Pit Bull to Be Euthanized
Amarillo, TX - A San Jacinto man is recovering at a local hospital after being attacked by a pit bull over the holiday weekend. Animal control officers say a man was walking his dog Sunday morning when a loose pit attacked him and his dog. Officers say both victims suffered severe injuries. Shannon Barlow with Amarillo Animal Control says they are prepared to deal with the problem.
They will "deal" with the problem with laws that punish the owner after the attack, after two victims have been seriously injured.
Barlow said, "We've had a significant increase with that particular breed attacking people and other animals but fortunately we've increased the strength of our local laws and our state laws so we're able to more readily deal with those particular situations." The generic dangerous dog laws that she refers to only take effect after an attack has been inflicted. Laws that directly target pit bulls -- breed-specific laws -- are designed to prevent future attacks.
Regulate the breed, prevent the deed.
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