Sunday, July 13, 2008
Staten Island, NY - Henry Piotrowski, the Staten Island man who was savagely attacked by pit bulls two weeks ago, floats in and out of consciousness as he fights for his life at Staten Island University Hospital. Elaine Sutton, Piotrowski's 66-year-old niece said, "They [the dogs] were eating him alive. It's not easy to picture."
She said her uncle lost his lower left leg and has a broken right leg. His left arm was nearly chewed off by the dogs. Doctors are still not sure whether that arm can be saved. Sutton said her uncle's plight has sparked an outpouring of support and cards from across the country. The attack, followed by the mauling of a 3-year-old Brooklyn boy, has renewed calls for a pit bull ban in the city.
Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Queens) said, "I happen to think a ban is humane. This is the most abused breed of dogs." Vallone has been lobbying state legislators to overturn a law that bars municipalities from banning specific breeds of dogs. "Who is Albany to tell us how to protect our citizens against dangerous dogs?" Vallone has yet to gain support of the Albany lawmakers.
He does have support from PETA, one of the country's largest animal rights groups. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), on the other hand, also does not support Vallone. They believe that people make pit bulls bad, while they simultaneously say that pit bulls will chew through chain link fences to attack other animals among other atrocities.
07/03/08: Coverage of the Henry Piotrowski Pit Bull Mauling
06/02/08: ASPCA Pushing Pit Bull Adoption: Adopt-A-Bull Contest
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| 7/14/2008 8:45 AM |
The Councilman needs to go to the Mayor of NYC and they just go on and place the most effective ban they can in place. They will win in the courts and this has to be cheaper than paying out the continued law suits. The few states that have these bans have locked themselves into a real mess.
However, cities can have their own bans and ignore the state law because the Federal, State Supreme, and Supreme court believe that communities have the right to protect themselves. GO FOR IT call BLOOMBERG today. Call city lawyers Denver, Colorado.