Success: State to End Mandatory Killing of Rescued Dogs


Target: Senator Patricia M. Blevins, President Pro Tempore Delaware Senate District 7

Goal: Praise bill that aids in the rehabilitation of animals rescued from cruel dog fighting operations

The law in Delaware previously mandated that all dogs rescued from dog fighting operations be “disposed of in a humane manner.” No possible adoption, no evaluation. By law, these innocent animals were saved from abuse with no chance of rehabilitation. Thankfully, that is no longer the case.

In June, bill 245 passed the state Senate, mandating that all rescue animals be evaluated for possible future adoption. The new bill would require that each dog’s potential be evaluated individually, and not based on the prejudice of previous abuse, giving each animal a chance to be adopted.

The animal rights group Best Friends has championed the cause of rescued fighting dogs. After the bust of Bad Newz Kennels in 2007, where 51 pit bulls were rescued, many groups, including PETA, were calling to euthanize the animals, believing they were too damaged to become family dogs. Best Friends disagreed and took them in, finding many of them homes. Over all, their rescue and rehabilitation was hugely successful and helped to prove that even the most aggressively abused animals deserve the benefit of the doubt.

There are still 13 states with laws prohibiting the adoption of rescued fighting dogs, but Best Friends hopes to change that, and with Delaware’s new bill, that dream may not be far off. As Ledy VanKavage, senior legislative attorney for Best Friends said, “Punishing dogs for the crimes of their abusive owners is unconscionable.”

Sign this petition to praise Delaware’s decision to save abused dogs from immediate execution and give them an opportunity to find a loving, caring home.


Dear Patricia M. Blevins,

The rescued animals from dog fighting operations are victims of abuse. While rehabilitation and adoption may not always be the best course of action for rescued dogs, every one of them deserves that chance.

Delaware’s bill 245 gives every dog the chance to find a home and overcome the abuse they’ve suffered. Whereas the law on dog fighting rescues in Delaware currently requires the rescues be humanely disposed of, the new bill allows every dog an individual evaluation before a decision is made about its future.

As the animal rights group Best Friends has proven with its rescue and rehabilitation of the 51 pit bulls abused in the Bad Newz Kennels in 2007, abuse can be overcome if only these animals are given the opportunity. I commend bill 245, which gives stigmatized victims another chance.


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Photo credit: Almonroth via Wikimedia Commons

Original petition: Stop Victims of Dogfighting from Being Automatically Killed

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  1. There are NO BAD DOGS, just bad owners and every dog should get the chance to prove its own worth once out of the bad owners reach.

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