Nominated: Father of the Year
New Zealand - After a family's red-nosed pit bull devastated the face of their two-year old child, people in New Zealand are calling for a complete ban on pit bull type dogs. Existing law in New Zealand bans the importation of the American pit bull terrier, but does not specify the other dog breeds usually named in this class, which includes:
Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, bull terrier and American bulldog and any other pure bred or mixed breed dog that is a combination of these dogs.
The boy was bitten by the family's dog in his home. He is currently being hospitalized for facial injuries and a broken jaw. A spokesman for Albany's dog protection society, Graham Fitzpatrick, says that over hundreds of year, pit bulls have been trained specifically for fighting; the traits are now entrenched in their nature. He adds that bulls have a short fuse and if they become upset or confused, they will attack.
"Dog breeds that have an unpredictable and dangerous nature should not be kept as pets, be bred or imported," he said.
"A pitbull which attacked its owner's two-year-old son has been destroyed. The dog's owner originally refused to give his permission for the red-nose pitbull to be put down after the attack but changed his mind on Saturday morning. The eight-year-old dog was on a chain in the backyard of a property in the west Auckland suburb of Te Atatu South when he attacked the little boy who had wandered into the dog's area. The owner was aggressive toward officers at the time and would not allow the dog to be destroyed."
This Te Atatu father is DogsBite.org's first nominee for Father of the Year.
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