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Originally Posted by RainCoastMama
From Rowansmomma's link:
Breeds Involved (in fatal attacks)
Pit Bull and Pit-bull-type dogs (21%), Mixed breed dogs (16%),
Rottweilers (13%), German Shepherd Dogs (9%), Wolf Dogs (5%),
Siberian Huskies (5%), Malamutes (4%), Great Danes (3%),
St. Bernards (3%), Chow Chows (3%), Doberman Pinschers (3%),
other breeds & non-specified breeds (15%).
Hmm. Pit Bulls are almost double that of rotties, and 5% points HIGHER than the next type of animal. Stats don't lie. You were absolutely correct in doing what you did.
Originally Posted by janellesmommy
Too bad that scary woman is mad at you, but of course you had to protect your kids.
Are your kids black? If they are, that boy's comment should be taken as a death threat, and the police, not animal control, should be involved.
*HUGS* So sorry you are going through this.
Originally Posted by wildmonkeys
My kids aren't black, but many of our neighbors are so the comment seems very threatening to me. The family lives on the same block as a middle school with a very diverse population - there are many african american and other children of color who will need to walk past the house each day.
I found out from Animal Control that it is legal to have a dog off of the leash without a fence on your own property in my county --- this is true regardless of breed. I am not calling animal control because the dog hasn't actually DONE anything wrong.
As for the differences in breeds...I have given this sooo much thought over the past week. Rowansmommy mentioned that from her perspective working with dogs, poodles are more likely to bite than pit bulls...I guess the question is whether it matters as much if a poodle bites you??? Maybe the issue with pit bulls and other strong breeds is that they might be equally as likely to bite as a cocker spaniel or some other small high strung dog, but that they do so much more damage. All of the dogs mentioned in that article on fatalities were large...though some of the MOST popular large breeds (retrievers, labs, setters, etc) didn't make the list because my guess is that they actually are LESS LIKELY to bite. Not that I am saying they won't ever bite in any situation, but there is a chance that some breeds have "earned" their reputations.
Anyway, I will continue to not take my golden retriever to the bus stop and I agree with many of you that I really don't think it is a good place for any dog, but truthfully I wouldn't be afraid to see a poodle or other small dog there : I don't want my kids to get bite or end-up with stitches, but I don't think those dogs have the ability to kill or SEVERLY injure my children like this woman's dog does.
Thanks for all of the feedback --- I have never started a thread on MDC that so many people were interested in
Barney & Ben
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