Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Why would anyone want to "save" this dog?

I read this post (thank you, dear author) and an dumbfounded as to why anyone would want to save a dog that mauled a baby to death.

Seems to me that a dog that kills a family member violates the prime directive of dogdom - Thou Shalt Not Injure Thy Human Family.

See, there was a deal made between humans and dogs thousands of years ago.  You, dog, can hang out at our camps and eat our scraps, as long as you do no harm to us. 

In exchange for our scraps, you'll bark to warn us of larger predators, pick off a few rodents, and DO NO HARM TO THE PEOPLE IN THE CAMP.

Human, way back then, and up until the '60's or '70's, seemed to understand that those dogs that violated this agreement had to be "sent to the farm", culled, killed, you know, the smart thing.

When I was a kid, I had a  dog that bit a neighbor girl, not once, but on two separate occasions.  My parents, flawed as they were, "sent the dog to the farm".  At six, I already 'knew' what that meant.  IT took me awhile to understand that that end was a necessary evil.

Sad, very sad, but dogs that bite unprovoked, lose their cushy lives of being camp followers.

So what's with these people who want to save dogs that have KILLED?  Hell, they just "culled" an african elephant, and endangered WILD species, for overturning a car.


It's not just one, hell, there's a whole ORGANIZATION that does nothing but save dogs that have killed our mauled people.  Maybe more than one.

I like (some) dogs.  I know there are millions of dogs euthanized each year, most for doing nothing wrong at all.  And I'd bet thousands, if not tens of thousands, are killed because their owners fell on hard times, or died before their pets did. 

These were LOVED animals that did no harm. 

What motivates a person to save the dangerous dog, no, not just save it, but cherish it, and ignore the dozens of dogs with 'normal' pasts that are probably no more than an hour's drive away waiting to die in the local shelter?

Makes no sense to me. 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Here's a fun factoid - WA State Congress Proposes to Change Law

Basically, these law makers,  Appleton, Reykdal, Goodman, and Haigh, wish to amend the law so it says no community in WA can pass legislation banning a particular breed or breed of dog.

They also stuff in a lot of "without regard to the breed of dog" clauses in the old law.

What do YOU think?

