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THE AMERICAN CANINE FOUNDATION BELIEVES EDUCATION IS NEEDED TO HELP REDUCE IRRESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERSHIP.
IN OUR COUNTRY 5 MILLION PEOPLE ARE BITTEN AND MAULED BY DOGS
OF ALL BREEDS EACH YEAR, 70% ARE YOUNG CHILDREN. THERE ARE 52 MILLION CANINES ESTIMATED TO RESIDE IN AMERICA, 2.5 MILLION
CANINES END UP IN SHELTERS EACH YEAR AND 5 MILLION PEOPLE ARE BITTEN BY DOGS BECAUSE OF IRRESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERS WHO LACK
EDUCATION ON CANINE BEHAVIOR.
ACF HAS CANINE BEHAVIOR CONSULTANTS AVAILABLE 24HRS A DAY !
DO YOU WANT TO AID IN STOPPING IRRESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERS, DO YOU WANT TO AID IN EDUCATION AND EFFECTIVE
LEGISLATION TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC AND INNOCENT DOGS FROM BEING VICTIMS OF IRRESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERS ? DONATE TO ACF NOW !!!!!!!
DONATIONS CAN BE SENT TO PAYPAL AT Legislation2003@hotmail.com or ACF 23969 NE STATE RTE 3 SUITE G101 BELFAIR WA. 98528
The American Canine Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2001 (formerly Washington
Animal Foundation) to stop irresponsible dog ownership and abuse to canines. To protect dog owners rights and to promote
responsible dog ownership through education and legislation. The Foundation also litigates cases involving canines in the
courts of the United States of America.
For assistance if your rights have been violated or your city is planning on passing breed specific
legislation contact ACF directly at 360 277 DOGS ACF has represenatatives in many states and if
you are interested in become a representative contact firstname.lastname@example.org
ACF has drafts of dangerous dog legislation available if your city is having problems regulating and
controling dangerous dogs. ACF has consultants with PhD's and Veterinarians available to assist with canine behavior
problems. ACF has a staff of lawyers for assistance throughout the United States. ACF also has a complete canine
education program available that teaches children and adults dog bite prevention and responsible dog ownership.
ACF SUPPORTS STRONG PENALTIES FOR DANGEROUS DOGS LAWS THAT HOLD OWNERS ACCOUNTABLE. BREED
BANS ARE UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND BASED ON FLAWED AND ERRONEOUS DATA WHICH HAS CAUSED LAWSUITS TO BE FILED AGAINST SEVERAL CITIES
IN THE UNITED STATES. SEVERAL LAWSUITS HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFULL IN LAST 3 YEARS OVER LITIGATION INVOLVING CONSTITUTIONAL
RIGHTS OF DOG OWNERS. THE COURTS HAVE RULED BREED BANS VIOLATE THE RIGHT TO BE HEARD.
JUNE 2006: ACF is preparing to fiole a federal complaint against Auburn Washington for breed specific legislation.
JUNE 2006 UPDATES: ACF Filed an ameded federal complaint in California naming Los Angeles, San Francisco and
several individuals in state agencies. The lawsuit is over SB861 and local ordinances passed modeled after SB861.
JUNE 2006: ACF is filing a motion to lift a temporary stay placed on the Tellings case in Ohio. ACF is prepared
to take the Tellings case to the United States Supreme Court. Both the trial court and the Sixth District Court of Appeals
found American Pit Bull Terriers are not dangerous as a breed.
JUNE 2006: ACF is filing a federal lawsuit against Aurora Colorado for passing a breed ban and using manipulated
data from Denver.
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Thanks to the American Canine
Foundation, its lawyer Sol Syndorf and the top-notch experts ACF hired, the city of Toledo can no longer infringe on the rights
of dog owners based on the breed of dog they choose.
CONGRATULATIONS ACF FOR DEFEATING BSL IN TOLEDO!!!
challenges to BSL are extremely difficult and expensive. There is no organization with more experience challenging these laws
than ACF. Read the opinion that has been circulated and then ask yourself what other organization could put together a group
of experts as qualified to challenge BSL.
