Garfield Heights bans pit bulls

Garfield Heights bans pit bulls

There are 14 comments on the WKYC-TV Cleveland story from Oct 18, 2007, titled Garfield Heights bans pit bulls. In it, WKYC-TV Cleveland reports that:

“I don't know what I'm going to do if they take our dogs away, they've been with us for so long we don't know what to do without them”

Countless stitches and near fatal bite marks are the reasons, the city of Garfield Heights passed an ordinance that completely bans pit bulls. via WKYC-TV Cleveland

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No Sympathy for the Devil

Barberton, OH

#1 Oct 19, 2007
The individuals mentioned do little to improve the negative pitbull reputation by naming theirs after the devil, the antichrist and a Puerto Rican drug dealer.

Pitbull breeds have been bred to be fighting dogs since the Victorian era (see Stafforshire Bull Terrier and American Pitbull Terrier). While it is quite possible for them to have stable tempraments if raised properly, the majority of pitbull owners aren't responsible enough to raise goldfish, let alone a dog that requires as much attention as a pitbull does.
aotto24

Brook Park, OH

#2 Oct 22, 2007
I think this ban is rediculous!!! I personally own 2 pits that I have raised since they were 6 weeks old. They are now 6 yrs old and we have never had a problem w/ them. Garfield's own dog warden has came to our house and has met our dogs personally w/ no problems. Now here I am probably have to KILL my dogs who I consider to be like my children and for what not for health reasons or b/c of old age but b/c of ignorance of this city and ignorance w/ other owners!!! Maybe we should ban all the kids that are causing trouble in our community day after day. I have complaint about that.
linda indepencence ohio

Independence, OH

#3 Oct 23, 2007
i was at the meeting last nite. garfield heights dog warden was not even present.maybe he didnt think it was a important meeting? people fear the pit bulls because they always attract a lot of coverage when they bite. this is because of some of the cases that happened. how many other dogs have bitten and dont get the attention. i myself had a "biter". when i had company, especially kids over playing with my kids the dog was put in my room and the door was locked. the dog was always supervised when he was around my kids. this was a terrier/doberman mix. he eventually died of old age, with no bites because i was responsible!!!! pit bulls ,bulldogs, boxers, bull mastiffs, dobermans, chows, rottweillers, german shep...any large strong breed......are a status symbol. showing that people have power because they have a breed of dog that is powerful. people will have them for show. these are the people that leave them tied up outside constantly, fed once in a while, with no human contact. then when the abused dog gets loose it will go after anything that moves, because it doesnt know any better. im sure alot of people have neighbors like this. is that fair. why did they get the dog in the first place. cuz it is a POWERFUL DOG AND IT WILL INTIMIDATE OTHERS. wake up..........something has to be done with the LOW LIFE PEOPLE who cant take care of their kids because of their lifestyle (drugs, no money) let alone a dog. and those who are responsible suffer because of them.
Lorie

Cleveland, OH

#4 Oct 23, 2007
I believe the city just punished all dog owners because of some bad owners.
I think we will have more problems with dogs running around because the bad owners are not going to turn them in or find them a home. They will dump them in the cities around Garfield Hts or just turn them lose in Garfield. If they didn't care about the dog now they aren't going to care what happens to it. Way to go Garfield!
Concerned Amer Staf Owner

AOL

#5 Oct 25, 2007
The situation based around communities that ban the so called “bully breed dogs” have performed a thorough research on this breed nor have these communities taken into consideration the affect it may have on the families that must face such a difficult decision about their family member.
In view of this situation, I have investigated communities who have strict and severe punishments for parents of children that do not follow the law of the land. Why then cannot these same communities punish owners who not only treat these beautiful animals as beasts, but they are also trained be aggressive to the human breed.
Dogs are very similar to people. As a responsible pet owner, it is the humanistic responsibility of any pet owner to treat their family friend with respect and dignity. My dogs have been and continue to be treated like my children. With this said, they treat any guest in my home with the same respect and manners that my children have learned. If do not treat your pet with respect, you will not receive respect and the pet will treat anyone in your home as an enemy because they do not know better.
All I can say is that this situation is a travesty. God placed these animals on this earth to be man’s companion, not to be abused, beaten, and thrown away with little care or thought about their quality of life. I must say,“Shame on many of you for taking such a drastic discriminatory stand toward these beautiful creatures”. These animals are God’s creations and just like humans were given the opportunity to receive love and care from the right pet owner. These animals should not be punished for living with the wrong family. A very detailed plan should be developed where these babies can receive the appropriate care and love in order to develop the right social skills.
Remember prejudice is festered by fear and the lack of knowledge. It’s time for us to really do some deep soul searching and give thought on what can be done to turn this situation around. If this were your child, what would you do?
Dyan

