Cities Should Have Zero-Tolerance Policies on Aggressive Dogs
Colorado - The Tribune Newspaper Opinion Page: Two dog attacks in recent weeks have raised the question of whether bans on specific breeds of dogs should be pursued by city officials in Weld County. The first occurred on the Poudre Trail in Greeley, when three pit bulls attacked a woman's two dogs as she walked them. One dog sustained serious injuries, while the other got away with minor injuries. The second attack occurred a week later when an Eaton police officer shot the dog as it charged him.
Attacks by a few bad dogs should not condemn an entire breed. Dog owners should be held accountable for their dog's actions, and there should be a "zero-tolerance" policy among cities. First strike and they're out. Dogs that have attacked once should be euthanized and the owners should face a penalty stiff enough to deter them from ownership in the future.