End on breed bans supported by dog owners - WNEM TV 5

End on breed bans supported by dog owners

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This is Pooch.  A two-year old pit bull, recently adopted by Ray Runi from Amazing Grace Animal Shelter.

“From the instant she came out of the cage, she just fell in love with us and from there, I couldn't let her go. I had to have her,” Runi said.

But he knows that when many people see Pooch, they will think the worst just because of her breed.

Pooch prefers belly rubs to biting, and clearly not a vicious dog

But some cities in Michigan, many in Mid-Michigan, have restrictions or bans on certain dog breeds.

Most of those bans are for pit bulls.

However, on Thursday, the Michigan House passed a bill that would ban communities from placing restrictions based solely on a dog's breed.

“I was happy. I'm glad they're making people aware that it's not just this breed of dog,” Runi said.

In Saginaw, where Pooch and Runi live, the city requires pit bulls to be registered, and the owner must have a kennel and dangerous dog signs around their yard.

But Runi said the rules don't make sense for a dog like pooch.

“I got a 13-year-old daughter that loves to hug and snuggle and do this, all this stuff, and she just doesn't care,” Runi said.

He said the reputation does not come from the breed, but the owners who don't care for or the pit bull.

He can't believe some communities don't even allow dogs like Pooch.

“Don't get rid of this kind of dog just because of a few incidents that happen. If they just show the dog love, there'd never be a problem with these dogs,” Runi said.

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