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.

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ShockingButTrue

September 30th, 2010
1:31 pm

“Cekker.. so what kind of dog do you own ? Or did it run off from you ?”

Oh, that made me laugh!

Well BullyBob, you are proof that you can own a Pit bull and still have a sense of humor. I don’t like taking the side of more legislation, I think that there are enough laws. I personally do not want a Pit bull since I would always be wary but I think that making more laws is not the answer. We have too many of those laws already. Maybe we need to do a neighborhood watch type of thing where we can help out the police in terms of locations of dog fighters. Clearly the whole dog fighting industry is out of control or our shelters wouldn’t be so full of pit bulls in the first place. I would like to know from a staffordshire terrier owner if their dogs show any hidden “trigger” to aggression or if it is just the dogs that are being bred by the fighters that have that “trigger” seeing as they are breeding their most vicious fighters.

Chris

September 30th, 2010
1:34 pm

It seems like nothing said here will change anyones mind. I know the truth, and foster pitty’s and do my best to put a dent in the bad rap they get. Meanest dog in my house is my mini schnauser. Pits are more common because they can have up to 14 puppies in a litter thats why its important to spay and neuter people. Pitty’s are loyal to a fault and will do anything to please their human. the most sickning tape I ever saw was 2 pits fighting and the one loosing was half dead and laying bleeding on the ground and his handler said to the dog “come on girl you can do it” and the dog wagged his tail at the sound of his owners voice. Thats why this breed is choosen by idiots for dog fighting. The other thing about pitty’s is they are dog selective as they mature. Some do fine with other dogs but its in the breeds nature so you never leave them with another dog unattended. I never reccomend dog parks for them either because no matter what happens even if another dog starts a problem it will always be the pittys fault.

Angie

September 30th, 2010
1:36 pm

I have professionally trained over 1,000 dogs. The breeds that have bitten me the most? Chihuahuas are at the top of the list. Others include Boxers, Labs, Cockers, Shi Tzus, Dachsunds, and Mutts. No pit bull in my class ever attempted to bite me or anyone in class. Were people in the same class afraid of their pit bull classmate? You better believe it, but most warmed up after a few sessions. Now, not all pit bulls were dog-friendly, but this can be expected, so long as we are aware and use prevention. We all know all dogs are capable of biting. Yes, pit bulls are capable of doing serious harm. That’s why you hear about them and not the Chihuahua or some other breed. That’s why attorneys “think” they know it all when it comes to dog bites. People generally won’t report a small dog biting them because it’s cute and small, how dangerous can they possibly be? Why would anyone sue a person for their cute dog biting them? You would be laughed at. Now, see an attorney for a pit bull attack and they’re all over it. And they should, but that should be the case with any breed.
Now that doesn’t mean I never saw unruly pit bulls. I most definitely did. I spoke to the owners of these dogs, warned them of the potential harm and recommended training. These people refused, they felt their dog didn’t need it, some said that’s how they want their dog. Now these people are idiots to say the least. They should not own a dog, much less a pit bull. I saw people who got a pit bull for their first dog, most of them didn’t know a thing about them, some didn’t even know they got a pit bull. They should not have done that, but I definitely let them know that socializing, training, and exercising were very important. If any dog, including pit bulls, received adequate amounts of attention, exercise (backyard is not enough), training (positive reinforcement method), and socializing (with lots of people and pets), you would almost never hear of a dog bite or attack.

jenalyzabeth

September 30th, 2010
1:42 pm

Well said Chris, people see only one side of the story. They see a story of a Pit Bull attack and thats the end of it….they don’t see the otherside, the side that shows the horrific life that the dog was forced to endure. I also rescue and rehab Pits to become therapy dogs. Obviously dogs with a fighting history can’t become therapy dogs but they still deserve a loving home….these attacks need to be blamed on the pathetic owner that trained them to fight, not the dog.

