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Sheriff's office says pair of pit bulls attacked pony

There are 47 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Jun 23, 2008, titled Sheriff's office says pair of pit bulls attacked pony. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

The Otter Tail County sheriff's office is investigating a report of two pit bulls attacking a Shetland pony near Pelican Rapids.

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nobs

United States

#1 Jun 23, 2008
we need to ban this type of pony before they hurt a child.
Another pit story

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Jun 23, 2008
Classic, I was just reading the story of the pit bull killing the 5 year old and the comments. Refreshed the page and this is the first story I see.
Does anyone really believe you could picture two poodles, retrievers, etc hanging from this pony's neck.
I favor the plan to ban the pit (at least in the city where there is a high population density)- along with the other extremely dangerous dogs. Dangerous for me equals killers. Not just aggressive, but those dogs that are the lock on till the prey dies variety. Personally I would like to see the "tough guys" in my neighborhood walking a poodle instead of their pits. Gangsta mixed with legally blond.
Ottermann

Amery, WI

#4 Jun 23, 2008
Pit bulls are like any dog. They behave the way they are trained.
If you do not train a pit bull to attack, it is only slightly more likely to attack than any other dog.
It's the owners who train their dogs to be aggressive that are at fault.

I realize, aggressiveness is bred into the breed, but, unless trained to attack, a pit bull is about as dangerous as collie, or a Dalmatian.
johnny

United States

#5 Jun 23, 2008
someone is gona get a big bill.....
Tony

Farmington, MN

#7 Jun 23, 2008
Ban Pits and Rots asap. These are rotten animals that don't deserve to roam the earth. If not banning them, allow for imprisonment of owners for life for these rotten breeds who attach and force anyone who has one to have millions in liability coverage. I hope they sue the owner big time on this one. These stories are sickening. I feel badly for this pony and kid.
Smokey

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Jun 23, 2008
Ottermann wrote:
Pit bulls are like any dog. They behave the way they are trained.
If you do not train a pit bull to attack, it is only slightly more likely to attack than any other dog.
It's the owners who train their dogs to be aggressive that are at fault.
I realize, aggressiveness is bred into the breed, but, unless trained to attack, a pit bull is about as dangerous as collie, or a Dalmatian.

Wow! so the extra enzyme in there DNA has nothing to do with it. Pit bulls and Akita's and a few other breeds are just genetically pre dis positioned to be aggressive its sad but it is a fact. You cant kill them all off that would just be sad and inhuman. So the only thing I think there is to do is regulate the hell out of them. I think the biggest problem is uninformed and stupid or cruel owners.
hmmmm

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Jun 23, 2008
Ottermann wrote:
Pit bulls are like any dog. They behave the way they are trained.
If you do not train a pit bull to attack, it is only slightly more likely to attack than any other dog.
It's the owners who train their dogs to be aggressive that are at fault.
I realize, aggressiveness is bred into the breed, but, unless trained to attack, a pit bull is about as dangerous as collie, or a Dalmatian.
The problem is when they DO attack they don't let go.

Since: Mar 08

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Jun 23, 2008
Ottermann wrote:
Pit bulls are like any dog. They behave the way they are trained.
If you do not train a pit bull to attack, it is only slightly more likely to attack than any other dog.
It's the owners who train their dogs to be aggressive that are at fault.
I realize, aggressiveness is bred into the breed, but, unless trained to attack, a pit bull is about as dangerous as collie, or a Dalmatian.
I don't understand why, with all the other breeds available, anyone would select a pit bull. Well..... I guess I can understand why Michael Vick or a drug dealer gangsta would.
SLP dog lover

AOL

#11 Jun 23, 2008
Pits CAN be nice dogs, but too often bad owners cause pits to become WEAPONS.
djbj

Saint Paul, MN

#12 Jun 23, 2008
This story makes me furious. The owners of those dogs should be put away for a long time. The dogs should be put down immediately - heck put down the owners also. Idiots!!!! Thank goodness for the rescuers.
SLC

