Federal law leashes pit bull restrictions

Municipal governments from New York City to Miami, and from Council Bluffs, Iowa to Denver, have responded to fear of pit bulls and similar breeds of dogs, by severely restricting their ownership or banning them entirely from their jurisdictions.  Now, thanks to a rule issued recently by the U.S. Department of Justice, such actions are subject to being struck down.  Jurisdictions now considering such overreactions, such as Douglasville, Georgia, would be well-advised to review the Justice Department’s opinion before proceeding.

Dog owners and humane societies have long-opposed such arbitrary and overly broad laws that penalize thousands of pit bull owners who maintain their canine companions properly and without incident, because of a small number who fail to properly train and control the dogs.  Courts generally have permitted such ordinances to stand, based on deference to the so-called “police power” of local governments to protect the public “safety and welfare.” 

The 20-year old, federal Americans With Disabilities Act (”ADA”), however, may put a stop to such “breed-specific legislation.”  The ADA protects measures designed to help persons with disabilities, which includes dogs used by disabled persons for assistance.  Laws that outlaw ownership of entire breeds, including those that might be used for assistive purposes, would limit the ability of persons with disabilities to use such pets, and would therefore violate the ADA and be deemed by the Justice Department to be unlawful.

In what some might consider a rare example of the federal government recognizing that laws can be overly broad and therefore harmful to individual liberty, the Justice Department’s opinion on breed-specific legislation noted that such laws sweep too broadly; and that it is inappropriate to outlaw an entire breed of dogs because a small number cause problems.  Such problems are the result of owners not restraining their dogs properly or inadequately training them, rather than the result of a particular breed’s disposition, and can be addressed by more narrowly-crafted legislation.

Unfortunately, there are still those, like the mayor of Douglasville, Georgia, who favor overly restrictive measures.  The mayor recently noted in support of the city’s proposed pit bull ordinance, that he had no problem singling out pit bulls, because he sees them “on TV” causing “incidents.”    One would hope that local government officials might on their own possess some understanding of limited government and individual liberty; but if the Justice Department at least in this instance will ensure that they do so by way of a federal law, then the feds are serving as an important check on excessive government power.

402 comments Add your comment

Dr. Pangloss

September 29th, 2010
5:13 pm

Billy Bob, I am perfectly aware that there are therapy dogs as well as seeing eye dogs. They don’t use pit bulls for that purpose either.

I think the word you want is “quack” not “quake.” If you’re going to badmouth somebody, get it right.

AT

September 29th, 2010
5:18 pm

The pitbull problem wouldn’t be a problem, if laws were enforced. Pitbulls regularly roam my neighborhood in Tucker, because their owners are too incompetent to keep them restrained. Otherwise the dogs are lockup up 24/7. Once out, they go crazy, charging up to my kids and the nice elderly lady taking her daily walk. They aren’t vicious until they start fighting each other, and ultimately one gets killed by the rest of the pack. This has happened twice that I know about. Sure, no one has been bitten…yet. But how much chance does a 4 year old or elderly lady have once one of those dogs starts in. I’ve called animal control and 911 because of these dogs more than I can count. My county commissioner, Elaine Boyer, ignores my calls and emails. The response has been almost non-existent, except for one or two occasions where it was so bad, multiple neighbors were all calling 911 at once. Making the breed illegal is a convenient way to make up for local officials that do not enforce the laws that already exist. But that doesn’t really help my problem does it?

Aquagirl

September 29th, 2010
5:33 pm

So, Bob the pseudo-libertarian is against the ADA—-except when it protects the God-given Constitutional right to own a dog that can bite your face off.

Even Chance

September 29th, 2010
6:47 pm

We all know that pit bulls are the breed of choice for drug lords, gang members, dog fighters, etc. Do you think though that these pit bulls reproduce for the sole purpose of seeking out the most horrific lives they can surround themselves in? Do pit bull puppies have aspirations to protect someone’s drugs or fight for their lives while their owners make money?
The answer is no. We need to start viewing these dogs as victims and their owners as the monsters. And you know why pit bulls do what their owners tell them? Because they are the most loyal, human loving creatures on this earth.

