Yo, you dudes that own pit bulls, ya know they have a bad rep. Ya know they ain't going to get the benefit of the doubt. People are scared of pit bulls.
If you own pit bulls, German Shepherd Dogs, Dobermans, Rottweilers, ya have to keep them safe.
Ok, so this person had a relative dog-sitting. Obviously, that wasn't the right choice for this dog, and this dog sitting relative. I feel for the owner, but he needs to be upset with his relative or himself for entrusting his dog to an un-trustworthy relative.
I am not exonerating the police officer. I don't want to go there.
But there are just so many ways for a dog to get himself killed when he is running loose. If this dog was run over by a Mack Truck and killed, who do we blame? The driver of the Mack Truck or the dog sitter. If the dog got shot by a hunter or farmer, who do we blame? The hunter or farmer? Well, sorry. We have formidable dogs. We need to keep them safe.
If we do not feel comfortable leaving our dog with a relative, then we need to ante up and take the dog to a kennel if it is too long for the dog to be left crated or in the house.
Maybe we should beat the owner up for not training his dog sitter how to put a leash on the dog and take it out.
This dog would not be dead now, if someone attached to his owner would have been more careful, would have understood his job, would have been trustworthy.
So who should be responsible for training in dealing with dogs? Police Departments or dog owners. This would have never happened if the dog was properly contained. Everyone knows that people are afraid of these dogs. I have dogs people tend to be wary of. I got to keep them safe. That is on me.
My first GSD was hit by a pick up truck. Witnesses said he sped up to hit the dog. He did not stop. Who's fault was it? It was mine. My dog was running loose. My fault. Another driver might have avoided the dog, true. Another driver might have caused an accident trying not to hit my dog.
It is a whole lot easier for me to adjust my actions to keep my dog safe, than it is for the world to change all the drivers in the world to be safer, more aware, less eager to kill a dog. I can't do anything to change their actions, only my actions.
Just maybe if people would start containing their dogs properly, there would not be so many people trying to ban the breed.
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