Like many of you, I've been sick over Dre being stuck in an animal shelter labeled as a "dangerous" dog when he's hurt no one. Brighton, CO does not have BSL, but obviously they still have breed discrimination. If Dre was a Golden Retriever or a Lab or a Pomeranian or just about any other breed, I have no doubt he would be home with his family right now. If you haven't signed his petition, please do so.
Dre's family has been able to visit him in the shelter where he wagged his tail, licked their hands through the cage and took some treats from them. They asked him to sit and he sat. They asked him to lay down and he laid down. And he stared at them, absorbing the love they brought him, and then had to watch them leave without him...again. All because Officer Herrara, the animal control officer on the case, has determined him a "dangerous" dog. He sits in that kennel with a Dangerous Dog Will Bite sign on his kennel. He's not even allowed of out of his kennel because they don't let dogs on court hold out. Who's bright idea is that? Being locked in a tiny area for a prolonged period of time isn't good for ANY dog. No running around, no walks, no playing, just the attention his family is able to give him through a wire fence. Dre is part of a family. He is on a special diet and allergy medication that his family brings him to the shelter. Right now he's stuck with such little interaction, he's confused. He's stressed and he's barking. Apparently barking is a sign of aggression because due to his barking and the 7 complaints the city received about him running around the neighborhood barking at people Officer Herrera is recommending that Dre be destroyed. Maybe she need to read this story about Officer Dan who rescued a "vicious" pit bull who was basically in the same scenario as Dre. He chose to believe innocence before guilt, unlike Officer Herrera, and now has a loving pit bull addition to his family.