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Pit Bulls locked in cars
It's summer time and hot out. One Seattle, Washington resident, Ellen Taft, wants to change the dangerous dog laws for the city. She is purposing that specific breeds of dogs being banned from the city of Seattle. The breeds in question have typically been used in illegal dog fighting, however, only a small percentage of all the dogs have ever been used for fights and even less were specifically bred for the sport.
In the petition, Taft has set up several amendments to the current dangerous dog laws that exist in the city. The new laws, if passed, would require that anyone who currently owns one of the breeds on the list to have their dogs spayed/neutered, micro chipped, and would have to have their dog muzzled at all times when off the property. People would need to comply within ten days of the amendments taking effect.
Additionally, no new dogs would be allowed to enter the city limits if their breed is deemed dangerous according to Taft's purposed amendments. Owners who don't comply would be fined and their dogs would be impounded. The dogs would then either be destroyed or be transferred out of the city of Seattle to a shelter.
So what does all this have to do with locked cars? Well one part of the petition does state that anyone traveling into Seattle with a dog whose breed is restricted would be required by law to keep their dog muzzled and in a locked vehicle at all times when in the city.
People across the country have been charged with animal abuse for leaving dogs in cars. Also by requiring the dog to be muzzled while in the vehicle would be denying that animal water and food. If these amendments were to pass, people by law would be required to neglect and abuse dogs based on what Taft deems as dangerous.
City counsel members have been difficult to get a hold of on this matter but from press releases it appears that Taft doesn't have much ground to stand on. After 4 years of fighting for her own cause and getting nowhere, it seems that Taft is following in the foot steps of a previous Seattle resident Colleen Lynn.