I don't think dogs have rights. Well, other than the right to be protected by anti-cruelty laws. Dog owners have some rights. But as for walking an aggressive dog in the neighborhood, it really depends on the owner's ability to manage the dog. If the dog bites someone, then, the courts will determine whether the person may keep their dog alive, and whether there are any constraints on the dog, like, a muzzle when in public.
Should people believe when they see a halti collar or a muzzle (I know very different) that the dog is vicious? No, but people will believe what they want to believe, so some people will give it the stink eye. Like they give the stink eye to k9s, and to dogs in prong collars, or to the people that are using the correction collars, flexi-leads, flexi-leads with correction collars, and the whole nine yards. You cannot stop people from thinking the worst sometimes.
As long as the breed is not banned, and the neighborhood is not a gated community with a home-owner's association that bans the breed, then dogs should be able to be walked in the neighborhood, unless and until they bite someone. lf they do bite, and a bite report is filled out, then I think that animal control, as one of its functions, should be over there discussing with the owner, why the bite happened and what has to happen to ensure that it does not happen again. If that means muzzles, and training classes, and weekly visits to the doggy-psychologist for dog and owner, than that is what had better happen. Once a dog bites a person, its owner has displayed an inability/failure to manage the dog. At that point, the neighborhood deserves a plan for that dog that will prevent it happening again.
If you read through the list of dog's killing people, many, no, the majority of them have a history of aggression towards people. If someone someone, the dog warden, took a trip over to the home, and explained that to keep this dog you MUST do A, B, C. To walk this dog public, you will need... Dogs are not all the same, the dog needs to be assessed and a recommendation should be made to the court based on the assessment, and then the court should set down the requirements for the dog, and the owner, if in violation of these, needs to have clear consequences spelled out to them.
All of us dog owners are affected, directly and indirectly, by people who allow their animals to bite people. We need to push back somehow.
We can reminisce about how in the good old days, if we got bitten by a dog, our parents asked us what we did. That worked back then. It won't nowadays. I wish people would not equate responsible dog ownership with nicking the dogs' nads, and equate it with training, maintaining, and managing the dog properly.
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