AOL

#6 Oct 27, 2007
These cities must start going after the law breakers...the people that own Pit Bulls that are NOT responsible.... people that do not follow the laws of the city. Instead they are taking away everyone rights to own a dog of their choice... which breed will it be next? My Great Dane? Your maybe your German Shepherd? Or any other dog of your choice?
Go after the law breakers...leave the family pets alone!
Concerned

Schaumburg, IL

#7 Oct 29, 2007
Where are all these dogs going? I know some people that have some property that would love to take them so that they will not get put down? Does anyone know where they are going to go?
witness

Cleveland, OH

#8 Apr 15, 2008
Has any of you even really seen a child chewed up by a big vicious dog? A dog that won't stop? Some guy's "pet" that got out? How many of you would sacrafice your own body to the dog to save the child, because it was the only option one child's mother had before it was too late and her child was dead? I was a child in the emergency ward(ironiclly for a dog bite on my hand) when they brought this child and his mother it.

So shut up with all your dog love of vicious breed dogs. Even good dogs attack if instincts or fear is triggered and you think you can control ones breed to be vicious?
Tabitha

Mount Clemens, MI

#9 Apr 30, 2008
Now it is you who is showing ignorance, Pit Bulls were not bred to be vicious, in fact they were bred to be specifically none agressive to humans, they were bred to fight other dogs, they tend to be dog agressive as a result, they were not bred to be human agressive, because people that engaged in dog fighting back in the day normally kept thier fighting dog as a family pet. They are a powerful dog. they are headstrong and require confident and capable responsible owners. THEY ARE NOT VICIOUS by nature, any large powerful intelligent breed comes with the same requirements.

DO your research, just because you witnessed something tragic that involved what someone claimed was a pit bull, doesnt make them all bad, and doesnt even mean that it was an acurately identified dog.
parent

Cleveland, OH

#10 May 22, 2008
Tabitha wrote:
Now it is you who is showing ignorance, Pit Bulls were not bred to be vicious, in fact they were bred to be specifically none agressive to humans, they were bred to fight other dogs, they tend to be dog agressive as a result, they were not bred to be human agressive, because people that engaged in dog fighting back in the day normally kept thier fighting dog as a family pet. They are a powerful dog. they are headstrong and require confident and capable responsible owners. THEY ARE NOT VICIOUS by nature, any large powerful intelligent breed comes with the same requirements.
DO your research, just because you witnessed something tragic that involved what someone claimed was a pit bull, doesnt make them all bad, and doesnt even mean that it was an acurately identified dog.
Actually I know someone who raises and fights pit bulls and tells the same stupid BS stories to everyone else, until he gets behind closed doors-
PEOPLE, DO NOT BELIEVE THAT THESE DOGS ARE GENTLE
THEY BREED THEM BIG AND MEAN AND THAT IS THAT
And not just pits anymore-other big dogs too-
I agree that the dogs should just be normal dogs but they have not been left to that
Bryan

Cleveland, OH

#11 Feb 26, 2009
I am APBT owner for 6 years now and I love it. She is my little girl.

I do understand the concerns neighborhoods have regarding the APBT. Its not the bite people are necessarily concerned about, it is moreso the strength and the fact they will go to the end to accomplish their mission.

But, despite the breed the dogs life and the dogs owner plays an enormous role, like it does with any person. My little girl has been raised in a very good home enviornment. Much of the problems I have to deal with is her constant and I mean her constant licking of me especially is quite annoying. On the flip side, if she were raised in the slums of cleveland trained to fight, who knows what she would be like. But, again that is the same with any person. I am sure you dog lovers would agree that your dog has quite the personality that you can distinuish from other dogs of the same breed.

I agree with the banning of "viscious" dogs, but I do not agree with the labling of any breed to be "viscious." That is being too unreasonable and closed minded.

I would consent to a test being developed to determine the dog as an individual (not breed) of being "viscious" or not. I think that would be an idea to look into to meet inbetween for those for and those against the ban.

Additionally it is not consistant with current laws when compaired to guns, knives, or murderers. 1 pitbull bit or attack causes its ban but we will tolerate 30 murders by gunshot wounds a year. And pass a concealment carry law at that.

For me the reasoning behind the ban does not support the ban.
Rencasian

Cleveland, OH

#12 Feb 26, 2009
Hey Bryan, your still a dillweed and will never be mayor...or council...or dog catcher...lol, couldn't resist...
Bryan

Bedford, OH

#13 Mar 1, 2009
Great post Rencasian. Really.
LUVMYEMPRESS

Akron, OH

#15 Jan 4, 2018
Well I was about to move to Garfield Hts until I came across this. I will not be giving up my Staffordshire Bull Terrier. I love my Empress. I adopted her at 6 months and she's now 9 months. She's very gentle and definitely a licker.

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