It is said to never judge a book by its cover, but that’s exactly what happened to a dog named Bailey in the U.K. The sweet dog was described as friendly, playful, and full of love by Caroline Allen, chief veterinary officer of the RSPCA. Bailey’s life was cut tragically short because of breed-specific legislation (BSL) that prohibits dogs of his nature.
Allen shared on the RSCPA’s website, “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.”
Instead, Bailey was euthanized for being a ‘dangerous breed’ and not for his personality or demeanor. The dog was not aggressive and showed no signs that he was a risk to public safety.
Dr. Sam Gaines, RSCPA’s dog welfare expert said that “BSL is an outdated, ineffective and unjust piece of legislation that urgently needs replacing.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 more dogs like Bailey but also to better protect public safety.”
A petition has been started to help end BSL for hundreds of innocent dogs, which you can sign here.
Words fail us at the unnecessary euthanasia of Bailey and all the dogs like him.