Vicious dogs should be banned

March 31, 2010
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The Board of Aldermen has put more teeth into an ordinance governing vicious dogs in this city.

The ordinance does not go far enough in our opinion.

Pit bulls should be banned from public parks and spaces – and in fact, they should be banned entirely in the city.

The identification of a dog as vicious, in most instances, is usually about pit bulls.

Beagles, aren’t vicious. Labs aren’t vicious. Even German Shepherds aren’t vicious.

Pit bulls are vicious. The people who raise them and who walk them with heavy chains and who us them for personal protection do not aid in making the streets and parks safer.

Pit bulls inside homes are a danger to children and to the elderly.

In Lynn last week, a great grandmother, 76, was mauled by a pit bull.

The pit bull was put down as a result – and as a result, that particular vicious animal will never again attack a grandmother or maul a child.

Animal lovers are generally appalled about calls for banning certain animals.

After all, they point out, animals are a bit like people.

Some are vicious and some aren’t.

All animals shouldn’t be judged by the actions of some animals.

Pit bulls are largely responsible for more mauling of innocents than any other dog in Massachusetts.

They are a dangerous, vicious breed and we’re sorry to say, they reflect the general tendencies of their owners in many, many cases.

The owner of the pit bull that mauled the 76-year old great grandmother hid from police and tried to pin the ownership of the dog on his mother.

This was a very nice touch.

Then the pit bull owner tried to pin the mauling on the elderly woman, who, they claim, entered their apartment without knocking, which caused the pit bull to maul her.

Pit bulls were once a favored breed in America – but not anymore.

All pit bulls aren’t vicious and dangerous – just most of them.

The aldermen are right to re-visit dog rules and regulations for vicious dogs.

When you think about it, some people we know should be categorized the same way as dogs, as vicious individuals and removed from the general public in the name of public safety.

Pit bulls are vicious maulers. If you see one coming toward, get out of the way, because there’s a good chance the next one mauled will be you or one of your loved ones.

  • Anonymous

    I am a survivor of a violent crime, I have my dogs professionally trainned to protect me on command only. I could not possibly understand the fear and rage people have toward pit bulls but, I would like to try. There are two sides to every story, it is not fair to be unreceptive toward what truly responsibe owners have to say. The olnly way this problem will be solved if we all come together as people to solve this problem responsibly and peacefully. Banning my breed has not only proven inaffective but, you will be killing my dogs which are not a threat to the public, Unless of course someone tries to assault me again.

  • Kkarley_7

    Just because someone usess a chain collar or leash does not prove that the dog is a danger!
    Pit bulls have been a mixed breed from breeders though out the years…. but that does not mean they the bread are a danger.. There are many dogs who are agressive, and potentilly a danger but its not the WHOLE breed to blame. its the living situation, the training, the owner…. and for that i dont believe the pitbull breed should be banned from any city, if thats how you feel lets start going back to being racist against people because of their skin. Animals can’t speak for themselves so we have to do it for them

  • Integrity?

    I certainly hope this isn’t presented as an actual factual “article”. Could you please cite your sources for pit-bulls being “maulers” above other breeds such as German Shepherds or Chows? Could you cite your sources for % of dogs in massachusetts that are pit bulls vs. % of dog bites committed by pit bills? This article is frankly an abject failure and a piss poor example of journalism. I’m almost certain I could craft a more effective piece and I’m a bloody software developer.  This is the first article I’ve seen from this paper and if the rest of it is anything like this, it will be the last.

  • Poor, Illogical baby.

    My aunt was viscously attacked by a German Shepherd. I believe all German Shepherds should be put down. They are bred to maul and attack people.

  • Mimick

    you know you should pay better attention not all pitbulls are vicious. ive seen a german sheperd maul a person just for walkin down the street so get your friggin stats streight dufus

  • One of the best dogs I ever owned was a German Shepherd. Had her 13 years. Very smart. Very friendly, BECAUSE I TRAINED HER THAT WAY!!!!

