Adopted pit bull attacks 6-year-old boy

Adopted pit bull attacks 6-year-old boy

There are 154 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Aug 4, 2008, titled Adopted pit bull attacks 6-year-old boy. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

Authorities say a Tampa Bay area boy was injured by a pit bill his family recently adopted.

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“Share the Road.”

Since: Jul 08

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#153 Aug 7, 2008
MyPerspective wrote:
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This website makes no bones about their position: they are specifically against pits and proponents of banning said breed. But did you fail to note their stats come the same place as the CDC? Even a site whose purpose is to ban pit bulls cannot PROVE pit bulls bite more than other breeds. Again, nice try.
I have 20 different web sites with studies by doctors and scientists. The fact that you don't want to acknowlege anything provided to you just means that anything provided to you in the future will never sway you anyway, no matter what the source.

Since: Apr 07

Tallahassee, FL

#154 Aug 7, 2008
FlaXcRacer wrote:
<quoted text>I have 20 different web sites with studies by doctors and scientists. The fact that you don't want to acknowlege anything provided to you just means that anything provided to you in the future will never sway you anyway, no matter what the source.
Not true, I'm just not willing to accept blanket information, and will actually research the source to see if their credible. Would I go to a pro-life site to seek abortion info?

Regardless, the last site you posted reflects the same studies found at the CDC site. You can have fifty sites, but if they are using the same exact study, there is still only one argument...which I reject because the studies clearly do not reflect all bites, or even all breeds. This makes any "pits need to be banned" argument based on these studies biased and unfounded.

Please provide a study that reflects bites. Not just fatal ones, not just those reported through hospitals, not ones only in Denver, etc. I've been looking for one. If you can successfully locate, feel free to post.

“Share the Road.”

Since: Jul 08

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#155 Aug 7, 2008
MyPerspective wrote:
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Not true, I'm just not willing to accept blanket information, and will actually research the source to see if their credible. Would I go to a pro-life site to seek abortion info?
Regardless, the last site you posted reflects the same studies found at the CDC site. You can have fifty sites, but if they are using the same exact study, there is still only one argument...which I reject because the studies clearly do not reflect all bites, or even all breeds. This makes any "pits need to be banned" argument based on these studies biased and unfounded.
Please provide a study that reflects bites. Not just fatal ones, not just those reported through hospitals, not ones only in Denver, etc. I've been looking for one. If you can successfully locate, feel free to post.
Don't get me wrong, I don't "hate" pit bulls and I don't really have a solid opinion on whether they should be banned or not. My actual position is that people need to be held accountable for their animals. I have a friend with 2 Pit Bulls and he took out huge insurance policies on them to protect himself and other people. Resposible ownership is what I would advocate. Licensing, training, insurance. That type of thing. Because even you have to admit that the most vicious of dog attacks are done by Pit Bulls.

“Share the Road.”

Since: Jul 08

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#156 Aug 7, 2008
Something to reinforce you're point of view. Ths came from www.avma.org .

REGARDLESS OF SIZE OR BREED, ALL DOGS CAN BITE IF PROVOKED. RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERSHIP IS KEY TO REDUCING THE LIKELIHOOD OF A DOG BITE AND CAN ENHANCE THE OWNER/DOG RELATIONSHIP

There is no such thing as a bad breed of dog. All dogs can bite if provoked. Responsible dog ownership is key.

Carefully consider your pet selection. Consult your veterinarian.

Socialize your dog so it feels at ease around strangers and other animals. Don't put your dog in a position where it feels threatened and teased.

Train your dog to respond to the basic commands.

Keep your dog healthy. Have your dog vaccinated against rabies.

Neuter your dog. Neutered dogs are three times less likely to bite.

Be alert to signs your dog is uncomfortable or feeling agressive.

“Share the Road.”

Since: Jul 08

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#157 Aug 7, 2008
http://www.americanhumane.org/

Dog Bites

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Veterinary Medical Association:

Every 40 seconds someone in the United States seeks medical attention for a dog bite-related injury.
Dog attacks cause 4.5 million injuries annually, 800,000 of which require medical attention.
At least 25 different breeds of dogs have been involved in the 238 dog bite-related fatalities in the United States.
Pit bulls and rottweilers account for over half of these deaths.
24% of human deaths involve unrestrained dogs off of their owners' property.
58% of human deaths involved unrestrained dogs on their owners' property.
think about it

Lake Worth, FL

#158 Aug 7, 2008
Oh... you are so correct. Pitt Bulls are awesomne..... which is why they kill more than twice as many humans each year than any other dog. You can argue until you are blue in the face. Pitt Bulls suck!
MyPerspective wrote:
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Before you cheer too loudly...this information does not reflect all bites. Sorry, nice try.

