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Dogs on the loose, again

Posted Monday, November 12, 2007, at 8:08 AM

Dog traffic heard over the police scanner this weekend:

*A deputy was sent to Orchard Lane where a woman and her children were afraid to exit their car because of two pit bulls.

*Another call was to Wildcreek Road, where a man was unable to get two attacking pit bulls off his dog even though, as the caller said, he was hitting them with a baseball bat. The deputy evenually called in animal control to handle the situation.

*Yet another call, to a location I don't recall, concerned someone in Shelbyville who felt threatened by a German shepard in their yard.

Pit bull incidents seem to happen at least once a week in Bedford County. I've written about this before, but two pit bull incidents in two days are a little much. German shepards generally aren't a problem.

I wrote about dogs a few weeks ago and got at least one response from someone who thinks dogs should roam freely.

I have no problems with visits from friendly dogs -- note "friendly" -- and generally think confinement isn't in their best interest. I see dogs in fenced-in yards and feel sorry for them -- including two near my home who seem like they'd love friendly interactions with passersby.

But I also respect the existence of leash laws, the fact that some people would prefer to avoid dogs, and the undeniable fact that many dogs leave behind "souvenirs" of their visits.

This weekend proves that limits should be placed on ownership of breeds of dogs which are prone to attack. I realize some people feel their pit bulls are loving animals and parts of their families.

Unfortunately, too many pit bulls attack -- and safety of the public should come first.


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Some people are just scared of any kind of dog with a big blocky pit bull head.

I do agree that some pit bulls are dangerous, some cocker spaniels are dangerous. However, you can't see a pit bull (or any other kind of bull terrier) and assume they will eat you alive. You must know the dog to deem them dangerous.

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Mon, Nov 12, 2007, at 8:34 AM

Yes, but I would rather not find out if a pitt bulldog is friendly or not while it's biting my face off. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love dogs but sometimes we need to consider the safety of others and that loose dogs and especially those that have the capability of being violent need to be on a leash. I would rather just be safe than sorry. We do have an issue of dogs roaming around too freely and I actually hit one last month when it ran out in the road all of sudden. The dog should have been on a leash and even though the dog survived, $400 damage was done to my car. How is that fair to me?

-- Posted by jaxspike on Mon, Nov 12, 2007, at 9:32 AM

How do you even know it was a pit bull? Where it's registration papers around it's neck? Or let me guess, it had a big blocky head and just looked viscious. Myabe just maybe if the media would stop reporting every pit bull sighting and every "viscious" dog, the hype would die and the owners that are deserving could finally have some peace! People amaze me. Do your research on any dog and know what aggresion is and what fear is before you make any more stupid assumptions on a wonderful breed. I thank God he gave me a wonderful enough heart to trust and love this breed. As I tell my friends, I love mine more than most humans and your reports have proved that once again!

-- Posted by PittyMom on Mon, Nov 12, 2007, at 10:17 AM

All dogs of any breed need to be attended to properly. They should not be running at large, even toy dogs. All of them aren't dangerous. Just loose.

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Mon, Nov 12, 2007, at 10:38 AM

You know...lab's and pitt's are similar in size, would you be afraid of a friendly looking lab? This is the part I don't understand. I can imagine making sure the dogs were gone before getting my children out of the car I just can't imagine calling the police to do so. However, people are afraid of different things. Personally I would call the police to get me out of my car if there were a monkey in my front yard..silly, I know. I am afraid of monkeys. Some people are just afraid of pitt bulls.

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Mon, Nov 12, 2007, at 10:48 AM

According to the Voice of America's website, a woman was seriously injured and as many as 24 hurt in an attack by one single monkey in New Delhi, India over the weekend.

About 20 or so years ago a Times-Gazette employee actually had a pet monkey. She got rid of it after it began becoming violent.

So your fear of monkeys is well-founded.

-- Posted by David Melson on Mon, Nov 12, 2007, at 11:38 AM

Fear the Monkey

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Mon, Nov 12, 2007, at 11:44 AM

LOL, actually I didn't know I was afraid until I was in close quarters with a monkey. Freaky little things.

Anywho....back to the dogs!

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Mon, Nov 12, 2007, at 11:48 AM

People do need to know what breed they're looking at before they start screaming Pit Bull. We have a boxer and I can't even count the times people have told us he's a pit. I tell them he is a boxer and is extremely friendly (They're #2 on family friendly breed list) but a lot of folks don't believe me.

