From left: James Bates and humane society Director John Aleshire on the defense.
UPDATE 06/10/10: On June 4, James Bates, his mother Queen Bates and Queen's niece Jada Carson filed a Complaint in the Marion County Superior Court against Shawn Middleton and the Humane Society of Indianapolis. On March 4, James Bates was seriously injured by Middleton's two aggressive pit bulls. The pit bull that led the attack had been adopted out to Middleton by the humane so… [Read full blog post]
Councillor Presses On
Indianapolis, IN - City officials recently "tabled" the At-Risk Dog proposal introduced by Councillor Mike Speedy. The action follows the Indianapolis Humane Society's opposition to the measure. The proposal, which would have required the sterilization of pit bulls, came in response to the brutal attack on Brenda Hill back in January, as well as to the city's growing pit bull population and pit bull bites. The IndyStar recently published Speedy's… [Read full blog post]
Nearly 70% Say NoIndianapolis, IN - In the May 2009 edition of Animal People, an article discusses an online poll recently conducted by WTHR-TV. The poll was taken to measure public support of the proposed At Risk Dogs ordinance by Indianapolis council member Mike Speedy, which would require sterilizing pit bulls. The poll found 69% support for Speedy's proposed ordinance, against 26% opposition and 5% undecided. Sara Galer of WTHR said that 1,988 people participated.
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Pro-Human and Pro-HumaneIndianapolis, IN - City-County Council Member Mike Speedy intends to file his "At Risk" dog proposal today in an effort to address the city's growing number of pit bull attacks. Speedy made the announcement yesterday while standing in front of the home of Brenda Hill, a woman who lost part of her leg after two pit bulls attacked her in January. "We've tried outreach. We've tried education. But we need to admit that (pit bull advocates) need our legisla… [Read full blog post]
Snip the Pits Law
Indianapolis, IN - It was recently reported that Indianapolis council member Mike Speedy plans to introduce an "At-Risk" dog ordinance that would require pit bulls to be spay or neutered. The proposal comes two months after Brenda Hill suffered a partial leg amputation after being attacked by two pit bulls. The proposal also follows a 2006 non breed-specific ordinance, which has proven to be ineffective, as well as other serious, unprovoked pit bull attac… [Read full blog post]