This recent push by some residents to ban pit bulls in Spokane hits close to home for me. My Lexy was abandoned at an apartment complex when she was 3 months old. I was fortunate to get her when the guy who was providing temporary housing said I could. She’s been the most adorable dog ever and she has the sweetest demeanor in the world. She’s so submission it’s comical. The moment you meet her she’ll roll over on her back and want you to rub her tummy. She also has a minor bladder control issue when she first meets someone. The vet says she’s a submissive urinator And since she was abandoned, the vet’s best guess is she’s a pit bull / german sheperd mix.
(Lexy’s first day home July, 2006)
In my opinion, to enact a ban on a single breed of animal is wrong. Yes, pit bulls have a bad reputation but take a look at this interesting article on “Breeds most likely to kill”.
According to the article since 1975, fatal attacks have been attributed to dogs from at least 30 breeds. Other good points to consider when labeling a specific breed as dangerous is nicely outlined below.
- Any dog, treated harshly or trained to attack, may bite a person. Any dog can be turned into a dangerous dog. The owner or handler most often is responsible for making a dog into something dangerous.
- An irresponsible owner or dog handler might create a situation that places another person in danger by a dog, without the dog itself being dangerous, as in the case of the Pomeranian that killed the infant (see above).
- Any individual dog may be a good, loving pet, even though its breed is considered to be potentially dangerous. A responsible owner can win the love and respect of a dog, no matter its breed. One cannot look at an individual dog, recognize its breed, and then state whether or not it is going to attack.
If any city were to ban ‘anything’ based on statistics of bad behavior then maybe we should ban teenager drivers.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, accounting for more than one in three deaths in this age group. In 2005, twelve teens ages 16 to 19 died every day from motor vehicle injuries.
(Lake Coeur d’Alene, Feb. ‘08)
There’s no way I’d ever willingly get rid of Lexy. And I’d be hard pressed to move outside Spokane city limits just because people say my dog is dangerous. I do understand that this proposed ordinance would include a ban against any ‘new’ pit bulls within city limits but I still think it’s unfair to label a breed or any group dangerous as a whole.
(Seriously, does this look like a dangerous dog?)
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