There is a pit bull next door to me. It was on my porch and bit me once. Another time I was running through the neighborhood and almost got me. I yelled and screamed and finally the owners came and got it. The owners have never checked on me or talked to me about it; not even an apology. I called the law both times. I don't blame the bit pull, really. I blame the owners. As pet owners everyone should be responsible for their pets. One more incident and the dog gets put down - that's the law. I love all animals, and I don't want that to happen. I sincerely don't. I would prefer the owners be punished rather than the dog. I don't think putting the dog down would be punishment for the owners either. It doesn't teach them responsibility. They haven't learned the first 2 times, so what would make me think they would learn after?
Victoria ad- would you poll this..........should Victoria ban the pitbull breed from the city limits? Then take the results to the lawmakers to put it on the ballot. Grandfather those that are already born. Licsence each owner with a training program and dog training manditory to have the breed in the city limits. I think it should be put to a vote by the county. Should the breed be banned or not.
I've heard that tigers, lions and certain monkeys can be very good pets if they are trained right and treated right. I wonder if the neighbor's would agree after hearing that they are tame as a kitten and have never hurt anyone.
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There are people who just should not own a dog period. They buy a pit bull to prove what a real man they are. They train it to be mean, let it run loose, and when it finally bites somebody they say " Wul how come dat happen.'
I have never owned a pit bull. I have owned German Shepherds. I love German Shepherds but in some ways they are more dangerous than pit bulls because they use their brains more than they use their strength. The media rarely reports G.S. bites because the breed is not as popular as it was back in the 60's
Another dog that rarely gets reported for biting is the Dachshund. I recently became a Dachshund owner and I now love this breed above all others but when in the hands of the wrong owner they will bite. When they are angry they lose all concept of their small size. Today a large stray dog came in our yard and my Miniature Dachshund ran him out. Why?? The dog had committed the high crime of barking in an aggressive manner towards me. The dog was 10 times the size of mine but mine did not care because she felt that I needed protection.
Pit bulls were bred in England. Their name comes from the fact that a popular entertainment of the time was to put them in a PIT with a BULL. The dog would attempt to grab the bull by the nose and hang on until the bull was subdued. Subsequently, the practice of having the pit bulls fight each other arose. So, as to breeding, they were bred to be fighters.
I have had several friends who had them as pets and, in my personal experience, they were as friendly as any other dog. I have also encountered two cocker spaniels that would bite at the slightest provocation, so the tendency is not limited by breed.
The main issue here is irresponsible owners. San Antonio had such a problem with stray dogs that they have instituted a dog court, where owners of stray animals are assessed significant fines. I guess the alternative is a shoot-on-sight policy, which punishes the dog for the fault of the owner. If instances of this nature continue, we may come to that.
When a puppy cries for no reason or acts up, a momma dog squeezes its head in her mouth until it settles down, puppys quiet or calm down by instinct. I've tried it with not only puppys but kittens, with my hand of course, it works. That is the reason a human baby should never be left alone with any dog, babys only make more noise or act up more so the dog squeezes harder... sometimes too hard.
try and read this article
quote by @pigskin "You are so incorrect on that, and I'll line up 10 vets, animal trainers or whoever to back me up."
yes please find me these 10 vets and line them up for me, cause Id love to talk to each one of them...because I too have them to back me up
Pigskin...I didnt say anything about conspiracy..I stated that the media doesnt report other breed bites which helps make this particular breed bad. And like you I am intitled to my opinion, and I do own a pitbull so I am also quaified to have a discussion on them.
Have you ever owned a pitbull? if not then your opinion has been jaded by the media and all the negative reports out there, unless u have been bit by one?You can not put all pitbull in the same dangerous catagory, because they dont all have the same type of temperment due to the way they are treated, such as humans...Yes Id be mean and pissed off if someone left me on a chain all day? Duh
I think BSL is just ridiculous and hasnt worked in any of the states which have it.
If they weren't a dog prized for fights where dogs are expected to fight to the death, they wouldn't be so sought after for fighting, now would they? How may other breeds of dogs are used for that kind of fighting?Maybe these dogs do not have a locking jaw, but their instincts are to not let go and once in the fight, to kill, so is basically the same thing.For all of you who own pits, I sincerely hope that your dog is not one that turns on humans one day. I would never take that kind of chance with my loved ones, or anyone else's.
Just so I'm clear: @ruthless, it's a media conspiracy, huh? @hrgirl, you had me all the way until you said that pits & mastiffs don't have an "extraordinarily powerful jaw". You are so incorrect on that, and I'll line up 10 vets, animal trainers or whoever to back me up. Anyone who's ever seen a jaw of these animals up close would never make a ridiculous statement such as that.
