ADOA fights Englewood NJ

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Postby Maryellen » July 25th, 2006, 1:51 pm

American Dog Owner's Association Files Suit Against
> The City of Englewood, New Jersey To Overturn Breed
> Specific Law
>
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> ADOA challenges City of Englewood's illegal breed ban,
> a direct violation of New Jersey State law, for
> failure to provide equal protection and services under
> the law.
>
> Englewood, NJ (PRWEB) July 25, 2006 -— The American
> Dog Owners Association (ADOA) and two of its members,
> Natalie Wells and Mia Rodriguez, who reside in
> Englewood, New Jersey, filed suit in New Jersey
> Superior Court (Docket# BER-L-5285-06) last week to
> challenge the city's aggressive dog ordinance banning
> specific breeds as a direct violation of state law,
> which explicitly prohibits breed discrimination. The
> American Dog Owners Association, the country's largest
> independent dog owner's organization, asserts that the
> City of Englewood, New Jersey has failed to provide
> its residents equal protection under the law by
> denying the residents' applications to license their
> dogs and has subjected them to harassment.
>
> "New Jersey has one of the strongest dangerous dog
> laws in the country, and we'd like to see the City of
> Englewood comply with state law. The City of Englewood
> has a duty to protect the public health and safety of
> all of its citizens, as well as protect the rights of
> responsible dog owners, regardless of breed", said
> Maureen Hill-Hauch, ADOA's Executive Director.
>
> Ms. Hill-Hauch noted that breed bans and other
> breed-specific measures are strongly opposed by all
> major animal welfare and veterinary medical
> organizations, as well as the Center For Disease
> Control, as being ineffective in the prevention of dog
> bites or attacks. "Strong dangerous dog laws are based
> on facts, not media hype. To keep the public safe, we
> need real solutions, like the enforcement of the New
> Jersey Vicious and Potentially Dangerous Dog Act, not
> empty laws".
>
> The New Jersey Vicious and Potentially Dangerous Dog
> Act, N.J. S. § 4:19-36, explicitly prohibits breed
> discrimination, stating, "any law, ordinance, or
> regulation concerning vicious or potentially dangerous
> dogs, any specific breed of dog or any other type of
> dog inconsistent with this act enacted by any
> municipality, county or county board of health".
>
> The City of Englewood's Ordinance N.99-66 violates
> N.J.S.§ 4:19-26 by defining the following breeds as
> aggressive: Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Bull
> Terriers, American Pit Bull Terriers, American
> Staffordshire Terriers, Rottweilers, or "any dogs of
> mixed breed which has the appearance or
> characteristics of being predominately of the breeds",
> and bans them from being kept within the City of
> Englewood.
>
> Flora Edwards, counsel for the Plaintiffs, told the
> court that under the city's illegal breed-specific
> ordinance, even Rufus, this year's winner of Best In
> Show at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog
> Show at Madison Square Garden, would be unwelcome in
> the City of Englewood, and his owners would run the
> risk of having the world's top dog seized and
> impounded. Rufus, a Colored Bull Terrier, hailed as an
> ambassador for his breed, has been given the keys to a
> number of cities in New Jersey and throughout the
> country. He resides with his owners in Holmdel, New
> Jersey.
>
> On Thursday, July 20, 2006, the Plaintiffs, the
> American Dog Owner's Association, Natalie Wells and
> Mia Rodriguez, were granted a temporary restraining
> order by the Honorable Jonathan Harris in Bergen
> Country Superior Court against the City of Englewood,
> preventing the city from seizing or impounding the
> Plaintiff's dogs until the case can be heard. A trial
> date has been set for early August.
>
> The Plaintiffs, Ms. Wells, a stock analyst, and the
> owner of Sentry, a twelve-year old American Pit Bull
> Terrier, and Ms. Rodriguez, a respected artist and
> owner of Cyrus, also a rescued American Pit Bull
> Terrier, say they both live in fear that their dogs
> will be seized by the City of Englewood, and have been
> subjected to a pattern of harassment by the city's
> Department of Health since trying to obtain licenses
> for their dogs.
>
> "We're responsible dog owners – we just want the same
> rights as other responsible dog owners", said Ms.
> Rodriguez. Neither of the Plaintiff's dogs is allowed
> to run loose, nor do they have any bite history. Both
> dogs are well cared for and well socialized, and pose
> no threat to the public.
>
> "Cyrus is such a good boy, he's so happy, so loving.
> He keeps me company and follows me everywhere", said
> his owner, Mia Rodriguez. Ms Rodriguez rescued Cyrus
> as a puppy and helped nurse him back to health from a
> near-fatal bout with parvovirus with the help of
> donated services from a local veterinarian. "Cyrus
> also plays guardian angel to my Pug, who recently had
> a stroke. They curl up and sleep together in my
> studio".
>
> "We've had Sentry since she was a tiny puppy, just six
> weeks old", said Ms. Wells, who suffers from lupus.
> "She was given to us by our vet in Philadelphia.
> Sentry is our baby, part of our family". Sentry is
> recovering from cancer surgery and has cataracts.
> "We've nursed her through her cancer and other
> illnesses, including the loss of our other dog just
> after Mother's Day. I don't know what I'd do without
> her".
>
> Barbara Haywood, ADOA's volunteer communications
> coordinator, said that the American Dog Owner's
> Association lawsuit has the support of numerous dog
> clubs in New Jersey and throughout the country. In
> addition, the ADOA is actively seeking other residents
> of Englewood who own the breeds or mixes of breeds of
> dogs banned by the city to join the lawsuit free of
> charge. Those residents who feel they may have been
> discriminated against by the city's illegal dog
> ordinance, or dog organizations wishing to provide
> letters of support, may contact the American Dog
> Owner's Association directly via email at: adoa @
> global2000.net
>
> The American Dog Owners Association, ADOA, founded in
> 1970, is the country's largest independent dog owner
> organization representing individual dog owners,
> breeders, handlers, and dog clubs of all breeds, mixes
> and backgrounds. The American Dog Owners Association
> recognizes the special relationship between dogs and
> humans, and advocates for the protection and
> preservation of responsible dog ownership and public
> education about responsible dog ownership, and works
> with communities to support and enact strong dangerous
> dog legislation. On the web at http://www.adoa.org
>
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Postby cheekymunkee » July 25th, 2006, 2:21 pm

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Postby Romanwild » July 25th, 2006, 5:23 pm

The ADOA is the best! :D
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