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Another Pit Bull kills a child

I'm still not convinced that these mutts are of any practical use around the house. P-B proponents argue that they are great for home protection, which sounds much like gun lobbyists. Of course the easy difference is that gun owners don't shoot themselves accidentally as often as these beasts turn on their owners ... plus they don't leave steaming piles of poo in the neighbor's yard. So I guess I'd rather have a gun.

Still, this is a tragedy and one for which the father (at least) should be prosecuted. This particular animal had bitten people in the past, so they should have gotten rid of it long ago. I've known wolves (Shane, for example ) with a sweeter disposition than most pit bulls.


Pit bull kills seven-year-old in Minneapolis Home
BY MARA H. GOTTFRIED AND EMILY GURNON

08/16/2007

A 7-year-old boy was attacked and killed by a pit bull in his Minneapolis home today, police said.

The dog had bit people twice in the past, said Minneapolis spokesman Matt Laible.

An animal control manager who has worked for Minneapolis for 17 years doesn't recall any other fatal dog attacks in that period, Laible said.

The male dog, named Face, was tied to a post in a basement at 3530 Humboldt Ave. N. when he attacked the boy, Zachary King, shortly after 1 p.m., said Minneapolis police Lt. Amelia Huffman. Zachary had severe bites to his throat area, she said.

The boy's father, also named Zachary King, tried to intervene and the dog bit him in the arm, Huffman said. The elder King then shot and killed the dog.

The father and son were taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, where the younger King was pronounced dead, Huffman said.

The father, 30, was treated and released from North Memorial, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Police haven't determined what caused the attack.

Animal control officers removed a female pit bull and five puppies from the home afterward, Laible said.

In 2005, Face bit a trespasser on the family's property, but because of the circumstances it was considered a "provoked bite" and didn't lead to action from the city, Laible said.

In 2006, Face left the family's yard and bit a man, Laible said. That bite was considered minor. The city's animal control department officially notified the dog's owner that any further incidents could lead to the dog being declared dangerous, Laible said.

A Minnesota Health Department study published in July found the number of people seeking treatment for dog bites in the state increased by 40 percent from 1998 to 2005.

The report also showed:

-- Children ages 1 to 4 were most often bitten.

-- Victims were familiar with the dogs in the majority of cases.

-- Bites occurred most often in the home (48 percent) and the yard (18 percent).

-- Attacks happened more often during the summer.

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It has everything to do with how you raise them.
People need to be held responsible for their animals.
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The province of Ontario banned them a year or so ago - you cannot breed or import them ....
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I agree with Greg completely, it is not the dogs' fault. It falls on the part of the owner to raise the dog correctly. One of my good friends and his wife have a Pit Bull that is the sweetest dog you will ever meet. He's never bitten anybody & he gets along with everybody (humans & animals). It's sad that the son died and my thoughts go to the family but it makes me wonder how well the family treated the dog.
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I agree with Greg completely, it is not the dogs' fault. It falls on the part of the owner to raise the dog correctly. One of my good friends and his wife have a Pit Bull that is the sweetest dog you will ever meet. He's never bitten anybody & he gets along with everybody (humans & animals). It's sad that the son died and my thoughts go to the family but it makes me wonder how well the family treated the dog.
Considering he was tied to a post in the basement, at least in the recent past he's not been treated well.

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These articles always make me sick----Why is it always pit bulls that get the bad rap instead of the owners---owners train their pit bulls to act this way---the parents deserve what they recieved for not having a pitbull but training the dog badly. as a pitt bull owner--if I even raise my voice at my pit bull she rolls over and starts peeing---And i rarely raise my voice-----These animals are remarkable alerting the owners to everything that is not right---The owners should be put down as well as the violent animals epecially after repeated attempts
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you make it sound as though it were a black/white issue. it is not. as with any
living thing, there exists genetic imprinting and the degree of which varies. not
all dogs are created equal. not all pitbulls are born prey drive and aggression
neutral. to opine that it is all in their upbringing is naive. in truth, it is really
a combination of a variety of environmental and genetic influences.

when a breeding takes place much of what is passed on has to do with dominent
and recessive genes which are present. i would submit that most breeders know
little....or spend much time documenting the behavior of the mated pairs, or research
the lineage. thus, the progeny will be predisposed to whatever has been passed on
and then possibly enhanced through upbringing.

no knowledgeable dog owner will really dispute that certain breeds are predisposed
to certain traits. it's inherent in their breeding.

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You can say that it is not always the dogs fault - but dogs are bred for specific puposes - and through history they were various working roles, defense toles, hunting roles etc - Pit Bulls were bred for none of those - they were bred for to the death dog fighting -

They were bred for those massive jaws - their jaws actually "lock" in place when they get a full grip (which is why you can pick one up right off the ground if it is holding something in its jaws. Their Jaw strength is 1000's of lbs per square inch & they can actually shred an inflated car tire

So while abuse can be an issue - the things were not bred to be saints .....
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