RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERS OF THE WESTERN STATES Cherie Graves, chairwoman Hermine Stover, secretary 323922 N. Hwy 2 23280 Stephanie Newport, WA 99156 Perris, CA 92570 509-447-2821 951-943-0990 http://www.povn.com/rdows POSITION STATEMENT ON DOG CONTAINMENT Responsible Dog Owners of the Western States favors all forms of dog containment to the owner’s property. Our experience with dogs is that as long as a dog is trained, socialized, and given proper attention that the containment method is not a factor in it’s behavior, or temperament. Dog behavior only becomes problematic when a dog is not properly trained, not properly socialized, and not given proper attention. All dogs need to have some freedom within limitations. Constant kenneling, constant chaining, or constantly living on a cable run with no off time makes a dog highly protective, even obsessive of it’s territory. Responsible Dog Owners of the Western States believes that the individual dog owner is the best authority to choose from this list of approved methods of dog containment, with added specifications, for his/her dog(s). KENNELING; A kennel must be large enough for a dog to comfortably have a house, move room, a place to eliminate body waste, a concrete slab floor, or patio block floor over sand to prevent digging escape, and for ease of cleaning. It must have an escape proof roof cover with protection from the elements. Shade must be provided for at all times. A rubber mat, or a horse stall mat prevents pressure sores. The dog should be taken out of the kennel several times a day for training, play, and/or attention. STEEL CABLE RUN; A ½ inch diameter steel cable is run tautly between two in-ground mounts that are made of bent rebar sunk in concrete twelve feet apart, and two feet deep, leaving a six inch high loop of rebar above ground level. The cable is secured with cable fasteners. The dog’s chain is attached to the steel cable by a large steel O-ring, of a strength that cannot be broken by the dog. The chain should be six feet long, and of a strength that the dog cannot break. The collar should be made of leather, not chain, and of a strength and quality that it cannot be broken. The run area must be free from entanglement obstructions. The dog must have adequate housing to protect it from the elements, and shade must be provided at all times. The dog should have several off cable times each day for training, play and/or attention. A perimeter fence should be in place to prevent trespass by children, or animals not belonging to the dog owner. TETHERING; A strong center mount attachment may be employed to safely tether a dog. That mount may be made of a length of rebar bent into a hairpin shape, and sunk in cement two feet deep, leaving four inches of the bend above ground, or any other strong, escape-proof type mount, including an automobile axel. Attach a break-proof chain to the rebar with an O ring, or swivel snaffle of sufficient strength that it cannot be broken. The chain must be at a minimum four times the length of the dog. Use a strong leather collar of a quality that cannot be broken, not a chain around the dog’s neck. Remove any entanglement obstacles from the immediate area. Adequate shelter must be provided along the perimeter of the tether area to protect the dog comfortably from the elements. Shade must be available at all times of the day. The dog should have several off tether times each day for training, play and/or attention. A perimeter fence should be in place to prevent the trespass by children or animals not belonging to the dog owner. HOUSE DOGS; Dogs whose owners contain them to the house, or apartment must ensure that his/her dog receives adequate exercise to maintain a healthy cardio-vascular system. House dogs need time outside in the sunlight to absorb vitamin D. House dogs are prone to having toenail breakage, and they must have proper toenail care. Often house dogs become overweight from too much food, and lack of exercise. Going outside should be more than just a trip for elimination of bodily waste. House dogs need training, socialization, and play times, too. IN CONCLUSION; In today’s society dog containment is a must to protect not only the animal, but the neighbors, and their animals, as well as the dog owner him/herself from liability. RDOWS approves all of the above methods as long as the dog has adequate attention, exercise, care and nurture. All equipment must be regularly maintained to prevent injury, or escape of the dog. Each owner’s property will differ, so no one method works for all. The key to having a healthy happy dog is it’s all around care, and nurture. That care, and nurture must include training, socialization, attention, and play time. FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR INSTRUCTION CONTACT; Responsible Dog Owners of the Western States at; rdows@povn.com

RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERS OF THE WESTERN STATES

Cherie Graves, chairwoman                                                 Hermine Stover, secretary

