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Pacifica Pit Bull Legislation? Official Reactions Mixed

Several reasons lead local officials to think regulating pit bulls is either near impossible or worth researching.

Sonoma's civic leaders are regulating pit bulls, perhaps even banning them, in the wake of last week's of a Pacifica woman by her family dog, an unneutered male.

But are such regulations likely in Pacifica? Local officials say there's not enough information yet. It may not be a good idea, it may not be the right time, and it may be almost impossible, they say.

At the City Council meeting in Sonoma Monday night, Mayor Pro Tem Joanne Sanders said she’s considering proposing pit bull legislation in the North Bay city.

Sanders told attendees she is determined to prevent the kind of attack in Sonoma city limits that occurred in Pacifica and directed city staff to research regulations pertaining to vicious animals.

"I would be remiss if I didn't try to use my position as a city councilwoman to make that change happen here," she said.

In an interview with the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Sanders said she supports banning pit bulls within city limits.

“I think pit bulls are a great start,” she told the paper.

Similar legislation has been discussed in many parts of the country over the past decade following a series of high-profile attacks. The proposed laws ranged from an outright ban of pit bulls and pit bull mixes and mandating licenses for owners and dog breeders to requirements that the animals be spayed or neutered.

After an attack on a 9-year-old boy in Vancouver, WA, the city looked at a total ban of the breed, while a similar bill in Michigan stalled in January.

In 2005, Denver reinstated a pit bull ban. One of the strongest anti-pit bull bills, the Denver law bars any dog of the pit bull family (American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers) and any dog that looks like a pit bull.

Owners shipped their pits bulls out of town, or hid them to avoid a roundup which euthanized hundreds of family pets.

After a series of attacks by pit bulls in Northern California, a 2005 state law gave California communities the right to mandate breed-specific spaying and neutering.

Sonoma County also requires owners of "vicious" dogs to hold $500,000 of liability insurance for their pet. 

Closer to home, the City and County of San Francisco took a more moderate approach to controlling pit bulls. In 2006, it passed a law that makes it illegal to own an unaltered pit bull (not spayed or neutered) or pit bull mix. Along with that requirement, pit bull or pit bull mix owners must obtain a permit from animal control to breed their animal.

The San Francisco laws were based on research done by a "canine response working group" commissioned by Mayor Gavin Newsom after the 2005 fatal mauling of 12-year-old Nicholas Faibish by his family pit bulls.

Proponents of the laws said the restrictions were meant not only to prevent attacks, but reduce the number of pit bull and pit bull mix strays, which made up about three-quarters of the county’s shelter dogs.

Eighteen months after the laws passed, Carl Friedman, San Francisco Animal Care and Control Department director, said the city had impounded 21 percent fewer pit bulls and the number of pit bulls euthanized had dropped by 24 percent.

Pacifica Mayor Mary Ann Nihart said she has been investigating pit bull regulation, whether it be a spaying and neutering requirement or a ban, and what she’s found leads her to believe it would be nearly impossible to do either.

That’s because it is difficult to enforce such laws, partly because the city lacks resources right now and partly because of how the city receives animal control services, she said.

Pacifica contracts out animal control services with Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA along with 19 other cities in San Mateo County. According to a newly signed three-year contract with the organizations that covers all cities, no pit bull regulation is included in the PHS’s responsibilities. If a city wants that as an extra service, it will either have to set up a separate contract and pay the organization more money or deliver the service itself.

Nihart said Pacifica already pays the PHS more than $250,000 for animal control services, and it just doesn’t have the money for pit bull regulation.

She added that insurance liability, and the extra staffing and equipment the city would need to acquire to enforce pit bull regulations on its own, are unaffordable right now.

Nihart also questioned what kinds of dogs Pacifica should regulate.

“The issue is the breed,” Nihart said. “You’d almost have to ban all terriers to catch the ones you want.”

In other words, how would the city enforce the law?

“Will you track people down in their homes?” Nihart said. “How are you going to do that? It’s a thorny, much more convoluted issue than people think. It is almost impossible.”

