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Do you think municipalities should place restrictions on residents who own certain dogs like pit bulls?

ABC News U.S. 2013/07/12 11:17:16
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A toddler was hospitalized following a pit bull attack in South Florida. The Broward Sheriff's Office reports that the 13-month-old child was playing inside a Dania Beach home Wednesday when the family pet began acting erratically and attacked. Family members pulled the dog away and called authorities.

family pet acting erratically attacked family members pulled dog authorities

The child's name and gender weren't immediately released. The Miami Herald (http://goo.gl/J1sI5 ) reports that the child was taken to a Hollywood hospital with serious injuries.

Animal control took the dog into custody. The victim's mother, who owns the pit bull, requested that the dog be euthanized. The dog owner was cited for not having proper identification tags for the pet and for not getting the animal vaccinated for rabies.

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  • The Aging Yankee Liberal Do... 2013/07/17 01:24:54
    No
    The Aging Yankee Liberal Douche
    +21
    It's not the dog's fault for crying out loud. Dumb owners are the reason for aggressive dogs. I've came across many gentle Pits and Rottweilers. Yet I have came across some vicious Labradors and Pomeranians. It's not the breed, it's the owners.

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  • tiffany.rodriguez.35380 2013/09/10 04:57:04
    No
    tiffany.rodriguez.35380
    people are inbreeding blue nose pittbulls to get them the darkest blue they could get and we know from experience because we bought a paperd blue nose for 500 and we have an American pittbull and has never been aggressive towards our kids.But the blue nose tried to ATTACK my pregnant 22 year old! So we took the dog to the vet and the vet said it was an inbred and that people always do this with blues.American pittbulls are a very good breed of dog and it's the way you treat the dog. you can make any dog turn bad. I agree blue noses are a bad breed but not all pittbulls are bad.
  • Vitalani 2013/07/31 03:44:58
  • Bocephus 2013/07/19 21:35:31 (edited)
  • Vitalani Bocephus 2013/07/31 03:56:25
  • KCMamabear Bocephus 2013/11/20 21:33:26
    KCMamabear
    Your statistics are fabricated information, just so you're aware. Any statistics that attribute breeds to the numbers are false. It has been proven time and time again that visual identification is less than 50% accurate by DOG EXPERTS, let alone the neighbor down the street, cops and doctors. You should also know that the word "pit bull" actually encompasses over 32 breeds.
  • Thom Payne 2013/07/19 01:08:30
    Yes
    Thom Payne
    +1
    Municipalities can put any restrictions and/or regulations they see fit.
  • Quinn 2013/07/18 16:58:15
    No
    Quinn
    It's the owners and breeders, but it isn't just pits who can be aggressive. Cattle dogs, Dalmatians, Huskies, Rotts, Dobermans, Chows, Malamutes, Boxers and German shepherds. A study done by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found the top three dogs who exhibited aggressive behavior were Dachshunds, Chihuahuas and Jack Russell terriers. A researcher who worked on the study, Dr. James Serpell, says that smaller breeds may have a genetic predisposition towards aggressive behavior than larger dogs. He reported levels of aggression in some cases with rates of bites or bite attempts rising as high as 20 per cent toward strangers and 30 per cent toward unfamiliar dogs and noted that the Rottweiler, Pit Bull and Rhodesian Ridgeback scored average. Even below average for hostility towards strangers.
  • KCMamabear Quinn 2013/11/20 21:36:49
    KCMamabear
    Although his study is technically correct that these dogs tend to show more aggression, it isn't the breed, it's the owners. People far less educated about dogs are likely to get smaller dogs as they're easier to control when they get out of control. Many of these dogs are spoiled, untrained and allowed to get away with behaviors larger dogs would not be. ie: mouthing during play. People think it's cute when a shih tzu puts his mouth on your toddler, but not so cute when a doberman does it. Larger dogs tend to be far more restricted.
  • Goldie 2013/07/18 16:34:39
    No
    Goldie
    Same restrictions and leash laws. You should never let little Children play around any dogs without supervision. Even Chihuahuas bite. Of course, they may not be able to kill, but it's an example. You know cats can also hurt babies, and adults.
  • Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆ 2013/07/18 16:34:23
    Yes
    Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆
    +3
    Some breeds are capable of doing more injury than others. That's the test. (That might explain why cats don't need licensure.)

