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    Re: Should pit bulls be banned?

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    Another day, another life lost due to irresponsible pet ownership.

    The question I pose today is: Should we ban "dangerous" breeds of dogs, and in particular the pit bull (a term encompassing several breeds of dogs)?

    Let me preface my opinion with the fact that I am a pit bull/Labrador mix and pit bull owner. They are the sweetest dogs on the planet and get along with people, dogs, cats, children, etc.

    When discussing pitbulls and breed specifics, excluding the very valid statistics involving incidents of bites, maulings, unpredictable behavior, etc, it is my personal opinion that pits are like any other dog in their instincts, their loyalty to their owners, their response to firm pack leadership, their intelligence, etc. Anyone who has ever came across a pitbull owned by a responsible dog owner knows they can be great family dogs capable of much love and affection.

    The issue with pitbulls, and I'm sure this will be debated, is not the breed itself, and not even good/bad owners, but the types of people attracted to pitbulls in the first place. They are seen as a status dog, much like Rottweilers and other larger, stronger, more brutish, intimidating looking animals. And for that reason, many people seek them out and own them for the wrong reasons.

    Any dog can have a good/bad owner. Bad ownership usually implies a lack of understanding towards the establishment of a pack leader, not honing in and nipping negative traits while fostering positive traits (laziness), not exercising the dog enough, allowing aggressive behaviors to manifest without addressing them, not taking advantage of puppyhood to socialize and train them, etc.

    However, most people don't SEEK to be bad owners. They just don't understand or take in all the responsibilities that owning a dog entails.

    Pitbull owners in many communities across the country SEEK to have a badass, intimidating dog. That's why their associated with ghetto black and white trash communities (coincidentally where pit attacks happen most). You don't hear of cocker spaniel maulings or maulings from many other breeds to often because these dogs aren't sought out as a status symbol. These maulings usually come from bad pet ownership because of the reasons listed above. Pitbulls have a bad wrap because of the types of owners they attract.

    Are pitbulls dangerous? Like other large breed dogs, they are more muscular, heavier, and can inflict much more harm to someone than a Yorker terrier. In this regard, all large dog breeds are dangerous.

    It's people that are dangerous. Irresponsible, stupid people who don't take their role as a pet owner serious enough. And for that reason, pitbulls suffer from unfair criticism and stigmatism in this country. Pit owners like myself face apartment discrimination all the time, and have to deal with negative perceptions (quite deserved) from people who don't understand the breed.

    So to sum up - should pitbulls be banned? My answer is neither yes nor no. I think enough irresponsible people out there in the world seek out pitbulls that it's to be expected that I may have a tougher time having certain communities accept my dogs. With owning a pitbull comes different sets of challenges, mainly public perception that you must be willing to accept and deal with. And that perception is definitely justified, though unfair to the breed as a whole.
    There's almost certainly something to the idea that the type of owner attracted to pit bulls are actively seeking out dangerous dogs. However, as pit bulls are lead all other breed for attacks on human on every list reported, it's not really something I'd want to take a chance on. As for banning pit bulls, I'm not sure of the logistics for that even if I did support it.

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    Re: Should pit bulls be banned?

    People should be held accountable for their animals behavior. We have a neighbor that has 5 dogs. She is nuts so her dogs are nuts. She has absolutely no control over those dogs. She has them because they are cute and bark. So far she has had 16 dog at large tickets and one vicious animal ticket. She goes to court for 14 of those counts of animal at large Monday. The vicious dog charge was because her dog bit a Buddhist monk. They chase wildlife, bark all night long, bite people and crap all over other people's property. It isn't the fault of those dogs. They are doing what dogs do when there isn't any direction or leadership.

    One of these days someone is going to have to shoot one or more of those dogs. That is a shame because it isn't the dog's fault.

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    Re: Should pit bulls be banned?

