Monday, March 31, 2008
Los Angeles, CA - Postal employee, Judy Nixon, participates in a training session designed to help USPS officers fend off dog attacks. If the image looks shocking to you -- imagine what a mail carrier is exposed to not wrapped in heavy gear and facing a vicious dog.
Thousands of mail carriers are attacked each year. The best the US Postal Service can do about it is hope to "educate" dog owners. 25 years ago, such an approach might have worked. Now, however, both urban and rural postal workers face the threat of fighting dogs -- AKA pit bulls -- dogs selectively bread for an activity that is felony in all 50 states: dogfighting. These dogs attack human beings and animals without provocation and inflict extraordinary harm.
At Sit Means Sit Dog Training in Los Angeles, postal workers get to test their skills on the real thing: a 3-year old pit bull named Hurricane and Ajax, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois (Malinois are used by many police force K9 units). Instructor, "Lucky" Aguilar, shows mail carriers proper actions to take if attacked and ways to avoid being attacked. He tells the Press Telegram:
"The thing I hope they (carriers) take away from this is that maybe it's something they are doing that is provoking the dogs," Aguilar said. "Carriers should never show fear and use their satchels as a barrier," he said.DogsBite.org thinks "Lucky" has a few screws missing in his head, this is perhaps because he is a pit bull owner. It's not the job or actions of a mail carrier that has shifted in the last quarter century, it is the dog breed. The very fact that postal workers are taking his "training course" shows the rest of us (who do not have missing screws) just how dangerous these dogs are.
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| 4/02/2008 2:46 AM |
Aguilar said, "maybe it's something they are doing that is PROVOKING the dogs..."
Bwaaaaahahahaha! Idiot! Aguilar doesn't suppose that simply delivering the mail is PROVOKING enough for a pit bull? A kid riding a skate board: PROVOKED? A lady gardening in her yard: PROVOKED? Anyone walking their normal dog: PROVOKED? Letting a horse out of the barn: PROVOKED?
What's wrong with everybody?! Stop walking out your door and PROVOKING these poor, misunderstood pit bulls! All you people going outside are irresponsible and creating a ton of grief and difficulty for pit bulls and their owners! These difficulties are caused by the ignorance of people who insist on going outside and PROVOKING when there are other options!
Please be part of the solution and commit to the ‘Pit Bull Lovers Creed for Responsible Pit Bull Neighboring.’ Raise your right hand (or place over your heart) and recite out loud: “I, (state your name), promise to 1) Install a garage door opener for my attached garage and use it. I will only enter and exit my vehicle from within my garage. I will install a 360 degree ceiling camera in the garage with a monitor visible from the vehicle to be certain no pit bulls entered while the garage door was open. 2) I will never allow my children outside, fenced backyards included. I accept that allowing my children outdoors at any time is irresponsible parenting and may PROVOKE a pit bull. I will provide plenty of video games and accept that pit bulls have rights too. 3) I will conduct all communications and transactions through electronic means or at drive-through windows, only. I agree that mail carriers are outdated and a huge source of problems for pit bulls because of the way delivery people PROVOKE. I will work to ban all deliveries – not pit bulls. 4) I accept that every dog wanders or escapes the yard at some point in its life, and I hereby agree that any animal, child, or person who would otherwise be under my care or supervision is ‘Fair Game.’ I understand and agree these children, cats, collie pups, bunnies and ponies unfairly PROVOKE pit bulls, and as a reasonable pit bull neighbor, I expect these children and/or animals to be killed and hold the pit bull owner(s) harmless as nature takes its course.”
So for God sakes people, can’t we just ban all this horrible PROVOKING?! This is not a breed problem; it is clearly a PROVOKING problem and must be stopped NOW!
| 4/02/2008 10:49 AM |
i too have been guilty of provoking my neighbor's pit. that poor dog just hates the sound of a hoe cutting into dirt. he hates the the sound of the hose or the noise i make when i walk on leaves. and whistling to call my dogs, that is the absolute worst offense!
i have been very insensitive towards the neighbor's pit but now i too will take the Pit Bull Lovers Creed for Responsible Pit Bull Neighboring Pledge.
| 4/02/2008 9:56 PM |
I've taken a pledge that includes the knife I now carry on my belt, the pitchfork on the front porch and the petition with over 200 signatures on it. If you think it sounds like I've been "provoked" you would be right. The next trip to the city council I plan to show a little teeth.