Pit stop?

The Detroit City Council is currently reviewing a proposal that would require mandatory sterilization for all pit bulls in Detroit, as well as the immediate removal of pit bulls over 8 weeks old. The proposition also calls for a ban on moving any new pit bulls into the city; visitors with pit bulls would be required to have a license for the dog and $100,000 of liability insurance.

According to this article on eMedicine, 50% of dog-bite deaths in the U.S. are from pit bull-type dogs or Rottweilers, and dog injuries cost insurance companies billions of dollars.

The American Humane Society says that every 40 seconds someone in the U.S. seeks help for a dog-bite related injury, yet it and the CDC both say that prohibiting certain breeds may cause more problems than they solve — namely black market sales and problems enforcing the laws. (Especially since there is quite a debate when it comes to defining a pit bull).

What are your thoughts? Should the council prohibit “pit bulls” in Detroit?

7 Comments so far

  1. Tyler (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2006 @ 11:09 pm

    yes, they should be banned. Let’s face it, the majority of them are just trained attackers. I know a police officer who often has to kill these animals so he doesn’t get mangled when doing drug busts. It does not bother me the least bit to here that these animals may be banned from a traditionally dangerous city.

  2. Dermo (unregistered) on January 24th, 2006 @ 9:47 pm

    No, they should be licensed and chipped instead, so there is control over all those that are out there. If a pit-bull is not chipped, then it doesn’t belong to anyone and is illegal, and gets taken away.

    Also, where do you stop? Is a mutt with only half pit-bull genes a pit-bull. I know it’s regurgitating the same old line, but bad owners make bad dogs.

    A well-trained pit-bull is as well-behaved and mannered a dog as you’ll get.

  3. elizabeth (unregistered) on January 26th, 2006 @ 9:21 am

    this is a tough subject. pit bulls and other bully breeds are physically designed to do more damage with a bite than other dogs, so it is no wonder why so much focus is put on them…the problem with these dogs is not the fault of the dog, but that of the owner…a case of nuture vs. nature…this proposal attacks the breed when in reality, responsibility of ownership (of all breeds) is really what should be under review. bully breed dogs are amazing companions, unfortuntately, many horrible owners gravitate toward these types of dogs…

  4. max (unregistered) on January 26th, 2006 @ 12:11 pm

    maybe ban the people that want Pitbulls since a lot seem to be just caught up in the “thug life” image where Rotts & Pits are seen as tough guy badges of honor, same typ of people that have fish tanks full of Piranah, an aligator in their bathtub, a panther chained up in their basement and drape a python over their shoulders for a trip to Belle Isle. can’t blame the animal for it’s actions, it’s like giving a monkey a gun in my eyes.

  5. Michelle Touchtone (unregistered) on January 28th, 2006 @ 7:21 pm

    The problem is not the dogs, it is the ignorant owners. If we ban pitbulls, these vicious owners will find another breed to disrupt just as they have with the pitbull. Instead there should be strict laws, training, chiping, and manditory socialization and supervision required. I can even see the insurance liability. If all this is done, and actually inforced everyone will see that ignorant owners that give this beautiful rewarding breed this horrific name will not have the money nor give the time required and the problem will decrease immediately. Please have an open mind. If we kill every child of a parent with a misdemenor will this stop crime? dont think so!!!

  6. Tammy (unregistered) on February 5th, 2006 @ 9:40 pm

    I feel banning pitbull is another way destorying something beautiful. pitbull are not mean unless the owners make em mean. people should do sum kind of background check on people whom wants to buy pitbulls.please people understand that its not the dogs fault,its the people whom mistreat em badly. you people ever realize what the dogs go thought while its with a bad owner?the go without food,water,love,compassion.always tied up or beating badly.these dogs lost out on a chance in life.so please in ur heart despite the bad stuff about pitbulls, dont let people take away something that god put on this world for us to help us and be a mans bestfriend. so for everybody whom is protested agaisnt this worldwide banned,keep the good work up.

  7. My dog was attacked by a pit bull! (unregistered) on February 17th, 2006 @ 11:05 am

    My dog was attacked by a Pit Bull with no known history of agression. The breed is agressive and have no place in civil society. Put them all down.

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