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oldfed April 17, 2014 at 12:00 pm
Fact: Pit bulls kill humans, small dogs don't. The FIRST time they attack anyone, euthanize them,Read More period.
John D April 17, 2014 at 12:05 pm
@Gina What your saying gets a little circular. The shelters claim they are overflowing with pitRead More bulls because of these backyard breeders ad the like. These are the same dogs the shelters/rescues tell families are wonderful with people and kids. See the problem.
Boss Hogg April 17, 2014 at 12:05 pm
Also crocodiles and sharks...FACT! Kill them all!
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tribble April 17, 2014 at 07:22 am
#Shirley B. Backus. You aren't serious??!!. Maybe you've been over programed.
Leslie @ Brook Farm Veterinary Center April 17, 2014 at 11:39 am
I would beg us to take a look at the nature of pets. Animals, just like humans are subject to natureRead More versus nurture laws. The original nature of certain pit bull breeds would be to maul and kill however if raised correctly, the pit bull probably would not have attacked this innocent woman. So I would not necessarily blame the pit bull, one has to look at the way the pet was raised. Each day I see wonderful pit bulls that come through our office, from Putnam Humane Society to owners bringing their pets in for their yearly visit. When you see a pet grow from a puppy to adulthood, it is evident that nurture has so much to do with the pet's temperament. Please keep in mind, that this is solely my opinion.
Gus Sotirakis April 17, 2014 at 11:56 am
Heather 95% of what you say is true. The AM Staff however is a Pit. There is actually no breed knownRead More as a Pit Bull. The American Pit Bull Terrier and the Staffy were the same breed at one time. To get into the AKC the line was renamed the American Staffordshire Terrier and 2 different breeding groups were formed. They have been bred separately since the 50's. Heather is also 100 % correct that you can't tell the breed from a bite. If a Great Dane left a bite mark you'll know that it's not a pug but you won't know it's a Great Dane. The bullcrap about a Pit Bulls jaw locking is also a myth. While there are many dogs of all breeds that can be unstable just like humans can be unstable to say a Pit is more unstable than other breeds is ignorant. I do believe that all people should not be dog owners as most people shouldn't be allowed to raise even children. With that said a Pit, Rottweiler, Shepherd or Chow is not for everyone either. To educate most of you the Pit Bull was always known as the "Nanny Dog". The make great family pets regardless of Family Circle's hack article. The dogs were trained to be good natured toward humans and aggressive towards animals when they were used as Bull Baiters and in dog fighting. They had to be handed over to the owner of their competition so they could check them for toxic substances. Because of these traits they are not top candidates as protection or guardian dogs. They may actually do nothing to a home intruder. They are however very powerful and tenacious animals. Again I stress they are not for everyone. If you are not experienced, do not get one or a guardian breed for that matter. To ban them and blame them for attacks is like blaming guns for shootings and knives for stabbings. I also realize that people do believe that too. The drug and gang members love this breed and in the wrong hands they can become powerful weapons. Many are abused and while an abused Yorkie will shy away and fear bite, an abused Pit can be a menace. I'm a trainer and have had to break up fights between 2 Pits, it's not pleasant. I also treat my dogs like my children. I can say without a doubt, your dog will stay by your side and love you unconditionally. For most of you, your children will not.
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joseph esposito April 16, 2014 at 11:23 pm
wo=MEN can be brainwashed? Oh? How credible are wo=MEN as voters, if they can be brainwashed? You'reRead More right about Phyllis Schlaffly's propaganda about how wo=MEN, secretly want to marry MEN so they won't have to work and can stay home and breed. Now wo=MEN secretly want to marry MEN so they can divorce them and take all their money, and yes still breed, and on the MANS paycheck!
Brad Schaeffer April 17, 2014 at 09:03 am
Gretchen. Can you give me a concrete and sourced example of Republicans "trying to force womenRead More into involuntary servitude" please? Thank you.
christie nicolle April 17, 2014 at 10:46 am
joseph Esposito - thank you for sticking it back from the attacks of feminazi ugly leftists. ButRead More REAL women love men who tell the truth. Gretchen who is an embarrassment to womanhood. And the Duck Dynasty Phil is a breath of fresh air.
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Linda C April 16, 2014 at 01:31 pm
Agreed but the problem we are running into here is at the end of the tragedy, you are told the dogRead More belongs to the child (usually a teenager) and the parents refuse to take any responsibility at all. Even to the extent of telling authorities themselves to put the dog down. It's disgusting the measures some take to avoid responsibility and get away with it! You are correct the laws are there for the law abiding citizens, the rest couldn't careless.
