Dear Senator Kilby,
I am outraged to learn of your efforts to make it a crime for me to own my dog. I’ve had her now for seven years and in that time, she’s bitten no one, attacked no one, and hardly ever even managed to annoy the cats. She’s up-to-date on her shots and, though she often barks at red lights–which I take to mean she’d like me to run them–she’s shown no other propensity for law-breaking.
For you to introduce legislation which would, in effect, be a death sentence for her is just about the cruelest, most heartless thing I’ve heard of and, frankly, puts you in league with such luminaries as Cruella De Vil and Montgomery Burns (from 101 Dalmatians and The Simpsons respectively). The only thing missing from your legislation is the part where you plot to make yourself a coat from their skins.
In other words, this is an almost cartoonishly evil plot on your part.
If you really wanted to make life better for Tennesseans and our dogs, you would encourage all non-breeders to have their dogs fixed and you would encourage all dog owners to provide ample shelter, food, water, and space to run for their pets. You’d encourage dog owners to not leave their dogs tied up outside and you’d educate people to never leave their children unsupervised with any dogs, not just the pit bull breeds. And you’d encourage local law enforcement to enforce the laws already on the books.
These would be positive, proactive steps that would make a real difference and I encourage you to think about taking those steps instead of this drastic measure.
I’m including a picture of my dog. Her name is Sadie. I apologize for the quality of it, but I took it with my cell phone. This is how she spends almost all of her time, looking cute, sleeping on my couch.
Again, these are not inherently bad dogs. Sadly for them, they are dogs that a lot of bad people like. But that’s no reason to punish good dogs and good people. Instead, I ask you to focus on the bad people who mistreat and misuse these fine dogs. Don’t punish me and my dog for the sins of others.