Virginia Registry To List Dangerous D...

Virginia Registry To List Dangerous Dogs Up And Running

There are 19 comments on the WUSA Washington, DC story from Jul 3, 2007, titled Virginia Registry To List Dangerous Dogs Up And Running. In it, WUSA Washington, DC reports that:

Dee Dee is listed. So are Fototo, Buster and Griz. The four are among the earliest entries to Virginia's dangerous dogs registry.

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Pst

Fairfax Station, VA

#1 Jul 3, 2007
I think this registry is a wonderfull ider.
Eliot Rosewater

Chantilly, VA

#2 Jul 4, 2007
This is completely insane. I love my pit bull. Let's focus a little bit more in punishing the people behind the animals and controlling who is allowed to own any type of pet regardless of whether it's a little hamster or a larger animal. I for one am way more worried about many of you crazy people than I am about any "dangerous dog".
MrsC

Fairfax Station, VA

#3 Jul 4, 2007
I think this is a great Ider ?

So fare none to be found.
MrsC

Fairfax Station, VA

#4 Jul 4, 2007
Perhaps they should do the same for people Eliot .
Kaelinda

Barnesville, OH

#5 Jul 5, 2007
This is a much better law than the one currently under consideration in New Jersey (#A2649). That bill makes criminals out of dog owners! This one at least imposes the penalties on the dog owners that might make the owners a little more responsible.

Since: Feb 07

Falls Church, VA

#6 Jul 5, 2007
Registration is the first step to confiscation.
We should all be worried when our government does something like this.
Reality Check

United States

#7 Jul 5, 2007
We should have a registry to list Liberals, so we know who is destroying our country for political power.
KGVA

Spotsylvania, VA

#8 Jul 5, 2007
I don't think it has anything to do wtih the dog itself, its about people who have no clue how to train a pit bull or any dog for that matter, I think it should fall back on the owner not the dog, because its the owners fault for the way the dog is.
Lynn

Denver, CO

#9 Jul 5, 2007
I find it interesting, that of the 9 dogs currently listed on this registry, 3 of them (30%) are labs, golden retrievers, or a mix of the two - commonly thought of as "family dogs". The remainder is a German Shepherd Dog, 4 Pit Bull Terriers (or crosses), and one Staffordshire Terrier.

Perhaps most importantly though, where the reason for listing the dog on the registry is noted.....the pit bull terriers or stafforshire terrier were listed for attacks against animals - a common trait in any terrier breed. The same reason was given for the GSD. The listed reasons for the labs and goldens - attacks against HUMANS!! Hmmm, while this listing is clearly represents a small number of animals, it makes me start to wonder what dogs we should be looking out for. And, when the media will ever report an attack that doesn't involve a "pit bull" type dog. Probably never.

I'm in favor of a listing for dangerous dogs and punishment for irresponsible owners. I just hope Virginia doesn't use this as the start of a slippery slope towards breed specific legislation.

And yes, I should note I do own an American Pit Bull Terrier who is AKC Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog certified.
Pachacutec

Fort Collins, CO

#10 Jul 5, 2007
RE pit bulls; all purebred dogs look and/or act the way they do because they were bred that way, and the pits were originally bred as fighting/attack dogs. Now - that being said, I've known several people over the years who've had these dogs, and their dogs were good family pets. HOWEVER - these people got their dogs through reputable breeders, who'd worked with the dogs for years and specifically bred their dogs for good temperment. And many of the owners then took their dogs for obedience training. One problem is, far too many dog owners of ANY breeds are not willing to go through all of the expense and time to get a good animal and get it properly trained. Add to that the fact that many people DO buy pit bulls or other dogs with bad reputations simply BECAUSE they want a "tough" dog, and you're talking about a disaster waiting to happen. If a dog becomes extremely popular, the less scrupulous breeders will try to get as many dogs on the market as possible, no matter what kind of mutant animals result due to faulty breeding practices. I mean, pugs and chihuahuas are popular now, and have you seen some of the animals that are out there? They are downright bizarre looking, all kinds of physical and temperment faults. All dog owners need to choose their dog with consideration as to the type and size dog they want, if they're able to meet the dogs' needs as far as adequate exercise room, specialized training, or anything else. Sad to say, when people DON'T take proper care of their animals and let them run loose, go without training, etc., these registries and dog laws are the result and the responsible pet owners end up getting hurt more than the irresponsible pet owners, because the irresponsible pet owners aren't going to obey the laws, anyway.

Since: Jul 07

Virginia Beach, VA

#11 Jul 5, 2007
I would worry that this would give those who do not like a particular breed a "hunting list" I personnally wouldn't want my pet (yes...a pit bull) on someone's hate list.
KGVA

