Organizers Hold Rally in Support of Pit Bulls

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A pit bull ban proposed by Vancouver City Council members has supporters of the breed taking to the streets in an attempt to block it.

More than 200 people and 75 dogs protested the ban Wednesday evening. The ban was proposed in response to an attack on a 9-year-old Vancouver boy two weeks ago after three pit bulls mauled the fourth grader. The boy is expected to recover fully, but the attack prompted two Vancouver City Council members to propose new breed specific legislation.

Rally organizer Cash Frackiewicz says a ban is not the answer, and that the safety of the community lies in the hands of dog owners, not lawmakers.

“It’s the irresponsibility of owners that don’t know how to properly train a breed or any type of breed,” said Frackiewicz. “You got to treat it more than just an animal. You got to treat it like a human being. It’s like raising a kid. You set your kid in a straight line and a dog will do the same. It will follow.”

The Vancouver City Council will hear arguments regarding the ban in a workshop Aug. 8.

27 thoughts on “Organizers Hold Rally in Support of Pit Bulls”

  1. ugh! BSL sucks it’s not the dog it’s the owner…how many times do we have to tell people this!? any dog is capable of seriously injuring a child not just specific breeds.

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  2. LEAVE IT TO MASS MEDIA TO SPREAD THE FEAR. SERIOUSLY THEY ARE STUCK ON STUPID AND IT’S REALLY IRRITATING. I’ve been a vet tech for damn near 10 years and been bit once…..by a yellow lab.

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  3. I have 5 Staffordshire Bull Terriers…..I would never think of owning any other breed of dog..We consider them our children.They are so loving.I agree that its the owners fault 100%.Dogs are just like children,if they are abused or neglected they definitely will lash out…I’m so sick and tired of hearing “Is that a pit” or it figures it was a pit that bit someone..People need to stop being so ignorant!!! Stop judging!!!! You must own a Am Staff,Bull Terrier or Staffordshire before you pass judgement. If you do,I’m sure you would fall in love & never want any other breed ever again…Good Luck Vancouver!!!

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  4. ‘k, I’m taking offence at the not the dog it’s the OWNER comment. Many years ago I adopted an 8wk old border collie cross from the pound and I don’t know what happened to her in her short stay there but this girl was emotionally scarred by the experience. She was naturally very security minded but became a biter, despite having kind, loving and experienced caregivers. We certainly did not encourage this behaviour but we were never able to change it. Instead I had to be very careful where I brought her and monitor who approached her. I never bailed on her and she lived a good long life but mannnn they were a tuff 15 years. So agreed it’s not the BREED, but I say it’s not necessarily the OWNER either (tho it could be if the asshole trained his dog to fight), it’s the individual DOG.

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  5. It is simply mind boggling how ignorant law makers the world over continue to support and legislate BSL despite all the documented facts confirming it is not the breed but the individual.

    How is it that Cleveland, Ohio legislators just this week came to their senses and dismantled their BSL laws and revised the laws to address Behavior (ultimately the owners responsibility) and not Breed. Yet, our neighbors to the north decide to continue the fictitious ‘blame the viscous breed” mentality.

    Cleveland rocks!

    Vancouver City Council members…..You stink like 5 day old fish.

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