Target: Mayor John Warner in Breckenridge
Goal: Stop breed-specific legislation in the town of Breckenridge, CO
The quaint town of Breckenridge, CO is considering the adoption of breed-specific legislation that would legally ban certain dogs from the area. Those breeds commonly perceived to be dangerous include Pit Bulls, Bull Terriers, and German Shepherds. In almost every case of a dog attack, however, the owner is responsible for the animal’s bad behavior, and restricting certain breeds because they are allegedly dangerous is completely unnecessary. Urge Mayor John Warner in Breckenridge not to implement breed specific legislation in Breckenridge, CO.
As a frequent place of tourism, the town of Breckenridge is busy in both the summer and winter seasons as enthusiasts from all over come to ski, hike, and explore. Because many desire to bring their animals with them, the area is extremely dog-friendly. Being so, it is surprising that this town is presently debating whether or not certain breeds of dogs should be allowed to reside, or possibly even visit, Breckenridge. It should be public knowledge by now that the dog owner, not the dog itself, is responsible for aggressive behavior and that there is no such thing as a dangerous breed of dog. Sadly, Pit Bulls and German Shepherds can be trained to be aggressive, and they often are. This onus is on the owner entirely.
The town is considering such legislation because two loose Pit Bulls attacked a beagle over the summer and the incident resulted in severe injuries to the attacked animal. An officer shot and killed one of the Pit Bulls.
This incident is tragic, but it is merely illustrative of an irresponsible owner who neglected to care for and confine his animals to the safety of a house or yard. As a result, they wandered freely and caused severe disturbance, as a dog of any breed is capable of doing. It is natural for a loose animal to attack if it has not been properly trained or sheltered. This can be true of Labradors, Poodles, or Dachshunds, and the only reason this specific case received so much negative attention is because it involved a Pit Bull, a breed that is wrongly considered to be intrinsically dangerous.
Urge Mayor John Warner in Breckenridge to keep his town dog-friendly by opposing all forms of breed-specific legislation.
Dear Mayor John Warner in Breckenridge,
A tragic dog attack this past summer has led the town of Breckenridge to consider adopting breed-specific legislation in order to increase public safety and reduce the frequency of dog attacks. I vehemently oppose this biased measure and urge you to vote against it, as it would not result in increased safety nor decreased attacks.
Pit Bulls are not an intrinsically dangerous breed of dog, but they are frequently subjected to owners who, believing in their aggressive reputation, either train them to be this way or neglect to properly care for them. These animals have been bred for years to fight other animals and even other humans, but they are sweet in nature and are all too often the victims of irresponsible people. This breed should not be discriminated against because they have been badly mistreated. While this should be common knowledge by now, breed-specific legislation is still adopted throughout the country and has little effect on public safety. Therefore, I urge you to keep Breckenridge dog-friendly by voting down all forms of this law.
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