A beautiful canine was ordered to be put to sleep because of what the RSPCA called an ‘outdated and ineffective’ law.
Bailey, who was portrayed as ‘gentle’ and ‘friendly’ by RSPCA chief veterinary officer Caroline Allen, was asked to be decimated by authorities in light of what he looks like and spent his last couple of hours playing with staff.
The Dangerous Dogs Act, also called Breed Specific Legislation (BSL), requires certain types of pooches to be put to sleep.
As the RSPCA explains on its website:
“In the UK, BSL bans the ownership of four different types of dogs traditionally bred for fighting: pit bull terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Braziliero. Dogs suspected of being a banned type are typically seized by the police and can spend significant time in kennels away from their owners during which they are assessed to determine whether or not the dog is a banned type. Whilst some dogs will return home to be kept under strict conditions, sadly, some have to be euthanized – because of the way they look.”
In 2017, 81 dogs were put down because of what they look like – the RSPCA says that ‘most’ of these pooches could have been securely and joyfully rehomed, however, the law wouldn’t permit it.
Allen said: “Bailey was a lovely, friendly, happy dog. He was gentle and kind, playful and fun-loving.“In any other circumstances, we’d have helped him get better, sent him to one of our rehoming centers and found him a wonderful family to spend the rest of his life with. But Bailey’s life was tragically and unfairly cut short due to BSL.”
The animal welfare charity is currently asking the administration to reconsider the law and instead introduce a new law that focuses on early intervention with dogs who are showing signs of ‘concerning behavior’, whatever their breed.
“Bailey’s story is heartbreaking and, sadly, it’s one I hear all too often. These are dogs who have shown no signs of aggressive behavior and given no indications that they would be unsuitable for rehoming. They pose no risk to public safety but are labeled ‘dangerous’ simply because they look a certain way. They’ve scored a certain number of ticks on a checklist and that has sealed their fate.BSL is an outdated, ineffective and unjust piece of legislation that urgently needs replacing. We need to change this law not only to save the lives of thousands of more dogs like Bailey, but also to better protect public safety.”