DogsBite.org - Today, a wonderful comment was left at a blog post we recently published that reports yet another pit bull attack. If a study suggested by this commenter was ever done, every city across the U.S. would enact regulations around pit bulls. The 20-year old argument, yet still loudly drummed, "It's the owner not the breed," would be silenced forever.
How Much Do Pit Bulls Cost All of Us?
Comment: "Has anyone done a breed-specific study on how many tax dollars are spent dealing with the pit bull problem? How much for first responders, police, ambulance, then AC, costs for kenneling the dogs, feeding, euthanizing the dogs...time spent on paperwork by the police and AC, making reports...court fees, mediation fees, if there is a dangerous dog hearing, or if the owner is charged with criminal misconduct for having a dangerous dog. If the victim has no insurance, or insurance does not cover the complete cost of medical treatment entirely, then the taxpayers will pick up the cost of that also.
When private insurance picks up the costs...on the RARE occasion that a victim successfully sues the dog owner for damages...then the insurance industry just passes along the costs to the rest of us by raising our rates, or simply raising rates for ALL dog owners. When another animal is the victim...pet or livestock....again, the owner can try to sue, but is usually stuck with the cost of vet care/replacing the animal.
There is a huge monetary cost to our continued indulgence of this one subgroup of dog owners, who, by their own admission, think its a good idea to carry a small crowbar (break stick) with them to pry their dog's jaws off of anything it might decide to grab. It's simply bizarre that society keeps pandering to these people by refusing to regulate the breeding of these dogs."
The problem with pit bull dogs is everybody's problem. From children to senior citizens, from dog owners to nondog owners, from horse owners to livestock owners -- the entire common taxpaying base is victimized financially by these dogs. Many of us are victimized physically by them too. The only people who typically go unpenalized are the pit bull owners themselves.
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