Tag Archives: BSL

Breed Specific Legislation: Why My Opinion Doesn’t Matter, and Neither Does Yours

Posted on: August 11, 2015 - 6 Comments

At a meeting about breed-specific legislation, I was struck by one very obvious conclusion. Not only does my opinion on Breed Specific Legislation not matter, neither does the opinion of anyone else.

Fears Are Not Facts

Posted on: December 4, 2014 - 5 Comments

I was saddened, but not surprised, to hear the story of a mall Santa turning away an autistic child because he was afraid of her service dog, a pit bull. Abcde Santos and her service dog, Pup-cake, waited in line for over half an hour for a chance to meet Santa. Children on the autism Read More

The Truth About Pit Bulls

Posted on: July 1, 2014 - 111 Comments

With the amount of fear mongering that exists currently regarding pit bull-type dogs, I feel it's important to publish the truth about these dogs. Although most dogs labeled as pit bulls are actually a mix of different breeds with similar physical characteristics, anything that has the appearance of an American Pitbull Terrier is incorrectly labeled as Read More

Merseyside Police Seize and Kill Legally Exempt Dogs

Posted on: April 27, 2014 - No Comments

I am appalled at this latest story coming from Liverpool.  This is Breed Specific Legislation at its worst and yet another example of innocent dogs being taken away from their owners and euthanised without due process.  I support law enforcement in many ways but this kind of policing is barbaric, especially when many of the Read More

Victoria on UK’s Dangerous Dog Laws

Posted on: April 17, 2014 - No Comments

Four-Year-Old Girl Killed in Fatal Dog Attack: Who’s to Blame?

Posted on: April 7, 2014 - No Comments

Over the years I’ve written and talked about breed-specific legislation. I am a passionate owner of two pit-bull-type dogs, and I’ve taken every opportunity to write about the myths and misconceptions about the breed and the benefits of breed-neutral laws. But it was always from a theoretical perspective. Then, on March 24, an unspeakable tragedy Read More

Researchers Probe Into the Causes of Aggression

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Researchers in the UK are looking more closely than ever to try to get to the root of aggression in dogs. By looking at the DNA of dogs, they are hoping to get a more objective picture of what causes aggressive behavior and how to prevent it. The University of Lincoln says that this type Read More

Aggressive Training Breeds Aggressive Dogs

Posted on: March 18, 2014 - No Comments

A new study out of the UK sought to find the key factors that contribute to dog aggression. While breed-specific legislation and other discriminatory practices focus on the belief that a dog's breed is the primary factor that causes a dog to be aggressive, the results of this study point otherwise. Check out the top Read More

President Obama Speaks Out Against BSL

Posted on: August 22, 2013 - 10 Comments

The President himself has condemned BSL in an official White House response titled "Breed-Specific Legislation is a Bad Idea." Despite staggering research that shows BSL is ineffective and does not have a positive impact on public safety, there are still fierce proponents of such legislation. The White House has adopted the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's stance on BSL, which states that a community-based approach is more effective than breed bands.

The Fight For Lennox – A Year Later

Posted on: July 11, 2013 - 36 Comments

Lennox is the poster child against a law that is fatally flawed and needs to be changed. His family continues to fight against BSL so that other innocent lives can be protected and so that other families don’t have to experience the pain of having a beloved dog taken away from them, deemed guilty and killed just because of the way he looks.

Dog Bite Prevention Week 2013

Posted on: May 20, 2013 - 2 Comments

Dog Bite Prevention week is here, and it's always a great chance to reflect on how we can better protect our dogs and our children from the preventable tragedy of a dog bite. Responsible pet ownership, including spaying and neutering your pet, keeping him on leash when out on walks, and never leaving any child unattended with your dog are some of the best ways you can prevent a bite. Check out some of Victoria's helpful and articles about dog bite prevention.

Victoria Talks Breed-Specific Legislation on MiamiNewTimes.com

Posted on: April 29, 2013 - No Comments

Victoria Stilwell was featured in the "Blogs" section of MiamiNewTimes.com. In the feature, Victoria talks about her new book, "Train Your Dog Positively," and also commented on how lives are being affected by breed-specific legislation.

Miami Dog Bite Prevention Conference

Posted on: April 17, 2013 - 4 Comments

The Dog Bite Prevention Conferences are igniting a conversation about that need for education. We don't want to preach to the choir - we need teachers, doctors, lawyers, animal control officers, parents, and dog owners all to come together to begin to understand what does (and what does not) constitute a dangerous dog in order to stop these heartwrenching tragedies from occurring.

Positively Dog Training Episode 307

Posted on: November 12, 2012 - 3 Comments

Recaps of 40th birthday plans, the Denver Dog Bite Conference and VSPDT member retreat, interview with dog trainer Sue Sternberg, and Ask Victoria questions about digging dogs, aggressive farm dogs, rough play and more.

