Another "Freak" Accident
Margate, FL - The Margate News recently reported that resident Luis Rivera failed in an attempt to appeal a ruling that determined his pit bull to be "dangerous" after an attack incident. Representing himself before the Margate Magistrate, Rivera starkly represents the "deviant" profile of a vicious dog owner first established by a 2006 study published by the Journal of Interpersonal Violence1 then expanded upon in a 2009 study published by the Journal of Forensic Sciences.2
Parents must understand that vicious dog owners like Rivera nearly always have more rights than the safety of your children.
Though the Margate News article points out that "deviants" like Rivera are more likely to shape aggression into their dog, it fails to point out why deviants primarily choose pit bulls. The answer is genetics: Pit bulls were selectively bred to attack and kill dogs for the purposes of dogfighting. Through this selection process, the pit bull developed unpredictable aggression, the killer bite, as well as "gameness," the ability to keep attacking long after significant injury is inflicted upon it.
DogsBite.org is grateful to the Margate Magistrate for upholding this pit bull's declaration of "dangerous." Given Rivera's many handicaps, including being on disability because he can no longer feel anything in his right hand due to a work incident and can only walk his pit bull (which Rivera mislabels as an American bulldog to the Magistrate) with his less capable left hand. Rivera also says he has "no money" to meet the requirements of owning a "dangerous" dog.
So how would Rivera pay the $100,000 plus medical cost if his pit bull "accidentally" attacked again?
2The Journal of Forensic Science study, "Vicious Dogs: The Antisocial Behaviors and Psychological Characteristics of Owners," was based upon an Internet survey of 758 undergraduate participants from a large eastern university (median age 19.85).
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