Attack Victim Speaks
Guyana - In a country that recently banned the importation of pit bulls, a Guyana pit bull attack victim speaks out about a magistrate's recent decision to destroy a dangerous pit bull. The victim also points out the absurdity and negligence of the GSPCA. Whether the SPCA group is located in Surrey B.C., the UK, United States or Guyana, they seem at odds with enforcing public safety.
Dear EditorBy Lennox Wade (Papa B), Stabroek News
June 15, 2008
Pit Bulls were dogs originally bred to fight in pits. Research on Wikipedia has cited a history of Pit Bull attacks involving the mauling and killing of umpteen people as well as animals like horses and sheep. Their ferocity is second to none, with more than 80% of reported dog attacks being by Pit Bulls followed by Rottweilers.
This brings me to the just concluded court case presided over by Magistrate Oneidge Walrond-Allicock where she ordered a Pit Bull destroyed. I agree with Oliver Insanally (Sunday Stabroek, June 22, 2008, page 9) that the decision was handed down based on the law, adding that when he first read of the case in the Stabroek News he was not at all surprised as he suspected that some day this would have been the way such cases before the court would go. However, I am at variance with him on the point that before a Pit Bull is considered dangerous and uncontrollable it should be evaluated by a veterinarian. I would posit that judgment was made based on the evidence produced in court and there was no need for a veterinarian to give an evaluation. The photos of the wounds were too graphic for publication by any of the news media.
I am further at variance with the GSPCA statement, “While we all justifiably feel outraged at these recent dog attacks…[the] measures taken to address this problem should not be based purely on this emotion but should come from a more holistic approach.” After the dogs launched their vicious attack causing me to be hospitalized...
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06/17/08: South American Country of Guyana Bans Importation of Pit Bulls
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