Ban Pit Bulls, Sue the Mayor and the SPCA
UPDATE 05/09/08: Keith Blais from Vancouver writes to The Province newspaper. He thinks Sean's parents should sue the agencies responsible for failing to protect people from pit bulls. Blais is exactly right. Not only do these agencies often deny that pit bulls are dangerous, they lobby against citizen and victim efforts to make breed-specific laws.
"The parents of Sean Bajwa should be able to sue Mayor Dianne Watts, the SPCA, the dog owners and other local politicians for allowing this vicious attack on yet another of our innocent citizens. We've pleaded and we've voiced our concerns. We've lobbied our politicians, but nothing has been done. It doesn't help to destroy pit bulls after they maul or kill. Get all pit bulls out of our cities and our province now."
05/08/08: SPCA Refuses to Put Down Second Dog in Attack
The SPCA of Surrey, Canada may send one of the dogs that attacked Sean Bajwa back home. By law they may have to. Pit bulls that attack human beings and animals "have rights." They often get a second and third chance to attack again. Pit bulls, it seems, have far great rights than communities that get the offending dog thrown back at them.
Thankfully, the other pit bull has been put down. But victim Sean Bajwa, who is still recovering in hospital, said both dogs attacked him while he was playing basketball with friends in the playground. Sean's father, said he can't understand why the SPCA has not yet interviewed his son three days after the attack and why only one dog was put down.
The SPCA apparently is talking to all witnesses except the attack victim. Sean's father is hardly impressed by the agency. He told CBC news, "They never tried to contact me personally and my son. He's the prime witness. He had been attacked by two dogs." After the father's statement, the SPCA called on the family, whom they told, "the second dog is safely locked up,"(at least for now).
On another front, Mayor Diane Watts said new discussions are needed to better manage pit bulls in the city. She wants pit bulls muzzled when they are on the street. She also thinks pit bulls "should be on a leash." It's unclear if Watts is just a third-rate politician or if she needs a mental evauluation. Citizens of BC are talking "pit bull ban" as in the province of Ontario, not muzzle and leash laws.
05/08/08: Boy Saved by Baseball Bat Swinging Hero Speaks
Surrey, BC - Sean Bajwa figures he had about a minute of fight left in him before the two pit bulls got his face and throat. "If it was a minute more I would be gone," said the plucky 11-year-old as he recovered in Surrey hospital. He added that pit bulls can "chew through steel, but I was able to protect my face. I managed to save my head, and that's a good thing."
Sean's injuries required more than 100 stitches. Had Jordan Slezak not arrived, Sean would be missing a face today and his life.
Bajwa was playing basketball with two friends when they spotted two pit bulls running loose nearby. The dogs were fighting with each other before they approached the three boys on the basketball court. Sean said that he tried to run away but he fell and tripped on something. After the dogs bit up and down his legs and arms, he said, "I could see my skin on the dogs' faces."
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