By Kathleen Kelly, from The Payson Roundup
The Humane Society article “A beautiful breed doesn’t deserve a bad reputation” urging families to adopt their overflow of these known dangerous animals was written to “educate” about pitbull “myths.”
It made me feel responsible as an ER nurse who has treated the victims of pitbulls mauling, most often children, to give you facts. Genetic traits: unpredictable aggression, tenacity (refusal to give up a fight), high pain tolerance, jaw locking mechanism, “bite, hold, and shake” refusing to release. Forensic medical studies show similar injuries have only been found on victims of shark attacks. Survivors of serious dog attacks often suffer acute damage, requiring multiple procedures over a period of years.
Unpredictable — attack without provocation or warning. Denver, Ohio and Iowa, after a series of devastating attacks, joined over 500 cities nationwide enacting a pitbull ban.
Pitbulls constitute the majority of dogs used for illegal dog fighting guarding illegal narcotics operations, against police, and as weapons.
Liability insurance covering damage inflicted by a pitbull can exceed $575 per year. U.S. Army and Marine Corps banned pitbulls. American, Continental, Delta and Qantas Airlines have embargoes against pitbulls.
Leading pitbull education Web sites warn “Never trust your pitbull not to fight.” These same Web sites also state that pitbulls should never be left alone with another dog, animal, or child.
My deepest sympathy to families suffering the grief of losing their child or loved ones due to a pitbull. Hopefully we can educate those in total denial of the pitbull’s capabilities.