A guest editorialist for the Mansfield, Ohio, newspaper Mansfield News Journal today writes,
If the likelihood and frequency to bite is what makes [a dog] vicious, then there are many breeds that should be banned as vicious breeds well before the pit bull [and where the author uses the word “pit bull” it would seem s/he is referring to the American Pit Bull Terrier], such as Chihuahuas and cocker spaniels, which have been at the top of the list for bite frequency for nearly eight years.
… If pit bulls are banned because of their strength and size and potential to inflict bodily harm, then there are numerous breeds that should be banned before the pit bull because the average pit bull only weighs in at 50 pounds.
Some of the top 10 most “vicious” breeds, according to The American Veterinary Medical Association, are Dalmatian, chow chow, German shepherd, rottweiler, husky and Alaskan malamute. If we continue to ban pit bulls, are German shepherds and Dalmatians next? Will we only be able to reference police and fire dogs by pictures to our children? And let’s not forget that The Little Rascals dog was a pit bull, as well. You may want to remove that movie from your children’s DVD collection next.
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