It's victory for dog lovers in Cumberland County

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December 6, 2011 4:51:28 AM PST
It was a victory for Cumberland County dog lovers in the fight against a proposed ban on adopting certain breeds.

The Cumberland County Animal Control Board rejected a proposal to limit the adoptions of certain dog breeds during a meeting Monday evening.

Animal Control Director Dr. John Lauby proposed limiting the adoptions of breeds deemed to be aggressive by nature.

If the ban was approved, Cumberland County residents would be blocked from adopting:

  • Rottweilers
  • American Staffordshire Terriers
  • Pit bulls
  • Chows
  • Presa Canarios
  • Any mix of the breeds above

Animal rights activist attended the meeting to voice their opposition and urged board members not to limit the adoptions but instead to develop tougher rules for those interested in adopting the select breeds. They also called for background checks and stiff penalties for illegal breeders.

After the hearing the comments, board members scrapped the original policy and told animal control workers to draft a new set of adoption requirements.

"It's a start," said Sally Keith from Fallen Angels Animal Rescue. "It's better than what we came here expecting, so at this point, it's a start. Let's see what happens."

"We've got to stop inbreeding," said Karen Miller, a dog groomer. She said there are many things the community can do as a society. "We've got to get active on that."

Animal lover Jasmine Russell said, "We need stiffer laws, and most people, especially in our town, if you get hit in the pocket book you usually get the message."

Animal Control officials hope to have a new set of adoption policies ready by February.

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