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A reprint from an old ADOA newsletter.


Find out what your own local laws are regarding animals and pets.  Know your rights and know the procedures that any animal control officer that appears at your door must follow.  Very carefully read any and all licenses that you must have for your animals BEFORE you sign them.  If you do not agree with them, get legal council on them before signing.

Be sure to keep your rabies certificates and your licenses in a safe place readily available to you.

How To Respond To Anti Dog Enforcement      
Monday, 28 April 2008

ADOA's A Guide To Your Rights: Excerpts From How to Respond to Anti-Dog Enforcement

American Dog Owners Association, Inc.

How to Respond to Anti-Dog Enforcement

The following text outlines methods of inquiry and enforcement which may be used by local officials in attempts to enforce anti-dog ordinances in your community, and suggested techniques of response. These techniques are entirely legal and based upon the rights of citizens as stated by the U.S. Constitution.


If you are confronted with an official demanding to investigate your property, the following responses are recommended.

If the person presents a badge, you should ask for:

    His full name and phone number
    His supervisor's full name and phone number
    The agency he represents
    His badge number
    Why he is there to see you
    Is there any complaint involved
    Who made these complaints (he probably won't answer)
    Whether he has a warrant for a search
    Request a copy of that warrant (he probably won't have one)

You should answer no questions, but ask that he send or deliver all questions in writing. You should write down the answers to all these questions as the conversation proceeds. A simple notebook will do the job.

If you feel that a search of your home will lead to a threatened confiscation of a dog or a criminal complaint, you should refuse entry to your home unless the sheriff or police are present with a search warrant. If he says that he can get one easily, then tell him to do so. Remain cool and polite. Call your attorney as soon as possible.

Remember: You do not have to let anyone into your house or on your property without a proper search warrant.

ADOA has pursued and prevailed in lawsuits precluding inspectors or law enforcement agents from such intrusions without a search warrant.

You should not be threatened with seizure without a court hearing or a court order. Obtain the names of all persons involved, including police officers. This may prevent seizure. Seizure of property without the due process of law is unconstitutional, and due process of law should include a court hearing in every action relating to such seizure. If the animal control officials or police seize a dog, they may not destroy the animal or harm it in any way until a judge has ruled that you are in violation and this can only occur after a full hearing.

Call your attorney at the time of threatened seizure and ask for help. Do not answer any questions from the police without legal advice. Do not offer any explanations regardless of what they may be (police and enforcement officials have a bad habit of misinterpreting such explanations!) Remember, everything can and probably will be used against you. Do not volunteer any dogs or other property.


Cooperation will not usually avoid prosecution. Also remember that seizure of one of your dogs without court action, under protest, amounts to prosecution without trial. Anything you say or do in regard to the attempted seizure or inquiries may be used against you in a criminal or quasi-criminal action. Everything you say or do will probably be used against you. Write down everything that is said or done as it happens. These notes can be valuable evidence to defend yourself at a later time. Try to avoid anger and avoid violence at all cost. Try to obtain as much information as you can: the informers, enforcing officials, officers, etc...Require enforcing officials and officers to put everything into writing. They may not do it, but you can ask.

A Dog Owner's Rights        
Tuesday, 29 April 2008

ANTI-DOG ENFORCEMENT -  What Every Dog Owner Needs To Know

Dog owners and ethcial breeders are increasingly being targeted. Disgruntled neighbors may retaliate against dog owners and many other reasons drive complaints, and anti-dog enforcement action, which many times may be conducted illegally.

The following text outlines methods of inquiry and enforcement which may be used by local officials in attempts to enforce anti-dog ordinances in your community and suggested techniques of response. These techniques are entirely legal and based upon the rights of citizens as stated by the U. S. Constitution.


You may receive telephone inquiries concerning the number of dogs you own and whether any dogs or puppies are for sale. Other questions may also be asked.

Your response should be to inquire "Are you interested in a puppy?" If the answer is "yes", ask that person for his name, address and phone number. Suggest that you or a responsible breeder will contact that person at a more convenient time for you.

If the answer is friendly and genuinely inquisitive, invite the person to look at your puppies.

If the question asked is, "What is the price of each puppy?", simply say that puppies of this type are being sold for between "X" and "Y" dollars. Never say that you are selling them.

If the question is asked "Are these your puppies?", you should ask "Why do you want to know?"

