Oppose Sandy City Breed Bans! sign now

This petition is solely for those apposed to Breed Band in Sandy, Utah. Sandy City has proposed a ban on Pit Bulls (not yet thoroughly defined), Rottweilers, and Presa Canarios.

Please sign below if you support EDUCATION and not BANS!

WHAT'S WRONG WITH BSL?

Breed identification is impossible.

The biggest problem is that breed-specific legislation, true to its name, requires every dog to be classified as a certain breed. This is virtually impossible!

Almost all BSL restricts "pit bulls". What are "pit bulls"? American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, and Staffordshire Bull Terriers are usually thrown into that category. What about American Bulldogs, Bull Terriers, Boxers, or English Bulldogs? To aggravate breed identification conundrums, most legislation adds "and mixes" to the wording. In what I can only assume is an attempt to patch up this mess, the law may helpfully describe the appearance of dogs that fall under the category of "pit bull". Needless to say, a lot of dogs fall under the description of "wide head, broad chest, and short fur". Suddenly you're up to your neck in "pit bulls"!

It is readily acknowledged by anyone familiar with handling a variety of dogs and mix breeds (animal control officers, veterinarians, shelter workers, etc.) that accurate identification of a dog's breed or mix is virtually impossible without registration papers or a pedigree at hand. Considering how rarely an animal control officer (ACO) catches a dog wearing tags, how often do you think an ACO lassos a stray dog that happens to have its pedigree papers? Funny thing, genetics. It causes dogs to come in all shapes and sizes and colors - especially the mixed breeds.

To further the injustice, in many cases the dog's owner is responsible for proving that their dog is not a member of the proscribed breed, a task that is usually as difficult as proving it is a certain breed. This is a clear cut case of "guilty before proven innocent" - a very unAmerican philosophy. Breed misidentification leads to expensive, time-consuming lawsuits against the government, something that costs taxpayers a lot of money. The animal control departments I spoke to recently identified these lawsuits as one of the worst consquenses of BSL - their precious time and money wasted defending laws that almost nobody in the animal control industry likes.

(Pause for a moment to take this test from understand-a-bull.com. See if you can identify the purebred American Pit Bull Terrier. Good luck! You're going to need it.)

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Latest Signatures

  • 15 December 2015700. Christy Malone
    I support this petition
  • 12 December 2015699. Jhunnie R
    We own both a blue nose pitbull and a chihuahua. Honestly, my chihuahua is more vicious than my pitbull, who acts like a baby and loves to cuddle! An animals behavior just like a child depends on the parent not the breed!!! City of Residence Clearfield
  • 10 December 2015698. Nick R
    I support this petition
  • 08 December 2015697. Maryjo K
    We need to criticize the owners with the agressive dogs, whether it be a Chihuahua, Cocker Spaniel, Labs or the breeds in question. Banning certain breeds is not the answer. City of Residence Sandy
  • 05 December 2015696. Shelley A
    Owners should be responsible for the welfare of their dogs and ensure all dogs are socialized, trained and well behaved (ALL BREEDS, large or small!!). People to often get pets and quickly loose interest in them, possibly creating unstable dogs, way to of
  • 03 December 2015695. Dan M
    I support this petition
  • 30 November 2015694. Ali S
    The breeds aren't an issue- I worked at a vets and I volunteer at the shelter and I've never once been bitten by a pit bull, rottweiler, doberman, or other large breed. It was the terriers that gave me trouble! Punish the deed, not the breed!
  • 27 November 2015693. Judith Sc
    I support this petition
  • 21 November 2015692. Emily T
    Breed Specific Legislation only perpetuates and enforces the idea that pit bulls are dangerous fighting machines, when they can, in fact, be as sweet and gentle as any other dog. It all depends on the owner and the way the dog was raised. Perhaps there sh
  • 16 November 2015691. Ryan R
    I support this petition
  • 15 November 2015690. Meredith B
    The legislation proposed will not only be unfair for responsible citizens but it addresses the wrong problem. Voting for this proposal as it stands only harms the law abiding responsible dog owner. The responsible owner is largely responsible for dispelli
  • 11 November 2015689. Lisa Ls
    I support this petition
  • 01 November 2015688. Jesica H
    I support this petition
  • 31 October 2015687. Jake F
    В City of Residence В
  • 22 October 2015686. Rudy M
    All breeds are "GREAT", they just need Leadership and consistency in their life! "There are no bad dogs in this world, theres just alot of uneducated owners" City of Residence College Station, TX
  • 18 October 2015685. Breanne M
    I support this petition
  • 17 October 2015684. Sherry W
    I support this petition
  • 17 October 2015683. Marylin S
    I support this petition
  • 22 September 2015682. Deb C
    Find another solution to whatever problem is precipitating this rash recommendation. City of Residence Sandy
  • 13 September 2015681. Nicole W
    I support this petition
  • 12 September 2015680. April S
    It is not fair to ban certain breeds. That would be like banning children who's parents don't raise them with the morals that you desire.
  • 11 September 2015679. Kami M
    I support this petition
  • 06 September 2015678. Elizabeth W
    BREED BANS ARE RIDICULOUS! PLEASE DON'T BAN A BREED, IT'S THE OWNERS THAT TEACH THE DOGS TO BE BAD, NOT THE DOGS!!! WHY DON'T THE LAWMAKERS TAKE THE TIME TO CREATE LAWS THAT PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF THE ANIMALS. FOR INSTANCE, CREATE A LAW THAT STATES YOU HAV
  • 05 September 2015677. Cheryl Spencers
    I support this petition
  • 03 September 2015676. Angela B
    I support this petition
  • 02 September 2015675. Cassie P
    I have a Rottweilers and there is no way that she would ever hurt any other animal or person. This ban is not fair to the families who take care of their animals and give them loving homes. The animals are not who should be banned, it's the owners who do
  • 02 September 2015674. Randy S
    I support this petition

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Mae CollierBy:
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