Pit Bull News Highlights – Week of July 29, 2012
Superhero Squad of Pit Bulls
StubbyDog, a nationwide pit bull advocacy group, is searching for canines for their StubbyDog Superhero Squad. The elite squad of therapy dogs is tasked with very special goals: to win hearts and change minds so that people see pit bulls not as a special category of dog but as individual dogs with warm hearts. The program has three levels of participation, all that will play important roles in the project. The Elite Super Squad will be comprised of certified therapy dogs that will visit hospitals, schools, assisted living facilities and everywhere people need smiles. The Superheroes in Training will be dogs who have not yet received therapy dog status and need a bit more experience and training. Super-bassadors will be a group of ambassadors that will work closely with StubbyDog to improve their advocacy skills and power. Each level will play a vital role in the project’s goal to raise community awareness. Click here to apply to be on the StubbyDog Superhero Squad. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Aug. 13.
Miami Set to Lift Ban
According to the Miami Herald, Miami-Dade County has had a ban on pit bull-type dogs since 1989, yet they remain a part of the community in both swanky and seedy neighborhoods. In fact, 400 pit bulls and mixes entered area shelters last year. They are so common that commissioners overwhelmingly voted to lift the ban on the Aug. 14 ballot, calling for an intelligent rather than emotional decision. Activists claim the positive stories about the new lives of the Michael Vick dogs have opened up a discussion that would have otherwise been nonexistent. People are starting to work together and re-examine the laws.
Pit Bull Puppy Gets Second Chance
London, named so after the Olympics, was severely injured after falling from a third story window about a month ago in Vancouver, Wa. Veterinarians at the Animal Care Clinic in Vancouver had to amputate his front legs Wednesday; however, this is only the beginning of London’s story, thanks to Vancouver’s Panda Paws - a disabled pet rescue that donated its services. Founder Amanda Giese took the puppy in and helped him get the care he needs. He is recovering from surgery and will be fitted with an all-terrain front wheelchair next week. According to vets, it will take a year for him to fully heal, but he will heal and go on to live a full life.
Maryland Pit Bull Bill Scheduled for Special Session
The bill addressing the Maryland court ruling that defines pit bulls as “inherently dangerous” will be introduced in this month’s special session in Annapolis, according to lawmakers. Delegate Curt Anderson, a co-chairman of a task force that has examined the ruling, said Friday that the bill will place liability for dog bites on their owners and remove liability from landlords. Critics of the ruling say the bill singles out pit bulls unfairly.
PHOTO CREDIT: Photo courtesy of StubbyDog.org