Since: Apr 07

Tallahassee, FL

#159 Aug 7, 2008
FlaXcRacer wrote:
<quoted text>Don't get me wrong, I don't "hate" pit bulls and I don't really have a solid opinion on whether they should be banned or not. My actual position is that people need to be held accountable for their animals. I have a friend with 2 Pit Bulls and he took out huge insurance policies on them to protect himself and other people. Resposible ownership is what I would advocate. Licensing, training, insurance. That type of thing. Because even you have to admit that the most vicious of dog attacks are done by Pit Bulls.
I'm in complete agreement with your position on ownership responsibility. I think there would be less "attacks" if more owners made the effort.

And despite how my posts come across, I am not exactly "pro pit". I am very aware of the challenges of the breed and have never denied they can create horrific damage. I don't even own one, and have no desire to do so. My continued defense comes about because a lot of information spread is either biased or misrepresented.
Brent

Tampa, FL

#160 Aug 7, 2008
That dog can babysit!

“Share the Road.”

Since: Jul 08

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#161 Aug 7, 2008
Brent wrote:
That dog can babysit!
He can start with you!
SWEEEET

Lake Worth, FL

#162 Aug 7, 2008
So, that makes a 2 year old, a 3 year old, a 4 year old, a 5 year old, a 6 year old, a 7 year old, an 8 year old....... all attacked this year in Florida. Pit Bulls are LAME!
ckarina

Orlando, FL

#163 Aug 17, 2008
Pit Bulls are not bad pets!!! I have 2 pit bulls and all i have ever had are pit bulls and not yet have any of my pitbulls attacted anyone if you know how to handel them. I also have a 7 year old step-daughter, 2 yeard old nephew and 7 month old niece and they can play with them and thye showno signs of aggession all. It depends on how you raise them. As long as you teach them that you are the boss and train them correctly you have nothing to fear. Blame the trainers. Not the students.
Ban Pitt Bulls

Lake Worth, FL

#164 Aug 21, 2008
Too bad most people are idiots and cannot properly train ANY sort of dog. The fact that one chooses a Pit Bull out of all the breeds says something about that person..... that they are LAME!
ckarina wrote:
Pit Bulls are not bad pets!!! I have 2 pit bulls and all i have ever had are pit bulls and not yet have any of my pitbulls attacted anyone if you know how to handel them. I also have a 7 year old step-daughter, 2 yeard old nephew and 7 month old niece and they can play with them and thye showno signs of aggession all. It depends on how you raise them. As long as you teach them that you are the boss and train them correctly you have nothing to fear. Blame the trainers. Not the students.
Jay

Hollywood, FL

#165 Sep 7, 2008
FYI: It is not always the owner! I am so tired of hearing this crap! Pitbull owners always hide behind that statement. What do you say to someone that has a pitbull that has put it through all the proper training, socialized the dog with adults, children and other animals, and the dog still continues to show nothing but aggression. I have watched this dog try to chew through a kennel to get out. This dog was raised from a puppy by its owner and never exposed to any kind of aggressiveness, it is just its nature!!! You can tell me till you are blue in the face that your pitbulls would never hurt a fly, but you will eat your words one day. I hope and pray that it does not maim or kill any one of your family members. I also hope you carry a large insurance policy, you may need it. I have yet to come across a pitbull that was nonaggressive. Trust your pits all you want, praise them, but pray they don't get loose one day and prove you wrong.
ckarina wrote:
Pit Bulls are not bad pets!!! I have 2 pit bulls and all i have ever had are pit bulls and not yet have any of my pitbulls attacted anyone if you know how to handel them. I also have a 7 year old step-daughter, 2 yeard old nephew and 7 month old niece and they can play with them and thye showno signs of aggession all. It depends on how you raise them. As long as you teach them that you are the boss and train them correctly you have nothing to fear. Blame the trainers. Not the students.
Gloria

Milwaukee, WI

#166 Nov 14, 2008
Pitbulls are no more likely to attack than other breeds. But, since this dog has been historically used for fighting 1)it has a bad reputation 2) it attracts dumb owners who encourage aggressiveness in the dog. The media pounces on the public misperception of the pitbull and publishes these stories disproportionately to the number of attacks by other dog breeds.

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