H-2930.1 _____________________________________________
State of Washington 63rd Legislature 2014 Regular Session
By Representatives Appleton, Reykdal, Goodman, and Haigh
Prefiled 12/10/13. Read first time 01/13/14. Referred to Committee on
1 AN ACT Relating to preventing breed-based dog regulations; amending
2 RCW 16.08.070, 16.08.080, 16.08.090, and 16.08.100; and creating a new
3 section.
5 NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. (1) A number of local jurisdictions have
6 enacted ordinances prohibiting or placing additional restrictions on
7 specific breeds of dogs. While the legislature recognizes that local
8 jurisdictions have a valid public safety interest in protecting
9 citizens from dog attacks, the legislature finds that a dog's breed is
10 not inherently indicative of whether or not the dog is dangerous and
11 that the criteria for determining whether or not a dog is dangerous or
12 potentially dangerous should be focused on the dog's behavior.
13 (2) The legislature further finds that breed-specific ordinances
14 fail to address any of the factors that cause dogs to become aggressive
15 and place an undue hardship on responsible dog owners who provide
16 proper socialization and training. The legislature intends to redirect
17 the focus away from particular breeds and to instead encourage local
18 jurisdictions to employ more effective and data-driven prevention
19 models to control dangerous dogs and enhance public safety.
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1 Sec. 2. RCW 16.08.070 and 2002 c 244 s 1 are each amended to read
2 as follows:
3 ((Unless the context clearly requires otherwise,)) The definitions
4 in this section apply throughout RCW 16.08.070 through 16.08.100 unless
5 the context clearly requires otherwise.
6 (1) "Potentially dangerous dog" means any dog, without regard to
7 the breed of the dog, that when unprovoked: (a) Inflicts bites on a
8 human or a domestic animal either on public or private property, or (b)
9 chases or approaches a person upon the streets, sidewalks, or any
10 public grounds in a menacing fashion or apparent attitude of attack, or
11 any dog, without regard to the breed of the dog, with a known
12 propensity, tendency, or disposition to attack unprovoked, to cause
13 injury, or to cause injury or otherwise to threaten the safety of
14 humans or domestic animals.
15 (2) "Dangerous dog" means any dog, without regard to the breed of
16 the dog, that (a) inflicts severe injury on a human being without
17 provocation on public or private property, (b) kills a domestic animal
18 without provocation while the dog is off the owner's property, or (c)
19 has been previously found to be potentially dangerous because of injury
20 inflicted on a human, the owner having received notice of such and the
21 dog again aggressively bites, attacks, or endangers the safety of
22 humans.
23 (3) "Severe injury" means any physical injury that results in
24 broken bones or disfiguring lacerations requiring multiple sutures or
25 cosmetic surgery.
26 (4) "Proper enclosure of a dangerous dog" means, while on the
27 owner's property, a dangerous dog shall be securely confined indoors or
28 in a securely enclosed and locked pen or structure, suitable to prevent
29 the entry of young children and designed to prevent the animal from
30 escaping. Such pen or structure shall have secure sides and a secure
31 top, and shall also provide protection from the elements for the dog.
32 (5) "Animal control authority" means an entity acting alone or in
33 concert with other local governmental units for enforcement of the
34 animal control laws of the city, county, and state and the shelter and
35 welfare of animals.
36 (6) "Animal control officer" means any individual employed,
37 contracted with, or appointed by the animal control authority for the
38 purpose of aiding in the enforcement of this chapter or any other law
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1 or ordinance relating to the licensure of animals, control of animals,
2 or seizure and impoundment of animals, and includes any state or local
3 law enforcement officer or other employee whose duties in whole or in
4 part include assignments that involve the seizure and impoundment of
5 any animal.
6 (7) "Owner" means any person, firm, corporation, organization, or
7 department possessing, harboring, keeping, having an interest in, or
8 having control or custody of an animal.
9 Sec. 3. RCW 16.08.080 and 2002 c 244 s 2 are each amended to read
10 as follows:
11 (1) Any city or county that has a notification and appeal procedure
12 with regard to determining a dog within its jurisdiction to be
13 dangerous may continue to utilize or amend its procedure. A city or
14 county animal control authority that does not have a notification and
15 appeal procedure in place as of June 13, 2002, and seeks to declare a
16 dog within its jurisdiction, as defined in subsection (7) of this
17 section, to be dangerous must serve notice upon the dog owner in person
18 or by regular and certified mail, return receipt requested.
19 (2) The notice must state: The statutory basis for the proposed
20 action; the reasons the authority considers the animal dangerous; a
21 statement that the dog is subject to registration and controls required
