I was terribly saddened to read about the young boy being attached by his family’s dog in Amsterdam, and knew it was going to be a matter of time before the “keep pit bulls away from children” backlash was going to begin.
I didn’t, however, expect the Aug. 27 editorial basically calling pit-bull owners who have children, “reckless, stubborn, irresponsible, uninformed” Wow. I take strong exception to this editorial, as I’m hoping many other owners do.
We have had pit bulls in our home for 17-plus years, and even ran a day care in our home for 15 years with our dog playing side-by-side with our children. Other “irresponsible parents” who allowed us to watch their children with not one incident, ever.
After losing our first pit, we adopted another bully mix and she is just as sweet and loving to our five grandchildren as our previous dog was. I believe it’s a terrible injustice to lump these dogs into such a menacing category. Rescued pit bulls are being used by police departments across the country for drug sniffing, and others for therapy dogs, and per an American Temperament Testing Society (ATTS) study, “Pit Bulls are no more vicious than golden retrievers, beagles or other popular dogs. In a recent study of 122 dog breeds by the ATTS, pit bulls achieved a passing rate of 83.9 percent. That’s as good or better than beagles — 78.2 percent, and Golden Retrievers — 83.2 percent. (www.ATTS.org).”
I’d encourage the writer of this editorial to go to Outoftheptis.org, badrap.org, and learn more before bashing these faithful companions.