The Pit Bull Pulse
Orlando, FL - In light of the recent pit bull fatalities (two in Texas in the same week), in addition to the serious attack on 22-year old Florida jogger, Tracy Lindsey, the Orlando Sentinel is running a "What do you think?" poll, asking audience members what should be done about pit bulls. We encourage you to vote in the poll -- it is open to all U.S. readers -- and leave comments in the "Talk About It" section. Current poll results show about 500 responses.
Florida is no stranger to the pit bull problem. As documented on DogsBite.org, the 1945 fatality of Doretta Zinke occurred in Dade County. Furthermore, between the controversial Miami-Dade pit bull ban (enacted in 1989) and the current collection of bills in the Florida state legislature, including HB 189 and SB 922, both of which would lift the state's current prohibition to breed-specific law, Florida is percolating up to the center of the pit bull debate.
04/02/09: Editorial: Pit Bull Owners "Too Vacuous" to Consider Consequences
04/01/09: 2009 Fatality: 7-Month Old Boy Killed by Grandmother's Pit Bulls
03/31/09: 2009 Fatality: 2-Year Old Boy Killed by Pit Bull in Luling, TX
03/23/09: Animal Control: "This is Not Just a Bite. This is a Mauling."
11/29/08: Part I: Doretta Zinke, 39, Killed by 9 Pit Bulls (1945)