PHS spokesman Scott Delucchi says it would be a bad idea for cities in San Mateo County to develop different laws on pit bulls while they are collectively contracting out animal control services with his organization.

“It would be difficult for our officers to enforce,” he said. “For instance, dogs who are stray, they may go from Pacifica to Daly City, and as an animal control provider, which rules do you use?

"We’re [the PHS] not interested in cities ordering from a menu: 'I want A, B and C but not D, E and F.' It makes it very difficult.”

Delucchi, who writes a weekly on pet issues for Patch, said Thursday he believes pit bull regulation is not only unlikely but wrong for the county.

It is possible all San Mateo County cities that contract with the PHS could decide they want to add pit bull regulation to their agreement the next time it is negotiated.

Delucchi said he believes this is highly unlikely.

“The challenge in doing something similar [to San Francisco] in San Mateo County is that [the regulation] would have to pass in 20 cities, where in San Francisco one body votes on it, only one group looks at it,” he said.

“Here you have 21, including the county. Again, to have 20 cities in the county focus on one piece of legislation—I don’t know that it would happen, given the bigger issues they’re dealing with right now. I just don’t see how they would all focus on that, and by the time they will focus on that, people will have forgotten and moved on to something else.”

Another problem with such legislation: it would target those dog owners who are the hardest to convince that spaying and neutering their pets is important, Delucchi said.

“Just because something becomes law, it doesn’t mean people will comply. Legislation, like this, targets the least responsible people, since the most responsible get their pets fixed without it,” he wrote in his most recent column on Patch. “And, the least responsible people are highly unlikely to respond when enforcement is spotty and the surgery costs them $200 to $350 at their vet office.”

Instead of legislation, the PHS is trying to make it as easy, even lucrative, to have pit bulls spayed or neutered.

“Five years ago, with support from a donor, we purchased a mobile spay/neuter clinic and began visiting targeted communities offering free fixes,” he said. “No strings attached, no appointments needed. And, since that time, pits and pit mixes have dropped from 23 percent to 18 percent of our incoming dog population.”

Delucchi said the mobile clinic averages over 1,000 surgeries each year. This is in addition to the 5,500 low-cost spay/neuter surgeries performed by the group's on-site clinic.

The PHS will also pay pit owners $10 to have their dog fixed.

Mayor Nihart said she has no plans to introduce any kind of pit bull legislation to the Pacifica City Council right now.

Councilman Jim Vreeland, on the other hand, has already asked staff to look into the implications of a neutering requirement for the breed.

"I'm going to say something at the next council meeting (on Sept. 1) and ask staff to bring some research back at another council meeting," he said. "We need to look at the enforcement part of it, how to implement it, and what the implications would be."

Councilman Len Stone said he would like more information before advocating for regulation.

“Your heart breaks when such a tragic event occurs,” Stone said. “It makes you wonder if there was anything that could have been done to prevent it from happening. I certainly would like to see the statistics on how often attacks happen and how effective laws have been in reducing incidents before jumping into anything.”

When asked whether she thinks pit bull regulation in Pacifica is a good idea, Councilwoman Sue Digre said now is not the right time.

“It would depend on whether the community would want to talk about it or if they wouldn't want to” she said. “Anything like that usually comes from the community. Would I be surprised [if it did]? No, I wouldn’t. Would I be surprised, if it didn’t? Right now is a traumatic, dramatic time, and the compassion for what the family is going through seems to be the most important thing and I appreciate that. I think it’s premature to even go there.”

Councilmen Pete DeJarnatt has not yet responded to queries about pit bull regulation in Pacifica.

Sonoma Patch Editor Alexis Fitts contributed reporting to this article.

