Target: John Cummins, Mayor of Waterford City and County Council
Goal: Do not force a dog that spent almost 100 days in a shelter to be relocated.
A recently adopted dog may be forced to once again be without a caring owner because city officials say the dog is not welcome in the area. We need to take action to ensure this innocent dog and thoughtful owner are able to stay together.
Dan Tillery, who adopted his dog from the Detroit Dog Rescue, is being ordered by city officials to get rid of his dog because they believe it is a pit bull. Ironically, the people at the rescue center have classified Diggy as an American Bulldog, which is not considered to be the same type of dog. In fact, pit bull is not even a breed of dog but is rather a name given to a variety of dogs that are generically classified as one specific type. Oftentimes, these dogs are discriminated against and kicked out of their living quarters, forcing animal shelters to become so overwhelmed that workers have no other choice than to euthanize more animals.
Tell city officials that breed discrimination has to stop and that this dog should be able to stay with the owner who cared enough to adopt him in the first place. With so many animals stuck living in shelters, it is ridiculous that some of the rescued ones are being forcibly sent back.
Dear Mayor Cummins,
City officials are ordering Dan Tillery to rehome a dog that he recently rescued because they claim the dog is a pit bull. Considering that the animal is actually classified as an American Bulldog, the dog should be allowed to stay with its owner.
While many people classify certain dogs as pit bulls, pit bull is not a breed of dog; rather, it is a general classification that is assigned to various types of dogs. Because many dogs are automatically put into this category, they are either unable to find good homes or are forced to leave such homes when they finally find them. Since many shelters–non-kill shelters included–are running out of room to house these animals, numerous dogs are being euthanized. Therefore, forcing a citizen to rehome a dog that spent almost 100 days in a shelter is both impractical and unethical.
I therefore urge you to allow Mr. Tillery to keep his dog and to no longer discriminate against dogs that you assume belong to a particular breed. Forcing innocent animals to be rehomed only ensures that more innocent animals will be euthanized.
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