If your conversation indicates that the person is representing the county clerk's office or allegedly representing an official body, ask the caller for:




NATURE OF THE INQUIRY (what it is about)




October 6, 2007

Everyone should notice that Pit bulldogs are just their first (easiest) step towards their true ultimate goal of forbidding/eliminating all animal/pet ownership/use. Goodwin used to lead an anti-fur group but those folks have money and are organized with trade associations and such, so he's moved on to what he must see as an easier target. Also, it looks to me in reading Newkirk's comments that she had some personal incident with some dog she identifies as a "pit". Her uneducated language makes me question both the probability of her correctly identifying such a dog and the veracity of her story even if she might know the difference. It also looks to me like if this is true, she has some sort of personal vendetta against our dogs. I really wonder if caring pet owners realize that when they donate money to theese groups their ultimate goal is the abolition of them being allowed to even keep a pet.

The bottom line is that people don’t have the right to manipulate or to breed dogs and cats ‘¦ If people want toys they should buy inanimate objects. If they want companionship they should seek it with their own kind.‘
-Ingrid Newkirk, President, PETA, ‘Animals,‘ May/June 1993

‘You don’t have to own squirrels and starlings to get enjoyment from them ‘¦ One day, we would like an end to pet shops and the breeding of animals. [Dogs] would pursue their natural lives in the wild ‘¦ they would have full lives, not wasting at home for someone to come home in the evening and pet them and then sit there and watch TV.‘
-Ingrid Newkirk, President, PETA, Chicago Daily Herald, March 1, 1990

‘I don’t use the word ‘pet.‘ I think it’s speciesist language. I prefer ‘companion animal.‘ For one thing, we would no longer allow breeding. People could not create different breeds. There would be no pet shops. If people had companion animals in their homes, those animals would have to be refugees from the animal shelters and the streets. You would have a protective relationship with them just as you would with an orphaned child. But as the surplus of cats and dogs (artificially engineered by centuries of forced breeding) declined, eventually companion animals would be phased out, and we would return to a more symbiotic relationship ‘“ enjoyment at a distance.‘
-Ingrid Newkirk, PETA vice-president, quoted in The Harper’s Forum Book, Jack Hitt, ed., 1989, p.223

I have scars on my leg and arm from my own encounter with a pit. Many are loving and will kiss on sight, but many are unpredictable. An unpredictable Chihuahua is one thing, an unpredictable pit another. People who genuinely care about dogs won’t be affected by a ban on pit-bull breeding. They can go to the shelter and save one of the countless other breeds and lovable mutts sitting on death row. We can only stop killing pits if we stop creating new ones.‘
-Ingrid Newkirk

‘Liberating our language by eliminating the word ‘˜pet’ is the first step ‘¦ In an ideal society where all exploitation and oppression has been eliminated, it will be NJARA’s policy to oppose the keeping of animals as ‘˜pets.’‘
-New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance, ‘Should Dogs Be Kept As Pets? NO!‘ Good Dog! February 1991, p.20

‘If the death of one rat cured all diseases, it wouldn’t make any difference to me.‘
-Chris De Rose, Director, Last Chance for Animals

‘Arson, property destruction, burglary and theft are ‘˜acceptable crimes’ when used for the animal cause.‘
-Alex Pacheco, Director, PETA

‘We have found that civil disobedience and direction action has been powerful in generating massive attention in our communities ‘¦ and has been very effective in traumatizing our targets.‘
-J.P. Goodwin, Committee to Abolish the Fur Trade, National Animal Rights Convention ‘˜97, June 27, 1997

‘As an activist, I am a spokesperson for other animal issues. I am a strict vegan. But my focus is on the fur trade because I feel it's important that we try and take them [the fur industry] out and not let them get back up on their feet. If we have a chance to stop the killing of fur animals, it would create a lot of momentum for the animal rights movement.‘
-John "JP" Goodwin, November 1997

(I added the emphasis.)

Vote for the American Pit Bull Terrier HERE - San Diego Shelter APBT Calendar


We the People
- A group in California fighting AB1634 and otherwise defending the rights of pet owners.

Raids Target Animal Rights Extremists
- Thirty people were arrested May 1, 2007 on suspicion of involvement in animal rights extremism in a series of raids that targeted 29 UK addresses and three in Europe.

Animal Defense League Los Angeles - "The Animal Defense League (ADL-LA) is a militant, grassroots, animal rights organization with chapters throughout the U.S. and abroad".

Canine Mutiny: Dog Owners Fight Insurers - State Lawmakers Aim to Stop Practice of Denying Coverage To Homes With Certain Breeds.

Defense of the American Pit Bull Terrier - Mission Statement: To defend the American Pit Bull Terrier Worldwide, To oppose Breed Specific Legislation that targets the American Pit Bull Terrier, To promote the American Pit Bull Terrier in a positive way, To counter misinformation, hysteria, and myths about the American Pit Bull Terrier.

About a new book being written - an email I received last month (4/07), apparently about an upcoming book, probably hard on the dogs.

Breeder's Standard„¢ Software - 79$, but looks like a useful, professional pedigree/genealogy program for breeders.

