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Just read this in the Detroit News:


Howell (Michigan)
Adoption of 'bully' dog breeds banned
Policy goes into immediate effect; petition presented urging education, training.
Valerie Olander / The Detroit News
They lined up outside Monday night, some with leashed pit bulls and other breeds deemed aggressive to show how docile they were, but in the end, dog owners couldn't sway county officials who approved a ban on adoption of "bully breeds."

Livingston County commissioners passed the policy Monday despite an outcry from animal activists, rescue group volunteers and pet owners.

About 60 people packed the commission chambers. The new county policy goes into effect immediately.



Stray "bully breeds" picked up by animal control will be euthanized if not claimed within four days if they are not collared or seven days if they have owner identification. Those claiming ownership of the strays face prosecution for having animals running loose.

A petition with 180 signatures protesting the policy was presented to the commission by Melissa Mumma of Fowlerville. They urged education and training, not a blanket ban.

"You're not going to solve this by banning a particular breed," said Patricia Coffee of South Lyon.

Commissioner Dave Domas, who represents Iosco Township, where two residents were mauled to death last year by a pack of four bulldogs, said the safety and welfare of residents guided the commission's decision. Earlier this year, two pit bulls strayed onto a Handy Township farm and mauled a horse in its stall.

"We have a responsibility to all people in Livingston County," he said.

While education may resolve some issues, Commissioner Jack LaBelle said county animal control's job "is not to preach to make good misters and mistresses of dog owners."

Anne Burns, director of Livingston County Animal Control, said she could not adopt out aggressive dogs or bully breeds based on the number of incidents in the last year.


I'd like to know what other breeds they consider to be "bully breeds"

"I know this is not a popular decision, but I've looked into all the other options," she said.
 

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She puts adoptable dogs down too!
This is the shelter where Sabbitt and Lakota was rescued. Give some people a little power and they think they speak for everyone in Livingston County. I know for a fact that rescues will want to get some of the adoptable dogs and before you know it she puts them down!
They need to have someone who has experience working in a shelter to run it. I am beginning to think she enjoys it!!!!
Now you know why people have worked so hard to get these dogs out. Next thing she will be putting gsd down if she does not like them!
 

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what can be done to get her out of her "position"? Is there an SPCA in the area?
 

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No just a humane society,but they are not so humane! From what I was told this person has NO experience in companion animals, just cows and livestock. So she treats the dogs and cats the same way as she treated livestock!
 

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Re: ADOPTION OF BULLY BREEDS BANNED IN LIVINGSTON

This is likely partially caused by last year's tragedy where 2 people were mauled to death in this county. Those were American Bulldogs, if I am remembering correctly. Not defending this, just recalling and wondering if it might not play in the "reasoning" here. BSL is idiocy to be sure, but that's never stopped legislators before.
Ah, yes, that played a huge part:
<span style="color: #3333FF">Mlive article cites 2 dead</span>

It's likely going to get worse before it gets better.
<span style="color: #3333FF">More idiocy in Ohio</span>

The best thing gsd's have going for them in regards to BSL is the fact that they are often service dogs,
cop dogs, seeing eye dogs...not your typical bully nor pit endeavors.

Vick didn't do much to help the pits, either! The fact that they are bred to fight in a pit is I'm afraid part of their problem. I understand it is a generalization no individual creature or owner deserves, but neither the lawyers nor the legislators so bent to "serve and protect" figuring election odds seem to care.

They threw the whole "bully" breeds into the pit here for the same reason...political expediency. Common sense is so far from common!

One easy answer: don't re-elect the Domas (hey, that's his real name!)
 

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Quote:The best thing gsd's have going for them in regards to BSL is the fact that they are often service dogs,
cop dogs, seeing eye dogs...not your typical bully nor pit endeavors.
not all places take this into consideration though. I found this yesterday


gsd included in ban
 

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Re: ADOPTION OF BULLY BREEDS BANNED IN LIVINGSTON

I can't help but to think that some of these places are putting bans on these dogs for other reasons such as to make them look better. Think about it, most shelters are filled to the brim with Pitts. If they are able to kill all the Pitts without putting them up for adoption think of how this will affect their adoption rates. The same amount of people will likely come in to adopt the same amount of dogs, but if they've killed all the Pitts their adoption rate will go up!
 

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Re: ADOPTION OF BULLY BREEDS BANNED IN LIVINGSTON

Originally Posted By: dOgTime to feed some politicans to the lions....
mhm, about 6 years ago, we had a new mayor come into office, uptight twit from the business sector who promised to fix all the cities woes.

The shelter was a leaky catastrophe. Mayor Laffee (no I'm not kidding about his name!) went into the shelter (holds maybe 20 dogs), picked out all the bully-type dogs and ordered they all be PTS.

To make room for renovations. Great politics, eh?
 

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I'm beginning to seriously think shelters are more about killing dogs than saving them. The putting down anything that is "part" GSD on the one thing...gosh anything that comes in that is black and tan is "part GSD" so put 'em to sleep?
 

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Re: ADOPTION OF BULLY BREEDS BANNED IN LIVINGSTON

Send me a personal E Mail. If you are from Michigan I will see if my rescue group is willing to take the dog.

I will serve as a foster.
 
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