Pit bulls are bigger problem in Victoria than people think

May 2, 2012 at 12:02 a.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

I think the general public should know the danger they are in. On Saturday, a couple I know were awakened at 4:30 a.m. to the most horrific cat yowling noise. It seems two pit bulls, running loose, had broken through the couples' backyard gate. By the time the man got outside to scare the pit bulls away, the cat was dead. It wasn't the couple's cat. The people who own a beautiful tom cat, white with orange spots and live in the neighborhood of St. Joseph High School, I'm so sorry for your loss, but he is now in cat heaven and you can thank pit bulls.

By the way, that gate the pit bulls broke through is situated just a few feet from where many St. Joseph High School students park and walk the half block to school. Wonder if they're in danger? Maybe the parents of those students and/or the influential people living in that neighborhood could petition our Texas legislature to change the law.

Yes, there's the law that says as long as the pit bulls are in a secure fence or on a chain, that's OK. Bull. I've seen pit bulls walking down streets dragging their chains. A few weeks ago, two pit bulls had one of my cats cornered under our car in our driveway. We called animal control, but before they got here the dogs' owners drove by and picked up the dogs. I need to find out if a pit bull wanders into my yard, am I allowed to shoot it? Or does it have to attack me first?

I just wanted everyone to know it's very traumatic to wake up at 4:30 in the morning to the sounds of a cat being murdered right outside your bedroom window. Even if you aren't a cat lover.

Linda Spaur, Victoria



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