I know we keep having the debate about whether Pit Bulls are bad news or whether they just sell newspapers, but I found both of these articles in this week’s northeastern Ohio news, and wanted to share it with you. Whether the dogs were vicious by nature or by nurture, both stories are truly tragic.
First, from NewsNet5, a little girl in Akron used a chair to beat a 90-pound Pit Bull off of her 10-pound Shih Tzu, leaving the smaller dog needing $3,000 in treatment. The article includes the following advice for dealing with potentially dangerous dogs:
The Akron Department of Animal Control said the best way to deal with pit bull attacks is to report vicious dogs before something bad happens.
The first step is to talk with the dog owner and ask the owner to better restrain his animal. If nothing changes, and the dog is still on the loose, residents are urged to contact their city or county dog warden. Residents can also report an aggressive dog to their city police department, making sure to file a police report while officers are on the scene.
The other news comes from CantonRep.com. A Canton woman came home from work to find her neighbor’s car in her driveway. She went next door to ask them to move their car, and a pit bull dashed out and attacked her. The dog tore a blood vessel in her leg and bit into her face so deeply that she has stitches inside her mouth. Scary!
I know there are so many people who love their Pit Bulls, and I’d like to believe they’re right – that the dogs are just misunderstood, bred badly, and raised to be violent. But when stories like this continue to appear in the media, at some point I have to begin wondering. I mean where there’s that much smoke, when do you start yelling “fire”?
Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!