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Maureen Murray August 21, 2011 at 08:57 AM
The topic I have been procrastinating - commenting on Colleen Lynn of dogsbite.org. Unfortunately, Ms. Lynn was the victim of an attack by a bully-type dog, nothing more. She is not an expert on dog bites, dog breeds, dog behavior, or dog training. She simply runs a website that collects data - data that may or may not be accurate. I really feel for her, I do (and other victims of dog attacks - myself being one of them - rat terrier x 2). Bad things happen to good people all the time, that is one of the givens of life. Unfortunately, Ms. Lynn has chosen a life path that focuses on negativity & until she can move past this traumatic event that happened to her, accept it, and forgive, I don't think much good will come into her life or out of her cause. It's just how the universe works. The real problem is the media sensationalizing "pit bull type attacks" & the fact that similar bites & attacks from other breeds go unreported & deaths from other breeds go uncovered in the news. Pit bull type dogs are the most popular dogs in America, statistics class anyone? Skewing the facts on dogbites website further-back to my original statement, any bully-type big headed short-haired muscular dog is going to be labeled a "pit bull." Here is CORRECT pit bull breed standards that the media should brush up on: http://www.realpitbull.com/standards.html But you know, the media will do what the media does. INSTILL FEAR! It's all about the ratings, folks. All about the ratings.
jim alex August 21, 2011 at 01:00 PM
People don't forget any dog can bite. From little poodles to the biggest dogs. I consider myself lucky being I have been in countless thousands of homes over the years for work and have never been bit. Then again when I see a dog I do not know I put my hand out to the dog right away in a way saying Hi friend. People say you shouldn't do this but I have been doing it since I was a kid. You guys are going back and pulling old info on dog bites. The responsibility falls with the dog owner. Herding dogs are bred to herd. Hunting dogs are bred to hunt. The dog owners who let the dogs run around off leash, and out of control are the problem owners. The dog attack in Vallemar was a tragedy, and we might never know what made the dog turn on the owner..
Maureen Murray August 21, 2011 at 05:39 PM
Norman, it looks like you are on your own re: researching the cities that have overturned BSL and the humane organization's official statements on BSL. I don't know why, but my comments referencing this sources have been deleted, twice? I think that it is highly inappropriate that links to a non-profit org in favor of BSL remain in the comments section but links to non-profits whose focus are not even related to BSL "specifically" but are related to animal welfare issues from humane organizations & pit bull breed specific experts have been deleted. Links to community programs that have worked well in other cities, deleted. Why is that, editor of Pacifica Patch?
Maureen Murray August 21, 2011 at 07:07 PM
Sure thing, Norman. WIll do. I don't know what would be more "reliable" than news articles/reports stating breed bans in their city was overturned?? Let me re-phrase. My comments & links were certainly "on topic." I can see why links to "blogs" where it's just someone's opinion would be deleted but I posted links to the official positions on BSL from the nation's leading humane organizations who are impartial and not biased: ASPCA, HSUS, Best Friends, & PHS/SPCA in San Mateo - all opposing BSL and supporting programs that our country's leading pit bull educational non-profit organization are implementing instead. I posted links to programs (yes some where from "their" blogs, but still a reputable reporting sources - BAD RAP, Animal Farm Foundation, Pit Bull Rescue Foundation. All these groups have implemented community programs that work BETTER than mandatory spay/neuter: community outreach with free vaccination/training clinics, free collar fittings, free or low-cost group training classes.
Traci Ewell August 21, 2011 at 11:34 PM
