Target: Township of Bloomfield Health Department
Goal: To spare the life of an innocent pit bull that was unfairly evaluated as aggressive
Yet another pit bull has fallen victim to breedism, a discriminatory form of legislation that targets breeds deemed dangerous, like pit bulls. Memphis, an innocent dog with no history of aggression or incidents of biting, is being held in the city shelter. The reason that he is being locked up is mostly due to the results of an evaluation conducted by the Township of Bloomfield Health Department, which is in charge of overseeing the shelter.
The evaluation consisted of situations that were apparently designed to test the dog’s aggression; however, it seemed to be aimed more at instigating violent reactions from the poor dog. In Memphis’s case, a stranger wearing a dark hoodie entered the room and began yelling at the dog for no reason. In response, Memphis reacted by barking and lunging at the stranger. Many people have called this evidence unfair, mostly because of the fact that most dogs would react in a similar way if put in an unfamiliar and potentially threatening situation.
In order to help Memphis, Jeff Coltenback, an experienced dog trainer and behaviorist, offered to evaluate and train the dog himself. He is also known for his attempt to save a dog in a similar situation, named Lennox. For over a week, Memphis lived with Jeff and his wife, who claimed that he was nothing but obedient. Jeff took Memphis out to socialize with other dogs, as well as cats, children, and adults; however this attempt to train the dog was interpreted as actions that put the public in danger. Jeff was ordered to return the dog to the shelter, despite his desire to formally adopt the dog as his own.
Now, a public hearing will take place on Thursday, August 15 in order to determine the fate of poor Memphis. Dogs should not be labeled as aggressive or dangerous if they have no history of violence. Threatening a dog in a stressful situation in order to evaluate it, is completely unfair to the animal, and does not serve as a sufficient portrayal of a dog’s demeanor. Help Jeff fight to save Memphis and sign this petition to ask for his life to be spared. No more innocent dogs should be harmed as a result of this discriminatory breedism.
Dear Township of Bloomfield Health Department,
Please spare the pit bull named Memphis and allow him to be adopted by a family who can love and care for him. It is unfair for him to be labeled as a dangerous dog when he has no history of biting or aggression. Putting him in stressful situations in a so-called evaluation is unfair and many dogs would have reacted in a similar way, barking if they were faced with an unfamiliar person wearing strange clothes aiming to test his demeanor.
From the testimony provided by Jeff Coltenback, it seems that the dog is innocent and harmless, after proving that he is able to socialize in multiple situations with fellow dogs as well as humans. I would prefer to see him alive, with a trainer who will be able to attest to his friendly disposition. Please give this poor dog another chance, and don’t condemn him solely on the basis of his breed. It isn’t right to stereotype him as dangerous when there is little evidence to prove it.
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