BullyBob

September 30th, 2010
1:42 pm

Shockingtruth… if I heard a pit bull fight going on in the next room with my dogs… the adreline would kick in and I would go in a do my best to break up the fight. My dog Jack always has a martingale on. You can twist a martingale like a turnquit (spelling) and cut off the air supply. When all my present pack were younger I always had martingales on them to I would have a good handle to hold the dog.
Even though I own break sticks .. they are always somewhere else when the few fights I have been invovled with break out.
The first fight a shepard got loose and attacked Petunia.. I only had Meg at the time so the two girls packed the shepard.. I my mind I thought I am going to see a dog killed in front of me.. anyway the owner finally came out because I was yelling at the top of my lungs for help. Petunia let go of the shepard which left Meg.. I was a very good amatue body builder so I grabbed her muzzle and literally pulled her muzzle apart.. I realized if she tries to bite and misses and gets my finger I am going to loose a finger.. but I had to stop the fight.. and did.
The second fight was with Wilton and Petunia and you know about that one.
The third I had my pack out on 30ft lines. Petunia and Jack were going after a mole in the ground. I heard some growling and like an idiot thought “they will work it out”.. well Jack got to close to Petunia and she bite him on the nose.. that did it he got her down and was literally shaking her…I grabbed the martingale and twisted it so his air got shut off.. but beleive me after the Wilton incident.. kept my hand off his muzzle.
One other fight at the shelter was when I was getting a female pitty out she grabbed another dogs leg… she would not let go even with twisting the martingale… finally a cold bucket of water in the face and she let go.. she was PTS a week later.

Now I know old Cekker will be jumping up and down with boy oh boy more ammuntion.. well first of all Cekker I dont give a damn about you and your opinion cause I think your close minded and stupid (not ignorant but stupid)
I am writing this to let pit bull owners know that 99 per cent of the time your dog is going to be its loving self. The dogs I own now sleep in bed with me and if I were fearful of them I would not do this. But please pay attention to the warning signs.. think it through how you would break up a fight before it happens. (chances are it wont but it can happen)
One other thing.. people want to much damn protection from laws. Beleive me BSL is not going to protect you from a dog bite.. in fact BSL is not enforced where it does exist.. because ACO’s are over worked and under paid. I have told ACO’s ‘man there are so many dogs now in my neighborhood” and they look at me like how could that be hardly any dogs are shown to be registed in your neighborhood..
Well I doubt if any anti pit bull haters will change their mind .. but on the ohter hand I doubt if any pit bull nutters (as we are called) are going to change their mind.. just thought I would share with shockingbutrue..

BullyBob

September 30th, 2010
1:46 pm

Cekker and you choose a boston terrier… my God they used to be used as fighting dogs and I not lying.. when I was growing up my neighbors had a Boston Terror which was the meanest little dog I have ever run across.. they are a dog if you do not drain its energy every day is mean. They used to have 3 weight classes for Bostons… the heavy weight came in about 30 lbs.. man you need to do some research and your knowledge which I thought might be limited is truly lacking.

Cekker

September 30th, 2010
1:47 pm

jenalyzabeth — You infer too much. Let me expand my statement

‘But if I do GET A HOUSE THAT HAS A FENCED BACK YARD THAT I CAN TAKE THE DOG OUT AND LET HIM RUN AND BE A DOG AND NOT JUST TAKE HIM ON LEASHED WALKS 3 TIMES A DAY, I would love to get a Boston Terrier rescue dog.’

Make sense now? I would not want to keep a dog of any breed cooped up in that situation.

As for the temperament of a Boston, I know it well as we had one for 16 years when I was younger. He could snap and be testy but we never worried about him ripping our throats out. Can’t say that about a pit bull though, can we?

Chris

September 30th, 2010
1:57 pm

Here are some Facts about the breed incase anyone is interested.

http://www.pittyloverescue.org/info/display?PageID=8989

Cekker

September 30th, 2010
2:08 pm

jenn

September 30th, 2010
2:08 pm

Iown two pitbulls myself and am a responsible dog owner. It is unfair to punish the breed instead of unresponsible dog owners.

jenalyzabeth

September 30th, 2010
2:09 pm

Cekker- First, I would like to be the first to commend you on something….wanting to get a rescue dog. There aren’t nearly enough people willing to do that, for any breed. And second, you must understand that ANY dog is capable of being agressive, big or small. Pit’s are simply targeted by dog fighters because of their strength, intelligence and willingness to please their owner. None of these are bad qualities, they are simply taken advantage of in the wrong ways. No dog WANTS to fight to the death for no reason but when they spend their whole life being specifically train to either do so or recieve unimaginable punishment, they run out of options and have no choice. They are trained to think that this is what they are supposed to do…how can you blame that on a dog that has never seen any sort of love or affection, a dog that has had no human contact other than beatings?

