Cumberland County has rejected a proposal that would put “dangerous” dog breeds to sleep 72 hours after they were brought into animal control facilities.
The proposed ban was brought forth by Dr. John Lauby, the director of Cumberland County Animal Control. Lauby claimed that dozens of people had recently been bit by dangerous dog breeds in the area, including Rottweilers, American Staffordshire terriers, pit bulls, chow-chows, Presa Canarios, and mixes containing those breeds. However, when asked to produce records of these North Carolina dog attacks, the man could not do so.
The rule would have required animal control to euthanize any dangerous dog breeds brought into the shelter that were not claimed by their owners in three days.
County officials received thousands of emails from people around the country who opposed the law, and over 100 animal lovers and humanity advocates attended the meeting last week in which the proposal was not passed. These dog enthusiasts explained that much of the information about dangerous dog breeds and attack dogs isn’t true and that aggressive dogs are the result of abuse, bad owners, poor training, and environment.
In recent months, Cumberland County has attempted to reduce the number of stray and aggressive dogs in Fayetteville and the surrounding area. In the last nine months, hundreds of so-called dangerous dogs have been brought to the shelter, but only a fraction of them are adopted.