Pit bulls are often mistakenly portrayed as demons who are inherently more dangerous than other dogs. Targeting a specific breed is shortsighted and can lead to a false sense of accomplishment. Sadly, powerful dogs can attract the worst types of owners ranging from people who want to look tough (and then do not train or socialize their tough dog) to criminal dogfighters who systematically torture, starve and drug dogs to make them vicious. Do you agree that the vicious ones are not the dogs, but the sadistic humans who starve and torture the dogs? Dog fighters must be caught and prosecuted.
Dogs have evolved with humans for thousands of years. Statistically a person is far more likely to be killed by another human than by a dog. Dogs are pack animals who suffer when they are isolated and ignored. Any dog can become aggressive if forced to live chained by the neck in one spot forever. Which dog is more likely to cause a problem, the one who has had only limited and negative associations with humans or the one who is inside and part of the family?
Neighbors had expressed concerns about the Middle Street dogs. Animal Resource officers had responded to a complaint concerning the dog’s welfare. Not everyone cares about dogs, but those who do not properly care for them should not be allowed to have one.
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There are a lot of needs competing for our city resources. This is literally a life and death issue and as such must be a priority. Chaining bans lead to safer, cleaner communities. Dayton should improve Ordinance 91.62 and enforce it. In West Carrollton, it is illegal to keep a dog tethered between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. and in extreme weather. Adding these provisions to 91.62 would be a good start. Something else worth addressing — 86 percent of fatal canine attacks involve un-neutered male dogs, according to the American Humane Society.
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Gail Downie is an animal advocate and a vegetarian.