Authorities say a Philadelphia woman found dead in her home had been fatally mauled by her own dogs.
An alternative to breed-specific legislation is to regulate individual dogs and owners on the basis of their behavior. . . Generic non–breed-specific, dangerous dog laws can be enacted that place primary responsibility for a dog’s behavior on the owner, regardless of the dog’s breed. In particular, targeting chronically irresponsible dog owners may be effective.
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I have an idea- why not share your home with 5 timber wolves? Lions? Perhaps a wolverine or two?
"Any breed of dog can bite, and research suggests BSL does little to protect the community from dog-bite incidents."
If you really want to stop dog bites, ban all dogs, or ban the more deadly pets, like cats and rodents (that includes hamsters). Cat claws can actually cut through the skin. Rodents are natural carriers of deadly diseases. BSL is stupid, ignorant, and a chicken shit form of racism.
Goddamn cherry picking around here is getting pretty shameless.
Is anybody else sick to death of these monotonous axe-grinding Pit Bull posts?
@18 The medical examiner's statement did not include the details, you are simply connecting dots here when we don't know all the dots. Animals play with corpses, no matter what corpse it is, even their own, all the time. There are only a few species like us who bury or otherwise "protect" the corpses, so unless the examiner states specifically that death was a result of the injuries, you are guessing more than the rest of us. Without a detailed report (not likely considering the source of the article) it would be wrong to imply anything. Unless you like seeking WMDs in poor people's houses as a hobby.
1) Dogs aren't people and we shouldn't treat them or equate them as such.
2) If you don't like pitbull posts, don't read them, and stop being such a whiny douche because Slog doesn't post content you like 100% of the time.
I'm not a breed-ban advocate, but I'm also not willfully ignorant of the dangers posed by breeds that were bred specifically for killing.
This seems like such a reasonable thing to do yet it's my belief that pit bull owners generally aren't held accountable when their dogs maul and kill (or even just bite) someone, or another dog.
Good on ya,
And if you think Dan is infallible, you should be reminded that way back when he was about the only person on the Strangers staff who saw Iraq as a threat warranting the military action (a position for which he has admitted the error of his ways, yet still earned him point towards that Concerned Mothers of America membership).
If the authorities (who deal with dead bodies on a regular basis) say she was fatally mauled by her own dogs, you can rest assured that they made that judgment on an educated basis. Of course, even if they had printed the whole autopsy report in the paper and posted a YouTube home-surveillance video of the actual attack, you people would still be tying yourselves in knots to explain and excuse the obvious.
By the way, evidently Dan's Google alert only concerns Pit Bulls, because he hasn't made any idiotic posts about Shelties, despite the fact that recently a couple of them were discovered to have partially eaten--yes, eaten--their owner.
HOLY SHIT!!! THAT JUST BLEW YOUR MIND!
I was badly bitten when I was a child, not by any of these demonized breeds (none of them so much as growled at me . . . in fact, I used to be able to drape myself over the rotties, run the pit bulls through the course myself, and be towed on a sled by the German Shepherds) but by a Portuguese Water Dog. It was a violent animal who eventually had to be put down, after it attacked both me and a UPS driver.
@45 Sad story, I hate hearing about those animals that are somehow insane, for whatever reason.
@47- Do you mean Killer Whale babies or human babies? By context I'm guessing you mean human babies and there are not that many human babies that go swimming in a tank deep enough for a whale.
Put it this way: If you could date a person who carries around a loaded gun all of the time or one who doesn't... and you are responsible for whoever gets killed, then who do you choose? Easy for me, no gun, no pitbull.
I do think people should take a dog's breed into account when buying or adopting. I also think that once any pet dog has attacked a person, not bitten defensively but actually attacked them, they should be put down immediately. No second chance. But the vast, VAST majority of pits are just dogs - goofy, affectionate, squirrel-chasing butt-licking dogs that are awesome with kids. Has somebody has already pointed out that their nickname used to be "the nanny dog"?
There's another factor with the pit bulls that I don't think you're taking into account - sometimes, people who WANT aggressive, scary dogs will get a pit bull. And then do stupid things consistent with wanting a scary dog, like not neutering it and not disciplining it for aggressive behavior towards humans.
You're being logically inconsistent and hatey, and that is inconsistent with my complete adoration of you. Please cut it the hell out because it's confusing me.