Wednesday, January 23, 2008
While many people picture violent attacks when the word "pit bull" is uttered, Veterinarian Gary Spencer says the image isn't too far off.
"They're on the edge now, and that wasn't the case ten years ago. The domestication part of this dog is being bred out of it. Your control of this dog is being bred out of it."Some owners though, continue to insist that pet pits are good-natured dogs and it all depends on how they're raised. But what about the responsible pit bull owners who suffer attacks from their dog? These are just a few names of people killed by family pit bulls in 2007: Celestino Rangel, Mary Bernal, Zachary King Jr., Scott Warren, Tina Marie Canturbury, Seth Lovitt and Holden Jernigan.
The latest attack in Louisiana, which killed Kelli Chapman, is another example of how a lovable dog can turn deadly. Veterinarian Gary Spencer says that pit bulls are like "striking a match." You can try striking a match and striking the match and it won't strike, then suddenly it does. He also notes the ambiguity that lies behind a pit bull's eyes.
"If you ever look into a pit bull's eyes you're really not clear what you see. You can look into a collie's eye or a boxer's eye and they're looking at you. You look into a pit bull's eye and they're thinking about you. There's a big difference."The KLTV article also points out that pit bulls are a "powerful, extremely intelligent animal, yet bred with a dangerous temperament that's different from any other dog." This statement further underscores the need for communities to regulate this type of dog.
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| 1/24/2008 7:06 AM |
The Pit Bull Taliban are gonna go Code Red and issue a Fatwa against this vet!
How dare he stray from the veterinary community's PC mantra that "All dogs are the same"!
Follow the money....
| 1/24/2008 12:08 PM |
Well said....I'm sure this vet will get death threats for saying this. The funny thing is, if you REALLY believe that all dogs are the same and "its all how you raise them", then, really, you don't need any particular type of dog as a "pet". You don't need a pit bull, you can go to a shelter and adopt a Lab or a beagle instead.
Remember, if "breed doesn't matter", then it shouldn't matter to you what breed of companion animal you own. It's a perfect argument for mandatory sterilization of pit bulls, who are dying in shelters at record numbers.
But after stating that "its all how you raise them", pit bull owners will insist that their dogs are just unbelievably special, and that they will "never own any other type of dog". Why? So breed does matter? If there are no breed specific traits, then pit bull owners should be equally happy with a Lab or beagle, right? So why own a pit bull?
It's the circular logic and the constant contradictions of the pit bull lobby that drive me crazy. None of what they say makes any sense.
| 1/25/2008 8:50 AM |
Thank you for your expert veiw. I'm with you 100%! People have distorted this breed...abused it...and altered it's personality. I wish my state of LA would ban thhttp://kplcblogs.typepad.com/hottopic/2008/01/pit-bull-debate.htmlem...