Yes, I know. This is talkback radio stuff. But, another young life needlessly torn apart, with permanent psychological as well as physical injury.
The police are investigating laying charges against the owner. Is that supposed to make us feel better? It doesn’t. As one totally unrepentant dogowner put it on the weekend, whilst walking his new dog in the very park in which his former dog mauled a little girl five years ago, “I can have 10 dogs if I like.”
There is more that we can do. I was in the UK in 1991 when the politicians there decided they’d had enough. In the UK (amongst other measures):
- You cannot own or keep a Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino or Fila Braziliero, unless it is on the Index of Exempted Dogs and complies with strict requirements (it must be neutered, and kept muzzled and on a lead in public). It is also an offence to breed from, sell or exchange (even as a gift) such a dog, irrespective of whether it has been placed on the Index of Exempted Dogs.
- Any dog is defined as dangerously out of control if it injures a person or if it behaves in a way that makes a person worried that it might injure them. The maximum penalty for allowing your dog to be dangerously out of control is two years imprisonment, a fine, or both.
Has this approach worked? It’s difficult to tell, as it will still be some time before these breeds disappear from Britain. But that there are only 1,000 pit bulls left in the UK is heartening.
Even if the problem is cultural — they’re a macho status symbol for men with small dicks — having dogs that can be trained to be particularly violent and aggressive is a key part of the problem.
I say, let’s get rid of them.