Oh BTW the picture they show of the dog in the article you posted is a stock picture of "A" pitbull which means it is NOT a picture of THE dog that did the attack. I cant find a picture of THE DOG that actually did the attack and they say in many of the articles that the dog "looked to be" a pitbull but yet no pictures.
And you could have picked this one. But you didn't because they were not front page plastered 20 times over upfront google searches but yet all three happened the same week of the story you posted, but you gotta know how to work media searches like I do to find them. I got more but I'm sure you get the point!
A family run and bike ride in Fish Creek Provincial Park ended in
near-tragedy when a six-year-old boy was attacked by a German Shepard,
leaving the kid with 20 stitches in his right arm. http://www.edmontonjournal.com/life/Reward
@burnsway Not sure point is being made. Pointing out other dogs bite does not really help the pit bull breed out.
I'm thinking pointing out the facts that is the owners more than anything might however.
The point is that everyone wants to post pitbull stories as proof they bite and kill more because thats what the media makes one believe. Anytime someone post a pitbull attack story, especially in a thread like this Im gonna ask why they didn't pick stories about the other breeds.
Original thread question:
When arguing in defense of a pitbull what is the misconception you most have to deal with?
One of my answers was media bias. I was showing an example of my answer.
This thread was about what we defenders are up against everyday...this is it right here, we are up against Media bias on the breed and false myths. SO why wouldn't I point that out in a thread that ask us to post about what we are up against?
Pitbulls attack, bite, and kill, NO MORE than other breeds. You just dont hear about it.
Pitbulls rock! Until you have personally owned one you will never understand why the people who own them love them so much.
All large dogs have the potential to hurt or even kill you if attacked, it's not just pitbulls. However, pitbulls have such a negative stigma surrounding them that when they do attack, the media feeds on it.
Ditto to you @Wallacepups:.....I own 2 Pit mixes, and OMG, they are the MOST loving dogs...and the friendliest to people than most dogs I know. My sister has even commented that my dog Shep (Pit mix) is one of the most polite dogs she knows. He is everyone in my family's "favorite" of my 4 dogs. I love the breed!
This has been a hard one to figure out. My personal opinion is that it was a knee jerk reaction that got out of hand. I believe it was easy to get even animal lovers to join in on the hatred due to the Dog fighting. So between their excessive popularity and dog fighting and a large number of thugs owning them, it was a story that got more attention then other dog attack stories and it snowballed after that. I believe that if we dont put a stop to it that the hunting type dogs will be next inline because a large majority of people including animal lovers, PETA and gun haters also hate hunting. I truly fear when the media are done frying the Pit, where the Labrador is headed on the list of so called "dangerous Breeds".
The sad truth is if there were 10 dog attacks on humans in 1 day, and 9 of them where random breeds, and 1 was a pitbull, the media would jump on the pitbull incident because people are fearful of them.
Most pitbulls are poorly bred and so many of them have behavioral issues. For instance, mine could scale a fence if she saw a squirrel or other animal running across the top, she barks and carries on in her crate when she does not want to be crated.......she sounds like a honking goose..drives me nuts. When I shut her in my bedroom, she jumps at the door, she is a total turd, but on the other hand, she is so sweet. She is my Velcro pup, wants to be by my side 24/7.
She spends the night with a petsitter when I am out of town. She gets analog with her dogs and is fascinated with her tropical bird. Pitbulls need lots of discipline and a strong leader. They will walk all over you given the opportunity.
Most people are so curious about pitbulls because of their negative publicity. Gangs, drugs, guns & pitbulls.......this is why people are intrigued.
On the Nova channel the other night they had a program about wolves & the bite pressure was 432 lbs . they said it was the strongest bite pressure of all K-9's & since dogs are related to wolves this also included dogs of all breeds ....so where did the higher #'s come from ?
I do not think anyone breed is more vicious than another , I think it all has to do with how the dog is raised & trained. A strong but gentle & loving training field is what all dogs need & then they will return those feelings .
I have owned pitbulls an I have friends that owned them as well we never have had one that was aggressive towards people. But sometimes they can be naturally aggressive towards other animals that they do not know. They are great dogs once they stop trying to eat everything in your house.