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To: Metropolitan Place Board Members

We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens of the City of Chicago. While recognizing the concerns of building residents, we are extremely concerned regarding the pit bull restriction in our Rules and Reglations which would have a negative impact on responsible, law-abiding dog owners . This Rule/Regulation would have an impact on not only building residents, but also animals who would be denied a loving home and instead put to death or neglected in shelters. Following are listed our specific concerns.

(1) The Rules/Regulations place restrictions on pit bull type dogs. Available data indicates that a dog of ANY breed can bite. Studies published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association conclude that there is NO reliable data identifying biting dogs by breed.
As well, the American Temperament Test Society has available results of dogs tested by them. As of December 2002, the following results were found:

(Number of dogs tested) [Percent of dogs passed]

American Pit Bull Terrier (405) [83.2\%]
American Staffordshire Terrier (437) [82.6\%]
Golden Retriever (612) [82.5\%]
Labrador Retriever (597) [90.6\%]
Shetland Sheepdog (426) [66.2\%]
Collie (722) [78.8\%]

This can be verified with the A.T.T.S. by calling them at (314)869-6103 or on the web at www.atts.org.

(2) Cities that have tried to solve their dangerous dog problem by restricting or banning breeds have discovered that such laws do not work. Recently, Cincinnati, OH and Denver, CO have repealed their ban on specific breeds and Baltimore, MD has removed all breed specific references from its ordinance.

(3) There is no reliable method by which to scientifically determine the breed of a dog. It is impossible to determine whether a mixed breed dog is 50\% of any particular breed. To require the owner of a mixed breed dog to prove that the dog is NOT 50\% of a targeted breed places an impossible burden on that citizen. The question of constitutionality comes into play here.

(4) The majority of the owners of targeted breeds are responsible, law-abiding citizens. The current Rules and Regulations unfairly brands these people as unreliable and irresponsible, solely because they own a targeted breed. Again, there is a question regarding the rights of citizens in regard to personal property.

(5) It is the consensus of knowledgeable dog experts (as reported in the JAVMA article, "A Community Solution to the Dog Bite Problem") that targeting the owners and the specific dangerous dog, not breeds of dogs, is the key to addressing the dog bite and "dangerous dog" problems.

(6) Finally and most compelling, Chicago already has a law The Ryan Armstrong Law --- that is non-breed specific and that law enforcement can use to deal with dangerous dogs of any breed and their irresponsible owners.

In summary, this current pet Rules and Regulations are unfair, and unnecessary. We urge you to amend this rule to make it non-breed specific.
By signing this petition we agree that there are no bad breeds of dogs, only bad owners. We are opposed to the proposed eviction of the two dogs in Unit #513; they have not presented themselves as dangerous and/or vicious. We support Mr. Johnson in his efforts to allow his dogs to remain in Metropolitan Place.

We, as Metropolitan Place residents, also support that the pet Rules and Regulations be amended to fall in line with the City of Chicagos non breed specific law (aka Ryan Armstrong law).

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  • 22 December 2015200. Tonya Z
    Unit # non resident Do you need something to fill your time? I'm sure residents of Metropolitan Place could find something more significant for you to work on to fill your time.
  • 07 November 2015199. Michelle S
    Unit # on behalf of unit #513 Pitbulls have a lot of bad media, however you really need to do research on this breed. If you did you would know that Pit Bulls are actually a great breed to own. In fact I own a rescue that is now in training to be a thear
  • 16 September 2015198. Catherine H
    Unit # non resident Please don't take an epileptic dog from it's loving adopter! Both of these dogs have OUTSTANDING temperaments!
  • 27 August 2015197. John A
    I support this petition
  • 21 August 2015196. Latisha C
    I support this petition
  • 13 August 2015195. Elina G
    Unit # 809 I FULLY support Brad Johnson in his fight for his pets' well-being. Myself and my dog Fletcher have met and interacted with both Vixen and Busta. At no time did either one exhibit any vicious behavior. Just the opposite, these two dogs are fri
  • 12 August 2015194. Diane Medina
    Unit # 000 Don't discriminate. It's not nice
  • 10 August 2015193. Rebekah O
    Unit # non-resident Judge the deed, not the breed!
  • 05 August 2015192. Scott E
    I support this petition
  • 28 June 2015191. Linda M
    Unit # N/A I have a four year old male Pitt Bull and he's the best dog I've ever owned. People need to educate themselves when it comes to these dogs. On the other hand, a friend of mine had a Cocker Spaniel that bit six people.
  • 30 May 2015190. Jeff A
    Unit # Non Resident As president of an elected board, by the condo owners of Metropolitan Place. Why are you discriminating against two extremely friendly dogs? I know this and I have not even met these two dogs, because I know who Brad adopted the two P
  • 01 April 2015189. Lisa B
    Unit # 9B I have been in the elevator with Brad and his dogs and they are very well behave. I was taken a back the first time I saw them but then realized it was my own uncertainty with the breed that caused this feeling. His dogs are extremely well beha
  • 17 March 2015188. Brandy V
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  • 19 February 2015187. Heather O
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  • 16 February 2015186. Annemarie N
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  • 20 January 2015185. Michele Katzr
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  • 31 December 2014182. Yoon K
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  • 14 November 2014181. Maggie I
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  • 12 November 2014180. Troy C
    Unit # Non-resident Please follow the example of the State of Illinois, as well as the City of Chicago, in understanding that any breed-specific actions are discriminatory and unfounded and do nothing to address the issue of "dangerous dogs." Meet these
  • 04 November 2014179. Tim V
    I support this petition
  • 02 November 2014178. Karen O
    Unit # Non-resident Pit bulls are GREAT!! I have a pit bull mix and an eight month old son, and they are the best of buddies. We take my dog to doggie day care where he plays great with the other dogs. He is also wonderful with my family's four Pugs. It
  • 07 September 2014177. Nanci B
    Unit # non-resident Asking the owner to get rid of his dogs, based on their breed, is absurd! Why don't you try temperment testing all the dogs in the building to see which ones are really agressive...I'm positive you'll find that the pit bulls are not t
  • 04 September 2014176. Carole Lp
    Unit # Non-resident Good dogs should not be punished because of breed. Didn't we settle this in abolishing racism among humans?
  • 19 June 2014175. Heather T
    I support this petition
  • 31 May 2014174. Barbara K
    Unit # Non-resident Discrimintation is usually due to a lack of awareness. Please do the right thing and allow this repsonsible dog owner to keep his pets and his life.

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