Saturday, July 25, 2015

ROCHESTER MN - POST BULLETIN: LETTER FROM CITIZEN - "SHELTERS NEED TO RECONSIDER REHOMING PIT BULL TYPE AND OTHER KNOWN AGGRESSIVE DOGS...A 'NO-KILL' LABEL IS MISLEADING...IT JUST MEANS THE KILLING DOESN'T HAPPEN UNDER THE SHELTER'S ROOF"

http://m.postbulletin.com/opinion/letters/letter-after-attack-shelters-must-realize-not-all-dogs-are/article_d4ba64c7-c452-5941-ae92-54db3ff7a36e.html?mode=jqm

Another pit bull attack results in fatal injuries for a Rochester puppy. I'm sure this dog's innate aggressive tendencies may have been nurtured by his hostile and aggressive owner, but I think our pet shelters need to reconsider their policies of rehoming pit bulls and their mixes and other known aggressive dogs in the interest of maintaining their no-kill policy.
These aggressive dogs have a high chance of carrying out their aggression and potentially killing after they leave the shelter, so a "no-kill" label is misleading and incorrect. It just means the killing doesn't happen under the shelter's roof.

Is the life of any creature, no matter how dangerous, really equally valuable to the life of so many other deserving dogs with the potential to be good pets and who will most likely never show unprovoked aggression?

Why not face reality and do the only humane and right thing with the unadoptable dogs and euthanize them instead of rehoming them and later reading a story like the  July 20 Post-Bulletin article  that reaffirms just how dangerous these gladiator types of dogs are?

This is like handing out assault rifles to anyone and hoping they are responsible enough to use them correctly. This is not smart and not what the majority of our community wants.

Rhonda Canale
Rochester

3 comments:

Farmer Jane said...

I've read other articles and editorials that compare pit bulls to guns. This bothers me because guns are actually less dangerous. They need someone to pull the trigger. Pits don't. They just go off, leaving blood, terror and heartache in their paths.

Anonymous said...

Rhonda Canale, telling it like it is.

Save a pit bull, potentially kill another dog, cat, pet, person, llama, baby, grandma, grandpa, rabbit, horse, donkey, squirrel, lamb, goat, mail carrier, meter reader, baby seal, shark, alligator, cow, pig, coyote, deer, unicorn, raccoon, puppy, kitten, shelter worker, jogger, space alien...

Any living thing is a potential victim of a pit bull. But if shelters determine that a pit bull is safe, who are we to say otherwise?

Pit bulls should be required to go through each and every trigger from dogsbite.org, to determine if they're really safe. I mean, seriously, you never know when a pit bull is going to go "pit" after a telephone rings, or someone gives someone else a hug.

Sputnik said...

The best policy is to simply humanely euthanize all pit bull type dogs and their mixes that come into any shelter. Most of them have been dumped due to aggression problems, though of course their dumping owners will never admit this -- it would amount to admitting they are failed lion tamers. Testing for all the known triggers will be as unreliable as any other behavior test. Too many people have been attacked while (for example) feeding a pit bull, even though they'd already fed the pit bull 2,000 times before without any problem.