    Remember what a dog is, basically: a wolf. A "tame" wolf, but still a wolf.
  • Manster Temlako... 2013/07/19 14:40:37
    Manster
    +1
    You wanna hear something funny, Tem? A small municipality near me passed a "leash law" for cats, and they are requiring that they be licensed just as dogs are! I'll have to check to see if that law is still on their books,cos I laughed my butt off when they put that in some 10-15 years ago!
  • KCMamabear Manster 2013/11/20 21:39:03
  • Food St... KCMamabear 2014/04/09 19:38:31
    Food Stamp Papa
    that's just dumb! you don't leash freaking cats!
  • Food St... Manster 2014/04/09 19:38:44
    Food Stamp Papa
    +1
    omg,no need to leash cats!
  • bobo Temlako... 2013/07/28 11:47:38
    bobo
    +3
    well I guess that depends on the size of the cat...

    it simply comes down to responsibility of the owners , banning breeds is foolish, another law that doesn't address the cause of an issue, idiot owners that abuse k9's making them vicious... would do so with any breed , and will do so with the next available breed .
    These people need to held accountable ,
    remember what a human is , basically : an ape. A "civilized" ape, but still an ape.

    I know it was just too easy .....
  • angela.kirby.716 2013/07/18 16:10:55
    Yes
    angela.kirby.716
    While i believe they should be subject to restrictions, I believe most of the current restrictions are too harsh. Owners should be required to show adequent fencing, current shots and have them chipped because accidents happen. Financial aid should be available for these owners to get their dogs up to code, because often poorer families get these types of dogs for self protection and treat their animals well.
  • KCMamabear angela.... 2013/11/20 21:39:50
    KCMamabear
    Should that apply to ALL dogs though?
  • rcardon 2013/07/18 15:45:41
    No
    rcardon
    These dogs have the worst reputation, because their owners either make them mean, or do not exercise them enough, so they get a lot of pent up energy. The same goes for Rottweilers. They are big dogs, they aren't meant to lie around the house all day, they need to run, play, work.
    If people would stop being lazy and pay the attention to their dogs that they need, these types of incidents wouldn't happen.
  • Manster 2013/07/18 15:17:53
    No
    Manster
    I wish that municipalities would worry about all animal owners who are negligent with regard to their pets! I get fed up with the stupid knee-jerk solutions that they try to pass that demonize one particular breed over others! I'll bet there are more bites per year done bu little yappy breeds than the "sensationalized" reports that are given to attacks by pit bulls on an annual basis!
  • Marshal... Manster 2013/07/18 17:41:30
    Marshall Maxwell
    +1
    So true, Most people cannot even properly Identify a pit bull. Don't believe me just give it a try. http://www.pitbullsontheweb.c...
  • yabbadabbadoo 2013/07/18 15:16:24
    No
    yabbadabbadoo
    Florida what a coincidence - the KILLER friendly state

    its funny this dog is held to a higher standard than George Zimmerman

    its funny this dog is called a "pitbull" when its actually a mix of Pit and English Bulldog

    the owners should be euthanized instead of the innocent unintelligent dog

    i have a AMerican BUlldog, she has no tags, and she isnt vaccinated because vaccines are toxic and im not giving it to myself or to my dog so F U ALL !
  • TheInte... yabbada... 2013/07/18 15:37:55
    TheIntelligence
    +1
    You do realize that vaccines are not toxic, and the theory, a very flawed, ignorant, simple minded one, that they can cause autism and other diseases / disorders, has been REPEATEDLY proven FALSE. Thank you and have a nice day, maybe someday when you die of a terrible disease you refused to vaccinate yourself against, you'll realize that you're not tougher, or smarter, or bigger then science, don't try to act like you are.

