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John D April 17, 2014 at 07:05 am
The pit bulls probably see all these kids that are getting attacked as small livestock. It isRead More definitely more innate than learned behavior. You don't need a "Behaviorist" to know that.
Mike Lee April 17, 2014 at 07:07 am
Good grief. Talk about killer instinct.
tribble April 17, 2014 at 07:18 am
In some western US states, livestock ranchers have absolute right to shoot an unknown dog on theirRead More land. Dog owners in those states are aware and make sure their pets don't get away. If they do and don't come home, the dog owners can presume the worse.
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Heather April 17, 2014 at 07:15 am
Star dot star the teeth marks of a pitbull are no different than any other breed. That comment justRead More shows how ignorant people are who try and knock a breed they know nothing about and have no real experience with and don't even know about dogs in general. Thanks for the laugh
Heather April 17, 2014 at 07:20 am
Hey John I think it's time you should just stop posting and shut your mouth . Everything you say inRead More my opinion are words of an old school, uneducated , backwoods NH hick. You are offensive and what you say shows your lack of knowledge. I have pitbulls and I would never imagine them fighting! I don't even want them playing rough with their toys. I also am a female and don't need a dog as a show piece or any other purpose than companionship. My dogs are like my children children and you are talking s%$@ about my kids and can't even support your opinions with facts and get your message across in a civil manner .
tribble April 17, 2014 at 07:22 am
#Shirley B. Backus. You aren't serious??!!. Maybe you've been over programed.
Mark Schieldrop (Editor) April 16, 2014 at 02:52 pm
Tony, if you could somehow remember to send me an e-mail when you post a new blog post. I sometimesRead More miss them and like to bump them up to the top of the page when I see them. It's mark.schieldrop@patch.com - regards
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Gretchen Robinson April 16, 2014 at 11:03 pm
the war on women is republicans trying to force women into involuntary servitude. I have flaggedRead More this vile propaganda. And will continue to follow up with patch to pull this idiotic post off here.
Gretchen Robinson April 16, 2014 at 11:07 pm
GOP, so stupid and tone deaf about how to reach young women (to brainwash them....to late DuckRead More Dynasty guys). So they went through Mitt's "Binders of Women" and found Phyllis Schlaffly who pitched her propaganda about how all women secretly want to marry men so they wouldn't have to work and could stay home and breed. Get this claptrap off PATCH.
joseph esposito April 16, 2014 at 11:23 pm
wo=MEN can be brainwashed? Oh? How credible are wo=MEN as voters, if they can be brainwashed? You'reRead More right about Phyllis Schlaffly's propaganda about how wo=MEN, secretly want to marry MEN so they won't have to work and can stay home and breed. Now wo=MEN secretly want to marry MEN so they can divorce them and take all their money, and yes still breed, and on the MANS paycheck!
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Linda C April 16, 2014 at 01:31 pm
Agreed but the problem we are running into here is at the end of the tragedy, you are told the dogRead More belongs to the child (usually a teenager) and the parents refuse to take any responsibility at all. Even to the extent of telling authorities themselves to put the dog down. It's disgusting the measures some take to avoid responsibility and get away with it! You are correct the laws are there for the law abiding citizens, the rest couldn't careless.
Jack Baillargeron April 16, 2014 at 04:57 pm
Doesn't matter, If the teen lives in the home or one the parents property they are responsible.Read More Their home owners insurance company can be sued as well. Putting the dog down does not negate the incident. It is like destroying the knife used to stab somebody. The stabber is still responsible. I am not a lawyer or anything like that but read enough cases and know enough victims as a Retired firefighter to know you can win on these things easily. Might not be able to get money from some of these people but you can get them banned from being able to own an animal again at the least in my opinion.
Jack Baillargeron April 16, 2014 at 05:05 pm
Would point out also that is the reason for getting leash law or town ordinances. They merely stateRead More the rule and have no age limitation. I have seen children walking a 40lb dog as young as 8 to 10. There is no way they could control that dog unless the dog has been very well trained along with the child being trained so the dog will obey it. Problem with society right now is that no one takes self-responsibility for their own action anymore (well any criminal activity or incidents like this). Idiot owners like to blame the dog also to negate their responsibility. Start throwing them in jail with sentences they would give to a person for doing what the dog does and you would have deterent. But there will always be some excuse. It sickens me to no end.
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Maya April 14, 2014 at 08:31 pm
Boss Hog I see you changed your subtitle from "telling the whole story" to "helpingRead More people make decisions". Was that because I pointed out the FACT that you were NOT sharing the "whole story"? Let me point out something else, your NOT helping anyone with you simpleton approach to a Blog. I get it, you don't like certain dogs. It's your choice and your opinion. Your NON blog is just a collection of stories written by someone else and pictures that have nothing to do with the stories you recycle. It it exactly this biased reporting of a collection of horror stories about people being attacked that creates a fear of these dogs. Not all bully breed dogs are evil and bad. I feel bad for the people injured. It's terrible. But you neglect to tell the OTHERSIDE of the bully breeds. I personally know many pitbull type dogs that do good things but unfortunately we live in a drama addicted society so happy stories don't sell. you are in no way helping anyone. Try actually writing more than five bullet points about a terrible story. It would be nice to see some real discussion. It's unfortunate that many people hate these dogs based solely on the news instead of based on personal experience. I used to be that person until I actually met several pitbull dogs.
Jeremy McHugh April 14, 2014 at 08:46 pm
Hi Maya- I hopped back on this thread for one purpose- you and others on this thread have madeRead More sincere, intelligent comments. But you are ignoring the cardinal rule of the internet: Don't Feed the Trolls. Boss Hogg is a troll. His biased presentation of one sided material, "culled" (pun intended) from a broad, unrelated array of news sources, is classic trolling. Remember: Trolling is not just for the comments! The whole purpose of a blog can be to troll for outrage, and pageviews, as seems to be the case here.