Jack Baillargeron April 16, 2014 at 04:57 pm
Doesn't matter, If the teen lives in the home or one the parents property they are responsible.Read More Their home owners insurance company can be sued as well. Putting the dog down does not negate the incident. It is like destroying the knife used to stab somebody. The stabber is still responsible. I am not a lawyer or anything like that but read enough cases and know enough victims as a Retired firefighter to know you can win on these things easily. Might not be able to get money from some of these people but you can get them banned from being able to own an animal again at the least in my opinion.
Jack Baillargeron April 16, 2014 at 05:05 pm
Would point out also that is the reason for getting leash law or town ordinances. They merely stateRead More the rule and have no age limitation. I have seen children walking a 40lb dog as young as 8 to 10. There is no way they could control that dog unless the dog has been very well trained along with the child being trained so the dog will obey it. Problem with society right now is that no one takes self-responsibility for their own action anymore (well any criminal activity or incidents like this). Idiot owners like to blame the dog also to negate their responsibility. Start throwing them in jail with sentences they would give to a person for doing what the dog does and you would have deterent. But there will always be some excuse. It sickens me to no end.
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Maya April 14, 2014 at 08:31 pm
Boss Hog I see you changed your subtitle from "telling the whole story" to "helpingRead More people make decisions". Was that because I pointed out the FACT that you were NOT sharing the "whole story"? Let me point out something else, your NOT helping anyone with you simpleton approach to a Blog. I get it, you don't like certain dogs. It's your choice and your opinion. Your NON blog is just a collection of stories written by someone else and pictures that have nothing to do with the stories you recycle. It it exactly this biased reporting of a collection of horror stories about people being attacked that creates a fear of these dogs. Not all bully breed dogs are evil and bad. I feel bad for the people injured. It's terrible. But you neglect to tell the OTHERSIDE of the bully breeds. I personally know many pitbull type dogs that do good things but unfortunately we live in a drama addicted society so happy stories don't sell. you are in no way helping anyone. Try actually writing more than five bullet points about a terrible story. It would be nice to see some real discussion. It's unfortunate that many people hate these dogs based solely on the news instead of based on personal experience. I used to be that person until I actually met several pitbull dogs.
Jeremy McHugh April 14, 2014 at 08:46 pm
Hi Maya- I hopped back on this thread for one purpose- you and others on this thread have madeRead More sincere, intelligent comments. But you are ignoring the cardinal rule of the internet: Don't Feed the Trolls. Boss Hogg is a troll. His biased presentation of one sided material, "culled" (pun intended) from a broad, unrelated array of news sources, is classic trolling. Remember: Trolling is not just for the comments! The whole purpose of a blog can be to troll for outrage, and pageviews, as seems to be the case here.
Gary Renfrod April 15, 2014 at 06:33 am
You people all should get a life. By definition none of you who speak out against pit bulls haveRead More any first hand experience with pit bulls let alone owned, or taken care of one. My pit mix is the best, sweetest dog ever. And he was the eighth of seven prior fosters - some good, others great. I know there are bad dogs out there, and pits like any larger dog are powerful. So when they're bad, they're dangerous - but there's nothing unique to the breed that makes them so. By the way, my cocker spaniel/beagle mix is crazy and dangerous.
Carl Petersen III April 14, 2014 at 12:19 pm
New York Patriot April 14, 2014 at 10:08 AM "First, we have to stay focused on the fact thatRead More the author of the article is a Liberal propagandist. He espouses a point of view distorted through the lens of a Liberalism he believes in deeply... However, if the discussion is an examination of why there is an over-population of African-Americans in our prisons, then the discussion of family values must be central to the solution." ___________________________________________________ I love it when people do not even bother to read the blog before commenting.
New York Patriot April 15, 2014 at 12:54 pm
Truth - Use plastic wrap. First, this will piss off the lefty environmentalists to no end. Second,Read More The recipients are very visual and like to see what they are getting for free from your hard-earned dollars.
Joe R April 15, 2014 at 04:08 pm
Wow, what happened. My comment was deleted, I think I was hacked.
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tribble April 13, 2014 at 05:40 pm
Yes, lawyers will give you a free consult and much to think about. I'd call for an appointment.
CtLynn5 April 14, 2014 at 02:41 pm
Why is it when a person commits an act of violence people blame the weapon, the environment, theRead More ciminal's educational level, their upbringing, etc. but when a pit bull is violent it is the dog's fault?