Who's Who of the AR movement - The Animal Rights FAQ: Who's Who.

Annual Vaccines May Not be Necessary - Schultz, professor and chair of pathobiological sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, has been studying the effectiveness of canine vaccines since the 1970s; he's learned that immunity can last as long as a dog's lifetime, which suggests that our "best friends" are being over-vaccinated.

Flex Your Rights - Protect your constitutional rights during police encounters, just say 'no' to police searches.

NAIA 'Pet Friendly' Guide - Still not sure about this group, they are against tethering.

HR137 & S261 Alert - I had this posted a while back. It includes a good list of your senators' and representatives' contact info.

Pit Bull saves 2 women from deadly cobra - Four-year-old "Chief", an American Pit Bull Terrier, dashed in front of a venomous snake which was poised to strike at 87-year-old Liberata la Victoria and her granddaughter.

Free Pet Stuff - Who doesn't love a freebie?

Dog Health Info - Here you will find links dealing with dog health: Dog Health Articles, Veterinary Drugs, Canine Conditions, Dog Diseases, Parasites.

Definitions of some Pet Food Ingredients - AAFCO (The Association of American Feed Control Officials) sets guidelines and definitions for animal feed, including pet foods.

Commentary on Nick Van Duren by Kory Nelson - This is one of the fools flaming the Denver bsl issue, well defended by some of the bsl email list members.

Crate Training Your Puppy - Crate training is one of the most efficient and effective ways to train a puppy or dog.

Animal Rights 2007 National Conference - Have a look at what they're talking about July 19-23rd in Los Angeles and their lengthy list of speakers.

APBT results of the American Temperament Test Society - I think these results are slightly skewed in that many breeds listed have a "one dog" sample which lends itself to 100% results. Of dogs where more than, say, 20 individuals were tested, our dogs held a very high comparative score. If I ever get around to it, I may extrapolate that result.

American Canine Foundation - The American Canine Foundation (formerly Washington Animal Foundation) is a non-profit organization founded in 2001 to stop irresponsible dog ownership and abuse to canines. We protect dog owners rights and promote responsible dog ownership through education and legislation.

Canine Pregnancy Calendar - Handy for record keeping.

Animal Rights - Animal Law - The site of a Rutgers University Lawyer and Professor promoting animal rights.

Cornell Study on Tethering - They found no significant advantage to kennels over chains.

Encyclopedia of the APBT - A subsite of the APBT Network.

American Pit Bull Terrier Network - Mission Statement: American Pit Bull Terrier Network was started for one purpose and one purpose only - To draw more people into the breed events, to develop a new generation of modern breed ambassadors, and promote the positive aspects of this amazing breed.

Pet Food Deaths Baffle Scientists - The exact cause of the ongoing threat to cats and dogs is still baffling to scientists.

Rabies Challenge Fund - The Rabies Challenge Fund Charitable Trust will determine the duration of immunity conveyed by rabies vaccine. The goal is to extend the required interval for rabies boosters to 5 and then to 7 years.


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Fort Dodge Rabies Vaccine Recall - Please read the article about the Fort Dodge RabVac 3 TF serial number 873113A rabies vaccine, which has been recalled after a vaccinated dog contracted rabies.

Dog Powered Scooter - Making Dog Mushing Available to Everyone.

America's Animal Owners - A non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of exotic and domestic animals.

People Against Animal Rights Terrorists - The Mission of PAART is to organize the victims of the terrorists attacks and direct them through the proper channels to fight back and sue for damages. - Keep an eye on what "they're" keeping their eyes on.

Granny Warriors - Fighting Injustice and Exposing Animal Rights Activists.

Denver's APBT Statistics - See how many APBT's Denver's killed since the ban through May 2006.

Chickenfighting for the Soul of the Heartland by Russell Cobb - An Interesting Article on Cockfighting in Oklahoma.

S.C. closer to banning hog trials - A bill that makes cockfighting a felony and specifies that fights between hogs and dogs are illegal received key approval Thursday May 25th in the South Carolina House.

Legislative Hearing on H.R. 817 - the "Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act of 2005".

HSUS Press Release - Re: HR817.

W. Pacelle's Testimony re: HR817 - May 18, 2006, Before the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.

War Dog Memorial - A Tribute to the War Dogs of the US Military.

NAIS: In a Nutshell - From the Texas Animal Health Commission.

Find Registered and Convicted Sex Offenders - Enter an address to view a map of registered sex offenders in that area or search by name.

Save the Internet - Congress is pushing a law that would abandon the Internet's First Amendment, based on what sites pay the most.

No PAWS (S1139 / HR2669) - Against the PAWS Bill.

Terrierman - A great site with good links for "America's Working Terriers".

