The following are various position statements. This page is a work in progress and will be updated regularly as we decide which issues would benefit from a posting here.
Pediatric Spay & Neuter
Although we do understand and agree with the need of shelters and rescues to perform pediatric spay & neuter prior to adoption, there is mounting research that altering may not have the health benefits that have been touted for so long. In fact, spay/neuter may have negative health consequences that we are only now starting to realize.
Bear in mind that an intact animal can ONLY breed if it is allowed to come into contact with another intact animal. This means that spay/neutering is not he ONLY way to prevent unwanted litters. A responsible owner can prevent unwanted litters by simply exercising proper containment and supervision of their pet.
We encourage pet owners to do their own research and make the best decision for their lifestyle and their pets.
This merits a mention here because we we occasionally share fan-submitted photos of dogs in spiked collars. On those posts, we regularly delete negative comments about the collars as they are considered to be off-topic and disruptive by our page administrators.
We would like to note that we do understand that the public perception of spiked collars is generally negative and for this reason, we advise that people think about the ramifications when they choose to use these collars. Many people will believe that a dog or owner is aggressive or violent simply because they see the dog wearing a spiked collar. Owners who use these types of collars should expect these types of responses when photos are shared and even out in public with dogs wearing them.
Additionally, we do have concerns about the safety of the collars. We have heard stories of people being seriously injured while playing with dogs wearing these collars or when trying to grab a spiked collar. For this reason, we strongly urge owners to NEVER use a spiked collar as your regular every day collar and please NEVER leave them on during playtime, either with other dogs or people.
By that same token, we also understand that it’s just a collar and in the grand scheme of things, the choice to use one is best made by the owner of the dog.
Tethering is a hot-button topic with many Animal Rights groups claiming that tethering a dog is a recipe for aggressive behavior. The fact is that a chain is simply a tool and whether or not a dog is neglected or abused is a product of the actions of the humans charged with its care, not the tools that they use. There are many different types of containment methods, each with its own pros and cons. We encourage pet owners to research both the various containment methods available to them as well as the laws in their area, and make the choice that best benefits their pet(s).
Visual Breed Identification
Although we do believe that Visual Breed Identification (VID) can be useful, we do not believe it is accurate enough to utilize in the passage of legislation targeting specific breeds.
There are folks who have the experience and expertise to view a dog from several angles and give an educated opinion on what breed or breeds a dog is likely to be. These folks are generally not your average lawmaker or law-enforcer, however.
The only way to be 100% positive that a dog is purebred is with the presence of a pedigree from a reputable breeder. It is entirely possible for a pedigree to be inaccurate when from an unethical breeder.
Because breed standards do exist and they do outline what a dog should look like both physically and how they should behave temperamentally, you can look at a dog and get a very good educated guess on which breed or breeds it may be but that will not give you a definitive answer on if the dog actually is those breeds without the presence of a pedigree from a reputable breeder.
What is a Pit Bull:
Many people post on our facebook page asking our opinion on what a dog’s breed is. When provided with good-quality photos, we are able to give an educated opinion based on our own experiences with the various breeds but this should not be construed to mean that we can know for certain what breed you have by photos alone.
We highly discourage the average pet owner with a dog of unknown origin (absence of pedigree) from attempting to VID a dog themselves, or simply parroting what a prior owner, shelter, or rescue group has shared about their breed determinations.
In a world where being a Pit Bull can mean certain death, there is nothing to be gained by claiming that one owns an APBT with little more evidence than having a blocky head, short fur, and a muscular build.
We recommend that owners of dogs with unknown origin simply say that they either don’t know the dog’s breed or classify him/her as a mixed breed dog.
Our preference is for natural ears and we encourage owners to keep their dog’s ears natural unless cropping is recommended by a veterinarian for medical reasons.
That said, we understand that people will continue to want to crop for aesthetic purposes and believe that banning cropping only leads to folks taking matters (literally) into their own hands, often with disastrous and fatal results to their pet.
For this reason, we will never support or condone legislation that aims to ban ear cropping and we advise owners who wish to crop their pet’s ears to seek out an experienced veterinarian to perform the procedure.