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November 22, 2009

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selwyn marock

This Skeldon is a real Arrogant S.O.B,He mentions that there are now children that need adopting,hope he is not planning on moving in that direction,maybe he will link up with his old pal Bryant who I beleive is now trying to keep the public safe from Cyclists.Good Riddance to both these Scumbags.

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EmilyS

oy.. glad to see that "pit bull type dog" get recognition.. .but how the heck does KC Human know how a stray dog got its face chewed up?? It really doesn't serve any purpose to constantly assert that all dog-on-dog injuries result from one dog being "bait" for a socalled fighting dog

Dan

Good point Emily - perhaps the media isn't the only place that seizes on things that surround the "pit bull" mythology to support their agenda...not that these things don't exist, but perhaps they are not as prevalent as, say, a dog that just got into a fight with another dog, or a raccoon.

I was rereading some parts of The Political Brain again, and came across LeDoux's work on how the amygdala allows us to react to fearful objects, essentially bypassing reason. This was mentioned in the recent series on fear on this blog.

It is possible that fear, or at least fear of a particular kind of dog, isn't the big monster in all of this. Talking with people during a recent call to ban "pit bulls" I heard people get up and talk about how dangerous "pit bulls" are and how scared they were.

But when I talked to them in private it was a different story. The three women I spoke with never mentioned fear after the fact - instead their motivation was more about doing something to a neighbor they did not like or hated, and wanted to cause them some massive discomfort or make them move. One was a postman who had been bitten by a dog that jumped over a fence. When asked, he thought they should ban all dogs over 30 lbs - not because he was afraid, but because then he wouldn't be "inconvenienced" (his word). The council people I talk to aren't afraid either - they are just responding to voter concerns.

What if most of this is more about gaining power over a neighbor, or a group of people you don't like? After all, "everyone knows that it is gang members that own pit bulls". (What gang do you belong to? Mine is the "senior discount club". I am working on a hand sign.) Most of these folks in towns like Denver or Toledo or Prescott seem to be making decision based on the idea that it is only going to affect people they don't like. As soon as they start thinking they are only affecting "those people" it becomes very easy to pass a law limiting "their" freedom. Where does Rachael Ray live? Maybe they should try that there?

It may be about fear, but fear of "those people" rather than the dog, which would make it a civil rights issue. It is important to distinguish, because you have to know what you are fighting to use the most effective tactics.

So, for example, a few owners have their dogs seized by the town of Prescott. A national legal fund is set up to fight the town into having to do DNA tests, delaying the process and running up their expenses, etc (you might lose, but there is some precedent). Along with that you do a little public education and, just maybe, you create an opening to help the town understand that it is human behavior they must target, not using racism to try and solve the issue. If it is a civil rights issue, you might have a chance. If they are truly afraid, you have a much more difficult road ahead.

It makes me sad to think about the person in Prescott, maybe more than one, who is feeling very frightened and alone right now. They are probably sitting on the sofa with their perfectly good bull/terrier type of dog, in tears because they are feeling the weight of a government about to come and kill the only pair of eyes that cares whether they live or die. And it won't make the community safer.

Brent

Emily,

I could go on and on with examples of what you're talking about. Yes, there is a major difference between a "fighting dog" and one that may have gotten into a fight. For all the talk about "bait dogs", I can say that we really don't have much in the way of dog fighting in our area. We really don't see a lot of obvious fighting dogs, and haven't had a real dog fighting conviction in years. And yet, a lot of the rescue groups continue to put any beat-up looking 'pit bull' as a bait dog...and it drives me crazy.

Aimee

I would be curious to see a picture of the "stray Malinois" that bit the girl in the face. This is a breed that is constantly misidentified. A good majority of "Malinois" in shelters and that are found as strays are generic prick eared fawn dogs with black masks.

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