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Wabash, IN - One day last year, Dave Monroe found himself cornered in his garage by a neighbor's pit bull. On Monday October 22nd, he stood at a Wabash City Council meeting, armed with pit bull facts and memorable quotes.
He told Council members, "These dogs (pit bulls) were bred to fight. It's in their blood - and we're making pets out of them."
Monroe considers himself lucky. He said the owner was only 10 seconds behind the pit bull that cornered him in his garage. He had a crowbar in his hand ready for the attack. "Nobody should have to live like that," he said. He added that there is a school bus stop just three doors down from the rental property where all the dogs live.
Monroe also read to the Council a portion from the Dog Bite Law Center Web site under the heading Top Biting Breeds:
Among the deadliest and most vicious of all dog breeds with killer instincts, originally bred to fight and kill other dogs, pit bulls are now widely popular as companion dogs, especially in American cities.
Their popularity is strange given their homicidal history and aggressive in-bred traits, but that is seemingly part of the appeal. With its powerful jaws, thick skull and muscular legs the American pit bull terrier (and related breeds) makes short work of children and adults it attacks, often maiming them for life.
He told Council members that Wabash has a leash law, but that's intended to keep dogs from annoying you. "A leash means nothing to a pit pull." Monroe would like to see a law in Wabash that would do four things:
- Require a permit to own a pit bull
- Have owners carry liability insurance in the amount of $50,000. (He noted that most homeowners insurance does not cover pit bulls, and, in fact, some insurance companies will cancel your insurance if they find out you own a pit bull.)
- Require owners to have the pit bull checked by a veterinarian every year.
- Require owners to have a facility to adequately confine the animal(s).