I am not aware of any.
If anyone who receives this email wants to help
fight BSL then donate to American Canine Foundation. I support and endorse American Canine Foundation completely.
Attorney at Law
NEWS BULLITEN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OHIO COURT OF APPEALS RULES BSL UNCONSTITUTOINAL !!!
MARCH 2006 !!!!!!!
THE CITY OF AUBURN WASHINGTON PASSED BREED SPECIFIC LEGISLATION NAMING 12 BREEDS OF DOGS AND ANYTHING RESEMBLING
THEM AS POTENTIONALLY DANGEROUS IN LATE FEBRUARY 2006. THE AMERICAN CANINE FOUNDATION HAS FILED A CLAIM FOR 1 MILLION DOLLARS
IN DAMAGES !!!!!!
UPDATED MARCH 2006 !!!!!!!!!
THE AMERICAN CANINE FOUNDATION FILED A FEDERAL LAWSUIT AGAINST LANETT ALABAMA IN JANUARY 2006
FOR PASSING BREED SPECIFIC LEGISLATION
UPDATED MARCH 2006 !!!!!
DENVER CITY ATTORNEY KORY NELSON CAN NOT DEFEND DENVERS BREED BAN.
ON JULY 6-7 2004 HOWARD MARGOLIUS WENT TO TRIAL IN DENVER FOR CHARGES OF VIOLATING DENVERS BREED BAN.
( MARGOLIUS V DENVER ) KORY NELSON REPRESENTED DENVER AND COULD NOT UPHOLD DENVERS BREED BAN AS SOUND LAW !
ACF HIRED ATTORNEY WALTER GERASH, AT TRIAL IS WAS PROVEN THAT DENVERS ANIMAL AGENCY COULD NOT IDENTIFY AN AMERICAN PIT BULL
TERREIR BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT. CRIMINAL CHARGES WERE DISMISSED AGAINST MR MARGOLIUS.
DENVER CITY ATTONREY KORY NELSON HAS BEEN QUOTED BY THE MEDIA
ENCOURAGING THE SHOOTING OF AMERICAN PIT BULL TERREIRS BY US CITIZENS WHO SEE THEM RUNNING LOOSE. DENVER CITY ATTORNEY KORY
NELSON HAS SOLITICED INTENTIONAL MANIPULATED DATA REGARDING ACF AND THE LITIGATIONS TAKING PLACE IN COLORADO AT THIS TIME
TO MISLEAD POLITICIANS LEADING THEM TO BELIEVE BREED BANS ARE CONSTITUTIONAL !
AURORA FACES LAWSUIT AFTER PASSING A BREED BAN ( NOV 2005 )
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ARE PIT BULLS THE ONLY DOGS BITING PEOPLE ?
BREED DISCRIMINATION (LANDLORD ISSUES) IS THE #2 LEADING CAUSE OF DOGS ENDING UP IN SHELTERS
ACF OPPOSES INSURANCE DISCRIMINATION: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/text/2002214386_dogs21m.html
2005 NEW MEXICO : ACF Board members along with representatives stopped SB188 a law targeting several
breeds of dogs to prohibit ownership rights. The bill was sponsored by Senator Beffort and tabled after oposition from repsonsible
dog owners and ACF lobbyists. SB 432 was signed by Governor Richardson on May 31st 2005. The law targets irresponsible
dog owners instead of breeds.
2005 GEORGIA : ACF Representative Robin Wilson presented Georgia State Reprsentative "Coach" Williams
with data to prove no breed of dog is inherently dangerous and thats its irresponsible dog owners that cause problems. The
"Coach" was sponsoring a bill HB78 to ban specific breeds at the state level. After meeting with ACF the "Coach" decided not
to move HB78 forward.
2005 COUNCIL BLUFFS IOWA : ACF along with the IABSL are getting ready to consitutionally challenge a
breed specific ordinance the city passed earlier this year.
