Friday, February 8, 2008
Lubbock, TX - After a rash of pit bull killing incidents, most recently the destruction of two miniature horses, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal printed views from Lubbock residents. The overriding theme is why the City Lubbock cannot create a pit bull ordinance. The city cannot create such an ordinance because the State of Texas passed a preemptive anti-BSL measure in 1991, which prohibits Texas municipalities from enacting breed-specific pit bull laws.
Read: Article in fullYour Views, Lubbock Avalanche-JournalWhy not pass an ordinance to deal with pit bull issue?
February 8, 2008
Why can't the proper governing body in Lubbock pass a city ordinance to outlaw or eliminate all pit bull dogs from our city and make it a misdemeanor, or possibly a felony, to own one of these dogs? How many people or animals must be badly hurt or killed before something positive is done about this problem? - CHUB BOWYER
Pit bull attack on animal horrible thing to witness
Yet another terrible story of horror by pit bulls in our lovely city. How many stories will we read about before our City Council will attach some kind of stiff penalty for the owners of pit bulls that bring harm to people or other animals? Will the next story be of a child or children being killed or maimed?
The owners of such animals should be held responsible for any medical bills and spend time in jail. My husband and I have witnessed the attack of a pit bull on another dog, and it is a horrible thing to see.
We call on other citizens of Lubbock to contact the mayor's office and City Council to demand that something be put in place to severely penalize the owners of vicious animals that bring harm to others. - DARRELL & SUSAN RADLE
03/21/08: Pit Bull Epidemic in Lubbock, Texas (Jan-Mar 2008)
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| 2/08/2008 4:24 PM |
I defintely sense that the public is not buying into the pro-pit rhetoric any more. People are just sick of it...the for-profit breeder lobby is slowly losing it's grip. I think the vast majority of citizens want these dogs regulated. The on-line lobbying these people do, where they circulate pit bull attack stories on pro-pit message boards, then post opinions ad-nauseum about how pit bulls are the nicest dogs on the planet, is being challenged by the silent majority of people who put human safety above dog owners rights.
| 2/09/2008 2:12 PM |
It is an outrage that cities and towns are threatened by outside lobbyists when they try to pass public safety laws to regulate dangerous dogs. The public should demand that their local officilas stand up to the the breeder lobby and do what is best for it's citizens. If pit bulls are causing a problem in a particular town, then they should be regulated, perhaps even banned. Out-of-state interests, the for-profit breeder lobby, have no right to harass city officials under the guise of being "experts" on dog behavior and law.
Ultimately, it is the local taxpayers who bear the burden of dealing with dangerous dogs, and their rights should come first.
| 2/10/2008 7:54 AM |
Unfortunately, there is a cycle in which after the local outrage fades and people go back to their lives any movement on the issue ceases.
The Pro-Mauling community, emotionally and financially invested in their dogs, will keep fighting 24/7, like rust eating at society.
| 2/10/2008 5:21 PM |
That is what happened in our town. The Mayor said "You can make a poodle mean, so it was all in how you raised them". He didn't see the one next door to me. I personally don't care how it got that way. I just care that it was next door. He would be looking at it alot different if there were dogs like that in his neighborhood.
| 3/29/2009 11:52 AM |
AS A SURVIVER OF A VERY BAD 2 PITBULL ATTACK IN ONTARIO, CA. 6 YEARS AGO. I TOTALLY AGREE THAT PITBULLS SHOULD ALL BE KILLED AND DESTROYED AND OUTLAWED. YOU OWNERS OF PITBULLS GET RID OF THAT PITBULL, OR ELSE KEEP THEM AWAY FROM THOSE IN YOUR FAMILY , COMMUNITY, THEY ARE SO OVERBREED, AND ARE A USELESS BREED OF DOG;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; OR ELSE IF YOU STILL PROTECT THEM THEN YOU ARE IDIOT........................