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Dogs on the loose, againPosted 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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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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