Why is that every time we hear about a dog attack, we automatically assume it was a pit bull?
Well maybe because it usually is. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says that 75 percent of dog bites and fatalities involve pit bulls.
That number seems to be steadfastly increasing because it seems like there’s been a million attacks in the past six months. It’s mostly pit bulls from unlicensed owners who are unneutered, have rabies or are trained to be fighting dogs.
In one recent attack in Nassau County, a 62-year-old women was attacked by two pit bulls as she walked the track behind a Long Island school. Police warned residents to stay in their houses because one dog was still on the loose.
Another happened in Jacksonville, Fla., when a 14-year-old middle school student was attacked walking home from school. The bus driver and many other students claim the same pit bull had chased students getting off the bus many times before.
Also in Florida, a woman who was five months pregnant is recovering from an attack by two pit bulls who police believe to be trained fighting dogs.
When I heard about the Schenectady women who was attacked by three pit bulls this summer, it made me very scared. I used to walk by there, but no more.
These cases are so sad and tragic, and there will continue to be more unless change happens. Owners must take responsibility for their pets. That means no leaving gates or doors open, no making excuses like “Oh, they’ve never attacked before,” knowing how their dog behaves around other people and other animals.
If you know your dog reacts around a certain person or people, don’t bring them around them.
And most importantly, stop looking the other way. Nobody cares whether or not a dog has attacked before. They just care it never happens again.
If your dog attacks someone, you’re the one who has to pay the medical bills for the injured person, not the dog, because they don’t have jobs. Be more sympathetic, and stop defending your dogs. What if it happened to you?
The government also needs to do more to prevent these things from happening, like having a dog census for people to know who owns pit bulls and how many live near them. The number of people with unlicensed pit bulls needs to be controlled immediately.
Not all pit bulls are evil, but the ones that are learn it from somewhere. Owners need to be dealt with harshly so that the shocking number of attacks is severely decreased.
Not one more person, child, or animal needs to be attacked or even killed by a pit bull for people to open their eyes. This needs to stop now.