@ Jim.You need to run for something :) Although I agree with everything you. Saying this only happens because of "bad owners" is not accurate.@ Maureen, I was contacted by Karen Delise, the author of Fatal Dog Attacks. Karen wanted to get more insight on why my mothers well cared for, well trained, very lovable neutered Rottweiller mauled my 6 yr old niece.My beleif after conversing with her is as follows:Some dogs are just more aggressive! Pit Bulls and Rottweillers being in the top 5. In some cases,owners treat their dogs very well, as if they are people. Dogs become Alpha of the pack. If allowed to sleep on bed, run the house etc. In our case I am sure of this. My mother spoiled her dogs. That dog loved my niece. But one day my niece screamed when a lizzard crossed her path. This sent him into action, he killed her. Alpha dogs always kill the weaker dogs in packs. All I am saying is dog's are ANIMALS and we may never know what sets them off. I do suggest reading Karen Delise's book Fatal Dog Attacks.Then take your dog to training, Here in Pacifica we have Beverly Kingsbury at POOCH and Lisa Rhodes at Shamrock Ranch, both excellent training programs. I also agree with whoever said, if you can't afford to take care of your dog maybe you shouldn't have one. You choose to own a breed like a pit bull or Rott then you should have to be able to afford insurance, spay/neuter along with some training! Dog training isn't just for the dogs, It's better for everyone Traci Ewell
JDavis August 22, 2011 at 07:42 AM
Traci: Having a big of difficulty swallowing your assertion that "Alpha dogs ALWAYS kill the weaker dogs in packs." Perhaps because I question absolutes...perhaps because I don't recall having seen or heard anything to support this very committed statement. Also, sometimes people can afford to take care of dogs but then unexpected circumstances take hold whether it be poor health or injury of the owner or the dog, loss of income, etc. It sounds as though you are stating if that should happen folks should surrender their dogs? I think it's absolutely horrible the situation your family endured and the loss of your nice to be sure, but just wondering if your emotions could possibly be clouding your commentary a bit? And, just for my edification, your professional qualifications to make such committed statements regarding dogs is exactly what?
Dogbert August 22, 2011 at 03:51 PM
News Alert! Multiple pit bull maulings at Candlestick Park! More legislation needed: http://tinyurl.com/3nbcwcx Oops, sorry. That was humans. Not pit bulls. Humans. My mistake. Sorry...
Maureen Murray August 22, 2011 at 05:13 PM
Right? I bet there are more deaths annually of children killing their parents or other children at school than there are deaths caused by bully-type dogs.
Maureen Murray August 22, 2011 at 05:45 PM
Traci, I am very sorry that you lost your niece. I can't even begin to imagine! I have read the book you mentioned. We do have to remember that dogs are animals first, then housepets. I would not recommend Shamrock Ranch to anyone needing help with aggression in a bully-type dog.They use negative reinforcement (shock collars). Pit bulls should never be trained using negative reinforcement, their personalities are too sensitive. It will backfire & most times aggression will escalate. Plus, it trains the dog, not the owner. The training method that works best is NILIF - "Nothing in Life is Free." It establishes leadership, lets your dog know you are in control, sets boundaries & gives consequences; they don't get what they want until they comply, i.e. dinner, their ball, a walk etc. (This also works wonders for CHILDREN too!) Many people give their dogs WAY too much freedom to do what they want. It is ok to spoil your dog, but when your dog knows it's owner has lost control, then they become in charge & the writings on the wall: disaster. The class settings that work best for bully dogs are group classes that don't teach tricks or allow dogs to interact/play, but teach walking on a short lead, watching my owner, not paying attention to what the other dogs are doing. This teaches them, when I have my leash on & in public, I walk with manners & only play with/greet dogs when my owner says it's ok. My pit bull has a Canine Good Citizen title & passed ATTS. next up, Therapy Dog.
Maureen Murray August 22, 2011 at 05:58 PM
Like I mentioned before Norman, there are breed standards for pit bulls. Those statistics do not factor in pit mixes. A 90lb dog or a 125lb dog is NOT a pit bull, but the media reports it as such. If someone with a 50lb dog told you it was a Chihuahua, would you believe it? It is estimated that less than 7% of Pacifica's dog population are pit bulls. Our county has the lowest pit bull intake rate of our surrounding counties. The sky is not falling. California has passed a law which makes it illegal to for cities & municipalities to ban a dog by breed, so I don't know what more I can add to this discussion.