Positively Dog Training Episode 306

Posted on: October 31, 2012 - 1 Comment

Recaps of the Hero Dog Awards and preview of the Denver Dog Bite Conference, child/dog safety tips, the opposition to BSL in Savannah, Holly's pizzas for charity and Ask Victoria questions.

Positively Dog Training Episode 301

Posted on: August 26, 2012 - 6 Comments

Victoria & Holly's new podcast season includes a recap of the past several months, a chat to Canine Assistants founder Jennifer Arnold, and a report on the Lennox case.

Celebrate National Dog Day!

Posted on: August 25, 2012 - 6 Comments

There are over 78 million owned dogs in the U.S., and 39% of all American households include at least one dog. This Sunday, August 26th, is National Dog Day, giving many of those dogs and the people that love them reason to celebrate. As someone who has dedicated my life to helping people build healthy relationships with their pets based on mutual trust, respect and love, I have one of the best seats in the house on days like this and I honestly believe that I have one of the best jobs in the world.

Victoria Rebukes BCC Representative on the Radio

Posted on: July 11, 2012 - 566 Comments

Victoria joined host Wendy Austin on BBC Radio Ulster and sparred with Pat McCarthy, the head of Belfast City Council's (BCC) Environmental Health Committee, just hours after the BCC destroyed Lennox, an American Bulldog/Labrador mix with no history of aggression or behavior issues. The dog was confiscated 2 years ago due not to his aggressive nature, Read More

Victoria Discusses Lennox on HLN

Posted on: July 10, 2012 - 60 Comments

Victoria was a guest on HLN's Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell on July 10, 2012, where she discussed Lennox and BSL. Then she joined Jane again the next day, after Lennox was put to sleep by the Belfast City Council: Text link to story.

Lennox’s Last Chance

Posted on: July 4, 2012 - 153 Comments

Several months ago, I began working behind the scenes with Lennox’s legal team to begin the process of convincing the court system to allow Lennox to be rehomed in the US – a process which I personally am dedicated to overseeing and facilitating. I have personally received the Barnes family’s approval to take Lennox, and while I can only imagine the heartache they would feel at seeing him go, they have said they would prefer him to have a happy life elsewhere rather than see it end next week. My longstanding private offer to absorb all of the cost and organize all of the travel arrangements to transport him at no expense to the Belfast City Council has been with those responsible for making the final decisions regarding Lennox for some time. At this point, however, it appears that the court system is not inclined to accept this offer.

Snickers: A Year-End Happy Ending

Posted on: December 31, 2011 - 7 Comments

Snickers happens to be part Pit Bull. And the city of Aurelia banned Pit Bulls and “bully breeds” several years ago. Well, maybe Snickers is a Pit Bull, but who knows.

Victoria on BSL [video] for Unleash Magazine

Posted on: November 22, 2011 - 3 Comments

Victoria was interviewed by Unleash Magazine at last month's Boxerstock event outside Atlanta and discussed breed-specific legislation. Watch the interview: Visit Unleash Magazine (original link).

Positively Dog Training Episode 203

Posted on: October 28, 2011 - 4 Comments

Victoria and Holly are joined by Dr. Paula Bloom as they discuss how to change perceptions of pit bulls, dogs digging in backyards, doggie daycare and much more.

Jim Crosby Weighs in on Lennox

Posted on: October 12, 2011 - 78 Comments

Valuable insight into the Lennox case from Jim Crosby, retired Police Lieutenant and Canine Dog Bite Investigator: Over the last few months I have watched the case of Lennox, a dog seized for having the “wrong” looks, as it has unfolded in Belfast, Ireland.  Lennox was seized, not for behavior, but because he has a Read More

Lennox Update – Statement from Sarah Fisher

Posted on: October 11, 2011 - 56 Comments

In a few days Lennox is scheduled to be destroyed.  More and more people are calling for his release and we can only hope that somehow this might happen.  There have been numerous legitimate offers from sanctuaries in Southern Ireland and the United States willing to take Lennox, with the knowledge and funding to do Read More

Positively Dog Training Episode 201

Posted on: October 10, 2011 - 5 Comments

In the first episode of the new season, Victoria and Holly discuss what they've been up to for the past several months, including Victoria's filming of the 8th season of It's Me or the Dog, experiencing the recent earthquake and hurricane, Victoria on Anderson Cooper, the Hero Dog Awards, Holly's judging of Miss Tennessee, her Read More

How the Legal System Failed Lennox

Posted on: October 9, 2011 - 151 Comments

Today people all over the world will be lighting candles in honor of Lennox, who, if the courts have their way, will be put to death in less than a week by Belfast City Council.   I have become personally involved in this case, both as an expert and as an advocate for decency and humanity.  Read More