This is a discussion on Trouble for Trouble within the In the News: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly forums, part of the The Back Porch category; Originally Posted by morintp I had a neighbor in NY that had a pitbull. This dog was rescued from a dog fighter. It was the ...
'It was the sweetest, gentlest dog you've ever seen...(continued) We never expected him to kill/maim/attack that neighbor. He had never showed any signs of aggression, we just don't how this could have happened.'
There is no such thing as a sweet, gentle pit bull...it's like the tooth fairy or santa clause...they only exist in children's minds. At some point in time you have to grow up and realize these things are vicious. They are bred for it. Yes, over 70% of dog bites are from labs, not pit bulls, but over 90% of fatal dog bites are by pitbulls and rotts...and I'm sure if you ask those owners, their dogs had never showed any signs of aggression either.
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Pitbulls are a product of their environment, just like most things. If they are raised to be aggressive, they are. If they are raised to be gentle, they are. The real problem with pitbulls is their reputation. Because of that, the worst kind of people buy them and raise them. That's why you hear so many negative reports about pitbulls. But when a responsible owner raises any dog, even a pitbull, it doesn't attack without provocation.
You could be right about all of your statements. But, I don't agree.
A friend of mine had a pitbull from the time it was a puppy. An ideal dog, he had it for about 10 years. One day it attacked his 3 year old daughter. She was watching TV, nowhere near the dog. We don't know why the attack happened. The pitbull had never showed signs of aggression. The dog got put down and his daughter will carry the scars for the rest of her life, even after the reconstructive surgery. These were upper-middle class people living in an upscale neighborhood. These weren't the stereotypical 'I want a pitbull so I feel more manly' kind of people. They took very good care of the dog, and one day it turned. There are numerous accounts of this same thing happening, I just happen to know these people personally. It's kind of like the old adage...There are two kinds of motorcycle riders...Those who have been down, and those will go down.
In an ideal world, if you were careful, followed the laws, paid attention to what was going on around you, you would never get in a wreck...but sometimes things happen outside your control.
My safety and my families safety means enough to me that I try to minimize any outside hazards that aren't within my control. I consider the temperment of a Pitbull to be one of those things.
And to say again, I agree that only a small percentage of dog bites are from pitbulls...But over 90% of the fatalities are from pitbulls and rotts...What that means to me is, if a pitbull attacks me, it's going to keep attacking me until it kills me or I kill it. I typically try to stay away from life or death situations.
Last edited by Kerbouchard; January 14th, 2008 at 03:59 PM. Reason: after looking at various sites, depending on the study it is only 50-75% of the fatalities, mostly male dogs.