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Pit bull apologists always sing the same tune
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Posted on 10/16/2008 10:28:46 PM PDT by Chet 99

Pit bull apologists always sing the same tune

I'm deeply saddened by the tragic death of yet another innocent child, Katya Todesco, due to what should be defined as an act of domestic terrorism, perpetrated by the dog's owner.

As a father of two children, and a responsible owner of two dogs, I know both sides of this sad story. Yet the story is nearly always the same with a pit bull attack: a child attacked, sometimes killed; a funeral with a small casket is held, and the owners walk free, perplexed at how their "good dog" could have done such a thing.

Then it's the usual defenders like Kathy Jenks employing distorted logic to claim that pit bulls are no more dangerous than any other dog, which anyone with two eyes and one ounce of common sense knows is absurd.

She cites Labrador retrievers as one of the "biters" in a dog bite study, which is false logic, since Labs are America's most popular dog.

But Labs aren't known for killing people; pit bulls are, and the facts support this. In fact, a University of Minnesota study of 19 years listed human deaths from pit bulls at 66, Rottweilers at 39. Labradors and Chihuahuas somehow escaped the study as killers.

The Clifton study, performed over 24 years, lists pit bulls 5,500 percent more likely to kill a human than a Labrador. Coincidentally, no insurance company will insure a homeowner with either a pit bull or a Rottweiler.

Also, the pit bull breed has been banned outright in 25 U.S. cities so far, and six countries and many other major foreign cities, for good reason: The breed is a menace that has no place in our communities and should be banned nationally.

But if we refuse to protect our kids from these dangerous animals, at the very least manslaughter charges should be brought against pit bull owners whose dogs kill.

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To: eclecticEel
"Seeing the words ‘pitbull’ and ‘acorn’ juxtaposed together I was expecting a very different article!"

Me, too. That's why I posted the quote in comment #2.

41 posted on 10/17/2008 12:02:08 AM PDT by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-'96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote)
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To: familyop
"He Won't Bite!" Image and video hosting by TinyPic "He's MY Pet!"...
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To: elmer fudd

And BTW, yes, the part about the 2-year-old climbing the 12-foot fence was weird. But that’s what the court record and local newspapers said. That was back during the ‘90s. And under the circumstances, some lack of tolerance might have been involved.

43 posted on 10/17/2008 12:04:35 AM PDT by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-'96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote)
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Heh. That’s a good one and a good analogy! :-)

44 posted on 10/17/2008 12:05:33 AM PDT by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-'96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote)
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"Who's there?"


45 posted on 10/17/2008 12:06:07 AM PDT by Allegra (NO giving up, NO quitting, NO doom and gloom, NO drama queens...Keep up the faith)
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To: familyop

Only about 15 left now...”

There are more pit bulls over there? I reckon those folks will have more negative meetings with the law in the near future. It’s too bad that so many other neighbors (not you or me) are too afraid to speak up and do something.

Maybe we need to reach out a little more and advertise and organize when possible.

Hopefully “Our Hero” wrote a good report and put a copy on

the Capt.’s desk,,,

I’ll know it when I hear the ram hit the door and the

MP-5’s go off...;0)

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Which Bill Jordan and which book. If you are referring to Border Patrol legend Bill Jordan I’ve already read “No Second Place Winners.”

47 posted on 10/17/2008 12:17:02 AM PDT by Ajnin
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To: Allegra

Hey,Kiddo!!!,,,Long time no see’um!!!

Don’t mind us,,,Just tryin’ not to get ET’...;0)

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To: familyop

If a 2 year old manages to climb over a 12 foot fence to get to the dogs, then the parent or guardian needs to do some prison time, not the dog owners. That’s a kid that’s not properly supervised.

It’s not a matter of killing people for trespassing either. It’s a matter of reasonably containing your animals. If I hop over an electric fence and get killed by a farmer’s bull, that’s my own dumb fault not the farmers.

49 posted on 10/17/2008 12:20:37 AM PDT by elmer fudd (Fukoku kyohei)
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To: Ajnin

That’s the one...

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To: elmer fudd
That’s a kid that’s not properly supervised.