BullyBob

September 29th, 2010
6:54 pm

Start banning pit bulls and the thugs will get an even meaner dog… I was talking to someone about the Canary Island Fighting Dog… believe me a pit bull type dog does not even compare… be glad they are rare and no one has starting using them to protect their drugs or be the getto dog.
As far as Checcker goes I argue all the time with anti pit bull folks… guess what spit in one hand and make your anti pit bull comments in the other hand and see which gets fullest faster..
I think you know checcker that a well trained pit bull is not dangerous..its the gang bangers that could care less about their dogs and own kids that have given this dog a bad name.

BullyBob

September 29th, 2010
6:57 pm

Even chance good comment… I once heard Cesar Milan say… do you think a dog is born and one day says to himself… I am gonna be a bad A when I grow up… no its the human being that makes them that way…. rules , boundaries and limitations.. ( a Cesar saying)

Cekker

September 29th, 2010
8:21 pm

‘I think you know checcker that a well trained pit bull is not dangerous.’

On the contrary, I know that a well trained pit bull still has the instincts of a pit bull and will attack when a threat is perceived.

Just as a well-trained chihuahua will yap when annoyed.

And a well-trained lab will jump in the water when ignored.

And a well trained terrier will chase if not heeled.

PitBull Lover

September 29th, 2010
8:56 pm

I have been around 7 Pit Bulls.. Not all at once.. They are not bad dogs. I don’t think there should be a ban on this breed. No one is going to change anyone’s mind. But, there is a few news cast people that have stated that when they get a report about a dog attack they only want the pit bulls. Only because there ratings go up! So most of the time they wont show other dogs attack! About those 7 Pit Bulls… I been around 3 of them at once. I go to shelters and play with them also I am dwarf. I love pit bulls. I was also around a Mom pit Bull and her pups. Half the stuff you hear about pits is just because of stupid people. Even if they ban AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIER there will be another breed of dogs you guys will want to ban because they will attack to much and the media will make you fear them also. I DISLIKE THE MEDIA. If they ban this breed.. I hope they ban all the murdering people, and the gun also ciggarettes.. <– those are the most dangerous things. Pit Bulls have hearts, they breath, they have every right to be on this earth like every other animal and human does!

Somebody

September 29th, 2010
8:58 pm

As an owner of a pit I detest these stupid remarks about how vicious and violent these dogs are. I’ve owned many dogs.. Know which dog was aggresive? A mix dog that was part chihuaha and daschound. And what’s more my pit has never growled nor attempted any kind of aggresion toward any1. She’s in a house w 2 small children and 4 small dogs. She LOVES children and LOVES people in general. I take her places and the only thing she’s guilty of when meetin sum1 is licking them and wanting attention. You say pits have highest bite rate? Your wrong. You say pits have “lock jaw” again your wrong. Research your facts before you post ignorance. I know MANY advocates of this breed and if you asked any of them they’d tell you the same.. Pits aren’t vicious. People are dumb tho for buying into over exagerrated media hype pointed toward a breed out of pure fear. And before you harp on me about how dangerous the breed is and how I shouldn’t be allowed my dog save it. I love my dog.. And will continue to love her. Don’t blame breed blame deed. Any dog has potential to be vicious… Its all how they are treated and raised. If pits are banned ALL dogs should be.. Bc all dogs were once wild.. Banning one breed is stupid. Oh and I’ve SEEN pits as service dogs btw. So whoever said that they aren’t.. You were wrong too.

BullyBob

September 29th, 2010
9:04 pm

Just got through walking Jack… a couple of my neighbors wanted to pet him and remarked what a good dog he was.
Checcker adopt a pit bull… you will be a lot happier !

Cekker

September 29th, 2010
9:06 pm

‘Know which dog was aggresive? A mix dog that was part chihuaha and daschound.’

Did it wrap it’s jaws around your throat and yank your jugular out or did yopu just push the pesky thing away?

PitBull Lover

September 29th, 2010
9:06 pm

btw my dog is a Lab/Pit mix and she is the most lovable dog.. She lives with another dog, a cat, a hamster bear (by the way she licks it and lays by it), and a mouse that can run in its ball and she will just watch it. The other 7 American Pit Bull Terriers I had mention… they were around children and other animals as well. Just like (Somebody) don’t tell me I shouldn’t have a Pit Bull… You can save your fingers the hassle and save your stupidity to yourself!

