Emily Clare is a passionate and long-time advocate for breed-neutral laws. She recently founded United Paws, a group to connect and rally dog lovers against discriminatory and ineffective animal control legislation. She wrote the following article about the effect BSL has had on her life. Thank you for contributing to and sharing our #BSLbytes campaign, Emily!
“ …The Policeman pulled into the parking lot directly next to where we were standing, all the while staring straight at us. I didn’t dare look his way, but could feel his eyes burning through me. He got out of the car and started walking towards us.
A million thoughts raced through my mind, literally:
What do I do? Do I turn around and walk away? No, that makes me look guilty. Do I look at him and smile, try to warm him over with my adorable daughter? No, don’t make contact of any kind. Keep your head down. Keep talking to the girls.
Maybe I should have muzzled her. But it’s not enforced here, everyone knows that. Maybe he’s not here for us at all. I have her leashed, totally under control, she’s minding her own business, we’re not doing anything wrong. But we are doing something wrong. Legally, she should be muzzled. But I will not ever do that to her. That’s why we live here, because I don’t have to muzzle her here. We know for a fact that the muzzle law isn’t enforced here. Even my own MPP has confirmed that in conversation.
So what does this Cop want? Why is he walking towards us? Oh no, she is starting to notice that I’m panicked. Look at her ears, now the hairs on her back are up, please don’t react! You’re a good girl, stay a good girl. Oh, I’m being ridiculous. There is no one around with a squeakier clean record than mine. Please don’t take my dog. Please please please. OMG, I can’t breathe…”
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