It’s always wonderful when a tragedy has a happy ending, and Isis and her mother certainly have received one! After the town rallied behind this hero pup, the town of Hazel Park has decided to lift its ban on pit bulls! That means Isis and her mother can continue to live in Hazel Park, something that was absolutely in question.
Not only is this a beautiful ending to an ugly story, it is a huge victory for opponents of breed-specific bans. Hopefully Isis can help inspire other towns to reconsider their pit bull bans so dogs like Isis aren’t torn from their families over their lineage.
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Isis, a two-year-old female pit bull, recently came to her owner Jamie Kraczkowski’s rescue when an abusive boyfriend decided to use the woman as a punching bag. Unconscionable behavior on the part of the boyfriend, no question. And a heroic effort undertaken by Isis, yes? Why, then, has Kraczkowski been told she has mere days to find a new home for the dog who saved her life?
Because Isis is a pit bull–or, at the very least, a pit bull-type dog. Per Hazel Park, Michigan’s Ordinance No. 08-08, which has been in effect since February 2012, “any pit bull dog” is considered a dangerous animal. This includes several types of terriers and “dogs which have the appearance and characteristics of being predominantly of the breeds of dogs known as the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, or the American Pit Bull Terrier.” Bottom line, dogs meeting this description are prohibited from being owned or kept inside the city.
How did the once favored breed, including such memorable dogs as Pete from the TV series Our Gang and the real-life war hero Sergeant Stubby, end up being so feared that many states across the US felt it necessary to put breed specific legislation into place? That’s a long, complicated question–and one filled with plenty of myths, contentious and overdone arguments, and lack of information and education. One great place to begin is with the San Francisco based nonprofit rescue organization Bad Rap. Working hard on behalf of the breed for over 16 years, including playing a key role in the rescue of the Michael Vick dogs, Bad Rap’s thorough examination of the origins of breed specific legislation show the integral part “man-made shortcomings, including unspeakable cruelties, the socio-economic pressures of under-resourced owners, and the relentless biases and discrimination of an ill-informed public” played in bringing the breed to where it is today.
Isis’s story has put significant pressure on the Hazel Park City Council to reexamine the ordinance, though it’s doubtful anything can be done in time to keep her in the city. One way to make a difference is to support the gofundme campaign that family and friends put together to help Kraczkowski and Isis move in order to keep their family intact. Another is to help put an end to breed specific legislation. A good place to start? The ASPCA, who works tirelessly in defense of animals and has taken a strong stance against BSL. Isis isn’t the end of this story. With your support, she’s only the beginning.
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