Monday, March 24, 2008
West Palm Beach, FL - Cesar Alegre says he was just a few short hours into his vacation, down from Maryland to visit his brother. He says he took his family dog, Snickers, into the backyard to play fetch when the neighbor's pit bull a few doors down got lose. Seconds later, Snickers came under attack.
"He got cornered on that wall over there and he just made himself a little ball there and that's when the pit bull grabbed him. As soon as he grabbed him he shook his head like that and my dog was dead, my dog was gone,"He recalls seeing the pit bull with Snickers in its mouth. "The dog was running around with his prize in his jaw, ripping my heart walking all over the place like he had done something great." He wonders about the fence the pit bull escaped from. He's angry that because he's next door to a vicious dog and can't even play in his own back yard safely.
Authorities issued citations to the owners. Neighbors say they fear for their pets and small children and are frustrated the penalty wasn't more severe. One neighbor comments:
"They [animal control] say wait until they attack the kids or people's life and then take the dog. But why? We're human, you know? What are we waiting for?" Vu said.Animal Care and Control says it would take at least two attacks on other animals for the pit bull to be deemed "dangerous." Because pets are viewed as "property," owners have rights to defend their animals. The question is, what about the victimized dog and that dog's family? Why aren't laws designed to protect them?
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| 3/24/2008 11:13 AM |
Animal Care and Control says it would take at least two attacks on other animals for the pit bull to be deemed "dangerous."
Pit breeders, the rescues and owners must love this policy.
| 3/24/2008 5:57 PM |
That's some 19th century cruelty right there...
When the UKC was created as a registry in for Pit Bulls in 1898, a dog had to have a minimum of three kills to be eligible. It's an abomination that West Palm Beach Animal Control uses the same standard.
| 3/25/2008 8:47 AM |
Wow....where are the anti-cruelty advocates on this one? I guess only SOME breeds of dog deserve protection, huh? It's fashionable to be involved in pit bull rescue, and to fight anti-BSL legislation. But no one steps up to defend the countless numbers of animals killed by pit bulls; horses, livestock,and most commonly, small dogs.
It's just not PC to advocate for the animal victims of pit bulls...it muddies the water, so to speak. It makes the pro-pit lobby uncomfortable, because it points to a hard truth about the nature of fighting breeds. The so-called animal lovers who obsess about rescuing pit bulls and promoting them as safe family pets don't want to hear it....they don't really care about dogs, they only care about pit bulls.
| 3/25/2008 12:28 PM |
Check this out..Humane Society gets flim-flammed, 29 dangerous Pits back out on the street!
| 4/04/2009 10:13 AM |
My next door neighbors pit bull killed my cat last week and bit my other neighbors lab in the neck a few months ago, that's two attacks, but animal control wont do anything about it. No one will help us get the dog out of here because both of his attacks were while he was on a leash! It's scary that he can attack and kill my pet while on a leash, what would happen if her ever got loose?! Someone needs to start helping the innocent people losing their pets and get rid of these awful dogs!