    Sincerely,
    The Sane People of the World
  • yabbada... TheInte... 2013/07/18 15:54:41 (edited)
    yabbadabbadoo
    God i cant stand little mainstream brainwashed puppets
  • Marshall Maxwell 2013/07/18 14:57:39
    No
    Marshall Maxwell
    +1
    Here we go again. How about we just kill all dogs that bite and see how the results are. Those little lap dogs would be top of the list along with labs.
  • hippycat 2013/07/18 14:55:54
    No
    hippycat
    +1
    on balance, no - after all, it's not the dog's fault. however, people buying pit bulls should be closely vetted.
  • Richard 2013/07/18 14:54:41 (edited)
    Yes
    Richard
    +1
    We had a person near us there pit Bull got lose and bit another person in the face and she had to go to the hospital! They where good people there dog not so much once he got lose!
  • DontDrinkSoda 2013/07/18 14:46:35
    No
    DontDrinkSoda
    +2
    It makes me very upset that ignorance is winning this poll. There is no such thing as an aggressive breed, only dumb ass owners. Please get educated, masses.
  • Nat Turner 2013/07/18 13:51:02
    No
    Nat Turner
    +3
    it's people that makes these dogs vicuous, not the dog. My sister has a 180 lb.Rotwieler and he's as gentle as can be, he just looks intimadating cause he's so big!
  • TheMayor 2013/07/18 13:20:05
    Yes
    TheMayor
    +2
    … why stop with pit bulls?
  • yabbada... TheMayor 2013/07/18 15:18:04
    yabbadabbadoo
    i duno ... why not start with 72yo useless men from New Hampshire
  • TheMayor yabbada... 2013/07/25 14:56:00
    TheMayor
    Yabbada: are you a typical example of some from from New Jersey?
  • yabbada... TheMayor 2013/07/26 04:07:05 (edited)
    yabbadabbadoo
    no NJ is mostly just illegal immigrants, tons of clueless obama supporters, and a couple dumb republicans
  • revbh TheMayor 2013/07/29 23:11:41
    revbh
    Gee, he must fit right in!!
  • Kirby 2013/07/18 12:42:14
    No
    Kirby
    +2
    It's not the dogs FAULT! It's the dumbass behind the leash! The child was probably bitten because the idiot owner were not paying attention and the child was doing what all children do poke , prod , and pull on the dog incessantly! Bad Parenting is the real issue not the dog!
  • Nat Turner Kirby 2013/07/18 13:57:10
    Nat Turner
    +2
    I have two boy's and mty older daughter has three dogs and a cat,No problems.My older sister has two dogs No problems. that little girl may have been running or like you said pulling,hitting or anything!
  • DDogbreath 2013/07/18 06:15:40
    No
    DDogbreath
    +3
    It sounds like it was 100% the parents fault, not the dog's fault or the fault of it's breed. If they were too irresponsible to license and vaccinate their animal in a highly populated urban area like Dania Beach, FL They were most probably too irresponsible to give the dog the proper training it deserved.

    They were also probably not watching their child as closely as they could have been.

    Yes voters should get a clue.
  • revbh 2013/07/18 06:01:27
    No
    revbh
    +3
    There are no "bad" dogs. There are abusive owners who make their dogs behave badly, but that's not the dogs' fault. Any breed can be mistreated until it's dangerous and anti-social, so carving out a breed exception won't stop the problem.
  • Cortney 2013/07/18 04:48:01
    No
    Cortney
    +4
    its not the dogs fault for crying out loud! it was the way the dog was raised and treated. Or posibly the mood the animal was in. i love animals to death but animals arnt human they need to be respected and treeted correctly! dogs arnt dress up dolls or shark bait for that matter.

    this dog who ``attacked`` the little girl was probably prevoked there is always 5 sides to every story no one ever knows the truth
  • MissMiss26 2013/07/18 04:15:33
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