Sunday, June 15, 2008
Duncanville, TX - The second Texas City is putting forth a proposal to ban pit bull type dogs. Due to ten pit bull attacks in 2007 and seven pit bull attacks in the first five months of 2008, Duncanville City Council approved a resolution June 3rd, 2008 stating that an attempt will be made to get legislation passed banning pit bull type dogs for local municipalities.
The City of Duncanville (population 38,000) lies in Dallas County and is a suburb of Dallas, which is also debating changes to its dangerous dog laws. Duncanville resident Kevalyn Townsend voiced at a recent public forum, "Because of a rising number of pit bull attacks I support (this ban). I'd also like to thank the council for taking the initiative to champion this issue and further protect the citizens of Duncanville."
Texas State law prohibits breed-specific ordinances, but some cities have enacted such laws successfully anyway. "I've done a lot of research and if other cities can do it, I believe Duncanville can do it," Mary Ellen Miles said, citing Madisonville, Texas, as one city with a successful breed ban. Madisonville laid the groundwork for other Texas cities that are up to their ears in pit bull attacks.
Supporters of the Duncanville ban will appeal to the state for lenience toward the ban. Officials understand that taking on state law that prohibits breed-specific measures may prove difficult, but they say, "We've had too many people injured so it's worth it." (Too bad the mayor of Lubbock, after 23 animal deaths and 2 human attacks by pit bulls in 5 months, failed to respond similarly.)
Duncanville City Secretary Dara Crabtree said they hope to find strength in numbers when it comes to the ban. She adds that Duncanville will be sending a letter to other area cities requesting them to adopt a similar resolution and ask them to send it to their representatives requesting their support. Duncanville will also be working with the Texas Municipal League on this matter.
It's clear some Texas cities are becoming more aware of a deadly reality. In 2007, Texas led the nation with 7 dog bite fatalities; pit bull type dogs caused 6 of these deaths. On, May 18, 2008, a new Texan became a fatal victim of pit bulls: Tanner Joshua Monk, 7-years old.
05/23/08: Roll Call: Texans Killed by Pit Bulls in 2006
05/19/08: Roll Call: Texans Killed by Pit Bulls in 2007
03/21/08: Pit Bull Epidemic in Lubbock, Texas (Jan-Mar 2008)
02/17/08: Pit Bulls Banned in Madisonville, Texas
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| 6/16/2008 12:36 AM |
Go Duncanville! I guess that "not human aggressive" argument keeps falling flat on its face. That's gotta be hard to say out-loud when your breed of dog kills more humans than all other breeds combined. And I'm still trying to figure out why "animal aggressive" is okay. (If one comes after my animals, that pit bull sleeps with the fishes.)
| 6/16/2008 11:29 AM |
Here is an interesting article...
Paul Miller, an expert on pitbulls, gave a lecture on the history and traits of the breed in Knoxville. Below is an excerpt from knoxnews.com.....
"Miller, the executive director of the Humane Society in Hagerstown, Md., and an expert on pit bulls, gave a public lecture Saturday at University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine on the history of the breed.
He said in the past almost all pit bulls were bred to fight other dogs and never harm humans.
Trait dilution in the breed since the 1980s has changed things.
One pit bull might be happy in the company of other pets, he said. But another might attack humans with the same fight-to-kill mindset traditionally reserved for other dogs."
| 10/07/2008 3:50 AM |
I think this is completely senseless. Statistically Rottweilers are responsible of 40% more fatal dog attacks than Pit bulls. I think people who support this cause should read more about facts and less about hype.
| 10/07/2008 5:14 AM |
Outside of being drug induced, there is no reality to your statement -- not in the CDC report, not in the Merritt Clifton report and not in DogsBite.org reports.
"Denial," it works for those who have little sense of reality.
| 10/07/2008 12:57 PM |
let's not be so quick to judge. I think we might need to look deeper into the comments of the idiot above. It could be that during a six month period in the year of 1992 that Rottweilers were responsible for 40% more fatal attacks than pit bulls in England.
We have to read between the lines of these master of manipulators of statistics.
| 10/07/2008 5:58 PM |
Welcome to our guest sent by his Dogfighting/pit breeder puppet masters!
There's been one year in the past 20 when pits haven't led in casket filling.
Either this guy is a liar or an embecile...I suspect he is the latter and just parrots what the dogmen tell him to.