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Anonymous Anonymous  |  3/31/2008 4:43 PM  |  Flag  
Breed Specific problems require breed specific solutions. The Pit Community has had amble time to fix this. Instead, they have chosen to produce more dogs and sell them to unqualified owners.

Times up!

Anonymous Anonymous  |  4/02/2008 3:25 AM  |  Flag  
Spaying and neutering won't stop breeders surrounding Pasadena, so this will have little impact on availability. What's more, there's little evidence to suggest spaying and neutering sufficiently curtails aggression in dogs bred for aggression. Fixing a labrador does not diminish its drive to swim and retrieve, any more than fixing diminishes a border collie's herding ability. The breed function remains intact, even when reproductive status is not intact.

Anyone in doubt should revisit the details of Actor Peter Strauss' pit bull event -- yet another episode of, ‘When Neutered Pit Bulls Attack,’ from just a week ago.

Anonymous Dee  |  4/02/2008 4:09 AM  |  Flag  
MOST excellent point you make anonymous! But mandatory spay/neuter does help solve the "over population of unwanted pit bulls" that end up in shelters to be euthanized or adopted out to God knows who. It also helps the dogfighting problem. Sterilization is a step in the right direction for policymakers in larger cities unwilling to combat the pit bull lobby directly and STAND UP for future victim rights.

That said, all that you write is painfully true. Sterilization is a Band-Aid unless surrounding communities adopt similar measures. What you might not know is that many communities surrounding larger cities often have strict policies regarding pit bulls. The pit bull lobby does not target these communities as extensively. In the area of Seattle, Washington, for instance, most cities around it have pit bull bans and restrictions to deal with the very point you mention including Everett, Auburn, Kirkland and Seatac.

Anonymous schultz  |  4/02/2008 10:59 AM  |  Flag  
no one is saying spay/neuter ELIMINATES aggression.
but it can reduce aggression, especially if it is done early in life.

Anonymous Dee  |  4/02/2008 12:51 PM  |  Flag  
Here's a better link: Washington State

Anonymous Anonymous  |  4/02/2008 1:18 PM  |  Flag  
Nice to see that someone has included Dogo Argentino, Dogue de Bordeaux, Presa Canario, Tosa Inu

Blogger Packhorse  |  7/28/2011 1:54 PM  |  Flag  
I wish our newspaper was so progressive.

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