Cekker

September 29th, 2010
9:07 pm

‘Just got through walking Jack… a couple of my neighbors wanted to pet him and remarked what a good dog he was.’

Congratulations on walking though another evening with blinders on!

PitBull Lover

September 29th, 2010
9:09 pm

Chekker… have you ever been bitten by a Pit Bull or any other dogs??

Bullygirl

September 29th, 2010
9:10 pm

well the haters are out in full force. I am tired of defending a breed to people who obviously believe EVERYTHING the news tells them. Let me pose this question to you haters.
If this breed is so DANGEROUS then explain why there isn’t an attack in EVERY TOWN AND EVERY STATE AND EVERY COUNTRY AND EVERY PROVINCE AND EVERY OTHER POSSIBLE PLACE THAT PEOPLE LIVE EVERY SINGLE DAY? That’s because it isn’t a dangerous breed. PERIOD.. There are millions possibly of these dogs in this country. There are probably thousands upon thousands in my city alone and you may hear of one attack a yr if that. Considering where the dog is located, the owner of the dog and IF the dog was actually a pet then it stands to reason that the dog was ill bred and or ill treated and shouldn’t come as a surprise if it attacks, is that right no, but should it be taken into consideration, yes. The facts are this Haters. NOT ONE SINGLE vet will tell you that they support a breed ban. Not any educated smart dog person will tell you they support the breed ban. See ITALY if you think it stops with our breeds. They recently recinded their ban because at last count it was well over 90 breeds the last being the Welsh Corgi. Are they dangerous? If you have a neighbor that has a pitbull and it acts aggressively you should as a educated person be aware that that is not the normal temperament for a true and well bred Pitbull. And I mean any of the following breeds, American pitbull Terrier , American Staffordshire Terrier and the Staffordshire bull Terrier. No where in their breed description or history was human aggression allowed or encouraged.If any of us Bully lovers have the old Stratton books you will read that any human aggressive dog was not bred nor kept but actually put down. This is an old dog fight advocate from back in the 60’s and 70’s. While I don’t advocate fighting it is a part of our breed and as owners and responsible owners we recognize it and address it. Any responsible Pitbull owner will not take his dog to a dog park due to this reason. Does that make my dog dangerous? No of course not, it means I recognize the dogs history and do not put it into a situation that most of you will distort.Dog attacks are a problem of over breeding done with ill tempered and ill bred dogs themselves many of questionable parentage and heritage. Most that attacks do not have registration papers nor can you be sure that they are pure bred dogs. Therefore to place blame on any one of these breeds is irresponsible and criminal. I cannot comprehend why anyone would want a Labrador but I do not want anyone else to not be able to own that breed should it be their choice? No. Unlike most of you hateful ignorant people who have no experience with any pitbulls at all us Bully breed people are fighting to stop all laws that affect you as well when your to ignorant to even know it. Any Specific Breed language laws have the ability to affect you as well. Once my Stafford is gone what happens next? Your annoyed when my Akita barks at you so you call for a ban on that. Or you don’t like it that my lab will fight another dog so you ban that. The reasons go on and on. The key word here is RESPONSIBILITY. most of you that support breed bans are the same ones who think its cute when your little yapper snarls and barks at people as they walk by. You have no control over your dogs and because it is a golden retriever you think there isn’t a problem. Well, you should not the public official , I forget where he was, but his golden retriever bit a child, when animal control took his dog to quarentine it due to the BSL on the books about Dogs that bite and deemed that it should be put down due to its unprovoked attack on a kid someone broke his dog out of the pound. That dog is now somewhere out there around your children and has a history of biting and hurting severely a child yet due to his breed he was saved, all be it illegally. See how skewed things get. Oh and there are plenty of examples of other breeds attacking and the media not wanting to report them untill the same person who got bit by the breed called and said oh its a pitbull, then the news wanted the details. It is true, it happens and the word PITBULL draws peoples attentions. After all this article drew yours didn’t it?

Doglover77

September 29th, 2010
9:11 pm

PitBull Lover

September 29th, 2010
9:12 pm

Sorry Cekker… I misspelled your name.. I am guessing you haven’t been bitten by a Pit Bull.. So I am also guessing you believe everything you hear on the TV!!

