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N.C. Breed Discrimination Reversed
Dog lovers rally against making certain breeds “unadoptable”

The Internet has been buzzing about a proposal limiting the adoption of certain breeds in North Carolina’s Cumberland County Animal Control. In October, the Animal Control Board decided to recommend that certain breeds, such as Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Chow Chows and American Staffordshire Terriers, be considered “unadoptable.” The plan was to work with rescue groups from around the country to place the dogs elsewhere and avoid euthanasia.

Dog lovers rallied to convince the Board to change its decision, flooding the inbox of Animal Control Director, Dr. John Lauby, with more than 18,000 e-mails against the proposal.  

Last night, the Board decided to retract the plan and look into ways the county can more carefully vet potential adopters instead.

I’m really glad to hear that Cumberland County will be focusing their efforts on identifying responsible adopters instead of discriminating based on breed. For an area without breed-specific legislation, it’s disconcerting to see it crop up “unofficially” through limits on adoption.

However, the reversal just goes to show what animal lovers can do when we come together for a common cause. There is clear support against breed discrimination. Hopefully, other communities considering similar proposals or legislation will take note!

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JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.

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