Jennifer Lowe was killed by two pit bulls that had been legally declared "dangerous."
Shelter Offers 'Parenting' Class
Tennessee - In the aftermath of Jennifer Lowe being killed by two pit bulls legally designated as "dangerous," the Knoxville County Animal Center, is offering a Pit Bull Parenting class taught by volunteers over the course of a weekend. The class will teach pit bull owners or would-be owners about socializing the dogs and encouraging obedience. Meanwhile, two Tennessee cities (Johnson City and Rockwood) are researching ordinances that ban or restrict the breed.
Knoxville and Knox County have appointed a task force to draft a stronger ordinance on vicious dogs but aren't considering breed specific bans or restrictions, said Tim Adams, director of the Knoxville-Knox County Young-Williams Animal Center, who serves on the task force.
Young-Williams is dealing with concerns by offering a "pit bull parenting class" taught by volunteers next weekend. - Marti Davis, Knox News, January 12, 2008
A one-weekend "Pit Bull Parenting" class hardly addresses the underlying problem -- a dog selectively bred to take down bulls and to fight to the death in a pit. Moreover, irresponsible dog owners aren't likely to attend this course. Prior to San Francisco's mandatory sterilization law, the city's animal shelter offered free sterilization to entice pit bull owners to spay and neuter their dogs. The free service was ineffective. Vicky Crosetti, injects some sanity into this "post-attack" piece:
Vicky Crosetti, director of the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley, disagrees, pointing out that several Humane Society shelters in the area, including hers, refuse to offer pit bulls for adoption. Oak Ridge's center doesn't offer pit bulls for adoption, either.
"By offering a class on Pit Bull Parenting, the Young-Williams Center board does indeed recognize that pit bull-type dogs are in fact dogs which require specially trained owners," Crosetti said. - Marti Davis, Knox News, January 12, 2008
Crosetti also supports state Sen. Tim Burchett's state-wide call to mandate the spaying and neutering of pit bulls. "This would have been an excellent first step in protecting our community and particularly our children from dogs who can and frequently do maim, cause serious injury and death," she said. James Hines, the city recorder for Rockwood, Tenn., said his staff are drafting a pit bull ordinance, using one enacted by Sparta as its model. Sparta currently bans pit bulls.
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