Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Pit Bull in PG County, Where Pit Bulls are Banned, Bites Child

OK, I'm posting this story not to highlight the fact that there was yet another pit-bull bites story on the news, but to point out that despite a ban that's been in place for 12 years, there are still pit bulls in Prince Georges County, Maryland.

I go down to PG County a lot, and I see pit bulls there all the time. I talk to people who tell me they own pit bulls and live in the county. They know the dogs are not legal, but they're willing to flout the law to have them.

In fact, the Fox New story notes that:

The county says it investigates about 10 complaints a month of illegal pit bulls, and on a daily basis there are about 20-25 in its shelter awaiting their fate.


The reason I think it's important to point this out is because those of us who go out and fight breed-specific legislation in our communities try to explain to lawmakers that when you ban pit bulls in a particular area, you basically ensure that the only people who will then own them are people who shouldn't have them: people who who are more than willing to break the law to have them. The knuckleheads, gang bangers, and don't give a F*CK types will continue to do what they want. The responsible owners--the regular folks who love this breed, understand these dogs, and won't let them run loose and cause problems--will comply with the law and either rehome their dogs or move.

So what do you have left? Situations like the one that took place in PG County, where a kid is bitten, neighbors complain that the dog has been running loose in the community, the owner of the dog claims the dog was just playing, and the guy who accompanies the child to the hospital becomes confrontational with EMTs and has to be let out of the ambulance on the side of the road because the emergency-medical personnel were afraid for their safety.

And the story then gets posted on MSNBC, which is no good for any of us. Sigh.

Hope the kid is OK and isn't injured too badly.

5 comments:

  1. Anonymous2:55 AM

    Pitt bulls or any other type of dog aren't bad dogs they are who the owners make them become y band the Pitt bulls from jus prince George county y not band them world wide? People know there gud dogs just that yah don't wana realize it Ur a ignorent person a dog is who u want them to become that's stereo typing sumone or sumthing it gets me pissed of that ur not the only ignorent person cuz apperently they did pass that ignorent law get a life leave the dam dogs alone there good dogs

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  2. Anonymous10:40 AM

    i have to agree with this . i am a respondsible owner of a pitbull terrier. she is my fourth one in my life time. i have had no problems with my dogs as i have ensured tat they are trained properly and checked their breeding before owning one. i for 1 believe the ban is stupid and shows ignorance on the part of the county. it gives the wrong example to the breed and does not show the love and loyality that these dogs actually have. most of them are big babies, love kids and are smart. fr a good examplelokk back on stubby, a war decorated pit, who served this country and its soldiers. he saved the lives of men in action many times and was even put on posters in celebration. i understand there are people out there like michael vick who, with no humane concern , treat animals like machinery, however giving the entire breed a bad rapp. but dont punish the owner who loves and cares fo their pet.. abolish the rediculious ban and put higher sentences on the people who cause them harm. micheal vick sentence was a joke!!!!!!!

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  3. Anonymous5:11 PM

    I DONT UNDERSTAND HOW U BAN A ANIMAL FOR THE BULL-SH.. PEOPLE DO. BAN THEM FOR HAVING ANIMALS. P.G DOG OWNER AND PITBULLS THAT ARE IN SHELTER ARE THE ONES SUFFERING. THIS LAW IS DUMB STUPID AND HAVE NOT BEEN THOUGHT OUT. OH, AND YES MICHEAL VICKS SENTENCE WAS SOME BULLSH... NOW BAN HIM FROM BEENING A ANIMAL OWNER. ALSO IF YOU BAN PITTS BAN ANY OTHER ANIMAL THAT BITS. LOL!!!! THIS IS A DUMB LAW

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  4. Anonymous1:56 PM

    I love pit bulls, I have had two absolutely gorgeous males and they were sweet and endearing people were still frightened of them. This is not the fault of the dogs, it is the same as racial profiling. Some people are afraid of dogs, other were made to be afraid of dogs by dangerous strays or those owned to be made vicious. This sucks.
    When we moved, I took note of the laws and made certain that I did not take the dogs where they were not wanted. Clearly a breed ban is a bit extreme, a more appropriate measure would be to put all dog owners of all breeds and sizes on notice theat they must register thier dogs and report them immediately should they bite someone. Period. I have been bitten and my husband has been bitten. For me it was a toy poodle. For him it was a beagle and a pit bull. Why they released the beagle, who was actually the antagonizer, but kept the pit in lockdown, I will never understand. The attack was vicious and both dogs need to be put down, but that is the owners fault. The attacked for no reason because the owner was irresponsible. He should also be fined excessively and was as I understood it. However, because the bite wounds are more severe with larger dogs, they ignore the fact that a great majority of dog bites are caused by the little yappers notorious for nipping and attacking peoples feet, ankles and knees. To deal with the dog attack issues that are on the rise, it should be much more difficult for people to get dogs, period. Only a true dog lover should own a dog, those trying to show off some muscles with teeth dont deserve a dog, they are pack animals and should be part of the family, not a weapon to flash only.

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  5. Anonymous2:39 PM

    I THINK PITT BULLS ARE WOUNDERFUL DOGS. I HAVE ONE AND SHE IS A SWEETY AND SHE IS FRIENDLY. I ALWAYS HAVE HER AROUND KIDS AND THEY LOVE HER. WE HAVE 5 DOGS AND SHE PLAYS WITH ALL OF THEM. I AGREE WITH SOME PEOPLE "a ignorent person a dog is who u want them to become". THEY SHOULDN'T TREAT PITT BULLS LIKE THERE KILLERS BECAUSE THERE NOT. I ALWAYS LOVED THEM I HAD ONE WHEN I WAS 5 AND SHE WAS A BIG DOG,AND NEVER BIT ME OF JUMPED ON ME. SO THE PEOPLE THAT HATE ON THEM ARE JUST SOME PUSSIES THERE SCARED TO HAVE ONE BECAUSE THERE BIG AND STRONG DOGS :p

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