Hampton, Virginia Woman Seeks BSL After Pet is Mauled
Editor’s note: Grief over the loss of a pet is one thing, but then why can’t Ms. Teets understand that the breed-specific legislation (BSL) she’s pursuing will potentially separate loving owners from their dogs as well? Indeed, if Ms. Teets can acknowledge that “not all pit bulls are like that,” then why can’t she understand that the BSL she seeks would force pet owners who love their pets just as much as Ms. Teets loved hers, to potentially give up their perfectly well-behaved, socialized, and loved dogs? Two wrongs don’t make a right. And in saying that “not all pit bulls are like that” she’s acknowledging that that non-existent “breed” she and others erroneously call “pit bull” isn’t actually inherently “dangerous” like she alleges; no dog breed is inherently “dangerous.” And just because a dog of any breed is dog-aggressive, it doesn’t mean the dog will also be aggressive towards humans or children in particular. So will Ms. Teets do the research? Will she try to find out if the BSL she seeks is efficacious? Here’s a hint. It’s not. Where BSL is proposed, dog bites/attacks don’t decrease.
From the Daily Press:
…Every time Encie Teets closes her eyes all she sees is a pit bull with her tiny pet dog in its mouth, shaking her.
This memory is accompanied by the sound of her own voice “screaming to high heaven,” as she describes it, for somebody to help her because the dog was going to kill her pet, Muffin. Teets was out walking Muffin early on the morning of May 29 when the other dog attacked, and Muffin died from her injuries later that night.
Teets, 77, is now trying to get tougher warnings put into place for potentially dangerous dogs…
Teets has filed a complaint with animal control about the dog attack. The pit bull’s owner has offered to pay vet bills and to get Teets a new dog, but she said that she worries a neighborhood child will be the next victim of a dog attack.
Hampton allows animals to be off leash as long as they are under voice command by their owners and prohibits the tethering of animals. Teets thinks there should be more precautions, especially for animals with a history of violent behavior.
“The law needs to be changed and I’m going to work very hard,” she said. “That’s what my mission is going to be. Pit bulls need to be labeled as dangerous dogs, and they need to have a sign posted on their property warning there’s a dog here that is not a friendly dog.
“They will say that not all pit bulls are like that, and I give you that. But none of us know when our animal will become vicious. I mean who knows what could trigger it.”
Leash, tethering and other regulations to restrict dogs vary by locality…
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