Friday, March 18, 2011
Albuquerque, NM - Yesterday, The Santa Fe New Mexican published a "past 100 years" piece regarding the date March 18. It was on this day -- exactly 25-years ago -- that a trial court judge upheld the 1984 Tijeras pit bull ban. The case was later elevated to the Court of Appeals and denied. The constitutional validity of the Tijeras pit bull ban set the stage for a number of U.S. cities, such as Denver and Miami,1 who adopted similar measures just a short while later.
The Tijeras ordinance was enacted after four pit bulls nearly killed a 9-year old girl on a path between her school bus stop and her home. It was an event that left Angie Hands initially fighting for her life then enduring years of surgeries. It was an event that members of her small community could not forget and could not risk happening to another person. It was an event that spawned the deceptive pit bull Maul Talk machine that still fuels the pit bull debate today.
01/03/11: Blog Dispels "ATTS" Myth Used as Arsenal by Pit Bull Advocates
09/24/10: Maul Talk Manual: A Guide to Understanding the Language of Pit Bull Owners
09/10/10: New Blog Dispels "Bloodhound" Myth Invented by Pit Bull Advocate
08/18/10: New Blog Dispels "Nanny Dog" Myth Invented by Pit Bull Fanciers