In simple terms: No.
DogsBite.org does not expect New York policymakers to take meaningful action after the recent spate of pit bull attacks that include the tragedy of Henry Piotrowski, who has now suffered three amputations, and the young Brooklyn boy, who just had his ear ripped off by a pit bull. It is reported that half of the boy's face was torn open. His aunt had to cover his head in a sheet to "hold in the ear and the blood."
The State of New York is stuck with a breed-specific prohibition law and politicians unwilling to stand up to it.
Back in May, the New York City police department released a detailed report to the city council that showed the last 11 years of police gunfire. According to the report, officers shot more pit bulls than people, and of the dogs shot by officers, 70% were pit bulls. New York city officials are keenly aware of the depth of the pit bull problem, in addition to its lengthily history, which harks back to the mid 1980s.
DogsBite.org does not believe that New York policymakers have a vested interest in addressing the pit bull problem. We don't believe their major newspapers, such as the New York Times, do either. They frequently cover topics like Michael Vick's "Victory Dogs," but they have forgotten the many pit bull victims that have come from the area over the last 20 years. Henry Piotrowski is just "another" one.
07/08/08: Flashback: Series of Pit Bull Attacks Stirs a Clamor for Laws
07/03/08: Henry Piotrowski, 90, Suffers 3 Amputations After Pit Bull Attack
07/02/08: Staten Island Pit Bull Owner Charged with Felony
07/02/08: 90-Year Old Suffers Amputations After Pit Bull Attack on Staten Island