It's been an odd week in the dog-world. Pretty much every story out there is about Michael Vick, or in response to the Michael Vick craziness (more on that tomorrow). But there are a few stories of note for the week.
They have a weird city ordinance that if there are over a certain # of dog bites in the city, and one "breed" of dog are held accountable for over 40% of them, they will put restrictions on those types of dogs. "Pit bulls" now qualify following the third attack attributed to a pit bull in two days.
A woman was walking her five dogs when a couple of them got loose and attacked a man and his young son.
The dog attacked and bit two officers, and several gunshots were fired. This of course in Ontario, which banned "pit bulls" last year with the "logic" that these types of events would be prevented.
Dallas thieves walked through an unlocked door and stole a young man's computer that he was playing video games on and his four puppies.
Again, that ban in Ontario is working how?
Nine year old bitten by pit bull in Louisville
The dog was left tethered and the girl got too close to the dog...I can't imagine how frustrating it would be to be on a chain while everyone is playing and not allowed to take part.
Two quotes that really stand out in this one. From the girl's uncle: "The girl received significant and potentially life-threatening injuries to her face" and "At this time, her injuries are not life-threatening, but they were certainly serious at the time"
It's amazing to me that all of these animal experts stand up and report truths about what "pit bulls" are really like and that BSL doesn't work, etc, and yet, city council's continue to ignore the people who know the most about the topic. I will never understand that.
$50,000 bail. I hope this guy goes down hard.
He was apparently seen violently beating three of the animals with a stick. The dogs were reported to be very timid and fearful when the authorities arrived.
The council still is against BSL "Why would we vote to pass something that’s going to get us sued the same day we pass it?” said Bones Addison, City Council Member. It's pretty amazing that an animal control officer is pushing for BSL, that's not the norm.
An interesting article from an undercover reporter on the inside world of dogfighting. I will note that this type of organized dog fight is actually a small part of the dog fighting world, as most of the dog fighting isn't this well organized, and most of it is much more street level. But it is an interesting look into the world of organized dog fighting.
16 years after the ban in the UK, they're still able to find "pit bulls" for sale for between 300 and 1000 pounds (approximately $450-1500). And yet, the UK is used as a model of a place that does BSL...
Realizing that people who abuse and mistreat dogs are usually involved in other illegal activities.
They admit that it's difficult to enforce a ban on "pit bulls" if you don't know what one looks like....
Apparently the city's animal control officer stepped down, so the mayor went out on an animal control call. He was knocked down by a pit bull and cracked his skull on the sidewalk. Turns out that he's going to be ok.
The restrictions aren't overly restrictive, but this thing is going to be impossible to enforce.
Wyoming and Idaho are the only two states in the country that don't have felony laws for dog fighting. Hopefully the Vick case will raise this awareness to change this in these states.