The Danger of Pit Bulls is Understood
Milwaukie, OR - Just four days ago, a San Antonio school was placed on "lockdown" due to loose pit bulls. The three dogs escaped their yard and attacked a man and an AC officer. Two of the dogs were captured before the end of the school day, but with one dog still missing, school officials thought it safest to lockdown the school until the last dog had been caught.
Two days later, Milwaukie police alerted school officials that two pit bulls were roaming near Linwood Elementary School as classes ended. Principal Kevin Spooner ordered a brief lockdown, which lasted less than 10 minutes, while the threat was assessed. Fortunately, police were not required to take any action. Clackamas County Dog Control came and picked up the dogs.
School "lockdown" mode is triggered when there is a serious threat to students. A pair of roaming beagle dogs would not have triggered the police to contact the school at all. This leads back to the question of "why" these dogs are allowed in our neighborhoods at all? First responders, law enforcement officers, school officials...people that matter understand the risk these dogs pose.
Policymakers need to step up and regulate these dogs.
09/07/08: Pit Bulls Escape Yard, School Put on Lockdown in San Antonio