BullyBob

September 30th, 2010
2:13 pm

Cekker… I would not say that he could not rip a throat out .. a Boston.. I would say up into about 8 years old they very well could and they certainly could take an eye out, an ear off or the little finger on hand. One of our doxies got ahold of my Dads thumb one day and nearly took that off..
You ever hear look who is calling the kettle black ?
Also I would never leave a dog in the back yard by its self.. and I have known a lot of people with pitties and other dogs in condos.. they just take them for a nice LONG walk.

ShockingButTrue

September 30th, 2010
2:16 pm

BullyBob

Well in my case this discussion has been a productive one.

Even though I am not pro owning a Pit bull myself, I am against the legislation that is being discussed. I would rather see the money that it takes to pass a new law on enforcing what we have which would help the situation. I really don’t think that will happen and I strongly feel that education can help.

I hope that people like BullyBob can educate other Pit bull owners so that there are fewer incidents of accidents involving the Pit bull.

As for the Pit bull advocates that just blatantly and irresponsibly claim that Pit bulls are sweet and not to worry, START WORRYING! Don’t let you sister’s baby pull the pit bulls ears to show how sweet the dog is! Don’t act as if your dog does not have potential issues. Be responsible and live with you dog in a way that you can protect both your dog and those around him/her. Your loving Pit bull was bred to fight and win so live accordingly! Be cautious!

Also, the Pit bulls in our shelters were all bred irresponsibly and that needs to stop but it will take time and resources. People need to report these dogs that are being bred… Breeding for fighting is just plain wrong.

BullyBob

September 30th, 2010
2:23 pm

Shokingbutrue;;;good post and good discussion… here is somehting that I am guilty of cutting and pasting and from one of the links.
It enforces my they do give warning signs:
“Pit Bulls ‘turn’ on their owners.” Dogs, as a species, do not perform
behaviors “just because”. There are always reasons for behavior, and
when aggression becomes a problem the reasons can be such things as
improper handling, lack of socialization or training, a misreading of dog
behavior by the owner, or, rarely, disease. Aggression, when it presents
in pet dogs, follows specific patterns. First occur warning signs, then
more warning signs, and finally, when those signs are continually
ignored or misinterpreted, the dog resorts to using its teeth. When an
owner is startled by a sudden, aggressive outburst, it is because they
have been unaware of problems that were brewing. This is true of all
dogs, not just Pit Bulls. Pit Bulls, indeed no dogs, “turn” on their owners.

Cekker

September 30th, 2010
2:31 pm

‘Cekker… I would not say that he could not rip a throat out .. a Boston..’

I never said that a Boston COULD not rip a throat out; I’m saying that you don’t worry about it happening because it never does.

Jenwolf74

September 30th, 2010
2:34 pm

Cekker I am LMFAO!!!!!!! The Boton Terrier is on the BSL list!!!!!! Check it out…..

http://www.dogguide.net/blog/2008/07/bsl-shocker-a-list-of-75-dogs-that-are-banned-or-restricted/

Cekker

September 30th, 2010
2:56 pm

Jenwolf…why is that so funny? It’s clearly a moronic list.

And no where do you find me defending anti-breed laws.

I just think that people who talk about how sweet pit bulls are, and how trustworthy they are, and how they would never hurt a fly, and how they can be trusted around their 4-year old child, and on and on ad nauseum, have a few screws loose and ignore reality.

LYFAO about that!

Barr Cod (and chinese Carp)

September 30th, 2010
3:09 pm

Do we need restrictive measures for Pitbulls? Yes, of course, hell they are almost as dangerous as gang members.

