Dear Crabby, Should Pit Bulls be Banned?

Dear Crabby,

I have heard that these Pit Bulls are dangerous and unpredictable. A neighbor down the street has a dog that looks like a Pit Bull – should I be scared? Should these Pit Bulls be banned nationwide?

Sincerely, Polly Protective

Dear Ms. Protective,

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I really don’t know the right answer on this one. On one hand, I don’t think any animal should be allowed to be a threat to the civilian world, but on the other hand, I’m not sure how you legislate one specific breed of animal. I personally owned a Pit Bull in the 80’s and loved him! He was appropriately named Thor Spot. He was the strongest and most loyal dog I ever had. He used to jump about five feet off the ground when I would throw him a stick. He loved to cuddle and snuggle at home; he was just a big puppy. But one day there was another dog that came up and let me pet him. I was smiling and having a good time with this other lab. All of the sudden, Thor attacked this other dog and the two went at it. If it wasn’t for myself and a few other men around, these guys would not have stopped until one of them wasn’t breathing anymore. I couldn’t believe it – my little puppy dog had a very aggressive side that I had never seen! So, when I hear stories about these Pit Bulls attacking and being aggressive, I am not too shocked. But to ban this whole breed? I’m not sure that would solve the problem. Also, how would the police know how to figure out if it was a purebred Pit Bull, or if it just looked like a Pit Bull? One lady I know saw a Schnauzer and yelled, “It’s one of those Put Bulls! Get it away from me!” There is no blood test or positive ID to help these guys know. I don’t even know if this is possible. I’m glad I don’t need to make this decision, but I hope the ones who do will take in all the facts. Good luck with your neighbors and maybe go talk to them before you judge their dog.

Sincerely, Dear Crabby

 

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