Here is my 2 cents. Sorry that this is so long. I love Pit Bulls, and many of the "tough " breeds. I have German Shepherds and Dutch Shepherds. And I look forward to the day that I can have a pit. But I have no misguided thoughts on the breed. The breed in general has a aggressive tendicy(sp?), yes, they can be dangerious, and yes they are a VERY strong breed both in body and mind, and they can and have killed people. I don't think that the average person should own a pit, period. The people that should be allowed to own a pit should have experience with dogs, and a through knowledge of canine behavior, and training. I believe people should have to get special licenece to have a Pit. I understand that when I own a Pit that it will not be out with my other dogs, and will be socailized from day one, and I will only get a pup from a breeder who is breeding for a stable dog. I love Pit Bulls, yes they can be sweet dogs, but the are NOT labs, and they should not be compared to labs, nor should people treat them like labs. I have worked with quite a few Pits. I'm sorry to hear about the young girl being killed by this dog. Yes the dog did kill her, but the mother, and of course the owner of the dog, is also to blame. I read the article. The mother stated that it wasn't the first time that this had happened, the daughter should never been allowed to help the dog, I don't care wether it's a pit or a Pom, a dog in distress is a danger. The mother and daughter were luck the times before when they helped the dog, I'm not saying that they should have left the dog to strangle to death, but the 10 year old should have never been allowed to help. Now, what made this time different from the other times? Only God knows 100%, but it could have been something as simple as the dog had tangled his leash some before he jumped the fence, and in doing so when he laned on the other side of the fence his collar was tighter, causing him to strangle worse than before. What ever was different about this time, this dog should be put down. I don't think that getting rid of Pits is the answer. Get rid of pits and the fighters and people who have them for the wrong reasons will move on to another breed, and continue to until there are no more dogs left. Here was a experience I had with a Pit a few years ago. I got up early one mornign to meet client. I walked out to the front of the building that I was working in, and in the ditch by the road was a dog sitting. After looking at the dog from a distance it looked like a Pit, but I was unsure. I was curious why the dog wasn't getting up. I walked inside the building for a moment, and came back out and the dog had laid down. At that point I knew my fear was confirmed. The dog had been hit by a car. I walked carefully to the dog, and kept my distance to assess the situation. When I got within about 10-20 feet from the dog I could tell that it was a very big, intact, black male Pit Bull. Very pretty dog. They dog wasn't bleeding anything major, no gaping wounds, a small amount of raod rash, but no major outward injuries. But it was apperant that the dogs back legs, hips and possible lower back was broken. I walked back to the building, called animal control, and the sheriffs, and they said the same thing, they wouldn't come out to pick up the dog since I was in the country. So I grabbed a nylon leash, a pole from the broom, and a x-large dog crate and went back outside. I used the pole to loop the leash around the dogs mouth and gently, but tightly, tied the dogs mouth shut, basically a muzzle, since at that time I didn't have a muzzle handy. After making sure that the dogs mouth was tied securily shut I than went about looping another leash over the dog to try and gently pull the dog into the crate to no effect. This dog was very heavy, but not fat. Once when I was trying to get around the dog I tripped over his back legs, a whine but nothing more, finally after over an hour of trying and finally getting my sister and a gentlemens hepl it took three of us to lift the dog and put him in my truck so I could drive him to the vet. And at the vet it took two of us to carry him in, and at one point the other person that was carring the other side of the blanket that we were using to carry the dog accidently dropped her side of the blanket and the dogs rear end hit the ground, again a whine. Never once during this hole ordeal did this dog growl, snarl, or try to snap or bite at me or anyone that was helping. I was amazed by this dog. I don't know if this was a fight dogs, there is a high possiblity that it was. Would I less careful if I ran into another situation like this with a Pit, or anyother dog, the answer is NO, I would be just as careful. I understand that a dog, or animal, in pain is a danger, reguardless if you know the dog or not. I was nearly bit by one of my big males when he got his foot stuck. Did I blame him, no. Would I have been upset if he had bit me one. I could go on and on for a long time, so I will stop. People need to be more responsible about what they are doing, and what they let there kids do. Oh one other thing. For those that don't think that the pit fighters care of their dogs. There are 2 types of fighters, the wanna bes, and the serious fighters. The wanna bes are the ones with the skin dogs, and people who are serious about fighting pits do take care of their dogs. For those that are interested there is a video out called I think "Unchained", it is about Pits, were they came from, and how the breed came to be. In this video they talk to a guy who is a serious Pit fighter, and show you the underworld in Pit fighting. And he shows how and what he does with his dog, including train the dog to fight. This video is not intended to promote pit fighting, it is ment to show how cruel it is, I beleive the SPCA supports the video. It is very graphic, and made me sick at times, but it was a learning experience. I am 100% against dog fighting. Again this is all my opinion.