Angie, Angie, Angie

September 30th, 2010
3:17 pm

Angie,

we’re not talking about “dogs that bite the most.” We’re talking about dogs that can mame and kill….pit bulls….duh, whats your problem?

Poke

September 30th, 2010
3:18 pm

I love my Pitty. She’s a sweet, sweet girl. Can I say she would never harm another person or animal or cause an ‘incident’? No, I can’t. Then again, the same goes for my 2 Chihuahuas. Animals are animals. They have minds of their own. It’s up to the owner of any breed of dog to ensure their dog isn’t a complete nutbag and can conduct themselves in a public setting. Why punish a dog because its owner is a moron?

Jenwolf74

September 30th, 2010
3:24 pm

It is funny because the original article discussed the BSL and somehow whenever the BSL is mentioned; pit bulls become the subject but too many people talk without knowledge without realizing that there are LOTS of breeds on the list including little cutsie yapper dogs!!!

I would own a pit bull in a heartbeat & I have a 7 y/o who loves dogs as much as me, but the laws prohibit me from doing so unless I buy a house. We have breed specific rental restrictions. I would be more worried about my dog (Irish Setter mix) going off on the pitty more than I would the opposite. It doesn’t matter the breed, if they are trained or not trained, or whatever… you piss a dog off, it will bite. My dog is a big baby but let a dog over-invade her personal space……..

ShockingButTrue

September 30th, 2010
3:30 pm

Oh boy…

I thought most pit bulls were bred by people who fight them. So I did a search on pit bull breeders… It made me want to vomit. No mention of health… a lot of statements about how great they are with little kids… Lightning bolts flashing… dogs with mean fighting names…. one website had extreme pit bulls which were bred very large and they of course had to have multiple photos with a child. The whole pit bull community seems geared toward tough love with an emphasis on TOUGH…

There are soo many if these websites!

Cekker

September 30th, 2010
3:31 pm

‘Animals are animals. They have minds of their own. It’s up to the owner of any breed of dog to ensure their dog isn’t a complete nutbag and can conduct themselves in a public setting.’

That’s the point Poke; they have minds of their own. You cannot ‘train’ instinct out of a dog. Period.

That instinct stays in the animal it’s entire life. In an instant it can spring out and the well-trained terrier chases the squirrel while you yell like a madman for it to stop; or the well-trained lab jumps in the water despite what you have to say; or the well-trained pit bull rips your friends face off while you stand in shock.

Poke

September 30th, 2010
3:51 pm

Cekker I agree to a point. I trust my dog. I do not think she would ever harm me personally. I spent 2 years training her. Not because of her breed, but because i’m a responsible dog owner. On the same note, I would never intentionally put my dog in a situation where an incident could take place. She is always supervised with children, other dogs, and new people. All of my dogs are (boxer, 2 chihuahuas). In the four years that I have had her, she has never shown a single sign of aggression but, you can never say never, right? Same goes for every other breed, though. She has given me a reason to trust her. I love Pitbulls but more importantly, I love my Pitbull. I do not appreciate being lumped into a category with the people who breed animals for aggressive purposes but it is what it is. I Chose to have her and I know what it entailed as far as the stigma goes. I just seriously hope people who outright hate the breed will eventually realize that it is not the breed, its the retarded owners who gravitate to them. BTW, Bostons are an awesome breed. You should rescue one ;)

Cekker

September 30th, 2010
3:54 pm

Thanks Poke. I wish you and your dog the best. As for the Boston…hopefully soon!

ShockingButTrue

September 30th, 2010
3:58 pm

Poke,

” I do not appreciate being lumped into a category with the people who breed animals for aggressive purposes but it is what it is.”

So, who bred your pit bull?