Spotsylvania, VA

#12 Jul 6, 2007
I have a lab mix that is 4 years old and is good with my son, as a matter of fact my husband took my son and dog outside one day and this guy was walking his dog and our dog got in between my son and the other dog because he must have sensed something bad about the other dog, so I would not even begin to think he would even bite someone unless it was an intruder, he has never bit anyone or anything. Of course he has been properly trained and taken care of and spoiled to go along with it.
We recently got another dog, she is a basset hound, mountain cur, husky mix and she isn't going to get over 25 pounds from what the vet has told us, but she is just as rotten as our other dog is, spoiled and well taken care of, we are working on the training part of it and she is getting used to it over time but I am expecting it to take a lot more time for the next few years like it did with our older dog.
But I have never had a dog that was mean in any way to anyone.
My brother has a pit bull and he has done nothing but work with that dog because he has 3 kids and also has a lab. His dog is pretty good with everyone except for his tongue problem, he can't keep it in his mouth and thinks he has to lick everyone silly.
I just really think those dogs get in the wrong hands and people don't take care of them and train them like they should be trained, I understand the part about the breeding problem and all but people don't know when to stop breeding one dog with other dogs like they do.
But any dog can be rehabilitated and made to be decent if you know how to do it and do it right and have the patience for it. But there are so many things that go along with the dog that you get and what it needs and how it needs to be trained, not every dog gets trained the same or understands the same, they are just like kids with 4 legs and fur.
I just wish people would not treat animals so mean and think they are a weapon and I think that is one of the problems with pit bulls, german shepards, and rotties because people think I have a tough and mean dog I can make it bite people that I don't like, not right by any means and those are the ones that should not have those dogs.
I think people are going to try to weasel out of the new laws that are put in place for those dogs and they are going to try anything they can to get out of anything to do with them, people don't want to have to pay the money to have them registered or have insurance on them like that because they won't want to. We will see how all of this works out.
Maria

United States

#13 Jul 9, 2007
Due to the new law, our hound is facing the "death penalty" for severely injuring one cat and causing death to another, who at this time still remains unowned. We saved this hound on December 31, 2006. He was obviously a working-hunting english coonhound. When the veterinary clinic reopened for the year on 2 January '07, we brought him on for shots and a check-up. He was then treated for all sorts of worms to include heartworm treatment. We have basically taken him into our home now as our couch hound, fattened him up and tried to rehabilitate him with the little knowledge we have but all the love we can give. This past Friday, we came home to an opened front door and a missing hound. He did not go after any person, child, other dog, but unfortunately the cats. I can not believe that we have to face such charges. We enquired with the neighbors as to who could have possibly opened our door in our absence and checked the house for any signs of burglary, but have had no luck as to how this could have happened. We feel so horribly about the cats and have apologized to the owners and will pay all of the veterinary fees. Is there anyone out there that can offer any advice before we have to put our dog to rest? We do not want to have to put our new member of the family to rest and are seeking advice from a behavioral specialist, but it just may be too late.
newswatcher

Atlanta, GA

#14 Jul 9, 2007
Hear hear!! Agree wholeheartedly!
Pachacutec wrote:
RE pit bulls; all purebred dogs look and/or act the way they do because they were bred that way, and the pits were originally bred as fighting/attack dogs. Now - that being said, I've known several people over the years who've had these dogs, and their dogs were good family pets. HOWEVER - these people got their dogs through reputable breeders, who'd worked with the dogs for years and specifically bred their dogs for good temperment. And many of the owners then took their dogs for obedience training. One problem is, far too many dog owners of ANY breeds are not willing to go through all of the expense and time to get a good animal and get it properly trained. Add to that the fact that many people DO buy pit bulls or other dogs with bad reputations simply BECAUSE they want a "tough" dog, and you're talking about a disaster waiting to happen. If a dog becomes extremely popular, the less scrupulous breeders will try to get as many dogs on the market as possible, no matter what kind of mutant animals result due to faulty breeding practices. I mean, pugs and chihuahuas are popular now, and have you seen some of the animals that are out there? They are downright bizarre looking, all kinds of physical and temperment faults. All dog owners need to choose their dog with consideration as to the type and size dog they want, if they're able to meet the dogs' needs as far as adequate exercise room, specialized training, or anything else. Sad to say, when people DON'T take proper care of their animals and let them run loose, go without training, etc., these registries and dog laws are the result and the responsible pet owners end up getting hurt more than the irresponsible pet owners, because the irresponsible pet owners aren't going to obey the laws, anyway.
Rational Thinking in VA

Centreville, VA

#15 Jul 22, 2007
1badf350 wrote:
Registration is the first step to confiscation.
We should all be worried when our government does something like this.
Umm, you register your car, your gun, your dog, your boat, yourself (to vote)-- presumably nobody confiscated any of those. Hey, even Sex Offenders are registered -- unfortunately, nobody "confiscated" their family jewels, either.

Since: Feb 07

Falls Church, VA

#16 Jul 23, 2007
Rational Thinking in VA wrote:
<quoted text>
Umm, you register your car, your gun, your dog, your boat, yourself (to vote)-- presumably nobody confiscated any of those. Hey, even Sex Offenders are registered -- unfortunately, nobody "confiscated" their family jewels, either.
All it takes after registration is an all out ban on possesion. They'll know exactly what you have and where. I see it happening to guns and dogs but not cars. Cars are not controversial.
Your sex offender argument is poor.
Amy

Belton, SC

#17 Oct 10, 2007
[RESPONSE who="Amy"] Where did you find this list at?[/RESPONSE]
Rational Thinking in VA

Centreville, VA

#18 Oct 14, 2007
Amy wrote:
[RESPONSE who="Amy"] Where did you find this list at?[/RESPONSE]
"Megan's Law" requires States to post a list on their web -- usually the public safety or state police site. Almost every state has adopted the law. A national list is being developed to close the gap that can occur when an offender tries to skirt the issue by moving after registering in their home state.

If you mean the other kind of "dangerous dogs" that list is usually on your local government animal control web site.
oddball

Romney, WV

#19 Oct 17, 2007
If they're going to have laws about "dangerous" dogs,then those people out there that have these little Chihuahua's and Min-Pin's better have them registered as well.I'm not worried about the dogs,I'm more worried about the humans out here in this messed up world!! I'm not in favor of having dogs registered. We have enough things to register!! OOOPPP!! I forgot,this is another way of making money for the state.

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