Citizen Speaks Out
Tacoma, WA - After two loose pit bulls viciously attacked a family and their dog -- leaving all three with serious injuries -- a friend of the victims wrote a letter to The News Tribune. Todd Kelley voices common sense themes in his letter that many of us agree with, such as, "There isn't any good reason to breed and keep these dogs." Kelley also asks, "What about Jorgann's right to enjoy a walk with her dog?" As Kelley's letter shows, the pit bull argument should be about people, not dogs.
There’s No Reason to Keep Dogs that are Bred to KillBy Todd Kelley, The News Tribune
July 23, 2008
Citizens of Pierce County should unite against pit bulls and pit bull owners. Our county and city governments, or possibly even the Legislature, need to ban pit bulls and severely punish anyone whose dogs cause an injury.
My dear friends Lind and Jorgann Simonsen and their dog Gallagher now have permanent physical and emotional scars after yet another vicious attack in our community.
There simply is no reason to breed and keep these dogs. They are bred to do one thing: kill. Yet the answer is always the same from pit bull owners and breeders. They always say, “My dog is sweet. He would never do that” or “I have a right to have any kind of dog I choose.”
Really? What about Jorgann’s rights to enjoy a walk with her dog? What about the rights she had while she tried to save the life of her own dog, putting hers at risk in the process? What about the rights of these attack victims when their nocturnal subconscious takes them back to the moment of the attack, night after night?
The time has come for these killers to be off the streets and out of our lives permanently. Let’s hold their owners responsible. Make it a “three-strike” felony if their dogs attack.
The attacking dogs have still not been located. If this continues to hold true, the victims will need to undergo the expensive and painful rabies vaccination.
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