"Please help us save the dogs."

EBA's Official Positon on Issues

Endangered Breeds Association is dedicated to the responsible ownership of all breeds of dogs. We do not tolerate, nor endorse, anyone who knowingly keeps dangerous dogs of any breed.
We strongly urge municipalities to adopt non-breed-specific legislation which will thoroughly protect citizens.
Banning specific breeds to control dog bite injuries ignores the scope of the problem and will not protect a community's citizens. Breed bans assume all dogs of a specific breed are likely to bite, instead of acknowledging that most dogs are not a problem. These laws rarely address or assign appropriate responsibilities to owners.
According to American Veterinary Medical Association, statistics on injuries caused by dogs are often used to demonstrate the "dangerousness" of particular breeds. Such arguments are seriously flawed as it is not possible to calculate a bite rate for a breed or to compare rates between breeds because:
1 - the breed of a biting dog is often not known or is inaccurately reported;
2 - the actual number of bites that occur in a community is not known, especially if they did not result in serious injury;
3 - the number of dogs of a particular breed or combination of breeds in a community is not known because it is rare for all dogs in a community to be licensed;
4 - statistics often do not consider multiple incidents caused by a single animal;
5 - breed popularity changes over time, making comparison of breed-specific bite rates unreliable.
Breed data likely vary between communities, states, or regions, and can even vary between neighborhoods within communities.
Breed-specific ordinances also raise constitutional questions concerning dog owners' 14th amendment rights. Because all types of dogs may inflict injury, ordinances addressing particular breeds can be under inclusive and violate equal protection. Because identification of a dog's breed with certainty is prohibitively difficult, such ordinances may also be considered vague and violate due process.
AVMA reports a dog's tendency to bite depends on at least six interacting factors: heredity, early experience, socialization and training, physical and behavioral health, victim behavior, and environment. Banning specific breeds may give owners of other breeds a false sense of security and decrease their desire to seek appropriate socialization and training for their pets.
Endangered Breeds Association recommends:
1 - enforcement of generic, non-breed-specific dangerous dog laws with emphasis on irresponsible owners;
2 - enforcement of animal control ordinances such as leash laws;
3 - school-based and adult education programs that teach pet selection strategies, pet care, responsibility and bite prevention.

Kim Krohn
Endangered Breeds Association
4600 SW Hickory Lane
Blue Springs, MO 64015

Situations when a dog may not be declared potentially dangerous or vicious:
No dog may be declared potentially dangerous or vicious if any degree of injury or damage is sustained by a person who, at the time of injury or damage was sustained, was committing willful trespass or other tort upon premises occupied by the owner or keeper of the dog; or was teasing, tormenting, abusing, or assautling the dog; or was committing or attempting to commit a crime.
No dog may be declared potentially dangerous or vicious if the dog was protecting or defending a person within the immediate vicinity of the dog from an unjustified attack or assault.
No dog may be declared potentially dangerous or vicious if an injury or damage was sustained while the dog was working  as a hunting dog, herding dog, or a predator control dog on the property of, or under control of, its owner or keeper.

Situations in which a potentially dangerous dog may be removed from the list of potentially dangerous dogs:
a. If there is no additional instances of the behavior within a 36-month period from the date of designation as a potencially dangerous dog, the dog shall be removed from th elist of potentially dangerous dogs.
b. If the owner or keeper of the dog demonstrates to the animal control department that changes in circumstances or measures take by the owner or keeper, such as training of the dog, have mitigated the risk to public safety.

Tethering of Animals
Utilizing a tether for containment of an animal has advantages which cannot be obtained throug the use of "kenneling" an animal.  "Kenneled" animals are prone to joint stiffness and pad problems from continuous exposure to concrete flooring.  "Pressure sores" become evident and lead to chronic sores that will not heal.  Space is limited thus promoting a weakened animal due to lack of proper excercise and stimulation of the cardiovascular system.  If an owner of keeper chooses to use tethering for containment of an animal, the device used must be of adequate length to promote a sound cardiovascular system and allow freedom of movement in any and all directions within the boundaries of confinement with the area free of obstacles which may cause entanglement.  Materials used for tethering the animal will not include that which may be chewed through such  as nylon rope when tethering of an animal is unsupervised.