Friday, August 6, 2010

Dump the Dog is Military's Message to Families with Targeted 'Bad' Breeds

By Steve Dale

The First Lady, Michelle Obama cares deeply about families, in particular, military families. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (and other surveys), most people in America have a pet, and the overwhelming majority of those consider their pets' family.

Lynette Lynde and her husband, who reside just outside Ft. Bragg, NC, are no exception. It just so happens that Lynette's husband has scarified for America as few of us have. He's a decorated career Special Forces soldier who is currently recovering from back surgery as a result of injuries sustained in his last deployment in Afghanistan. Lynette says, "Our dogs are our family. Our dogs are well-maintained friendly dogs. There's never been a complaint."

Then what's the problem? They happen to be Pit Bull looking dogs, except for one, who is a Rottweler-mix. As a result, Lynette and her husband may be forced to give them up. Lots of dog breeds will no longer be allowed on military housing property, according to new policy announced in a memo stamped January 5 from the United States Department of the Army. According to sources, the directive was approved by the Pentagon just prior to President George W. Bush leaving office.

The subject line of the memo reads: "Pet Policy for Privatized Housing Under the Army's Residential Communities Initiative Privatization Program. Pit Bulls (American Staffordshire Bull Terriers and English Staffordshire Bull Terriers), Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, Chow Chows and wolf hybrids are now banned."

Ledy VanKavage, senior legislative analyst at Best Friends Animal Society is outraged at what amounts to canine profiling. "Decisions about dogs should be based on individual temperament not appearances," she says.

Besides, appearances can be deceiving. VanKavage is concerned about who will identify the Pit Bulls. "Are there people truly trained to understand subtle differences between breeds and identify dogs correctly? If not, this puts a lot of mutts at risk as well."

According to the ruling, dogs of any type who currently live on base can be grandfathered in. However, Lynde points out that families are frequently being asked to re-locate. When they do, they can no longer bring their banned dogs with them. Similarly, new enlistees must leave their dogs at home if they're indentified as a banned breed.

Then what happens to any banned dogs identified and then forcibly relinquished by transferring military? Lynde says, "No one seems to have that answer."

With morale already low on military bases, according to Lynde, she believes the ruling has already begun to further impact morale. "What kind of family support is this? I tried to communicate with the Garrison Comander's Office (at Fort Bragg), but I got nowhere," she says.

The only member of the U.S. military available for comment for this story - a spokesperson at Ft. Bragg - couldn't comment after all because she doesn't know enough about dogs to do so. Additional phone calls and emails to 'spokespeople' weren't returned.

No one can explain exactly what led to this ruling, and why these specific breeds have been targeted. There have been several dog attacks in recent years on U.S. military bases, just as attacks happen in cities – but the attacks are rare events. "Well, at best, that may explain the ruling, but it doesn't excuse it," says VanKavage. "It's a knee jerk and illogical response."

Lynde says as far as she knows, the closest incident which might perhaps be called an attack at Ft. Bragg occurred several years back as two dogs chased a child on a bicycle. But the dog involved is not on the breed ban list.

VanKavage and Lynde appeared February 15 on my WGN Radio show, Pet Central, to break this story, and one email (of several) was from a listener at Ft. Hood, TX. He didn't sign his name, fearing the safety of his dog. "I believe my dog is a Pit Bull/Shepherd mix," he wrote. "For sure, I am now telling everyone that she's a Shepherd breed from Belgium (there are actually several Shepherd breeds from Belgium) hoping that'll sound exotic and interesting instead of dangerous. Being forced to give up my dog, I would be devastated and so would my little girl. I believe Sparky and her have a very special bond, particularly since we have no other children."

At Ft. Bragg, a member of the military who also preferred his name not no be used said he currently owns a pit bull that was grandfathered into the base housing. He and his wife opted not to purchase a home off base because he had planned to attend Physician's Assistants school at Ft. Sam Houston later this year. After the ban was implemented and they realized that they would need to surrender their dog if they moved to another base, he abandoned this idea completely. He only has one year until he is asked to re-enlist. They have decided that if at that time, the Army wide breed bans are still in place, he will get out of the Army all together to ensure the safety of his family.

VanKavage says that even if you don't have a dog – if you sympathize with military families, call your United States Senator or U.S. Representative. "This is still news, and it's likely most public officials aren't aware of this ban and affront to military families," she says. "I believe in my heart President and Michelle Obama would be appalled."

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Richard Pryor Memorabilia - On-line Auction

'Richard Pryor memorabilia auction event for the dogs!'

100% of the money raised will be used for the care and
treatment of our rescued dogs while they await their
forever homes!

Auction ends Aug. 9, 2010

Friday, July 9, 2010

'Adoptions July 11, 2010'

'Adoptions July 11, 2010'

Come out and join us and meet the dogs.

Pryor's Planet needs volunteers to help set up and pack up. If you have a few minutes to spare on Sunday, please give us a call! 818-503-5759

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Help Pryor's Planet win $250,000!

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Jennifer Lee Pryor will be speaking at the premier...
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Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Story of Paddy O'Shea (to be read with a brogue)

Let me tell you the story of Paddy O'Shea
How he came to us on St. Patrick's day
Beaten up, starvi' and dyin' of thirst
Alone, Paddy knew it couldn't get much worse.
By the look in his eyes and poor little strut
Already old and shit out of luck...
An angel appeared who'd heard his last wish
"If you get me to Pryor's Planet-
I'll even be Irish."
~Jennifer Lee Pryor

Paddy is good with dogs, kids and cats. He is house-trained and well mannered. To adopt, please call: 818-503-5759

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Nutro Pet Foods

If you are still using Nutro Pet Foods for your pets or rescues, please visit Consumer Affairs and read these stories.

You can also check out all the Nutro recalls, the high levels of Zinc and Copper and much, much more.

Friday, January 22, 2010


Animal cruelty continues. Until we really follow through with punishment and treat these as the crimes they are... they will continue. Join others by standing up and saying NO MORE.

This shepherd was dragged for miles behind a car through the snow in Colorado. It desperately tried to keep up until it couldn't and fell while it continued to be dragged. There is NO EXCUSE for forcing a dog to walk long distances while the driver had the luxury of sitting on his fat a**. Apparently they have another dog as well... can imagine how it is taken care of (or obviously ISN'T taken care of).

The cry for this case is:
Read the stories and sign the petition (they have alreaady reached and gone beyond the goal of 100,000 signatures... let's not stop there!)
Petition: DEMAND JUSTICE FOR BUDDY (Care2Petitionsite)