Good News For Pit Bulls

Pit Bull Ban Proposal Withdrawn in Florida’s Broward County

Thanks to the outcry from hundreds of Pit Bull advocates, County Commissioner Barbara Sharief of Broward County, Fla., decided this week to at least temporarily withdraw her proposal for the state to allow local governments to decide whether Pit Bulls should be banned.

On Tuesday, there was a packed house at a meeting to discuss the proposed ban. Many opponents gathered in front of the Governmental Center with signs saying “Don’t Bully Pit Bulls” and “Don’t Kill My Best Friend,” according to the Orlando Sentinel. Hundreds more sent emails to the commission,

emphasizing that bad owners, not bad dogs, are the issue.

Sharief wanted a ban because she was worried about “unprovoked” attacks by Pit Bulls on people and other dogs. However, Marni Bellavia, who tests the temperaments of shelter dogs for the Humane Society of Broward County, argued that any dog can bite.

“We are against discriminating against any one breed,” she said at Tuesday’s meeting. “At the end of the day, it’s discrimination any way you slice it.”Florida law does not currently allow cities or counties to ban breeds. However, Miami-Dade County’s Pit Bull ban of 24 years predates this law. Voters decided to keep the ban last year, although some believe they were misled by confusing wording on the ballot.

Despite the overwhelming opposition to her proposal, Sharief told CBS Miami she plans to revise it and try again to get it passed.

Maryland’s House of Delegates Says Pit Bulls Aren’t ‘Inherently Dangerous’

In what the Washington Post called “a small measure of victory to Pit Bull owners,” last week the Maryland House of Delegates voted unanimously to reverse a controversial 2011 state Court of Appeals ruling that labeled all Pit Bulls as being “inherently dangerous.”

That ruling also made Pit Bull pet parents and “third parties,” including their landlords, automatically liable if their dog bit someone. Because of this, many pet parents had to consider giving up their beloved dogs to avoid being evicted.

Instead, the new bill’s wording has been revised so it’s not breed specific. It also limits third-party liability, allows pet parents to prove their dog showed no prior violent behavior and allows for defense of the dog’s behavior.

“It’s not singling out any specific type of dog, and we think it’s a good bill for dog bite victims, for pet owners, for third parties such as landlords, veterinary clinics, etc.,” Tina Regester, of the Maryland SPCA, told CBS Baltimore.

The revised bill now goes to the Maryland Senate, where it is expected to pass.

Connecticut Considers Abolishing Breed-Specific Legislation

Two bills have been proposed in the Connecticut legislature that would outlaw breed-specific legislation in that state. HB 5975 would allow municipalities to adopt breed-neutral dangerous dog ordinances, while the similar HB 6311 would prohibit municipalities from adopting breed-specific dangerous dog ordinances.

The bills were introduced by Rep. Diane Urbin and referred to the Joint Committee on Planning and Development, which voted unanimously in favor of HB 6311 on Feb. 13.

A public hearing on the bill was held in Hartford, Conn., on Feb. 20. The bill will next go to the state House and Senate.

New Mexico House Bans Breed Bans

On Feb. 18, the New Mexico House voted 48-14 to ban cities and counties from passing breed-specific laws.

The bill was introduced by Rep. Yvette Herrell, who said she believes the deed, rather than the breed, should be blamed.

“If we start regulating or singling out breeds of dogs, then I believe that would start a domino effect and we’d start seeing other breeds of dogs added to the list,” she told KRQE.

Currently two New Mexico towns enforce breed-specific legislation. Pit Bulls have been banned in Tijeras since the 1980s. In Elephant Butte, owners of Pit Bulls, Rottweilers and German Shepherds are required to register their dogs with the city.

The new bill does not apply to home-rule municipalities in New Mexico – 11 cities that include the state’s largest: Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Rio Rancho and Santa Fe.

Rhode Island Representative Wants Pit Bulls Kept Indoors, Penned or Muzzled

In a major step backward for eliminating breed-specific legislation, two bills have been introduced in Rhode Island that would strictly regulate Pit Bulls.

H5287 and S178, introduced by Sen. Christopher Ottiano, would require all Pit Bulls in the state to be either kept indoors, in a pen or wearing a muzzle at all times. They could not be walked within 100 feet of a school.

“This was destined to never go anywhere, other than spur discussion,” Ottiano told the Warwick Beacon.

Rep. K. Joseph Shekarchi told the Beacon he’d received “more comments, more emails and more constituent requests on Pit Bill legislation than any other legislation in the entire General Assembly this year, and that includes marriage equality and binding arbitration.” He said the majority opposed the legislation.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) is also against H5287 and S178. According to WPRI, the AKC “supports laws that establish a fair process by which specific dogs are classified as ‘dangerous’ based on actions, but not legislation targeting a specific breed or classes of dogs.”

The oldest Japanese dog

Shiba InuShiba inu

The oldest and smallest of Japan’s dogs, the Shiba Inu (pronounced SHEE-ba EE-nu) was originally bred to hunt small, wild game in the dense underbrush of mountainous areas. “Shiba” means brushwood and “Inu” means dog in Japanese.

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the breed almost became extinct in Japan after World World II due to bombings and distemper, but bloodlines were combined after the war to create the breed as it is known today. The AKC recognized the Shiba Inu in 1992, and its popularity is growing. TV personality Ryan Seacrest recently put the breed at the top of this list for a new dog.

