When we agree to license our dogs we agree to give over our ownership right to the licensing agency, which can at any time revoke our use rights. We grant them absolute control over our animals. They can come onto our real property, and remove our transitory property (dogs) without due process of law. Ostensibly cities, counties, or states which require licensing could refuse to issue further licenses, and revoke the privilege of dog ownership. Mandatory dog licensing was the initial step in removing dogs from our ownership.
All law is based upon supporting, and upholding the rights granted to us under the Constitution. Laws must be able to stand up to the Constitutional challenge. Local, state, and federal agencies have circumvented law by initiating "regulations, ordinances, codes," etc., which we citizens blindly agree to abide by, thus making these regulations, codes, and ordinances enforceable. Once we comply, we must ever comply. Compliance is agreement. If you have ever paid for and received a license to own a dog in your local, and you refuse to re-license at the end of the period that the license was issued you can be cited, and taken to Court. The Court can sentence you for not continuing to abide by the agreement that you entered into with the licensing agency.
Obviously the third and final step in removing our property rights in animals is the complete ban on ownership. A retirement community in Florida has already made the proposal. It was soundly trounced. The USA is not yet ready for an all out ban. But the chipping away process is in full speed ahead. Breed specific ownership ordinances have been with us for over thirty years. It takes time for radical ideas to begin to sound reasonable. They must be bolstered with heavy doses of propaganda. They must be propped up with legal precedent. Most importantly they must be acquiesced to by the people.
Far more people are killed by any number of other things than by dogs. Venomous snake bites kill an average of fifteen to twenty Americans per year. Bees kill one hundred, to three hundred persons a year on average. In 1989 fire-ant stings killed thirty two people in Texas. Lightening strikes one in every six hundred thousand persons killing one hundred, to three hundred persons annually.According to the U.S. Department of Labor there were five thousand, five hundred, and seventy-five work related fatalities in 2003. There were thirty eight thousand (38,000) fatal automobile crashes in 2003 across the U.S. Sadly, an average of fifteen hundred (1,500) children are killed each year in the United States by a parent, or guardian. The leading cause of death among pregnant women in the U.S. is murder at the hand of the father of her unborn child.
Responsible Dog Owners of the Western States
P.O. Box 1406
Newport, WA 99156
September 25, 2007
RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERS OF THE WESTERN STATES
P.O. Box 1406 Newport, WA 99156Web Site http://www.povn.com/rdows E-mail US firstname.lastname@example.orgBlog http://rdows.wordpress.com E-mail List http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rdows Cherie Graves, Chairwoman, WA, (509) 447-2821Judy Schreiber-Dwornick, Assistant to the Chair, Director at Large, email@example.comHermine Stover, Secretary, Press Liaison, CA, firstname.lastname@example.orgArkansas Director, Roger Schnyer email@example.comCalifornia Director, Jan Dykema firstname.lastname@example.orgIllinois Director, Elizabeth Pensgard email@example.comIndiana Director, Charles Coffman firstname.lastname@example.orgIowa Director, Leisa Boysen email@example.comMississippi Director, Dan Crutchfield firstname.lastname@example.orgNevada Director, Ken Sondej email@example.comOhio Director, Tiffany Skotnicky firstname.lastname@example.orgOklahoma Director, Jade Harris email@example.com
Tennessee Director, Gina Cotton firstname.lastname@example.org
Texas Director, Alvin Crow email@example.com
MISSION STATEMENTResponsible Dog Owners of the Western States was founded October 15, 1989. The group’s name may be abbreviated R.D.O.W.S. It is a not for profit group. RDOWS MISSION IS TO PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING PUBLIC SERVICES
- Provide speakers for dog clubs, service clubs, and community centers throughout the western states.
- Have information booths at dog shows
- Formulate alternative legislation to that which infringes upon the rights of people to own or utilize their dogs.
- Attend council, commissioner, and committee meetings.
- Conduct aggressive letter writing campaigns to city councils, county commissioners state legislatures, newspapers, magazines, TV, and radio stations.
- Keep the dog owning public informed of any legislation directly concerning ownership and use of dogs.
- Actively work to cause reasonable dog legislation to be enacted.
- Oppose legislation that infringes upon any citizen’s right to responsibly own animals.
- We actively fight legislation that undermines the right to own, show, hunt, or breed dogs, including breeding bans, mandatory spay/neuter, and breed specific codes or ordinances.
- RDOWS promotes the responsible ownership, care, nurture, husbandry, and treatment of dogs.
September 25, 2007
Roger Schnyer, Chairman of Responsible Owners of Arkansas Dogs, said ”ROADs has incorporated, and set up a bank account with the purpose of posing a legal challenge to the Arkansas breed specific dog ordinances in Federal Court. The attorney Andrew Clark of the firm Clark and Byarley has been retained to try the cases. Mr. Clark is preparing the cases, and will file the suits in Federal Court on our behalf, and will seek immediate injunctive relief for our plaintiffs who reside in Beebe, Lonoke, and Jacksonville. We expect that the cases will be filed the week of September 17th.”
“The American Canine Foundation is lending its experience, and its body of case law to our challenge. Dr. I. Lehr Brisbin will be among the expert witnesses, his testimony is invaluable to our case. This team has been the most successful in prevailing in legal challenges against breed specific ordinances, and legislation since its inception in the United States.”
ROADs, Inc. Chairman Roger Schnyer stated, “We know that other cities in Arkansas have enacted breed specific ordinances, too. We just do not have the financial means to include all of them in our suits. When we prevail, it will automatically cause the other cities to have to repeal their breed specific ordinances. We are working hard for all Arkansas dog owners.”
Breed specific dog ordinances violate not only Constitutional rights, they violate civil rights. They are based upon discrimination, that discrimination is directed at the dog owner through his/her choice of dog. They also violate a person’s right to be innocent until proven guilty in a Court of Law. Breed specific dog ordinances remove American citizen’s rights to due process. They also violate property rights. Breed specific dog ordinances take away the burden of proof being with the accuser, and placing it solely upon the accused. These are violations upon the most basic principles of American law.
“Dog owners in Beebe, Jacksonville, and Lonoke Arkansas are having their dogs confiscated, and killed by animal control based solely upon the dog’s physical appearance. These owners are under the immediate threat of the loss of their dogs. Responsible Owners of Arkansas Dogs, Inc., needs your generous help in our fight to overturn Arkansas breed specific dog ordinances. ROADs, Inc., does not profit from your donations. Legal challenges are expensive. We must bring in expert witnesses, and we must pay all filing fees, and attorney fees. The American Dog Breeders Association has agreed to match funds up to $5,000.00. Please help us protect your animal ownership, and animal husbandry rights. We fight for your right to responsibly own any dog.” Roger Schnyer said.
Please make your checks payable to: Responsible Owners of Arkansas Dogs, Inc.and mail to;Responsible Owners of Arkansas Dogs, Inc.C/O Arvest Bank P.O. Box 57
Cabot Arkansas 72023
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Responsible Owners of Arkansas Dogs Inc. is a proud affiliate of Responsible Dog Owners of The Western States