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During the May 20th Dallas City Council meeting District 4 Dwaine Caraway and District 5 Rick Callahan mentioned banning pit bulls in Dallas, Texas. Let's nip this in the bud now! Sign today to ensure this doesn't become anything beyond uneducated comments.

On May 20th when Dallas City Council representatives Dwaine Caraway and Rick Callahan mentioned banning pit bulls in Dallas it was in response USPS representatives who were there as part of Dog Bite Prevention Week. The Postal Service , the medical community, veterinarians and the insurance industry were working together to educate the public that dog bites are avoidable, including addressing city councils across the country. Like last year, the USPS was back to ask for the City’s continued support. Randall Joines, the USPS representative who spoke, shared the “marked improvement” their collaboration with Dallas Animal Services has had to avoid injuries. One impressive example was the Cesar Clark station who last year at this same time had had 13 injuries, this year to date there have been no injuries. Sierra Pryor, a letter carrier who was attacked and bitten last year, asked for community members to “work collectively to avoid injuries”. Who wouldn’t agree that the current approach is working?

Although Texas does not allow bans on breeds and a change to state legislation would be required to allow Dallas to introduce breed bans, it is concerning that two Dallas city council members think banning pit bulls will solve the loose and dangerous dog problem in Dallas. We encourage all city council members to look at how current city ordinances regarding loose and dangerous dogs can be enforced, and to continue to support the collaborative effort between the USPS and Dallas Animal Services.

The Postal Service asks for the community’s help in reducing dog bites by:

  • If a letter carrier delivers mail or packages to your front door, place your dog in a separate room and close that door before opening the front door. Dogs have been known to burst through screen doors or plate-glass windows to get at strangers.
  • Dog owners should remind their children about the need to keep the family dog secured. Parents should remind their children not to take mail directly from letter carriers in the presence of the family pet as the dog may view the letter carrier handing mail to a child as a threatening gesture.
  • The Postal Service places the safety of its employees as a top priority. If a letter carrier feels threatened by a vicious dog or if a dog is running loose, the owner may be asked to pick up the mail at the Post Office until the carrier is assured the pet has been restrained. If the dog is roaming the neighborhood, the pet owner’s neighbors may be asked to pick up their mail at the Post Office as well.

Press release from USPS:  https://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2015/pr15_026.htm

Link to video of the Dallas City Council meeting: http://dallastx.swagit.com/play/05202015-591

Link to audio minutes of Dallas City Council Meeting: http://citysecretary.dallascityhall.com/cMeetings.html

Link to CBS 11 news story: http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2015/05/20/new-usps-dog-attack-list-rekindles-dallas-pit-bull-debate/

Response from I’m Not a Monster: http://imnotamonster.org/dallas-bsl/

North Texas Pit Bull Alliance is organizing a rally on Saturday, May 30th at 11am. Details at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1405932219732341/

In 2011 Dwaine Caraway gives key to the City to Michael Vick: http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/super-bowl/local/20110207-dallas-official-gives-michael-vick-key-to-the-city-draws-anger.ece

Update #24 years ago
Dallas Animal Services announced via Facebook that the City of Dallas has no plans to ban Pit Bulls or any other breed of dog.

https://www.facebook.com/dallasanimalservices/photos/a.106612369408042.9639.101535076582438/825015017567770/?type=1&theater
Update #14 years ago
Audio minutes of the May 20th City Council meeting are available at:
http://citysecretary.dallascityhall.com/cMeetings.html

The USPS representative begins speaking at 15:00
Dwaine Caraway begins speaking at 21:07
Rick Callahan begins speaking at 25:34
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