Personality

  • Bold, good-natured and forthright
  • Can be shy around strangers, but affectionate to those who earn their respect
  • May be aggressive toward other dogs

Size

  • Small, compact and muscular
  • 17-23 pounds
  • 13½ to 16½ inches tall at the withers (shoulders)

Lifestyle

  • Fine in apartments if given sufficient exercise
  • Does best with an average-sized backyard
  • Although their thick, waterproof coats allow them to live outside, they are much happier indoors
  • Needs stimulus; walks, fetch, agility training, obedience classes
  • Because of their independent nature, should be kept on leash whenever outside a secure, fenced area
  • Excellent watchdog
  • Superb hunting dog
  • Gets along with other pets, but keep them away from small animals due to their natural hunting instincts

Training & Exercise

  • Must be exercised regularly on a leash or in a secure area
  • Early obedience training is a must
  • Needs stimulation such as walks, playing fetch, agility training and obedience classes

Coat

  • Coat color may be black and tan, cream, red or red sesame
  • Double-coated, with a stiff and straight outer coat, and soft and thick undercoat
  • Seasonal heavy shedding
  • Requires regular brushing but otherwise easy to groom

Health

  • Strong, healthy breed
  • Prone to hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy and patellar luxation

Lifespan

  • 12-15 years

Rescue

  • To adopt a Shiba Inu, contact National Shiba Inu Rescue

American black bears

American black BearAmerican Black Bear inhabits wooded and mountainous areas throughout most of North America, from Alaska to Florida, and Canada to Mexico.

The Black Bear is approximately 5 feet long and varies in weight from 125 to 400 pounds. It has small eyes, rounded ears, a long snout, a large body, and a short tail. The shaggy hair varies from white to black, but most bears are indeed black or a darker shade of brown. Different color phases may occur in the same litter.

Black Bears are usually solitary animals except for females with their young. A pair may come together for several days during mating season, and in time of abundant food, several bears may feed closely together with little interaction. Male bears keep large territories that overlap the smaller ranges of several females.

When fall approaches, black bears must eat large amounts of food in order to gain weight to sustain them. Through their winter hibernation, they will survive on their reserves of body fat. During periods of relatively warm weather, they may awaken for short excursions outside.

Black bears reach sexual maturity about 4 to 5 years of age and breed every 2 to 3 years. Mating usually takes place in May and June. The embryos do not begin to develop until the mother dens in the fall to hibernate through the winter months. However, if food was scarce and the mother has not gained enough fat to sustain herself during hibernation as well as produce cubs, the embryos do not develop. The cubs are born in their mother’s Winter den (generally in January or February). Gestation is 6 to 9 months with a litter ranging from 1 to 4, but twins are most common.

Cubs are 8 inches long, and weigh between 9 and 12 ounces. They are blind for the first few weeks, hairless, and can not stand until they are 6 weeks old. Cubs are weaned around 6 months but may remain with their mother for a year and a half. Cub survival is totally dependent upon the skill of the mother in teaching her cubs what to eat, where and how to forage (find food), where to den, and what to seek for shelter from heat or danger.

Bears have a life span of 25 years or more in the wild.

 

Rainforest Animals

SPIDER MONKEYS

Rainforests are most diverse and conglomerate forests in the world. There are a huge number of animals; all of which are different in size, color and shape. Rainforests are perfect place for a large number of different species because they give all of the animals a sufficient and good home. There are both water and dry surfaces; there are high and low tree’s, which all makes it perfect for a huge number of different animals.

One of the most interesting animals is a spider monkey. There are many various monkeys in rainforest, some of which are not discovered yet. The most approachable ones are:

  • Spider monkey
  • Tamarin monkey
  • Howler monkey
  • Capuchin monkey
  • Squirrel monkey
  • Marmosets monkey

Spider monkey lives in rainforests in Mexico, in the south side of Amazon river and some other places. Spider monkeys are named due to their long arms and legs. They also have a long tail, which they use while hunting for food. However, they do not use their tail the same way City monkeys use their tails.  These monkeys weight up to 24 pounds and live in large groups. These groups split during the day and reunite during the night. They hunt for food together. There are three spices of this kind of monkey:

  • The brown spider
  • The northern muriqui
  • The brown-headed

These monkeys are interesting also because they are considered to be most intelligent creatures in the rainforest.

Considering there are many species living on one ground, they had to adjust and learn to survive. Some are using their speed, others are using poison and some are using bright colors. Those who are using bright colors are mainly birds. They live high up on the tries mostly. They usually eat insects and other similar small animals. However, some birds eat snakes, snails, etc …  There are other birds, such as parrots who do not feed on animals, but on flowers, seeds etc… They have very strong peeks and the colors of their feathers are incredible. Some parrots have so many colors on them that it is hard to believe that is a natural color. There are huge parrots and there are those who are smaller in size. For parrot lovers, rainforests are the perfect place to go and see and explore most parrot spices.

Jesus Christ Lizard is a Basilisk lizard, which has a very interesting way of walking. It walks on water! Its legs are made that way that it can stay on the water and walk on it with out dropping in it. You can only find them in the Costa Rica rain forest, so if you want to see them, you should go visit Costa Rica. The females lay eggs and they do that in 3 separate places. When the little ones are born, they have such a good camouflage that if they stay still no one can find them. That is very helpful in a place where there are so many things that can go wrong. Basilisks eat small fruits, insects, snakes and such. They have very skinny body but big legs. There is a specific basilisk, Green Basilisk. It can run on water! The other basilisks cannot do that.

 

 

Rainforest animals are being endangered more and more because people are cutting trees and destroying their habitat. If people do not stop destroying rainforest animals’ habitat, they are in a serious danger of disappearing. That is a serious problem for us as that would mean that half of the animals of the world would disappear.