Pit Bull Attack Comes on Heels of Pro...

Pit Bull Attack Comes on Heels of Proposed Bill to OK Dog Ban

There are 178 comments on the First Coast News Jacksonville story from Mar 18, 2008, titled Pit Bull Attack Comes on Heels of Proposed Bill to OK Dog Ban. In it, First Coast News Jacksonville reports that:

Talk Back: Post a comment on this article By Ashley Coleman First Coast News JACKSONVILLE, FL -- A woman and her dog were attacked by a neighbor's pit bull Tuesday morning, just days after a Florida lawmaker ...

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zib

Raleigh, NC

#1 Mar 18, 2008
Maybe bans on specific breeds isn't good, However, I've never heard of a "Labrador fighting ring" or a "Poodle fighting ring". Think about it, people buy and train these dogs for one reason. I love animals and it's a shame that a breed gets a bad rap because of these board idiots that have nothing better to do. I'm all for a pit bull ban. I carry a concealed weapon, I can't wait for someone's pit bull to come after me. I'd have no trouble putting it down.

“3 words changed my life ”

Since: Nov 07

Location hidden

#2 Mar 18, 2008
they could at least show a picture of a pitbull and not some mutt.....once again..this was a dog roaming free..which points to the carelessness of the owners..not the breed!
the joker

Palatka, FL

#3 Mar 18, 2008
I propose a ban on narrow-mind politicians. Escpecialy congressmen by the last name of thurston

“3 words changed my life ”

Since: Nov 07

Location hidden

#4 Mar 18, 2008
zib wrote:
Maybe bans on specific breeds isn't good, However, I've never heard of a "Labrador fighting ring" or a "Poodle fighting ring". Think about it, people buy and train these dogs for one reason. I love animals and it's a shame that a breed gets a bad rap because of these board idiots that have nothing better to do. I'm all for a pit bull ban. I carry a concealed weapon, I can't wait for someone's pit bull to come after me. I'd have no trouble putting it down.
we buy these dogs for one thing? i bought mine for several reasons..because he was an adorable puppy with beautiful green eyes..because he cam right up to us like he had known us all of his life...and when i took my am staff out of the car he ran over and started licking all over her like she was his momma....i detest dog fighting and i detest people who make broad assumptions that all of us who own pitbulls are dogfighters..i think not...its a disgusting trend and these scabs of society do nothing but abuse the traits that make a pitbull a wonderful family dog...the extreme loyalty that they show to their families..their tenacity and their drive to finish whatever job they aRE Given..whether its a good job or a disgusting job like fighting...my pit has never showed any agression towards people..he loves everyone he meets..of course my dogs are treated like part of the family...
Steven

United States

#5 Mar 18, 2008
I propose a ban on stupid dog owners. Dont hate the animal hes just doing what the idiot owner trains him to do.I have 3 pitbulls and 5 kids and I would trust my dogs with my kids anytime its all in the way you raise them. Its just like your own children if you spend time with them and teach them the right from wrong your kids wont be on the news for killing someone or being another one of Floridas stupid thugs.
Steven

United States

#7 Mar 18, 2008
I agree with you Scott. You are one of many that really love their Pitbull and treat them with love which is the same that you get in return from your dog

“3 words changed my life ”

Since: Nov 07

Location hidden

#9 Mar 18, 2008
Steven wrote:
I agree with you Scott. You are one of many that really love their Pitbull and treat them with love which is the same that you get in return from your dog
you nailed it...treat them bad..they will act bad..treat them with love and respect and that is what they will give back....and i really wish they would show a picture of an actual pitbull..not some mutt at the pound. another thing is half the time when the news reports a pitbull attack, and they show the dog, its a mutt..they automatically name any shorthaired, generic looking dog a pitbull when it attacks..and they never do any background checks to see how the dog had been treated and such..and how many times its been running loose...it really really pisses me off!
the joker

Palatka, FL

#10 Mar 18, 2008
They hold cock fights to lets ban chickens and eggs also. To educate your ignorance this is a witch hunt. The same dog that was originally identified as a labrador and boxer mix is now being called a pitbull. This is where the true bad rep comes in the pitbull name grabs headlines and gives the less intelligent something to fear, but don't worry your local Gov. will protect you. So we eliminate the pitbull and explain to our kids that their loving dog since they've known since birth has to go because the media has played the fear card that pitbulls are hungry for old white ladies with walkers. I'm done with the sterotype that pitbulls are only owned by black and mexican thugs or southern rednecks, they are the most popular breed in the united states and are owned and raised properly by good famillies all over. The minorority owners grab the headlines because my pitbull who is loving and playful with evrything from kids to the neighborhood cats isn't newsworthy. I challenge everyone to educate themselves on the pitbull and I challenge the propoganda filling media to do the decent thing for once and I shame the Government for yet again violating our rights. This country was created by men who wanted limited power by the Government. Some of the recent violations include the patriot act, torturing, there is a vote to ban hand guns in D.C. this week and to take away our family pets.....a couple of named Franklin , Washington,Adams, and Jefferson would certainly be ashamed of what Americans have become. Fear mongering, propoganda believing treasonis cowards
zib wrote:
Maybe bans on specific breeds isn't good, However, I've never heard of a "Labrador fighting ring" or a "Poodle fighting ring". Think about it, people buy and train these dogs for one reason. I love animals and it's a shame that a breed gets a bad rap because of these board idiots that have nothing better to do. I'm all for a pit bull ban. I carry a concealed weapon, I can't wait for someone's pit bull to come after me. I'd have no trouble putting it down.
Sunshine

