Photography by Adri/iStock(ATLANTA) — An animal advocate in Georgia is showing his dedication to the dog breed that is often the most discriminated against by opening up a facility devoted solely to them.Paulding County resident Jason Flatt has recently purchased 46 acres of land in a remote part of the area to build a state-of-the art sanctuary for pit bulls and pit bull mixes, he told ABC Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV.Flatt already pulls pit bulls out of local shelters and cares for them with a small team at his home, which is filled with kennels for the pupsMost of the dogs Flatt tends to have experienced some sort of trauma.Flatt said he is working to change the narrative of the breed, which is known as being aggressive or used as fighting dogs.“Everybody assumes these dogs are like these baby-killing monsters,” Flatt said. “Pit bulls have a problem — big problem. In every major city, every pound is full of them, and there’s not enough rescues to take them.”In Georgia, about 80% of the dogs at animal shelters are pit bulls or pit bull mixes, according to WSB-TV.At his new facility, Flatt aims for every dog to have a 40-foot run made of concrete and grass. The sanctuary will also inclide areas for rehabilitation, indoor play and a veterinarian, he said.His goal is to raise enough money to break ground in the next few years, he said.“We don’t give up on dogs,” he said. “We never have.”Flatt and his team will work to find every dog the right home. Those that don’t will continue to live with him on the property.“Every one of them has a story,” he said. “The stories don’t matter. It’s the endings — the endings that we look to change.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Legislation to enable online proceedings is ‘drafted in a way that fails to acknowledge the fundamental right to a fair hearing’ a group of peers has warned.The Courts and Tribunals (Online Procedure) Bill provides for online procedures in civil and family courts in the First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal and in employment tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal. The online court is a key component of the government’s courts reform strategy. The bill creates an Online Procedure Rule Committee (OPRC) to sit alongside the existing rule committees that determine procedural rules in court and tribunal proceedings.The government said that the bill is initially intended to apply solely to low value money claims up to the value of £25,000. However in a report published today the Lords Constitution Committe notes that ‘nothing in the bill limits the use of online procedures to such cases’.It says: ‘While ministers may have no intention of using the powers provided by the bill to undermine the right to an oral hearing, it is incumbent on parliament to frame the powers it confers in a way that acknowledges and respects fundamental constitutional principles.’The report also warns that people who do not own a computer, who do not use the internet or who struggle with literacy could be disadvantaged by online proceedings.The bill will progress to the Lords committee stage on Monday 10 June. It has yet to pass through the Commons. read more