If your dog bites a police officer, chances are that your dog is going to get shot. That’s unfortunate, but that’s a fact of life. If you don’t want your dog to get shot by the police or you want to have a credible way to dispute the police officer’s account of what happened, keep your dogs in the house where you can control them and witness the police’s behavior.
Knoxviews has a post this morning about a Knoxville police officer who shot a pitbull that bit him. It just got me thinking that you could almost make a checklist for these kinds of incidents.
1. “Pitbull” as a term used very loosely to mean “scary dog of terrier extraction.”
2. Intact male.
3. Dog unsupervised outside.
4. Dog chained up unsupervised outside.
5. Inadequate shelter for dog.
6. Owners of dog insists dog is friendly and no one has reason to be afraid of dog and yet owner seems to have taken great lengths to ensure dog
a.) appears scary
b.) absolutely cannot get off chain
7. Owners involved, even tangentially, in illegal activities.
Shall we check this incident against the list?
1. Eighty-five pounds? Short legs? Thick fur on his chest and upper body? Didn’t we just used to call those junkyard dogs? Please, this is a pit bull in the sense of it being a large dog of terrier extraction.
2. That appears to be a testicle peaking out in the picture of Kobe.
5. Plastic hut does not cut it. Other than keeping the rain off them, what does that do?
6. Look at the size of that chain. Kobe was supposed to be a scary dog. Is anyone surprised when he acted like a scary dog?
7. Appears so.
I only have one quibble with CBT over at Knoxviews. S/he* says “I sometimes feel sorry for responsible pit bull breeders and owners who treat their dogs with proper care. These dogs are more aggressive by nature, but so are other breeds.”
Sing along with me, folks, “Pit bull is not just a breed, it’s a type, and a job description.” “Pit bulls” when you look at the number of bites and attacks they’re responsible for and then consider how many breeds of dogs (and mutts) which get called pitbulls and average them out, they’re not biting or attacking more people than other dogs their size with similar temperaments.
It’s like this. Say you were tracking girl bites. You noticed that Susans bit 6 men a year on average. LaTonyas bit 5. Marias bit 10. Jennifers bit 15. And Phillipses bit 60.
Well, damn, it would look like us Phillips women were problem biters. But, if you consider that there are twenty different women all considered Phillipses, the numbers start to look different. Bs might bite 10 folks a year. As might bite 12. Cs might bite one. Ds might bite 20. In other words, if you counted us the same as you’re counting everyone else, you’d find our behavior is very similar.
But because we’re convinced that it’s the Phillipses who are the problem, we count them in a way that reconfirms their problem status.
I believe it was Say Uncle that pointed this out–I’m going to give him credit for it any way–more than breed, more than training, more than upbringing, the one overarching consistancy in dog attacks is the dogs are usually unneutered males.
That’s a problem that’s easy enough to solve.
Fix your dogs, folks.
*Yes, I did use that formation just to annoy you.