"I would hate to suggest a dog has a right to bite someone, but attacks can happen if a dog, regardless of its breed, is feeling stressed or backed into a corner," says Gayle Viney, communications coordinator for the Dane County Humane Society.
"We learned a lot about planning and that building," laughs Viney
"In all honesty, though, we were real happy that that decision was made."
The Humane Society
was one of several area animal shelters and canine advocates that opposed the ordinance.
While there was near unanimous agreement that spaying and neutering are among the best ways to control pet populations, targeting pit bull-type dogs, they say, would create a slew of new problems for both the city and shelters.
and other opponents argued that shelters in cities that have passed similar breed-specific ordinances saw substantial increases in pit bull intakes.
agrees there likely are reasons beyond the ordinances for declines in these cities, but isn't familiar enough with the situation to comment specifically.
While most local animal shelters and rescues oppose breed-specific legislation, Viney
says the Humane Society
would get behind a mandate that all dogs be spay or neutered.
suggested it could be a component of the dangerous dogs ordinance already on the books.
"All dogs have the potential to bite," she
"That was definitely one of the ordinance's gray areas," Viney
agrees more a more inclusive process is needed.
"We absolutely plan to have a big role in moving forward," she