And wondering: If it is in fact always the owner's fault, why does it seem a large majority of these animals wind up with non-responsible owners? Perhaps some qualifications for owners of these breeds would make sense.
Pitt Bulls are ALWAYS associated with a great BREED of people as well.
Then how about having rules, such as obedience certification, licenses, insurance, chips, etc. to own one?Lets make owning one more than just bringing it home.
you dont hear about other breed bites because the MEDIA doesnt report them....I own a pitbull and I had owned one prior to the one I have now for 12 years and my dog didnt bite anyone nor did he ever try to..it is in the way they are raised and if you have to tie or chain a dog you shouldnt own one period no matter what the breed...
And pitbulls are not the top of the list for dog bites, they are just the ones reporters and media news outlets like to report about...research it, German Sheppard, Labs, Boxers, Rots Dobermans..etc even smaller dogs are known to be vicious.
Remember Sarge the WW1 and WWII hero dog.
Agree with Visdmom.. Well said. As I do own one and I own two labs too. Can only say that people are not Well educated on dogs.. dog breeds and owners of most bull terriers are people that want a "protector" .. as with us we are caring for are son's whom is in the military, and we have had him since he was 6weeks, and 10 lbs.. I will say this ,, as with humans we need to get the bad out of society.. Thanks to the police they did just that! I have seen many breeds Bite and harm , not just bull terriers. We all have Our own opinions..
It's the breed, people. These dogs, even when they are trained right, can turn mean instantly, and no one knows why. They have a natural instinct that takes over when they feel threatened or get irritated with something or someone. What makes them so dangerous is their jaw strength, and the way they go in for the kill and don't back away when whatever set them off, passes. Other dogs mostly just bite. and move away from the danger.The males are probably more dangerous than the females, on average. They are alpha males and when something doesn't "behave" they do their thing. Screaming kids often set them off, which is why no one with kids should have them around their kids. That is one of the reasons you hear of so many babies being attacked in homes, by the family's pits.
Yeah, it's not the dog breed. Sure. That's it. Isn't it odd we NEVER hear of an attack by a Lab, Schnauzer, Terrier, Dalmatian, Bulldog, Dachshund, Collie, Basenji, Blue Healer, Cocker Spaniel or any of the other hundreds of breeds? Strange isn't it? It's always the Pit and the Mastiff. Hmmmm.
Its the OWNER! Not the breed!! I own a pitbull, he's real calm and friendly to people. So its not the breed, its the OWNER!
While I have never owned a pit bull or been around one, and would even hesitate to own one, I must agree with those who state that in the majority of the cases, the owner is mostly at fault. They either fail to properly contain the animal behind a strong fence, or they keep them chained (it is absolutely appalling to me to see any animal chained up for any reason) or caged and allow them to be teased and taunted, and/or neglect to give the dog any kind of proper training. German Shepards, of which I am terribly afraid, are wonderful dogs, but vicious if provoked. Any large dog, especially those that have been bred over a period of time to be fighting dogs or guard dogs, do indeed have a pre-disposition to violence/viciousness, but proper love and attention (and care) to any pet will, in the majority of cases, overrule such negative actions.
That said, do I think a pit bull is necessarily the pet of choice for a family with small children? No (although many would disagree, and maybe they are correct), but that is just me. Banning a particular breed of animal really doesn't make them go away...it just makes the owners go underground and breed more vicious animals. Those that love the animals and care for them responsibly will just move away to a place with less restrictions. I have seen articles in the Advocate where dogs, pit bulls and others, have bitten people on more than one occasion and the pet owner agrees that the animal must be put down because even though they have done all they know to do, they are unable to control the dog.
I understand the need to put down these dogs that are posing a danger to the public, and I am glad the people in the article were not seriously injured, and hope the dogs test negative for rabies. However, banning the breed will not prevent such incidents from occurring. Pit bulls are not the only dog that can be bred for violence.
The pit bull getting another bad rap. It's the people who raise these dogs to attack, not the breed people! It's the owrner's who should be at fault, not the animal! Get educated people!
Thinking that this breed is bad is just wrong. They are good dogs. Very loyal and smart. Right up there with labs. Its the owner that screws it all up. Before getting a animal proper education should be enforced. Oh yeah and I guess the owner never came forward.
How many people need to be injured before we ban the breed from the city?
Thanks cops!!! The best way to get rid of an "out of control" animal is to put it down. The shotgun is much more effective than the pistol.