Waterville, MN

#13 Jun 23, 2008
Ottermann wrote:
Pit bulls are like any dog. They behave the way they are trained.
If you do not train a pit bull to attack, it is only slightly more likely to attack than any other dog.
It's the owners who train their dogs to be aggressive that are at fault.
I realize, aggressiveness is bred into the breed, but, unless trained to attack, a pit bull is about as dangerous as collie, or a Dalmatian.
glad you're not my neighbor. When I was a kid there were a bunch of us playing basketball and the neighbor's pit bull got loose and ran over and started attacking our little mixed breed dog and then turned on a couple of the kids. This was a dog that had been in the neighbor hood since he was a pup and us kids were always playing with him and loving on him. So your slight chance in my eyes is a big chance too much. Thank god there were only a few slight injuries and the owner took things into his own hands and had the dog put down before the county even got involved.
Heywood Ja

Minneapolis, MN

#14 Jun 23, 2008
I'd support a mandatory muzzle law for dangerous/large breeds. Someting to the effect of anytime the dogs are outdoors,(fenced yard or other) the pet must have a muzzle on as to prevent any accident bites or attacks. I own German Shepards that are very mild tempered when we are around. But I wouldn't dream of putting them in a situation where they would "think" they have to protect us. They are very loyal dogs, and would do anything to keep myself or my family from harm. We have taken them out in public and yes, I muzzle them. We've had people ask us if they're muzzled because they're mean. To which we reply, "no, but why take a chance on someone being bit."

As the old saying goes, "An ounce of prevention..."
ABOLISH THE BREED

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Jun 24, 2008
PIT BULLS! Kill these dogs, abolish the breed and if that isn't
enough, Kill the owners too.
Jerami

Saint Paul, MN

#16 Jun 24, 2008
In the last article I said we would be talking about this in another topic soon...and here we are...at least no one was killed...That pony must have antagonized the innocent pit bull. (thats sarcasm)
Tired

United States

#17 Jun 24, 2008
What happened to the pit bulls in this attack? Thier aggression should not go unpunished!
Destroy the dogs and the owners punished!
Terry from Saint Paul

Saint Paul, MN

#18 Jun 24, 2008
Can we PLEASE bring this issue to a vote? I am all for BANNING Pit bulls in Minnesota! You don't need one and we in the Minnesota community certainly don't want them here! Especially in the Twin Cities
A SCREW LOOSE

Saint Paul, MN

#19 Jun 24, 2008
OTTERMANN, you are completely out of your mind.
Icepick

Minneapolis, MN

#20 Jun 24, 2008
Please tell me the pit bulls were put down...before thy can do anymore damage!

Since: Jun 08

Minneapolis, MN

#23 Jun 24, 2008
Doesn't matter the PBP will just say they improperly trained this animal and the victim is the pit bull not the pony or child that was attacked.
Get A Grip

Saint Paul, MN

#25 Jun 24, 2008
Heywood Ja wrote:
I'd support a mandatory muzzle law for dangerous/large breeds. Someting to the effect of anytime the dogs are outdoors,(fenced yard or other) the pet must have a muzzle on as to prevent any accident bites or attacks. I own German Shepards that are very mild tempered when we are around. But I wouldn't dream of putting them in a situation where they would "think" they have to protect us. They are very loyal dogs, and would do anything to keep myself or my family from harm. We have taken them out in public and yes, I muzzle them. We've had people ask us if they're muzzled because they're mean. To which we reply, "no, but why take a chance on someone being bit."
As the old saying goes, "An ounce of prevention..."
For the most part, this is a humane and fair answer for the responsible pet owner. I do believe the owner of any dog should be held responsible for the behavior of their pet. Unfortunately there are to many people who have pets that are not responsible or will not take any responsibility when the animal hurts or kills something. We don't need the laws to tell us whether or not we can have a pet.
.....Insurance Co are trying to capitalize on this situation, they WILL use it as an excuse to charge more and or cancel policies. Paople must start thinking for themselves and quit being led around by their noses.

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