i am against the ban for two reasons 1. a dog , any dog, pits included, are going to be as mean as the owners makes or allows it to be. pitbulls are no different than ay other dog, they just have the power to do more damage if they were to bite. a good, responsible owner raises a dog with love and compassion. anyone that sets out to make a dog mean should be punished for their actions......not the dog.
2. if people allow the pitbull ban to continue, it will soon spread to other counties and states. some people dont care because it doesnt affect their particular breed. but they should care. we all should care. because if that is allowed to happen, do you really think it will stop with the pitbull? no. next it will be your gsd or your rotty or whatever the government decides to target next. i for one would rather not give anyone the power to come take my pet . hopefully we will work together as animal lovers to put a stop to any ban that gives the government the power over our dogs. if bans like that are allowed to continue, its because we have not done our part in putting a stop to it.
I'm honestly not sure - I don't really know very many pitbulls... Actually, no. I don't know any pit bulls. My brother's ex-girlfriend was attacked by one though and is left disfigured and without the use of her left arm.
The dog in question had not been raised to be aggressive and he had never attacked anyone before. No one can really be sure what set him off.
When I hear stories like that, it makes me want to say that yes, they should be. It isn't the dogs fault, it is the irresponsible breeding that has taken place over the years.
Then you see someone with a loving pet and feel for them too.
I do not think any breed should be banned. Like someone else said, it may not affect us personally, yet, if we do not have a pit bull. But eventually it will begin to affect the breeds we do own, like my family, who has a GSD. And then it will be rotts, and so on. The number of dogs who snap far outnumber the number who are sweet gentle dogs their whole lives. Banning certain breeds will not solve anything, in my opinion.
No. Don't we live in the United States? We should be able to decide which breeds we own? Those that that chose to mistreat or be irresponsible owners should be proscuted. If the counties and States used the laws they already have on there books there would be no reason to add these bans. They are simply a ban-aid to a much deeper problem. I agree with what some one else said this is not going to stop at just Pits.Where I live they are already starting to not limit the bans to just one breed. Now they are starting the "Dangerous Breed" bans which include a number of great dog breed that have been given bad reputations by irresponsible people.
Because "pit bull" type dogs (there is no such breed as a "pit bull") are used by criminals in illegal dog fighting, they are a special case. I see no sense in banning the Doberman Pincher, German Shepherd Dog, Rottweiler, Chow-Chow, etc.--that's just hysteria. Getting rid of criminals is a wholly different matter.
Dade County does not allow ownership of "pit bulls," but if you have a pedigree or bill of sale saying that you own an American Staffordshire Terrier, they will let you keep it. All you have to do is move outside the Dade County line and you may keep dogs of whatever type you want. This makes sense for them because of the dog fighting problem that they have.
Detroit, Michigan does not allow ownership of "pit bull" dogs, but you may move outside the city limits and own any dog you like. This, again, is not because they have a problem with all "pit bull" dogs, it is because they have a dog fighting problem.
What I am trying to say here is that governments in these places are trying to prevent animal cruelty and deny criminals a source of income. Restricting ownership of "pit bull" dogs is one tool in their arsenal of tools to use against despicable criminal gangs.
Even here in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County, rescue organizations will not place "pit bull" type dogs because they are afraid that they will be used for dog fighting. There are specific organizations that are experienced with the placement of these dogs and they are all full and can take more dogs.
Not all "pit bull" dogs are vicious. Not all "pit bull" type dogs are used in fighting. But you will agree, I hope, that dog fighting needs to be stamped out in this country. I can only agree with limited, temporary, banning of "pit bull" type dogs if it will help stop criminals from fighting dogs for money.
i disagree. banning the pitbull "types". is not going to stop the "criminals" that are fighting these dogs. all it is doing is hurting the families that have these types of dogs and are loving family pets. stricter laws should be placed on the people that are doing the dog fighting. punish the irresponsible owner, not the dog. because even if they were to eradicate the pitbull types, they are not correcting the persons responsible for fighting them. they will just find another breed or type to continue on with.
No. we have the luxury of freedom here. all dogs should be treated the same way. if a dog shows just cause for being confiscated and quarantined (ex. mauling), then so be it. but that should be the case no matter what breed it is.
this is why dog licenses and animal control are so important. the people who own them need to be monitored. it's the people that cause the problem.
I think the owners should be banned, not the dogs. They should get jail time, HEAVY fines not these puny $1,000 (for fighting), tons of community service, and NEVER be allowed to own any animal ever again, not even a fish. They are pathetic excuses for people.
I have a decal on my car of a pit bull peeing on the letters BSL
No dog is born bad,its all in how they are raised and we are proof of that.We now have 3 APBT's and they are VERY friendly and well behaved(well the one is only 7 wks) but I will raise him the same way i raised my girls.I also have 3 kids from the ages of 10 to 4 yrs,they are the best of friends.
I think that instead of trying to ban this breed ,maybe they should consider making it a little harder to own the breed and/or bred them.maybe something like if you own the breed you should have to register it with your town/county (other then the regular license) and have to abide<sp> by certain rules like,they have to have proof of putting them thru puppy/dog classes,they have to aquire their CGC.I dont know,something along those lines just so any Tom,Dick,and Harry cant own one.This truely is one of those breeds that is not for everyone.
I am a bully lover thru and thru and I would do what it takes for my babies.
I think a lot of people who are unsure because they have heard stories of "pit bull" type dogs mauled someone they knew for no apparent reason. What they fail to realize is that there plenty of other breeds that have mauled people for "no reason." If that's the case, they will ban all domestication of all animals and non of us want that do we?