Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Guns don't kill people; pit bulls kill people

What is it about people and pit bull terriers that makes the former keep the latter around until one day the latter goes off like a time bomb and devours someone?

Less than two weeks ago, a 12-year-old boy in San Francisco was mauled to death by a couple of pit bulls. (In a valiant attempt to win the Moronic Parent of the Year Award, the boy's mother left the kid alone in the house with the dogs, despite the fact that one of them had bitten the youngster mere hours earlier.)

Then yesterday, right in our own sleepy little hamlet — in fact, just around the corner from my mother's house — a woman was half-eaten by one of these miniature tyrannosauri. According to animal control officers, the dog already had a lengthy history of taking chunks out of the bodies of family members.

What are these people thinking?

Now, don't get all up in my grill with that "dog hater" jazz. No one appreciates dogs more than I do. I own, and love, a dog. I take my family to dog shows. I've seen Best in Show about two dozen times. (Cats are another story. I'll cop to my ailuroantipathy in a New York minute.)

But let's get serious.

The American pit bull terrier gene pool is so thoroughly polluted by generations of overbreeding for aggressive tendencies that the breed is irredeemable. Living with a pit bull is like riding a motorcycle — it's not a matter of whether the monster is going to take you down, it's a matter of when.

People with pit bulls — and especially numbskulls with both pit bulls and children — remind me of the old woman who found a rattlesnake half-frozen in her woodpile one icy winter's day. Taking compassion on the scaly Popsicle, the woman brought the rattlesnake into her house, stretched it out in front of the fireplace to thaw, and carefully nurtured it back to health. The instant the snake revived, it clamped its deadly fangs onto the woman's hand, pumping her body full of its venom.

"How could you do this?" cried the woman, as the poison began to seize her central nervous system. "I was so kind to you."

"Come on, lady," replied the serpent, "you knew I was a rattlesnake when you brought me home."

Substitute "pit bull" for "rattlesnake" in that story, and it still reads true. Except for that whole venom business.

7 insisted on sticking two cents in:

Anonymous Anonymous offered these pearls of wisdom...

It is unfortunate that you use two rare incidents as proof that pit bulls are like a) guns or b) rattlesnakes. Pit bulls have the 4th best temperament towards humans in the canine world, just behind Golden Retrievers, but ahead of labs, Bichon Frises, and 156 other breeds, The Staffordshire Bull Terrier (classified as a pit bull by many US municipalities) is known as the nanny dog in England because it historically watched over children and was their loyal companion. Likewise Pit Bulls are great with children, too. Remember Petey in the Little Rascals, he was a pit bull. Nipper of RCA dog fame was also a pit bull. These two famous examples represent how we formerly revered this great dog before the media persecution began. A recent Indianapolis Star article detailed how journalists send a photographer when they hear an emergency call that mentions a “pit bull,” but frequently do not even follow up on attacks, even fatal maulings by dogs of other breeds. Within the past three months there have been fatal attacks by border collies and Huskies in the Midwest that did not even make the local news.

All dog breeds have attacked people and most have killed people, but only pit bull attacks are reported to the public with any frequency. Statistically (when evaluating dog population statistics) German Shepherds and Akitas are the most likely to kill people. Yet even those dogs rarely kill people.

Dog bites are much more common, yet pit bulls don't rank in the top twenty for breeds that bite. Cocker spaniels are the most likely of dog breeds to bite.

You are accurate that pit bulls are often owned by irresponsible owners that abuse and torture them Recently an Atlanta pit bull died of internal bleeding after being raped by neighborhood boy. Also in the recent news was a pet pit bull that was lit on fire in California. Pit bulls are the most abused dogs in the country. They deserve better treatment not ignorant ranting that is only informed by media hype.

12:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous offered these pearls of wisdom...

Thank you, other anonymous poster, for voicing everything I ws about to say. Pitbulls are such gentle, loving, sweet creatures that endure unbelievable abuse at the hands of terrible people. SwanShadow, you are so ignorant. People like you are the reason this abuse can continue. You might as well be throwing the dogs in the fight rings yourself.

Get your facts straight, too. Neighbors testified that they frequently saw the boy punching the dogs in the face, and often bringing his friends to abuse and bait the animals for amusement. What did you expect to happen, when the adults in the family or stupid and negligent and the child is an abusive, retarded little ass?

11:35 PM  
Blogger Carrie offered these pearls of wisdom...

I have a pitbull and he is a big baby, we have nothing but spoiled him with love and attention and he loves people and would never hurt anyone, saying that all pitbulls are going to turn on their owners is bullsh!t and whoever wrote this should stop talking about stuff they apparently know nothing about. I have seen a lot of vicious dogs that they dont consider vicious just because of their breed... a lot of dogs are mean and dont like people, pitbulls are the only ones that are usually reported for some reason. THEY ARE NOT MONSTERS they are animals who have feelings just like any other dog.

11:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous offered these pearls of wisdom...

carrie u tell the the trth i have a pittbull whos never done enything bad so the 2 year olds mom should watch the boy a little bit more the way u raise ur dog is the way it comes out

9:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous offered these pearls of wisdom...

The owner of this website is an idiot!! Obviously has no idea what they are talking about. Sounds like another far left moron. You need to get your facts straight. I hate when people talk out of thier ass.

12:08 PM  
Blogger SwanShadow offered these pearls of wisdom...

For my part, I hate it when people:

(1) Don't identify themselves.

(2) Can't spell even simple, one-syllable words.

(3) Use useless punctuation.

But that's just me, the Corgi owner, talking.

1:09 PM  
Blogger Kris offered these pearls of wisdom...

I ran across this by accident, know that it's old, but I still want to reply. I hope that's not a problem.

I'll start by saying I don't own a pit bull, but I wouldn't rule out owning one if I lived in a more dog-friendly place.

I find it a little surprising to see a fellow dog-lover mention the actual causes of these attacks, then totally dismiss them in favor of blaming the breed itself. There are unsound individuals in every breed, but it's what the owner does about it that matters. I've met quite a few corgi owners who did nothing to keep their snappish, bad-tempered animal under control. Does that mean all corgis are bad dogs who will bite anyone who reaches down to pet them? No. I have heard of nice, friendly, gentle corgis, so I suppose they exist (though I myself have never met one).

Go to any animal shelter in a jurisdiction that allows pit bulls, and you're guaranteed to meet a variety of friendly pit bulls who have survived pretty nightmarish circumstances but still came out chin-up. Tell me where to meet a friendly corgi and I'll give it a shot. :)

Here's a nice little article that sums up more of what I was going to say:

12:49 PM  

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