Portland, OR - After several recent pit bulls attacks in the area, including Happy Valley, Portland, Madras and Vancouver, The Oregonian newspaper responded with a gutsy editorial aimed directly at policymakers: "Oregon shouldn't sit on its bureaucratic haunches until the next attack." The language of the piece is biting -- exactly how an editorial should be written. DogsBite.org hopes city councils within the State of Oregon respond with the same vigor and common sense.
Shorter Leash for Pit BullsBy The Oregonian Editorial Board, The Oregonian
November 30, 2008
Multiple recent attacks by pit bulls in the Northwest underscore toothless laws for this higher-risk breed"It's the deed, not the breed." This is a nice slogan, but it irresponsibly silences reasonable conversations about prevention and risk. Oregon shouldn't sit on its bureaucratic haunches until the next attack.
A pit bull mauled a girl in Happy Valley this month, locking onto her leg while she twirled on a tire swing. This might sound like a freak accident, if not for the other pit bulls that have recently attacked children, killed people's pets and menaced police officers.
Oregon needs to revisit its state and local laws regarding dangerous dogs, and consider new actions to address pit bulls and other higher-risk breeds.
Here's the most recent attack: Two pit bulls entered a yard in Southeast Portland last week, killing two small dogs and injuring a third. One of the pit bulls escaped the scene and ran loose in the neighborhood. The other charged at a police officer, who shot the animal to avoid attack.
The other high-profile pit bull attacks this November are even more alarming. A 6-year-old girl in Madras was mauled by the family dog. A girl in Vancouver got attacked on the sidewalk by a pit bull on a leash. (The owner had given the girl permission to pet the dog.) The topper was the aforementioned girl in Happy Valley, spinning on her swing when her dad's friend's pit bull got loose and went after her...
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