Jul 17, 2010

MCABSL clarifies some things, to make killers look better to the public.

Earlier this week I blogger about an article about the loophole in Miami's service dog law that Pit Bull lovers and enthusiasts in Miami are grossly taking advantage of-- http://bslforpitsmakessense.blogspot.com/2010/07/pit-bulls-as-therapy-dogs-in-miami.html

And yesterday MCABSL came out with their own email to clarify a few things, which I thought was a bunch of bull because it is loaded with lies and fallacies!

Dear Board Members, Members and dog lovers:

The Miami Herald recently ran an article about “pit bulls” used as service dogs in Miami Dade County despite the ban on dogs that animal control officers believe look like “pit bulls”. We would like to clarify some statements made in the article and correct others.

Miami Dade County’s ban on these dogs was grandfathered in when Florida made it illegal to discriminate based on a dog’s breed. Dogs that look like pit bulls are protected elsewhere in Florida from discrimination based on breed.

Larry Steinhauser is quoted as saying the pit bulls he has seen are “aggressive”. Of course, we don’t know whether he has seen one or two or any “pit bulls”. People cannot look at most dogs and accurately determine their breed. Recently, in Denver Dr. Victoria Voith did a little test on animal shelter directors, dog trainers and others who work with dogs. They were asked to view 20 dogs on a videotape and identify each one by breed including whether the dog was a purebred or a mix. The professionals were surprised by how few dogs they identified correctly by breed. Voith believes as many as 75% of the pit bull identifications made by shelter workers, animal control or law enforcement are wrong. She is the author of Shelter Medicine: A Comparison of Visual and DNA Identifications of BREEDS of Dogs. As DNA testing becomes more reliable, it is proving that many of the dogs identified as pit bull are actually a mix of dozens of breeds with little or none of the DNA of pit bull type dogs.

That means a lot of dogs condemned by BSL are not even "pit bull" breeds.

In the last two legislative sessions pit bull bans like those proposed by Mr. Steinhauser were defeated. That is because legislators understand breed bans don’t work to make communities safe. Study after study has proven this. Dogs don't bite because of breed or appearance; they bite out of fear that could have been the result of poor socialization, neglect, abuse, tethering or confinement or isolation. In other words, it is the owner's negligent or criminal actions that are responsible, not the dog's breed or appearance.

Breed bans penalize responsible owners and mean the death of dogs that are not in any way dangerous. Breed discrimination is also very costly for communities. Think of it. It means taxpayers are paying animal control officers to run around and hunt down and kill dogs they think are pit bulls when we know even trained professionals cannot identify the breed of most dogs.

We would have like to see Mr. Steinhauser come to our Annual MCABSL BBQ Pit Event or Ernie Sims Pitbulls on Parade Event (in Tally). He would have the chance to meet dozens of Pit Bulls, Staffies and mixes and experience the true temperament and standard of these incredible dogs. We think if he had attended this event, he would have realized you can’t predict whether a dog may bite based on appearance or breed or what you think the breed may be. He also would have had a great time with some wonderful dogs!

The other person quoted in the article is Ms. Janet Severt, from New Horizons Service Dogs in Orlando, Florida, She is quoted as stating that although she disagrees with the ban she would never train a Pit Bull as a Service Dog. But remember the Center for Disease Control states: “There is no accurate way to identify the number of dogs of a particular breed, and consequently no measure to determine which breeds are more likely to bite or kill.” In some “Bite Lists“ the top biters are Labs and Golden Retrievers which Ms. Severt recommends and trains as Service Dogs!

Again, it is not possible to predict whether a dog may bite based on appearance or some belief about breed.

There have been a number of Pits, Staffies and mixes who have been service dogs. There is Ruby who visited Hialeah Hospital and Ice Pop who constantly visits hospitals and has raised more than $10,000.00 dollars for charities by offering $1.00 per kiss…They were both rescued from inhumane conditions as pups. The list goes on...Pits, Staffies and their mixes make wonderful service dogs! Miami-Dade County’s recognition that pit bulls can be service dogs proves how illogical and irrational the breed ban is. And how tragic for the dogs and the people who love them.

Dahlia Canes~Edel Miedes-Directors

The Miami Coalition Against Breed Specific Legislation.


  1. UGH! dahila canes. her motto should be "working hard to keep pits in the hands of felons since 2008!"

    i wonder of dahlia was successful at returning wiggle butt to omar fernandez? i know she was working hard at it.
    i would love to update this story, preferably with a dirt nap happy ending.

  2. Let me make an educated guess this individual craven dislikes Jews,Muslims and people of Colour.His lack of command of the English language suggests he and his family were on the losing side in the 2nd WW, Austrian or German I guess.


  3. Look at a list of breeds, there are over 400 worldwide if not more. Many breeds aren't familiar here in the States. You can easily pick some breeds and they are misidentified because they are in such small numbers here. Would be interesting to see if this pit denier picked breeds deliberately so as to screw with the results. And some breeds look quite a bit alike other breeds. So I can believe that you can have misidentification, yes, but pits are in such abundance here, it stands to reason they are easily identified. More bullshit from the pit community. Why can't they learn that we aren't that gullible as to not be able to figure out their game?

  4. let me make an educated guess, when selwyn is visiting his shrink and they start playing the word association game and his shrink says WHAT WORD POPS INTO YOUR HEAD WHEN I SAY FELON, selwyn rapid fires JEWS, MUSLIMS, COLORED PEOPLE. DID I MISS ANY DOC? and then he starts panting hard as he digs his finger nails into the arms of the chair.

    i think this race card the pit nutters like to play is about as desperate and psycho as it gets in this debate. on the one hand, the pit nutters all scream, "your'e a racist!" if you don't like dogs BRED (breeding IS racism) for fighting and the other hand, they will all say, "pit's are the best dogs ever and i would never own anything else!" who the fuck is the racist here?

    for the record you aryan asshole, i am english and german and i have dated outside of my race GASP! my family interracial. and OH-MY-GOD there is even a HOMO in the family! GASP again!
    and i am an equal opportunity hater of ALL religions.

  5. for selwyn


  6. I would say that pit nutters answer to Nazi lovers in that they don't care about the humane lives being taken by their beloved singular breed of dog. Nazis didn't care about human life and neither do pit nutters. Nazis were racist therefore nutters must be. And racist to a nutter is anyone who choses to own a safer dog than a pit bull.

  7. rac·ism   [rey-siz-uhm]
    a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various HUMAN races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others.

    IF racism could be applied to discrimination of dogs, then clearly THEY would be the racists as they believe their dogs to be superior. they believe their dogs have the right to RULE others, that's why they fight so hard to keep them alive after they eviscerate some little old lady's poodle. why else would they spend so much time proclaiming their PRIDE of ownership and that they will never own any other kind of dog and that their dogs can do everything better than ours?

    pit nutters are not sharpest tools in the shed. selwyn where did you go?

  8. I was going to put up the definition to racism, but you beat me to it! I bet Selwyn is conferring with all his pit buddies to come up with an answer, or maybe the coward hasn't thought of anything to say and will stay away (hopefully).

    I can't understand why the pit nutters always pull the race card when they only care about their one breed above all others....



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