Puppy Chow

September 29th, 2010
9:13 pm

Wow, just googled the canary islands fighting dog. It certainly earns its name. The thing looks like a MONSTER :http://www.breederretriever.com/photopost/data/500/medium/presa_canario_in_the_canary_islands.jpg

Cekker

September 29th, 2010
9:14 pm

‘The other 7 American Pit Bull Terriers I had mention… they were around children and other animals as well.’

Please report this to your home-owners insurance company… maybe they will give you a discount due to lack of common sense.

Cekker

September 29th, 2010
9:17 pm

‘Chekker… have you ever been bitten by a Pit Bull or any other dogs??”

Yes…and…

PitBull Lover

September 29th, 2010
9:18 pm

Cekker do to your lack of common sence.. you haven’t even handle a pit bull.. don’t judge til you have owned one oh yea I forgot you believe everything you hear on the news. You need some education on this breed.

PitBull Lover

September 29th, 2010
9:20 pm

Really you been bite by a Pit Bull.. Did you know there is 26+ dogs that are mistaken as a pit bull?? No I just say it cause it looked like a Pit… (Lack of common sense)

Cekker

September 29th, 2010
9:26 pm

‘Chekker… have you ever been bitten by a Pit Bull or any other dogs??’

You asked…any other dogs. The answer is yes. If I had been bitten by a pit bull, I may not be typing today.

‘Did you know there is 26+ dogs that are mistaken as a pit bull??’

Yes, that has been pointed out 26+ times today. If it quacks like a duck…

Cekker

September 29th, 2010
9:30 pm

‘Wow, just googled the canary islands fighting dog. It certainly earns its name. The thing looks like a MONSTER’

Wonder if it can be trained to be meek and non-aggrisive?

PitBull Lover

September 29th, 2010
9:30 pm

You know Cekker.. I hope people keep bringing up there is 26+ dogs that are mistaken as a Pit Bulls.. another thing is I hope you get educated on this breed. Cause the lack of your education on this breed is so disappointing. Well don’t answer back because I will not be here to read it.

:) Pits...

September 29th, 2010
9:39 pm

Pit bulls just have a bad rep.

Cekker

September 29th, 2010
9:40 pm

‘Well don’t answer back because I will not be here to read it.’

Quitter!

Cekker

September 29th, 2010
9:42 pm

‘Pit bulls just have a bad rep.’

So does Satan.

Bullygirl

September 29th, 2010
9:42 pm

Cekker, all you have to do is look.

http://www.understand-a-bull.com/Articles/OtherBreedBites/2010/April/yellow%20lab%200410.pdf
oh and here is a site you can look under different breeds
http://www.understand-a-bull.com/Articles/OtherBreedBites/AllDogsBite.htm
and here
http://www.understand-a-bull.com/Articles/MistakenIdentity/WrongId.htm

and to make a point for you, only Bully breed websites report these incidents and point them out. all you have to do is look. Now if your still so single minded to hate pitbulls,fine, dont get one. but do not imply that anyone who own’s them does so for lack of self esteem or because they lack a standard IQ. If you think it’s ok to ban all breeds then your a sad human and the truth is that that is exactly what happens when BSL are allowed. The criminal and irresponsible element will still use guns illegally and obtain illegal guns as will they with everything else they desire. So it does nothing to protect you.
Take a look at the breed now responsible for the most attacks since Denver has banned Pitbulls
http://www.thedenverdailynews.com/article.php?aID=3473
make sure you read the entire article..

PitBull Lover

September 29th, 2010
9:44 pm

Okay… I been told that is say quitter on her that was address to me… hmmm… not a quitter just simply leaving it alone cause no one is going to change your mind. Which each to there own. You have a right to your opinion.

Southern Class

September 29th, 2010
9:46 pm

Can anyone tell me why my comment isn’t being posted?

