Save them all, the cry from the No Kill camps, save them all. The question is should all be saved? What are the consequences of this? The consequences are people and beloved pets loving their lives in a most horrible way.
See how the timeline fits the crime. No Kill has been around for about 10 years, with no kill being around for awhile longer. According to Merritt Clifton, a brilliant researcher who has logged fatal and disfiguring attacks since 1982, there were two deaths from shelter dogs between 1982 and 2002, two disfiguring attacks for a total of four attacks in 20 years. Another 4 attacks in 2003 resulting in two deaths. BUT the number of fatal or disfiguring attacks from shelter dogs rose to 10 in 2009, 18 in 2010, 11 in 2011, 13 in 2012. A dramatic increase for 2013 of 27 attacks but 2014 is outdoing that. The first 6 months of 2014 saw 34 attacks from shelter dogs.
The first shelter director to be charged with reckless endangerment is Laurie Hollywood of the Stamford Animal Shelter. She adopted out three dogs with bite histories and failed to disclose this to the new owners. She had been warned about doing the same thing in 2008 and 2011.
Best Fiends also pimps dangerous dogs. A disclaimer on their advertisements for adopting some dogs. Best Friends has a new promotion that includes free transportation (translation: Let's get this damn dog out of town before it does something to bring attention to us.) to your home town, even if that means a ride on an airplane (talk about desperate to hide dangerous dogs). Now, with all that wonderful information, did you notice in small print at the bottom of the flyer: THESE PETS NEED TO BE THE ONLY DOG OR CAT IN HOME. That sounds a little ominous, doesn't it? No explanation as to what it means either. http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/animal-rights/best-friends-good-deed-or-irresponsible-actions
It's only a matter of time before something happens that will be traced back to Best Fiends. Their money won't buy everyone off.
With all the dogs and cats in our shelters without baggage, why such an emphasis on those dogs and cats who will probably fail the real world test. Why does No Kill want to set up families and animals for failure by denying that some are just not right for adoption.
No Kill and DBRFs go hand and hand with each other.