PIT BULLS ATTACK AGAIN
Do we really need to hear any more stories like this? Is it not evident these dogs should not be kept as pets? From the AP:
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two pit bull dogs ripped off a man’s left hand and badly mauled his right arm before other people were able to beat the dogs away. “I couldn’t believe I wasn’t dead,” James Chapple said from his hospital bed. “I’m going to church every day when I get out of here and talk to the man upstairs.”
Chapple, 59, had just gotten off a bus and was walking home on Feb. 9 when the dogs ran out from an auto repair business, knocked him down and started biting. In a bedside interview Wednesday, he said he yelled for help and one pedestrian grabbed a stick to hit the dogs but was unable to get them to stop.
“I was kicking and screaming at them to let me go, but they kept dragging me — they had my hand and wouldn’t let go,” Chapple said. He passed out and didn’t wake up until he was in an ambulance. Doctors had to amputate his lower left arm, but they saved his right arm. Chapple also suffered bites on his legs and one ear.
Memphis Animal Services captured the dogs and will euthanize them, authorities said. Charles Lawson, who co-owns the business, said the dogs were guarding the shop and belong to his partner. He said he didn’t know how the dogs got out, but declined to comment further.
What redeeming qualities do they possess that we should allow them to be residential pets? Guard dogs? More like attack dogs:
Pit bulls, descendants of the bulldogs used in the nineteenth century for bull baiting and dogfighting, have been bred for “gameness,” and thus a lowered inhibition to aggression. Most dogs fight as a last resort, when staring and growling fail. A pit bull is willing to fight with little or no provocation. Pit bulls seem to have a high tolerance for pain, making it possible for them to fight to the point of exhaustion. Whereas guard dogs like German shepherds usually attempt to restrain those they perceive to be threats by biting and holding, pit bulls try to inflict the maximum amount of damage on an opponent. They bite, hold, shake, and tear. They don’t growl or assume an aggressive facial expression as warning. They just attack.
They’ve been banned in many places around the world. I understand that all Pit Bulls are not going to attack people. But I have no problem with a generalization here. We really won’t be missing out on anything if we ban them. Unless I’m missing something. By all means, educate me if need be.