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In June of 2007, Colleen Lynn was jogging when she was unfortunate enough to be bitten by dog.  She then built a website with the the original "about us" section listing the site's mission as:

-- Distinguish which breeds of dogs are dangerous to have in neighborhoods

-- Help enact laws to regulate the ownership of these breeds

-- Help enact laws that hold dog owners criminally liable if their dog attacks a person or causes serious injury or death

Now, that sounds all well and good, and I also agree with the first point.  It is the second and third points which illustrate the true goals of this woman: BSL (Breed Specific Legislation).

All of the experts organizations disagree with her idea on breed-specific legislation.

Every mainstream national organization that is involved in canine/human interactions is opposed to laws targeting specific breeds of dogs. These organizations include:

American Dog Owners Association (ADOA)

American Humane

American Kennel Club (AKC)

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

American Working Dog Federation (AWDF)

Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)

Best Friends Animal Society

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

International Assocation of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC)

International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP)

National Animal Control Association (NACA)

National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA)

National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors (NADOI)

National Canine Research Council


You can view the position statements of all of these organizations here.

These groups represent the best of the best in the United States for Dog Trainers, Rescues, Shelters, Animal Behaviorists, Government entities, veterinarians, and even Animal Control Officers. All of them oppose breed specific legislation. All of them, in large part, because they have experience working with the actual dogs, read the science, and realize that aggression is not a breed-specific issue. The reality is that most dogs, regardless of breed, do not show aggressive behavior-- of course, some dogs, of each breed, do. claims dogs of even distantly-related breeds-- including Boxers, Bulldogs and Mastiffs-- to all be 'pit bulls' in their "statistics". They consistently claim that all of the professional organizations that oppose BSL are only doing so because they are supported by dog fighters, or "dogmen". They pull all comments from their website that even come remotely close to disputing anything they post-- even if it is someone who is providing actual data that is correcting something they misspoke about-- again, silencing other avenues of thinking isn't exactly something you'd expect from a "public education" website.

Sites pretending to do one thing but actually doing another, such as spread misinformation and foster misunderstanding by muddying the waters and actually endanger the public. can endanger the general public by pinning the blame on dogs which discourages public education-- If people think 'pitbulls' are inherently evil and only want to kill, the public need not take the few minutes it takes to learn more reasoned and helpful facts about dogs.

A great site wherein one can learn the truth about dogs, different dog breeds, and how to be a responsible and loving dog owner, I suggest: as an intelligent, fact-filled alternative to