If you were being attacked by another person, would your dog jump in to protect you? No matter what breed, size or shape, chances are the answer is yes. Our dogs know instinctively when something is wrong and almost always step up in our defense. So, why is one woman being forced to give up her dog after she helped to protect her from being abused by a disgruntled boyfriend?
Simply put, because the dog is a Pit Bull.
When Jamie Kraczkowski of Hazel Park, Michigan was confronted by her drunken, violent boyfriend, Jaime Dopke, Kraczkowski’s two-year-old Pit Bull Isis, grabbed Dopke’s leg and was able to pull him off her guardian. Kraczkowski explains to Fox News that Dopke slammed her head into a wall and unable to stand by and witness the abuse any longer, Isis stepped in. Dopke needed 30 stitches to close up the bite wounds from the dog, but all parties made it out of the altercation in one piece.
“She just grabbed his pant leg and she was done. She was done with him abusing me – and abusing her,” Kraczkowski tells Fox News.
Dopke has since been charged with domestic violence but is currently out on bond.
Isis’ fast action could have saved Kraczkowski’s life, however, now the town of Hazel Park has informed Kraczkowshi that she has five days to get rid of the dog. Wait, what?!
Unfortunately, like many towns in the U.S., Hazel Park has breed-specific legislation that prohibits people from keeping Pit Bulls as pets because they are considered “dangerous” and “vicious” dogs who pose a threat to the community. According to City Attorney Jan Drumm, there have been a number of incidents involving Pit Bulls in Hazel Park, so the municipality imposed an all out ban in 2012.
While some may think that this is a “smart” move, national statistics show that breed-specific legislation has little to no impact on the number of dog-related attacks or incidents … anywhere. The Center for Disease Control has done extensive studies on the subject of dog bite fatalities and has found that there are very few cases that meet this profile, further fatalities cannot be assigned to a single dog breed. Not to mention the fact that people, such as dog fighters, who abuse and train dogs to be violent and vicious are almost never deterred by breed-specific legislation.
Essentially, these laws are nothing more than prejudice dressed up in legalese.
Pit Bull lovers and advocates across Hazel Park – and beyond – are standing up to protect Isis from this ridiculous legislation.
“Everything is in [Dopke’s] name. The lease is in his name. The utilities are in his name. I don’t know what’s going to happen with my dog,” Kraczkowski says. “I definitely don’t feel safe without her.”
We have to question who Hazel Park’s breed-specific legislation is really protecting in this case, because it is most definitely not Kraczkowski.
Kraczkowski has launched an online GoFundMe campaign to help her find a temporary home for Isis. To make a donation and follow updates, click here.
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