Thursday, September 25, 2008
Moses Lake, WA - After the brutal pit bull attack on Alex Medina, the City of Moses Lake has created a committee to find a "compromise" acceptable to community residents and pit bull owners in regards to keeping pit bulls within the city limits. This is an honorable goal and one that ought to be rationally sound. The problem is, pit bull advocates usually do not find "any" pit bull regulation acceptable. They typically oppose each and all of the following:
- Mandatory registration
- Mandatory microchipping
- Mandatory spay/neuter
- Mandatory muzzling when off property
- Mandatory special containment facility
- Mandatory liability insurance (of any amount)
- No adopt out shelter policy
Some Washington cities have created ordinances that declare pit bulls as "potentially dangerous" or "dangerous." This is also a good option for Moses Lake. These cities include: Auburn, Everett, Kennewick, Pasco, Prosser and others. The city of Auburn took matters a step further by declaring all "fighting breeds" potentially dangerous. Washington cities can define what qualifies as "potentially dangerous" by modifying RCW 16.08.090.
Meeting attendees were most upset that the pit bull that attacked Alex "forced its way through the fence (Alex was in his own fenced yard) and attacked the boy unprovoked." Pit bulls consistently scale 6 foot fences and chew through cages to reach their victims. Secure confinement must always be part of a pit bull ordinance, as should mandatory liability insurance. It's hard to imagine that Alex's medical costs will fall under a half million dollars.
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| 9/25/2008 10:01 AM |
I hope the citizens of this small city understand that there is no constitutional right to own the breed of dog you wish. Human life is precious and the ability of youngsters to play safely should take precedent on folks who insist on owning a flawed dog. The genetics of fighting dogs are different. Fighting and killing other dogs are the only reason this dog exists. The traits will continue to lead to human tragedy no matter how many people claim they are responsible.