Jacksonville, FL

#11 Mar 18, 2008
Most any dog that attacks someone - if it even VAGUELY looks like one of the breeds called a "Pit Bull" is assumed to in fact BE a Pit Bull.
Most of the time they are mixes - and sometimes not even partly Pit Bull. But that doesn't matter because stupid people will continue to believe that a particular breed is "evil."
It is the stupid owners of the dogs who attack who are at fault.
People sometimes buy large powerful breeds of dogs because they feel that it makes them appear "tough." When in fact they have no idea how to care for or train the dog. Then they let it run loose or train it to attack - and lo and behold, it attacks someone.
I happen to breed & show American Staffordshire Terriers. I am EXTREMELY responsible & my dogs are NOT allowed off leash unless they are in double fenced yard with ME present. Believe me - no matter what breed I owned, I would treat them the same ways. Dogs are a responsibility & many people really shouldn't be allowed to own them.
But that's never going to change of course.
the joker

Palatka, FL

#12 Mar 18, 2008
It is all breeds that are in danger. I lived in Miami for several years and the breed ban did nothing. The bad owners continued to own pits and pit mixes or changed to Rotweilers and German Shepards. I hope you and all who read are encouraged to voice our opinions to congress before all of our lives are affected
Sunshine wrote:
Most any dog that attacks someone - if it even VAGUELY looks like one of the breeds called a "Pit Bull" is assumed to in fact BE a Pit Bull.
Most of the time they are mixes - and sometimes not even partly Pit Bull. But that doesn't matter because stupid people will continue to believe that a particular breed is "evil."
It is the stupid owners of the dogs who attack who are at fault.
People sometimes buy large powerful breeds of dogs because they feel that it makes them appear "tough." When in fact they have no idea how to care for or train the dog. Then they let it run loose or train it to attack - and lo and behold, it attacks someone.
I happen to breed & show American Staffordshire Terriers. I am EXTREMELY responsible & my dogs are NOT allowed off leash unless they are in double fenced yard with ME present. Believe me - no matter what breed I owned, I would treat them the same ways. Dogs are a responsibility & many people really shouldn't be allowed to own them.
But that's never going to change of course.
m d lloyd

Waycross, GA

#13 Mar 18, 2008
MR.Crosby almost has it right if we dida dog by its breed and people by their race it would be a much safer world.There is a such thing as being born bad in people and animals for those that don't think so look back at the people you know raised good children and they still turned out bad.I've raised pitbulls for years and I will agree with proper training and care they make fine pets until they start getting older around age 4-5 that is when the trouble starts.I think then they start getting territorial and will almost react without thinking and usually by then it is too late.I've also learned that once they do attack it always happens again.
marie

AOL

#14 Mar 18, 2008
We have had Labs for longer than we have had kids. I tell my kids all dogs can and will bite. That is a dogs only defense. But I must admit Pit Bulls do make me nervous.

“3 words changed my life ”

Since: Nov 07

Location hidden

#15 Mar 18, 2008
Sunshine wrote:
Most any dog that attacks someone - if it even VAGUELY looks like one of the breeds called a "Pit Bull" is assumed to in fact BE a Pit Bull.
Most of the time they are mixes - and sometimes not even partly Pit Bull. But that doesn't matter because stupid people will continue to believe that a particular breed is "evil."
It is the stupid owners of the dogs who attack who are at fault.
People sometimes buy large powerful breeds of dogs because they feel that it makes them appear "tough." When in fact they have no idea how to care for or train the dog. Then they let it run loose or train it to attack - and lo and behold, it attacks someone.
I happen to breed & show American Staffordshire Terriers. I am EXTREMELY responsible & my dogs are NOT allowed off leash unless they are in double fenced yard with ME present. Believe me - no matter what breed I owned, I would treat them the same ways. Dogs are a responsibility & many people really shouldn't be allowed to own them.
But that's never going to change of course.
the blue and white pup in my picture is an american staffy! we got her out of south carolina 4 years ago....she is the sweetest thing..lazy as can be and thinks she is a lap dog...she loves and adores people and other animals.....the white one is our pit..hes 13 months old and we have had him for 10 months now...the biggest problem i had out of him was food agression when he was around 8 months old with the staffy...i broke that within a week of working with him..and not abusing him like so many people think they have to do....and you are right..bad owners give the dogs bad names..my pit learned to jump the fence...as soon as he did it the first time he was put on a runner in the bakc yard while i built a 6 foot privacy fence over the next week and poured concrete as a footer for the fence...its called being responsible and caring...people who let their animals run free endanger the public as well as their animals..shows how little they care..do you happen to have a website where i can see your staffies? both breeds are awesome breeds if raised correctly and treated like a loved animal...a lot of people have no clue about the pit history and their positive atritbutes...and i blame the media and pisspoor owners...
Doglover

