Pit Bulls Are Unlike Other Dogs
While many people picture violent attacks when the word "pit bull" is uttered, Veterinarian Gary Spencer says the image isn't too far off.
"They're on the edge now, and that wasn't the case ten years ago. The domestication part of this dog is being bred out of it. Your control of this dog is being bred out of it."
Some owners though, continue to insist that pet pits are good-natured dogs and it all depends on how they're raised. But what about the responsible pit bull owners who suffer attacks from their dog? These are just a few names of people killed by family pit bulls in 2007: Celestino Rangel, Mary Bernal, Zachary King Jr., Scott Warren, Tina Marie Canturbury, Seth Lovitt and Holden Jernigan.
The latest attack in Louisiana, which killed Kelli Chapman, is another example of how a lovable dog can turn deadly. Veterinarian Gary Spencer says that pit bulls are like "striking a match." You can try striking a match and striking the match and it won't strike, then suddenly it does. He also notes the ambiguity that lies behind a pit bull's eyes.
"If you ever look into a pit bull's eyes you're really not clear what you see. You can look into a collie's eye or a boxer's eye and they're looking at you. You look into a pit bull's eye and they're thinking about you. There's a big difference."
The KLTV article also points out that pit bulls are a "powerful, extremely intelligent animal, yet bred with a dangerous temperament that's different from any other dog." This statement further underscores the need for communities to regulate this type of dog.