Pit Bulls Top Tulsa Police Shootings
UPDATE: 06/16/08: A Tulsa police report shows of the 33 vicious dogs shot by officers since January 2007 more than two dozen were pit bulls. Tulsa officers shot 26 pit bulls, one rottweiler, one German shepherd and five dogs whose breed was not identified. Of the dogs shot by police officers, 79% were pit bulls. This percentage rate likely mimics all major US cities, most notably reported by the New York Police Department.
06/13/08: Tulsa Going to the Pits
Tulsa, OK - There have been two pit bull attacks in Tulsa in the past 24 hours. The first victim was a six-year-old girl. The second was a postman. So far this year there have been 43 pit bull bites, three times more than any other breed. The past couple of years show one in every three dog bites in Tulsa came from a pit bull. Pit bull owners like to say those statistics don't tell the entire story, but they do not provide a logical explanation that does.
The little girl was feeling well enough to tell reporters what happened. “I was riding on my bike and this little boy had a long leash and there was a dog on it and it went up to my bike and bit me.” Her mother says her daughter was lucky it wasn't worse. "I think it [the pit bull] needs to be put to sleep." Fat chance -- instead that dog will be living across the street again, and long before the little girl's wounds heal.
In further disturbing Tulsa news, it appears the Tulsa Animal Shelter is reversing it's policy regarding pit bull adoption. The shelter will once again start adopting pit bulls out to the community. This action was taken due to legal advice, "We are complying with state law," said shelter manager Jean Letcher. "We cannot regulate based upon breed, and not allowing (pit bull) adoption is regulation."
The Tulsa Animal Shelter originally implemented the prohibition of pit bull adoption to prevent their use in illegal dogfighting.
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