Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Omaha, NE - Police rushed to the scene of yet another pit bull attack in Omaha. Witnesses tell police the dog snapped its chain and attacked a man who was mowing a nearby lawn. The man has a bite wound to his leg, but was not seriously hurt. The dog ran off after the attack, and a police officer shot it a few houses away. Police ticketed the owner of the pit bull.
Pit bull advocates will say, "It was the lawnmower's fault."This is the fourth pit bull attack in Omaha in the last week, and the sixth headline media attack in the past few months. Last Wednesday a pit bull "slipped" it's leash and attacked little Charlotte, ripping off her scalp. She spent several days in the hospital and is looking at 5 long years of treatment. Just a block away, and nearly at the same time, a pit bull attacked a boy, biting him on the arm.
The victim count is growing:
The city of Omaha and the Humane Society are working on an ordinance to crack down on dangerous dogs. Hopefully it will include strong pit bull regulations. The first proposals will be heard in less than two weeks time.
Coverage of the Omaha Pit Bull Attack - DogsBite.org
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| 7/02/2008 6:57 AM |
What is going on here? There are two possibilities that I can think of. The first being that people recently started widescale breeding of these dogs for fighting/drug guarding and they are getting into the pet popultion through shelter adoption or backyard breeding. It would be interesting to see the ages on these dogs, I'm betting under three as the dogs mature. If this is the case, then these attacks will continue as the same genes will be in other maturing dogs in the area.
The second possibility is this has been going on all along, and the unfortunate baby scalping case is drawing attention to it so more is being published. I personally have known of many pit bull attacks, mostly to pets but also to people, and none were ever publicized. I don't know where the pit bull lovers get off saying the media only prints pit attack stories and everytime a pit does something bad - I believe they only print a fraction of what goes on because its such a common thing. The people need to know what is really going on - and when every attack is printed such as in Omaha, the situation becomes clear that this is not just another dog.
| 7/02/2008 2:45 PM |
To jersey, I have been saying the same thing for years. I can site several pit bull attacks on people and other pets in my town that never made the news, not even the local paper....even when the dog bite resulted in pucture wounds to a human victim that required medical treatment.
There is no "media conspiracy" against pit bulls. If anything, the problem is underreported.
| 7/02/2008 2:54 PM |
I would simply turn the pit advocates argument right back at them. They say its all about "responsible" ownership, yet no one in the pit bull community can come to a consensus as to what constitutes responsible ownership...Should they be chained or fenced? Should they be allowed in dog parks? Should EVERY owner carry a break stick at all times? Should every pit bull have professional obedience training?
Since the pit bull community cannot clearly define what constitues a responsible owner, and since there is no way to enforce, legally, that every owner of a pit bull to be responsible, then the best option we have is to make these dogs RARE through regulation of breeding.
Thats pretty much the end of the argument right there.
| 7/03/2008 4:21 AM |
Take a look at Texas...13 Deaths caused by Pit Bulls in the past 24 months...yet no one from the Pit Bull community will even acnowledge a problem. A responsible breed community would investigate where these dogs are coming from and stop them.
Being responsible and acknowledging a problem would undermine their whole "It's the owner" schtick, so they do nothing.