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Monday, January 19, 2009

More from up North...

While we are talking about Skeldon’s work up in Lucas County… HERE is a great example (thank you KC Dog Blog) of what happens when you focus your animal control on policing ‘pit bulls’ instead of policing actual 'dangerous' dogs.
"A neighborhood is being held hostage by a pack of dogs, say some local residents. A woman's beloved pet was mauled to death; but this goes beyond dogs attacking other dogs. Neighbors fear children might become victims next..."
"Lucas County dog warden Tom Skeldon says he's investigated at least 10 complaints involving boxers and other non-violent breeds at the house over the last five years. They range from unlicensed dogs to dogs running the streets and dogs attacking other dogs. The owners were cited last week because two of the dogs didn't have licenses."
"Boxers and other non-violent breeds?" What exactly does that mean? Apparently as long as a dog is not a 'pit bull' everything is hunky-dory regardless of how the animal is allowed to behave.  I hope the folks up in Avon Lake are paying attention as they are currently tossing around legislation with breed specifics in it.  This is exactly what happens when you judge animals based on breed and not behavior.

1 comment:

Caveat said...

See, when a non-violent dog attacks, it's a non-violent attack. Get it?

These dogs are probably staging sit-ins and group down-stays. That's what non-violent breeds do when they're angry and want to make a point. Everybody knows that.

And just because Boxers were developed from the Bullenbeisser, and just because Bullenbeisser means 'bull biter' or 'bulldog' they aren't 'pit bulls' so are automatically ignored in Toledo.

From Wikipedia, a source I thought I'd never use:

"The Boxer is part of the Molosser dog group, developed in Germany in the late 1800s from the now extinct Bullenbeisser, a dog of Mastiff descent, and Bulldogs brought in from England. The Bullenbeisser had been working as a hunting dog for centuries, employed in the pursuit of bear, wild boar, and deer. Its task was to seize the prey and hold it until the hunters arrived. "

Sheesh. Why are you picking on poor old Skeldon? He can't help it if he doesn't do the logic thing and that's obviously not part of his job anyway or he wouldn't have held the position for so long.

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