Target: Rhode Island House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello
Goal: Protect victims of dogfighting from being automatically labeled as vicious
Fight-bust dogs, or dogs rescued during dogfighting raids, are automatically labeled as vicious monsters and are subject to restrictive regulations under current Rhode Island state law. Legislators have proposed a set of bills that would remove the stigma against these dogs and give them a better chance at rehabilitation. Urge government representatives to support these bills and give dogs that were victims of unimaginable cruelty a second chance.
Current state law in Rhode Island states that “any dog owned or harbored primarily or in part for the purpose of dog fighting or any dog trained for dog fighting” is “vicious” and must be subject to numerous restrictive regulations, according to Best Friends Animal Society. No actual behavioral assessments are given before this determination is made, making it even more difficult for the countless dogs who were victims of horrific abuse to have the chance at rehabilitation.
In addition, the wording of these laws includes dogs who were never even used for fighting, like breeding and bait dogs. Bait dogs are used to train fighting dogs, suffering from excruciating injuries their entire lives as they are repeatedly attacked by fighting dogs and not allowed to protect themselves.
Dogs involved in dogfighting in any way have suffered enough unthinkable cruelty at the hands of heartless dogfighters, and deserve the chance to have a normal, happy life with a family who would love them despite their history. Urge government representatives from Rhode Island to support the bills that would remove the stigma from fight-bust dogs.
Dear Rep. Mattiello,
Dogs who are rescued from dogfighting raids should not be automatically labeled as “vicious” monsters. However, current state law in Rhode Island does just that, subjecting these dogs to restrictive regulations before any behavioral assessments are even made. I urge you to give these victims of unthinkable cruelty a better chance at rehabilitation by supporting legislation that would remove the stigma against fight-bust dogs.
Current state law declares “any dog owned or harbored primarily or in part for the purpose of dog fighting or any dog trained for dog fighting” is “vicious,” an unfair judgment to place on dogs without behavioral assessments to support the claim. Further, dogs who were not even used for fighting, like breeding or bait dogs used to train fighting dogs, are also subject to these laws.
Dogs who were victims of dogfighting in any way have suffered enough horrific abuse at the hands of dogfighters, and deserve the chance to have a normal life with a family who will love them despite their histories. I urge you to support H.B. 7266 and S.B. 2282 and remove the unjust stigma from fight-bust dogs.
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