Denver Colorado - (Taken from the AR Sentinel Record) A few weeks ago two police cars and two animal control vehicles pulled up at the home of Stef'ny Steffen looking for her beloved 4-year-old pit bull Xena.
Seven officers hauled the animal off to the city shelter, putting her on death row. Xena became an outlaw after Denver won a court fight and reinstated one of the toughest pit bull bans in the nation.
Since may, more than 380 dogs have been impounded and at least 260 destroyed - an average of more than three a day. Dog owners are in a panic, some are using an underground railroad of sorts, sending their pets to live elsewhere or hiding them from authorities. City officials would not estimate how many people might be violating the ordinance.
Some owners like Steffen have won a reprieve for their pets with help from a rescue group. The group got Xena released by signing an affidavit stating that the animal would never return to Denver. The group took the dog to Mariah's Promise and Devide, an animal sanctuary that has accepted more than three dozen pit bulls from Denver. For Steffen and her partner, Gina Black, leaving Xena 60 miles from home was a lousy option but the only one they had. "It's safer than animal control. Safer than keeping her underground - at least she'll be able to play now," Steffen said. "But she'll miss us. We're her pack." Denver is one of the three major metropolitan areas, along with Miami and Cincinnati, to ban pit bulls, according to Glen Bui, vice president of the American Canine Foundation...
And so the article continues, I would like an action against this, I and my family have owned many of these dogs throughout the years and have never had any reason to put one of them to sleep, these people would state that these dogs are dangerous and hard to handle, if that is the reason, why not go from house to house taking dogs into custody who bark at you through the window?
It's a dogs nature to be protective of a thing or it's surrounding environment, as it is human nature to do so, if a dog is to be condemned for it's natural instincts why not condemn us as well? Please if you are living or traveling in this area of the US make a statement and protest this awful law, how they got it passed is beyond me but it simply cannot continue to exist.
help any way that you can, adopt a pit bull from any household in Denver and move it out with you, even if you are separating it from it's family reassure them that this law is being fought against with the peoples will, and that it is very likely that they will see their pets again. Offer them visiting days so that they can still see their pets if they want. Or you can give money to the charity's providing help and support for these dogs, put a bumper sticker on your vehicle that protests this law.
Anything you can think of, just do something! These animals need our help, and their family's need it too!