Target: Cardinia Shire Council
Goal: To release an innocent dog who may be euthanized simply for looking like a pit bull
An innocent dog named Rocket has been held for four months in an undisclosed location away from his owners, all because of a claim that he was a loose dog. During a storm in Rocket’s home country of Australia, part of his fence was destroyed. Scared, Rocket went from the backyard to the front doorstep of his house to wait for his owners. A neighbor reported to the Cardinia Shire Council that the dog was loose and now he may be killed.
Part of the outrage of this case is that Rocket is unfortunately considered a restricted dog under Australia’s Breed Specific Legislation, or BSL. Essentially, BSL is state-sponsored persecution and in some cases murder of pit bulls. The breed is considered to be a higher risk to community safety, and people are made to think that they are more dangerous than other breeds. This hatred and discrimination against these animals is unwarranted in that it labels all dogs of certain breeds to be dangerous.
Some have even called the legislation “another Holocaust” because of the tendency for dogs to be held in secret locations away from their families, only to be eventually killed. While some dogs may in fact be threats to society, it is unfair to stereotype all pit bulls as deadly based on the actions of one or a few dogs. Legislation should not be aimed at punishing dogs for no reason, but rather at educating the public on proper dog ownership and stopping irresponsible abuse or aggression training from taking place.
Recently, veteranarians have even gone so far as to conduct DNA tests on the incarcerated dog and it has been proven that Rocket cannot even be considered a pit bull, therefore not making him a restricted breed under the BSL legislation. Rocket had never acted out aggressively prior to being seized, and is a loving dog who is being targeted simply because he appears to be a pitbull. Similar cases like this have happened in the past which have resulted in the unnecessary murder of dogs like Rocket. Don’t let another innocent dog be put to death. Sign this petition to urge the Council to free Rocket and return him to his loving owners.
Dear members of the Cardinia Shire Council,
I am asking you to please release Rocket, an innocent dog who was wrongly seized and held with no evidence of aggressiveness or being threat to society. Breed Specific Legislation is an unfair practice and should be stopped. No one should have the right to decide which breeds of dogs should live or die, and it is unfair to label Rocket as dangerous just because he is of a certain breed. Now, his DNA is even being scanned in order to determine that he is not in fact a pit bull. The manner in which this case is being handled is ridiculous and this poor dog should be freed immediately.
Dogs should not be discriminated against, and while I understand that in some cases aggressive dogs may pose a threat to society, this is not one of those cases. No two dogs are the same, and it isn’t fair to judge all dogs of one breed to be aggressive.
I am asking you to put a stop to the practices carried out by Breed Specific Legislation and save Rocket. Take a step in the right direction and refuse to kill this poor dog based on his breed alone. Return him to his loving owners and reunite this family.
[Your Name Here]