I must honor the memory of my cairn terrier, Gretchen, and address the latest pit bull incident in Flagstaff. Two pit bulls killed her after ramming and breaking our gate. The horror remains after 35 years. In another city, a pit bull owner cheered the dog as it charged my open Jeep while delivering mail. In Thorpe Park, two pit bulls leaped from a truck bed and attacked my husband and our two leashed Aussies. The owners were finally able to pull them off.
The ongoing denial of the evidence against this breed after endless news reports recounting killings, injuries, and narrow escapes defies all intelligence. Children and the elderly are most vulnerable. Renting to a tenant with four of them is unbelievable! Most RV parks and many HOA’s refuse to allow them.
Other breeds are on the list of undesirables but these dogs are at the top. Besides being large and muscular, pit bulls were bred to have a vicious bite that does not yield.
While I have heard that some are “sweethearts,” why value this animal above other, more trustworthy canines? Why take the chance? Unfortunately, with small fines, returns of dogs to irresponsible owners, and unenforced leash laws, what are the incentives to give up this breed?
I applaud the courage of the dog owner and his defender on Lake Mary Road. The lives of a human being and a small pet were saved. I feel such empathy for their suffering.