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Wiscasset, ME

#1 Jul 27, 2008
When will the insanity end?
3 1/2 year old child mauled.
Tony Evans Jr., 3, was mauled to death by a pit bull Tuesday night. Police said the dog clamped down on Tony's neck and upper torso and dragged him inside a doghouse.
In 2007, there were 32 fatal dog attacks in the United States. Of those attacks, 69 percent involved pit bulls. The next breed was Rottweilers, coming in at 13 percent.
not the dogs fault

Lewisburg, PA

#2 Jul 27, 2008
It is so sad that a child was killed but you can't blame the dog you have to blame the owner for training a dog to be mean. I have owned two pit bulls and neither one of them would have ever hurt anyone. Out of all the dogs I have ever had they were the gentelest ones. So yes it is sad that ppl would train their dogs to be so mean that they would kill a child but it is not always the dogs fault.
Expecting

Eminence, MO

#3 Jul 27, 2008
Animal are in a way just like people. If a child is raised in a violent, harmful environment, then it is very likely that child is going to grow up to be harmful and violent. Though there are exceptions. Animals are the same way. I have seen mean dogs, of all breeds. It is all a matter of how they are raised and treated. I have a cousin that was severely mauled by a family dalmation. But i have owned6 pit bulls in my life, i now have 2, and none of them have ever shown any kind of aggression to people. They are all friendly and great with children.

Its not the breed of dog, Its the breed of the person raising it
Hanna

Eminence, MO

#4 Jul 27, 2008
That is entirely true.
trying to remember

Van Nuys, CA

#5 Jul 28, 2008
although the raising of the animal plays a large part in its behavior, I was trying to remember how many times I've heard or read about.. OTHER BREEDS OF TERRIERS, french poodles, collies, beagles, pointers, sitters, labradors, boxers, australian sheppards, airedales, spaniels, whippets, or greyhounds doing this same thing?
Ignore the Obvious

Augusta, ME

#6 Jul 28, 2008
You are all ignoring this: In 2007, there were 32 fatal dog attacks in the United States. Of those attacks, 69 percent involved pit bulls. The next breed was Rottweilers, coming in at 13 percent.

Who cares too much if a little Rat Terrier nips your heel? Pit Bulls kill people. They are outlawed in may cities througout America. Answer this Pit Bull owners - if a little toddler inadvertantly wonders up to your pit bull to pet it will you confidently tell us that the toddler will be safe????
chidoug

Chicago, IL

#7 Jul 28, 2008
I read a few weeks ago that a dachshund are most likely to bite and they won this title by a wide margin. It was also said that dalmatian were on the most dangerous dog list, I believe they were number 10: http://fatmammycat.blogspot.com/2008/07/dange...

Also here is a site that I came across looking for the article I read.
http://www.dogpolitics.com/my_weblog/2006/02/...

and I donít blame the dog but the owner. Just like guns donít kill people, people kill people, same with the dogs.

I do however believe one should be license to owning a dog and anyone caught without one should face a hefty fine and possible jail time.

I had a rottweiler and he was great. Never had a problem. One of the questions I would get when walking him (he was a friendly dog) is would he bite. My answer is that anything with teeth will bite. However he was nothing but a big baby, but that would mean that I would trust him.
not the dogs fault

Lewisburg, PA

#8 Jul 28, 2008
Ignore the Obvious wrote:
You are all ignoring this: In 2007, there were 32 fatal dog attacks in the United States. Of those attacks, 69 percent involved pit bulls. The next breed was Rottweilers, coming in at 13 percent.
Who cares too much if a little Rat Terrier nips your heel? Pit Bulls kill people. They are outlawed in may cities througout America. Answer this Pit Bull owners - if a little toddler inadvertantly wonders up to your pit bull to pet it will you confidently tell us that the toddler will be safe????
When I had my dogs yes i could of confidently told you that they would have been safe. My pit bulls never hurt or even showed any kind of aggression toward anyone ever. Many children of differant ages played with them on diff. occasions and they never ever tried to harm any of them. The slept with my 1 year old and never tried to harm him. So yeah I could of told you that your child would be fine playing with my dog. Dogs killing ppl is a tragidy and the owner should be held accountable for it because the owner is the reason that the dog was that way. If you raise a dog in a loving envoiorment and don't train it to be a attack do or a fighting dog then you wouldn't have these problems. You can train any dog to kill but when you do that you can't really control that dog anymore but if you train it to love then all it will do is that
Expecting

Eminence, MO

#9 Jul 28, 2008
Yes i can very confidently tell you that. If a toddler walks up to my 5 year old male pit or my 16 month old male, they will be absolutely safe. They are great with children and i will trust them with my infant son when he is born in December.

I know that all people dont agree with this. Some people go with the speculation they here. I have experience and thats what i believe in
Ignore the Obvious

Augusta, ME

#10 Jul 28, 2008
Just curious - can you get liability insurance on Pit Bulls.

