Pit Bull Who Protected Injured Owner Re-homed Due to Breed Ban

A family in Maryland not only lost their house in a fire Dec. 2 – they also lost their beloved dog Precious and her puppy, Molly.

Precious and Molly survived the fire. But because they are pit bulls, which are banned in Prince George’s County, where their family lives, they were confiscated and taken to a shelter.

When firefighters entered the burning house, they found Precious standing guard near April Newell, her unconscious owner. She wouldn’t budge until the firefighters sprayed an extinguisher in her direction.

All the family members, including the pets, were safely removed from the house before it was destroyed by the fire. As Newell lay unconscious on the lawn, Precious remained by her side. A video showing her loyalty went viral.

“She just wanted to protect her mommy, that’s all,” Megan Sanchez, Newell’s sister, told NBC Washington. “And her house.”

Newell and her father were taken to a hospital. Their three dogs were taken to a shelter, where Precious and Molly would have to remain until they were adopted or turned over to a local rescue. The third dog is not a pit bull, so she was returned to her family.

The good news – well, bittersweet news — is that Sanchez, who lives in Maryland’s breed-friendly Montgomery County, has adopted Precious and Molly, so at least their former owners will be able to visit them.

Precious, Molly and all other pit bulls cannot live in Prince George’s County because they are considered dangerous. Since 1997, it has been a criminal offense in that county to ”own, keep or harbor” pit bulls, which include Staffordshire bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers and American pit bull terriers.

Breed-specific legislation (BSL), laws like this that ban or restrict certain types of dogs based solely on their breed or appearance, is sometimes referred to as “breedism” because of its similarity to racism. These bans essentially remove responsibility from the dog’s owner and puts it on the dog’s breed.

It’s telling that virtually every major animal organization in the country – including the ASPCA, American Veterinary Medical Association and Humane Society of the United States — as well as the president of the United States — opposes BSL.

BSL unfairly punishes well-behaved dogs and responsible owners, these animal experts say. How a dog is treated has more effect on its behavior than its breed. Instead of BSL, most animal organizations support ordinances that address what they regard as the true cause of dangerous dog problems: irresponsible owners.

Besides, banning pit bulls because they are “dangerous dogs” has not increased public safety anywhere these laws have been enacted, including Prince George’s County. Twelve years ago, a county task force found the ban’s public safety benefit to be “unmeasurable.”

As a longtime pit bull owner, it makes absolutely no sense to me that humans in Prince George’s County — and everywhere else in the U.S. — can walk into any gun store and buy weapons that can kill scores of people – yet it’s not guns but Pit Bulls that are banned, because they are allegedly a threat to public safety.

Not only is BSL unfair and ineffective, but it’s also very costly to enforce. Prince George’s County spends $280,000 each year confiscating pet pit bulls. Imagine all the better uses for those millions of taxpayer dollars, such as spay/neuter programs for all breeds, shelter improvements and a program that educates people about responsible dog ownership, for starters.

Fortunately, as awareness grows about the uselessness of BSL, the growing trend nationwide has been to repeal these laws.

Earlier this year in Michigan, a dog named Ice protected her owner, Jamie Kraczkowski, as her boyfriend beat her in their Hazel Park home. But because Ice is a pit bull and Hazel Park banned the breed, Krackowski had to either surrender her hero dog to a shelter or move out of town, which is what she chose to do.

After this unfair situation gained international attention, the Hazel Park city council voted to end its breed ban.

Hopefully Precious, like Ice, will serve as a catalyst in convincing the Prince George’s County Council to repeal its unnecessary breed ban. Please sign and sharethis petition so other faithful dogs like Precious don’t have to be taken from their loving families.

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267 comments

Mark Donner
Mark Donnerabout a year ago

Hey baldy Brandon: Take your hate elsewhere, preferably to Syria

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Mark Donner
Mark Donnerabout a year ago

Brandon Van Every is a failed sociopath. That's why he's on a "Care" site. To destroy others and their life, that's his failed life.

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Mark Donner
Mark Donnerabout a year ago

Prince George's county is not a place you would want to live. Druggy neighborhoods, corrupt lawmakers and corrupt cops.

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallusabout a year ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Robin Pasholk
Robin Pasholkabout a year ago

Some of the sweetest, most peaceable, loving, and even-tempered dogs I've ever known have been pitties. Some of the vilest, most belligerent, hateful, and evil-tempered humans I've ever known have been the ones who think all they need to know about people or dogs is their breed. Tell me again which breed needs banning?

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MARIA B.
Marianne Babout a year ago

petition gladly signed

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Nicole Heindryckx
Nicole Habout a year ago

To Care2 : I have written 2 or 3 comments previously this evening. What happened ?? I can not retrace them. Hope you can retrace them, and put them back. I write comments to express my ideas / share my opinion with other members. I did not think that you erased my messages, especially while there was nothing so disgusting / so hateful that could not be published. Please rectify. Thank you

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Nicole Heindryckx
Nicole Habout a year ago

The hate expressed by some Care2 members versus the pit bulls breed makes me think of a certain European individual who was convinced that all people should be of the same race / breed. You remember him : the small ridiculous German breed, with black hair and a small moustache who said that the superior race had to be blond hair and blue eyes. Well this is the same idiotic reasoning. Fortunately, he did not reach his goal and we still have people of all types / skin colors / hair colors etc... It is not because a few idiots think that a certain breed of dog is dangerous, that they have to disappear from the earth. I hope that soon the human race will understand that all the evil done by some dogs is only due to bad conduct of dog owners and nothing else.

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Nicole Heindryckx
Nicole Habout a year ago

@ Brandon van Every : I sent you a star. Not because I find you such a great, wise man, but just because you only spit out crap. Are you a dog lover ?? You only want small dogs to be legally allowed, because you can then "kick the crap out of them". My God, and that at the age of 40 years. I first thought you were an idiot teen of around 15/16 years. Glad that you stand alone in your way of thinking.... because it is shameful for the human race.

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Nicole Heindryckx
Nicole Habout a year ago

Someone asked : why do so many people want to have a pit bull ?? I think that the answer is simple. Pit bulls have been bred because they are easily trained for fighting dogs. In many places in the U.S. there are still dog fightings, though not legally allowed. But I have seen many documentaries in which a whole bunch of pit bulls were kept just for fighting = money purposes. As apparently lots of people like to see animals biting and killing each other and gain some nice amounts of dollars, this particular breed became most popular. And of course, now there are way too much pit bulls. However pit bulls, just like any other breed of dogs have to be trained as from the age of 2 or 3 months to become a serious fighting dog. And what happens ?? A lot of people get themselves a small pit bull puppy and do not have the knowledge, the time and the patience to train his dog/s. As the dog in question becomes a burden, and costs a lot of money, they are simply dumped, or brought to shelters. People having the best intentions to raise these young dogs to a nice family dog generally have not the knowledge to turn around the aggressive attitude of the abused and maltreated animal. And that's how this specific breed and some other ones got their name as being "dangerous" dogs, biting children as well as adults and attacking all kind of other dogs in the street. I don't know how many times I have already written this but it remains the truth : THERE ARE NO BAD DOGS. TH

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