RICHMOND, British Columbia — Leanne and Shaun Bird are tired of watching their blind Staffordshire Bull Terrier Mix, Peanut, struggle because of her mandatory muzzle. Peanut suffers from Progressive Retinal Atrophy, which led her to become blind at the tender age of 2.
Though their dog is remarkably good at getting around, when she’s out and about anywhere in Richmond, she’s required to wear a muzzle because of the breed specific legislation.
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Peanut’s described as “a sweetheart” and “playful” and like many dogs she just loves to run and play. Only when she’s wearing her muzzle, simple tasks become incredibly difficult. Peanut uses her nose, and her whiskers, to help her get around and when those are hindered by her muzzle she grapples with most basic tasks like walking. Leanne says:
“It’s heartbreaking to watch her struggle. [The muzzle] is already affecting her quality of life negatively because she is injuring herself. She’s walking into walls and falling down stairs.”
Though the Birds have petitioned to amend the bylaw to allow Peanut to walk around muzzle-free, City Hall refused to allow it. The Birds won’t give up their fight, and continue to act as a voice for Peanut and others that are unfairly tarnished by the brush of breed specific legislation.
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The Birds would like to see an option extended to all dogs that fall under the umbrella of the bylaw to be tested using the Canadian Kennel Club Canine Good Neighbours Program guidelines. The CKC test is very stringent, complete with 12 sections, and each dog that passes is certified, deemed safe, and non-aggressive.
The Birds have started an online petition to ensure that all dogs, like Peanut, are given the opportunity to take this very test, and once they pass be freed of their mandatory muzzle.
To learn more or sign Peanut’s Petition click here.