Thursday, May 8, 2008
UPDATE 10/22/08: It was discovered that an English bull terrier which viciously mauled a pet donkey in Ballyclare has not been destroyed, but is being kept by a breeder in Larne. The concern is that the dog could be used for breeding purposes. Additionally, council officers are troubled by the idea that Morrow could easily acquire a dog and reside in a neighboring borough unfettered by the ban that restricts him in his current borough.
09/23/08: Dog Owner Fined; Banned from Owning Dogs
Kenneth Morrow of Ballyclare has been fined £1,850 and banned from keeping dogs for five years after his dog mauled a donkey nearly to death. The pet donkey, Isabella, had been a familiar sight to local people for over 30 years. In May, her owners were left heart-broken when the little donkey was mauled by a dog as she grazed in a field beside their house. Despite a vet being on the scene quickly, the animal died of her injuries.
05/08/08: Pit Bull Type Dogs Pose Great Risk to Horse Family
Ballyclare County, Northern Ireland - A donkey died after being attacked by a bull terrier, a breed that resides within the class of "pit bull type dogs." Other breeds that make up this class, and share the genetic history of "bull baiting" and dogfighting, include: pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, bull terrier and any other pure bred or mixed breed dog that is a combination of these dogs.
The Bull Terrier is a British breed of dog. Its predecessors were developed for the purposes of pit fighting, in the middle of the 19th century. The "sporting enthusiasts" of that time loved to bet on dog fights, bull fights and bear fights. Some of them started mating two formidable breeds of dog, the Bull Dog and the Black and Tan Terrier. They wanted to combine the Bull Dog's tenacity, courage and high threshold of pain, with the terrier's lightening speed, agility and unsurpassed ratting (killing) instinct. What resulted was called the Bull and Terrier dog.This particular donkey was in a field beside her owner's home when she sustained injuries to her face and throat. Despite a vet being on the scene quickly, Isabella the donkey died of her injuries. The dog's owner was identified and has voluntarily placed the dog in kennels outside the borough. The council said it was investigating the incident with the intent of initiating legal proceedings under the provisions of the Dogs (NI) Order.
05/07/08: Attacks on Livestock by Pit Bulls in Aiken County
04/16/08: Police Seize Two Pit Bulls After Killing Donkeys in Vineland
See all: Horse Attacks by Pit Bulls
Labels: Horse Attack
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| 5/09/2008 1:03 PM |
With all the great breeds and beautiful mix pups waiting for a home, I'm at a complete loss to understand why anyone would want this type of dog. The thought of one of these ugly beasts tearing into a pet donkey, or any other pet or child, is both nauseating and infuriating. The owners of these dogs deserve no respect, no comfort, and no common courtesy. A pox on their houses and no fair dealings for them and their ugly lot!
| 5/09/2008 6:24 PM |
I agree with the above poster....the obsession with these dogs defies logic. Hundreds of thousands of sweet-tempered dogs are destroyed each year, for want of a good home. Yet people continue to want a breed of dog designed to kill other animals!
I have always said, there are animal lovers, then there are pit bull lovers; never confuse the two!
| 5/10/2008 7:47 AM |
What's worse is they are no longer content to just want pit bulls. Now there is a massive push to rehab and adopt out former fighting pit bulls. How can this be considered safe? And further, how many resources are used for this rehab purpose and how many other non-fighting dogs and cats could have benefitted from that extra money and time in shelters?
| 5/10/2008 3:19 PM |
Yes.....the same people who want to put millions of dollars into "rehabbing" pit bulls, refuse to support mandatory spay and neuter for pit bulls..... they would rather let the dogfighters and BYBers breed and abandon hundreds of thousands of dogs, who will be euthanized in shelters or die in the street.
I really believe these crazy pit bull rescue angels would rather the wholesale carnage continue; if breeding pit bulls were controled, and the dogs became rare, these people would lose their purpose in life. They would cease to feel important.....they feed off the drama of having to "defend" these dogs.
I have never met any sane dog lover who would oppose mandatory s/n of any breed/type of dog that was so overbred and abused it was estimated that only 1 in 600 survive past puppyhood. No mentally stable animal lover would oppose that. The pro-pit community truly are the lunatic fringe.