In September 1983, a horrific story dominated the news headlines in Cincinnati: a local child had been mauled to death by his family dog, a pit bull. The attack enraged the community and drove the local government to ban pit bulls from the city. Several days after the boy’s death, details leading up to the attack quietly emerged on the back pages of local newspapers. The “family dog” actually belonged to someone else; a neighborhood teenager had stolen the male pit bull a month earlier from its owner’s backyard. There was speculation that the teen may have abus...
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...will ensure that most of the dogs will be kept in check, and those that still are violent can be dealt with according to each state’s laws. On the other side, make the animal owners register their dogs and be made completely responsible for the actions of their animals whether they are present or not. This should make owners more aware of their animals and lower the violent attacks, all while determining if the person is suitable to own an animal. By making dogs go to obedience classes and keeping closer watch on who owns certain types of breeds, the rate of dog-related attacks should plummet. This should also help to lower the number of dog fighting arenas in the United States. It would also make life easier for the people, which love their dogs like family, to find peace of mind that the government will not just take their companion animal away without just cause.
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