 323922 N. Hwy 2                                                                     23280 Stephanie

Newport, WA 99156                                                               Perris, CA 92570

 509-447-3231                                                                            951-943-0990http://www.povn.com/rdows

POSITION STATEMENT ON BREED SPECIFIC LEGISLATION

 Responsible Dog Owners of the Western States opposes breed specific legislation (BSL) on legal, and on moral grounds. Our position is that every dog owner is responsible for protecting the public from his/her dog. Our research shows that in the majority of severe or fatal dog attacks there had been numerous, previous reports made to Animal Control that were not acted upon. Our research further shows that as shocking, and traumatic as severe or fatal dog attacks are, they are relatively uncommon occurrences in comparison to other causes of severe injury, or fatalities in the United States, given that the vast majority of Americans are dog owners. MORALITY·        BSL is based upon the urban myth of the “pit bull”, which is not a recognized breed of dog. Under the guise of banning “pit bulls” any breed may be thus identified. There are at least seventy-five actual breeds, plus any mixed breed now either banned from ownership, or restricted in ownership in the United States. That is about 1/5 of all recognized breeds.·        BSL is inflammatory, and is based upon unproven beliefs, not facts.·        BSL is under inclusive in that it only recognizes a threat to society from certain  breeds, or mixed breeds of dogs. ·        BSL is over inclusive, as dogs are as varied within their breed, as are human beings within our ethnicity.·        BSL by stipulating, and naming specific breeds as being dangerous indemnifies all of the unnamed breeds as being safe by exclusion. ·        BSL creates a false sense of public safety.·        BSL does not address the irresponsible dog owner.·        BSL punishes the law abiding dog owner.·        BSL orders the death of dogs based solely upon their physical appearance.·        BSL assumes that human beings are inferior to, and incapable of properly maintaining dogs of specific breeds, or appearance. LEGALITY·        BSL has been ruled unconstitutional in Court venues across the United States on grounds ranging from vagueness, to an infringement of property rights, to equal treatment, equal protection.·        Dogs have been the domesticated traditional property of human beings for well over thirty-five thousand years. This tradition gives legal standing to dog owners based upon the IX Amendment of the Bill of Rights in the Constitution of the United States of America.·        BSL violates the rights granted under the IV Amendment to the Bill of Rights.·        BSL violates the rights granted under the V Amendment of the Bill of Rights.·        BSL violates the rights granted under VI Amendment to the Bill of Rights.·        BSL violates the rights granted under VIII  Amendment to the Bill of Rights.·        BSL violates the rights granted under XIV Amendment to the Bill of Rights.·        BSL creates a whole new criminal class, the dog owner.·        BSL sets a legal precedent that unchallenged empowers the enacting body to add any, or all other dog breeds, or even domestic species of animals to the prohibition on ownership.

1. Dogs are Personal Property

(a) The (city) (county) (state) of _____________ recognizes that dogs are personal property.

(b) No city, county or state authority shall restrict, or prohibit the ownership of dogs by breed.

(c) No breed specific ordinances enacted in _________ shall stand.

(d) The (city) (county) (state) of _____________ recognizes the right of the people to own any breed of dog in a responsible manner.

2. Containment

(a) All dogs shall be securely contained to their owners premises. The dog owner shall protect the public from his/her dogs. The assumption of liability is upon the dog owner.

(b) All dogs shall be securely leashed when off of the owners premises, and under the of a supervision of a person who is physically capable of controlling the dog.

(c) Parents who allow their child to lead a dog in public access areas, assume all liability for any accident, harm, or injury caused.

(d) Dog owners who allow a child to lead their dog in public access areas, assume all liability for any accident, harm, or injury caused.

(e) Owners walking their dog(s) in public areas are required to pick up, and properly dispose of stool waste deposited from their dog(s).

(f) Owners of dogs found at large by animal control authorities must produce documentation, upon demand, of the dog’s immunizations as required by the state.

