Just as I started writing this new post on pit bulls — so I could close the comments on this post (which has grown to nearly 300 comments) — Fox 7 News Austin reported that a 6-year old Austin girl was viciously attacked by her family pet pit bull. The little girl was taken to Dell Children’s Hospital with critical injuries to her face and neck.
Police say she was in the backyard of this home she shares with her extended family Sunday morning when she was attacked.
…the man who owns the dog and also lives at the house. He was not home at the time, but tells me the girl was here with her cousins and their mother; playing in the backyard when the dog he’s had for four years bit her.
Just another “friendly family pet”. That put a 6-year old kid in the hospital in critical care. I wonder if the uncle would have described his dog as “sweet” and that it would never harm anybody?
Pit Bulls are said to be popular with irresponsible owners, who see these dogs as a symbol of status or machismo. This type of owner may be less likely to socialize, train, or desex their pet. It is known that unneutered male dogs account for a disproportionate amount of all fatal dog attacks. Some say that many of those who do not believe in altering male dogs also believe that having and training an aggressive dog “goes with the territory,” so to speak.
But I digress.
Here’s where we stand:
- I think pit bulls are dangerous dogs. Very often owned by the most irresponsible, barely-literate, under-educated thugs and thug-wannabes.
- These pit bull lovers believe their dogs are the sweetest, kindest, most lovable pets on the planet.
- I believe that they are unpredictable killing machines.
- I believe that the dangerous, aggressive, killing, and attacking instincts are all a part of all pit bulls’ DNA — they have an inherent instinct to attack and to keep attacking until their prey is dead.
- Pit bull lovers think that they have the ability to “train” or nurture the inherent instincts out of these dogs, and that there are only bad pit bull owners, and no such thing as a bad pit bull.
Which is insane. It’s like having a pet tiger or a pet bear. Sure. You can train them to dance, jump through hoops of fire, and stick your head into their gaping jaws. But you have not trained out their instincts to kill and maul.
I could no more remove my Lab’s instinct and desire to swim or fetch a ball than you can to remove a pit bull’s natural instinct to suddenly attack and kill. Sure, I can train my dog to not go into the water. Doesn’t mean that he doesn’t still want to go swimming. Doesn’t mean that he won’t go jump in the lake someday while my back is turned.
Just like a pit bull. You might think you’ve trained your doggie to be so gentle and so kind. Until some little kid accidently holds your dog’s stare too long and your dog goes all “pit bull” on the kid and rips his throat out.
Do other dogs bite? Of course they do. Are there other breeds that bite more often than pits? Yep. Is there another breed that maims and kills people and other animals at the rate that pit bulls do? Not even close. Nearly 65% of all human fatalities from dogs are at the jaws of pit bulls.
That’s no coincidence.
These are the other pit bull related stories that I’ve blogged about in the last couple of years:
- Sweet Family Pit Bull. Bites Officer in the Face.
- Another Pit Bull Attack, Another Dead Person
- Pit Bull Owner Won’t be Charged in Death of Nephew
- Another Pit Bull – Another Dead Child
- NFL Linebacker Steve Foley Arrested because of Pit Bull Attack
- Pit Bull Attacks Our Dog
- Pit Bull Owners Arrested in Boy’s Death
- Pitbull Killed After Attacking Police Officer in Austin
- Pit Bulls Kill 7-Year Old Texas Boy
- Another Pit Bull Attacks Another Child
- 11-year Old Boy Killed by Family Pit Bull
- Two Pitt Bulls Attack Two Young Girls in Houston
- Truck Driver Fights Back, Strangles Pit Bull to Death
- Teen Kills Elderly Neighbors Over Dog
- 6/19/2008 -- Another Pit Bull — Another Dead Child (206)
- 11/7/2007 -- 11-year Old Boy Killed by Family Pit Bull (10)
- 5/27/2008 -- Pitbull Killed After Attacking Police Officer in Austin (10)
- 6/20/2008 -- Pit Bull Owner Won’t be Charged in Death of Nephew (6)
- 12/21/2008 -- Another Pit Bull Attack, Another Dead Person (52)