By Sloane Quealy-Miner
In Russellville, ARKANSAS a pit bull ban was enacted in 2006. The mayor (Raye Turner) at that time and some of the other “smart” folks in the community thought that a ban would solve all the communities issues regarding dogs running wild in their community.
Despite numbers that fail to show a decline in dog bites reported to the city’s Animal Control since its inception, The Animal Control director (Mike Vernon) feels that the ordinance was nevertheless effective, saying that the ban has “done exactly what people wanted it to do.” I guess people wanted the ban to calm hysteria about “pit bulls,” not to improve public safety and reduce dog bites.
“When told that pit bull aggression often has to do with the person who trained the dog this way often not a dog problem, but a people problem. When asked about this theory, Vernon didn’t agree.
“I think it’s the dog,” he said. Later, he reconsidered, adding, “It’s really both. I think the dogs are the powerful breed that instinctively attacks other animals, but it’s the owners who put them in the situations that cause problems.”
ACTION NEEDED: Contact the individuals below and urge them to adopt “dangerous dog” laws that rightly target irresponsible owners and not an entire breed of dog.
See our Talking Points on BSL and educate these people on why BSL does not work.
Contact the Animal Control director, Mike Vernon: MVernon@rsvlar.org
Also, please copy the author of article Whitney Snipes, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to STOP BSL for the heads up