Mesquite Calls For City Authority Over Pit Bull Owners

City leaders in Mesquite say a recent pit bull attack on a 60-year-old woman helps make their case for putting more bite in animal-control laws. Full Story
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Pam

Irving, TX

#1 Sep 4, 2008
Ban the people not the dog- The dog is only doing what the OWNER taught it- It's not right at all. I understand that the woman was hurt but instead of banning the dog- you need to get strict on the owners.
Kevin

Amarillo, TX

#2 Sep 4, 2008
Why discriminate a breed when it is the owners fault. Any action taken should be agianst the owner. If you want to create or lobby for some kind of law to assist in governing people with large dogs, German Shepard, doberman, rotties, and pitbulls. Pitbulls are always the one brought to the news when an attack happens, and to prove that just ask yourself. Was this woman the only person attacked by a dog this week? NO, it's just she was attacked by a pitbull and they are news. I don't own a pitbull I have a lab, germanshepard mix, and he is well mannered and trained, but he is never in a situation that could cause harm to anyone. That's what a responsible owner should do.
Nicole

Calgary, Canada

#3 Sep 4, 2008
I agree with first two comments.

The dog owners seem quite flaky.

The owner of the dog should be held 100% responsible and charged with assault.

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Allan Holley

Richardson, TX

#4 Sep 4, 2008
When will the public become enraged enough to protect others from Pit Bull attacks? A very close relative and her grandmother were severely mauled in SD around one month ago from a Pit Bull attack. The police had to shoot the dog four times to stop it from attacking another much younger child during this same attack. This dog was considered a very friendly dog up to that point. The sad part of this story is the father and brother, of the child that was attacked, was killed on Highway 180 in Irving four or five years ago from a drunken driver whose alcohol content was over four times the legal limit and going the wrong way on highway 180.

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Since: Jul 08

Dallas

#5 Sep 4, 2008
The fault is not the breed it is the owners. Irrersponsible pet owners pick up these dogs and either give them training for fighting or as attack/guard dogs or neglect and beat them until they are a danger. I have raised 4 pit bulls in my life. 2 are currently in my home and play constantly with my 3 year old son. I have never been bitten or had one of my dogs bite anyone.
TmE

Addison, TX

#6 Sep 4, 2008
It is the owner's responsibility to understand a breed and to keep them contained, trained and under control. This is ANY breed. My sister was bitten in the face by one of the "gentle" breeds that required stitches, shots, etc. One of the really annoying things about reporting on pit bull attacks is that there are many breeds considered pit bulls that are not the American Pit Bull Breed. There are dozens of breeds that resemble pit bulls and attacks are often called pit bull attacks when in fact they are not. My question is this, is there one breed of pit that is causing the attacks or are there actually dozens of breeds being lumped together?
animal lover

United States

#7 Sep 4, 2008
I do understand both sides of the story but Pitbulls are a very strong dog and the bite of a pit bull does not compare to other breeds. When other breeds bite people it does not do the damage of pits. I have owned pitbulls and various other breeds throughout my life and pitbulls are an aggresive dog. I stopped having pits as pets when my children were born simply because of that. They need to be raised carefully and in good environment to fix their temperment.
whatever

Denton, TX

#8 Sep 4, 2008
Did any of you read the article? They are not trying to ban the dog, they are making owners take more responsibility to make sure the public is protected, by making fences hold their animal in their yard. Also it did not say that pit bulls were the only breed this would apply to.
here it comes

Irving, TX

#9 Sep 4, 2008
here comes 90 pages of "Evil Dog" OR "Evil Owner" BS...

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Since: Jul 08

Dallas

#10 Sep 4, 2008
whatever wrote:
Did any of you read the article? They are not trying to ban the dog, they are making owners take more responsibility to make sure the public is protected, by making fences hold their animal in their yard. Also it did not say that pit bulls were the only breed this would apply to.
I read the article

"Lantrip, who received more than 20 stitches, said she is joining Mesquite's efforts to try and control pit bulls."

"Mesquite and Duncanville are asking state lawmakers to give cities the authority to regulate pit bull owners."
Linda

Dallas, TX

#11 Sep 4, 2008
I don't think pit bulls should be allowed in the city limits, period. I am sure there are "good" pit bulls - but the bad outweighs the good and too many innocent children and people are being hurt. Why would anyone want one of these type dogs to begin with - and the history of attacks? People are crazy and getting more so everyday. Go get em Mesquite!
Pit bull lover

Denton, TX

#12 Sep 4, 2008
Doesn't it say something about the owner that they didn't want to take the dog back??? That's pathetic. I hope my pit never gets locked up because I would go crazy and most likely break into the pound to steal her back and then skip town for good. My pit is my kid and nothing can replace her. There was a report many months ago about the top 10 dogs that bite. Pit bulls barely made the top 5. I believe number 1 was a lab, followed by Rots! My parents rat terrier is 1000 times meaner than my pit bull. I think we should start cracking down on the people who get bit. Most dogs aren't going to pay you any attention unless you extremely fear them or have anger against them. Dogs don't hear your words, they sense your emotions and tone of voice. The general public has just forgotten how to treat animals like animals and not humanize them.
Pit bull lover

