Sunday, September 21, 2008

Don't Let BSL Victimize This Dog

Who knows how many good dogs have fallen victim to unfair Breed Specific Legislation? Here is one dog's story. She still has a chance to have a happy ending.

From "In the Shelter of Your Heart":

This is Reina. She's a 35 lb female. Spayed, house trained, good with kids, likes cats, loves car rides. She's waiting to be adopted at the Siouxland Humane Society in Sioux City Iowa. She came to the shelter because her owner passed away. A small, well loved healthy dog. She provided love and companionship for a good owner who kept her safe and probably planned to love her tell the end of her life, not knowing their time would come first.

When first brought to the shelter she was scared, it was loud and frightening. She didn't know what had happened to the smiling face she used to wake up to every day, she didn't know what did she do to deserve this. Although the friend of the family thought she might not be good with other dogs, shelter staff have observed Reina in the shelter, and she passes other dogs with out a problem. She's even been making good use of her time, by getting some education. A local Girl Scouts troupe teaches obedience to select shelter dogs (what an awesome program by the way!) and they have chosen Reina. She is doing well in class and would be an excellent pet.

So why has this great dog not yet been adopted? Why is she at the top of the list to be euthanized, soon? She is a Pit Bull or Pit Bull mix. In the last few weeks Sioux City has put severe restrictions on Pit Bulls, or "Pit Bull Type" dogs, included that no new adoptions can be made in the city. If no one from outside of Sioux City, or any other rescue or shelter, doesn't step up to take Reina she will die. Plain and simple. It is possible a Sioux City resident could adopt her quickly under the short grace period and license her as their own. But the stigma now applied to these dogs may prevent that.

If you can help Reina, please don't wait, act now and contact the Siouxland Humane Society today. Even a donation to her adoption fee, or transport fee would help tremendously if you are not able to adopt. This is the reality of BSL, good dogs will die, while bad owners multiply. Law abiding citizens will be prevented from giving good homes, and dogs like Reina suffer the consequence.

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