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Pitbull mauls KZN man to death

2012-02-15 15:54

Durban - A man has died after an American pitbull terrier attacked him in Sherwood, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Wednesday.

"Allan Lanton's left arm was seriously mauled and he succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday," Colonel Jay Naicker said.

Lanton, 60, was attacked on his property.

Police were called in when the dog's owner and a neighbour failed to calm down the animal.

A police officer fired off shots to scare the animal, but this also had no effect.

"The officer was forced to shoot and kill the dog," Naicker said.

Comments
  • Justin - 2012-02-15 16:02

    these dogs are bad news.. i love animlas but man these are dangerous dogs!

      lotz.ilse - 2012-02-15 16:04

      They're actually wonderful dogs, Justin. Irresponsible owners are ALWAYS the problem.

      James - 2012-02-15 16:05

      Nothing to do with the breed bud, but all to do with the human he belongs to.

      Justin - 2012-02-15 16:05

      i think too many people just see them as fighting dogs and want their dogs to be the biggest and toughest out there!!!

      James - 2012-02-15 16:18

      @ Justin, exactly. People get these dogs with full knowledge of its potential temperament, and they exploit it - for dog fighting. But these dogs are no problem at all- if cared for by the right people. Ive personally seen little kids riding pit bulls as little horses - its all down to the owner and the effect they have on the animal. No dog is inherently bad, some just have a temperament that is easy to exploit.

      Mzwandile - 2012-02-15 16:27

      @Lotz.ilse I agree they are wonderful dogs but I think there need to be a mandatory sentence for irresponsible owners. We can't loose lives like this. If you can take care of your dog your either don't own one or face the consequences.

      Michael - 2012-02-15 16:29

      @James - You're wrong, when it comes to pitbulls it's got nothing to do with the owner, that kinda dog is bleddy dangerous, no matter how friendly just dnt bring it near me.I saw a big muscled body builder being mauled to death in Umbilo in Dbn a couple of year back. That guy bought that dog when it was very small and he treated it like his child,raised it and it killed him eventually. we were watching from outside the burglar bars, nothing we could do, ripped him to pieces. too many incidences involving pitbulls.

      Bones - 2012-02-15 16:29

      These dogs have different blood lines, some good, some bad. The way the dog is treated does not matter, if it comes from a bad bloodline, it is a dangerous animal, and no coaching or training will change that.

      James - 2012-02-15 16:46

      @Michael , no you are wrong. There have been varies studies( on this exact topic - and the behavior of the dog in 99.99% of cases is down to the owners effect on it. http://companionanimalsolutions.com/blogs/are-pit-bulls-inherently-dangerous/ Google it, find some legitimate sources and realize you are wrong.

      colleen.figg - 2012-02-15 16:48

      Have you ever met one Justin?

      Typersa - 2012-02-15 16:49

      Don't anyone watch Pitbulls and Parolees :) The dogs are very well tempered if brought up correctly and bred correctly..

      francois.mintoor - 2012-02-15 16:56

      Pitbulls are ranked the second most friendly dog in the world. I have 1 and she is just awesome. She is loving and not aggresive at all. The onnus in on the owner and how they treat the dog, this can happen to any dog and fingers should not just be pointed at pitbulls.

      Rodney - 2012-02-15 17:14

      Back in the 70's, opposite my high school lived an old man who kept 4 spaniels which everyone knows are friendly dogs. Yeah right, his dogs attacked and killed him and ripped him to shreds. all dogs have a natural attacking instinct, remember they are essentially wild animals that we have "tamed". I don't care what anyone says about certain breeds being more aggressive, i don't fully trust any dog, no matter the breed.

      Wendy - 2012-02-15 17:46

      Have you ever met a well bred and socialised Pit Bull??? I have eight and have had them for many years asround my two small children. If bred well and raised well they are the most wonderful family pet! Don't be ignorant and just blame a breed if you don't know anything about them

      Winsome - 2012-02-15 19:19

      Justin - please blame the owners of the dog not the dog.

      Fredster - 2012-02-16 07:24

      Only because stupid owners do not know how to teach them. With htese dogs there are rules that you have to follow otherwise you are in for serious problems. Blame the owner, not the dog.