WillyBoy

September 30th, 2010
4:06 pm

It would seem that the common man is not too intelligent. He’s a perfect example of someone who “knows” all about a subject from what he’s seen on T.V.. It’s painfully obvious that he’s never owned or had any actual experience with an APBT and most likely couldn’t even pick one out of a crowd of dogs. Ancient Greece??? Where did that little tidbit come from? The “Pit Bull” or more properly pit dog comes to us from 19th century Ireland and has absolutely nothing to do with Greece ancient or otherwise. The American Pit Bull Terrier or APBT has only been in existence since the early mid 20th century and is an exclusively American invention decended from the Irish pit dog among other breeds. Does the APBT have fighting dog ancestors? Absolutely! Have APBTs been used in dog fighting? Sure! You might however be surprised to find that many other dog breeds share this same background and are not currently recognized as dangerous. What breeds are those you might ask? Well, how about Shar peis, GSDs, Huskys, Malamutes, Wolf hounds… The list is long and includes just about all medium to large breeds. Funny thing is that proportional to their numbers APBTs are among the least likely dogs to bite. That can’t be I hear you say. It’s all over the news and internet! The correct response to that widely held belief is: Don’t believe everything you see on TV and the internet. Let me give you just one example of how the numbers are manipulated. When calculating the number of bites from “pit bulls” it’s common practice for “sources” to include all data from incidents involving “pit bulls” This term has come to include not only APBTs but also any dog breed that shares a similar history i.e. AmStafs, English Staffs, English Bull Terriers, American bull dogs, Boxers and in some cases even Mastiffs and Presso canarios etc. In addition to these “pure bred” dogs the bite incident data from ALL dogs crossed (mutts) to the so called “bully breeds” are also included. So, if your dog is 1/8 APBT and 7/8 GSD the stats count it as a “pit bull” (don’t laugh, I’ve actually seen this done). Hold on now, it doesn’t end there folks because included in these stats are also bite incidents from any dog that “substantially resembles” a “pit bull”. What the hell does that mean you ask? I’ll tell you. If your Boxer Lab cross bites the neighbor kid who hopped the fence into your yard… Ta Da! It magically becomes a “pit bull”. All told this magically INCREASES the number of “pit bulls” to about 15% of the American dog population or about 5 times the actual percentage. But wait…here comes the real magic! When calculating the percentage of bites per breed they throw it in reverse and use the actual number of registered APBTs (about 3% of the American dog population) as the number of “pit bulls” in the nation. Do you see it? Percentage of biting dogs that are “pit bulls” = 15. Percent of the dog population that is APBTs = 3. This radically increases the perceived percentage of “bites” caused by APBTs.
Now why did I put bite in quotation marks? Well, I did that because when dealing with “pit bulls” the definition of “bite” gets a bit distorted. In many jurisdictions a “pit bull” has “bitten” someone any time it leaves a mark on the skin. So, if your pit bull is playing with the neighbor kid and accidentally scratches him guess what? It’s a “bite”. Folks, when adjusted for these statistical “faults” it turns out that APBTs are one of the LEAST likely dogs to bite. In fact it’s the good ‘ole family Labrador Retriever that is most likely to bite followed closely by that great American standby the Golden Retriever. BEWARE of people who have no experience and claim to be “EXPERTS”

Poke

September 30th, 2010
4:07 pm

A nice older couple who were not educated in the area of fixing their dogs bred my dog. Not only did I take home a puppy, I made available to them the resources needed to have their dogs fixed. Voila! No more puppies.

Jenwolf74

September 30th, 2010
4:19 pm

Willy boy… that is the best breakdown of statistics I have read on this page all day. Excellent job!!!

ShockingButTrue

September 30th, 2010
4:29 pm

Poke

I guess the ‘older couple’ was too old to own a dog that was bred to fight… and of course their puppies would never snap like my friends dog did. Cain was a big lovable dog too only he was a ticking time bomb.