-- Posted by DannysGal on Mon, Nov 12, 2007, at 12:16 PM

i dispise monkeys and pit bulls.

-- Posted by tdc on Mon, Nov 12, 2007, at 12:20 PM

Owners need to be responsible for their pets.Dogs running loose is not safe for anyone.A stiff fine of $400 should be given to the owner for the first offense, if a second offense,the dog should be shot!!!! People coming across loose dogs should have the right to defend themselves.(Such as shooting on sight!!)Maybe if we do this,owners will be more responsible for their pets.I love dogs and am a dog owner.Owners shouldn't pass the buck to others.Also if the owner's dog causes damages or injures other dogs or people then the owner should pay for all the damages, no questions asked.

-- Posted by Country Kid on Mon, Nov 12, 2007, at 8:36 PM

Pit bulls are VERY VICIOUS!!! I have a neighbor with several and one day, 2 months after we got our children(we have 5)a $150 Jack Russell pup, 2 of the pit bulls darted across the yard and attacked our pup on our back porch with my children watching!!! I rushed him to the vet and about 2 hours and $100 later he still died!! It was so sad and my children were VERY upset. I gave my neighbor the vet bill(I already paid it)and told them they owed me $250. Of course they said they would pay me back, has been about 4 months and have not seen a dime!!! I called animal control, sherriff's dept., even the commissioner!! No one really seemed to care, just told me to take them to court, which would cost more than the $250 that I was already out. Bedford County just better be glad that it was not one of my children!!!! I believe that animals should not be allowed to roam and pit bulls should be banned from existance!!!

-- Posted by jssg1975 on Mon, Nov 12, 2007, at 8:58 PM

jssg1975, I think the key to your story was "several pitt bulls". It is the pack mentality and they are more apt to pick up on that BUT all dogs have a pack mentality. If it were a pack of cocker spaniels would you be willing to ban them from existance? I have been attacked by a dog, I have had my dog attacked by dogs. All of the attacking dogs were my own. I did not raise them to be mean. Accidents happen and people need to realize that EVERY dog is dangerous. Even Jack Russell's.

BUT, all dogs should be attended to properly. If you do not want your dog to get hurt or hurt someone make sure that doesn't happen.

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Tue, Nov 13, 2007, at 7:35 AM

jssg1975, your an idiot. Pit Bulls are not viscious. Let me guess your Jack Russell was just standing there not barking or anything. WRONG!!!! I can't tell you how many times I have encountered a lil frufru dog that thinks they could eat my dog barking growling snarling, and then as soon as my dogs bark back I get the dirty looks. Maybe you should teach your dog some manners. I would love to encounter some of you on the street!!!!!

-- Posted by PittyMom on Tue, Nov 13, 2007, at 9:32 AM

I believe that animals should not be allowed to roam and pit bulls should be banned from existance!!!

-- Posted by jssg1975

I agree 100% Those dogs should not exist here or anywhere else!

-- Posted by Disgusted on Tue, Nov 13, 2007, at 9:47 AM

And this is the point were level headed individuals step out of this blog for good.

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Tue, Nov 13, 2007, at 10:25 AM

From the Associated Press and today's Knoxville News Sentinel:

"A Knox County woman died Monday from injuries in an attack by two pit bull dogs that were owned by a roommate and considered dangerous by animal control officers."

The dogs had attacked another dog in August while running free, the newspaper reported, and were out of a court-ordered pen Monday.

"Knoxville requires owners of a dangerous dog to have a $100,000 bond," AP reports.

I like Knox County's apparent method of keeping "watch lists" of dangerous dogs. Is a $100K bond high? It definitely makes people think about their choice of dogs. Or is it a way to limit dangerous dog ownership with actually banning the dogs themselves?

-- Posted by David Melson on Tue, Nov 13, 2007, at 10:54 AM

Here's my two cents. Back in 1990, I was attacked by a pit bull which seized my ankle like a vice grap and tried to pull me to the ground for further munching. The foul beast was lying in wait under a car and had it not been chained, I likely would not have gotten away. I shutter to think what would have happened if a small child had walked by the car.

So when the owner comes out, she begs me not to call the law on her, since the animal was "such a good dog." If it was so good of a K-9, perhaps she could have kept it inside with her children, instead of outside where it could be lying in wait for its next victim.

IMHO, the only reason folks keep pit bulls is that it isn't possible to breed Velocoraptors.

