ENUMCLAW, WASHINGTON ALERT!!!!
October 7, 2007
Enumclaw, Washington is one of eighteen cities in Washington to have breed bans. Enumclaw specifically bans, and prohibits possession of Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, American Pit Bull Terriers, and any mixed breed of dog that contains as an element of its breeding any of the aforementioned breeds of dogs within their city limits. The city of Enumclaw abuts the King County Fairgrounds where several major dog shows are held. Persons attending the dog shows with the prohibited breeds are denied the use of services in the city of Enumclaw. One may not stay in a motel, buy gasoline, eat in a restaurant, or make purchases from a convenience store when they are in possession of any of the prohibited breeds of dogs.
Glen Bui, of the American Canine Foundation, and Cherie Graves, chairwoman of Responsible Dog Owners of the Western States are filing a lawsuit in the Western District Federal Court against the city of Enumclaw for violating their constitutional rights of travel, and commerce, and for discrimination. Neither are representing their respective organizations in this suit.
Glen Bui, and Cherie Graves spoke with attorney Peter Kram, of Tacoma who advised them that the case will cost approximately $50,000.00. Peter Kram is a judge-pro-tem, and is familiar with breed specific dog ordinances, and the harm that they do to innocent, responsible dog owners.
No other dog owners of the prohibited breeds were willing to join in the lawsuit. Both the American Canine Foundation, and Responsible Dog Owners of the Western States have offered help in funding the lawsuit, but neither organization has nearly enough funds to finance the entire cost of the suit. RDOWS has less than $1,000.00 in its treasury after helping to get Responsible Owners of Arkansas Dogs, Inc., up and running. We need help from the dog fancy. No donation is too small to help stamp out BSL.
To donate to the American Canine Foundation use PayPal firstname.lastname@example.org
Or make your check payable to American Canine foundation, and mail to ACF, 23969 N.E. SR3 Suite G101, Belfair, WA 98528
To donate to Responsible Dog Owners of the Western States use PayPal email@example.com or make your check payable to RDOWS, P.O. Box 1406, Newport, WA 99156