PetSmart is a widely known store that supplies all the things pets and animals need. The aisles are full of food, toys, medicines and any other essentials that a pet owner needs. The store allows pets to come in and offers a grooming salon, training, an overnight hotel and a doggie day camp.
The staff at PetSmart also appears to be knowledgeable in all animal related products that they carry, but PetSmart has a policy that is just becoming known to some pet lovers and it has some Facebook people up in arms. There has even been a petition started asking PetSmart Corporation to remove the policy.
PetSmart offers a daycare for pets called Doggie Day Camp. According to their own website, PetSmart bans “bully” breeds from participating in doggie day camp. What’s more, it goes on to include even those that resemble bully breeds. PetSmart defines bully breeds as:
“Dogs in the "bully breed" classification (e.g. American Pit Bull Terriers, Miniature Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Bull Dogs, Bull Terriers or mixed breeds that have the appearance or characteristics of one of these breeds).”
It appears that a store that specializes in animals also adheres to BSL (Breed Specific Legislation) and blames dogs simply because of their breed or how they look. If a dog looks like a pit bull, then it must be a pit bull, right?
Such judgment is absolutely wrong, as one news station proved by asking people to choose the pit bull from a line-up of pictures. Most got it wrong, including the news team.
Those asking for PetSmart to remove this policy believe it is not fair to judge a dog simply by its breed or how it looks. Many of them are owners of the banned bully breed and say that their dog is well socialized and deserves to be included. They have also stated that they will refuse to shop at PetSmart until this policy is removed.
There are many states that ban local governments from having breed specific laws. This writer resides in Illinois, which does have a law against BSL, called Public Act 093-0548. One has to wonder if local municipalities cannot institute a ban against a specific breed, how is PetSmart getting away with doing it?
For more information about PetSmarts ban on bully breeds at their doggie day camp, check out the Facebook page called The Campaign to End PetSmart's Pitbull Ban. Today it is bully breeds; tomorrow it could be any breed of dog.