Double3 wrote:Stryker74 wrote:ArmyAndNavyVet wrote: Pit bull owners need to be put on official notice that it's not okay for such a potentially dangerous dog to be loose. If a pit bull comes into my yard, I will assume it's coming for me and protect myself. I will not allow it to get close to me.
This is a tender spot for me. I am a firm believer that breeds are not born "dangerous". The temperament of an animal is based on its environment, and how it is treated. Any dog, and any breed, can be vicious if they have been mistreated or abused.
I have seen Chihuahuas that seem darn near rabid in nature to strangers - but you probably wouldn't consider shooting one of those if it came toward you.
My dog is part Mastiff - and the biggest sweetheart around. (Chuck can attest to it!)
I have friends that have Pit Bulls - and they are completely docile and loving pets.
You might as well be saying that everyone that owns a gun is going to go shooting into a crowd when you draw those type of conclusions.
Edit to add: Anyone else remember when German Shepherds were the dangerous breed? Followed by Dobermans, then Rottweilers got the bad rap....
Oh no a scary looking dog. Better pull out my gun!
Until you've been charged by a snarling, growling pit bull you have no idea. I've not only had that happen (and darn near had to shoot it) I've also seen the aftermath of a mauling by a dog. I will *not* let that happen to me or my loved ones.