I am mother of three, a 7 year old boy, 2 month old little girl and a 2 year old pit bull. My husband and I adopted a 1 year old male pit bull mix a little over a year ago from a local shelter. He was a birthday gift for our son. In error our dog was licensed within the city we reside. We were totally unaware of the local code prohibiting pit bulls within city limits. For the past year we have lived happily with our dog buster, believing to be responsible pet owners. Our back yard is 200ft x 200ft enclosed by a four foot chain link fense. Buster had acess to the yard through his doggy door. Buster is my baby. He is the most loving, affectionate dog you will ever meet. He is well trained. We never had any concerns with Buster exhibiting "aggressive" behavior. With the arrival of our daughter I was cautious as you would be with any pet. Buster adjusted wonderfully. He loves people, children the most. Buster has never attempted to go beyond his established bounderies of the fense (except when going out with the family which he did often) not so much as to jump on it. About two weeks ago a couple in the neighborhood walked by our house and saw our pit bull playing in the yard with our son. This couple contacted the codes officer. It was not until then that I was aware of the code prohibiting pit bulls within city limits. Ater several days of trying anything we could think of to keep our Buster we excepted the fact that for Buster's own good we could not continue to keep him in a community that was convinced that he was a dangerous dog. Currently Buster is staying with my mother until I find him a good home. I refuse to let my baby suffer due to the stupidity of others.
Im so sorry for what has happened to your family and Buster. He must be so confused.These stupid laws only hurt the responsible pet owners like your self. It rips loving pets from families and homes.You and your family and Buster are in my thoughts and prayers.
I am so sorry that you are having to let go of your dog, that is heartwrenching; I hope you find a way around this problem and are allowed to keep him. Is it possible for you to have a fence built that can offer you some privacy from the glances of passersby??
There is alot of controversy regarding this breed and I don't doubt that irresponsible owners are to blame on the whole but surely the dogs have to hold SOME of the blame, I mean they were bred to fight in the pits originally and still seem to have an extremely high prey drive and one has to be honest enough to admit that once they become agitated and start to attack a person they go into a frenzy unlike other breeds, I realize that most breeds of dogs can bite but thereby lies the difference, another dog may bite a couple of times and then run off but a pitbull will just tear chunks off a person. The other day a woman who happens to own 3 pitbulls went to the front yard of her property to stop her pitbulls from fighting and they turned on her and almost savaged her, she was carted off to hospital and a decision has to be made as to the fate of her dogs, obviously they are going to be put down. The radio announcer himself stipulated that other dogs will bite but there is a vast difference between another dog and a pitbull. Having said this I don't agree with BSL as many pitbulls and dogs resembling pitbulls were taken from their families and subsequently destroyed through no wrongdoing, I think that is a travesty of justice!! One story that springs to mind is of a dog that was a much loved member of the family that was taken by the local ranger and the family was ordered to make a few adjustments to their property but they didn't have the finances to do so, besides which they were only renting anyway so the dog was destroyed and yet this dog never hurt a soul!!
I will say that its sad that a city can say that a beautiful dog like a pit can't be allowed, I'm from cincy in OH and if you want one here, you have to take out a 100,00 dollar insurance policy. I just can't believe that!!!! I've seen so many people with dogs such as chows that are far more aggresive than any pit I've seen or encountered...