Lisa Hutches

I’ve been involved with the American Pit Bull Terrier for about the past 25 years.  My first experience was when I met my husband who owned one.  When initially asked if I would visit him at his home, I told him only if he put the pit bull in its pen outside.  You see, I only knew what the media (TV and Sports Illustrated) had spoon fed me.  It didn’t take long for me to begin lov’n on ‘Red Dog,’ painting her toenails, having her sleep with the both of us and taking her for her daily walk.  I’ve always been one to stand up for the underdog (pun intended) so my venture began.

I served as the President of the Mid Florida American Pit Bull Terrier Association for more years than I can recall but it began during the time that ‘intent laws’ started passing legislation and making headway, and what a slippery slope us APBT owners have found ourselves in since then.  In short, an intent law is owning a piece of equipment or dog with the intent of using it for illegal purposes.  Unfortunately, it is not the owner’s actual intent of use but the ‘authority’s’ interpretation of intent of use that causes our problem. Such laws and legislation are unjust, often target innocent people and should be overturned. An individual should not be charged with a crime unless they are caught performing in said criminal activity.   Just because you own some poker chips does not mean you should be charged with racketeering.  Yes, that is how absurd these intent laws are to the owners of the APBT and they have ruined the lives of innocent individuals and their families over and over again.

Because of my strong sense of what is right and what is wrong, combined with my new love affair with this incredible breed I started attending and participating in our local county Animal Advisory Committee monthly public meetings.  This committee served as a liaison between our county animal services and our County Commission working on our animal ordinances and pet over-population issues.  Within a year I was appointed to a seat on that committee and sat on that board for a total of 12 years.  All the while watching the animal rights movement march its way into the control of our county (and country).

Somewhere along the way I was asked to sit on the board of the Endangered Breeds Association, which I accepted.  Kudos to our past President, Kim Krohn.  She held this position for many years.  I am so appreciative of her dedication, time, knowledge and guidance throughout the years.

I accepted the leadership of this long-standing organization knowing our battle is all-uphill.  We are no longer battling the breed specific legislation of the past which is when and why this organization was created.    In fact, fortunately, BSL is being overturned in many locations.  (Thank you to those who put in all the hard work!)  What we are dealing with today is the onward movement of the animal rights agenda to eliminate pet ownership in its entirety.    Along the way our breed is still targeted in every possible way.  The worst being pets and show dogs who have unduly been confiscated on the simple merit of acknowledging the breed history and owning equipment used to work a working breed of dog.! The men and women of the past made the breed what it is today.  There should be no persecution in preservation of the breed itself.  Knowledge is power and we are here to spread to the truth.