Aren't pit bulls banned in Cincinnati? Or was that repealed?
Just having read the headlines, it sounds like the police did what they needed to do. And dogs that maul children need to be put down. Shot by cops, removes some the the insanity where the nutters will try to rescue and rehabilitate the dogs. Send the head off and test for rabies. Cheaper than having some kind of a hearing to determine whether or not the dog is ordered euthanized.
See, this ticks me off. Some little kid is now disfigured, if she makes it. And that is the worst thing. But, it is also bad for other dog owners. When people don't bother to train and manage their dog, communities find they must enact laws that can impact all of us, because BSL is vilified so much that we cannot pass laws requiring people of the breeds with the worst record, it will be all of us. And if they do enact BSL, when choosing the breeds, they will lump our dogs with the pits and the rotties, maybe not to eliminate them, but to require that owners have specific fencing, muzzles, leashes, insurance and what have you.
Cincinnati had a breed ban against pit bulls about two years ago, but the law was repealed. Some of the surrounding communities still have pit bull bans.
Morally I am against breed bans. Though regrettably pit bulls are a problem, but I feel the problem is deeper than just the breed itself. It is the people that breed and raise and train dogs to be vicious. It is people that ignorantly and recklessly own dogs that can be dangerous.
Unfortunately many of the people that are attracted to the pit bull breed have the wrong motives and/or are reckless and too incompetent to own a dog, especially a dog that can be potentially dangerous.
Unfortunately there are many strays and many people let their dogs run loose. Unfortunately many dogs are not properly trained or properly socialized. So there are many timebombs and accidents waiting to happen.
Unfortunately the gangster/hoodlum type of people are attracted to the pit bull breed. Gangsters/hoodlums are cowards that fearfully band together and often have illegal weapons and/or pit bulls for defense, intimidation and bling. Pit bulls are often used to protect marijuana grow operations, drug dealer and fencing stashes, etc.
I was at a dog park just outside of the greater Cincinnati area, when a couple of hoodlums pulled up and started to train their pit bulls to attack humans between a dog park and a playground. It was a crude gangster version of Schutzhund. I called police. Even though the dogs were off leash right next to a playground and the owners were training them to attack people; the police officers only gave them a warning.
I think part of the blame for the dog violence should go to authorities. Many of the laws and enforcement often is nonsensical. My GSD service dog is often treated like a threat, yet vicious dogs are often allowed to roam the street, and gangs training dogs to be vicious are treated with kid gloves. Authorities need to better, more fairly and more reasonably prioritize their authority.
I got into it with the Hamilton County dog Warden, for bigotedly stereotyping GSDs as vicious dogs, yet allowing vicious dogs to roam the streets, and ignoring gangster types that fight dogs, and breed and train dogs to be vicious.
Part of the problem is much of the authority is corrupt, incompetent, prejudice and derelict. Often people that report crimes are threatened, harassed and slandered by authorities; yet criminals are often given a free pass. Greater Cincinnati and Hamilton County needs to clean house. Law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, etc. are often derelict of their duty, are often defiant of the law, often are incompetent, etc.
Greater Cincinnati and Hamilton County has a bad problem with illicit drugs, prostitution, and other criminal gang activity.
The dogs' owner, Zontae Irby, is in jail on drug and weapons charges. He is also charged with receiving stolen property.
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