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January 14, 2012

What about all the puppies under 1 year who have never seen snow??

C’mon we need SOME snow this year! Stephanie says, don’t worry, it’s only early January! We all have our druthers. So far the little guys are winning: remember last year, saying over and over again, ‘ so sorry Teddy (mikki), Lil Bella and Rocky (maltese) and Sundance (chihuahua)? So sorry you can’t walk outside, so sorry you can’t go to the bathroom.’ They were over their heads in snow for over 4 months! An inch or two of snow might be ok, but overall, let’s stick to ‘be careful what you wish for!’

For the Love of Dogs Rescue
Many of you are aware of the dog foster program we started in spring, 2011. We successfully placed 3 dogs; Stephanie and Bradley (owners) had fostered and found homes for 4 dogs prior to that. We are working on expanding and formalizing our efforts and we officially named the program, ‘For the Love of Dogs. Lots of paperwork initially; we will keep you up to date!
Along those same lines, we have connected with Best Friends Animal Society. Physically located in Utah, they are the largest animal sanctuary in the USA. They have created many related organizations and put together nationwide groups advocating spay/neuter and anti-breed discrimination. We will be an official member of their ‘No More Homeless Pets’ program as soon as we get our nonprofit status.
There are efforts all across the US to address issues of animal cruelty. The large strides have successfully affected both Ohio and Dade County, Miami.

Not the Red Sox, but a Great Story!
Major League Baseball pitcher Mark Buehrle is in rare company when it comes to his baseball skills. He is one of only 20 pitchers to throw a perfect game in the 135-year history of professional baseball. He shares this spotlight with greats like Cy Young, Sandy Koufax and Catfish Hunter. Buehrle is not so esteemed, however, when it comes to how he and his family’s pet, a pit bull terrier, are treated by Miami-Dade County where the family recently attempted to move after Buehrle signed with the Miami Marlins team. In Miami-Dade, Buehrle is persona non grata as long as one of his pets of choice is a happy, friendly dog named Slater (pictured below with Buehrle’s children and three other dogs) who falls under the county’s ban on pit bull terriers.

Buehrle, who had to move with his wife, Jamie (a Best Friends spokesperson), children, and four dogs to a development in south Broward County, was prepared to blow off the four-year, $58 million contract if he was unable to find alternative housing in the area that would accept his dog. It sounds like he had his priorities right to me.

Florida state law prohibits breed-discriminatory legislation, but an archaic wrinkle in the state law gives Miami-Dade an exemption from the ban. However, help is on the way in the form of House Bill 997/Senate Bill 1322, a bill spearheaded by Best Friends Animal Society that will repeal the Miami-Dade breed ban that costs the lives of close to 1,000 innocent dogs per year.

In addition to Best Friends, many national organizations, including the American Veterinary Medical Association and the National Animal Control Association, oppose the enactment of breed-discriminatory laws. The Platte Institute, a conservative think tank in Nebraska, has also declared that laws targeting specific dog breeds are a waste of tax dollars.

Breed bans cost lives and money and don’t make communities safer because they don’t target dangerous dogs. They target the way a dog looks based on myth and misinformation. Progressive laws favored by Best friends and other national animal welfare organizations target dangerous dogs and irresponsible owners and result in safer communities.

Best Friends Animal Society Ohio Bill over First Hurdle to History
Posted: 12 Jan 2012 10:26 AM PST
Ohio House Bill 14 has been in the works for a long time, but the landmark legislation that will bring an end to Ohio’s dubious distinction as the only state in the Union with a statewide breed-discriminatory law against pit-bull-type dogs is almost the law of the land in the Buckeye State. HB 14 passed out of Senate committee on January 10 and is on its way to the full Ohio Senate for a vote
Under current Ohio law, pit bull puppies are deemed to be vicious dogs as soon as they are born.
The Ohio law is notoriously unjust, but help is on the way. The Ohio Coalition of Dog Advocates and Best Friends are spearheading the campaign to pass Ohio HB 14, which would repeal the only statewide breed-discriminatory law in the nation.
It’s actually a lot worse than that. The irony of all such breed-specific legislation is that it is anything but specific. In Ohio, as elsewhere, the breed of your dog is not determined by her genetic heritage, but by the opinion of a dogcatcher — and that’s scary. In a recent study of shelter workers’ ability to accurately identify breeds of dogs visually matched against a DNA test, shelter workers failed miserably, with a score of 25 out of 100. Any dog that a dog warden (Ohio lingo for an animal control officer) decides upon a visual inspection could be a pit mix — that is to say, anything with a blocky head and a short coat, like maybe a boxer/Lab mix — can be declared a vicious dog and easily end up on the wrong end of a needle. Breed specific?
The Ohio law requires owners to purchase liability coverage and maintain locked fenced yards or keep their pit bull or pit-bull-looking dog confined in a locked pen. Owners may take them off their property on a leash only if it is six feet or shorter and the dog is controlled by a person of suitable age and size. This law has led to the deaths of thousands of family pets.

Our Rover Reporter
I am very tired from watching the Pat’s game last night. Really, I was watching the people in the room. It must have been good stuff because they were CRAZY! My Mom doesn’t want to talk about the elections, so I won’t either. I can still play with my blue ball in the driveway…. sigh. Happy and content.

not THAT content!! Later, Ernestine

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