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February 08, 2006


Janet Aponte-Pagan

Kudos for such a G-R-E-A-T rebuttal to Kathryn McIntyre's blatant disregard for others. Those registered Pit Bull owners showed their neighbors that they are responsible dog owners who comply with the local laws, and as a result of registering their companions right along with all the other breeds, McIntyre took it upon herself to use that against them. Instead of supporting their law abiding status in the face of such ignorant legislature, she opened the flood gates against those who comply with the law and encouraged other misinformed people, obviously like herself, to harass and instill fear in innocent people.

I'm from Jersey (Newark to be specific), and am actively fighting against Senator Sharpe James' proposal for BSL (S#801) which also targets Pit Bulls. Unfortunately ignorance isn't rampant only in Commerce City !


Read this great article, "What Pitbulls can Teach us About Profiling" from the New Yorker. Not only is it one of the best articles I've read regarding BSL, it compares BSL to other unfair, ineffective types of profiling, (racial and others).

Rena Distasio

Once again, thanks for an excellent job.

People must understand this is not just a dog issue. This is a civil libertarian issue. Municipalities across the country have the means by which to effectively deal with criminals – drug dealers, dog fighters and irresponsible dog owners – but simply refuse to do so. Instead, they put a band-aide on the problem. That band-aide is BSL, but the wound underneath is still oozing.

Breed specific legislation is also not a problem; it’s a symptom of a much larger problem and that problem is the slow erosion of our civil rights in the misguided attempt to keep people feeling safe. Today we ban a breed of dog. So what? say many. But if we ban a breed of dog today, what do we ban tomorrow? The kind of clothing we wear because it “scares” someone? The kind of song we sing because it “offends” someone? The very words we post on blogs like?

I say we need to vote – both literally and with our pocket books – against fascist city states like Denver. Don’t drive there. Don’t fly there. Don’t purchase products and services made there. Call Colorado’s tourism board and Denver’s chamber of Commerce and tell them what you are doing and ask them to call their legislatures and urge they overturn these ridiculous laws.


Hooray to the author! I was infuriated by McIntyre's blatant promotion of her personal agenda and her disregard for the personal safety of dog owners. According to Bill Johnson of the Rocky Mountain News, dog owners in Commerce City have been threatened since their addresses were published. Responsible journalists should slam McIntyre for besmirching their profession and reputation.
And hitting businesses in the wallet if they support any BSL publication or government is, in my mind, the best way to go. Money talks.

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