What a Good Dog

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The owner of a small dog that was mauled as it protected children from a pitbull attack says he’s reluctant to get a replacement while unsecured dogs roam his town.

George, a nine-year-old Jack Russell terrier, was put down after being savagely attacked by two pitbulls in the Taranaki township of Manaia on Sunday.

George was walking into town with a group of children who lived next door when the pitbulls rushed the group, heading for a four-year-old boy.

The boy’s 11-year-old brother, Richard Rosewarne, said George started barking and rushed at the pitbulls as the children ran away.

IMHO, pitbulls should be banned. Like automatic weapons, they cause a disproportionate amount of casualties.

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2 Responses to “What a Good Dog”

  1. Tom Hopwood Says:

    Of all the articles published by the media suggesting pitbulls should be banned or even witch-hunted and killed, non have so far been supported by sound research. Even worse, the majority of it is based on ‘public opinion’, often drowned out by the voices of overzealous radicals who by the sounds of it have not even owned a dog.

    Before such grand measures should be taken, researchers need to look at what role the owners of the offending dogs play in the attacks. Dogs are after all trained to be pretty much whatever we want them to be. A labrador for example will attack anyone if mistreated or trained to be aggressive. Dogs are aggressive by nature and if that side of their personality is nurtured then that is what they will display in their behaviour. We need to be looking at what the owners of the dogs are like and how they have treated their dogs before pointing the gun at the dog.

    If society goes down the path of banning everything that humans are responsible for keeping under control, even humans will not be allowed to roam. Along the same lines of banning dog breeds, perhaps we should also be banning those ethnicities which exhibit the most violent tendencies. Well, of course we shouldn’t, so instead we look for reasons behind the offending and try to prevent it.

    Perhaps a more measured approach could be taken before we start banning species. How about licensing for dog ownership and handling for owners of the most aggressive species ie much like gun licensing/ownership?

  2. kiwiinamerica Says:

    Hi Tom. Good to hear from you. Where are you these days?

    Licensing owners of notorious species sounds like a good idea.

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