Lakewood Considers Pit Bull Regulation
Lakewood, WA - In a stunning example of disproportionate menacing acts by a single breed, Lakewood, Washington reports that pit bulls accounted for 47% of all reports; of the 235 dangerous dog reports, 111 involved pit bulls.
City Manager Andrew recently told City Council that officials will look at what other cities have done regarding the pit bull problem, including Auburn, Washington. In 2006, Auburn adopted an ordinance that declares all fighting breeds, "potentially dangerous," which activates certain restrictions for the owner and the dog.
Council members are in agreement that pit bulls are a problem. Councilman Ron Cronk said that two dogs recently attacked a family. No one was injured, but family members had to jump into or upon a car to avoid the dogs. The father had to pepperspray the dogs to drive them off. Councilman Pad Finnigan added that he would support a pit bull ban for the city.
The outdated oppositional voice chimed in that "breed-specific laws aren't the way to go." This is in light of the knowledge that a single breed, pit bulls, accounted for 47% of all menacing reports.
This voice stems from the Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County, who abandoned their "no-kill" policy by euthanizing 673 pit bulls last year. If these animal advocates truly wanted to kill fewer pit bulls, they would specifically regulate pit bulls for this reason.
Marguerite Richmond, spokeswoman for the Humane Society, adds that other breeds bite and cause serious injury to people. She says this despite the fact that State Supreme Courts across the nation agree that the pit bull bite is different. The pit bull's "hold and shake" trait, which causes severe bone and tissue damage, is a trait shared by no other breed.
DogsBite.org hopes the city of Lakewood addresses their pit bull problem in accordance to public safety and the futures of many pit bulls that will be euthanized without breed-specific intervention. One certainly can't leave the latter goal up to the Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County.