Maureen Murray August 22, 2011 at 06:09 PM
To the editor: to speculate that Sonoma or Pacifica could or should ban pit bulls as you did in this article - quote: "Sonoma's civic leaders are considering regulating pit bulls, perhaps even banning them, in the wake of last week's fatal mauling of a Pacifica woman by her family dog, an unneutered male." should be corrected. Why would you make that statement and ask our mayor that question, when it is against California State Law to do so?
deedee August 22, 2011 at 06:21 PM
The province of Ontario completely banned pit bulls and pit bull mixes in 2005 and the number of dog bites there has held steady with no decrease in the years since then. For good information on dog attacks go to nationalcanineresearchcouncil.org.
Dogbert August 22, 2011 at 07:36 PM
Has anyone noticed a pattern with Norm Stoddard? Ban dogs on beaches. Ban pseudoynms/anonymous posting on Patch. Ban pit bulls. Five will get you ten that NS would love to ban eucalyptus trees since the extreme enviros consider them to be non native and an invasive weed. Doesn't matter if some of us find them to be beautiful and purposeful. Where will it end? You see, NS just can't get enough laws/ rules/regulations. Doesn't matter to NS that the current laws on the books would solve the problems if people obeyed them and they were enforced. But NS, like our state legislature, wants to be your nanny and tell you what you can and can't do in all aspects of your life. Your civil liberties mean nothing to him. What DeeDee describes in Ontario is completely predictable since the real offenders ignore the laws or find some other breed to turn into the fighter/killer that they wanted in the first place. Plus, they really don't give a damn about public safety. But go ahead NS, punish everyone. Let's just spay and neuter all dogs that you and AKC don't like. Heck, pretty soon we won't have any dogs left to worry about. But most importantly, I want NS to go to bed at night thinking he saved the world.
phil August 24, 2011 at 06:56 AM
In regards to the Pit Bull attack in Pacifica. Pit Bulls do not reach 125-130 lbs(as reported in this case) My Pit Bull Domino weighs 68 lbs which is ideal. The fact is, any large short haired dog that attacks someone, the media calls a Pit Bull. This leads to a false annual report of Pit Bull attacks. This "bad press" atracks bad dog owners and the cycle continues.............
Dogbert August 24, 2011 at 04:09 PM
It's our lucky day! After exhaustive research I found another picture of "Gunner the Mauler" to complement the picture accompanying this article (see above). They say a picture is worth a thousand words.Well, I just have one word, "Mommy!" http://tinyurl.com/3tmsan2 Wait...What? Oops, I guess I screwed up again. Turns out that isn't a picture of a pit. Turns out it is a picture of a human - Hannibal Lecter. Gee, that could almost be construed as being kinda inflammatory...
Maureen Murray August 25, 2011 at 02:20 AM
On average, 30 fatal dog attacks on humans per year. A little more than 1/2 reported to be from pit bull "type" dogs so lets just say 17 pit bull killings per year. 250 people kill their PARENTS each year. 17 of those people are under the age of 18. So your KID is about as dangerous as a pit bull. Would we even be HAVING this discussion if Ms. Napora would have been killed by her own child? Would anyone even care? Would it even be on the news? Seriously, people. We need to stop with the hatred towards pit bulls. Source: Kathleen M. Heide, PhD, is professor of criminology at the University of South Florida, Tampa. She has published two widely acclaimed books on juvenile homicide, "Why Kids Kill Parents: Child Abuse and Adolescent Homicide" and "Young Killers: The Challenge of Juvenile Homicide," and a third, coauthored with Linda Merz-Perez, on "Animal Cruelty: Pathway to Violence Against People."
Maureen Murray August 25, 2011 at 02:53 AM
