Monday, April 4, 2011

Large breed owners sound off about Saginaw's proposed BSL

A Great Dane meets a little dog at Saturday's fundraiser
The fundraiser at Orion Healthy Pet on Saturday turned into quite the celebration of big dogs (meaning I was in big dog heaven!).

I took the opportunity to speak with the owners of these large breeds about the breed specific legislation (BSL) currently proposed for the City of Saginaw.

The BSL would apply to the owners of Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, Great Danes, St. Bernards, Doberman Pinschers, Chow Chows, pit bulls and Presa Canarios.

If passed, anyone owning one of the breeds would have to pay a $50 registration, place a warning sign on their property and muzzle the dogs while in public places, according to information posted by the AKC.

Here's what the owners of a Malamute & St. Bernard have to say about it, as well as a representative from the Ohio Great Dane Rescue.

Meanwhile, I called the City of Saginaw this morning to get an update on the ordinance. I was told there will be a committee meeting preceding tonight's council meeting to discuss the ordinance. It will be open to the public.

All sorts of information about this ban — from contact information to media reports, CDC links, etc. — can be found on a previous post, All about money? Saginaw BSL not an outright ban

Look for more posts from the fundraiser later this week, including a video feature on an adoptable Great Dane located right here in Michigan!

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