Blame the Owner Not the Breed
One of the things that gets me about people and their attitudes towards the American Pit Bull Terrier (and other bully breeds such as the American Bull Dog, the American Staffordshire Terrier, etc.) is that they tend to read a story like this and conclude the breed is the problem.
Charges of reckless conduct and felony charge of failure to maintain a dangerous dog were filed initially against Mr. Davis this summer after his three pit bulls allegedly killed a 14-year-old German shepherd belonging to Colona resident Rocci Mascari on June 30. Those charges were dismissed, because additional investigation was needed, according to Henry County assistant state’s attorney James Cosby.
The dog, Leather, suffered wounds to her head, with blood in both ear canals, a puncture wound to her lower left jaw, and multiple lacerations throughout her body during the attack, according to Mr. Mascari. A lawsuit filed last week by Mr. Mascari alleges Mr. Davis allowed five pit bulls to run about without a leash on the Davis property near Mr. Mascari’s home. The lawsuit seeks more than $50,000 from Mr. Davis and his mother, Judy Davis and L.D. Davis Construction.
If the facts are indeed as described, that Mr. Davis allowed his 5 pit bulls to roam around (off his property) and without being on a leash and unsupervised, then quite simply put he is a horrible dog owner and is indeed deserving of criminal prosecution. In fact, I’d go even further to agree with Mr. Mascari that the it is a damn shame the law doesn’t allow for a more serious punishment of Mr. Davis.
It is irresponsible and even criminal owner of bully breeds that give the breeds a bad name and potentially lead to breed specific legislation/bans. The truth is that any dog can be dangerous with an irresponsible owner. Take for example this story.
Anthony Romaro got the scare of his life Wednesday night when two Akita dogs, each weighing about 100 pounds, attacked him near his best friend’s home in Coral Springs. But another kind of dog — a type also known for vicious attacks — may have saved the boy from more serious injuries.
Witnesses said a 2-year-old pit bull named Missy played the part of hero during the attack. Missy, witnesses say, pulled the two Akitas — Cella and Baci — off Anthony after several struggles during a 15-minute span.
Anthony, a 7-year-old Hunt Elementary School second-grader, is recovering after surgery at
Coral Springs Medical Center. The dogs ripped much of Anthony’s left ear and bit his skull before Missy fought them off of him, said Anthony’s mother, Stephanie McGuire. ”He’s doing
better today,” McGuire said on Friday.
Police and witnesses said Anthony and some friends were outside Ashley’s home when the
dogs escaped just before 7 p.m. Wednesday. ”The dogs got out of the house,” said Sgt. Rich
Nicorvo of the Coral Springs Police Department. “They bit him pretty bad.” Scott, the pit bull’s
owner who lives next door, was drinking coffee outside his house when the attack started. He
handed another witness a metal pipe to get the Akitas off Anthony. The unidentified person
used the pipe to hit the dogs, but they continued attacking. ”They were really mauling him,”
said Scott, whose son, James, is Anthony’s best friend.
Scott then let Missy out of the house to break up the fight. Police did not document any
information about the pit bull.
This isn’t surprising to anyone who has owned a bully breed. They have been breed to be friendly to humans, and that Missy would protect somebody she probably new is to be expected.
Still, as I have stressed before, the APBT and any bully breed is not for everyone. They require more in terms of socialization with other dogs if you are to minimize the risk of dog-on-dog aggression and fights. Also, APBTs and other bully breeds need a healthy dose of exercise (e.g. last night I took my dogs on a 2 mile walk, which at the end of a full work day is not something I always look forward too). Make sure that wherever you keep the APBT is escape proof. If you have another dog you’ll have to seperate the dogs so that a fight can’t break out while nobody is around to break it up (the APBT may not start the fight, but it will finish it). And since the chances are good that the APBT will get into a fight owning a breaking/parting stick is something you should always take with you when you leave your house/property. And when you leave your house/property make sure the dog is leashed. Also, dog parks are probably out, at least once the dog hits about 10 months of age or so. And teach your dog the four basic commands as well (sit, stay, down and come). If you aren’t willing or don’t have the time to do all, and I mean all, of the above then you are not a good candidate to own any bully breed. If you want a “bad ass” dog, a dog to guard your property, etc., please be advised that you are a complete idiot.