Last night, I kept dreaming about trying to get back to my dogs. They were always in different rooms with different locks, and I could never find the right key.
People all over North America mourn for the decision made in #denver
to ignore the city council, ignore the science and data demonstrating the inefficacy of breed specific legislation, and to tear apart families and end innocent lives based on ignorance and misinformation. Based on looks.
For us, this isn’t about “pit bulls” being “cute”, as you implied. This is about good dogs, with good owners, being punished for one mayor’s refusal to listen to reason. Some people have already chosen to leave your city, selling their homes and leaving their jobs. But that is a privilege and luxury afforded to few. Most people do not have the resources to do this, and instead, forcibly have their furry family members removed, based on the length of their coats and the shape of their heads.
Last year, when my husband was applying to medical schools all over the US, Colorado was one of the top states we wanted to live in. However, due to BSL, we knew we were not welcome in Denver, and have instead relocated to Phoenix, in a state where BSL is rightfully not permitted, state wide. In our case, we would have loved to join Denver and have added to the city a doctor, a therapist, and two wonderful, kind, funny, loving and dutifully trained dogs (who are particularly gentle with children, mind you). But now, in addition to so many others, we will not be visiting Colorado until the ban is repealed. I’m holding out hope that this will be sooner rather than later, but every day of the “round up” where dogs are stolen from their families and the dogs suffer for committing no crime, is one day too many.