Let's get it out of the way, shall we? Slog reader Amy sent us this letter about her personal journey to pit loathing...

Love your column, read it all the time, partially credit my GGG relationship to you. But that's actually not relevant right now.

I had a lot of skepticism about your anti-pit crusade. (I still suspect that dogs aren't really to blame for being what they are; I primarily blame the people who own them.) But over the past few months, my two dogs—calm submissive mutts that would make Cesar Millan himself proud—have both been attacked by pits. The bigger of my two, who is a total pacifist at nearly 90 pounds, was hospitalized when a pit a third of his size latched onto his throat (need I mention it was unprovoked?). The littler dog (22 pounds soaking wet) was attacked today, but, fortunately, was quicker than the pit and beelined back to the car before the pit got a firm bite. When we confronted the pit's owner, she threatened to call the cops on us, because we were "fucking with her property" (the pit bull, who was in a public park).

Firsthand experience certainly does make the world look different. My dogs are my heart, and while I know that pit owners probably feel the same way, I don't care. I know that these stories will just meet a sea of denial the next time I try to tell them to someone who hasn't seen what a pit bull can do. The most I can concede is that perhaps very skilled handlers can own pits; that's my olive branch to anyone who honestly does know a "good pit bull."

In other pit bull news (all stories published in the last two days): pit bull that attacked four people in Massachusetts—inflicting more than 50 wounds—is put down; boy riding his bike in Nebraska requires 50 stitches after being chased down and attacked by a 10-month-old pit bull "puppy"; deputy shoots pit bull during robbery investigation after pit attacks ("My dog doesn't bite," says dog's owner); police in Indiana forced to shoot two pit bulls after the dogs attack a woman in her own backyard; in Florida two pits running loose attack a 79-year-old woman and her Yorkshire terrier, killing the dog and injuring the woman; neighbor's pit bulls attack six-year-old girl getting out of a car in Maryland; a pit bull in California—"a family pet"—attacks and seriously injures a three-year-old girl; police officer forced to shoot a pit bull after it mauls a 16-year-old boy, lunges at officer; pit bull attacks three at apartment complex in Illinois; pit bull jumps over fence to maul another dog in Nebraska; in Tennessee a police officer shoots a pit bull six times after the dog mauls another dog and threatens the officer—and what happens next?

Tedford shot the dog six times causing the dog to drop to the ground, reports said. The dog, however, reportedly tried to get up, got aggressive and tried to bite at Tedford, who had walked over to check it. At that point, he shot the dog five more times, killing it, reports said.

Such nice dogs.