Sunday, October 25, 2015

BUFFALO NY - LETTER TO THE EDITOR FROM VETERINARIAN HOSPITAL WORKER: "MANY PIT BULL SUPPORTERS DON'T SEEM TO REALIZE THEY ARE POPULATING THIS COUNTRY'S TOWNS AND CITIES WITH A LETHAL ATTACK DOG THAT NEEDS TO BE RIGOROUSLY CONTROLLED... PIT BULLS WEREN'T BRED TO BE HOUSEHOLD PETS"

After having worked in two veterinary clinics and an emergency animal hospital, and seeing the statistics on pit bull attacks on both animals and humans, and after having now had two close friends’ dogs viciously ravaged by pit bulls, I feel compelled to address this issue very frankly.
I have heard both sides of the argument dozens of times, and when I put all the facts, opinions, stats and justifications together into a final perspective, this is what I conclude: Many pit bull supporters don’t seem to realize they are populating this country’s towns and cities with a lethal attack dog that needs to be rigorously controlled.
All the characteristics that make this breed notorious were selected centuries ago. They were used in the sports of bull and bear baiting. They were bred to attack without provocation or warning (hence their “unpredictability”); clamp on to a vulnerable area of the victim’s body with a hold-and-shake grip to inflict major physical damage; and sustain tremendous pain in order to continue damaging the victim. They were not intended to be household pets. They do these things for the same reason pointers “point” – it’s bred into them. It has nothing to do with “irresponsible ownership.”
It’s long past time to bring some common sense (and compassion for victims) back to this debate. Many countries and U.S. municipalities have taken measures to regulate or even outright ban these dogs, and it’s not due to some arbitrary “breed bias.” If you happen to dislike breeds that drool a lot, that’s a bias. Controlling the ownership of a breed that has proven to be a vicious killer is not; it’s sensible and humane policy.
Martin Penkala
Buffalo

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I support Martin Penkala 100%!

I am so sick of the excuses from pit bull owners. I'm sick of seeing every story in the media about pit bulls killing people, and the nutters showing up to say how wonderful their pit bulls are. It takes a special kind of someone to deny reality. They think they're special because their pibble hasn't done anything wrong yet.

I loved one comment I read recently on such a story. A person asked, "Why do you have to train pit bulls not to rip children to pieces?"

The fact that every single pit bull comes equipped with jaws that maul, lock on, and don't let go, is reason enough not to take a chance with them, EVER!

Pit bulls, so not worth it. There are several hundred other dog breeds out there that do the same thing pit bulls do, except kill. They lick people, they're the most loyal, they CAN be trusted with children, and they don't have aggression issues.