From 2005-2010, pit bull type dogs in the Bay Area killed 2 people. Unfortunately, now it's 3. All 3 killed family members within the home. Diane Whipple was killed by her neighbor's presa canarios (not pit bulls). This leads me to believe that pit bull type dogs do not present a "public safety issue" in the Bay Area. If you are fearful of pit bulls, don't get one. From 2005-2010, there were 4 fatal shootings at Bay Area schools & 11 non-fatal shootings occuring at Bay Area schools. 19 other acts of violence (stabbings, rape etc) occurred at Bay Area schools. Parents, you should be more worried & more fearful about sending your children to SCHOOL than your neighbor having a pit bull. Funny, I don't remember hearing a THING about some kid bringing 10 bombs and a chainsaw to a San Mateo school last year? Or a child getting stabbed in the chest a Burlingame school in 2006? But boy oh boy, we will never ever forget these 3 deaths caused by pit bull type dogs will we? How would you, as a parent feel, if others looked at your children like they were murderers? It wouldn't feel real good. You as a parent, don't have to constantly defend the goodness of your child to others for the bad act of another. You don't have to constantly hear how dangerous your child could be and how children are so dangerous, you shouldn't have them. Your statements are hurtful & discriminatory & hateful. Now that we can't discriminate by race, gender, sex, religion, now it's dogs?
Patty Sambrailo August 26, 2011 at 04:06 AM
I understand the concept of no bad dogs, only bad dog owners. Though all dogs can bite, it is the damage from certain breeds. When a "good dog" all the sudden attacks, it can be any breed. I knew a elderly lady who was mauled by her male friend's Corgi. She had to have reconstructive surgery on both her hands and arms. This could have been way worse had the dog been a Rott, Pit, Shepard,or any larger dog. Had she been a small child, the Corgi could have caused more harm. This dog had given signs. The owner had not taken them serious. I know nice dogs of so called dangeous breeds that lived their whole life sweet and never harmed anyone. The people who owned them knew their breed, trained their dogs, handled them correctly, read their signs well. In short, some breeds may need a owner that is more committed and aware. Many people get a dog because it is the "popular" breed, or on a impulse. They know little to nothing of the breed, maybe not even enough for a small dog. Since we are still free to choose our own dog, (thankfully) we need to educate and encourage more training.There are people who only want a dog to make them look tough who may not comply. They should not be the reason we restrict everyone else. As Maureen Murray pointed out, the chances of being attacked by a dog are considerly less then being attacked by our fellow human beings. Which may be why it becomes such big news when it does happen. p.s. I am not a Pit lover, I'm a bit afraid of them.
Patty Sambrailo August 26, 2011 at 04:34 AM
How would a 'vicious" dog be determined? By breed alone? Hardly fair to the hundreds of good owners and good dogs of said "vicious" breed. Maybe individual dogs would be determined to be vicious? By who? what would be the standard? I wonder if my dog growled at someone it didn't know rushing at him, would that be vicious? just a warning? how can so many be punished for the crimes of others? Do you want a society that makes rules and laws without real facts?
JDavis August 26, 2011 at 05:57 AM
Maureen: You are way too emotional to advocate pit bull ownership. You are quite disingenuous in your argumentation methods, devolving the conversation to a new low drawing comparisons between pit bulls and kids. Since you're so fond of anthropomorphization, I'm just wondering what breed of person others guess you are if that tactic were applied in reverse. You know, best I can tell from your having to resort to this tactic is that you must be feeling threatened and are now scraping the bottom of the barrel for premises to support your arguments. Hotheads like you have no business owning or advocating pits. I'm sure you won't like this comment and will have much to say in response, but I'm tuning out unless and until you can be rational, logical and, with all due respect, socially acceptable if not normal. Take a deep breath Maureen Murray.
Dogbert August 26, 2011 at 04:57 PM
What we see with JDavis is a classic example of "drive-by" commenting. She has nothing to say except to take cheap shots at Ms. Murray, who, BTW, made some cogent and provocative points. As far as "tuning out", JDavis did that quite some time ago.
kuuipo August 26, 2011 at 11:04 PM
@Dogbert: "Birds of a feather..." All kidding aside, I think JDavis was actually open to some of what Maureen said but I have to agree that Maureen's repetition is actually deafening. I didn't see any cheap shots until I read your comments. I agree with you that Maureen made some provocative points, but they weren't very persuasive. I have to side with JDavis' critique of the arguments presented. If they don't hold substance, it's pretty hard to sway anyone's opinion. I say stick to the facts, cut the sarcasm, and present good old fashioned logic. That is, after all, the foundation of excellent critical argumentation.
