Â Â Â Â I want to preface this discussion by stating that I am aÂ dog lover.Â However,Â it is impossible not to noticeÂ the bad press that pit bulls have been getting lately.Â I hadÂ at first, intended to ignore the stories that the media sensationalizes.... but I had my own run in recently with a dog that I know.Â
Â Â Â Â My brother's dog, Baretta, is a four year old female, pit bull/grey hound mix ( I know, odd combo).Â She has always been the sweetest dog, gentle, great with kids, ect.Â My brother and his wife moved into a new duplex, and the dog took on a whole different personality.Â She is so protective of their new house, that if anyone comes within view of where she perches in the window, she starts barking insanely and looks just plain mean, baring teeth, ect.Â I'm serious, she looks like she would kill you if you get tooÂ close.Â I had to talk her down, through the window, for about five minutes before I felt safe enough to open the front door.Â This is a dog that I've known since she was 8 weeks old.Â Â My brother had told me that he noticed her personality changing and he didn't know what to do about it, but I didn't believe it untilÂ IÂ saw it first hand.Â Â
Â Â Â So.... what do you think about pit bulls?Â ThereÂ have been manyÂ attempts in California to make this breed "illegal".Â
Â Â Â Â Do you think that a law should be passed to regulate this particular breed?
Â Â Â Â Do you think people should be required to obtain a license of some type to own
Â Â Â Â a pit bull?
Â Â Â Â Do you think pit bulls just get a bad rap?Â Is it possible that other breeds can be
Â Â Â Â just as violent, but that the media chooses to sensationalize pit bulls?
I have also posted the story that was published by the AP which got me going on this article. (See below).
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The Associated Press
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8:09 a.m. PT Dec 27, 2007
BARSTOW, Calif. - A pack of pit bulls surrounded a woman and mauled her to death, authorities said Wednesday.
Police found Kelly Caldwell, 45, lying in the street around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, and took her to a hospital, where she later died, the San Bernardino County sheriff's department said.
After the mauling, the dogs ran to a nearby house. Deputies shot one dog to death when it returned to the scene and acted aggressively as paramedics were trying to save Caldwell's life, authorities said.
A second dog was shot to death Wednesday morning when it, too, returned. Deputies said it became aggressive as an animal control officer tried to capture it.
Authorities said at least one dog belonged to a neighbor.
Investigators collected DNA samples from the dogs. An autopsy will be performed on Caldwell and necropsies on the dogs to determine which one attacked Caldwell, sheriff's Sgt. Richard Ells said.
Detectives also are looking into whether the dogs' owners knew whether the animals had any history of violence. If the dogs were dangerous and the owners knew it, they could face criminal charges, Ells said.