Thursday, April 24, 2008
West Memphis, AR - In a city struggling with vicious pit bull problems, police are taking a stand; they appear to be sick and tired of seeing so many of their officers attacked by pit bulls. In the last month alone, 3 different officers have been struck. The West Memphis police now want to ban or limit pit bulls in the area.
"It's just getting more and more often we're dealing with pit bulls," said Inspector Billy Sanders.This past Saturday, cops were called to Dinah Huff's house after one of her pit bulls accidentally got loose. "The officer stepped around the corner and the dog attacked him. He received minor injuries to the hand," said Sanders. The owner said the dog had puppies and was merely being protective of them.
Sanders added that a couple months ago, another officer suffered a nasty bite also by a pit bull. Police say the cop still has trouble walking. "We're getting more and more calls against vicious pit bull dogs," said Sanders.
Two years ago, the city passed a vicious dog ordinance, but it wasn't breed specific. Now police say they'll push to ban or limit pit bulls altogether.As DogsBite.org consistently reports, vicious pit bulls greet police officers attempting to serve warrants at rampant rates. These dogs are highly utilized by felons and violent offenders. Until more police departments take a stand to protect their officers, they can expect many more to be harmed.
The dog owner in this case, Dinah Huff, was given 3 citations by police. Likely because she was left with little choice, she also put the dog down. Since pit bull owners are infrequently accountable, it's worth publishing a different tune spoken by Huff: "With any dog, you still don't want a dog that's going to be aggressive to anybody under any circumstances."
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| 4/24/2008 12:25 PM |
"Huff allowed animal control to put her dog down and is upset she's no longer a part of the family."
Not too upset though, eh?
Why should she be. She has a litter of pups to take its place.
| 4/25/2008 5:47 AM |
Finally...anti-BSL arguments are often centered around the veterinary and dog registry communities stances against it.
Except for overpopulation and and treatment by the dogfighters, the Pit Bull issue is not a humane or veterinary issue. It is a LAW ENFORCMENT and PUBLIC SAFETY one.
Vets, dog registries and humane organizations are part of the $40 Billion a year petcare industry. Regulating dogs is not in thier best interest.
Getting dog safety information from them is like receiving lung cancer information from the tobacco companies. At one time, the tobacco companies actually used doctors to pimp "safe" cigarettes.