Human Choices and Genetic Traits
People on Bowser Avenue don’t have to worry about Mary Fields’ pit bull, Luther, barking any more. The police shot and killed it. About 3 a.m., police responded to a barking complaint. While the officer was waiting outside for Fields, the pit bull broke loose from its chain and ran around to the front of the house toward the officer. The pit bull charged the officer, so he shot the dog.
Fields claims that Luther was just a 6 month old puppy and posed no danger. Its head only came up to her knee, and it weighed 25 pounds, she said. According to the crematorium, it weighed 42 pounds. "I have a 2-year-old daughter, and she loved him,” Fields says. The dog was friendly, too, and actually meek, she said. “Yell at him, and he’d pee on himself."
According to Web sites dedicated to the breed. Pit bull experts say that any pit bull that shows aggression toward people should be destroyed. Police aren’t second-guessing what happened. The officer involved is experienced and has been on drug house raids. Police officers are taught to consider using pepper spray or a Taser when confronted with a potentially dangerous dog.
"I’m not going to question the officer’s response on this," Chief Rusty York said. "We do tell our officers, you be the judge."
There is also a psychological aspect here. Pit bulls have a reputation for being dangerous dogs and their reputations aren’t entirely unearned. Some people deliberately train pit bulls to become attack dogs. This is in addition to the genetic traits that already exist in pit bulls such as the deadly pit bull "bite," failure to show warning signs before an attack and unmatched tenacity.