Sunday, January 22, 1989

Florida: Pit-bull Terrier Terror Has Only One Solution

Dear Ann Landers: I've just read another story in our newspaper citing two more attacks of pit bull terriers on children in our area.

I know you've written about this in the past, but I believe you ought to go back to this subject one more time.

When in God`s name will there be legislation to phase out this breed of animal? Can you imagine the agony of the victim during the attack, whether he survives or not?

To be attacked by an animal is every person's most terrifying nightmare.

Are the owners and defenders of this vicious strain of animal unable to love any one of dozens of other breeds of canines? This bloodthirsty creature is the result of man`s tinkering and has no place in a loving home.

I do not know a pit bull owner nor have I ever met a victim, but I am outraged every time I hear or read about a pit bull tearing a person apart.

Please! What can be done?

A Florida Reader

Dear Reader: A highly respected veterinarian who asked that his name not be used told me that the viciousness of the pit bull is in the genes. Although some breeders insist that the dogs are gentle unless provoked, most are not.

If pit-bull terriers are neutered, they will be calmer and less apt to attack. Neutering will, of course, phase out this breed, which would not be a bad idea.

(Chicago Tribune - January 21, 1989)