-- Posted by Brian Mosely on Tue, Nov 13, 2007, at 11:24 AM

I have to agree with a couple of points made in this blog. ANY dog breed can be dangerous in a pack mentality and other breeds of dogs have been mistaken for Pit Bulls.

Now that being said I would much rather face down the pack of Chiahuahau's or Jack Russells instead of one unfriendly Pit Bull.

Pitty Mom maybe you are willing to take the chance that your Pits won't attack you, your children, other's children or pets, but if that Pit does attack it will be much worse, than if the Jack Russell attacks.

I live in the country and we have no lease law where I live and no animal control to call. I keep my dogs in a fenced in area and I've never read of a Pomeranian or West Highland Terrier breaking out and attacking someone...bet you can't say that about a Pit Bull.

Anyway I have no problem if someone wants to let their dangerous dog(s) run loose, as I have something for it and won't worry about it attacking me or mine.

William

-- Posted by HorseGentler on Tue, Nov 13, 2007, at 11:48 AM

pittymom, first I am not an idiot, and second it does not matter if my dog was barking or not, he was in my yard!! My oldest child was taking him to the fenced in pen we have and being a pup he wanted to come back inside so he turned around and headed back to the door and the viscious pit bulls darted from their backyard into mine and there is a yard in between ours!! Them dogs are good for one thing and they did it on my back porch that day!!

-- Posted by jssg1975 on Wed, Nov 14, 2007, at 8:53 AM

When I first moved into my house, my neighbor, the lived behind me, was thoughtful enough *rolls eyes*, to come to my house and tell me that he had 5 pit bulls and that they would bite. So even though I have a huge fenced in back yard for MY dog and my children, it was best, in his words, that neither go into the backyard. I kindly offered up that I had loaded shotguns and wouldn't be afraid to use them against his precious killers. We couldn't even mow the back part of our yard or trim the weeds growing up the fence because of these dogs. Unfortunately they got loose, went on their normal killing spree and were put down, thank God. They killed several beautiful animals, I am just thankful that it wasn't my children.

I can't, for the life of me, understand why he had vicious dogs that he knew would attack, and also have 2 children of his own. By the grace of God it wasn't his kids, but I am sure if it was, he would have come up with some defense.

I live in a nice neighborhood, with several ederly neighbors and small children that like to play, I couldn't imagine what one of those monsters could do to an elderly person that couldn't get away.

Pits and Rots should both be banned!!

IMHO

-- Posted by jesuslovesevery1 on Wed, Nov 14, 2007, at 9:59 AM

jesuslovesevery1

Some people think more of their mean dogs than they do their kids! I had a Boston Terrier that was a wonderful puppy. After he was about a yr. old he turned into a monster dog from U know where! He took a trip to the dog pound, and I made sure they knew he was mean if anyone tried to adopt him.

-- Posted by Disgusted on Wed, Nov 14, 2007, at 11:30 AM

I would just like to start by saying DON'T YOU PIT BULL HATERS HAVE ANYTHING BETTER TO DO WITH YOUR TIME THEN PUT THESE DOGS DOWN?I am getting so tried of people always putting them down.And I can also say that half of you have probably never came in contact with a PIT BULL.I have been around these dogs for many years and have never had one try to bite me.There are alot of dangerous dogs out there and that is because of how PEOPLE raise them.It's not their fought they are like they are.Wouldn't you be like that if you were throwed in a place and didn't get fed for weeks at a time.This WONDERFUL BREED need our LOVE and RESPECT not our hate.And to the people that said they need to be banned.I have one thing to say to you.THAT WOULD HURT MY DAUGHTER MORE THAN ANYTHING.She loves her dogs as much as any other child loves theirs.You people only hear the bad about this breed so I'm fixing to tell you all some good these dogs have done.

Did you all know that in WW11 that a PIT BULL saved many soldiers lives.And for all you all know it could have been some of your family.And then did you know that a PIT BULL made the biggest drug bust there every was in Calf.And for you people that are saying they are more dangerous than little dogs.Did you hear that a POMERANIAN killed a newborn baby a couple of years ago.But you probably don't care cause then it would take all the finger pointing off such a wonderful breed.Now all I have to say is people just leave this alone already.And go back to hating other things.One more thing DIDN'T GOD CREATE ALL CREATURES EVENLY.All you haters need to think about that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YOU CAN VISIT MY WEBSITE AND SEE FOR YOURSELF

www.reedspits.com

-- Posted by Reed's Pits on Fri, Nov 16, 2007, at 7:10 PM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.