Pittie owner

September 29th, 2010
9:52 pm

in my state there are 19 dog fatalities in 45 years!!! 12 different breeds were responsible for these deaths: http://nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/in-your-state/pennsylvania/dog-bite-fatalitles/

If Pitties were such a problem you would think the number of deaths would be higher. hmmmm

In 2005 Ontario passed a ban on pit bulls despite the fact that Ontario officials dismissed, and continue to ignore, all data that disproves their claims, including the fact that only ONE of Canada’s 45 fatal dog attacks (since 1964) has involved a dog identified to be a pit bull or pit bull type dog.
(http://nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/dog-bites/dog-bites-worldwide)

ONE!! ONE pit bull caused death out of just 45 dog attacks since 1964… ONE out of 45 is clearly showing how “dangerous” pit bulls are! NOT!

From the same page posted above in re Ontario’s breed ban A survey of municipalities conducted by the society revealed no significant drop in dog bite cases since the government passed breed specific legislation in 2005 that resulted in “countless” pit bulls and related Staffordshire Terriers being destroyed”

You do not hear about other breeds because that is not news to the media… there is clearly a media bias in regard to pit bulls.

http://www.petconnection.com/blog/2010/08/20/if-it-bites-it-must-be-a-pit-bull-right/

http://www.aspca.org/fight-animal-cruelty/advocacy-center/animal-laws-about-the-issues/pit-bull-bias-in-the-media.html

From the ASPCA article above:
a four-day period proves that anti-pit bull bias in the media is more than just a theory—it’s a fact.
August 18, 2007—A Labrador mix attacked a 70-year-old man, sending him to the hospital in critical condition. Police officers arrived at the scene and the dog was shot after charging the officers.
This incident was reported in one article in the local paper.

August 19, 2007—A 16-month-old child received fatal head and neck injuries after being attacked by a mixed-breed dog.
This attack was reported on twice by the local paper.

August 20, 2007—A six-year-old boy was hospitalized after having his ear torn off and receiving a severe bite to the head by a medium-sized, mixed-breed dog.
This incident was reported in one article in the local paper.

August 21, 2007—A 59-year-old woman was attacked in her home by two pit bulls and was hospitalized with severe, but not fatal, injuries.
This attack was reported in over 230 articles in national and international newspapers, as well as major television news networks including CNN, MSNBC and FOX.

Pits are therapy dogs:

A former michael vick fighting dog:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25214356/

More proof of pitties as therapy dogs:
http://www.webvet.com/main/article?id=2026

http://www.pitbullsontheweb.com/petbull/articles/rca.html

More people die from cars than dogs .. so should we ban cars too? Should we blame the object rather than the human? That is what most people want to do is take away Man’s responsibility and put the blame on something they fear and won’t take the time to find out the truth.

I own 2 pit mixes. I have four kids. I walk my dogs on a leash. If someone is uncomfortable with them I will make sure to have my dogs walk on the other side of me. But other people who aren’t fearful will give them the love and pets my dogs enjoy. Many have suggested i train my dogs to be therapy dogs and I will be doing it shortly!

Cekker

September 29th, 2010
9:52 pm

‘Okay… I been told that is say quitter on her that was address to me… hmmm… not a quitter just simply leaving it alone cause no one is going to change your mind. Which each to there own. You have a right to your opinion.’

Sorry.. now you sound like a sad drunk.

Southern Class

September 29th, 2010
10:04 pm

I own three, adba registered, American Staffordshire Terrier’s , they are all one and a half years old. They don’t growl or play bite with each other, that’s the way they were trained by me. Now for some facts:
Until the early part of the 19th century the American Stafforshire Terrier was bred with great care in England for the purpose of baiting bulls. When they came to America they were used for general farm work, guarding the homestead, and general companionship.

The American Temperament Test Society conducts tests every year on thousands of dogs to determine the soundness of their temperament. The American Staffordshire Terrier routinely ranks well above many “popular” breeds such as the Beagle, Collie, Doberman Pimscher, and the Cocker Spaniel. This is a very intelligent, human-oriented, active dog and affectionate family pet. Over the past 50 years, careful breeding has produced this friendly, trustworthy dog. One of the characteristics that most owner and breeders talked and look for particular in this breed is gameness. Gameness refers to perseverance, spirited, readiness of a dog to accomplish a given task.

