ROCHESTER MN - POSTBULLETIN.COM - OPINION AND LETTER FROM ATTORNEY CHARLES JAMES SUK: "PAST BITE CASES OFFER EVIDENCE OF DANGERS POSED BY PIT BULLS"
I was saddened to read in the April 18 Post-Bulletin about the 2-year-old boy who was badly injured in a pit bull attack on April 17. I have handled a number of dog-bite cases in the past, but it seems pit bulls are the most common breed we see in unprovoked attacks.
All breeds of dogs will bite, though usually only when provoked. Dogs have been bred for many purposes, including bird hunting (think golden retrievers), racing (think greyhounds), herding (think border collies) and fighting for the amusement of human onlookers. Unfortunately, pit bulls belong to the group of dogs bred for fighting.
While many (if not most) pit bulls may be loving and docile with their owners and people with whom they are familiar, they can be unpredictable with strangers, especially children. The 2-year-old in the story was apparently familiar with the dog.
I would think that anyone who is considering a dog as a companion would think twice about obtaining a pit bull, or any of the other fighting dogs, especially if children may come in contact with it. While I expect pit bull owners and fanciers to leap to the dogs' defense, my experience as a personal injury lawyer indicates that a disproportionate number of the serious dog attack cases that I have seen involved pit bulls and their ilk.