A 10-year-old boy was in critical condition Sunday after three pit bulls escaped from a home and went on a rampage, attacking six people before police shot and killed the dogs, authorities said.
Neighbors said the attacks started late Saturday afternoon when children going door-to-door for a fund-raiser arrived at the home of Scott Sword, 41, who owned the dogs.
“The screams were horrible,” she said. The dogs were “relentless, like they were possessed.”
The pit bulls attacked the two children, and when the dogs’ owner tried to stop them, the dogs turned on him and bit off his thumb, Nygren said. [emphasis mine]
Knowing just how dangerous these animals are, why do so many people insist on owning them? It just seems foolish to me, as well as reckless. Especially to own three of these snarling monsters.
I used to work with a gal not long ago who owned five or six of these dogs. She kept them in her backyard, and they were forever trying to jump the fence or dig under it. I used to tease her about it, telling her that one day she was going to come home and find little pieces of the mailman on her front porch.
But it’s really not funny at all. These dogs are ruthless killers, by their very nature. I know that people who are fond of this particular breed of dog will dispute that notion, but there is plenty of evidence available in the news media that shows the dangers of owning these animals.
We, as human beings, have managed to kill off harmless creatures like the dodo, and we have brought benevolent species like the manatee to the brink of extinction. Yet we seem intent upon ensuring the continued existence of the malicious pit bull. Why?
I say: kill ‘em all. The extinction of the smallpox virus from the earth was not viewed as a negative thing; the intentional genocide of the pit bull should likewise be seen as a beneficial goal.