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February 24th, 2005
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Date:February 24th, 2005 02:56 pm (UTC)
There have been several dog attacks in my state (in South Carolina) and many of them are incredibly brutal. One man (he was in his 30's) had been mauled to death by two pit bulls, while he was walking down the street (he had over 200 bite wounds and died from blood loss) supposedly, his neighbor had a grudge against him and when he saw the guy, loosed the animals on the poor bastard (he claims that they escaped his grasp).

the animals were destroyed (because they were dangerous) and the man is in jail for manslaughter.

Dog fighting is also serious problem here in SC, although its illegal, people still practice it (I have no idea why, its worse than cock-fighting...I mean with roosters, at least you don't have to train them to fight, its natural for them...but dogs have to be beaten and abused into a viscious nature to get them to fight one another on sight) but because many of these folks don't really care for the dogs, they escape and that can lead to a whole host of serious problems.

My home county, Spartanburg, has a leash law, but apparently nobody obeys it. I know some folks think keeping an animal on a leash is "cruel" but its necessary, I can't tell you how many times I've seen the mangled corpse of a dog on the side of the road, because it tried to walk across a busy street. Although no dogs have been run over in my neighborhood, they wander everywhere and walking to a friend's house can be somewhat dangerous because you have several dogs snapping at your heels (I have scars from where dogs have bitten me, of course, the owners don't believe me or think its my fault)

erf, sorry to go off on a tangent
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Date:February 24th, 2005 08:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, by all means, go off on a tangent! ;) And definitely, I never said that Pit Bull breeds don't have the potential and ability to be quite nasty, and do a lot of damage. But then again... ANY dog can. Maybe other dogs can't do QUITE the same amount of damage, but EVERY breed has the potential to do so.

Look at my German/Dutch Shepherd cross, Barkley, for instance. He's a BIG dog, mean sounding, and he's got some powerful jaws on him. Most people are afraid of him, even just to look at. But people that know him, also know that he's a big suck, who's afraid of his own shadow! But still, he was adopted from a shelter, and he was an abused dog. He was afraid of men for the longest time, though over the years he's become much better. But still, even though he may be harmless, that doesn't mean that he doesn't have the ability to do damage, if he wanted to.

No matter how sweet and well behaved the dog, you should never trust an animal 100%. Zena's just a tiny thing, maybe 50-60lbs. I'm sure she could take a good chunk out of someone, given the chance. But if that ever did happen, it would be dealt with however it needed to be dealt with. My main point of this LJ post is simply to say that banning a BREED won't do anything, because then people will just start using substitute dogs. Then what's next? Ban the Rotties? And the Dobies? What about Mastiffs? These are all big, powerful dogs that could do damage as well. I've worked with all kinds of dog breeds, for many years, and I can tell you some breeds that can be just as aggressive. Chows for instance, can be MEAN sons of bitches. O.o Or even Dalmatians, Ridgebacks, Huskies can be quite territorial and aggressive as well. Even a lot of little dogs can be QUITE nasty.

No, dog attacks need to be dealt with on a case to case basis, and the owners properly fined. If the dog is so dangerous that it needs to be put down, then that's the way it has to be. But banning an entire breed will not stop dog bites and vicious attacks, anywhere.
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Date:February 25th, 2005 08:01 pm (UTC)
What about Chihuahuas? I doubt they're all that dangerous, after all the Aztecs bred them as a food source...

Yeah, Mastiffs can very dangerous, not too long ago a 2 year-old girl had her throat torn out by a mastiff when she wandered into the dog owner's yard. While this was certianly a tradegy, there was no talk of banning the mastiff breed or anything of that nature, instead the city council wanted tough (or tougher) leash laws and penalties on dog owners who break said law (only fines). However this was heavily opposed by many owners who claimed that the animals were their property and no one tell them what to do.

The City Council later tried to instate a special pet tax, where if you owned a dog or cat and didn't have it spade or neutured you would have to pay a 10 dollar tax every year. This too didn't pass because Animal owners felt that because it was their animals, the state shouldn't tell them what to do...never mind the immense population of homeless animals so many in fact, that the animal shelters can't keep up, they want to build more animal shelters, but thanks to huge tax cuts, they have no budget to build anything, and even been forced to lay off many animal control personnel
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Date:February 26th, 2005 12:32 am (UTC)
"However this was heavily opposed by many owners who claimed that the animals were their property and no one tell them what to do."

That's just beyond stupid. O.o If you own any animal, it's your duty to be RESPONSIBLE with caring for that animal, and that means proper leash laws to keep the animal AND other people safe. If people want their dog to be off leash, they should go to a leashless dog park.
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