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Too bad you’re not closer to the Orlando area. Maddy needs a play date too!
I am so sorry for the loss of your cat. This was a painful story to read, and I am saddened to hear about another dispicable, unresponsible owner that disregards the aggresiveness in their pets.
I do agree with “i luve my pitbull” in alerting the proper authorities. You are not dealing with the average person who is ignorant about rehabilitating aggresive dogs, you are dealing with a harden drug dealer. He needs to be accountable for not only what happend with your cat, but for other heinous acts as well.
Maybe you can alert the authorities, but tell them that you want to try to get the dog rehabilitated and not put to sleep because of the irresponsible ownership of your neighbor.
Once again, I am so sorry for the loss of your cat. I own one too and it breaks my heart to read a story like this. But you are a very nice, warm-hearted person and I applaud your virtuosity. I know most of us are in the States, but we are here to support you with any advice or questions that you might have.
Here’s an update on some ideas that were thrown around between my friends and I about pit bull advocacy and BSL education:
–> Idea #1: Hold an anti-BSL Walk-a-thon where every type of dog and responsible dog owner can take part. Encourage people to set up booths in which BSL literature can be disseminated to educate people on the futility of these laws. Also, there should be booths that cater to advocating any breed that BSL discriminates.
–> Idea #2: Join or create a community (local) anti-BSL group and write as many letters to your State legislators (and local government officials if need be) to either STOP BSL being passed or REPEAL current BSL laws in your state and/or community. Also, try to send the same message (concern) to all news media outlets (both print and and local-TV) to not only voice your opinion, but include emperical evidence (i.e., statistics, research articles, etc.) that explain why BSL does not work. It is always good to send in stories along with the message so people will make apositive connection with your message. Try one step further and see if your anti-BSL group can speak during a city meeting to drive your message to the community.
Idea #3: Hand out flyers to your local pet stores, groomers, vets (even the bulletin board at Panera Bread!) explaining why BSL is discriminatory, futile, and just plain cruel! Include resources (websites, anti-BSL groups, animal advocacy groups) that people can go to for more information. Make sure to include this website, and other pit bull advocacy sites to further show people that BSL dwindles any chance of a good, loving pit bull finding a forever home, finding a good life, and more importantly, having the chance to live a life at all.
I would recommend to join the Pitbull Patriots group. There are a number of ideas that are being thrown out there and hopefully something will come from it. I have family members that have worked in the media and I will talk to them about what type of advacocy actions would catch the most media attention. We are also trying to get our vets, rescue groups, even animal patrol officers to help with our efforts. We need as many people as we can with this.
We have a similar story with introducing our pit (Madison) to our cat Sherlock. I agree with everything that is stated above, ESPECIALLY about the dog being exercised before dog/cat interaction.
Just a caution however, Sherlock (and most cats in general)is a little instigator!! He will initiate chase by running up to Madison, and as soon as he approaches her, runs the other way! She, for the most part does well. However, if she hasn’t been exercised enough she will ensue in the chase game.
For the most part, they now play with Sherlock flipping onto his back while Madison nuzzles her snout in his belly. He will shrimp off her face and move his body a bit, then she’ll place her snout in his belly again. She has learned to become very gentle with him, despite the fact that he is not declawed and I am not the best at keeping up with his soft paws (a bit ashamed of that). It is very cute to see the two of them play. I will probably ended up posting a video of it in the near future 🙂
I’m in the Lake Mary area, so that is a bit too far for a play date, but did you hear about the Central Florida Bully Meetup Dec. 4th? It will be our first one 🙂 Here’s the info: