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BAD DOG?: No Way, Say Pit Bull Owners, Who Insist Their Pets Get a Bum Rap


Animals  (tags: animal, dog, pets, pitbulls, reputation, unfounded, breed, prejudice )

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- 2585 days ago - redding.com
Petey, a flop-eared American pit bull terrier, was the iconic image of childhood mischief. The black-and-white pooch, with a circle of grease paint penciled around his right eye, romped with various Little Rascals in the series of short films "Our Gang,"



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Jaclin S. (230)
Sunday July 29, 2007, 6:49 pm
They are wonderful companions and really good with children. It is the way the owners handle them and take care of them - and this goes for any dog - if you treat it with cruelty and meanness - that is what you will get back - if you treat them with love and TLC part of the family then you have a wonderful life long friend.
Love & Light
 

Heaven Leigh (193)
Monday July 30, 2007, 10:10 am
First of all I find it DISGUSTING that the first dog spoken about was RUN OVER BY A SQUAD CAR, among all the other horrible things done!

"Earlier this month, Redding police officers responded to an east Redding home after a pit bull reportedly bit a man.
Before finally dying, Soldier, a 1-year-old pit bull, was run over twice by a squad car, blasted with pepper spray, zapped with a stun gun, shot once with a 12-gauge shotgun and again with an officer's handgun."

Redding dog bites by breed in 2006
So, you think your dog wouldn’t hurt a fly? You might be surprised to see this list of dog bites reported to

How about officers carrying tranquilizer darts?? Or would that ruin all their fun?

BAN THE DEED NOT THE BREED!!!!!


Redding animal control officers in 2006:

1. Lab — Minor bites: 15, Major bites: 7, Total bites: 22.

2. Pit bull — Minor bites: 9, Major bites: 4, Total bites: 13.

3. Jack Russell — Minor bites: 9, Major bites: 3, Total bites: 12.

4. Heeler — Minor bites: 3, Major bites: 8, Total bites: 11.

5. Rottweiler — Minor bites: 4, Major bites: 4, Total bites: 8.

6. Terrier — Minor bites: 6, Major bites: 2, Total bites: 8.

7. German shepherd — Minor bites: 5, Major bites: 2, Total bites: 7.

8. Dachshund — Minor bites: 2, Major bites: 3, Total bites: 5.

9. Spaniel — Minor bites: 1, Major bites: 4, Total bites: 5.

10. Australian shepherd — Minor bites: 1, Major bites: 3, Total bites: 4.

11. St. Bernard — Minor bites: 1, Major bites: 2, Total bites: 3.

12. Husky/Malamute — Minor bites: 0, Major bites: 3, Total bites: 3.

13. Lhasa Apaso — Minor bites: 0, Major bites: 3, Total bites: 3.

14. Akita — Minor bites: 1, Major bites: 2, Total bites: 3.

15. Doberman — Minor bites: 1, Major bites: 2, Total bites: 3.

16. Weimaraner — Minor bites: 1, Major bites: 1, Total bites: 2.

17. Basset hound — Minor bites: 1, Major bites: 1, Total bites: 2.

18. Miniature pinscher — Minor bites: 2, Major bites: 0, Total bites: 2.

19. Chihuahua — Minor bites: 2, Major bites: 0, Total bites: 2.

20. Mastiff — Minor bites: 1, Major bites: 1, Total bites: 2.

21. Boxer — Minor bites: 1, Major bites: 1, Total bites: 2.

22. German Shorthaired Pointer — Minor bites: 1, Major bites: 1, Total bites: 2.

23. Afghan — Minor bites: 0, Major bites: 1, Total bites: 1.

24. Yorkshire terrier — Minor bites: 1, Major bites: 0, Total bites: 1.

25. Poodle — Minor bites: 0, Major bites: 1, Total bites: 1.

26. Beagle — Minor bites: 0, Major bites: 1, Total bites: 1.

27. Golden retriever — Minor bites: 0, Major bites: 1, Total bites: 1.

28. Chow — Minor bites: 0, Major bites: 1, Total bites: 1.

29. Bouvier des Flandres — Minor bites: 0, Major bites: 1, Total bites: 1.

30. Pekinese — Minor bites: 0 Major bites: 1 Total bites: 1.

31. Mini schnauzer — Minor bites: 0, Major bites: 1, Total bites: 1.

32. Cocker spaniel — Minor bites: 0, Major bites: 1, Total bites: 1.

33. Border collie — Minor bites: 1, Major bites: 0, Total bites: 1.

Source: Capt. Lee Anne Smith, Redding Animal Regulation
 

Trish R. (5)
Monday July 30, 2007, 11:45 am
I understand the need to protect people and children from dangerous situations. I'm not sure that running a puppy (the dog was 1yr old) down with a car is the best way to accomplish that. Where was the owner of the dog? I lived in Redding for 10 yrs, we did have quite a few problems with careless dog owners, but nothing to justify the actions of the police involved. These dogs have been breed for certain purposes, and people do suck so they exploit and create agressive dogs. Imagine what those dogs have to go through as sweet innocent puppies to become what they become. Throw the owners under a car, mace them, shoot them with a shot gun. Most of those dogs have went through enough.
 

G. C. (40)
Monday July 30, 2007, 12:29 pm
I've had a pit mix, my son currenetly has a pit, and I have known and LOVED at least a dozen other pits. They are a marvelous breed. Given half a chance, you can't find a better dog. But through cruelty and purposeful or careless 'bad' breeding, there have been many problems that develop. But that isn't the animal's fault. Like that S.O.B. Michael Vick and his buddies, people are responsible for about 97% of 'bad breeds." Yes, there is a small percentage that snap and become vicious. I've seen it happen. But that is the exception rather than the rule.
As for the treatment of the dogs in the article, there are no words that effectively convey my feelings toward the killers.
 
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