3. Standard of care

(a) It is the responsibility of each dog owner to provide for their dog(s);
1.) Ownership for the entirety of the dog(s) life.
2.) Nutrition on a regular daily basis, and clean potable water readily available.
3.) Containment to the owners premesis
4.) Training
5.) Immunizations as required by state law, and veterinary medical treatment as necessary for maintenance of health

(b) If the owner cannot provide for the dog, it is the owner’s responsibility to;
1.) Find the dog a new owner.
2.) Pay for euthanasia by a licensed veterinarian.
3.) Pay a local animal shelter to provide for the dog until a new owner can be found.

(c) Failure to meet any of the standards of care are violations, and shall be considered cruelty to animals.
1.) If found guilty the Court shall fine the owner, and/or order or jail time commensurate with the harm done to the animal.
2.) The Court may remove the animal from the custody of the owner.
3.) The Court shall cause the property of dog owners who have been found guilty, to be posted with warning signs that are clearly visible on all perimeters that state, “IRRESPONSIBLE ANIMAL OWNER”.
4.) The signs may be removed after five years with no violations.

4. Noise Nuisance
 

(a) It is the responsibility of the owner to prevent his/her dog from causing a noise nuisance by barking. Incessant barking indicates lack of care.
1.) Owners may be ticketed for noise nusiance, and fined.
2.) This section does not apply to dogs barking to alert their owners.
5. Dogs At Large

(a) Any owner who allows his/ her dog to run at large shall be fined one hundred dollars ($100.00) for the first violation

(b) The second violation shall incur a fine of two hundred dollars ($200.00)

(c) The third violation shall incur a fine of four hundred dollars ($400.00)

(d) The fourth violation by the owner shall cause the dog to be confiscated by the Animal Control Authorities and, after evaluation of temperament by qualified personnel, either placed into a responsible home, or humanely euthanized.

(e) Nothing in this section shall pertain to owners hunting with dogs.
6. Owner Liability

(a) A dog owner will be charged with negligence for any property damage, or harm, or injury done by his/her dog when the dog was at large, off of the owners premises, and out of the owners immediate control. If the dog’s owner is found guilty in a Court of law, then he/she shall be held liable. This liability shall include remuneration, fines, and/or jail time, at the Court’s disgression, and depending upon the severity of the damage, harm, or injury done by the dog.

(b) A dog owner shall be charged with negligent homicide, whose dog kills a person when at large, off the owners premises, and out of the immediate control of the owner. The dog shall be confiscated by the authorities, and humanely euthanized, and tested for rabies at the cost to the owner.

(c) A dog owner shall be charged with reckless endangerment, whose dog injures a person, or causes an accident while at large, off the owners premises, or out of the immediate control of the owner. The dog shall be removed from the owners custody, and be evaluated on temperament by qualified personnel, and either be placed in a responsible home, or humanely euthanized.

(d) A dog owner shall be charged with aggravated nuisance, and animal cruelty if he/she is found facing off dogs in any public area with the purpose of simulating a dog fight, or promoting a dog fight, or planning a dog fight, and fined five hundred dollars ($500.00). The dog owner shall be placed on strict probation for the period of one (1) year during which time if any violations occur, the dog owner shall be fined one thousand ($1000.00), and he/she shall lose custody of the dog. The dog shall be evaluated by qualified personnel, and either be placed in a responsible home, or be humanely euthanized.

(e) A dog owner shall be charged with aggravated nuisance should his/her dog menace a person when at large. The owner shall be fined five hundred dollars ($500.00) and placed on probation for six months, during which time if any violations occur he/she shall lose custody of the dog. The dog shall be evaluated by qualified personnel, and either be placed in a responsible home, or humanely euthanized. 

f) A dog owner shall pay remuneration, and fines, if found guilty of negligence in a Court of law,  when his/her dog being at large, and out of the owner’s control,  trespasses upon another’s property, and injures, or kills an animal, or animals belonging to that person(s) whose animal(s) were contained to their property.  The dog owner shall be placed on strict probation for the period of one(1) year, during which time should any further violations occur, the dog shall be removed from the custody of the owner. The dog shall be evaluated by qualified personnel, and either placed into a responsible home, or humanely euthanized.

