Terrebonne Parish, LA – BSL on TONIGHT’s agenda

A breed specific ordinance proposed in Terregonne Parish, LA is on the agenda for TONIGHT’s (Monday, April 24, 2011) parish council meeting. The proposed ordinance was drafted by Parish council, and is similar to those in other Louisiana parishes. The proposal defines “dangerous and vicious animals” as (among other things):

e. Any pit bull terrier dog which, for purposes of this section, shall be defined as the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, the Bull Terrier, or any other dog of mixed breed which contains as an element of its breeding any of the aforesaid mentioned breeds of dog and, which is, due to its size, color or conformity, identifiable by a veterinarian licensed to practice veterinary medicine by the State of Louisiana as being partially of any of the aforementioned breeds of dog.

Please take a moment to send out another round of POLITE, RESPECTFUL and INFORMATIVE letters in opposition to BSL to the Parish Council, and please attend the parish council meeting this afternoon if at all possible. The Community Development and Planning Committee meeting begins at 5:45 p.m. in the Parish Council Meeting Room, 2nd Floor, Government Tower.

Terrebonne Parish Council
8026 Main Street
Suite 600
Houma, LA 70360
Phone: (985) 873-6519
Fax: (985) 873-6521

Parish Council E-mail Quicklist
atillman@tpcg.org; ajwilliams@tpcg.org; bhebert@tpcg.org; tcavalier@tpcg.org; jpizzolatto@tpcg.org; kevin@kevinvoisin.com; cjvoisin@tpcg.org; jcehan@tpcg.org; plambert@tpcg.org

2 responses to “Terrebonne Parish, LA – BSL on TONIGHT’s agenda

  1. Aimee Chagnon, MD

    Dear Terrebonne parish council—as a physician I implore you to do your research—take a look at the recommendations from the CDC and avail yourselves of the outstanding research done by those like National Canine Research Council (The Pit Bull Placebo). I am a Harvard/UCSF/NIH trained physician looking to relocate, and will not go anywhere my pit bulls cannot accompany me. Breed specific discrimination will keep good people from your town, will not promote responsible dog ownership, and will completely ignore the real cause of the problem. Please, legislate against irresponsible humans, not the dogs. Pit bulls are far more likely to BE the victims of irresponsible owners than are humans. Take a look at just a few of the recent headlines–Patrick, Snoop, Lancelot, Marvel—the list goes on and on. These are wonderful dogs and a great injustice is done when the animals are blamed for what their human guardians do to them. Shall we next blame abused children or battered wives? A civilized society should be better than that.

    • Cathleen Zelenka

      I agree with Dr. Chagnon. I am an Occupational Therapist and work rehabilatating people . I own 5 dogs -one pitbull and 2 pitbull mixes. I take responsibility for my animals all wear leashes when out of the yard(including my dachshunds), I have an 8ft fence on top of a chain wall, and I have beware the dog signs posted. I have trained my dogs at puppy classes and with private trainers and still bring them to socialization classes. I have children 18, 12, and 6 that play and sleep with my dogs. They are my family members. Banning a breed of dog does not protect people from being bitten. ALL DOGS BITE! Sometimes people cause the situation too! Cars and guns in the wrong hands can kill too! Banning the breed of dog is not the answer-educate yourselves-see Victoria Stillwell -animal behaviorist and trainer for some research.

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