Brian N April 16, 2014 at 01:54 pm
This person clearly just wants attention for their "propaganda". The best thing we can allRead More do is ignore it for what it is and move on.
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paul April 11, 2014 at 05:04 pm
I lived on base while in the U.S.N. for many years and dog attacks in general were very rare. TheRead More reason? Because you could get in big trouble if your dog bit someone, like loss of rank, fined, extra duty, or kicked out of the military. The military has banned Pit Bulls on bases because they have a bad track record in the civilian world and an insurance risk.
tribble April 11, 2014 at 05:12 pm
Paul, do you follow military news? Have you seen the new navy missiles and the new stealth warship?
anon April 11, 2014 at 05:28 pm
#Paul, you bring up a great point there - that there are hefty repercussions for any dog attacks andRead More it forces people to be responsible owners and actually handle their dogs properly. The same cannot be said with the general public. Sometimes the owners may get a fine, but some don't even bother registering, fixing, or getting rabies shots. The fines for that are very minimal. I think your answer poses a big question - shouldn't we have more in place that reprimands the owners? In some states, an owner that abuses or neglects a dog can still own a dog if they choose.
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John Murphy April 11, 2014 at 12:04 am
The term pit bull is a generic term used to describe dogs with similar physicalRead More characteristics. Usually a "pit bull" is considered one of several breeds including the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Bull Terrier, or any mix thereof. In some parts of the world, the American Bulldog and Dogo Argentino are also classified as a "Pit Bull-type" dog, despite major genetic differences. Any dog that is mixed with a "bully breed"[citation needed] may also be called a "pit bull" including those that are descended from the English Bulldog, French Bulldog, Boston Terrierand Cane Corso.[2] The pit bull is not a distinct breed which may make it difficult for experts to identify,[3][4][5] and while mixed breed dogs are often labelled a "pit bull" if they have certain physical characteristics such as a square shaped head or bulky body type,[2] visual identification of mixed breed dogs is not recommended by the scholarly community.[3] So read and really think about it 6% come on the number is way higher than that for population.
Rachel April 11, 2014 at 12:22 am
I too would like to know what this Boss Hogg person's agenda is. What personal experience do youRead More have in animal rescue? It's apparent to me that they don't even know much about dogs in general. Do you have dogs? Are you aware of how many perfectly adoptable dogs are euthanized every day in America? Are you aware of how disregarded and abused dogs are in certain parts of the country? Are you aware of the dilemma of backyard breeding and inbreeding and how this contributes to the problem of aggressive dogs? What's your story, Boss Hogg? What do you *know* about dogs and rescue besides what you've googled on the internet to support your implied bias?
Gary Ortiz April 11, 2014 at 06:30 am
Again, I have owned pitbulls ever since I got bitten by one. My American bully has done extensiveRead More and Expensive training, If an owner isn't willing to put the time and effort into training and maintained training the dog, these breeds of dog revert to what they know. I didn't get my dog so I can have the Tough guy image, or so that people will be intimidated by me walking( that already happens). I got my dog and constantly(everyday) do some type of training with her because I respect the power they have. I've had children run up to pet her and she'll sit and allow them to pet her. I have socializeed her with every type of dogs, from show poodles to rotties, and because of all the training she has not once shown any type of aggression towards anyone or any animal. Most of the time she sit in front of me when someone comes up as to say she's waitning for me to say it's OK. or good girl. This blog is nothing more than a few google experts looking up stats, and facts. She is my protector and i am hers. So if you never owned a pit, then you can't really pass jugdement on those "idiots" or "pidiots" that do. I live in the area and anytime, anyone would like to see how a pit should act leet me know. It might just change your mind.Don't believe everyhting you hear or read about them and don't be scared, they might one day save your life.
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Heather April 10, 2014 at 07:23 pm
Tribble you are the only one who is good for a laugh and your comment about laquisha doesn't evenRead More make sense how can I be clueless about my own personal opinion ? Honestly I think your better off leaving yourself out .
Heather April 10, 2014 at 07:25 pm
Thank you CMZE it gets exhausting trying to reason with children who think they have an answer forRead More everything and their best response is always the same .
SouthSalemCruiser April 10, 2014 at 07:51 pm
Heather, I don't think you should waste your time trying to have a conversation with anyone notRead More willing to have a mature and productive debate. You made a valid point and expressed your opinion based on personal experience. Those of us who work with dogs understand the difference between fact and hype.