Wednesday, June 23, 2010

From My Google Alerts- June 20, 2010

Pit bull recovering after being shot by Ridgefield Park cop during dog mauling incident

RIDGEFIELD PARK – A patrol officer responding to a dog mauling on Friday shot a pit bull when it lunged at him, a police spokesman said Wednesday.
The pit bull was one of four owned by the person who called the police about the mauling. The one that was attacked died and the one that the police shot survived; the other two were taken to an animal shelter. While it didn’t sate the sexes of the dogs, I wonder if they were males and unneutered.

Official: N. Arizona deputy forced to shoot and kill aggressive pit bull

FLAGSTAFF, AZ - Authorities say a sheriff's deputy was forced to shoot and kill a dog behaving aggressively in a Flagstaff-area neighborhood on Wednesday.
According to a Coconino Sheriff's Office news release, around 8:40 a.m. a woman reported she was being attacked by a vicious dog as she was standing in the street in a Doney Park neighborhood.
The victim told deputies she was walking with her 3-year-old child in a stroller and her dog on a leash when a dog described as a pit bull ran out of a yard and approached her and the child in an aggressive manner.
The dog reportedly lunged at the stroller, biting it and locking its jaws on it. The woman said she struck the dog with a metal rod she was carrying and eventually the dog released its grip and ran back to the porch of the residence.
The deputy tried to contact the dog's owner at the residence, but according to the report, he was not able to enter the yard due to the dog's aggressive behavior. At one point the deputy reportedly had to run back to his vehicle for protection.
When contacted at work, the dog's owner told the deputy she would not be able to return home until 3 p.m.
An animal management officer was called to tranquilize the dog.
According to the report, several neighbors familiar with the dog arrived and the dog left the yard again and aggressively ran at the neighbors who were standing in the roadway.
The deputy reportedly placed himself between the dog and two bystanders and the dog continued to charge the deputy.
At that point, officials say, the deputy was forced to shoot and kill the advancing animal.
First, the article says, “a dog described as a pit bull.” I would like to know what their description of a pit bull is.
As for the owner, she is an idiot; if she was at work that dog should not have been in the yard alone. This happened at 8:40am and the owner said she couldn’t be there until 3pm. She obviously didn’t give a shit about her dog or anyone else for that matter.

Supervisors seek pit bull spay/neuter ordinance

Published: Thursday, June 17, 2010 7:52 PM CDT
An ordinance requiring all pit bull and pit bull-type dogs in the unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County to be spayed or neutered will be considered by the Board of Supervisors on June 22.

“The public is clearly concerned about the overpopulation of pit bull-type dogs in our county. This ordinance will control the pit bull population and keep the county from having to house and eventually destroy so many of these dogs,” said First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt, who worked with the county’s Animal Care & Control Division to create the proposed ordinance.

The ordinance would require all owners of pit bull and pit bull-type dogs over the age of 4 months to have their dogs spayed or neutered. Additionally all such dogs used for breeding and housed in a licensed dog kennel will be required to be licensed.

State law (California Health and Safety Code Sections 122330-122331) prohibits any breed of dog from being deemed potentially dangerous or vicious. However, the law allows local agencies to enact breed-specific programs for spaying and neutering to control over-population.

“Our ultimate goal is to make San Bernardino County a safe community for residents and their pets. This ordinance goes as far as state law will allow us to go in addressing an issue that is clearly of great concern to the public,” said Third District Supervisor Neil Derry, who also worked with Animal Care & Control to create the ordinance and is co-sponsoring it with Supervisor Mitzelfelt.

Pit bull-type dogs represent about 20 percent of all dogs admitted to county animal shelters. They are one of the top three breeds impounded at county shelters and are the number one breed to be euthanized.

“The objective is to decrease the number of pit bull and pit bull-type dogs running at large in the community, and reduce impounds and euthanasia of this breed while decreasing costs to tax payers,” said Brian Cronin, division chief for Animal Care and Control, a division of the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.

Pit bull owners will be required to spay or neuter their dogs within 30 days of implementation of the ordinance. Animal Care and Control will help pet owners comply with the ordinance by offering humane education and spay-neuter vouchers to those who are eligible.

For more information or to access San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control services call 1-800-472-5609, or visit the division’s website at
Seems fair to me; still, why not take it one-step further and make this the requirement for ALL dog breeds.
While the implementation of this new ordinance may have some impact on the overpopulation, the majority of dogs  in shelters were bred by those who didn’t care enough about their dog in the first place so why would they comply in the future.

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