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To: Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes
To the Honorable Mayor Kay Barnes

We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens from throughout the United States. While recognizing the concerns of Kansas City residents, we are extremely concerned regarding the possibility of Breed Specific Legislation which has a negative impact on responsible, law-abiding dog owners . This legislation has an impact on not only Kansas City citizens, but also those who choose to visit Kansas City to show their dogs in legal events, to do business in the community, or to visit family and friends. Following are listed our specific concerns.

(1) Breed Specific Legislation bans or restricts particular breeds or mixes. A dog of a banned breed can be confiscated by the authorities and killed. A dog of a restricted breed must be confined, muzzled, chained, or restricted in other ways and owners must provide proof of liability insurance that covers dog bites. Available data indicates that a dog of ANY breed can bite. Studies published in JAVMA conclude that there is NO reliable data identifying biting dogs by breed.
As well, the American Temperament Test Society has available results of dogs tested by them. As of December 2002, the following results were found:

(Number of dogs tested) [Percent of dogs passed]

American Pit Bull Terrier (405) [83.2\%]
American Staffordshire Terrier (437) [82.6\%]
Collie (722) [78.8\%]
German Shephard (2577) [82.3\%]
Golden Retriever (612) [82.5\%]
Labrador Retriever (597) [90.6\%]
Rottweiler (4311) [82.1]
Shetland Sheepdog (426) [66.2\%]

This can be verified with the A.T.T.S. by calling them at (314)869-6103 or on the web at www.atts.org.

(2) Cities that have tried to solve their dangerous dog problem by restricting or banning breeds have discovered that such laws do not work. Cincinnati, OH has repealed its ban on specific breeds and Baltimore, MD has removed all breed specific references from its ordinance.

(3) There is no reliable method by which to scientifically determine the breed of a dog. It is impossible to determine whether a mixed breed dog is 50\% of any particular breed. To require the owner of a mixed breed dog to prove that the dog is NOT 50\% of a targeted breed places an impossible burden on that citizen. The question of constitutionality comes into play here.

(4) The majority of the owners of targeted breeds are responsible, law-abiding citizens. The ordinance unfairly brands these people as unreliable and irresponsible, solely because they own a targeted breed. Again, there is a question regarding the rights of citizens in regard to personal property.

(5) These restrictions make it difficult, if not impossible, for owners of the targeted breeds to participate in most dog events, especially events which require off-leash exercises to be completed. Examples of these events include obedience, agility, flyball and many others. Dog clubs and dog show participants have become increasingly unwilling to sponsor and enter events in communities with breed specific ordinances.

(6) It is the consensus of knowledgeable dog experts (as reported in the JAVMA article, "A Community Solution to the Dog Bite Problem") that targeting the owners and the specific dangerous dog, not breeds of dogs, is the key to addressing the dog bite and "dangerous dog" problems.

(7) It takes a large amount of funding for these ordinance provisions requiring the training, testing, and property examination. Passing laws that cannot be enforced increases citizen cynicism regarding effective government.

(8) Finally, what needs to be done is punishing the deed not the breed. Dogs are not born aggressive. They are made that way by irresposible owners. A person can torture an animal to death or abuse an animal so badly that all it knows is hate and all those people get is a slap on the wrist. However, a dog that has been abused, improperly trained and handled bites and that animals loses its life. To us their is something wrong with this picture. To do nothing, is to stop nothing!!

In summary, Breed Specific Legislation is not the answer to solving the problems with some dangerous dogs. Punishing the breed for the deeds of a few is not the answer. Many cities are starting to realize that. I hope you will become one of them!!

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  • 23 February 20161000. Kathryn C
    Please review the Armstrong Act at http://www.geminiz.com/ArmstrongAct/ArmstrongAct.htm
  • 15 February 2016999. Alison Duarte
    It's awful what the government is doing. They have no hearts.
  • 07 February 2016998. Michael Cj
    I support this petition
  • 20 January 2016997. Sarah R
    Dear Mayor, I too belive it is wrong to kill an animal due to the negligence of its owners. If we had a small dog that no one would ever think to be dangerous but raised it with violence and hatred do you not think that then this small dog would to become
  • 16 January 2016996. Paula K
    pit bulls are good if they are cared for right, please dont ban this breed!!
  • 14 January 2016995. Amanda C
    Breed Specific Legislature DOESN'T WORK!
  • 29 December 2015994. Chris F
    this is a outrage!!!!
  • 28 December 2015993. Opal S
  • 19 December 2015992. Sarah Gallagher
    I support this petition
  • 14 December 2015991. Nicole L
    I support this petition
  • 13 December 2015990. Amanda Bates
    Good Luck to all the pups in the world
  • 12 December 2015989. Lori P
    I support this petition
  • 10 December 2015988. Jennifer M
    I support this petition
  • 08 December 2015987. Donna W
  • 05 December 2015986. Pam M
    I support this petition
  • 30 November 2015985. Hannah Crane
    There aren't any bad dogs. Bad people know they're powerful and mold a nice puppy into an aggressive dog. But most of these dogs are good, these dog deserve good homes, so they should n't be restricted.
  • 19 November 2015984. Kathey C
    I am always surprised at the ignorance of intelligent legislators when I hear about breed specific legislation. My Rottweiler is my service dog (I have Multiple Sclerosis) and is the most gentle, loving dog I've ever seen. My next door neighbor has a pood
  • 16 November 2015983. Danielle C
    I agree with this petition. Any breed of dog can bite or be dangerous. I should know for I am a Dog Groomer and several animals have been hurt in one way or another and become biters. To specifically say that only certain breeds can be dangerous is wrong.
  • 14 November 2015982. Stephanie Whitehead
    I support this petition
  • 13 October 2015981. Elizabeth J
    The facts have been presented very well; there is no logical arguement against them! Thank you!
  • 12 October 2015980. Rebecca M
    I support this petition
  • 11 October 2015979. Charmedagain Leonard
    its not the dogs fault they way they are its the irresponsible owners that make dogs agressive or bad tempered it should be the owners like this that should be banned from keeping animals they probably cant look after them selves never mind an animal
  • 29 September 2015978. Summer D
    My husband and I are Missouri residents who currently reside in North Carolina due to my husband's military service. We had considered moving back to Missouri, and possibly to Kansas City next year when his enlistment was up. However, we own a darling pit
  • 25 September 2015977. Brandy Chandler
    I am a responsible targeted breed owner . My dogs are very well behaved and have never been abused but because of their breed i am constantly abused by people who do not understand that pitbulls are a better breed than any other out there . I hope that pe
  • 23 September 2015976. Derek Sv
    Ignorance doesn't shield anybody, including from dogs. Breed specific banning is pure ignorant.
  • 18 September 2015975. Sarah W
    I support this petition
  • 11 September 2015974. Katie W
    I believe that people should punish the deed not the breed.

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