In the small village of Waunakee, Wis., discussion of the Pit Bull Ordinance is slated to become part of the agenda on Monday evening. According to an event posted on Facebook called, Wannakee Village Council Meeting, breed discrimination will be discussed, and in particular a two-year-old dog named Clay whose possible DNA has caused a ruckus.
Clay happens to be a pit bull type of dog rescued by village resident Kelly Lappen several months ago. Along with rescued another dog and cat, all of the animals had been living happily ever after together; pets adopted from shelters often times know they have been rescued, that is until one day, Clay barked at someone.
From that moment on Clay's future changed.
On Aug. 30, a police officer appeared at Lappen's door and told the family they had 20 days to find a new home for Clay because the local ordinance bans pit bull breeds.
According to Lappen, Clay is a friendly, non-aggressive dog.
The Lappen family had no intentions of giving up quite so soon; they consider Clay part of the family. That is when Kelly Lappen launched a Facebook campaign about Clay - from raising money to help defend their dog to fighting against breed specific legislation; humane advocates and animal lovers joined in the battle.
Attorney Shannon Cummings, who is helping Clay and fighting breed discrimination laws, posted on Sunday some encouraging news:
"Hi everyone. There's been a positive development. The town board wants to meet with me tomorrow in private before the 6:00 meeting. This is good because it means they want to listen to our point of view. I will not be talking at the 6:00 meeting and I'm not sure now if they are going to take public comments."
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), along with other numerous humane organizations oppose laws and ordinances banning dogs from communities solely based on breed. There has been no proof that either public safety or a reduction in dog bites have resulted from banning specific breeds, nor is there any credible evidence that any breed bites more frequently or is more vicious than other breeds.
While breed does not determine a dog's personality, the HSUS offers the following facts affecting a dog's behavior:
.The dog’s hormones. Dogs who have not been neutered are more likely to bite than dogs that have.
.The dog’s quality of life. Dogs who spend their lives isolated or chained may bite out of frustration or fear. Those are determinations that must be made by owners to prevent their dogs from biting.
.The dog’s upbringing. Dogs raised by owners who understand and manage their behaviors and provide veterinary care may avoid painful or uncomfortable conditions that can cause overreactions to being handled.
.The dog’s personality. Like people, some dogs are more easy-going than others, while others don’t adjust well to new situations. No two dogs will ever react exactly the same way to a given circumstance.
.The person’s ability to recognize warning signs. Dogs who bite usually give some kind of warning, whether subtle or overt. If people ignore or misunderstand such warnings, dogs may feel the need or urge to bite.
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