SHOULD PIT-BULLS BE BANNED?

A Quebec woman is suing the owner of a pit-bull (since put down) for $1.8 million.  The pit-bull attacked her — badly mutilating her face.  The woman wants pit bulls banned in Quebec.

The province of Ontario forbids people from owning, breeding, transferring, importing or abandoning pit-bulls, a breed with a reputation for aggressiveness and biting.   Pit-bull owners whose dogs were born before the  2005 ban are allowed to keep them, but they must be on a leash and wear a muzzle.

In your opinion are pit-bulls dangerous?

Should they be banned?

What do you think?

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19 Comments »

  1. 1
    Barbara Says:

    While there are pit bulls that have been trained to be vicious attack dogs, there are so many that are gentle and sweet that I cannot support a total ban on pit bulls. It is the owner who needs to be punished if s/he trains the dog to be vicious. A pit bull trained to attack has become a legal weapon in the hands of thugs. Such vicious attack dogs have to be put down. Meanwhile, pet-suitable pit bulls languish in SPCA shelters.

    It is a bit off topic, but I think breeders of dogs and cats should be licensed to control the population of unwanted pets. Breeders of pit bulls could then be held to account if they raise attack dogs.

  2. 2
    Neil McKenty Says:

    Licensing dog breeders sounds like a good idea to me. I wonder why it hasn’t been done before.

  3. 3

    They are probably not licensed because of their location. All of these mills are out in farm land . Nobody knows what they have,nothing prevents thm from buying animals and treating them as they will.

    Make the legal penalties serious for anybody whose dog attacks somebody. banning any one breed just means that those who want a mean looking dog will get some other breed.

  4. 4

    Interesting continuation of the subject discussed on Tommy Schnearmacher’s talk show this morning.
    The general consensus was in favour of a ban, like Ontario.

    While it’s true that all dogs could bite…The problem with Pit bulls…when they are biting, they do not release their jaws.
    Some suggested that the owner carry a club to pry the jaw open in the event of an attack. How scary is that?

    I agree with a complete ban on breeding, new ownership & neutering & muzzling for dogs in existence-they are NOT reliable dogs, they are NOT good pets regardless of the anecdotal few who are well trained and well behaved.
    PS: It as noted that most (not all) owners of Pit Bulls are scarier than the dogs-with something to prove! Every time I follow a debate about Pit Bulls, it spirals out of reality. Second only to a mention of religious beliefs.
    There is an Italian breed of “dog from hell” that is replacing the Pit in reputation.

  5. 5

    It’s not the breed that’s at fault, but the owners…and sometimes the “victims.” You cannot torment an animal and expect it not to react. I want to know what the “victim” in this case did to prompt the dog to go for her. I also want to know more about the owner, and how the dog was raised.

    I have lots of dogs in my neighborhood, and a few of them are pit bulls. They are sweetly tempered and gentle. Especially as opposed to the one dachshund and several Jack Russels.

  6. 6
    youngshoutman Says:

    Should you ban a breed of dogs just because a couple of them went bad?
    Should you ban muslims because a few of them blew people up?
    Should you ban catholics because there are some paedophile priests?
    Should you ban chidren because a few of them are bullies?
    Of course not, but licensing on ALL pets should be mandatory, thus preventing violent or mistreatment of animals

  7. 7
    Jim Says:

    A passer-bye was standing on the corner of the street waiting for a funeral procession to pass by. Leading the procession was a horse-drawn hearse followed by a man with a pit-bull on a lease. They in turn were followed by another hearse after, which was a single line of 100 men. The man asked the pit-bull owner “what’s with the two hearses?” He answered “I don’t know what happened to my dog. I’ve had him since he was born. He was so docile. A few days ago he took a fit and attacked my wife and killed her. Her mother, my mother-in-law, tried to interfere. The dog turned on her and chewed her to bits. What’s left of her is in the second hearse.” “The man said, “can I borrow your dog?” The owner said sure, get in line”
    The moral of this story is – Never trust a docile pit-bull. [Watch it Jim, here they come]

  8. 8
    SUZANNE Says:

    I hate them dogs. I think the breed is problematic. I’m ambivalent about a ban. I hate government intrusion. I’m on the fence. I find the people who own pitbulls tend to be pretty clueless about dogs in general.

  9. 9

    I have always noticed that Pit Bull owners (for the most part) are “a few pints short of a quart”.
    Suzanne-Get off the fence. Intervention by government is much needed in this case of Pit Bull regulation.
    If not them…then who?

  10. 10

    PS: One of the commentaries on the talk show this morning:
    “Pit Bull OWNERS should be neutered & muzzled.”

  11. 11
    Barbara Says:

    Littlepatti, ask a vet about how dangerous most pit bulls are. You might be surprised that vets do not support banning this or any breed. Neither does the SPCA in Montreal and they handle many pit bulls that others have discarded or abandonned. Now, the idea of neutering and muzzling the owners of vicious dogs has some merit. 😉

  12. 12
    Jim Says:

    It stands to reason that the vets wouldn’t want to get rid of the pit bulls because they are the vets’ primary source for patients that have been chewed on. I think they should be reclassified as hyenas. If found in urban areas, call out the NRA and ask them to break out one of their hunting weapons, such as a bazooka anti-tank gun and splatter it with 15 rounds of ammo. Bury the bod. On the tombstone write, “If you dig me out of this hole, I’ll go after Newt for you”

  13. 13

    I think it may be a slippery slope for the SPCA or some vets to join in the debate.
    We do hear of people getting bitten by dogs. Cocker Spaniels are cute as all get out, but a local child had her face bitten. She got a dog bite which is serious enough, but her face was not torn off as is the case with Pit Bull stories.
    They don’t unlock their jaws.

    Why don’t we just try a straw poll among ourselves.

    IN FAVOUR OF A BAN:

    I”m a YES!

  14. 14
    Jim Says:

    Yes – Roast them in a pit fire, and serve them to the other pits. Hopefully the pit owners will end up on the pit y pot.

  15. 15
    Tiffany Says:

    what all u people saying no to pit bulls need to know is there are more dog bites and attacks by other breeds than pit bulls a year it’s all in how you raise your animals seriously every dog can bite and can be mean if not given the right love and care you are all idiots

  16. 16

    Loving the information on this website, you have done outstanding job on the blog posts.

  17. 17
    Heidi Gulatee Says:

    Tiffany
    thank you for your comment that we are idiots!!I wish you a very peaceful and happy Christmas time. Is it asking too much to divide the comment into sentences?

  18. 18
    JayLynn Says:

    I own a Stafford Shire Bull Terrior sweetest dogs ever. It depends on how you train them. Pitbulls should NEVER be ban stupidest idea. That lady probably got a Pitbull that was in Dog Fighting (Which I HATE!!) Or got a Pit that was Abused.

  19. 19
    JayLynn Says:

    @Jim your a complete IDIOT!! Have you ever owned a Pit???? didnt think so. so SHUT UP!!


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