EDITOR:I read the article on the front page of our paper a few days back about how Kingsford is mulling over their pit bull ban.
And, of course, the owners of pit bulls are against the banning of this breed. They say that they are wonderful dogs and whether they are "bad" depends on how they are raised.
Well, my question is: Just how do you know which pit bulls are raised responsibly and which ones aren't? The answer is we don't.
Whether raised right or not, they are aggressive and cannot be trusted.
I, for one, am terrified of this particular breed of dog and had an encounter with one a few years back.
While walking my three leashed dogs on a Sunday morning before leaving for church, a pit bull that had gotten loose from its flimsy leash came charging down the hill at us. It was a nightmare, to say the least.
I also have a friend in Ontonagon who took her little Yorkie down to the beach to walk on Labor Day weekend a couple years back.
A truck pulled up, the driver opened up his door and let his pit bull jump out.
It ran straight towards my friend's dog and nearly ripped it apart before its owner was able to run down the beach, grab it and throw it back into his truck, leaving my friend on the beach with her near-dead pet, horrified and in tears.
It took her hours to find a vet on that holiday weekend and two more to drive her dog to the animal hospital.
The vet told her he could not believe that little thing survived and said no one in his right mind would own a pit bull.
In May 11th's paper was an article about a 7 year old boy in Wisconsin who was out riding his new bike when he was attacked by a pit bull.
Nearly killed him. Had him by the throat by the time the boy's mother got to him.
He was in the hospital four days. Unfortunately, it didn't mention what happened to the dog: I hope it was put down.
My daughter lives in Kingsford (Breitung Township) and has a neighbor with three of these animals.
I am a nervous wreck when I go over there because I never know when they will just let them out the door to run loose. They have come charging over into my daughter's yard up on her deck when I was laying in a hammock and just recently attacked my daughter's dog.
There are people that walk down that street with their child and/or a dog on a leash. Just what is going to happen if they walk down that street when those dogs are loose?
Leading pit bull education web sites warn pit bull owners to, "Never trust your pit bull not to fight."
These same web sites also state that pit bulls should never be left alone with another dog or animal.
The practical question is: Why is pit bull dog aggression tolerated at all?
Pit bull dog aggression is unacceptable for two reasons.
In many instances it leads to human aggression.
A common scenario is the following: A loose pit bull attacks a leashed dog being walked by its owner.
The owner gets seriously injured trying to stop the attack.
In 2009, two human beings suffered death due to pit bull dog aggression: Rosie Humphreys, who had been walking her two poodles; and Carter Delaney, who had tried to protect a smaller dog in his home.
Log onto dogbite.org to read much more about this type of dog.
I am for the banning of all pit bulls. In the 3-year period from 2006 to 2008, pit bull-type dogs killed 52 Americans and accounted for 59 percent of all fatal attacks. Combined, pit bulls and rottweilers accounted for 73 percent of these deaths.
This isn't taking into account the attacks that weren't fatal.
Kingsford isn't the only place that needs a ban on pit bulls.
Mary Ann Owens