We will introduce this new feature with just a few examples of the *Breed Specific Excuse*. Here is one reported by wibu.com on December 12, 2012. A local dog trainer comments on a mauling that killed two year old Savanna Edwards.
" A local trainer with 25 years of experience, Mose Hugghis, says this sort of thing could happen with any breed."Sometimes you need to know the health of the dog, if it's not feeling good, if it's not active around other kids," he said. "Putting the dog in that situation can be harmful sometimes. But in this situation here, it could be any breed."
"It could be any breed..."
Just last week we saw the *Breed Specific Excuse* trotted out twice. In Port Clinton Ohio, Nancy Benevento-Brown, owner of Island Safe Harbor Sanctuary had the honor. Per ToledoNewsNow "Brown said this is the first time anything like this has happened at her shelter, and she doesn't want the dog's breed to take the wrap."This happens with any type of dog, given the right situation," she said. "I have been bitten many times, and the dogs that bite me are Chihuahuas.
"This happens with any type of dog."
In Kentucky it was the same story. WLKY.com reported the *Breed Specific Excuse* statement of Metro Animal Services Director Justin Scally ""You know, we don't know exactly what caused the incidents. Anytime you deal with animals, you have that unpredictability about what they may or may not do,” Scally said. MAS said that's true of any breed, any animal, not just pit bulls.
"That's true with any breed."
The *Breed Specific Excuse* comes from a person of perceived authority. This time it came from Ed Schock, the Mayor of Elgin Illinois.
This quote from the Daily Herald appeared in an article covering a pit bull attack on the Mayor and his dog. Here is an interesting fact. A breed specific law had been proposed in Elgin but the proposal was dropped. Note the quote "The council backed off after pit bull owners pleaded with the city to "punish the deed not the breed."
"Earlier this year, Councilman John Prigge championed a proposed law that would have automatically classified all pit bulls as dangerous dogs. But the council backed off after pit bull owners pleaded with the city to "punish the deed, not the breed."For his part, Schock Friday said he has no intention of revising the law to specifically target them."I think we have to let the ordinance work," he said. "It could have been any breed of dog."
There it is, the familiar "it could have been any breed of dog."