Posted 18 October 2010 - 07:40 AM
Pot Odds RAC, on Sunday, October 17th, 2010, 8:09 AM, said:
If a human life or safety is in danger I could perhaps advocate pulling out and discharging a weapon in public - and I wouldn't second guess most people who did it to protect their pet from attack. However in most cases there are probably more appropriate courses of action. Any dog that shows dangerous aggression - particularly against humans - should probably be euthanized. Not just Pits. Even in the case of the cop's actions that I posted earlier in this thread there is some justification for his actions. As much as I hate to admit it. I've since realized I am second-guessing the Cop in that situation. But I think such decision making has been influenced by the Headline Bias I claimed in the OP. Instead of assessing the situation as a possible dog tussle which happens literally millions of times a day, many have been led to believe there is something more when it involves a "Pit Bull".
Well there is something more when it comes to a "pit bull" and that is the lock jaw that happens. Most dogs you can barrage with fists or yell at them or anything else ... with a Pit he has that damn jaw and you have to take more extensive action. and I hate to say it, but most people don't know what the hell to do in that situation. Looking back at what I dealt with it was crazy. If I hadn't been there to start yelling some sort of direction, I'm pretty sure that other dog would have been killed. The one guy who stopped to help was simply trying to hold the pit and trying to punch the dog, while the owners of the other dogs were just trying to hold onto their dog with a surprised look on their faces. No one knew anything to do. So I start yelling directions (albeit I guess they were the wrong directions) but then things started to happen and the little dog got free. Anyway, let me know if my thinking is wrong or not. I am not really biased against the dogs themselves because they can be great dogs ... but this is now the second time that I have been an eyewitness to a crazy pit fight.
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