Poke

September 30th, 2010
4:40 pm

Animals, like people are a product of their environment. If your friends dog snapped, chances are it wasn’t supervised/trained/treated properly. Blame your friend, not an entire breed. Also, don’t get down on people who are responsible with their pets (not just Pitbulls). I’m here speaking solely on behalf of my dog and she is not a ticking time bomb. Shes a happy dog with a happy life. <3

ShockingButTrue

September 30th, 2010
4:59 pm

My friend is a very responsible dog owner. He trained his dogs and socialized them with people and other animals. His Cain never showed any sign of aggression and if you were to ask any of us who knew Cain, we would have said that he was the sweetest thing on four paws. Both dogs were neutered so you can’t blame that either. You people who parade around ignoring your breed’s purpose are the ones who are detrimental to the breed. BullyBob acknowledges the breed’s characteristics and handles his dogs accordingly. Its the people who use their babies for photo ops and make statements such as yourself ignoring the breed’s characteristics who are causing problems. You can’t ignore all the episodes in the news and just lay back and say that the breed is always sweet and loving. Clearly there is some kind of trigger that goes off in these dogs brains that cause them to attack.

Cekker

September 30th, 2010
5:05 pm

Sure WillyBoy.

The poor pit bulls are being picked on and scapegoated and you have all the facts and figures to prove it, right?

Pit bull attacks are about as common as moon landings…we get it.

Jenwolf74

September 30th, 2010
5:08 pm

Shockingbut true…. “Clearly there is some kind of trigger that goes off in these dogs brains that cause them to attack.”

I say that about Rotties who were the “pit bull” 20-30 years ago. I was sitting there petting a rottie & she was just enjoying the hell out of it when all of a sudden…. Cujo!!!!! Luckily I was fast enough & didn’t get bit then she started nuzzling me for more love…. umm… yea… But I will still pet one & I still think they are beautiful dogs too….

Poke

September 30th, 2010
5:22 pm

I do not ignore my breeds characteristics and I do not baby or parade my dog around. I just do not and will not agree that every Pitbull everywhere WILL eventually rip the face off of a small child or whatever. It just IS NOT the truth. And I will say again : I am speaking solely on behalf of my dog. You seem to be only taking bits and pieces of what I’m saying and running with it. Originally what i stated was :

” I love my Pitty. She’s a sweet, sweet girl. Can I say she would never harm another person or animal or cause an ‘incident’? No, I can’t.”

Now, where in that statement do you find I’m ignoring the potential for my dog to be dangerous? I know the potential, trust me, I’m well aware. How can I not be when people like you shove it down my throat. I have a Pitbull, You do not like Pitbulls. Deal with it. Deal with the fact that some of them are good animals, good pets and good family members. They’re not all ‘Cains’ <3

BullyBob

September 30th, 2010
5:58 pm

ShockingbutTrue… there is only one breeder I would ever consider.. That is York Kennels.. take a look at her website.. she breeds for temperment like the old days… the problem with pit bulls now is interbreeding and breeding for aggression. I vol at a shelter so I have a huge choice of pit bulls to take home.. Jack came in with a female dog and was known for his ability to get along with other dogs and a dog behavorist evaluated him and helped me introduce him to my other dogs. As a result of his good disposition he has a great home. There are other pit bulls at the shelter that I feel sorry for but would never consider to adopt… I like multiple dogs and with pit bulls finding ones that are rock solid with other dogs is hard to find. Even with Jacks great disposition he almost killed Petunia over a mole…. that was a huge vet bill.. plus the few fights I have been involved with age me.

BullyBob

September 30th, 2010
6:09 pm

Shocking but true visit ABDA site or whatever the kennel assoication is that accepts pit bulls…. a bunch of dog fighters…period.

Hello Bully

September 30th, 2010
6:11 pm

I invite all of you to read our 2010 BSL REPORT. I have owned rescued Pit Bulls since 1995, will never own another breed, founded and work (unpaid) for a rescue and advocacy group, and ADORE my Pit Bulls. But the truth is that fighting BSL is about facts, not about how wonderful our dogs are.

http://www.hellobully.com/bsledu.html

Daisy
Hello Bully

steph

September 30th, 2010
6:40 pm

So, black people commit most of the crimes. I think black people should be banned.

How does this statement sound? Ignorant, maybe?

HIckorys

September 30th, 2010
8:15 pm

The only problem with pit bulls *does* go back to the owners. This is a loyal breed with a high drive to please their people. This is what makes them easy to train to do bad things by stupid, lowlife people. If the owner is happy with what it is teaching the dog to do, the pittie will continue to do it because it makes its owner happy – it doesn’t necessarily know that what it’s doing is wrong or bad because its person is happy.

