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San Diego pit bull owners and their detractors

I was actually excited to read this article, thinking there might be something worthwhile in it. Shame on you San Diego Reader for publishing (as it's cover story, might I add) such a **poorly** written, biased piece. Who edited this?! There are many things I would like to pick apart, but don't have hours to devote to writing a simple comment. A couple things: ** Sorry your cat died, Bill. You know what? Many dogs don't like cats; many dogs do. Cat and dog aggression does not make an animal inherently dangerous to humans, and making a ludicrous link like that is dangerous for impressionable readers. ** You fail to mention that the majority of dog attacks that end in mauling or death DO NOT occur with the "family dog." Most of these are with dogs who are not socialized, not well kept, or abused because of their "owners," people who take advantage of the loyalty and strength of their animals by turning them into dangerous dogs. ** As mentioned in many previous comments, most "pitbulls" as you refer to them are mixes. They are mutts. To write an article about how these dogs are "bred to do X, Y, and Z" is absolutely ludicrous. My dog has some pit in him. He also has some American Bulldog, Boxer, and Lab. But that doesn't matter, right? He's just a pitbull to everyone who judges him right off the bat. ** As a somewhat related side note, I encourage anyone who has a dog and a baby or child to check out this website from fellow San Diegan, Madeline Gabriel: http://www.dogsandbabieslearning.com/ Educating yourself about the dynamics between families and their dogs can only make for happy children, happy dogs, and happy families. SD Reader, as a publication that's readily available to one of the nation's biggest cities, I wish you would only publish pieces that offer at least more than one grossly biased opinion. In putting this drivel out there, you do less for the conversation about rescue animals, Breed Specific Legislation, dogs and their owners, community policies and what it means to judge a majority with salacious minority "stats, and simply muddle what could be an opportunity for a great conversation.
— April 24, 2015 12:51 p.m.

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