Kennel Club Balks
UPDATE 12/21/08: Predictably, the Oshkosh Kennel Club last week came out in opposition to the newly proposed city rules to regulate pit bull type dogs. What is unpredictable is that Steve Eichman, president of the club, has now admitted that the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Program was not designed to test a dog's aggression. He said that the level of a dog's aggression could not be determined in the 15 to 20 minute class, which consists of about 15 short tests.
"We have someone walk around with a walker and we see how the dog handles loud noises. Will it heel and sit? Does it do simple commands?" Eichman said. "Completion doesn't necessarily mean that you don't have a vicious dog."
Originally, the taking of the class was recommended by the Oshkosh Humane Society as a means to exempt pit bull owners from the newly proposed restrictions on pit bulls, which include: a $100 license, mandatory spay/neuter, muzzling when off-property and a special containment pen. The Oshkosh Kennel Club opposes such restrictions and also opposes the use of the CGC program to exempt pit bull owners from these types of laws (likely for liability purposes).
12/19/08: Oshkosh Weighs New Ordinance
Oshkosh, WI - Oshkosh is considering a new ordinance that would require owners of pit bulls and several other breeds to obtain a special license or to complete the AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Program. If the owner and his dog complete the program, the owner would be exempt from having to apply for the special license, which would require the dog to be fenced in a 5 x 10 enclosed pen when outdoors alone and to be muzzled when off property.
Rhonda Velie, operations manager for the Oshkosh Humane Society, said that fear over the breeds' aggressiveness continues to rise as pit bulls get a bad rap and are more likely to be portrayed in the media as aggressive. "All breeds of dogs bite people at some point," she said. "There is no breed that is immune to that. But you will never see on the 6 o'clock news, a Golden Labrador maul someone." Yet Velie, another pit bull apologist, leaves out a vital detail:
All breeds bite, but a pit bull's bite is more accurately described as "attempted dismemberment."
In 2008, the U.S. public saw a variety of dog breeds that attacked and killed a person on the evening news including: a Doberman pinscher, Jack Russell Terrier, Old English sheepdog-mix, Labrador puppy, and a husky. Each of these attacks involved the dog killing an infant. So far in 2008, 23 U.S. citizens have been killed in a fatal dog attack. It is not biased reporting by the media (or a "conspiracy") that pit bulls alone are responsible for over 60% of these deaths.
11/11/08: 2 Deaths Spur Massive Baby Crib Recall
11/07/08: Kathy Jenks, Director of Animal Services, Stands Before City Council
04/20/08: Flashback: The Pit Bull Problem is Over 20 Years Old