It's okay to kill improperly supervised kids? Gotta protect those meth labs.

51 posted on 10/17/2008 12:33:45 AM PDT by Mojave
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To: familyop
"The Acorn Newspapers are in no way affiliated with ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform) which has been involved in recent controversy regarding the upcoming presidential election. ACORN is a political advocacy group. The Acorn Newspapers are named after the seed from which tall oak trees grow. There is no connection."

Apparently they're both full of sh!&.

Clue: Don't approach any dog like he or she is your friend. Just like people, some of them are just plain nuts, some have been beaten or ignored until they are unstable from fear, some have been over coddled and are prone to biting or soiling carpets. However (concentrating on dogs); most pits (any of the various breeds identified as such) are embarrassingly nice if you allow them to be.

Inconvenient truth: The big dig on 'pit bulls' is that their jaws are so powerful, true, but I've watched mine carry a tomato around the yard for days without leaving a mark. Oh, next time you are at a bird farm or pet store ask if you can see a demonstration of what a cockatoo can do (and keep that finger to yourself).

Weird experience: The worst error I've seen with any breed, other than obviously raising a dog to be a weapon, is to keep part of a litter as pals for the mother...the mother regresses and the pups don't keep their initial socialization. That's a pack in any breed and the last depressing example I watched involved a Lab and two Lab/Pit mixed puppies; the puppies came around but mama just got worse.
(That also touches on the obligatory and measured advice to NEUTER YOUR DAMN PETS!)

Unscientific observation: I've never met a veterinarian who had issues with any of the 'pit bull' breeds (I know there are others in FR who will dispute that), I have a friend who will not take pits into his grooming shop but who has a house full of other breeds that he can't take there either. I've had ONE pit bull snap at me (others would have but, as I said, never just assume a dog to be your pal) - she put one, single, hole in my Levis (not in me) to tell me to stay away from her puppies. Dalmatians are another story.

Confession: I've changed my mind about Chihuahuas after saving two this year, they're really pretty neat little guys.

Sign off: No, I won't get into a debate on this. Everybody gets their own opinion - but keep your hands and your prejudice off of my overweight, clown faced, Staffordshire...I'm off to see what FR thought of McCain on Letterman.

52 posted on 10/17/2008 12:45:27 AM PDT by norton
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To: paul51
Not all pit bulls are dangerous or ill tempered. A friend of mine who was crippled and half blinded due to a stroke got a pit bull when he and his aged parents next door began to experience trespasses, thefts, and attempted break ins. The dog had a sweet disposition but an intimidating appearance and a fierce bark even as a puppy. That bark and the size and breed of dog was a warning. No more trespasses and thefts — and the dog never bit anyone.
53 posted on 10/17/2008 12:47:06 AM PDT by Rockingham
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To: Chet 99

This week in my town four Rottweilers left alone with a young kid, they decided to turn on him for whatever reason. Critical condition in the hospital.

54 posted on 10/17/2008 1:21:20 AM PDT by FlyVet
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To: Chet 99; familyop; Carling; 1COUNTER-MORTER-68
Ok lets go with your assumption and ban Pitbulls, in fact lets ban and destroy the top 5 dogs that kill; Pittbulls, Dobermans, Malamutes, Rottwiellers, and German Shepards all banned and destroyed. Then what are you going to do when the next breed because the #1 killer? What about Cocker Spaniels which are the worst as far being a biting breed?

Or is the goal to ban dogs altogether?

Personally I don't like any of the above mentioned dogs with the exception of Malamutes and Cocker Spaniels, but I'm not going to call for their banning/destruction because of human mistreatment,lack of training, or lack of proper supervision. I fully agree that if an animal attacks and kills someone the owner of the animal should be punished and punished severely. But banning the breed(s) will not stop the attacks or deaths.