Find the Pitbull - Pick the American Pit Bull Terrier out of 24 dog pictures.

"Dog Fighting Detailed Discussion" - A Michigan State University College of Law Discussion.

The Floyd & Guy Boudreaux Tragedy - A news story announcing that these trumped up charges have been filed.

Sportsmen's and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance - The Sportsmen's and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance (SAOVA) is a nationwide, non-partisan group of volunteers committed to maintaining and protecting our sporting and animal ownership heritages.

Veterinary Info for Dogs Online - Useful Information for Dog Owners, but should not be used to diagnose any medical problems you think you might be having with your dog(s).

National Animal Interest Alliance - I don't know a whole lot about this group, I have seen conflicting reports.

The Institute for Animals and Society / Animal Rights Network, Inc - A good page to keep an eye on.

Dog Age Test - Just something for fun.

Chicago Sun-Times Article - "If it's not a Pit Bull, it'll be a Cocker Spaniel.

Responsible Pet Owners Alliance - A ‘Reasonable Voice Regarding Animal Issues‘

Petition against BSL in Switzerland - Apparently this is not only an American issue.

Villa Liberty Flash Movie - Against BSL in Europe, I think, please someone tell me if my rough translating skills are off.

The Real Pit Bull - Promoting A Positive Image.

Louisville, KY News 'Pit Bull Forum' - I think they need help in Kentucky right now. Please try and post sensibly and portray our breed in a positive light.

The Pit Bull Reporter - A magazine for fanciers of the American Pit Bull Terrier and other bull terrier type breeds.

Puppies and Breeders by Char - Good site for the New Owner or those considering their first dog.

There's more to the NBC-Illinois "pit bull" story and poll that follows this one - Now described generically as "vicious dogs", it's said "at least a couple of them are believed to be pit bulls", one is described as "the German Shepherd".

Vote "NO" against 'outlawing' the APBT in this NBC-IL Poll - "Do you think pit bulls should be outlawed as pets?"

NBC-IL Message Board Discussion - Ban Pit Bulls? - Positive, Well-Written messages defending the APBT are needed here. Great posts so far!

CCF breaks up PETA protest - Yahoo story and photo here.

Californians, Volunteer Against SB861 NOW!" - There might be hope but YOUR help is needed right now. Join this group and help collect signatures for a voter initiative petition. - Fighting SB861 in California - There might be hope but YOUR help is needed right now!

Vote for the APBT - The APBT is currently 10th in this poll, let's bump that up! (APBT up to 8th now!)

The Hunting Debate - WAYNE LAPIERRE From the National Rifle Association of America vs. ANDREW BUTLER From the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Another Negative Story and a Poll about Banning APBTs - Web Poll - "Should pit bulls, with their record of attacks and reputation for potential aggression, be regulated?" (what kinda set up question is that anyway?) - Vote NO in the Poll in the center/right of page.

American Pit Bull Terrier FAQ - Old but Good, General FAQ about this Great Breed.

NBC News poll about Prince George's (Wash DC area) ban - Vote for the ban to be repealed here.

NJ Anti-BSL Site - Sharpe James wants to kill innocent NJ dogs.

LOBBY AGAINST SB861 NOW! - Call your friends - both Californians and non-Californians - and ask them to use this tool to send letters. Non-Californians should use the tool but consider excluding their mailing addresses.

Then please call (916) 445-2841 - This is the Governor's automated system: Press option 2, then 6, then 2. It's very easy and you will NOT speak with a live person. It's basically a poll. This will be counted in addition to the letters.

Linda Blair Foundation - She's a little off track maybe on a few things but is against BSL and has a lot of great links on there. - Free Pet Photo Contest - I thought this would be a great place for APBT owners to submit their responsible photos and show off some POSITIVE images of our wonderful breed.

US Sportsman's Alliance - Provides legislative and legal support in defense of America's sporting heritage.

In Defense of Animals - About Denver Breed Ban - These folks are against a lot of stuff APBT owners (and breeders of any purpose bred animals) aren't but they are on the right side of the Breed Ban issue.

Chako Rescue fighting BSL in Ca. - Good website.

Action Alert Ca. - SB 861 - Chako Rescue - fighting BSL in California.

Should APBTs be banned in Oklahoma? - Channel 5 News Poll - They'll likely bring this up again when the Legislature goes back into session.

KATU Poll - Should APBTs be banned in the US? - Vote now if you can.

PETA Petition - Sign a Letter to the IRS asking that PETA's tax exempt status be revoked.

Denver / Colorado BSL Petition - Please sign here if you can.

Some Truths about PETA - Check this link for some things you might not know about the group.

CockFighting 'bust' in Oklahoma - Looks to be an illegal entry onto Native Land.