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A change in state law could make cases like Mimi's more common

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  • Bett Sundermeyer, Houston Animal Shelter Examiner 4 years ago

    Find out if you can pick out the Pit Bull in pictures on this page. http://bit.ly/d64wvB I'll bet you can't on the first try.

    A large number of people, including shelter employees, misidentify dog breeds about 80% of the time. This is one reason breed bans don't work. It just causes the deaths of many innocent dogs.

    Yes, the public should be protected from truly dangerous dogs. But, just like people, dogs.... any dogs, should be judged by their actions, not by appearances.

    And in the case of Mimi, IF she bit the neighbor, and I have serious doubts that she did, I do not believe that a nip on the finger should qualify a dog as "dangerous" so that the dog could be killed. If so many people had not rushed to help Mr. Woods, there is no way he would have been able to afford all of the ridiculous hoops that the city of Ft Worth made him jump through. What happens to the next person that can't afford to jump through the hoops?

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