There is going to be a new law.

United States
March 7, 2009 1:24am CST
I just went to the CKC web site to register my litter, and I started reading the section on new legislature. When I went to the web site for the state of Texas, I couldn't believe it. Apparantly, there will be a new law taking effect this September. It states: "(a)The owner of a Pit Bull breed of dog commits an offense if the owner allows a minor who is 15 years of age or younger to handle or care for the dog without adult supervision. (b)An offense under Subsection (a) is a Class C misdemeanor." WTF?? Now, I know that there are MANY of you out there who will disagree with me, and think that this new law is just wonderful. And that is OK. We will just have to agree to disagree. But as far as I'm concerned, I am very thankful that I don't live in Texas. If I did, I would be getting arrested every single day. My children love our 4 Pits. They are always out in the yard playing with them. And when they aren't in the yard, then they are all in my house. The local Animal Control officers know my dogs well. (A couple of the officers live in my neighborhood.) They always feed them treats. Anyway, I don't get it. When will it all end? These people are never going to be satisfied until the breed that I love is totally extinct. All because of some horrific, evil owners who choose to fight their dogs. You know, people get bitten every single day by dogs. But the only ones you actually hear about are Pits, Rotties, Dobies, German Shephards, etc. I happen to think that all of these dogs are good. It's all in how you raise them. I used to have the meanest Boykin Spaniel that anyone had ever seen. But everyone thought he was "so pretty". They were scared of my Pit. Trust me, Tiki (the spaniel) would bite you before you could blink. Jake, on the other hand, would and will lick you to death, but that's about it. I just think that it's wrong. I know that if we don't do something, they will end up banning all of these wonderful dogs. And then we will be left with nothing but a bunch of "ankle biters". (No offense to anyone who has a small dog. I love all dogs.) What do you think?
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• United States
8 Mar 09
I agree with you. I think that law is just dumb. It all depends on the way that the pitbull is raised. if they are raised around people and children, I don't see what the problem is. My punish everyone because some people have fighting and mean pits.
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• United States
10 Mar 09
Exactly. I actually have a shirt that has a picture of one of Jake (my oldest male) on it, and it says "Punish the deed and not the breed". I would die if they came to me tomorrow and said that I had to get rid of my dogs. And I can only imagine how my kids would react. My youngest daughter (that's her in the pic) is 14 months old. Her first word was hi, her second word was mama, and her third and favorite word was dog. She goes around all the time saying dogdogdogdog. And she loves her Meisha. The day we brought her home from the hospital, I was sitting on the bed feeding her and Meisha climbed up beside us and laid down. Those two have been stuck together for over a year now. If those two were ever separated, they would both be heartbroken.
@dmrone (751)
• United States
7 Mar 09
Hi! I personally think it is how you raise a dog as to whther they are mean or not. Any dog can be taught to be mean. I love Rotties and they are not mean as most assume they are. I do not raise them to be that way. My children have and do play wth them, and never once has any one of them hurt any child.
• United States
10 Mar 09
Amen. I also love Rotties. If I didn't already have 16 Pits, then I would have one. At least I have a Pit that looks exactly like a Rottie....that's her name, too. LOL. I have never come across a mean one either. But I have gotten bit by quite a few Poodles while being a groomer. LOL
@ShellyB (5244)
• United States
7 Mar 09
The city where I live also has rules for Pit bulls and I have seen some that look adorable to me but the main problem is what you just typed on your discussion, if you do not treat a dog right it can be quite mean and violent, it is weird because well the rules in this city as not a rigid as in Texas. In here the pit bull has to have a microchip and on a four feet leash, and other details that escape my mind right now, the thing is that some people have these dogs for fighting, keeping police away from them, etc, In here there is nothing about kids below 15 not playing with the dog. My experience is that some kids can make a dog violent if they mistreat the dog, I saw that happening to this cute little dog where I was scared to walk by that house and it was not a Pit bull. I believe that people who love pit bulls should unite and call to the attention of the people that these dogs can be good, they should not be punish because in some cases their owners are bad.
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• United States
10 Mar 09
I agree...we should unite. I feel like I am the local ambassador for these dogs. LOL. I have actually thought about trying to open a rescue shelter or organize some kind of awareness event for them. When I lived in the city, there was at least one for every house. And they were all treated like big babies. Out here in the country, my dogs are allowed to run at will, but the people here are terrified of them. Luckily, they have no idea exactly what the breed looks like, so they think that my dogs are boxer/bull/rottie mixes. They are happy with that. Animal control knows better, but the farmers don't. LOL
• United States
7 Mar 09
here in ohio if you have a pit, you have to have it in a chain link kennel with a roof on it, and a lock, and if you walk it you have to have a choker collar and a harness I think with a mussel, I feel so bad for my pit, we dont have a kenell for her so we keep her in the house most of the time and we dont walk her because they'll just take her away and put her down if we violate any of the rules and she doesnt like her mussel :(
• United States
7 Mar 09
p.s. I've never met or seen a mean pit, rottie, or a dobie, I've been bit hundreds of times by dogs and they were all palmeranians, shih tzus and chihuahua, oh and I got a scar on my cheek from a dalmation, oh dont forget big loveable boxers, they want to make them extinct as well which is really messed up, I was 3 yrs old when the dalmation bit me, but I used to crawl all over my grandpas pitbull/boxer mix, and the only time that dog made me cry is when I would lick my face too much making it hard for me to breathe lol
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• United States
10 Mar 09
That's just horrible!! I have a kennel for my pups (because there are too many of them to be kept in the house) but the adults are inside with us. We are able to let them roam at will, as long as noone calls in a complaint. Luckily, we live on a 300 acre farm and the only people surrounding us are family. We moved away from the troublemakers. I do have a choker collar for my Jake because he weighs about 95 pounds, and isn't the easiest dog to walk. Actually, he walks me. The only way I can keep up with him is to put a choker on him. But as soon as the walk is over, off it comes. I left one on him and he broke it. LOL. I'm glad someone agrees with me, though. They are very sweet animals.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
16 Apr 09
In honesty, I can see both sides to this. While I agree that alot of how a dog is raised determines it's behavior there are some breeds of dogs that seem to "snap" more often then others. I'm not saying no other dog bites or that only pits attack ppl but it seems that there have been alot of cases of pits attacking ppl. As to the law, while it's one thing to let your kids play in the house or yard with your dog, it's a whole other thing to let them take them running in the park or walking them down the street...If the dog did attack someone (regardless of breed) a child or young adult might not know what to do or how to stop it. An adult would be able to handle the situation better. Personally, I think that every dog, regardless of breed, needs to be kept under control. Either leashed or penned and signs posted. It's part of owning a pet. [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS**[/b]
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
16 Apr 09
Btw, I had to add...growing up my Mom had several Dobies and one was named Baby. This dog was strong enough to pull a car across the back yard...seriously. But she was a big baby and never gave us any trouble. Our only problem was at the time we lived in Detroit and Baby did not like black ppl...her previous owner was black and had mistreated her...but she did keep us safe. [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS**[/b]