22 by this chapter, including a recitation of the controls in subsection
23 (6) of this section; and an explanation of the owner's rights and of
24 the proper procedure for appealing a decision finding the dog
25 dangerous.
26 (3) Prior to the authority issuing its final determination, the
27 authority shall notify the owner in writing that he or she is entitled
28 to an opportunity to meet with the authority, at which meeting the
29 owner may give, orally or in writing, any reasons or information as to
30 why the dog should not be declared dangerous. The notice shall state
31 the date, time, and location of the meeting, which must occur prior to
32 expiration of fifteen calendar days following delivery of the notice.
33 The owner may propose an alternative meeting date and time, but such
34 meeting must occur within the fifteen-day time period set forth in this
35 section. After such meeting, the authority must issue its final
36 determination, in the form of a written order, within fifteen calendar
37 days. In the event the authority declares a dog to be dangerous, the
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1 order shall include a recital of the authority for the action, a brief
2 concise statement of the facts that support the determination, and the
3 signature of the person who made the determination. The order shall be
4 sent by regular and certified mail, return receipt requested, or
5 delivered in person to the owner at the owner's last address known to
6 the authority.
7 (4) If the local jurisdiction has provided for an administrative
8 appeal of the final determination, the owner must follow the appeal
9 procedure set forth by that jurisdiction. If the local jurisdiction
10 has not provided for an administrative appeal, the owner may appeal a
11 municipal authority's final determination that the dog is dangerous to
12 the municipal court, and may appeal a county animal control authority's
13 or county sheriff's final determination that the dog is dangerous to
14 the district court. The owner must make such appeal within twenty days
15 of receiving the final determination. While the appeal is pending, the
16 authority may order that the dog be confined or controlled in
17 compliance with RCW 16.08.090. If the dog is determined to be
18 dangerous, the owner must pay all costs of confinement and control.
19 (5) It is unlawful for an owner to have a dangerous dog in the
20 state without a certificate of registration issued under this section.
21 This section and RCW 16.08.090 and 16.08.100 shall not apply to police
22 dogs as defined in RCW 4.24.410.
23 (6) Unless a city or county has a more restrictive code
24 requirement, the animal control authority of the city or county in
25 which an owner has a dangerous dog shall issue a certificate of
26 registration to the owner of such animal if the owner presents to the
27 animal control unit sufficient evidence of:
28 (a) A proper enclosure to confine a dangerous dog and the posting
29 of the premises with a clearly visible warning sign that there is a
30 dangerous dog on the property. In addition, the owner shall
31 conspicuously display a sign with a warning symbol that informs
32 children of the presence of a dangerous dog;
33 (b) A surety bond issued by a surety insurer qualified under
34 chapter 48.28 RCW in a form acceptable to the animal control authority
35 in the sum of at least two hundred fifty thousand dollars, payable to
36 any person injured by the dangerous dog; or
37 (c) A policy of liability insurance, such as homeowner's insurance,
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1 issued by an insurer qualified under Title 48 RCW in the amount of at
2 least two hundred fifty thousand dollars, insuring the owner for any
3 personal injuries inflicted by the dangerous dog.
4 (7)(a)(i) If an owner has the dangerous dog in an incorporated area
5 that is serviced by both a city and a county animal control authority,
6 the owner shall obtain a certificate of registration from the city
7 authority;
8 (ii) If an owner has the dangerous dog in an incorporated or
9 unincorporated area served only by a county animal control authority,
10 the owner shall obtain a certificate of registration from the county
11 authority;
12 (iii) If an owner has the dangerous dog in an incorporated or
13 unincorporated area that is not served by an animal control authority,
14 the owner shall obtain a certificate of registration from the office of
15 the local sheriff.
16 (b) This subsection does not apply if a city or county does not
17 allow dangerous dogs within its jurisdiction.
18 (8) Cities and counties may charge an annual fee, in addition to
19 regular dog licensing fees, to register dangerous dogs.
20 (9) Except as provided in RCW 16.08.090(4), nothing in this section
21 limits a local authority in placing additional restrictions upon owners
22 of dangerous dogs. This section does not require a local authority to
23 allow a dangerous dog within its jurisdiction.
24 Sec. 4. RCW 16.08.090 and 1987 c 94 s 3 are each amended to read
25 as follows:
26 (1) It is unlawful for an owner of a dangerous dog to permit the
27 dog to be outside the proper enclosure unless the dog is muzzled and
28 restrained by a substantial chain or leash and under physical restraint
29 of a responsible person. The muzzle shall be made in a manner that