      Mark - 2012-02-16 12:28

      It's a fact that Pitbulls come out at 86% in the temperament test which is higher than most other breeds, even higher than the labrador retriever, so people who say that there is a problem with the breed are sorely mistaken and shouldn't be commenting on something they have no idea about. Blame the deed and not the breed! http://mrpitbull.com/PitbullTemperament.html

      misstee.langhein - 2012-11-30 15:01

      Yes they are wonderful dogs!! I wish people would STOP judging by breed!!!! There are NO bad dogs only bad owners!!!!

  • Paullie - 2012-02-15 16:06

    The dog adopts the personality of the owner.

      VoiceOfReason - 2012-02-15 17:16

      That explains why my dog is so stupid then :-0

  • Janette - 2012-02-15 16:08

    Animals respond to how they are treated and trained, so do not blame the dog blame the owner

      Winsome - 2012-02-15 19:22

      @Janette - I so agree with you, I just hate to read about dogs being shot when it is really the fault of the owners.

  • Lance - 2012-02-15 16:12

    Guys this is nothing to do with the breed, "Poodles" have a higher bite rate than a pitbullS. "Any dog, any breed, Raised wrong, can be dangerous!!! #BAN BAD OWNERS!!

      Lloyd - 2012-02-15 16:18

      yes, it's shocking how many people have been killed by those vicious poodles. As for the idiots who use pitbulls to compensate for their inadequacies!

      Wendy - 2012-02-15 17:49

      Sooo True, its just sad that the minute it is aPittie that bites it is front page news, but when the Alsation or Poodle bites no one notices! I know many people bitten by other breeds of dog too, but none condemns them!

  • Natasha - 2012-02-15 16:12

    I am also the owner of a pittbull and they are not the scary creatures everyone makes them out to be...raised properly,they are a great pet...

  • paulo.d.campos - 2012-02-15 16:12

    Again the pitbulls gets a bad rep, i love the breed! All stupidity by the owner and negligence. A dog is as good as its owners!

  • Barnie - 2012-02-15 16:17

    In the 70s they blamed the Dobbermans In the 80s they blammed the German Sheppards, in the 90s they blammed the rotweiler , now they blame Pitt bulls ...when will they blame the humans?

      Heiku - 2012-02-15 16:22

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fatal_dog_attacks_in_the_United_States Please inform yourself and stop worrying about what the flavour of the week is.

      James - 2012-02-15 16:35

      Heiku, you have no background knowledge on this - you are making yourself look like an idiot. It's one thing to point to statistics, and another to explain them. Fool.

      Heiku - 2012-02-15 16:47

      James, I understand statistics can be misleading but at least I am basing my arguments on data and not emotions.

      James - 2012-02-15 16:54

      Well then find data on the owners, that WILL explain the vast majority of attacks

      Wendy - 2012-02-15 17:50

      I couldn't agree more

      Evelyn - 2012-02-16 09:18

      I agree totally with what you are saying, the owner it totally at fault for this,he obviously is scared of his own dog that he just stood and watched while this poor man was been mauled. Humans are the ones that are at fault, they obviously need doggie training themselves and should not have animals as they do not have a clue. A good man and good dog lost their lives because of the irresponsible people (shame on them)

  • Gary - 2012-02-15 16:19

    I believe when purchasing that kind of an animal they always give you some booklet to enable you to know what steps you should take in case something goes wrong. It is unfortunate that a 60 year old was mauled by this animal. We need to remember that dogs are regarded as mens best friend. Wishing a speedy recovery for a 60 year old.

      paulo.d.campos - 2012-02-15 16:22

      His dead

  • Claudette - 2012-02-15 16:20

    Any dog will attack given the right circumstances! This breed is completely misunderstood & unappreciated. Only a person who has never owned one of these special dogs will speak against them. What would you all be saying if this animal saved a life, would you still be condemning it? There have been many pitbulls who have saved lives & i have to say i don't think much of that vet, he of all people should be trying to educate the public on these wonderful animals, they are "tough" dogs so they are unfortunately treated that way by many owners & this is the only reason why some of these dogs end up attacking humans, wouldn't you?

      Natasha - 2012-02-15 16:59

      Agree 100%..

      misstee.langhein - 2012-11-30 15:13

      There are actually many stories posted of pitbulls saving a life... but people dont seem to notice all the wonderful things they do!! I think they are amazing dogs, ALL dogs are amazing!! I hate people who discriminate against a breed!! I'll say it again, there are NO bad dogs only bad owners!!!!

