Saturday, January 12, 2008
Jennifer Lowe was killed by two pit bulls that had been legally declared "dangerous."
Shelter Offers 'Parenting' Class
Tennessee - In the aftermath of Jennifer Lowe being killed by two pit bulls legally designated as "dangerous," the Knoxville County Animal Center, is offering a Pit Bull Parenting class taught by volunteers over the course of a weekend. The class will teach pit bull owners or would-be owners about socializing the dogs and encouraging obedience. Meanwhile, two Tennessee cities (Johnson City and Rockwood) are researching ordinances that ban or restrict the breed.
Knoxville and Knox County have appointed a task force to draft a stronger ordinance on vicious dogs but aren't considering breed specific bans or restrictions, said Tim Adams, director of the Knoxville-Knox County Young-Williams Animal Center, who serves on the task force.A one-weekend "Pit Bull Parenting" class hardly addresses the underlying problem -- a dog selectively bred to take down bulls and to fight to the death in a pit. Moreover, irresponsible dog owners aren't likely to attend this course. Prior to San Francisco's mandatory sterilization law, the city's animal shelter offered free sterilization to entice pit bull owners to spay and neuter their dogs. The free service was ineffective. Vicky Crosetti, injects some sanity into this "post-attack" piece:
Young-Williams is dealing with concerns by offering a "pit bull parenting class" taught by volunteers next weekend. - Marti Davis, Knox News, January 12, 2008
Vicky Crosetti, director of the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley, disagrees, pointing out that several Humane Society shelters in the area, including hers, refuse to offer pit bulls for adoption. Oak Ridge's center doesn't offer pit bulls for adoption, either.Crosetti also supports state Sen. Tim Burchett's state-wide call to mandate the spaying and neutering of pit bulls. "This would have been an excellent first step in protecting our community and particularly our children from dogs who can and frequently do maim, cause serious injury and death," she said. James Hines, the city recorder for Rockwood, Tenn., said his staff are drafting a pit bull ordinance, using one enacted by Sparta as its model. Sparta currently bans pit bulls.
"By offering a class on Pit Bull Parenting, the Young-Williams Center board does indeed recognize that pit bull-type dogs are in fact dogs which require specially trained owners," Crosetti said. - Marti Davis, Knox News, January 12, 2008
03/13/09: Caine -- Producer of Pit Bull that Killed Jennifer Lowe -- Attacks Woman
01/12/08: Family Hopes Vigil for Jennifer Lowe Brings Change, Stronger Laws
11/15/07: 2007 Dog Bite Fatality: Jennifer Lowe, Killed by Two Pit Bulls, No Charges Filed
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| 1/12/2008 7:40 AM |
The comments about the Tellings v Toledo decision were cherry picked in the article. The whole decision can be read here:
| 1/12/2008 8:01 AM |
Instead of having people read through God knows what legal documentation, why don't you state which parts were cherry-picked and why? Or can you not write such a reasonable comment?
| 1/30/2008 11:34 PM |
I actually attended the class. Not because I do not know how to be responsible where my pit is concerned, but to see what material was being offered. The class was never intended to be a cure-all for the problems that are arising due to irresponsible owners. The class was intended to help individuals understand that they have a responsibility as an owner. It was intended as the first step to awareness. I have read all of the items on this page. I noticed that in every incident, the dog was either chained, restrained by an owner that could not control their dog, or was a dog at large. I also noticed that you only posted pit bull attacks. Is that because your agenda is breed based and not behavior based? There are other dogs biting and seriously. Alaska has the same problem with huskies that some areas are having with pits. Open you mind, address all agressive dogs and go after ALL irresponsible owners - not just those that own pits. We are not all thugs and drug dealers.
| 1/31/2008 12:06 PM |
"I also noticed that you only posted pit bull attacks."
NO, I post all breed attacks. As a matter of fact, you passed by at least 4 more recent articles that involved other dog breeds. You are guilty of what you accuse the media of doing and that is ignoring non-pit bull attacks.
It is true that the majority of these posts are about pit bulls. I see dog bites similar to car accidents. Only the bizarre or the very serious or the fatal car accidents are reported in the news, not the fender benders.