(g) Any dog owner, by whose violations has caused his/her dog to be removed from his/her custody, shall not be allowed by the Court to own another dog for a period of ten (10) years.

(h) No dog owner will be held liable if the dog bites, injures, or kills an intruder, a burglar, a trespasser, or anyone who threatens the owner, or his/her safety while on, or off of the owner’s premises while the dog is under control of the owner.

(i) Any person who is bitten as a result of teasing, or tormenting a dog that is contained to it’s owners premises, or who is bitten while teasing, or tormenting a dog that is contained to the owner’s premises shall have no legal recourse for damages.

(j) Any parent whose child is bitten, or mauled by a dog, due to the parent’s inattendance to his/her child shall be charged with reckless endangerment of a child.

(k) Any parent whose child dies as a result of a dog mauling, due to the parents inattendance, shall be charged with negligent homicide.

7. Dog Abandonment

(a) Any person who is found guilty of abandoning a dog, or dogs by dumping it/them alongside any thoroughfare, or by moving away and leaving the the dog, or dogs shall be subject to a one thousand dollar fine ($1,000.00)per dog, and three months jail time, or a one thousand dollar ($1,000.00) per dog fine, and community service not to exceed six months, per dog abandoned, at the discretion of the Court.

8. False Reporting

(a) Any person who makes a false, or malicious report to Animal Control shall be charged with a gross misdemeanor.
 

RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERS OF THE WESTERN STATES Cherie Graves, chairwoman Hermine Stover, secretary 323922 N. Hwy 2 23280 Stephanie Newport, WA 99156 Perris, CA 92570 509-447-3231 951-943-0990 http://www.povn.com/rdows THE LEGISLATED EXTINCTION OF DOG BREEDS Traditional animal husbandry practices are under political attack in the United States of America. Domestic animal ownership, and use is being stripped out of our hands by city, municipal, county, state, and federal legislatures at the urging of politically powerful, and moneyed animal rights groups. Animals are being blamed by legislative bodies for human failure to be responsible. The following list of dog breeds are named in breed specific dog ordinances that have been proposed, passed, or tabled across the United States. Some of these breeds are listed in wolf-hybrid bans, actually wolf-hybrid bans are more all encompassing due to common theory placing all dogs as descending from wolves. The other breeds are listed under “pit bull” bans. The latest addition to this ever growing list is the Caucasian Shepherd, added in July, 2005 bringing the breed total to fifty-six breeds in the USA, plus any mixed breed that contains any of these breeds. There are no stopgaps in breed specific legislation to prevent the addition of any, or all other breeds of dogs, or even domestic species. Breed specific legislation sets a legal precedent that allows for any or all other breeds of dogs to be added with no public notice, or input. We support reasonable laws that are directed at the dog owner. No dog has the capacity to know it’s breed. No dog has the capacity to understand law. No dog can operate outside of it’s owner’s parameter of responsibility. To further compound the confusion, governments have incorporated breed standards for pure-bred show dogs into these bans as identifiers. Breed standards are not made for breed identification, they are made for measuring the quality of a registered show dog. By utilising breed standards as a means to identify “pit bulls”, it stands to reason that only top quality show dogs would meet the criteria of conforming to a ban. Those breed standards are owned by the respective parent organizations for the individual breed, or by the registry that recognizes, and registers these breeds. Breed standards are copyrighted materials. The parent organizations allow the standards to be utilised under the auspises of the registries by dog show judges who are licensed by the registries that recognize the various breeds. Those dog show judges are tested on their knowledge of the breeds of dogs, and upon the qualities as set forth in the breed standards before being passed and licensed by the registries for which they judge. The objective usage of a breed standard by a licensed judge is to select the dog of the highest quality in competition. The judge is not trying to guess the dog’s breed. The dog is entered into it’s class under it’s breed, and registration number. To use a breed standard as an identifier is not only a misuse, it is a copyright infringement, and a travesty. At this time the various registries, and breed clubs are involved in sending cease and desist letters to venues that have incorporated breed standards into breed bans as identifiers. Fairfield, Iowa has banned any dog that weighs over 100 pounds. Protect animal ownership, and use rights. Protect traditional animal husbandry practices. Join the fight to repeal breed specific dog legislation by becoming a proactive member of BSL 56 at; http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BSL56-UAOA *AIREDALE TERRIER * AKITA * ALASKAN MALAMUTE * ALSATIAN SHEPHERD * AMERICAN BULLDOG * AMERICAN HUSKY * AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIER * AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER * AMERICAN WOLFDOG * ARIKARA DOG * AUSTRALIAN CATTLE DOG * AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD * BELGIAN MALINOIS * BELGIAN SHEEPDOG * BELGIAN TERVUREN * BLUE HEELER * BOERBUL * BOSTON TERRIER * BOUVIER DES FLANDRES * BOXER * BULLDOG * BULL MASTIFF * BULL TERRIER * CANARIO DE MAJORCA * CANE CORSO * CATAHOULA LEOPARD DOG * CAUCASIAN SHEPHERD * CHINESE SHAR PEI * CHOW-CHOW * COLORADO DOG * DOBERMAN PINSCHER * DOGO DE ARGENTINO * DOGUE DE BORDEAUX * ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL * ESKIMO DOG * FILA BRASILIERO * FOX TERRIER * FRENCH BULLDOG * GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG * GOLDEN RETRIEVER * GREENLAND HUSKY * GREAT DANE * KEESHOND * KOTEZEBUE HUSKY * LABRADOR RETRIEVER * MASTIFF * PRESA DE CANARIO * PUG * ROTTWEILER * SAARLOOS WOLFHOND * SAINT BERNARD * SAMOYED * SIBERIAN HUSKY * STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER * TIMBER SHEPHERD * TOSA INU * TUNDRA SHEPHERD * WOLF SPITZ * United Animal Owners Alliance http://www.unitedanimalownersalliance.com PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION TO CONGRESS SIGN SINGLY ONE NAME TO ONE LINE ONLY SIGN A STATE PETITION IF YOU ARE A RESIDENT U.S. CONGRESS http://www.petitiononline.com/usanimal/petition.html ALABAMA http://www.petitiononline.com/albsl/petition.html CALIFORNIA http://www.petitiononline.com/nosb861/petition.html GEORGIA http://www.petitiononline.com/gabsl/petition.html INDIANA http://www.petitiononline.com/inbsl/petition.html MARYLAND http://www.petitiononline.com/marybsl/petition.html MISSOURI http://www.petitiononline.com/mobsl/petition.html OHIO http://www.petitiononline.com/ohiobsl/petition.html OREGON http://www.petitiononline.com/orbsl/petition.html OKLAHOMA http://www.petitiononline.com/nookbsl/petition.html TEXAS http://www.petitiononline.com/txbills/petition.html S. CAROLINA http://www.petitiononline.com/scbsl/petition.html WASHINGTON http://www.petitiononline.com/wabsl/petition.html STOP PAWS http://www.petitiononline.com/nopaws/petition.html STOP NAIS http://new.petitiononline.com/nousaip/petition.html FIRE LAURA MALONEY http://www.petitiononline.com/firelm/petition.html Laura Maloney, Executive Director of the Louisiana Humane Society, along with HSUS, confiscated, and annihilated 58 dogs belonging to Floyd Boudreaux. Mr. Boudreaux hasn’t been charged with any crime. Laura Maloney committed genocide on the Boudreaux line of American Pit Bull Terriers, an irreplaceable gene pool. Mr. Boudreaux’s yard was immaculate, and his dogs were in peak health condition. The dogs were hand loaded into un-airconditioned trucks without being crated, in the most inhumane way,and hauled over three hours from their home. We will never know how many of the dogs died of heat prostration. Many dog breeders believe that this raid was made to discourage other successful dog breeders from continuing their programs. Hurricane Katrina destroyed the Louisiana Humane Society building. Laura Maloney stated that it was “…the most stressful” thing in her life. Killing fifty eight dogs in one go, destroying a man’s life work, his reputation, a son’s reputation, and a grandson’s beloved pet, must not be stressful at all.