TOLEDO OHIO JULY 2004: ACF constitutional challenge (Tellings v Lucas County Dog Warden) July
2004. The Toledo Muni Court ruled that American Pit Bull Terriers are not dangerous. The court however did not rule on
all the challenges raised and ACF is appealing. The court did however grant due process rights by ruling that dog owners
are exempt from the Ohio breed specific law by proving their dog has not bitten in the past.
OHIO SEPTEMBER 2004: The Ohio Supreme Court (State v Cowan) ruled ORC955:22 as applied to 955:11
is unconstitutional because it denies dog owners due process and supports the Toledo decision where the court is granting
dog owners due process over Pit Bull ownership. These two cases are for the first time a major decision in
the right direction. Never before in Ohio's history have there been decisions handed down like in the Tellings and Cowan
cases. Accurate statisitcs show breed bans do not protect the public, do not stop illegal activity and only target responsible
dog owners while causing the extermination of thousands of innocent family pets. Breed bans also criminalize US citizens by
dogs denying them due process.
ARE PIT BULLS REALLY ATTACKING ????? There has been a rash of reported Pit Bulls attacks, it
always occurs before city council is lobbied to try and pass a breed ban. We have discovered a pattern of reported attacks
in countless cities across the United States. The reported attacks are not accurate and intentional, fueled by propganda
from organizations that want the end to domestic pet ownership. Investigations show the breed of dog was not an American
Pit Bull Terrier. Go to the link below for information on fake Pit Bull Attacks
LAKEWOOD WA. 11/9/04: Lakewood Wahington just passed a strong
dangerous dog law thats focus is on the irresponsible dog owners and the behavior of each individual dog.
NEW MEXICO NEWS: http://web.abqtrib.com/archives/news04/091004_news_dogbite.shtml
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ON BSL http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/06/0617_040617_dogbans.html#main
WHATS REALLY BEHIND FATAL DOG ATTACKS ??? THE NATIONAL CANINE RESEARCH FOUNDATION
RESEARCHES FATAL DOG ATTACKS AND HAS PROVIDED A WEBSITE http://ncrf2004.tripod.com/
(JULY 2004) DENVER COLORADO, AT TRIAL ON JULY 7TH 2004 ACF ATTORNEY ANDY RIED / WALTER GERASH DISQUAILIFIED
4 EXPERTS DENVER PRESENTED AT TRIAL FOR HOWARD MARGOLIUS A PIT BULL OWNER WHO WAS FOCED TO MOVE FROM DENVER. MR MARGOLIUS
WAS FOUND NOT GULITY OF VIOLATING THE DENVER BREED BAN.
(JULY 2004) DENVER COLORADO, ACF RECEIVED A DECISION ON JULY 6TH FROM THE DENVER MUNI COURT THAT THE
DENVER PIT BULL BAN IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL LAW BUT DENIED ACF AN EVIDENCE HEARING ON THE ISSUE. ACF FILED AN APPEAL.
(JULY 2004) ACF BROUGHT A CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE TO THE OHIO REVISED CODE DECLARING A PIT BULL VICIOUS.
ACF IS NOT SATISFIED WITH THE DECISION AND HAS FILED AN APPEAL. THE COURT RULED THAT THE AMERCIAN PIT BULL TERRIER IS NOT
DANGEROUS/VICIOUS AND THAT THE LAW IS UNFAIR, BUT REFUSED TO RULE ON ALL THE CONSTITUTIONAL ARGUMENTS PRESENTED.
(MAY 2004) AUBURN WASHINGTON PASSED A NON BREED SPECIFIC LAW AFTER MANY MONTHS OF CONSIDERING
VARIOUS TYPES OF DICSCRIMINATORY LEGISLATION INCLUDING DECLARING ALL DOGS OVER 30LBS POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS. AUBURNS
NEW LAW REQUIRES DOG OWNERS TO TRAIN THEIR DOGS WHEN THEY HAVE BEEN FOUND TO BE AGGRESSIVE.
( MAY 2004) ALGONA WASHINGTON AFTER 16 YEARS REPEALED THEIR BREED BAN ON AMERICAN PIT BULL
TERRIERS AND DRAFTED A STRONG DANGEROUS DOG ORDINANCE WHICH DOES NOT ALLOW DANGEROUS DOGS TO RESIDE IN THEIR CITY.
