Who's Next on the List?
Omaha, NE - Letter carriers, policemen, SWAT teams, U.S. marshals and now firemen are getting trained to deal with aggressive pit bulls. Who's next on the list? We imagine all Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT). These dogs are so dangerous that often times EMTs are ordered to "stay in their vehicles" and not rescue potentially dying victims if an aggressive pit bull is on the scene. This dying victim could be your child or grandmother.
"The Omaha Fire Department has a new training program to help firefighters deal with dangerous dogs at rescue scenes. OFD called for the training after a number of incidents over the summer in which crews had to deal with angered pit bulls. "We can't render first aid to the patient until we get past the pit bull itself, or any other dog," said Omaha fire Capt. Jim Gentile."
If one thinks the pit bull and dangerous dog problem does not directly affect one's taxes and livelihood, this person is very wrong. Shelters across the country are loaded up with these dogs. Private and government Animal Services Directors, such as Jere Alexander, want to lob more of these animals into our neighborhoods. In the instance of Alexander, her department went as far as "losing" a vicious dog ticket after the animal attacked 5 children as well.
Policymakers must take action now.
It is time for policymakers to grapple with the very serious problem of violent dog attacks, mainly attributed to pit bull type dogs. Dangerous dog laws nationwide need to be rewritten and fast. It's unacceptable to have a "domesticated" pet that requires special training by multiple first responder teams because the animal attacks so violently and so often. It's unacceptable that innocent citizens must suffer the devastating results of these attacks too.
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