Pittie owner

September 30th, 2010
8:16 pm

Cain wouldn’t have attacked his sibling dog if they would both have been crated when unsupervised. A dog is an animal. A dog aggressive dog isn’t a human aggressive dog. My late golden was dog aggressive… she only liked dogs she lived with and they had to start out as puppies. And i had to crate one when we were out cause I didn’t want to take the chance that anything would happen. Does that make my golden dangerous? No. Cain wasn’t dangerous to people, Cain needed to be crated when alone or the GSD did. Thats responsible ownership!

We think dogs/animals think like humans.. “oh i should know better” says the dog… NOT! They do not. It is up to us humans/owners to properly care for our pets (animals). And if we own multiple dogs especially pitties, we should use crates.

I have two pitties who are well trained and well behaved. We crate them when we are not home. That is for their best interest and ours. If they got into a fight, I wouldnt want to see the result. Even human siblings fight sometimes. Once they get into it, they wont stop… yes it is in their nature. So we must work with that. It isn’t their nature to rip a persons face off… or be aggressive to humans. Dog and human aggression are TWO different things. Look it up.

Rescuing dogs whatever your preferred breed is definitely a good way to go! Too many dogs/cats get put to sleep needlessly. Its very sad.

staffielover

September 30th, 2010
8:42 pm

First of all who says that pittie aren’t service dogs. I would beg to differ i own a staffie who is registered as my service dog. And there have been pittie threw out time that have done some great things. The first ever decorated military dog was a pittie(look it up). Where i am from we just had a pittie save a little dog from a coyote. But you don’t hear that in the news all u hear is that they attack some one. It wasn’t to long ago when they were trying to do the same thing to other breeds (like chows,doberman,rottie) now it’s the pittis who’s next. I am all for tougher dangerious dog laws as well as maybe some dog training for both owner n the dog. But the BSL is the wrong way to go about it. because pitties will just be the start of the breed banding next will come another breed an another it will never stop. someone will always have a problem with a dog breed

Cekker

September 30th, 2010
8:44 pm

Good God, there too many morons in the world…

‘Even human siblings fight sometimes. Once they get into it, they wont stop… yes it is in their nature’

True…but when did you ever hear of a human ripping out the throat of its brother or sister?

PitBull Lover

September 30th, 2010
8:48 pm

“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.”

Oh Hi Cekker… Your wrong on that part.. Pit Bulls where NOT breed to rip faces of… unlike you who was breed to be judgmental of God creation and have to believe the money hungry media!

Since you don’t like a Pit Bull and you want to live on here… Just an FYI Your not going to change anyone’s mind on here that LOVES Pit Bulls… So go live your life off of this page!

Cekker

September 30th, 2010
8:51 pm

‘So, black people commit most of the crimes. I think black people should be banned.

How does this statement sound? Ignorant, maybe?’

Maybe ignorant and racist is how it sounds. You need psychological help if that is the only comment on this subject you can come up with.

PitBull Lover

September 30th, 2010
8:53 pm

So, black people commit most of the crimes. I think black people should be banned.

How does this statement sound? Ignorant, maybe?’

Maybe ignorant and racist is how it sounds. You need psychological help if that is the only comment on this subject you can come up with.

It maybe the only one but, at least it makes more sense then you and also sounds like you! Sorry but you CEKKER sounds racist to me about animals!

Cekker

September 30th, 2010
8:54 pm

‘Pit Bulls where NOT breed to rip faces of’

Really ‘genius’ PitBull Lover? Explain why God’s creation was…well, created

PitBull Lover

September 30th, 2010
8:56 pm

Cekker… Your a waist of my time… go get a life!

Cekker

September 30th, 2010
8:59 pm

Yawn…another quitter.

PitBull Lover

September 30th, 2010
8:59 pm

Really ‘genius’ PitBull Lover? Explain why God’s creation was…well, created <– Thank you I am a "GENIUS" PitBull Lover!!