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Shelter policy unfair to dogs

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I am a volunteer at Everett Animal Shelter, for a year now. That's when I discovered Everett's policy towards "bully breeds" -- if they are over 6 months old and look remotely like a "bully breed" we kill them.
Volunteering is a great way to help dogs. The Everett Animal Shelter leads the way in education and finding good homes for dogs. Unfortunately, they are not allowed to change city policy. There are some dogs, mostly abandoned, which are called "bully breeds," based solely on what they look like. This is racial profiling of dogs.
If you see or have seen a violent dog, there's a stupid human somewhere in their history. Young men without suitable role models training their dogs to fight. To see this anywhere makes my heart ache.
I asked the city to change how we treat dogs. Let the ones currently eyeballed as "bully breeds" be assessed by their behavior by trained professionals and proven tests. As it stands now, we love dogs in a 10-day sort of way. Let the ones that pass the tests go to rescue organizations. Please.
Sadly, after almost a year of trying, the City Council and the mayor's response to "On Behalf Of Dogs" 50-plus page folder and talking with them, their response has been "we are not interested."
I started a petition on Change.org to get them interested. They say those voices don't count; the 328 signatures so far. The signatures need to be Everett citizens. I am certain I am not the only one who feels this way. Many citizens of Everett may be unaware this is happening. In order to respectfully and honestly represent us, the City Council and mayor need to know what we want.
We want to change how we treat dogs.
On behalf of the dogs in our care, Please sign this petition:
http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-racial-profiling-dogs
Ann Olson
Everett

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