-walk-on-hind-limbs-pictures_n_1772816.html”Read more about London./a
Pitbulls Fight Terrorism
“Binnie” was an emaciated puppy when dog handler Michael Bullock found him tied to a wall in a warehouse, left to die. Bullock noticed that Binnie was talented, and begun training him to be a bomb dog. Binnie was eventually sent to Kenya to help the local government fight Al Qaeda, identifying bombs at the airport.
a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/12/rescued-pitbull-fights-terrorism_n_1761915.html”Read more about Binnie./a
Pitbulls Are Therapists
“Slater” is an aspiring therapy dog that “far exceeds” the other students in his training. But pitbulls are banned in Miami-Dade county, and Slater has become the face of the reform movement.
a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/06/miami-dade-pitbull-ban-mark-buehrle_n_1702261.html”Read more about Slater./a
Pitbulls Save Lives
“Titan” was honored by the Humane Society of the United States for saving the life of his owner — twice. The first time, owner Gloria Benton had suffered a brain aneurysm and fell to the floor. Titan raced to the front door, where Benton’s husband John Benton was about to leave for work. Titan drew him back to his wife, who would have died without immediate medical attention.
Learn about the a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/26/pitbull-saves-owner-twice_n_1704188.html”second time Titan saved Gloria Benton’s life./a
Pitbulls Are Loyal
a href=”https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3576307299535set=a.1023328356657.4718.1628683818type=1theaternotif_t=photo_comment_tagged”A photo taken of a male pitbull/a guarding the body of his female companion went viral in Phoenix, Arizona in May. He reportedly nuzzled her body for 14 hours until the city council removed it from the side of the road.
a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/24/pitbull-dead-highway-facebook-arizona_n_1542712.html”Read more about the grieving pitbull./a
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