Best Friends Big Advocate for Pitts
April 10, 2009 : 4:18 PM
Animal welfare groups announce new collaboration to save pit bulls
Best Friends Animal Society and The Humane Society of the United States announced that a summit meeting held this week in Las Vegas to discuss the disposition of dogs seized from dog fighting operations has led to a coalition of groups working together to help the canine victims of organized violence.
Among the outcomes of the meeting:
• The HSUS has a new policy of recommending that all dogs seized from fighting operations be professionally evaluated, according to agreed upon standards, to determine whether they are suitable candidates for adoption. Dogs deemed suitable for placement should be offered as appropriate to adopters or to approved rescue organizations. The HSUS will update its law enforcement training manual and other materials to reflect this change in policy.
• The groups agree that all dogs should be treated as individuals, and they are the true victims of this organized crime. They also agree to support law enforcement and animal control agencies when decisions must be made regarding the dogs deemed unsuitable for adoption and in cases when rescue organizations and adopters are unable, within a reasonable timeframe, to accept dogs from such raids that have been offered for adoption.
• The organizations will form a working group to develop future protocols for cooperation in addressing the needs of dogs seized in raids, such as how to assist with the housing of fighting dogs, how to conduct professional evaluations, and how to screen potential adopters.
The summit meeting was convened to address the matter of dogs seized as a result of cruelty investigations, particularly due to the increase in HSUS-led enforcement actions against dog fighters.
Participants at the meeting included Best Friends Animal Society, The Humane Society of the United States, BAD RAP, ASPCA, National Animal Control Association, Maddie’s Fund, Nevada Humane Society, and Spartanburg Humane Society.
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Posted by Jennifer Hayes, Best Friends staff
Photo credit: taken by Jennifer Hayes
5 years ago
I believe the current position stated by HSUS is part of the change in thinking that has resulted from the high profile Michael Vick dog fighting case. Prior to the evaluation of the dogs rescued from his fighting operation, there was a widespread belief that any Pits involved in fighting or that were abused had to be put down in the interests of safety to humans.
It is know know that this is not the case and not only can these dogs still be adoptable, but even some of those that have fought are not necessarily or entirely animal aggressive.
Thank you to the good work of ASPCA, BADRAP and Best Friends in reaffirming just how resilient this wonderful breed truly is.
5 years ago
All of us that deal with pit bulls are so proud of the work being done at Best Friends on behalf of this wonderful breed.
Being on the East Coast, my shelter (Liberty Humane Society in Jersey City) has its fair share of pit bulls that come through our doors each year. We are often the last resort for them in that many other shelters will not accept the breed.
We accept them and love them. We train them through our Bullies Are Deserving Dogs Program and treat them like any other dog - large or small. Our success rate is amazing. We are very proud of this.
For anyone who would like to vote for Liberty Humane Society in support of our bully breeds, we are in the Zootoo Top 10. Just go to "vote" and cast your vote for Liberty Humane Society in Jersey City. Please note there is another Liberty Humane Shelter in George in the Top 10 as well, but the two shelters are not affiliated. Thanks!
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