Dunn may become the first city in North Carolina to pass a pit bull ban, otherwise known as breed-specific legislation (BSL).
According to ABC11, Dunn Police Chief B. P. Jones is seeking to ban pit bulls within Dunn city limits, or put the breed under strict regulations. He has stated,
“Within the past year, it’s, our complaints have doubled what they’ve been for the past ten years.”
Jones also cited a recent case when Dunn Police shot and killed a pit bull because neither the officers, nor the dog’s owner, could control it; the dog was “angry and mad.” Jones told WRAL, however, that out of last year’s 44 dangerous dog related calls, there were no serious injuries reported.
Resident of Dunn and pit bull owner, Danny Amerson, feels differently:
“If they feel like they’re a threat to other people and they biting other people, then yeah, you know, they should do something with the owner about it. But far as about getting rid of all pit dogs, I mean, that’s just like discrimination.”
Veterinarian Guy Beretich, another pit bull owner, says that while some pits are bred to fight, they don’t all possess that nature. According to Yahoo! News, pit bulls were once referred to as “nanny dogs” because of their gentle, caring nature with children. Jason Locklear, a North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement Agent who was recently involved in the Maxton dog fighting raid, told the FayObserver that there are pit bulls who refuse to fight, and are then killed on the spot. The ASPCA cited a study that found BSL ineffective and instead favors legislation that holds owners responsible for their dog’s actions. It may be noted that the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) does not support BSL and found a variety of factors may influence a dog’s aggressiveness, including socialization, training, and whether or not the dog was fixed.
It seems that Jones’ ideas are well intentioned, albeit misguided and unfounded. Please make your voice heard for the pit bulls of Dunn by contacting the Dunn City Council Members; they will be hearing Jones’ proposal this weekend. If it is received favorably, it will be voted on in June and could come into effect as early as August 2012.
Thank you for making your voice heard.
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