The latest slam to our bullies

A friend of mine, Lori Hilton Brizius, used to be the director of Laredo Animal Protective Society until five days ago. She was a tremendous bully breed advocate and now in just 5 short days of her not being in charge, they have already made a directive to not adopt out any bully breeds. This is devastating for her, and for all of us bully breed advocates.

As so many of us have seen, more and more shelters are closing their adoption doors to our “Nanny Dogs”.  That is what they were considered afterall, if you look back in history the bullies were all pictured with their little humans, standing proudly and lovingly next to them.

One of my favorite new articles :  “For over one hundred years, Americans knew “pit bulls” for what they did best. Babysitting.” – Yonah Ward Grossman; has fantastic pictures and says it best by saying, “The most tolerant, patient, gentle breed of dogs is now embarrassingly portrayed as the most dangerous. It would be funny if the new reputation did not mean 6,000 are put to death every day, by far the highest number of any other breed euthanized.
That’s a lot of babysitters.”

I find it disheartening to know that a shelter that had success adopting out our bullies, has now shut the door completely to them. One by one, shelters are quickly becoming mass murder arenas for one of the most misunderstood dogs out there. We are seeing pure hatred at its best here, the cruel reality of how badly our shelter systems need to change. Breed prejudice, cold-hearted, malevolent employees paid to show compassion and care to helpless animals who cannot speak for themselves; instead taking the front line on the slaughtering of an entire breed (s).

Did we not learn anything from the past? Our ancestors targeted Bloodhounds, German Shepards, Dobermans, even St. Bernards at one time. They learned it was the human not the breed, but not this generation of shelters. Bull breeds have been the victim of the media for years, sadly humans fall for eye catching morbid headlines. This leaves room for the malicious shelter staff members to continue their annihilation of a breed so many of us love and try so hard to protect.
I too, like many of my bully fans, stand on the front line; but we stand on the Bully side of the war. < The compassionate, caring and determined side.>

Join me in my persistence. I will be writing Laredo about this ridiculous act, will you?

for the address: 2500 Gonzaelz St, Laredo,Tx 78040

The email: laredoaps@sbcglobal.net

the board presidents email is: ali2003_xx@hotmail.com

another board member is: jodie_valls@hotmail.com  

The city manager is: laredocarlos@yahoo.com

Pit Bull Ban Train- Next stop Texas?

As many of you know, there is a push to ban “pit bulls” in Texas. This is sparked by the latest child to be killed by a chained, un-socialized dog that was kept with 29 other neglected and un-socialized dogs. They were not treated medically for any health issues, not properly trained or socialized and basically left outside until they died on their own.

My question here is, why is there no criminal charges filed against the human responsible for the welfare of the dogs and child? Have we as a society become so blind to the clear evidence presented to us, that our rational thoughts have been swept away? Or is it that we as a race have gained so much power in our ability to kill a species, that rational thoughts and evidence means nothing?

All over the world, people are using a dog- which has been around for centuries to do nothing but show love, companionship and loyalty- as a scapegoat for a human’s lack of education and compassion. Dogs for centuries have been doing exactly what their human owners have trained them to do; they have served and given up their lives to protect us, help our disabled, rescue our loved ones lost in avalanches and the wilderness and yes, given up their lives for man’s sick enjoyment and financial gain. We created a dog to work for us because they are the one species that will die for us, without questioning the reason. Now they are dying for us again, but this time because we will not take the responsibility for not educating our own species.

Breed bans have been proven not to be effective all across the world; the UK, Spain and the Netherlands, have now- after years of killing and stereotyping one breed- come to the realization that humans are responsible. Their bite incidents did not decrease, but instead they have been able to see that the next popular breed in line was responsible for the next wave of bites. These countries spent years of wasted tax dollars and lives, to figure out that man is responsible for their dog’s actions. Are we ready to make the same mistake?

Best Friends has calculated the cost of enforcing breed bans for each state, based on kenneling, animal control, veterinary costs, boarding fees, etc. . The cost for Texas to enforce a Breed Ban will be $31,077,390… Yes you read that number right, $31 million dollars annually in increased taxes to place blame on what man is responsible for. Don’t we already pay enough in taxes?

We can’t even keep important educational programs in our schools due to increased taxes, but yet we are willing to spend $31 million dollars to ban a breed that an uneducated human is responsible for? It is a vicious circle. How can we justify raising taxes to ban a certain breed when we can’t afford to teach our kids, take care of our elderly or protect ourselves by making cut backs in our emergency services and police departments? Where are our priorities?

I have a proposed answer for those wanting to ban the breed, adopt a community volunteer based program to go out and educate the neighborhoods. Volunteer for a group to go and help hands on if you feel that strongly about this issue. Instead of complaining and placing blame, go out and help. Don’t raise my taxes because you lack the compassion to get out there and help.