  • Harve, you are full of ****. All you spout is the same old garbage straight off of the dogsbite.org page. Cut and paste is what you do. I have a cut and paste for you.

    “After a high-level attack, Disassociation sets in. This usually lasted for about two weeks. During this time, I was incapable of looking at anyone directly. Relating conversationally to people, even my close friends, was like the disorientation of going deaf. I watched their lips move, but only heard parts of sentences, and sometimes no sentences at all. I was a mild catatonic, dressed up as myself.”

    “My boyfriend, who lived with me, got the worst of it. I would slingshot from a stupefied state into one of aggression, especially if he approached me from behind. “F*** YOU!” I would shriek. “Don’t you EVER come up behind me without announcing yourself.”

    ***Keep in mind that this is precisely why she was bitten herself. She spooked a dog by running up behind him and passing him and his walker on *his* side instead of the side of the walker. Hello Kettle, I’m Pot.***

    “One of the greatest fear’s I have now is: What if my medication stops working? But because I am on medication, I only have this thought once, then it floats away, like I have just let go of a balloon. There doesn’t seem to be a downside to taking the pills. And my boyfriend, without hesitation, says that I should keep taking them.”

    She always portray pitbull owners as crazy people, yet she herself is a self-admitted paranoid psychotic that has to take medication to keep from over generalizing to the point where she cannot function in a normal society.

    The comments in the quotation marks are all from Colleen Lynn, founder of dogsbite.org. This is the person that you are following Harve. This is the so called EXPERT on BSL. Your own site has the same cut and paste garbage on it that hers does. BSL will become a thing of the past,. And don’t claim that you are trying to “help” pitbull owners, when all you are trying to do is kill them off one at a time. You make me sick.

  • Nomad Wanderer

    dog bite.com is worse as far as one sided ignorance goes.”pit bull type dog” is that a breed? i am just not impressed
    MY A.S.T (pit-bull) is,
    .A.K.C./C.G.C test passed

    training as a “service animal
    trained for medical duties
    visits hospitals/loves kids
    has a fan club
    is under two years old.
    HOWEVER;
    i watch him and never leave him with kids or strangers
    never let him play with other dogs in wreck-less abandon
    keep in mind dogs are an animal

  • Shadow Saint

    believe it or not pit bulls are not the problem. it is an ownership thing, and your wrong about your intro. Many German Shepherds have killed that’s why they to are on a dangerous dog list. I have owned and been around many dogs. I would say its up to the owner as well as those at dog parks to recognize aggressive behavior. Trust me I see many dogs even Labs sometime show this. an owner of a dog that does show aggressive tendencies should stay away from these areas. always walk their dog on a leash never off leash, and use special devices as needed to maintain control over the animal. Beagles are a hunting dog also bred to kill animals in the wild. can be very vicious. but due to the size may not pose risk to an adult but a child is a different story. also spaniel breeds get Sudden Onset Aggression. Causing those dog breeds to go into attack mode even on their owners. this cannot be corrected through training. it is neurological. Early training is a must for any dog. what may be cute behavior when they are small could be very bad when they get bigger. If you go through 1 class of puppy training at petco, and call it enough your an idiot. training is constant, and if you let your dog become bored like pit bulls will without enough exercise. they will lash out at you. if you rather be on facebook all day or watch tv all day get a lazy dog. not an active one, or one you think looks cool. P.S. this is America and I should be aloud to have whatever damn dog I want inside my house. and if something happens I guess I will have to man up, and take blame. Because I was the one that failed as an owner. not the dog

  • Payton Kirby

    EXCUSE ME?! Are you kidding me? You’re completely ridiculous and ignorant. I have not had a pitbull, but my neighbor has one, she always charges up at me, and guess what she does, SHE LICKS MY FACE, SHE DOES NOT BITE MY FACE, but gentle loving licks, to show that she is a lovely, sweet and caring dog! and your just a monster. a sick, ugly, cruel. infact, I don’t think the vicious animals should be killed, I think the vicious animal harming cruel people are. Instead of Blaming the breed. BLAME THE DEED! your stupidity hurts me.