Comments by Cgonza

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"Bulldogs were used for all manner of work, including baiting, fighting, stock work, hunting, and farm dog, as well as companion animal. They were an agreeable dog, capable of extreme ferociousness towards other animals but unwavering loyalty and gentleness towards humans. They were a breed which was required to demonstrate a certain level of animal-directed aggression, but were routinely used in pairs to bait animals and hunt, so overt aggression towards others of their same species was not an extreme trait. In 1835, a law was set in motion in England that would make the sport of baiting illegal, and over the next few years, the activity eventually died down upon enforcement of the law" "A 1997 study of dog bite fatalities in the years 1979 through 1996 revealed that the following breeds had killed one or more persons: pit bulls, Rottweilers, German shepherds, huskies, Alaskan malamutes, Doberman pinschers, chows, Great Danes, St. Bernards and Akitas. (Dog Bite Related Fatalities," Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, May 30, 1997, Vol. 46, No. 21, pp. 463 et. seq.) Since 1975, fatal attacks have been attributed to dogs from at least 30 breeds. In all fairness, therefore, it must be noted that: Any dog, treated harshly or trained to attack, may bite a person. Any dog can be turned into a dangerous dog. The owner or handler most often is responsible for making a dog into something dangerous. An irresponsible owner or dog handler might create a situation that places another person in danger by a dog, without the dog itself being dangerous, as in the case of the Pomeranian that killed the infant (see above). Any individual dog may be a good, loving pet, even though its breed is considered to be potentially dangerous. A responsible owner can win the love and respect of a dog, no matter its breed. One cannot look at an individual dog, recognize its breed, and then state whether or not it is going to attack." Have you read it never states that pitbulls alone are "The most dangerous breed. Period" they have their down falls and upsides, everything does. every DOG does. But! on a lighter note you are right about one thing, there is no sense in arguing, and as far as im concerend i wasnt, i was engaging in a semi intellegent debate. once people have made up their minds about something i dont find it likely they will change their mind via web posts. =) have a good night, it was fun while it lasted.
— May 14, 2010 12:11 a.m.

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@ Cuddlefish Why is it that people walk around acting like pit bulls walk around in with premeditated murder on their minds? Pit bulls are not the leading dogs of fatal attacks, Rottweiler’s are with a percent of 67. on average 3 people die every year by a pit-bull, when 3 children die every day by the hands of a parent. Here are some of the dog’s attacks you won’t hear about because they didn’t involve a pit-bull. in 2009 there were 23 dog related fatalities so if only 3 were by pit bulls who committed the other 20? Ghost of pit-bull past? To say that “As far as I can see, this is not a breed of dog the human race can't live without.” is harsh, cold and distinctly malicious. My own opinion. Its racial profiling for dogs plain and simple. When BSL comes knocking at your door because there are no more pit bulls to come after and they come after your lab, or poodle or border collie because statics say they bite, what will you do then?
— May 13, 2010 10:08 p.m.

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BSL is an ethical failure. BSL is a public safety failure. Description Breed-specific legislation (BSL) bans or restricts certain types of dogs based on their appearance because they are perceived as “dangerous” breeds or types of dogs. A breed ban usually requires that all dogs of a certain appearance (“targeted breed”) be removed from the area wherein the BSL has been implemented. Breed-specific restrictions may require an owner of a targeted breed do any of the following or more, depending on how the law is written: • Muzzle the dog in public • Spay or neuter the dog • Contain the dog in a kennel with specific requirements (6′ chain link walls, lid, concrete floors, etc.) • Keep the dog on a leash of specific length or material • Purchase liability insurance of a certain amount • Place “vicious dog” signs on the outside of the residence where the dog lives • Make the dog wear a “vicious dog” tag or other identifying marker Breed-specific legislation applies only to dogs of a certain appearance, not to any and all dogs. It does not take into account how the owner has raised, trained, or managed the dog. It does not take into account the dog’s actual behavior. Why Is BSL Wrong? • BSL does not improve public safety or prevent dog bites. • BSL ignores the plight of victims and potential victims of non-targeted breeds. • BSL is costly. • BSL requires each and every dog to be identified as a breed—something that has proven impossible to do accurately and objectively. • BSL makes targeted breeds more desirable to irresponsible and criminal owners. • BSL does nothing to make irresponsible dog owners accountable. • BSL punishes responsible dog owners. • Not a single canine welfare organization supports BSL. In Denver they will come to your home and take your dog, sentence him to death and leave you, your family and heart empty. So…. If you aren’t convinced yet maybe the next time you get an itch to search Google try looking up how many lives pit bulls have saved. How many children they have kept safe. Or how about how pit bulls are used as rescue dogs? Drug dogs? Or even in the military? BAN THE DEED NOT THE BREED. The number of fatal dog bites is minuscule. When it happens, people get upset and blame the breed, but there is no scientific evidence that one breed bites more than another.” - Dr. Kim Blindauer (Veterinarian, Altanta CDC) Not every pit bull is a bad dog, not every lab is a good dog. You see some wonderful poodles walking down the sidewalk that will just eat your arm off if you stick your hand out.” – Patsy Beeker, Program Director, Kitty City Being the owner of a pit-bull comes with a HUGE RESPONSIBILITY. Next time you feel like attacking someone or something, in this case the pit-bull, get all of your facts the good and the bad, no breed of dog is perfect, nothing or no one is. That includes me and certainly YOU.
— May 13, 2010 5:48 p.m.

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First I’d like to start off by saying that I agree with the 3rd comment, however I feel that the person posting comment number 4 had two things going for them. 1. They have a skewed sense of reality when it comes to pit bulls, the breed and their responsible owners. (Note: I said RESPONSIBLE owners). 2. They have an amazing ability to utilize Google and You Tube to type in negative search words on pit bulls. So seeing as they seem to have one side I’m going to broaden your horizon. Are you ready girls and boys? I’m about to give you today’s lesson. Out of 122 breeds tested with ATTS for temperament testing AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIER 84.1% passing rate AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER 83.9% passing rate That is 4th and 5th place out of 122 breeds. Evil dogs with a taste for blood from birth? I think not. Did you know that pit bulls are used as therapy dogs? Now why on earth would hospitals, senior homes and rehab centers use them if they are going to snap and turn on patients? Do you know what a nanny dog is? No? I didn’t think so. A "nanny dog" is the name given to pit bull terriers many, many years ago. Pit bulls were called nanny dogs because they were loyal, caring companions for children. We have forgotten that their history is of a loving, caring family pet. They were treated as a part of the family. They were loved and respected and they gave love and respect in return. Today’s' view of the pit-bull is very different. They are viewed as aggressive and dangerous animals and have been banned in many places. The pit bulls that are aggressive have been trained by their owners to be aggressive. Their nature is to love and to please the people that own them our society blames the pit bulls. The blame falls squarely on the shoulders of the owners that train them to fight and to be aggressive. Dogs do not train themselves, people train them. Michael Vicks' recent trial and conviction for dog fighting is a step in the right direction. He was held accountable for his actions and the abuse of the dogs in his care. Every person that conducts themselves in such a manner should be held accountable in the same manner the pit bulls should not be punished for their actions because of owners training them in inappropriate behaviors. Responsible dog ownership brings about very much different behavior in dogs .I hope that more people will remember pit bulls as nanny dogs in the future and give these dogs a chance to show their loving, caring nature. How can such an awful breed be so loving? Maybe it’s because it’s not pit-bull owners that are ignorant but people like you that enjoy the hype the media has branded them with. Pit bulls only account for 12 percent of dog attacks. Now let’s come to something that really upsets. BSL
— May 13, 2010 5:46 p.m.

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