Thursday, July 5, 2012

Ansonia attack highlights pit bull debate

I'm not a dog person. I've never owned one, but I do like friends' and neighbors' dogs.

I guess I don't want the responsibility that comes along with being a dog owner. Caring for my indoor cat 24/7 is enough for me! 

When I read about pit bull terriers biting people, I feel sorry for the victim, of course, but I also feel for the dog.

I realize the controversy is never-ending, but I just don't believe pit bulls are inherently vicious. It seems they are trained to attack.

Last night yet another person in Ansonia was bitten by a pit bull.

The dog is now in quarantine for 14 days, police said.

What do you think? Are there really "bad" dogs? Or are there just "bad" owners?


Patti said...
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Anonymous said...

Just like children, dogs are not born violent or killers, they are raised to be violent.
Just look at the parent/legal gaurdians of the kids who are shooting each other and the owners of the pitbulls that are attacking people.
See the similarities? If you don't, you are naive.

Anonymous said...

Pit bulls attack, owned by all walks of life. Don't let an apologist determine your safety, its a bad bet, every time. From drug dealing thugs to oblivious upper class at the dog park, this happens every day! They were bred to dominate fights, with vicious capability and killer instinct. Much in the way of the grey wolf or bengal tiger, they don't have to be trained to be do such.

Anonymous said...

There will always be two types of societies livin here in Ansonia. When yous push us from our homes that we lived in for years because yous dont want to repair our buildins we now have to live in private rental homes in Ansonias nieghborhoods all over town. This affords us the opportunity to provide the protection we need by friending Pit Bulls. Four of my brothers and 3 of my sisters are scheduale to move to a rental ins Hilltop and two cute pittys are joinin the stay in the new cribs. Every political action in this town has an opposite and equal reaction in society. That’s the situation.

Anonymous said...

The its the owner not the breed mantra sounds logical but its not. This repetitive slogan is illogical. Other dog breeds owned in much greater numbers also have equal chances of getting neglectful and abuseful owners yet they adapt to human shortcomings and don't maul people or pets at any where near the rate that pitbulls do. Labs are routinely forgotten and chained in backyards and they are the most popular dog breed in American but they are not the top killers, pitbull are. Beagles are routinely penned up in backyards and ignored and given no human socialization yet they do not pose any threat to humans when they get loose. None. Most dog bites are nothing more than a minor annoyance when they bite, as they rarely break the skin, which is why you don't hear about them on the news. If a normal dog is in a fight it will fight until the opponent submits and then stop. Pitbulls don't bite, They maul. They do not stop when the victim submits, they keep on mauling until the pet or human is left in parts. The other problem with pitbulls is that they are extremely strong, and were bred to have fewer pain receptors, and are able to keep breathing while attacking.This makes it extremely hard for people to stop a pitbull attack in progress. News stories are full of stories of strong men being mauled and three or more men being unable to get a pitbull to let go of its victim. Mortality, Maiming and Mauling by Vicious Dogs, Annals of Surgery, April 2011, is study of dog injuries in hospitals spanning the last 15 years. The study found that you have a more than 2500 times higher chance of dying if attacked by a pitbull. In addition it found that pitbulls caused the highest hospital charges, and the most deaths, dismemberments, permanent disability, and disfigurement of all breeds. The study also found that pitbulls attack children, and owners much more often than other breeds AND IT IS FAMILY LOVED AND UNABUSED PITBULLS THAT ARE MAULING PEOPLE. Despite be given all the love and care that other dogs enjoy, pitbulls turn suddenly and the owners are always shocked by the sudden change in behavior. Alexandra Semyonova, a world reknown animal researcher and author of the book, The 100 Silliest Things People say About Dogs, says pitbulls have a disconnect between the thinking and impulse control centers in the brain and a different chemical make up in the brain. Just as you can't see a gene that suddenly turns on cancer, you can't see the gene that is suddenly activated in a pitbull making them violent. I personally know of several people who had a pitbull turn on them after years of normal behavior. Personal accounts of owners who had "nice" pitbulls doesn't mean that pitbulls are not dangerous. This again is illogical. The statistics on pitbulls seriously harming people at a much higher rate than other dogs are overwhelming. You can't love out genes or untrain genes. Family owned and loved pitbulls can turn on a dime. If you believe that ptbulls are just like any other dog, and regurgitate the false "its the owner not the breed mantra" you would of believed the world was flat, too Just because something sounds good doesn't make it true.

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