( MAY 2004) ROSEVILLE MICHIGAN VOTES AGAINST A BREED BAN
( AUGUST 2003) ACF CONSULTANT JEFF ARMSTRONG LOBBIED THE STATE OF ILLINOIS FOR
A STRONGER DANGEROUS DOG LAW. ON AUGUST 25 2003 THE GOVERNOR OF ILLINOIS SIGNED THE "RYAN ARMSTRONG LAW" WHICH PROHIBITS BREED
SPECIFIC LEGISLATION AND HOLDS OWNERS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR DOGS BEHAVIOR.
14 STATES NOW PROHIBIT BREED BANS, DENVER AND ILLINOIS ARE THE LATEST TO REALIZE BREED SPECIFIC LEGISLATION
IS A FAILED ATTEMPT AT PROTECTING THE PUBLIC AND STOPPING ILLEGAL ACTIVITY INVOLVING CANINES.
DENVER'S BREED BAN IS STOPPED AFTER 16 YEARS OF FAILURE !
STATE REPRESENTATIVE DEBBIE STAFFORD SPONSORED HB 1279 WHICH PROHIBITS BSL IN THE STATE OF COLORADO:
Dear Mr. Bui,
I want to thank you and the American Canine Foundation for your tireless effort
and assistance in providing statistical data which helped me convince my collegues in the Colorado Legislature to do the right
thing and strengthen Colorado's dangerous dog laws and prohibit breed bans at the local level in Colorado.
In the past
15 years in Denver, thousands of innocent family pets have
been taken from their responsible owners and massacred.
Denver's own statistics indicate that in 2003 2.6% of the dog bites were from Pit
Bulls. The factual data from the
American Canine Foundation assisted me in the challenge of bringing fairness and equity for all dog owners. We have
now put the burden of responsibility where it belongs, on the dog owner, not on the breed of a dog.
I hope that other
states will utilize your valuable resources as they
find occaision to re-evalute their dangerous dog legislation.
for helping Colorado do the right thing. Take care.
Rep. Debbie Stafford
Colorado House of Representatives
ALABAMA SUPREME COURT FREES AMERICAN PITBULL TERRIERS AFTER TWO YEARS OF CUSTODY
AT THE HUNTSVILLE ANIMAL SHLETER. THE CITY CLAIMED AMERICAN PITBULL TERRIERS ARE GENETICALLY VICIOUS.
Below is a picture of Elizabeth and Justice, two of the four American Pit Bull Terriers from the Historic
Alabama Supreme Court Case (2002)
On August 30, 2002 the Alabama Supreme Court affirmed a Trial Court decision that American Pit Bull Terriers
are not vicious. The American Pit Bull Terriers were born at the Huntsville Animal Shelter, after more than two years the
Alabama Supreme court gave them their freedom.
Reported by Attorney S. Zendorf
On August 30, 2002 the Alabama Supreme Court affirmed a Circuit Court Decision that four American Pit
Bull Terriers born at the Huntsville Animal Control Shelter "did not lack any usefull purpose" as required by the local ordinance.
Huntsville v. Four Pit Bull Puppies (Ala. 08-30-02), No. 1010459, unreported. The court determined that the puppies were not
trained to fight and were not vicious. In addition, it held that three women who wanted to adopt them had a right to intervene.
The City of Huntsville claimed the Pit Bull puppies were genetically dangerous, used expert witness testimony, and appealed
to the Alabama Supreme Court after the lower court rejected its arguments and evidence.
The Alabama Supreme Court granted the Washington Animal Foundations's petition to participate in the proceedings
as Amicus Curiae because the Foundation is an expert on canine genetics. The Foundation provided expert testimony to prove
that Pit Bulls and other breeds are not inherently genetically dangerous and must be trained to fight .
By S. Zendorf (Attorney at Law) Ohio
More on Alabama: http://home.comcast.net/~dawn.c/library.html