I and other responsible dog owner advocates attended last night's Auburn City Council meeting. I took the opportunity to speak to the council after listening to a report by city staffmembers who said that breed-specific legislation is burdensome and likely to be ineffective. In particular, they looked at San Francisco's ordinance mandating spay/neuter of Pit Bulls and found that, after the ordinance, a little over 50% of all dog bites were caused by animals that were spayed or neutered. Their conclusion: spaying and neutering does not reduce a dog's aggression toward human beings. We told them that during the November city council meeting, by the way. Removing a dog's reproductive organs does not turn an unstable, vicious dog into a sweetheart. Using spay/neuter to solve public safety issues won't work. Rather, the city should focus on targeting all irresponsible dog owners -- of all breeds.
Kevin Hanley who originally proposed the anti Pit Bull ordinance (in fact, he wanted to ban them entirely at first), said he wants Animal Control to keep a record of all Pit Bull owners in Auburn so that police can periodically drive by their houses. By the way, he wasn't entirely alone in his sentiments. Dr. Bill Kirby, another city councilmember (he's the bald guy on the right in the photo below) said he wanted to make sure everyone knew there would be no peace or love for Pit Bulls.
Yes, he really said that. You can hear his statements on our youtube channel at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vYva_Q6CC0
But before you head off to youtube, take a look at our photos from last night's meeting!
The City Council
A silent protester
A pit bull service dog attends
Now you can check out our youtube video from last night http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vYva_Q6CC0
Author D. Capp holds an M.S. in medical science (biochemistry and genetics), a bachelor's degree in biochemistry and molecular biology, and a law degree.