Fast Tracking Dog Attack Issue
Lubbock, TX - City officials hope to have a solid plan to address roaming dogs within the next 30 to 45 days. Lubbock could even have an ordinance on the books within 90 days, according to Mayor David Miller. An attack on a 3-year-old boy over the weekend by a pit bull-boxer mix has made the situation even more serious.
Despite outcry over pit bulls, which have been blamed for killing at least a dozen goats and two miniature horses in the last month, Mayor Miller said it is not necessarily a breed issue.
"This is a dog ownership issue. There are many other breeds other than pit bulls impacting the safety of our citizens," he said.
Records show that more pit bulls were picked up by animal control last year than any other breed. Of the more than 9,700 at-large dogs picked up, 2,330 were pit bull terriers. Pit bulls and their mixes also accounted for the most dog bites last year: 75 of the 247 reported bites are attributed to them. The next breed on the list was a Labrador retriever mix with 17 incidents.
The disproportional numbers clearly show that "breed" is an issue.
03/21/08: Pit Bull Epidemic in Lubbock, Texas (Jan-Mar 2008)