Pit Bulls’ Plight Not Our Concern
Surrey, BC - A citizen of Surrey agrees with DogsBite.org. In a recent post, we point out the ridiculousness of the Surrey SPCA blaming the media for the unadoptable pit bulls in the city's dog tank. According to the Surrey SPCA, the media's reporting of the recent pit bull attacks has made people afraid to adopt pit bulls, so they sit and suffer in cement cage "plight."
In the article, the Surrey SPCA does not address the human and animal victims that the recent pit bull attacks targeted, leaving most badly injured and at least one animal dead. Instead, they make a "puff piece," hoping readers will pull out Kleenex boxes and rush in to adopt pit bulls whose histories are unknown...
I am sure I join many readers who read the headline of last Wednesday’s edition of the Peace Arch News with outrage. PAN deemed that the plight of “homeless” pit bull dogs was the most important news of our region by placing the story as the front page lead. If the intent of this exercise was to provoke your readers, I’m sure you’ve succeeded.
First, I doubt if one per cent of the population has any concern for the welfare of this chronically troublesome breed. And second, the main thesis of the story is likely incorrect. Rather than reports of pit bull attacks discouraging adoptions – as contended by the SPCA -- they are more likely to increase interest from the typical owner, scary people with dangerous dogs, and the first choice for drug grow-ops.
I recall the author of this article -- reporter Tracy Holmes -- relating in a November 2001 column her irrational fear of an elderly neighborhood woman at a local craft show talking to Holmes’ son. And now we have her concerned for a dangerous scourge in our community that actually does pose a hazard to her children. Ms. Holmes, the community does not want any more pit bulls in our parks and on our streets.
G. Heath, Surrey
Another person chimes in as well:
My dog was attacked by a pit bull a few years ago. My three-year-old daughter and I were walking my dog, on leash, when an unleashed pit bull attacked him, completely unprovoked. I managed to pull the dogs apart, sustaining only a few bites myself. My dog required 39 stitches and complete reconstructive surgery on his shoulder ligaments, and almost died.
This could have just as easily happened to my daughter, who was standing right beside me. The only comment I received was, “He’s never done that before. I was worried that he was going for your daughter.” The dog just sat there as if nothing had ever happened.
I am just in amazement that we allow these animals to have free reign of our streets. Every time I see a pit bull, I turn in the other direction for fear that this might occur again. These animals are completely unpredictable and should not be allowed on our streets under any circumstances.
I have been an animal lover my entire life, and now find that I have a fear of these animals and we should not be put in this position. How many more pit bull attacks on children and other innocent animals do we have to endure before we actually take some action?
Angie Kronenberg, Surrey
07/04/08: Surrey Jogger Vows to Carry Hatchet After Pit Bull Attack
06/22/08: Pit Bulls Attack in Surrey Again; Owner and Dogs Flee the Scene
05/30/08: Flashback: Surrey SPCA Has History of Troubling Attitude