Published On: Tue, Nov 7th, 2017

Proposal To Remove Breed Labels From L.A. City Animal Shelters

LOS ANGELES, California — The Los Angeles Board of Animal Services Commissioners Tuesday discussed whether to remove breed labels from city animal shelters.

The proposal, introduced by two commissioners, is meant to encourage more people to adopt pit bulls.

“There is a stigma against pit bull terriers and breeds of that nature,” said Michelle Sathe of Best Friends Animal Society. “Best Friends believes every dog, every pet is an individual, and it’s not based on breed or looks.”

Phyllis Daugherty, Director of Animal Services Movement, opposes removing breed labels on kennels, especially for pit bulls.

“Pit bulls have a very high rate of attack and high rate of killing people and animals. We cannot dispute that,” Daugherty said. “The problem is they are an unpredictable breed. They are genetically geared and wired to attack. That’s what they were bred for.”

Sam Spirer disagreed. He and his wife adopted their third one from the shelter Tuesday night.

The hope is that people who would have once walked past a pit bull, based only on their breed, will fall in love with the dog without the stereotypes weighing down their decision.

What do you think of this controversial idea?

The issue will be visited again at City Hall on Sept. 26.

Full story: losangeles.cbslocal.com

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