Dogbert August 27, 2011 at 05:40 PM
Kuuipo, will you marry me? Seriously. Sincerely. [Dogbert getting down on his knees; tail between his legs] You know, I'm almost ashamed to admit it but my curiosity got the best of me and I looked up "kuuipo" in a Hawaiian dictionary. Well, imagine my pleasant surprise when I found the following - "kuuipo: sweetheart or lover". I must say that based upon the tone and tenor of your comments, I think the Hawaiians just might have it right. I would also like to extend my matrimonial offer to JDavis. Listen, truth be told, I really like threesomes (what dog doesn't?) and I find the arrogance, nastiness and sense of self-importance that you both exhibit here to be kinda hot. But why is it that I get the feeling that should God answer my prayers and both of you accept, I will still need only one ring?
Maureen Murray August 27, 2011 at 07:35 PM
I would like to update this comment. San Francisco SPCA only recently started offered ongoing free pit-fixes in May 2011. Groundbreaking program, to quote their website. I don't know if I'd call it a "groundbreaking" move, but it certainly makes more sense than implementing discriminatory laws that the majority of citizens weren't financially able to comply with.
kuuipo August 27, 2011 at 08:47 PM
@Dogbert: I have to admire your sense of humor and creativity. Thanks for the chuckle.
Charles December 18, 2011 at 02:31 AM
Stray Pit Bull saves woman and child from attacker (A must read)! http://www.piaberrend.org/stray-pit-bull-saves-woman-child-from-attacker/
Charles January 03, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Fun Facts: Famous Pit Bulls My kids are around pit bulls every day. In the '70s they blamed Dobermans, in the '80s they blamed German shepherds, in the '90s they blamed the Rottweiler. Now they blame the pit bull. Cesar Millan (The Dog Whisperer) Pit bulls get a bad rap because of irresponsible owners. Many people consider the look or popularity of a breed before thinking about whether the dog works for their lifestyle. Please evaluate your lifestyle before taking on the responsibility of a pit bull. Celebrities Who Own Pit Bulls http://www.cesarsway.com/packgallery/packprofiles/Pit-Facts
Charles January 03, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Growing Up with Pit Bulls By Cesar Millan (The Dog Whisperer) What kind of message does it send to our kids when we say “we love dogs” but then reject certain breeds of dogs? Just as I wouldn’t want my sons to be seen wrongly because they’re Mexicans, I wouldn’t want my dog to be seen wrongly because he’s a Pit bull. I want people to evaluate them based on the actions they take and what they do for society—not what their breed or race attaches to them. http://www.cesarsway.com/community/cesarspack/Growing-Up-with-Pit-Bulls
Celene matthews January 18, 2013 at 04:49 AM
I live in SF and adopted my 10 year old pit lab mix from Bad Rap when he was 8 weeks.I have always loved the breed but what I don't love is the irresponsible pet owners I see on a daily basis, especially on Skyline between Pacifica and Daly City. I am a dog walker in Pacifica so I am driving around town a good 4-6 hours a day. Every day I see a handful of unaltered pit bulls. I even know where some live and would report it if this was SF and it mattered here. I am against banning breeds, but I feel that enforcing spaying and neutering is a must especially with certain breeds. I would be happy to help however I could, I know that sounds silly as I am just a dog walker but its something I am passionate about. First off, people should adopt pitbulls but when I see an uneutered pit bull I know right away it was not adopted, that is disheartening. I assume many of these folks I see with an uneutered male and a female are doing some breeding of their own. That should be enforced for safety reasons as these puppies could end up in anyone's hands with no screening process. When I drive through Pacifica and see all these uneutered pits, well it's the pits..and it's a disservice to this beautiful breed that they are being bred in backyards, probably right in your own neighborhood. I hope this changes soon.
Laurel January 18, 2013 at 06:47 PM
Untrue~ SF DOES HAVE free or low-cost options for people to spay/neuter their pit bulls. www.sfspca.org/pit.

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