Should Pitbulls be outlawed?

@harmonee (1236)
United States
April 14, 2009 8:15pm CST
There is a big push for a law to be passed on our city banning people to have pitbulls. We have two that we adopted from people who couldn't take care of them and they are great. We never have a problem with agression or anything. One of them never even barks! I just can't imagine not having them. I understand there are pits that are agressive and attack people and other animals, but I really feel that if they are socialized and properly raised they can be excellent pets. Maybe there can be a compromise that to own a pit, you need to take some training classes or get a special license, kind of like getting or owning a firearm. I think there are too many people who don't know how to care for them or get them for bad reasons, but it isn't the dogs fault and I don't think they deserve to be put down for bad ownership.
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@miamilady (4924)
• United States
15 Apr 09
No. Pitbulls shouldn't be outlawed. STUPID DOG OWNERS should be outlawed.
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@TLChimes (4842)
• United States
15 Apr 09
That about covers my view too.
@uath13 (8207)
• United States
15 Apr 09
Your quite right. It's the people who cause the problems, not the dogs.
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@us2owls (1681)
• United States
15 Apr 09
NO NO NO - pit bulls should never be outlawed. Like most of you have said they are gentle and if raised properly are not a danger to anyone. We had one and he was the most lovable, gentle creature. He layed in the yard and his only bad habit was when neighbours put their trash out for collection on a Monday he would go sniff around and on a couple of occasions he got into it. After that we started to make sure he was in the house on Monday morning. He was laying quietly in our front yard one evening after dark. We live on the edge of town but the police came - walked into the yard, took him and took out and shot him. he police and the sherriffs department covered each others backs about who had killed our precious pet. We know the neighbour who called them and told them to come and get him. So if you ever think of coming to live in Winchester, Scott County, Illinois make sure you don't have even a part pit bull as a pet. They broke a childs heart by killing this dog.
@harmonee (1236)
• United States
15 Apr 09
That is horrible. I can't believe these officers thought they were doing an okay thing. If your dog was like ours, it wouldn't have even barked when they came up to the house, probably was wagging his tail. Some people just don't use their heads.
• United States
16 Apr 09
Oh my God, how horrible!! I couldn't imagine! My neighbors are all so friendly. If Scarlet ever gets out, I've got people on all sides that take her in for me until I get home from work! She is friends with the whole neighborhood, LOL. Some people are so nasty. What right did they have to take your dog and shoot him?? I would be furious (after I finished grieving)!!
@signum (547)
• Australia
15 Apr 09
We used to have a gorgeous Pit Bull named Angus. He was so gentle that if you didn't know what a pit bull looked like, you would never have guessed that was his breed. We had a 5 year old in the house too and he loved her and was especially super-gentle around her as if he knew that she was little and he had to be careful. He jumped our fence (it just wasn't high enough it turns out) and got hit by a car :-( Poor little fella. I don't think they should be outlawed, I honestly believe that the way you raise the dog has a big influence on how he will act. Every single one of our pets has been loving and gentle, and I think it's because we show them a lot of love and affection, and do not train them to hunt, fight, or kill.
@harmonee (1236)
• United States
15 Apr 09
I'm sorry to hear that. We've had the fence jumping problem too. It's amazing that they can clear such heights! Luckly ours were returned safely to us.
@signum (547)
• Australia
15 Apr 09
I just wish he hadn't got hit the first time he jumped the fence so we could have realized it was too short and just fixed it as we had no idea he would jump as it was pretty high, just not high enough. Glad yours came home safe.
@chaselee (240)
• Philippines
15 Apr 09
We own 2 types of pitbull the fighting and show type and they doesn't even bark or bite anybody. Actually our pits are very sweet even to strangers. They just look scary because of their size specially the head. And believe that you're right that owners should have dog obedience training to suppress their wild side.
@harmonee (1236)
• United States
15 Apr 09
My dogs are the same way, no barking or anything. I joke that they are the worst guard dogs ever because they would welcome strangers into the house just to have another playmate.:)
• United States
16 Apr 09
LOL, mine is like that too! My husband and I laugh that if someone ever broke into our house, Scarlet would be there to greet them, tail wagging and all.
• United States
15 Apr 09
I personally have never had a bad experience with any pit bulls but i have heard stories about them. I started a discussion about almost the same thing not too long ago because I feel that it is all in the way that they are raised. I have a few friends that have had and raised both pit bulls and rottweilers and they were some of the nicest dogs I have met. i honestly don't think that all pit bulls are mean, most of the ones that are mean have been brought up that way to fight and such. I fully believe with you that they shouldn't be banned for bad ownership. There have been such dogs like poodles and others that have been bad because they are brought up that way and they are known as nice dogs so how can you honestly tell? Does that mean that we should ban all dogs?
@harmonee (1236)
• United States
15 Apr 09
It seems like every few years a different dog breed gets kind of picked on. I remember when I was little Dobermans were the bad news breed. I think things just get blown way out of proportion and misconstrued in the media.
