I have a dilemma and I’d like some opinions to help me make a decision.
Last week I found an abandoned puppy. I brought her home, and mr.stretch agreed to let me foster her until we could find her a forever home. We already have 4 dogs; keeping her ourselves is not an option.
After doing some research, I’m pretty sure this puppy is a ‘Pit Bull’ or at the very least would be classified as one in my area.
From my reading of the local ordinances, the determination of whether she is a Pit Bull would be made subjectively by animal control, i.e. they would decide based on whether they think she looks like a Pit, which she does. And my particular city has a breed ban, as do many of the other cities around here. I did not know about this breed ban until after I had brought the pup home…last I heard, they were considering a dangerous dog ordinance but had not yet passed any bans. The breed ban states that Pit Bulls will be confiscated and put down. My county also has a dangerous dog ordinance that is strange and vague and makes me unhappy.
This means I am in violation of the law by having this puppy in my home as I live inside the city limits. And it will be very hard to find her a home in my area with the breed bans because I can’t in good conscience give her to someone else just so they can get in trouble.
What the heck should I do with this puppy? I can’t keep her for long because I’m breaking the law. I don’t know that I’ll be able to find her a good home locally because the cities that don’t seem to have a breed ban do have other ordinances that are pretty close. I have contacted a Pit Bull rescue and I have contacted the only local rescue that seems willing to take Pits, but neither of them has gotten back to me. And, to be honest they probably have plenty of other dogs to worry about.
She’s been here almost a week, and so far she is a real sweetie. But as she gets older, I don’t know what she’ll be like. I did a bunch of reading on Pits yesterday and even the places that rescue Pits say that they shouldn’t be kept in same-sex dog households (all my dogs are female!), and that sometimes you have to realize that your Pit can’t be with your other dogs. This makes me wonder how she’ll ever find a home.
All of this just makes me sad. I can’t decide what to do.
Opinions and suggestions are welcome. I don’t want to debate the breed ban or dangerous dog ordinance or how stupid I believe them to be. That’s fodder for another thread.