    NO - we do not need to ban the breed. My son owns two and they are amazingly sweet dogs. Yes, its true - some buttwipes ruin some of this breed. Screw em.
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    Re: Should pit bulls be banned?

    Should pit bulls be banned?
    If you are unsure or think they should be banned just watch the show, Pit Bulls and Parolees.
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    Re: Should pit bulls be banned?

    No, but maybe you can ban some people from owning them. If people have shown to be irresponsible pet owners with a previous dog, maybe you can ban them from owning dangerous dogs in the future.
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    Re: Should pit bulls be banned?

    Quote Originally Posted by NonoBadDog View Post
    People should be held accountable for their animals behavior. We have a neighbor that has 5 dogs. She is nuts so her dogs are nuts. She has absolutely no control over those dogs. She has them because they are cute and bark. So far she has had 16 dog at large tickets and one vicious animal ticket. She goes to court for 14 of those counts of animal at large Monday. The vicious dog charge was because her dog bit a Buddhist monk. They chase wildlife, bark all night long, bite people and crap all over other people's property. It isn't the fault of those dogs. They are doing what dogs do when there isn't any direction or leadership.

    One of these days someone is going to have to shoot one or more of those dogs. That is a shame because it isn't the dog's fault.

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    I guess my answer would be NO.
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    Re: Should pit bulls be banned?

    Yes, ban pit bulls.

    The dogs have been bred for fighting for years. Their inbred because they wanted that powerful jaw and upper body. They aren't always violent, of course, but their genetic history has been selected for violence. Ban breeding them, ban selling them, ban keeping them outside, ban unlicensed ownership, ban them outright, I don't care. Do something. Pits are 50% of reported dog bites. That breed alone kills more than every other type combined.

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    An abused Labrador hides in a corner. An abused pit bull bites. Those that abuse animals should be prosecuted, fined immensely, and have ownership privileges revoked. I'd also worry about custody of children. If I can't trust them with an animal, I don't know if I want to trust them with a kid.
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    Re: Should pit bulls be banned?

    I am going against the tide here and saying yes, it should be illegal to breed and sell Pit Bulls even though I know some of these dogs who are adorable sweet creatures and though I know a number of folks, including family members, who have one or more.

    But being rated the most dangerous breed with more than 100% more injuries and more than double the fatalities caused by the second most dangerous greed (Rottweilers), it is too often that non aggressive, sweet, lovable Pit Bull who inexplicably mauls and injures or kills a child or others. There is something in their breeding that puts them at risk of 'snapping' or going against their demonstrated natures without provocation or warning. No amount of competent training or being good owners can correct that possibility. It is relatively rare but numbers into the dozens of human fatalities and hundreds of attacks on people and other dogs are recorded every year and Pit Bulls, 6% of the total dog population, account for 64% of the fatalities and more for other attacks. (Rottweilers account for the next 8% and all other breeds involved are less than 3%.)

    Lord knows that I understand those who love a pit bull and adore the breed. But I just don't think the risk is worth it.
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    Re: Should pit bulls be banned?

    Quote Originally Posted by Baralis View Post
    I am sorry to hear about your daughter. That has to be a terrible thing to go threw.


    Your situation seems to be a lot more understandable than my nieces. In her case they knew the dog posed a serious threat and refused to get rid of it. When the mother was pregnant I even strongly suggest they get rid of the dog multiple times but their reply "he is one of the family". I am sorry but my child's safely would always come first. In their case they seemed to be torn between the dog and their daughter which I just cannot understand and I completely place the blame of the situation on them.
    Thank you for the kind words. Definitely not something I would wish on anyone. It happened many years ago, though as you can imagine, it's not something you ever fully recover from.

    My heart still bleeds for your niece, no matter the circumstance.

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    Re: Should pit bulls be banned?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Animal at large? I'm presuming that's newspeak for stray or allowed to be loose.
    It is a legal term for a legal charge when animals are allowed to run loose. No idea what "newspeak" is, sorry.
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