• United States
16 Apr 09
My thoughts exactly! :)
@mariposaman (2967)
• Canada
15 Apr 09
Of course they should be banned. Pitbulls are a human invention for sport, there is nothing natural about a dog breed. They were bred for bull baiting, as we have outlawed the sport, we can outlaw the breed used for it. If we invented them we can un-invent them. There is no place for a vicious animal in modern society. The characteristics that have been bred into a pit bull are still there dormant even though they appear to be docile pets. All it takes is a perception that something or someone is a threat, or their wolf hunting instinct surfaces in their wolf brain and you have a disaster. That is why it is so easy for bad owners to stimulate the breeding that is there. True a lot of other dogs bite, but their bite does not lock down the same as a pit bull and do not have the strength. The ideal situation would be to license, train and insure the owner, much as car owners are licensed, and license the and insure the dog, much as cars are insured. Dog bites are a public health problem particulary involving children. Without a shift in attitudes towards dogs in our society, the only tool at hand to control an evident dog problem is with breed bans, as inadequate as they may be. We cannot spay and neuter the bad owners unfortunately.
• United States
16 Apr 09
All dogs are subspecies of wolves. So, basically, you're saying that all breeds should be banned. They all have "wolf instincts" if following your logic, correct? And also, since all breeds were invented, and many breeds are not currently used for what their original intention is, then we can go ahead and un-invent them too. Good luck with that. Let me know how that turns out for you. :) Furthermore, A) most people that report a bite as a pit bull bite don't even know the breed of dog that bit them, B) many bites by all breeds are not reported, and C) the media takes the "pit bull" attacks (which may or may not actually be pit bulls) and makes a huge media story out of it. If a lab tears a lady's face off (it actually happened somewhere up north), it only makes the local news, but if it is a pit bull (or thought to be), it makes national news. I agree with you that there is no place for a vicious animal in modern society. And an animal that is proven vicious should be euthanized. However, please do not group all of a particular breed into the same category. Pit bulls have gotten a bad rap through a string of bad ownership and media hype. While there are some dangerous bloodlines out there, there are many, many more that have produced normal dogs that are simply looking for good owners willing to spend the time with them to make them good citizens.
@spalladino (17925)
• United States
15 Apr 09
Your city most likely won't make you get rid of your dogs if they're registered, licensed and have had their shots. When I lived in Maryland our county outlawed pitts but they grandfathered in all of those who were registered with the county so that people didn't have to give up their pets. Just make sure your dogs are legal and you might not have anything to worry about.
@harmonee (1236)
• United States
15 Apr 09
That is reassuring to hear. Our dogs are all legal and up to date on everything, In fact we just got the youngest spade not to long ago. Hopefully if the ban goes through they will grandfather our dogs in.
• United States
15 Apr 09
I don't own a Pitbull but I do believe they have gotten bad raps due to the bad pits that are out there. But the reason they are mean is because of how they have been raised. I don't believe a dog can be born with meanness in them. It is people that cause them to be mean. It is a shame to. I don't think Pitbulls should be outlawed because they are Pitbulls. That is just nonsense. As you say maybe a compromise can be made. People are so fast to go off the deep end. Give these dogs a chance for pities sake.
• China
15 Apr 09
It is pit's fault, it's bad owner's fault. Thought I have no pitbull, I think the training is important. Bad owners should be outlawed.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
17 Apr 09
In truth I think that anyone owning any dog has to take responsible for it regarless of breed. They need to be either leashed or caged anytime their outside. Children shouldn't be allowed to walk them alone...if the dog does attack a child wouldn't know what to do where an adult would. As for pits specifically, while I don't think they should be banned I do think they need to beef up laws on them as well as any other dogs. [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS**[/b]
@cobra1368 (704)
• United States
16 Apr 09
Absolutely not! Not only do I own one myself, but I believe the media has blown this so out of proportion, it is ridiculous. There are people who shouldn't have these dogs, but those same people shouldn't have any dogs. The media chooses to report pit bull stories, because that is "news." Just like German shepherd attacks and doberman attacks were once popular news stories. They report what gets the highest rating. Pit bull stories make people's blood boil, so it's good "news." Most people couldn't pick a pit bull out of a lineup! There is a quiz online with a bunch of pictures, and you have to guess which are pit bulls. Almost everyone gets it wrong! Here's the link: http://www.pitbullsontheweb.com/petbull/findpit.html Pit bulls, or any bully breed for that matter, in the wrong hands are very dangerous animals. Their size and strength is part of what makes them dangerous. But like any other breed, they can be raised and trained to be well-adjusted, balanced, healthy happy pets. The rehabilitation and successful adoption of Vick's dogs is perfect testament to that. And many of those dogs had previously been faught! My pittie girl is not only the best dog I have ever owned to date, but she is smart, funny, sweet, absolutely beautiful, gets along with the cat, and loves every person she's ever met. She is a 55-lb baby. I also fostered an abused pit bull for a while that, even though he was severely neglected by his former owner, simply melted into your touch when you pet him. He would do anything for some attention. He was so sweet. I will definitely consider getting another pit bull when Scarlet is gone. She is the closest thing to a soulmate I've ever found in a dog.
• Indonesia
15 Apr 09
that's nice... help me so much
• Indonesia
15 Apr 09
that's nice... help me so much
• Indonesia
15 Apr 09
that's nice... help me so much
@anaknitatay (1335)
• Philippines
15 Apr 09
We have two pitbulls they are just like 2 rambunctious kids and are very adorable. Still, I can understand why these dogs were trained to kill because of the power of their bodies. However, I also believe it is the twisted owners of the pits not the dogs themselves that makes them dangerous. So maybe it is the humans not the dogs that we should regulate?