North Aurora, IL

#16 Mar 18, 2008
My grandmother was bitten by a Red-nosed pit. I saw the papers for the dog. Breed specific bans are stupid. But the law should put down ANY dog if it bites/attacks a human. It should not protect the dog more than the person who was attacked. Kill the dog and force the owner to pay for their dogs "crime". Surgery, therapy, medication and rehab. My grandmother spent 8 hours in surgery and 10 days in the hospital after being attacked by a 8 month old pit who "never bit anyone before". Now she is afraid to leave her home because that dog is still in the area.
concerned jax resident

Fresno, CA

#17 Mar 18, 2008
To be honest, I am not a fan of pit bulls. I had a neighbor who had a pit puppy and this puppy would chase kids down on their bikes and attack for no reason. The teenager that owned him tried to make him aggressive so that could be the reason for the behavior. However, having said that, this type of behavior isn't limited to just this breed of dog. Any dog can attack if given a reason or for no reason at all, even the most gentle of dogs. The article mentions the number of pit bull attacks in Broward county but I would be interested in the number of attacks from other breeds as well. I do believe the media is to blame for some of the bad press the dogs are getting. You don't hear about attacks by other breeds in the news like you do with pits. In order to pass a bill like this, both sides should be presented.
Project Pat

United States

#19 Mar 18, 2008
*MAULS
deanna

Jacksonville, FL

#20 Mar 18, 2008
THE OWNER OF THIS DOG SHOULD FACE CHARGES FOR HIS DOGS ACTIONS THEN MAYBE THEY WOULD BE MORE LIKELY TO CONTROL THEIR DOGS BUT TO BAN THE DOGS TOGETHER IS WRONG SOME PEOPLE HAVE SAID THAT THEY NEED TO GET INSURANCE ON THEIR DOG OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT IF THEY CHOOSE TO KEEP THEM I THINK THIS IS A GOOD IDEA BUT THE OWNERS NEED TO BO HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR WHAT THEIR DOGS DO

“one foot over the line”

Since: Jul 07

cans a sh!tty m!ssery

#21 Mar 18, 2008
Before I read all the B.S. that I am sure is posted..... Why not pass a law that holds dog owners responsible ????? I see dogs running loose all the time.... It is not the dogs at fault, it is the owners nine times out of ten. I will fight this law tooth and nail.... I remember getting "mauled" by an ankle biter when I was 16, it was not a bully....

“cockiness is a plus”

Since: Mar 08

cold as fire, baby hot as ice.

#22 Mar 18, 2008
scott1 wrote:
<quoted text>the blue and white pup in my picture is an american staffy! we got her out of south carolina 4 years ago....she is the sweetest thing..lazy as can be and thinks she is a lap dog...she loves and adores people and other animals.....the white one is our pit..hes 13 months old and we have had him for 10 months now...the biggest problem i had out of him was food agression when he was around 8 months old with the staffy...i broke that within a week of working with him..and not abusing him like so many people think they have to do....and you are right..bad owners give the dogs bad names..my pit learned to jump the fence...as soon as he did it the first time he was put on a runner in the bakc yard while i built a 6 foot privacy fence over the next week and poured concrete as a footer for the fence...its called being responsible and caring...people who let their animals run free endanger the public as well as their animals..shows how little they care..do you happen to have a website where i can see your staffies? both breeds are awesome breeds if raised correctly and treated like a loved animal...a lot of people have no clue about the pit history and their positive atritbutes...and i blame the media and pisspoor owners...
that pit is really pretty.
A Dog Fan

United States

#24 Mar 18, 2008
I do love dog and animals, however, when the true animal instinct surfaces, it is time for everyone to wake up. I obtained a part chow/husky as an 8 week old puppy from the Humane Society and while I did everything I could do to make that beautiful creature into a pet, it was impossible. There was and inbred meanness that could not be overcome.

There is a reason that some dogs are not covered by homeowner's insurance. I will add, I bet most dog owner's don't know what their homeowner's liability is...but you NEED TO CHECK.

I love dogs, but I think we all must face the facts, sometimes you can't change the spots on a leporad and sadly, dogs fall into that cagegory.

A pet owner always needs to be mindful of the agressiveness of the pet they own. SOmetimes they will be shoked and disappointed, but facts need to be faced. If a dog will turn on a dog, what would they do to a child, who does not have any animal instincts?

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