Denton, TX

#13 Sep 4, 2008
Linda wrote:
I don't think pit bulls should be allowed in the city limits, period. I am sure there are "good" pit bulls - but the bad outweighs the good and too many innocent children and people are being hurt. Why would anyone want one of these type dogs to begin with - and the history of attacks? People are crazy and getting more so everyday. Go get em Mesquite!
You shouldn't be allowed in the city limits.
Eric

Dallas, TX

#14 Sep 4, 2008
Linda wrote:
I don't think pit bulls should be allowed in the city limits, period. I am sure there are "good" pit bulls - but the bad outweighs the good and too many innocent children and people are being hurt. Why would anyone want one of these type dogs to begin with - and the history of attacks? People are crazy and getting more so everyday. Go get em Mesquite!
Most of the so called "pitt bull" attacks are not pitts. They are mixed and of other breeds. If you care to do your research before you jump on a band wagon, you would know that pitts were bread to fight dogs. People agressiveness was bread out of them. A handler has to enter into two fighting dogs and seperate them. If one of them bites the hadler it is pput down immediately, eliminating it from breeding people agressiveness. Guard dog breeds; german shephards, dobermans, rotties are trained to attack people. Please do your homework before you look stupid next time.
What the

Coppell, TX

#15 Sep 4, 2008
My problem with pit bulls are that they turn... They can be nice friendly dogs and then all the sudden they attack. Without provocation and I believe without training. These dogs are naturally mean dogs and nice has to be trained into them. I also agree that if you own a pit bull, you should know that and in return keep it in safe quarters at all times.
The owners in this case should be charged and they should also have to pay for the city to euthanize the dog...
What the

Coppell, TX

#16 Sep 4, 2008
Eric wrote:
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Please do your homework before you look stupid next time.
No Eric you shoudl do your research before you look stupid. Out of those 4 dogs (Rotties, German Sheppards, Chows, and Pits) witch one attacks more people?

Exactly, guard dogs are meant for guarding, if someone encroaches on their property they attack. Pit bulls attack because they are within sight. Do you think this old lady was walking into the dogs back yard, or for that matter the front yard. No i bet she was walking down the sidewalk.

Educate up Eric and you others. this is not only a pit bull issue and this is not only a pit bull owner issue, it is both!
Eric

Dallas, TX

#17 Sep 4, 2008
What the wrote:
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No Eric you shoudl do your research before you look stupid. Out of those 4 dogs (Rotties, German Sheppards, Chows, and Pits) witch one attacks more people?
Exactly, guard dogs are meant for guarding, if someone encroaches on their property they attack. Pit bulls attack because they are within sight. Do you think this old lady was walking into the dogs back yard, or for that matter the front yard. No i bet she was walking down the sidewalk.
Educate up Eric and you others. this is not only a pit bull issue and this is not only a pit bull owner issue, it is both!
Hey, moron, do your own homework. Most of the so called pit bull attacks are not pit bulls. You obviously don't know what one is or you wouldn't have written such a moronic rebuttle. Take a class or something. I've been a dog trainer for fifteen years. I believe I have the knowlege and experiance that you don't. Enter some other forum to which you may have a clue in.
whatever

Denton, TX

#18 Sep 4, 2008
Doubts wrote:
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I read the article
"Lantrip, who received more than 20 stitches, said she is joining Mesquite's efforts to try and control pit bulls."
"Mesquite and Duncanville are asking state lawmakers to give cities the authority to regulate pit bull owners."
Maybe you skipped over the part that said "dangerous breeds" which is what this city is trying to address
whatever

Denton, TX

#19 Sep 4, 2008
Pit bull lover wrote:
Doesn't it say something about the owner that they didn't want to take the dog back??? That's pathetic. I hope my pit never gets locked up because I would go crazy and most likely break into the pound to steal her back and then skip town for good. My pit is my kid and nothing can replace her. There was a report many months ago about the top 10 dogs that bite. Pit bulls barely made the top 5. I believe number 1 was a lab, followed by Rots! My parents rat terrier is 1000 times meaner than my pit bull. I think we should start cracking down on the people who get bit. Most dogs aren't going to pay you any attention unless you extremely fear them or have anger against them. Dogs don't hear your words, they sense your emotions and tone of voice. The general public has just forgotten how to treat animals like animals and not humanize them.
Maybe the owners should be more responsible with how they contain the dogs the give "homes" to. Blaming someone for walking down the street is an idot comment.

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Dallas

#20 Sep 4, 2008
whatever wrote:
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Maybe you skipped over the part that said "dangerous breeds" which is what this city is trying to address
I quoted the article.

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