“An animal control officer and a policeman with a gun on his hip came to our front door and demanded that we give her to them…” The family refused to surrender Lucy, who they claimed was banned because of her alleged breed.

After three decades, dogs identified as “pit bulls” are welcome again in Maumelle, AR. In Leawood, KS, “An animal control officer and a policeman with a gun on his hip came to our front door and demanded that we give [our dog Lucy] to them…” Springfield, MA, has banned the sale of commercially-bred puppies, kittens, and rabbits in pet stores. “Chris Godwin, wide receiver for the Super Bowl LV champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, wants lawmakers to free up a bill that would outlaw tying up dogs to trees and posts and leaving them unattended.” The number of communities placing over 95% and as high as 99% of the animals is increasing. And if legislation pending in Colorado becomes law, for the first time anywhere in the country, state law would promote killing based on an animal’s “mental and emotional” state. 

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The number of communities placing over 95% and as high as 99% of the animals is increasing:

These shelters and the data nationally prove that animals are NOT dying in pounds because there are too many or too few homes or people don’t want the animals. They are dying because people in those pounds are killing them. Replace those people, implement the No Kill Equation, and we can be a No Kill nation today.

And finally, if legislation pending in Colorado becomes law, for the first time anywhere in the country, state law would promote killing based on an animal’s “mental and emotional” state. Not only is there no objective definition of what constitutes mental suffering and no standards to how it will be applied, it legitimizes the killing of animals based on the animals’ perceived state of mind, giving people unqualified to make such a determination discretion to kill animals based on unenforceable, unknowable, and completely subjective criteria, even when — as is the case more often than not — simply getting the animal out of the pound can resolve any “mental and emotional” concerns. This a real and immediate threat to shy and scared animals, as well as community (“feral”) cats and it is a very dangerous precedent to introduce in the animal control laws of our nation.

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