Since the late 80s, people have been going back and forth about the pit bull dog breed. It’s a bad breed. It’s not a bad breed. Pits are evil. Pit’s aren’t evil – the owners are.
I never really thought much about it one way or the other. They’re beautiful dogs to look at and I’ve been around many that were just sweet as they could be – kept them even. I’ve also seen some that scared me to death. So when happening upon Facebook pages or posts about the breed and whatnot, I kinda judged on a case by case basis.
Then ‘Mickey the Killer Dog’ mauled the entire right side of a 4 year old’s face. I saw a few posts about it and refused to read them because I knew it would make me mad. I ignored blog posts, videos, stories, anything and everything having to do with the case because I knew the animal rights cuckoo birds were in full throttle.
I knew because I have been at the receiving end of their hatred. Hatred for anyone who chooses a person over an animal. For several weeks, I was harassed via FB, email and snail mail for posting a picture that some thought LOOKED like abuse. A small side note here… I have never posted anything that shows animal abuse – unless it was to show how wrong it is. No picture I have ever posted has animal abuse in it. For 2 years after the picture posted I was still harassed through the mail. So, I avoided the Mickey story completely.
Last Wednesday, while waiting in the doctor’s office, the “Mickey” story came on the TV in the waiting room. Of course I was just absolutely disheartened to hear about it all, but I flipped my lid when I heard not only that the dog had an attorney, but the attorney (who is the epitome of every lawyer joke in existence) referred to Mickey as a “poor, innocent dog.”
WHAT THE HECK?!
I don’t care what side of the fence you’re on when it comes to euthanizing or not euthanizing it, the dog’s not innocent.
I *really* got drawn into the drama when I saw the love and outpouring for the dog was FAR more than the child. Support, love and a claim of ‘innocence’ for a dog that could do this to a kid – fault or no fault on the kid’s part. It disgusted me that ANYONE could defend a dog ripping off the entire right side of a child’s face, much less fight to get him freed.
It’s absolutely disgusting. But… I digress. (How much these ‘people’ disgust me has already been addressed. The comments on the story are astounding! Sorry, but the whole thing still discourages me that the human condition finds fault with a kid…)
So, because of all that – I started having people send me links and information and things about dog related deaths and breeds and so on. I was asked what I thought about pits, what I thought about BSL, and all sorts of things.
I have done a lot of reading, I have searched my feelings, I have thought about analogies I’ve used, how I’ve said for so long that it’s not the gun’s fault – it’s the person who hold the gun and tried to apply that same thought to these dogs. I’ve read statistics, I’ve seen what the experts say, etc.
I wanted to be fair. I didn’t want to jump on the bandwagon and hate a breed. I don’t want to hate pit bulls because some have killed anymore than I want to hate a specific race or group of people because they’ve killed.
The problem I’m having reconciling is one small fact that is really kind of huge.
In the United States, there were 32 dog bite-related fatalities in 2013. Of those 32 deaths, 25(78%) were caused by pit bulls.
That’s pretty alarming, but I was still on the fence until I learned that pit bulls make up only 6% of the entire dog population.
Yet, people insistently, intently (and angrily), state it’s the owner – not the breed.
Okay, well then… there’s still a problem. A problem that’s being ignored. Why are so many pit bulls going to bad owners? Why do so many bad owners want and have pits?
“It’s the breed”/”Its’ the owner”
It doesn’t really matter. Either way, — it’s a problem.
On Wednesday, a 4 year old girl – Mia, was killed by the family pit bull. It belonged to her mother’s boyfriend, who lived with them.
Nancy Grace was a bit vocal about it and shared a link to her broadcast on her Facebook page. She upset a lot of people and they were quite vocal in saying so.
The following are comments from the post Nancy Grace shared
And then, if you quote facts and sources, you get:
The ones on the Save Mickey page are even more disturbing…
The more and more I interact with and read the things animal cuckoo birds and pit owners say… The more and more I agree with them.
It’s the owners. Not the breed. CLEARLY it’s the owners breeding hate.
***Side note: It is no secret that I have little respect or tolerance for grammar correctors. It is why I do not point out grammatical errors on the internet. However, it doesn’t mean I am not grammar conscious. I am. I can’t help but notice the horrid grammar and spelling that accompanies the hatred and it troubles me. Is the grammar bad because they’re so angry or is it something more? *shrug* Hmmmm…
And there are those that continually post pictures of their dogs with children with captions of how safe their dog is. And they’re absolutely correct. The pictures are perfect examples of how safe their child is around their dog(s) — Until they aren’t.
And now, they’re both dead. Both paid for another person’s ignorance – with their lives.
Is it the breed? I don’t know.
Is it the owner? I don’t know.
What I do know is —there’s a problem.
These people that put the lives of animals before human life are disturbing. They’re sick. And they’re scary because they think this way. It’s …. Well, I don’t know —Perverse.
I’m spent, tired, and wrought with emotion thinking about them and their skewed beliefs. I just can’t do it anymore.
So, for now – and I hope ever, I am moving on. No, I’m moving away – and separating myself from this subject. The callousness of this breed, meaning the animal rights cuckoo birds breed, – is too much for me to comprehend. I have too much compassion for the lives of my fellow man and the innocence of children to tolerate them any longer. I just pray that they never have to choose between an animal and their child. Their animal and their child. Their animal and the child of a friend or loved one.
May God have mercy on us all.
Especially those who value animals over man.