Many of the 63 seized animals learning 'how to be a dog'
Kyle, one request: Do not have children for as long as that dog is in your home.
The fact is that pit bulls kill. Not all, but enough to make the risk too great
to accept. Just check today's headlines for evidence: "Pit Bull with no
History of Violence Kills Toddler." You will never, ever read a similar
headline about a pet turtle or gerbil or lizard. You have adopted a weapon.
Dogs like these, spay/neutered and screened for temperament, are virtually never
subsequently involved in attacks on people. And media accounts of 'pit bull
with no history of violence attacks' are riddled with self serving
statements from irresponsible owners who knew they had aggressive dogs, and
neighbors who saw dangerous dog situations and didn't report them, who are
covering their rear ends by claiming not to have known; that's of course in
addition to media accounts of 'pit bull' attacks by dogs which are
very far from being pure American Pit Bull Terriers, sometimes totally
unrelated.And PGViking your last statement is completely ridiculous.
You may not realize that you are swept up in a hysteria, those subject to them
usually don't, but that statement shows you are.Congratulations
to Kyle, who per the article is already an experienced pit bull owner and would
appear to actually know something about these dogs, unlike you PGV.
How do you temperament test a dog specifically designed to not show intent, to
not give warning before attacking? It's not possible. Normal
dogs want to avoid a conflict, so they usually give warning. They bark, growl,
rush and retreat, hoping the intruder or enemy will leave. Normal non-bully dogs
have a high degree of self preservation. Kick an attacking border collie,
she'll yelp and run home. If they do bite, they immediately release, so the
other can leave (and live). If a squabble happens, it is over when one submits,
often without severe injury. These normal dog behaviors were not
good fighting behaviors, so pits were changed using selective breeding. Become pit bull aware. Read any book written about pits before the
1980s, before the pit mongering began. Good pit bulls attack, that's what
they were designed to do. Pits remain the best at fighting. That's why all
USA dog fighters (the kill or die trying style of fighting) choose only pits.
Rehabilitating fighting dogs is a very high input, low return proposition.
Rehabilitating & rehoming the best prospects among the Michael Vick dogs,
who were puppies and had never been fought, cost about $18,000 apiece --
approximately the cost of rehabilitating and rehoming three dozen dogs of normal
profile. The underlying problem is the extreme reactivity of fighting breeds,
specifically pit bulls and their close variants, which is not at all the same
thing as classic "aggression" or predatory behavior, & often results
in fatal or disfiguring injuries from dogs who had never previously seemed to be
dangerous.The illusion that hardwired reactivity can be trained out of
fighting breeds, especially pit bulls, is why we had six fatalities involving
shelter dogs in 2012, and have had 11 since 2010, after having had only two from
1982 to 1999, and only three from 2000 through 2009.
To "Debbie Bell": Interesting name. Is this the first time you
posted on a pit bull article?Check out youtube's "Report
and 911 call released about deadly pit bull attack". If these dogs had show
their intent to kill a toddler, don't you think the owner would have tried
to avoid their attack? The owner reported that she had babysat this child and
others 20 times without any aggression from her two spay.neutered pits. Do you think the parents who entrusted their children in their care saw
aggression from the dogs when they left their children in her care?The owner was concerned that the suddenly mauling pits would harm the first
responders, but the first pit to meet a police officer simply sniffed the
officer and walked back to the house. In typical pit bull fighting dog
behavior, NOT showing aggression, moments after essentially killing a child. youtube also shows a sweet (bloody but sweet) pit moments after nearly
killing a 5 year old child. "father saves son, 5, from dog attack. Become
pit bull aware, attacking is what good pits do!
@The Debbie BellThese animals are extremely territorial, and many
dogs get Canine Distemper. There is no research out there that has proven yet
that Pit Bulls are more likely to bit humans more often than any other dog.
Farmers ranch, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, has kept accurate records since 1980.
During a 7 year period from 1980 through 1987, this is what was recorded: total
bites: 1,593 of those bites Pit Bulls accounted for only 30 bites or 1.89% of
the total number of bites. You are more likely to get bitten by a Labrador or a
Cocker Spaniel than you are by a Pit Bull. Most pit bulls are rescued from
fighting rings, guess what they do? They fight!