Also for the person that said they have never heard of a “pit bull” service dog here are some sites for you:
http://www.pitbullsontheweb.com/petbull/pospress
http://www.pitbullsontheweb.com/petbull/articles/shelby
http://www.pitbullsontheweb.com/petbull/articles/spike

PitBull Lover

September 29th, 2010
10:04 pm

haha… let me re-word this because I didn’t read through it before because my DOG is more important when she is begging to go out side then to a person who has to make comments to everyone cause he/she don’t have anything better to do with there time…. I was told that it says QUITTER on here that was address to me. I AM NOT A QUITTER. I was simply leaving it alone cause no one is going to change your mind. (cekker) Which each to there own. You have your opinion and so do I! Also this is just a waist of time.. arguing with people who has no clue about this breed and wants to believe everything on the news!

Southern Class

September 29th, 2010
10:05 pm

I own three, adba registered, American Staffordshire Terrier’s , they are all one and a half years old. They don’t growl or play bite with each other, that’s the way they were trained by me. Now for some facts:
Until the early part of the 19th century the American Stafforshire Terrier was bred with great care in England for the purpose of baiting bulls. When they came to America they were used for general farm work, guarding the homestead, and general companionship.

Southern Class

September 29th, 2010
10:05 pm

The American Temperament Test Society conducts tests every year on thousands of dogs to determine the soundness of their temperament. The American Staffordshire Terrier routinely ranks well above many “popular” breeds such as the Beagle, Collie, Doberman Pimscher, and the Cocker Spaniel. This is a very intelligent, human-oriented, active dog and affectionate family pet. Over the past 50 years, careful breeding has produced this friendly, trustworthy dog. One of the characteristics that most owner and breeders talked and look for particular in this breed is gameness. Gameness refers to perseverance, spirited, readiness of a dog to accomplish a given task.

Also for the person that said they have never heard of a “pit bull” service dog here are some sites for you:
http://www.pitbullsontheweb.com/petbull/pospress
http://www.pitbullsontheweb.com/petbull/articles/shelby
http://www.pitbullsontheweb.com/petbull/articles/spike

Southern Class

September 29th, 2010
10:09 pm

Southern Class

September 29th, 2010
10:09 pm

The American Temperament Test Society conducts tests every year on thousands of dogs to determine the soundness of their temperament. The American Staffordshire Terrier routinely ranks well above many “popular” breeds such as the Beagle, Collie, Doberman Pimscher, and the Cocker Spaniel. This is a very intelligent, human-oriented, active dog and affectionate family pet. Over the past 50 years, careful breeding has produced this friendly, trustworthy dog. One of the characteristics that most owner and breeders talked and look for particular in this breed is gameness. Gameness refers to perseverance, spirited, readiness of a dog to accomplish a given task

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Southern Class

September 29th, 2010
10:10 pm

The American Temperament Test Society conducts tests every year on thousands of dogs to determine the soundness of their temperament. The American Staffordshire Terrier routinely ranks well above many “popular” breeds such as the Beagle, Collie, Doberman Pimscher, and the Cocker Spaniel. This is a very intelligent, human-oriented, active dog and affectionate family pet. Over the past 50 years, careful breeding has produced this friendly, trustworthy dog.

Southern Class

September 29th, 2010
10:14 pm

The American Temperament Test Society conducts tests every year on thousands of dogs to determine the soundness of their temperament. The American Staffordshire Terrier routinely ranks well above many “popular” breeds such as the Beagle, Collie, Doberman Pimscher, and the Cocker Spaniel. This is a very intelligent, human-oriented, active dog and affectionate family pet.

Cekker

September 29th, 2010
10:22 pm

Latecomers and quitters…

google ‘pit bull kills’…

google ‘cocker spaniel kills’…

google “(breed of your choice) kills’…

…and tell me which breed has the most kills under it’s belt.

Then whine to me about training.

Cekker

September 29th, 2010
10:32 pm

‘Now for some facts:
Until the early part of the 19th century the American Stafforshire Terrier was bred with great care in England for the purpose of baiting bulls. When they came to America they were used for general farm work, guarding the homestead, and general companionship.’

Fascinating.

And today their primary purpose for breeding is to guard drug houses and rip the faces off of other pit dogs.

Yippee! Do not fear the pit bull!

