Return Pit Bulls Who Saved Woman from Fire

Target: Derrick Leon Davis, Prince George County Council Chairman

Goal: End breed ban so that a displaced family can keep their dogs.

A devastating fire has left two pit bulls without a home, and now they may be left without a family. The fire destroyed the house but left the family with only minor injuries. Now, April Newell is fighting to keep her pit bulls despite the breed ban imposed on her new county. Demand that the Prince George County Council reexamine the breed ban and allow this family to stay together.

Newell was unconscious when firefighters found her on the ground, while Precious, her pit bull, stood guard over her. Sadly, Precious had to be removed from Newell’s care after the fire due to the highly disputed breed-specific legislation in Prince George County. Newell, having nowhere else to go, was forced to hand Precious and her puppy, Molly, over to the local animal shelter. Shortly after this, Newell’s friend agreed to take care of the dogs until permanent placement could be found.

Breed-specific legislation needs to be stopped. The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, The Humane Society of the United States, and every other animal organization in the country opposes breed-specific legislation for a reason. Any dog can be a good dog if trained well. Demand that the Prince George County Council reconsider breed-specific legislation and allow Newell to bring her dogs home.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Davis,

Two heroic dogs are homeless thanks to the outdated breed-specific legislation in Prince George County. Following a tragic house fire, April Newell was forced to give Precious and Molly to a shelter because they are pit bulls. We demand that The Prince George County Council reexamine this outdated legislation and allow these dogs to go home to their family.

Precious never left Newell’s side, even in the fire. Firefighters had to aim a fire extinguisher at her so that she would leave her side. Newell did recover from her injuries and moved, temporarily, to Prince George County. Unfortunately, breed-specific legislation prevented her from taking Precious and her puppy, Molly, home. The dogs were placed in a shelter until a generous friend offered to keep them outside of the county.

It is time to take a stand against breed-specific legislation. We demand that the Prince George County Council reexamine this outdated legislation and allow Precious and Molly to go home to their family.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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21 Comments

  1. Laura Carroll says:

    Yes these are faithful dogs and should be with their responsible owner. But, we must remember dogs we keep as pets should be exactly that. Both Britain and the USA seem to have problems with the overbreeding of pit bull type dogs that are understandably hard to rehome and are often used by dogfighting gangs. Is it really a good idea to have any type dog initially bred for fighting in a family environment? They require specialist handling and knowledgeable owners.

    • Sharon brogan says:

      These animals are nurture far more than “nature”. They are like children. How they are raised contributes to what they become. I’ve had pit bull and they can be very loving and devoted. I just had to put down my 15 year old pit. She had been a loving and devoted companion. We called her our pitiful pit because she loved everyone and always was willing to make a new friend.

    • these dogs make WONDERFUL family pets and were originally used as nanny dogs for toddlers and children in the 19th and early 20th centuries. These dogs are easily made into fighting dogs because they are known for their unwavering loyalty to their humans.

      “They require specialist handling and knowledgeable owners.” – as do many many MANY breeds or mixes of dogs. The pitt is no different.

      “that are understandably hard to rehome” only because the media and local municipal governments have fed into the propaganda associated with this type of dog, when the focus should be on the handlers themselves

  2. Please tell the lady she should go see a therapist and tell them how much emotional stress she’under and i’m sure she’s experiencing anxiety. He can give her a letter stating that then she can go online to the ‘Emotional Support Animal’ site and download a certificate for her dogs to make him an ‘ESA’ ($59 or $99). Then no landlord can deny her or her dogs. She can take them on trains, buses, planes, in any store, etc. too! It’s the law (Fair Housing Act, Disability Act)!

  3. I CAME ACROSS ANOTHER ARTICLE WHICH I THINK I PINNED ON PINTEREST WHICH SAID THAT THE TWO PIT BALLS WERE GIVEN A HOME WITH THE SISTER OF THIS LADY WHO IS RIGHT ? THEY SAID IN BITTERSWEET NEWS THEY WERE STILL ABLE TO SEE THEM BECAUSE OF THIS ?AND THAT THEY WERE4 NOT HOMELESS?

  4. IT DOES SAY THAT SOMEONE IS LOOKING AFTER THEM ON THIS PETITION SO ARE THEY HOMELESS ?

  5. Precious is a hero and needs to be treated with respect not ostracized because of her breed. Precious and Molly need to be with the person they love and saved.

  6. THIS STORY IS INSANE!! BSL does not work. Each and every dog must be individually evaluated on it’s own merits. A certain breed’s name doesn’t make a dog. Their personality makes them a great dog or not!! DO NOT PUT ALL DOGS IN SPECIFIC BREEDS AS BEING OF ONE PERSONALITY THIS IS NOT SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN AND IT IS NOT FACT. EACH AND EVERY DOG LIKE HUMANS HAVE THEIR OWN MERITS AND MUST BE JUDGED ON THEM. LET THIS POOR GIRL HAVE HER BELOVED PET BACK NOW!! DO WE LIVE IN RUSSIA NOW OR WHAT??? I HOPE THE OWNER CONTACTS LEXUS PROJECT, ANIMAL LEGAL DEFENSE FUND , BEST FRIENDS…THEY WILL HELP HER AS THEY HAVE TOP NOTCH ATTORNEYS AND THAT IS EVIDENTLY WHAT SHE NEEDS!!!

    GOOD LUCK AND BEST WISHES TO GET YOUR BABY BACK HOME BEFORE CHRISTMAS TO BE SURE AND STOP BSL!!!

  7. There is ABSOLUTELY NO REASON NOT to return Precious and Molly to Newell — Let’s be rational, smart, compassionate — let’s do the right thing by these beautiful dogs and their loving family — KILL this ridiculously absurd “breed ban,” which makes NO SENSE whatsoever.

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