Strong and wild

Name: Dee T.
Victim: Adult, Pet
Location: Walk, Texas
Year of attack: 2017

Tell us about the attack
My father was walking his dog near a canal which was lined with small homes and condos. A pitbull broke loose form his patio area and headed at him and his small dog. It went for the dog first and my dad kicked it off the small dog; he then fell down and the pitbull looked to him. Luckily my father’s smaller dog and eventually another adult came to separate the dog.

I love dogs. Pitbulls and a few other breeds are too dangerous to have as pets. Between their strength and their instincts they are closer to wild animals than domestic dogs. No-one argues that we should have full wolves, large wild cats, wild dingos allowed as pets. These are equally dangerous. This attack was never filed so goes ‘unreported’. The numbers of attacks are much higher. Not to mention the fear caused.

How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
Changed behavior. We have to adjust for these types of dogs and our habits have been infringed upon. When the elderly, parents, owners of small dogs have to change where they go and how they have to behave around these animals, it is a selfish argument to say they don't need to be regulated. No need for them as pets.

Legal Consequences
No fine.

What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
It isn't fair to worry only about the rights to own a dangerous animal and the argument for pitbull ownership doesn't have much weight beyond that argument. Some of these animals are sweet most of the time; that doesn't allay most peoples fears or the facts that nearly 90% of local SPCA animals are pitbulls for good reason. The majority of trouble situations go unreported and still they dominate the news. Pets are wonderful but an attachment to this breed doesn't pass reasonable muster.