Bullygirl

September 29th, 2010
10:48 pm

really Cekker? are you really that hateful and angry? Not one single person on here is telling you that you have to like Pitbulls. However we are saying that you should not stereotype them. If you were honest with yourself you would admit that the Media distorts everything. They want ratings. Period.. If that means they post “PITBULL ATTACKS” and then a few minutes later realize it was a boxer mix do you think they retract that? no of course not. The damage is done. Now any person like you can go on line and google PITBULL ATTACKS and guess what you get? yep. see our point? Probably not but the facts are still there wether you decide to admit it or not.
I also disagree with Southern Class, but not to nit pik his comments to death like you but rather to clarify some facts.
First, the American Pitbull Terrier is not from england. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is and is the predacessor to the American version. The American Staffordshire Terrier was once the American Pitbull Terrier but people wanted to show in the AKC so the AKC insisted the name be changed and the word PITBULL be removed. They are now two different breeds but can be dual registered in the UKC,ADBA and the AKC. Furthermore, the ADBA does not register the American Staffordshire Terrier. It registers the American Pitbull Terrier. now of course you(cekker) will not understand this clarification and I expect you’ll make some snide comment which is fine. Little kids resort to name calling and sarcasm when they have nothing else to offer. However it behoves you to educate yourself on something you obviously hate so much.
Now here is a little more clarification for you. Not everyone should own a pitbull. Just as I would not own a Border Collie. why? because I would not do the breed justice. As a Dog lover and owner I desire a different type of dog bred for a different type of work. If I do not own a farm or work livestock it would harm the Border Collie more then it would benefit that breed and likely make that dog not a good example of his breed. Does that make him a bad dog or me a bad owner? no. There are obviously different breeds bred for different purposes hence the reason we have so many and since we are all individuals we desire different things. I know people who love the therapy of grooming a Shelties coat. Is that something I want to do? no. Do I think that because I don’t want the breed that she should not be able to either? of course not. My point is this, if you don’t like them, don’t own one. But at the very least put aside the sarcasm and have a decent educated discussion with someone who disagree’s or just keep quiet. I can respect your opinion when you respect mine. In addition, you have many many people who love and adore these breeds trying to make you understand something yet you call them names and mock them and site news reports as evidence. do you do the same with your Doctor? I mean Web MD might tell you something else different for you ailment then what your Doctor might? see my point? again probably not but hey , we tried didn’t we?

Cekker

September 29th, 2010
11:11 pm

Pit Bull…Schmitt Bull.

I am not that hateful and angry…the pit bull is.

The truth, which all you pit bull defenders deny, is that the ancestor of the pit bull was bred to rip the face off of other dogs, or humans, or anything that got in its way. That is why it is so popular amongst drug dealers and other thugs.

If you desire the therapy of grooming a born and bred killer, please keep that in your family. Tell them your lovable pooch is not vicious by nature.

petlover

September 30th, 2010
12:48 am

well this article is fantastic except the part where he says:
“humane societies have long-opposed such arbitrary and overly broad laws”.

IN FACT – the “Humane” Society of the United States only just changed its policy of demanding all “pit bulls” be killed in “fighting raids” within the last few years.

Only after being behind the killing of thousands of dogs and receiving intense pressure after killing dozens of puppies in one incident in North Carolina did the H$U$ change it’s kill’em all ways.

Dog owners care about intrusive dog laws, the “humane” society cares about making money.

Brenda

September 30th, 2010
12:53 am

Bully Bob said: “It is a proven fact people that have seizures have therapy dogs that can detect if a seizure is coming on.”

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Remember these 2 therapy pits?

http://www.kfdm.com/news/dogs-24377-home-deputies.html

petlover

September 30th, 2010
12:53 am

not to nit pick you bullygirl but you are incorrect about the adba. they have registered anything with hair the last few years. another money driven organization out for themselves above all.
“All accepted pure breeds from a recognized registry with a verifiable three generation pedigree are eligible for registration.” http://www.adbadogs.com/p_pdetails.asp?fpid=111&pg=111

Cekker

September 30th, 2010
3:55 am

Thanks Brenda…

Just one case among thousands.

“There’s a certain small percentage of aggressiveness in any breed, whether it’s a Chihuahua, a Rottweiler or a Pit Bull,” said veterinarian Dr. Ted Hoerner.

“The difference is the degree of damage that a certain animal can inflict. Pit bulls are huge, they’re strong, their musculature is such they can inflict deadly damage. Unfortunately, that’s what we’ve seen happen.”