A Happy day for Sky ~ Sharing is Caring

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You all remember Sky? She was taken from her family under BSL (Breed Specific Legislation) simply because of her appearance. Her incarceration had nothing to do with her lineage or history. Sky had been isolated in a Police Kennel since April 2016 despite a Court Ordered Exemption in August of that year.

Well I’m pleased to share the news that Sky is back home with her family. 3 bum swings! 3 more! She arrived home on January 30th & from what I’ve seen both her & her family are overjoyed.

It just goes to show you what a sustained team effort can accomplish. My huMom often says, “sharing is caring”, When Sky was lingering in a kennel her human’s were fighting for her release. So many humans from all over the world took up her cause. The ‘Save Sky from BSL’ campaign attempted to raise £12,000 to cover the legal costs, while more than 11,000 people signed a petition calling for her release. But also, people shared the posts & tweets which were in turn shared again & again. The story of Sky’s plight spread far & wide & it payed off. Sky is home.

Remember the power of social media. Sharing IS caring. When you participate, great things can happen. Don’t just “like” stories, if it’s about a cause you believe in, share it. It may reach that one person that can make all the difference, or raise enough voices to force positive action.

DDA Watch, a British campaign group which assists pet owners facing legal proceedings, helped in Sky’s case. They also advocate for focusing on responsible dog ownership & not punishing dogs with BSL.

Here is an article about Sky from the Bristol Post.

You can find out more on Sky’s Facebook page.

CEO Olivia ❤

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A Sky Update / Montreal

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It’s a beautiful sunny Autumn day here. Hello, CEO Olivia here. Today I’m touching on two topics that are related.

The first bit of news is about Sky. You remember her, she was taken from her family under BSL (Breed Specific Legislation) simply because of her appearance. She would have been euthanized if not for her family launching a legal battle to get her home.

We’ve been following this story for a long time now. Sky has been isolated in a Police Kennel since April 2016 despite a Court Ordered Exemption in August of that year. So the legal battle continues. The High Court of London will be hearing Sky’s case on November 10th. That’s this Friday!

Sky‘s story & ways to help can be found at these 3 links:
1) Clickable helping sky index
2) DDA-Watch
3) ‘Helping Sky’ Album
Please visit, like & follow Sky’s Facebook page.

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A second bit of news is that the city of Montreal has elected a new Mayor. We here at Knotty Toys for Good Dogs wish to Congratulate Mayor Valérie Plante. The BSL & Pit bulls in particular were a prominent election issue. Plante’s party, Projet Montréal, promised to repeal the city’s year-old pit bull ban if elected. Wooftastic!

A dog is a dog, put an end to BSL everywhere.

CEO Olivia

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About Breed Specific Legislation

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Pitbull dog looking at camera

I’ve spoken before about BSL (Breed Specific Legislation). We at Knotty Toys for Good Dogs think it’s terrible. Today I want to go into a bit more detail.

“Breed specific” legislation (BSL) is any law that bans or regulates a certain breed of dog under the justification that it is necessary for public safety & will help reduce the instances of dog bites. These laws can result in the killing of large numbers of dogs that for no other reason than they are of or look like they belong to a specific breed. So just looking a certain way can be a death sentence.

Pit bulls have fallen victim to breed specific legislation, but in previous times German shepherd, Rottweilers, Mastiffs, Dalmatians, even Chow Chows were singled out as dangerous breeds. The question needs to be asked, why are certain breeds banned to own yet perfectly legal to breed?

The wording of Breed Specific Legislation varies from community to community. But the current target is the pit bull. A pit bull is not a single breed, but a rough categorization of three breeds: the American Pitbull terrier, the American Staffordshire terrier & the Staffordshire bull terrier. Again it’s about appearance. A dog might not be any of these breeds but if it simply looks like one, it can be condemned. Sadly, during the second world war the Pit Bull was considered the ideal family dog. How times change.

It’s not just legislation. Many insurance companies won’t insure people if they own a dog deemed a dangerous breed. Some housing complexes list any breed with “pit” or “bull” in its name under the ban list, which may effectively ban bulldogs, French bulldogs, & any other dog that is not a pit bull at all. BSLs also can harm families seeking to adopt children if they own a dog that once again, appears to be a dangerous breed.

These laws are unfair & need to change. Most aggressive dogs were made that way by their owners. Some people feel they need a tough or fierce dog. No dog should be taken from it’s family simply because of appearance. There is no “dangerous breed”, that’s just nonsense. Finally, it’s very unfair to lower income families because if their dog is seized, only a court battle can save it. Not everyone can afford that.

Please write your local government. Tell them you are against BSL.

CEO Olivia