30 will not cause injury to the dog or interfere with its vision or
31 respiration but shall prevent it from biting any person or animal.
32 (2) Except as provided in subsection (4) of this section,
33 potentially dangerous dogs shall be regulated only by local, municipal,
34 and county ordinances. Nothing in this section limits restrictions
35 local jurisdictions may place on owners of potentially dangerous dogs.
36 (3) Dogs shall not be declared dangerous if the threat, injury, or
37 damage was sustained by a person who, at the time, was committing a
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1 ((wilful)) willful trespass or other tort upon the premises occupied by
2 the owner of the dog, or was tormenting, abusing, or assaulting the dog
3 or has, in the past, been observed or reported to have tormented,
4 abused, or assaulted the dog or was committing or attempting to commit
5 a crime.
6 (4) The breed of dog may not be considered when declaring a dog
7 dangerous or potentially dangerous. A local jurisdiction may not
8 prohibit possession of a particular breed of dog or declare a breed of
9 dog to be dangerous or potentially dangerous.
10 Sec. 5. RCW 16.08.100 and 2002 c 244 s 3 are each amended to read
11 as follows:
12 (1) Any dangerous dog shall be immediately confiscated by an animal
13 control authority if the: (a) Dog is not validly registered under RCW
14 16.08.080; (b) owner does not secure the liability insurance coverage
15 required under RCW 16.08.080; (c) dog is not maintained in the proper
16 enclosure; or (d) dog is outside of the dwelling of the owner, or
17 outside of the proper enclosure and not under physical restraint of the
18 responsible person. The owner must pay the costs of confinement and
19 control. The animal control authority must serve notice upon the dog
20 owner in person or by regular and certified mail, return receipt
21 requested, specifying the reason for the confiscation of the dangerous
22 dog, that the owner is responsible for payment of the costs of
23 confinement and control, and that the dog will be destroyed in an
24 expeditious and humane manner if the deficiencies for which the dog was
25 confiscated are not corrected within twenty days. The animal control
26 authority shall destroy the confiscated dangerous dog in an expeditious
27 and humane manner if any deficiencies required by this subsection are
28 not corrected within twenty days of notification. In addition, the
29 owner shall be guilty of a gross misdemeanor punishable in accordance
30 with RCW 9A.20.021.
31 (2) If a dangerous dog of an owner with a prior conviction under
32 this chapter attacks or bites a person or another domestic animal, the
33 dog's owner is guilty of a class C felony, punishable in accordance
34 with RCW 9A.20.021. It is an affirmative defense that the defendant
35 must prove by a preponderance of the evidence that he or she was in
36 compliance with the requirements for ownership of a dangerous dog
37 pursuant to this chapter and the person or domestic animal attacked or
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1 bitten by the defendant's dog trespassed on the defendant's real or
2 personal property or provoked the defendant's dog without justification
3 or excuse. In addition, the dangerous dog shall be immediately
4 confiscated by an animal control authority, placed in quarantine for
5 the proper length of time, and thereafter destroyed in an expeditious
6 and humane manner.
7 (3) The owner of any dog that aggressively attacks and causes
8 severe injury or death of any human, whether or not the dog has
9 previously been declared potentially dangerous or dangerous, shall,
10 upon conviction, be guilty of a class C felony punishable in accordance
11 with RCW 9A.20.021. It is an affirmative defense that the defendant
12 must prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the human severely
13 injured or killed by the defendant's dog: (a) Trespassed on the
14 defendant's real or personal property which was enclosed by fencing
15 suitable to prevent the entry of young children and designed to prevent
16 the dog from escaping and marked with clearly visible signs warning
17 people, including children, not to trespass and to beware of dog; or
18 (b) provoked the defendant's dog without justification or excuse on the
19 defendant's real or personal property which was enclosed by fencing
20 suitable to prevent the entry of young children and designed to prevent
21 the dog from escaping and marked with clearly visible signs warning
22 people, including children, not to trespass and to beware of dog. In
23 such a prosecution, the state has the burden of showing that the owner
24 of the dog either knew or should have known that the dog was
25 potentially dangerous as defined in this chapter. The state may not
26 meet its burden of proof that the owner should have known the dog was
27 potentially dangerous ((solely)) by showing the dog to be a particular
28 breed or breeds. In addition, the dog shall be immediately confiscated
29 by an animal control authority, quarantined, and upon conviction of the
30 owner destroyed in an expeditious and humane manner.
31 (4) Any person entering a dog in a dog fight is guilty of a class
32 C felony punishable in accordance with RCW 9A.20.021.
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