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When PeTA moved their corporate headquarters to the state of Washington in the late 1980’s and immediately pushed a mandatory spay/neuter law through in Kings County (a rural agricultural county with a then-population of about 10,000) we knew they were establishing a base from which to aggressively push their agenda in California. California has always been a political bellwether state and we knew that anything that slipped through here would be taken up across the country in a heartbeat.

CFoDC was organized in 1990 by fanciers, breeders, judges, trainers from all over the state. We incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 1991. If we weren’t the first state federation to organize, we were one of the first. For several years, we had great support from dog clubs and individuals all over the state. We fought against several bills and defeated them including Sen. Herschel Rosenthal’s statewide breeder’s license proposal.

In the ensuing years, we were instrumental in defeating several other bills detrimental to the dog fancy, and spent much time traveling the state speaking at club meetings, manning booths at dog shows, attending and testifying at hearings in Sacramento. We had regional “reporters” who kept us apprised of legislative doings in their area. We had an Education Coordinator who had a super program for schools. We forged alliances with the Cat Fancier’s Association, Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, The Animal Council, and several other animal oriented organizations in this state. Clubs were happy to have us announce upcoming meetings, and those were always well attended. We lost a few legislative battles but won several.

Then there was a lull in the animal rights’ movement’s push in California because they were concentrating on pushing PAWS at the federal level with AKC’s support. When all the state federations opposed PAWS, their links were summarily removed from AKC’s website and “Life” happened to several of our board members.

Even so, for several years a few of us worked diligently behind the scenes defending dog owner’s rights with little to no support from the dog fancy or clubs in California, including testifying in Sacramento against SB861, the bill that allowed AB1634 and several local ordinances (such as the Los Angeles County mandatory spay/neuter) to be introduced and railroaded through.



Behavioral assessment of child-directed canine aggression.
Reisner IR, Shofer FS, Nance ML.

Department of Clinical Studies, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6010, USA. reisner@vet.upenn.edu


OBJECTIVE: To characterize behavioral circumstances of bites to children by dogs presented to a veterinary behavior clinic.

METHODS: Retrospective case series examining medical records of dogs presenting by referral to a university veterinary hospital for aggression and which had bitten a child <18 years old. Behavioral data included age of victim, familiarity with dog, and circumstances of bites.

RESULTS: Records of bites to 111 children were examined. Children <6 years old were most commonly bitten in association with resource guarding (44%), whereas older children were most commonly bitten in association with territory guarding (23%). Similarly, food guarding was the most common circumstance for bites to familiar children (42%) and territory guarding for bites to unfamiliar children (53%). Behavioral screening of the 103 dogs examined revealed resource guarding (61%) and discipline measures (59%) as the most common stimuli for aggression. Anxiety screens revealed abnormalities in 77% of dogs. Potential contributory medical conditions were identified/suspected in 50% of dogs. When history before presentation was known, 66% of dogs had never previously bitten a child, and 19% had never bitten any human. Most dogs (93%) were neutered, and 66% of owners had taken their dogs to obedience training classes.

CONCLUSIONS: Most children were bitten by dogs with no history of biting children. There is a high rate of behavioral abnormalities (aggression and anxiety) in this canine population. Common calming measures (neutering, training) were not routinely effective deterrents.

PMID: 17916894 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]PMCID: PMC2610618Free PMC Article

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