I’m amazed that the Aug. 27 editorial regarding pit bulls made it to print. The Gazette claims editorials are subjected to editing, for among other things — fairness. For the writer to state that I lack “common sense and responsible behavior” because I have two of these dogs at home, with my small child, was not fair.
I’m the proud owner of two beautiful male bully breed dogs. They are formidable in appearance but are quite literally “cuddly little bunnies.” The United Kennel Club [UKC] states that American Pit Bull Terriers “make excellent family companions and have always been noted for their love of children.” Their website also goes on to say “not the best choice for a guard dog since they are extremely friendly, even with strangers.”
The many variations of the pit bull breed dogs have similar descriptions. How can the scathing editorial suggesting the state impose ownership restrictions on “clueless parents” and the UKC be talking about the same dog?
I concur that not all people are intelligent, but I will argue that not all pit bulls are dangerous. Breed aside, any dog has the potential to be aggressive. How a dog is raised and treated has the ability to affect their temperament and increase their probability of being aggressive. Let me repeat, any dog.
The editorial failed to reveal that the attacked owner also had three pit bulls escape and maul a woman in 2011. After the horrible incident, and incurring jail time and fines, the owner wasn’t inhibited in obtaining more dogs of the same breed. When I hear this, I don’t question the breed, I question the owner and the dog’s handling.
Stupidity breeds hate. This not only happens when one speaks without experience or knowledge, but also when any animal is not treated with respect.