|Barked: Tue Dec 18, '12 12:37pm PST |
|I couldn't agree with that more.
I did post on one of the articles "I do not agree. Saying to start I have been in rescue for 15+ years, adore Pits, have fostered many, and have a Pit foster as I type this. I have been involved in positive Pit promotion since the early 90's. I also grew up in NYC. Not only are there mounted officers there, but I kept my own horse in a stable on 89th and hacked through Central Park daily. Back in the days before dog parks, when everyone let their dogs loose. I never experienced anything near this. This is a high prey response with an extended amount of gameness to the attack. This dog was not scared. It's flight or fight, not "or chase the scary thing with repeated bites." The mantra is blame the deed, not the breed. There was a deed here, and it was over the top. This dog is young, a teenager, not even fully developed....no one can SAY what he will be yet. The owner FAILED this dog. I place Pits very carefully so that I am sure they will be good ambassadors. It is an extra responsibility. Is that a "Pit thing" ? NO! I have Giant Schnauzers and Cocker Spaniels as my own pets, and you had better believe that my Giants are far better trained and I am far more attending when it comes to them, to intervene in situations as they present. Because if they decide there is trouble, there IS trouble. Neither of my Giants has ever been involved in an incident of any kind, they are well socialized, well trained and lovely, but I never lose sight of what they could do. This was an off lead dog and the owner ultimately had little control over him. I love these dogs, I fight for them every day. But Pit promoters will gain no public confidence when they can't separate those who have done little if anything wrong from those whose drives got the better of them at the hands of an owner who has not a clue as to how to manage these dogs responsibly."
It is really disconcerting to me how much the intensity of the dog's actions are being overlooked. Proclaiming that to be "another Lennox" is so offensive to me on a personal level it riles me entirely. Lennox was very responsibly managed and did absolutely nothing wrong. A true innocent victim, as were the family who loved him and fought so hard.
Blaming the officer and horse is equally disgraceful. The officer could have put a bullet into that dog's head. So when they shoot dogs they are villains and when they DON'T they are "Pit Bull hating cowards"???? And the horse, who was savagely attacked? Did not spook and did not run until he was felled by a dog clamped onto his leg?
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