One thing this columnist will not apologize for: I am a proponent of strict regulation of pitbull ownership, and would support a ban on breeding the dog altogether. Of all the brands of naive do-gooderism out there, its the “pitbulls are so sweet” crowd that infuriates me the most. These types love to say that pitbulls are “misunderstood,” or that “there are no bad dogs, just bad owners.” This is so stupid, especially as an argument against regulation. Sure, there are a bunch of well-trained, sweet pitbulls out there. And I would never advocate doing harm to any (non-ferocious) currently-living pit bull. But there is no good reason to continue breeding them. Like all modern domestic dogs, pit bulls are not a “species” that we preserve for preservation’s sake. They are the result of generations of intentionally breeding large, aggressive dogs with other large, aggressive dogs, originally to subdue large animals such as bulls.
Anywho, that’s a big, long introduction to the link to this story, which details testimony in the case of Erin Ingram, a young girl who was viciously mauled by a neighbor’s pit bull in Dekalb County, such that half of one arm had to be amputated, and she now has “limited function in her remaining arm.” It was an “accident” says the defense. Yes, like its an “accident” when my pet rattlesnake, who I let slither around the neighborhood, bites someone and they die.
From the AJC:
Eight-year-old Erin Ingram can be heard screaming on the 911 call, begging a neighbor to run her car over the two pitbulls mauling her in front of her Lithonia home.
“Please get them off of me! Please help me,” Erin is heard saying in the eight-minute tape. “They’re hurting me. Please run them over!”
[. . .]
“When one would come after me, the other would go back more after her,” [neighbor] Gaines-Poythress said through tears. “They wouldn’t let her go.”
The dogs also refused to release Erin after Police Sgt. R.B. Peeler ran at the animals and hit them full force with a metal baton. After repeated blows, the animals did stop the attack but did not back up, instead growing and snapping at the officer.
Misunderstood, indeed. Video below.