Shelbyville, TN - A writer for the Times-Gazette, David Melson, writes about pit bulls and the danger they pose. Melson asks common sense questions in his short piece and notes the "defiant" nature of pit bulls owners whenever discussion about the pit bull problem arises. He also questions the allure of the breed given the umpteen number of other dog breeds that do not cause problems within communities, specifically the problem of maiming and killing people.
Pit Bulls Create HavocBy David Melson, The Times-Gazette
September 14, 2008
"Almost every day, I hear calls over the police scanner concerning pit bulls attacking other dogs, biting people, or pinning people inside their homes or cars. Could it be time to ban pit bulls outright? Yes, I realize some of 'em are supposedly friendly. I realize some are allegedly tame, and some are like members of the family. But so many pit bulls are potential killers.
With so many other people-friendly breeds of all shapes and sizes around, what exactly is the allure of a pit bull? And why are some people so defensive -- "defiant" may be a better word -- when the potential problems surrounding pit bulls are mentioned? I'm very much a dog lover, but I'm not so sure there's a place in society for an breed which would apparently have no problem killing any of us.
And when cops have to be called daily, something needs to be done."
07/24/08: Letter: No Reason to Keep Dogs That Are Bred to Kill
07/18/08: Editorial: Restricting Some Breeds Makes Sense