Pit Bull News Highlights – Week of August 5, 2012
Rescued Pit Bull Puppy Heads to Africa to Fight Terrorism
Binnie was rescued in March by Michael Bullock, a North Carolina-based dog handler. Bullock found Binnie tied to a wall and left to die in a warehouse, so he immediately took him home and began his rehabilitation process. He quickly noticed that Binnie had all of the qualities necessary to become a bomb dog and started training him. In 5 short weeks, Binnie performed at a level that takes most dogs 10. He can now identify over a dozen types of explosives. The Kenyan government recently contacted Bullock to aid them in training dogs useful to fight Al Qaeda. Instead, Bullock decided to send them Binnie. He will now work side-by-side with Kenyan officials to identify explosives at airports.
Pit Bull and Owner Wounded by Police
According to the Wall Street Journal online, two New York City police officers shot and wounded a bystander after firing at his pit bulls. Around 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7 officers were in pursuit of an alleged drug dealer who had just tried to sell narcotics to an undercover policeman. While chasing the man, they encountered a bystander walking his two pit bulls on leashes. The dogs lunged at the officers, causing the officers to fire. The shots wounded the owner and one of his dogs. All are in treatment for their injuries and the officers are under internal investigation for misconduct. The severity of the injury to the dog is unclear at this time.
Maryland Bill Labeling Pit Bulls ‘Inherently Dangerous’ Voted Out
The May ruling that labeled pit bulls as “inherently dangerous” was voted out in a special session by the Maryland State Senate this week. A new bill that creates strict liability standards for all dogs regardless of breed is now advancing. The reversal of the original ruling isolating pit bulls and pit bull mixes as predisposed to aggression is due to the tireless efforts of advocacy groups, dog owners and state representatives.
Massachusetts Law Bans Breed-Specific Ordinances
A law signed by Gov. Deval L. Patrick this week effectively nullifies pit bull ordinances. The state measure titled “An Act Further Regulating Animal Control,” includes many types of animal protection and takes effect Oct. 31. Included in the text is a provision that states, “No city or town shall regulate dogs in a manner that is specific to breed.” Pit bull supporters are singing the governor’s praises following the decision. The law will ultimately crush breed-specific ordinances in communities across the state.