Thursday, July 3, 2008
DogsBite.org does not expect New York policymakers to take meaningful action after the recent spate of pit bull attacks that include the tragedy of Henry Piotrowski, who has now suffered three amputations, and the young Brooklyn boy, who just had his ear ripped off by a pit bull. It is reported that half of the boy's face was torn open. His aunt had to cover his head in a sheet to "hold in the ear and the blood."
The State of New York is stuck with a breed-specific prohibition law and politicians unwilling to stand up to it.Back in May, the New York City police department released a detailed report to the city council that showed the last 11 years of police gunfire. According to the report, officers shot more pit bulls than people, and of the dogs shot by officers, 70% were pit bulls. New York city officials are keenly aware of the depth of the pit bull problem, in addition to its lengthily history, which harks back to the mid 1980s.
DogsBite.org does not believe that New York policymakers have a vested interest in addressing the pit bull problem. We don't believe their major newspapers, such as the New York Times, do either. They frequently cover topics like Michael Vick's "Victory Dogs," but they have forgotten the many pit bull victims that have come from the area over the last 20 years. Henry Piotrowski is just "another" one.
07/08/08: Flashback: Series of Pit Bull Attacks Stirs a Clamor for Laws
07/03/08: Henry Piotrowski, 90, Suffers 3 Amputations After Pit Bull Attack
07/02/08: Staten Island Pit Bull Owner Charged with Felony
07/02/08: 90-Year Old Suffers Amputations After Pit Bull Attack on Staten Island
06/12/08: Bill Stops Convicted Drug Dealers from Owning Dogs Over 20lbs
05/12/08: 11 Years of Police Gunfire: Pit Bulls Top the Charts
04/25/08: Flashback: Brandon Dillingham 2003, Attacked by a Loose Pit Bull
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| 7/03/2008 6:34 PM |
Dear Mr. Piotrowski, I want to express my great grief over your tragedy. Thank you for serving our country. What happened to you is a crime that slides under the wire. It is not the first priority of government. This truly didn't need to happen. I pray the owners of pit bulls start understanding the depth of human tragedy that is happening all across the U.S. This breeds only chance is to be spayed and neutered down. God bless your family Mr.Piotrowski my family has also endured a pit bull mauling.
| 7/03/2008 9:09 PM |
How terribly sad and ironic that on this Fourth of July, we learn that a member of the Greatest Generation, a WWII veteran, was felled because our country's leaders have put more value on the life of an animal than on human life.
If only more politicians had the guts to take on the special interest groups and criminals who are responsible for the death and mutilation of innocent citizens, we could stop these barbaric attacks now.
Prayers for Mr. Piotrowski and his family......
| 7/05/2008 9:02 AM |
Missing from the story is that some legislators were laughed at by the Pit Bull community for suggesting that Felons be prevented from owning such animals!
Way to go Pit breeders!
I'd also like to know how mr McNair intends to pay for the victims massive medical costs.