|Lennox as a puppy safe in his owner's arms|
- Breed bans (you are no longer allowed to own a dog of a certain breed)
- Breed-specific insurance requirements (you can only own a dog of a certain breed if you are able to obtain expensive insurance, sometimes not even available)
- Breed-specific mandatory spay-neuter policies (you are required to spay or neuter your dog specifically because it is a target breed - this will eliminate entire breeds)
- Breed-specific mandatory microchipping (you are required to chip your dog and your data will be tracked in a database like a sex offender)
Breed-specific legislation makes it harder to own, keep, or adopt dogs of a specific breed, mixed breed dogs, or dogs that even just"resemble" targeted breeds. Each of these types of breed-specific laws or policies fails to keep children and communities safe.
|Lennox in the days before his seizure|
|Lennox isolated in his current "home"|
- BSL provides a false senseof security
- Banning breeds does not prevent dog bites
- Breed bans do not address irresponsible ownership
- Breed discrimination punishes good dogs for being the "wrong breed"
- Breed discrimination may force good owners to surrender or even euthanize their beloved pets
- Breed bans increase surrenders at shelters
- Breed bans increase euthanasia rates of healthy, adoptable dogs
Some places with BSL use checklists for breed identification in an attempt to standardize the identification process. Some checklists are very short, while others tick off dozens of characteristics in great detail. The person performing the identification may be asked to choose along a sliding scale whether a particular dog matches or does not match a particular characteristic on the checklist allowing their users to draw personal conclusions about whether a particular dog matches each item.
- Head is medium length, with a broad skull and very pronounced cheek muscles, a wide, deep muzzle, a well-defined, moderately deep stop, andstrong under jaw. Viewed from the front, the head is shaped like a broad, bluntwedge.
- Eyes are round to almond shaped, are low in the skull and set far apart. Kirby eyes are round. They are low and set far apart in relation to his head size.
- Ears are set high. Un-cropped ears are short and usually held rose or half prick, though some hold them at full prick. Kirby's ears are set high on his head even though they do droop.
- Neck is heavy and muscular, attached to strong, muscular shoulders. Kirby has a muscular neck attached to strong muscular shoulders.
- Body is muscular, with a deep, broad chest, a wide front, deep brisket, well-sprung ribs, and slightly tucked loins. Kirby has a muscular body with a deep broadchest and well sprung ribs.
- Tail is medium length and set low, thick at the base, tapering to a point.
- Hindquarters are well muscled, with hocks set low on the legs.Kirby has well muscled hindquarters.
- Coat is a single coat, smooth, short and close to the skin.
Under this test Kirby possesses 5 out of the 8 required characteristics used which would determine that he is predominantly a pit bull breed. His coat gives him the Yorkie appearance hiding the muscular stout body that lies beneath. How insane is this? Before you think I am being overly dramatic consider that Lennox whose DNA proved he is a Labrador/American Bulldog mix was determined to be a predominantly banned breed based only on visual measurements of his body taken by an uneducated Dog Warden.