I like the idea from the study chidoug posted:

'Dangerous dogs in ireland, animals that must be muzzled at all times in public, that must be on a leash at all times and controlled by a person no younger than 16 years old.
American Pit Bull Terrier,
English Bull Terrier,
Staffordshire Bull Terrier,
Ban Dog,( I'm assuming a pit bull x)
Bull Dog,
Bull Mastiff,
Doberman Pinscher,
German Shepherd (Alsatian),
Rhodesian Ridgeback,
Rottweiler,
Japanese Akita,
Japanese Tosa
chidoug

Chicago, IL

#11 Jul 28, 2008
Boy's arm amputated after family dog attacks
http://www.woodtv.com/Global/story.asp...
Expecting

Eminence, MO

#12 Jul 28, 2008
All animals have the potential to be dangerous. No matter the kind of animal or the breed. im not saying that pit bulls dont have the potential to hurt people, most animals do. Im just saying that not all animals are vicous, not all animals will bite people.
Think about this

Williamsville, MO

#13 Jul 28, 2008
I'm sick of people all around Butler County allowing their pit bulls and rottweilers to roam free, threatening other people. Its one thing to have a dangerous dog behind a fence on your own property, its completely irresponsible to allow such a dog to roam free. I would compare it to owning a gun. If the gun is locked up and/or safely stored, fine, but don't take your loaded gun and lay it in the neighbor's yard and put your neighbor's kids at risk.
PUT THESE DOGS BEHIND A FENCE OR ON A CHAIN PEOPLE!
Ignore the Obvious

Augusta, ME

#14 Jul 28, 2008
If someone lived near me and my children and owned a Pit Bull I would do everything in my power to get rid of it ... legally of course.
NO insurance company will insure Pit Bull owners!
Vitamin J

United States

#15 Jul 28, 2008
Pit bulls are the best dogs.... no contest
Expecting

Eminence, MO

#16 Jul 28, 2008
But the thing is, there is nothing you can do about it. Besides that, what right do you have? If the animals are kept under control and away from you then there is no problem. All that does is cause problems. My animals have never bothered any of my neighbors, i doubt they even know that i have pets. They are under my control and they are my responsibility. Therefore, they have no right to say that i cant have whatever kind of dog i want to have. That is my right as a tax paying citizen.

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Poplar Bluff

#17 Jul 28, 2008
I've seen this same subject before and didn't post but I will now even though I will catch hell from a few dog owners.

ANY dog can and WILL bite under the right circumstances, it's instinct for self defence, no matter what its history.

Watch your child around animals no matter what the owner says.

I've owned dogs and MANY, MANY other type animals all my life. We are known as animal people. Of the several type dogs I've owned over the years I've never had a pit, however that really doesn't matter. There animals plain and simple, not people. They have bad days just like any other creature. They get sick or feel bad or just get moody at times. Kids will be kids. They pull hair, ears, tails, get their face right in the animals face and do alot of other things that can trigger an animal that isn't feeling its best at the time. Usually the dog just lays there cause he may have been raised from a pup with babies or children and they can do anything they want and the dog wouldn't ever think of biting. The dog may get tired and walk away and crawl under the table just to get away from the child if he happens to not feel his best at the time. BUT... it's an animal and I don't care how smart you think it is it doesn't COMPLETELY reason the same as a human. Even humans snap at times and strike a child or adult.. so don't tell me it's not possible for a child to scare or harm an animal inadvertently at the wrong time, even if it's a 1 in 10 million chance...it's a chance. A goldfish, chihuahua, or french poodle probably won't do life threatening damage, although its possible. A pit or a few other breeds might very easily. Yes it may be a very, very slim chance but $hit happens. Look at the news and hear the stories of the dog that has never bitten before. You can't watch them both (child & dog) 24/7. Throw the fact that ALOT of pet owners aren't very responsible, hell alot of parents aren't either, and those things raise the percentage of a problem happening. I don't think any type DOG should be outlawed. Maybe some special type laws or license depending where you live like requirements for a fenced area, or on a leash when walking off your property. There's nothing wrong with pits or any other breed if owned responsibly.
Expecting

Eminence, MO

#18 Jul 28, 2008
I completely agree, with everything. But we know that all people are different and dont share the same views.
Dude In PB

Poplar Bluff, MO

#19 Jul 28, 2008
Expecting wrote:
Yes i can very confidently tell you that. If a toddler walks up to my 5 year old male pit or my 16 month old male, they will be absolutely safe. They are great with children and i will trust them with my infant son when he is born in December.
I know that all people dont agree with this. Some people go with the speculation they here. I have experience and thats what i believe in
thats bullshit...we were attacked at van buran on the beach by a dog that the owner said never bit anyone before...we were just standing there ane were attacked,so i dont give a shit what kind of dog you have you need to keep it away from the general public,period...
pet

Eureka, MO

#20 Jul 28, 2008
Ignore the Obvious wrote:
You are all ignoring this: In 2007, there were 32 fatal dog attacks in the United States. Of those attacks, 69 percent involved pit bulls. The next breed was Rottweilers, coming in at 13 percent.
Who cares too much if a little Rat Terrier nips your heel? Pit Bulls kill people. They are outlawed in may cities througout America. Answer this Pit Bull owners - if a little toddler inadvertantly wonders up to your pit bull to pet it will you confidently tell us that the toddler will be safe????
I have three and I would bet my life that none of them would ever bite anyone unless they hurt one of my family members. I had my hamster in its ball last night and they ran with their tails tucked and hid under my bed. But you are totally right they are horrible vicious animals that kill any child that crosses them. My neighbors have chihuahuas and the rest of our neighbors would rather them be gone than my pits. Other dogs attack more but they aren't strong enough to really hurt anyone.

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