Let Sick Girl Keep Her Therapy Dog

Target: Sam O’Leary, President of the Lakewood City Council

Goal: Stop authorities from taking away the dog that comforts a 4-year-old during cystic fibrosis treatments.

A city is threatening to take away the dog that comforts a 4-year-old girl during scary treatment for cystic fibrosis because the dog might be more than half pit bull and the city has an outdated ban on the breed. Aleeah has to endure daily treatments for her illness, one which involves shaking her chest violently for 15 minutes. This could be very upsetting for such a young child, but her dog Scrappy is always there to comfort her.

Many cities still have bans on all pit bulls because they have a reputation for being violent due to the brutal dog fighting community that exploits these normally gentle animals. However, pit bulls that are raised with love are no more dangerous than any other breed. It would be tragic if an incredibly sick little girl lost her best friend and comfort just because of false stereotypes about pit bulls.

There is no scientific basis for banning dogs who are over 50 percent pit bull, but if a DNA test finds that Scrappy is, the city is within its right to take him away. This law needs to be overturned so that nobody needs to fear having their beloved animal companion taken away. Sign our petition to demand that the Lakewood, Ohio city council let Aleeah keep her dog and instead do away with this cruel, unnecessary ban.


Dear Mr. O’Leary,

A 4-year-old girl is currently waiting for a DNA test on her best friend to see if he’ll be taken away from her. The dog may be more than half pit bull, and this breed is banned in your city. To make things worse, the dog, Scrappy, is her only comfort during the violent and upsetting treatments she has to endure every day for her cystic fibrosis.

Bans on pit bulls are outdated and unnecessary. Pit bulls are not naturally violent or more aggressive than any other breed–they simply have a bad reputation because they are often used for dog fighting. However, if raised right, these dogs can be incredibly gentle and loving friends.

The girl, Aleeah, and her family moved to your city in order to have better access to treatment for her very serious condition. Taking her dog away due to a law that shouldn’t be in place at all would be cruel and heartless and could easily traumatize a little girl who already has so many difficulties due to her cystic fibrosis.

Instead of letting Scrappy be taken away, I urge you to act to rescind this ban. Do the right thing for Aleeah and all the other kids out there who want to hang onto their best friends.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. “Punish the deed, NOT the breed!”

    • Susan Sadeghian says:

      I agree. Taking this dog away is child abuse and abusers should be punished.
      Its also disa led abuse and service dog abus and abusers should be punished and its against federal ADA laws.

  2. Shelli Schmidt says:

    150 people are killed by cocoanuts each year. You’re 60xs likely to get killed by a coconut than a pit bull..Where’s the ban on cocoanuts?! Should the girl depend on a cocoanut for therapy?

  3. Spend time learning this young girl and her dogs daily routine for a few days..n make a decision based on facts & how much this dogs is wanted n needed to stay in this family.
    To punish this breed is just like Hitler punishing the Jewish people based on their breed

  4. Omg let her have the dog

  5. At the VERY LEAST the law should have exceptions for therapy and service dogs, no matter what the breed!!! It would be so cruel to separate this child and her beloved dog!

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