From Today's Zaman
A father and son were attacked by a stray pit bull in İzmir’s Buca district on Tuesday but were saved by people who witnessed the incident.
Emenullah Şakar was walking with his wife and 7-year-old son Hebin in the evening when the attack occurred. They were taken to a nearby hospital with the help of locals while municipal officials took the dog away.
Environment and Forestry Minister Veysel Eroğlu had earlier said that pit bulls would be rounded up. “They attack people. Criminal gangs and mafia use them to threaten people. We support the survival of these breeds in healthy environments and we respect animal rights, which is why we have animal shelters in many provinces,” he said.
Meanwhile, Turkey’s interior, environment and forestry, and agriculture and rural affairs ministries sent official letters to the relevant authorities, including veterinarians and governors’ offices across the nation, informing them of a ban on the sale of “dangerous” dogs, including pit bulls, and instructing them to round up any they find and fine the owners.
The breeds specified as “dangerous” include the pit bull terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasileiros and dogs that are a mixture of these breeds. The letters to round up the dogs were issued upon an order from Parliament’s Petition Committee, which received requests for action to be taken against “dangerous” dogs from several people who had reported being attacked by those breeds.
The Interior Ministry sent letters to governors’ offices on June 7 instructing them to collect dogs that are banned from being bred and owned, to fine their owners and to ban the sale of these animals online. The Ministry of Environment and Forestry has sent letters to governors’ offices, too, ordering them to fine the owners of these animals TL 3,434.