My dog is an Australian Cattle Dog. He is walked daily off leash (in violation of local laws); is well known throughout the neighborhood and by the police and enjoyed by everyone. Kids in the neighborhood run to greet him when we are out walking and the smallest ones ride him like a pony. He is trained and listens to me at all times. I am the alpha and he understands that the alpha must be obeyed. Another dog approaches and Boomer (his name) listens to me until I tell him differently. Boomer realizes I will protect him from the other dog. Now there is one catch to all this. A human (not a dog,cow,cat, or any other animal) tries to attack me and Boomer will defend his alpha immediately. He will attack unless I tell him to stay. So is this dog bad and dangerous? No he is not. He is doing what his instincts and operative training tell him to do. He has been trained and is supervised by a competent owner. But this training and trust is a daily exercise for both of us. When my brother walks him he has to be on a leash because he will not listen to my brother like he does me.

My good friend had a wolf hybrid that we would walk all the time. Never had a problem, but we were careful with the animal around others and never left him to make his own decision because we knew his instincts would take over. That dog was never a problem in the 12 years my friend owned him.

My point is (and several other posters tried to make the same point) that there is a level of personal responsibility that is being transferred from the people involved (victim and owner) to the animal. The dog only knows what is has been trained to do and its instincts. Dogs do not have the rational thinking capabilities that humans have.

The people who own these dogs that attack humans probably should not own dogs. My experience is these same people probably should not be allowed to reproduce either, but I don't hear you calling for forced sterilization for them.AWB

55 posted on 10/17/2008 1:24:57 AM PDT by Americanwolfsbrother (Its not whether you get knocked down but whether you get back up. Vince Lombardi)
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To: Ajnin
What is your opinion of state or municipality regulation of ownership of animals?

Seriously. Is it okay to keep chickens, goats, or rattlesnakes in your apartment if you clean up after them and don't let the rooster wake everybody up? Or could the city or county prohibit it?

That's about animal types or breeds. About risk: is it okay to keep explosives or dangerous chemicals in my apartment?

I'm struggling with this. Clearly the Feds have no business concerning themselves with pitbulls. But if there is a substantial indication that they are dangerous as a breed I think maybe local gov't has a right to be involved.

Look at the other side: I have a pit-bull, or a rattle-snake. I am not conspicuously excellent in my care and training, but not conspicuously negligent or worse. You live next door to me and you have a child. Since no amount of financial compensation from me and no duration of time I spend locked up can compensate you adequately for the loss of your child, and since you have no way of knowing my dog is safe, and since the breed (snake or pit-bull) is justly famous for a high proportion of serious injury and death incidents, you have to take precautions, cannot let your child play outside unless an armed adult is there, and so on. So can you complain that I am creating a nuisance? Or must you wait to lose your child before you can take any action legally?

56 posted on 10/17/2008 4:42:31 AM PDT by Mad Dawg (Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.)
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To: Carling

Again, no problem as long as the owner of a collie does the same time when the collie bites someone.

57 posted on 10/17/2008 8:20:22 AM PDT by Melas (Offending stupid people since 1963)
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To: Ajnin
Pitbulls shouldn’t be banned. The owners should be held accountable for the actions of their dogs. Pitbulls are well known for being dangerous and it’s common sense to have an arrangement that mitigates the danger to the public. We don’t need any more nannystate intervention from the government...

Unfortunately, "commonsense" arrangements aren't being made, or we wouldn't have this discussion, right?

Pit bulls are dangerous. Any ban would remove the danger of attack.

Any "accountability" on the other hand is only applied after the fact.

58 posted on 10/17/2008 10:22:25 AM PDT by gogeo (Democrats want to support the troops by accusing them of war crimes.)
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To: gogeo; Mad Dawg
I think Municipal regulation would probably OK. Pit bulls don't belong in apartment bldgs. However, a person in the country should be allowed to have a pit.

There's all kinds of things, when not used with common sense get people injured or killed. Like firearms. If we just ban firearms then we remove the danger of somebody getting killed. Accountablility for a criminal shooting an innocent person is only applied after the fact.

59 posted on 10/17/2008 11:53:16 AM PDT by Ajnin
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To: Carling

Yes, there has never been a legal “right” for someone to keep an inherently dangerous animal, whether under the English common law or under American law that developed from the English law. The government has always had the right to ban animals that are dangerous to public health, safety and welfare.

60 posted on 10/17/2008 1:05:41 PM PDT by kaehurowing
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