- 7 years ago
- Wedding: October 2009
I created a facebook page, and if you awesome ladies (and gents) would like the page and share, that would be great! I am just going to copy and paste my story from the info section. (ANYONE WHO HAS A NEGATIVE OPINION ABOUT BULLIES NEED NOT RESPOND, YOUR COMMENT WILL BE FLAGGED.) [link removed as per self promotion policy]
ANYONE WHO LIVES IN ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY AND BELIEVES THAT PIT BULLS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO BE ADOPTED, PLEASE READ AND SIGN!!!
My husband and I went to the Animal Control this morning to look for a companion for our American Bulldog. Per their website: Q: Why don’t you adopt out Pitbulls? A: As much as we at Animal Control work to make every animal eligible and available for adoption, some cannot be placed for a variety of reasons including poor temperament, illness and disease, behavioral problems, etc. The dilemma over whether or not to adopt out Pitbull dogs has been examined by most, if not all, shelters in recent years. Agencies, such as Animal Control, mandated to protect public safety, are especially obligated to evaluate and establish policy that addresses Pitbulls that enter Anne Arundel County Animal Control as adult strays. Of most concern to us is their unknown “history”. The question becomes: has the dog been fought, has aggression been encouraged, is it free of disease and discomfort, has it been responsibly trained and socialized, etc. As we don’t know the answers to these questions, we can only observe its behavior while in our care. Many of these animals have been fought and uncared for; the scars and old wounds make it evident. Many of these animals also display unpredictable bouts of aggression towards people and other animals, a behavior that is, in our opinion, not reversible. If any animal demonstrates behavior that raises questions concerning the safety risks it would pose to people and other animals, it would be irresponsible for the County to make that animal available for adoption.
The hard part is when we observe some Pitbull dogs that are lovable and sweet, without showing any aggressiveness at all. In these cases, we feel it is “humanely correct” that these animals be given a chance.
On a case-by-case basis, our Agency consults with reputable Pitbull rescue groups who are willing to work more closely with these particular dogs through their breed-specific program.
Our Agency feels good that it can be flexible as it works with rescue groups that can better determine what an apparently “good tempered” Pitbull’s future should be. Unfortunately, due to the “unknown” public safety risks posed by stray Pitbull dogs, our policy to prohibit Pitbull adoption works in the best interest of public safety and should not be compromised.
Well ok, that’s fine, no problem. We met this sweet blue boy named Spencer; he leaned into me through the fence, kissed my hand multiple times, and cried to come home with us. I went to the front to inquire about where the pits go, so I can follow him to a rescue and adopt him from there. That is when I was informed that they go to out of state rescues so they can NOT be brought back into the county. Don’t forget, they are perfectly legal in Anne Arundel County. I understand they don’t want to adopt them out, but why can’t they be sent to a rescue here so they can still be adopted through the rescue?? This sweet boy may never get a forever home now because of the Animal Control.
From what I was told, most dogs are sent to New York. Great, so they can most likely be met with horrible deaths, and God knows what else?? Why aren’t we allowed to bring them into our homes, spayed or neutured, from the rescue? They are no longer in your hands, why does it matter????