Don’t Blame the PItbulls, Blame the Owners

Posted: April 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

The best pet I ever had was a pit bull.  Teko was my loyal protector and companion for 12+ years and had the sweetest disposition of any dog you could ever meet. He followed me from room to room, hung on  my every word, and was gentle with kids;  especially my infant son.  I trusted him completely. 

 In light of the sharp rise of deaths as a result of pitbull attacks in the past year, my sensibilities lead me to question if perhaps pitbulls are in fact more vicious than any other breed. My experience with my Teko is not unusual, I know plenty of sweet, docile, and loving pits, but the sad truth is that way too many ignorant people covet these dogs just because of their physical strength and intentionally train them to be killers.  I can’t tell you how many times Teko and I were approached by folks wanting me to sell him, stud him out, or fight him.  The sad truth is, there are far too many people out there that simply can’t be trusted with these animals.  Like so much in life, these animals are a reflection of their owners and environment, and sadly there are a lot of angry, disillusioned, and ignorant souls out there who pose a threat to everyone else. Image.


story below from Atlanta  local news

For the second time in less than a week, a loose pit bull in the Atlanta area has led to the death of a Georgia teen.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that last night, a 17-year-old teen from Riverdale was killed when he was struck by a car while attempting to flee from an unleashed pit bull.

Around 1 a.m. Saturday morning, the Fulton County Police Department said, Davon Juggetts exited a bus near Old National Highway and Hillside Road. He was immediately chased by a pit bull, which forced him to run into traffic. Both the teen and the pit bull were struck by oncoming vehicles, and both died at the scene.

Last week, 13-year-old Demonta Collins died when he was struck by a car while attempting to flee a pit bull. That dog’s owner, Robyn Gledhill, was issued a citation for violating the state’s leash law.

In neither case was the driver of the vehicle that struck the teen charged.

Fulton County, Georgia is a focal point in the effort to have pit bulls banned. In February, Angela Rutledge led a rally in favor of legislation that would ban the breed. In August of 2012, her own pit bull mauled her 2-year-old son, Beau, to death.

“You hear about dogs fighting, and you hear this dog is an aggressive breed, but a lot of people, me included, are like, ‘Well no, I’ve had this dog since she was a baby, She’s a sweetheart,’” Rutledge told WSB-TV at the rally.

Georgia State Rep. Keisha Waites is currently working up legislation that would ban the breed.

Watch video of the rally below.


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