Gary Renfrod April 15, 2014 at 06:33 am
You people all should get a life. By definition none of you who speak out against pit bulls haveRead More any first hand experience with pit bulls let alone owned, or taken care of one. My pit mix is the best, sweetest dog ever. And he was the eighth of seven prior fosters - some good, others great. I know there are bad dogs out there, and pits like any larger dog are powerful. So when they're bad, they're dangerous - but there's nothing unique to the breed that makes them so. By the way, my cocker spaniel/beagle mix is crazy and dangerous.
Carl Petersen III April 14, 2014 at 12:19 pm
New York Patriot April 14, 2014 at 10:08 AM "First, we have to stay focused on the fact thatRead More the author of the article is a Liberal propagandist. He espouses a point of view distorted through the lens of a Liberalism he believes in deeply... However, if the discussion is an examination of why there is an over-population of African-Americans in our prisons, then the discussion of family values must be central to the solution." ___________________________________________________ I love it when people do not even bother to read the blog before commenting.
New York Patriot April 15, 2014 at 12:54 pm
Truth - Use plastic wrap. First, this will piss off the lefty environmentalists to no end. Second,Read More The recipients are very visual and like to see what they are getting for free from your hard-earned dollars.
Joe R April 15, 2014 at 04:08 pm
Wow, what happened. My comment was deleted, I think I was hacked.
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tribble April 13, 2014 at 05:40 pm
Yes, lawyers will give you a free consult and much to think about. I'd call for an appointment.
CtLynn5 April 14, 2014 at 02:41 pm
Why is it when a person commits an act of violence people blame the weapon, the environment, theRead More ciminal's educational level, their upbringing, etc. but when a pit bull is violent it is the dog's fault?
Brian N April 16, 2014 at 01:54 pm
This person clearly just wants attention for their "propaganda". The best thing we can allRead More do is ignore it for what it is and move on.
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paul April 11, 2014 at 05:04 pm
I lived on base while in the U.S.N. for many years and dog attacks in general were very rare. TheRead More reason? Because you could get in big trouble if your dog bit someone, like loss of rank, fined, extra duty, or kicked out of the military. The military has banned Pit Bulls on bases because they have a bad track record in the civilian world and an insurance risk.
tribble April 11, 2014 at 05:12 pm
Paul, do you follow military news? Have you seen the new navy missiles and the new stealth warship?
anon April 11, 2014 at 05:28 pm
#Paul, you bring up a great point there - that there are hefty repercussions for any dog attacks andRead More it forces people to be responsible owners and actually handle their dogs properly. The same cannot be said with the general public. Sometimes the owners may get a fine, but some don't even bother registering, fixing, or getting rabies shots. The fines for that are very minimal. I think your answer poses a big question - shouldn't we have more in place that reprimands the owners? In some states, an owner that abuses or neglects a dog can still own a dog if they choose.
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John Murphy April 11, 2014 at 12:04 am
The term pit bull is a generic term used to describe dogs with similar physicalRead More characteristics. Usually a "pit bull" is considered one of several breeds including the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Bull Terrier, or any mix thereof. In some parts of the world, the American Bulldog and Dogo Argentino are also classified as a "Pit Bull-type" dog, despite major genetic differences. Any dog that is mixed with a "bully breed"[citation needed] may also be called a "pit bull" including those that are descended from the English Bulldog, French Bulldog, Boston Terrierand Cane Corso.[2] The pit bull is not a distinct breed which may make it difficult for experts to identify,[3][4][5] and while mixed breed dogs are often labelled a "pit bull" if they have certain physical characteristics such as a square shaped head or bulky body type,[2] visual identification of mixed breed dogs is not recommended by the scholarly community.[3] So read and really think about it 6% come on the number is way higher than that for population.
Rachel April 11, 2014 at 12:22 am
I too would like to know what this Boss Hogg person's agenda is. What personal experience do youRead More have in animal rescue? It's apparent to me that they don't even know much about dogs in general. Do you have dogs? Are you aware of how many perfectly adoptable dogs are euthanized every day in America? Are you aware of how disregarded and abused dogs are in certain parts of the country? Are you aware of the dilemma of backyard breeding and inbreeding and how this contributes to the problem of aggressive dogs? What's your story, Boss Hogg? What do you *know* about dogs and rescue besides what you've googled on the internet to support your implied bias?
Gary Ortiz April 11, 2014 at 06:30 am
Again, I have owned pitbulls ever since I got bitten by one. My American bully has done extensiveRead More and Expensive training, If an owner isn't willing to put the time and effort into training and maintained training the dog, these breeds of dog revert to what they know. I didn't get my dog so I can have the Tough guy image, or so that people will be intimidated by me walking( that already happens). I got my dog and constantly(everyday) do some type of training with her because I respect the power they have. I've had children run up to pet her and she'll sit and allow them to pet her. I have socializeed her with every type of dogs, from show poodles to rotties, and because of all the training she has not once shown any type of aggression towards anyone or any animal. Most of the time she sit in front of me when someone comes up as to say she's waitning for me to say it's OK. or good girl. This blog is nothing more than a few google experts looking up stats, and facts. She is my protector and i am hers. So if you never owned a pit, then you can't really pass jugdement on those "idiots" or "pidiots" that do. I live in the area and anytime, anyone would like to see how a pit should act leet me know. It might just change your mind.Don't believe everyhting you hear or read about them and don't be scared, they might one day save your life.