Two Pit Bulls Labeled "Dangerous"
Fairfield, CA - In our second recorded "box cutter" attack, Ray McRoy was on his daily walk with his dog, Mackie, last week when three pit bulls surrounded them. He said, "I thought they were going to kill him." One of the dogs proceeded to attack his one-year old Scottish terrier. Fearing Mackie's death, McRoy used a box cutter to stop the attack. "I just started whacking him on the back and side. I don't know how many times I cut him," McRoy said.
Citizens are taking walks with box cutters.
The attacking pit bull has been put down. Solano County Animal Control is now holding the other two pit bulls. Officers say this isn't the first time the pit bulls attacked. Sgt. Adrian Mendez said, "Earlier this year two of the dogs were deemed dangerous animals for breaking into a neighbor's backyard and attacking a dog and it's owner." The dogs were supposed to be locked up in kennels. A court hearing will determine future actions.
Why isn't this pit bull owner in jail?
There should be a substantial penalty -- including mandatory jail time -- for allowing legally declared "dangerous" dogs to run loose. At what point do owners of dangerous dogs stop having more rights than potential victims? At what point do taxpayers get relief from footing continuous dangerous dog hearings? The system is absolutely broken and must be redesigned to specifically address the reality of the dangerous pit bull problem.
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