  • sarahpoulsom - 2012-02-15 16:21

    This is tooo sad, what treatment did the dog receive to react the way it did? No dog kills for the fun of it, it all depends on how the animal has been brought up.

  • leigh.windvogel - 2012-02-15 16:21

    I have two american pitbull, they are my babies. this goes back to how the owners treat their animals, mine were brought up in a loving enviroment and they would never hurt even my two kitty cats they sometimes eat with.

  • gerry.pelser - 2012-02-15 16:21

    Its not the dogs. Pit-bull are wonderful dogs, and I’ve had many interactions with them where they are very loving and wonderful dogs. But they ARE very protective, and jealous of their owners / property. They are aggressive dogs, no doubt about that, and in order to get these dogs under control, you need to be a hell of a strong and responsible character. Enter the average pit-bull owner. Small-man syndrome. Needs to show the world he is a man by having the dog with a rep of being bad-ass. By definition not the type of person who can control such a strong-willed dog. I was in a pet shop one day when a guy walked in off the street and asked if they sold puppies, especially it-bulls. This showed me that this guy had NO concept of dogs, their behaviour, how they are bred, and how they should be kept. His pit bull will end up killing someone. Don’t blame the wonderful dogs – blame the Sam Jackson wannabe who has to justify his existence by having a bad-ass dog.

  • Heiku - 2012-02-15 16:22

    Could any of you idiots please explain to me why 30-40% of dog attack fatalities in the USA are caused by pitbulls even though they are only 5% of the dog population there?

      aquilakahecate - 2012-02-15 16:30

      I believe they've explained it already - 30-40% of dogs who bite are owned by people looking to enhance their street cred by owning a bad-ass dog. Which is pretty pathetic, and all too human. I've been the proud companion of 5 Pits over the years, and can vouch for their extraordinary human-friendly nature. Of course, some people are just terified of their rep.And then there's the press...

      Cara - 2012-02-15 16:30

      Dude most of them are NOT actually pitbulls. The media is so quick to report that it was a pittie. Half of them are not even pitbulls. Everyone wants to blame a breed for an animals behaviour but it's the morons that own the dog who are to blame. They are used for dogfighting because it's a sport to these pieces of rubbish - animals are nothing more than an object and they destroy the animals lives and break their nature. More should be done about stopping dog fighting rings!

      James - 2012-02-15 16:33

      Simple, this is by far the most popular fighting breed in the US - if not world. These dogs are mistreated, and aggressive traits are brought to the surface in order to benefit their aggression during fights. The humans bring out there aggressive sides of these dogs, if given a normal home they are like any other dog!

      James - 2012-02-15 16:36

      Well said AquilaKaHecate! 100% agreed

      Sabrina - 2012-02-15 16:39

      heiku the questin should be How many idiots own pitbulls in the USA.. once you find that out you will get a very clear idea of why there are so many pitbull attacks

      Max - 2012-02-15 16:58

      Heiku, the answer is actually simple, pitbulls don't take nonsense from anyone and they have the power to back it up. So they are very loving animals and always eager to please their owners but if they are mistreated you will get it... guaranteed.

      lotz.ilse - 2012-02-15 16:59

      It's probably not the greatest idea to start off your argument with "you idiots" -perhaps this forum is not the right place for you to be stating your argument and you'd prefer a school yard somewhere?

      Ginny - 2012-02-15 17:15

      Heiku my dear, I think it is you who is the idiot as you clearly know nothing about this breed.

      Iain - 2012-02-15 17:20

      Maybe because there are so many little tossers out there who want to be cool with a "bad-ass " dog. Almost every second guy I see has a scared, unsure, abused dog with its big, bad chain and spiked collar. For the stats to carry any weight, info on how many dogs are pit-bulls vs how many are all the other breeds is needed.

      Bakers - 2012-02-15 17:25

      At Heiku: It’s the same argument as to why is the majority of the incarcerated in the jails are of a colour group who are in the minority in the USA, Its all in the attitude dude and by the way we are not idiots. Get some manners.

      Mano-Lee - 2012-02-15 17:34

      Heiku... read the comments above. It comes down to the owners! I have a friend who trains them and they are awesome dogs! Except for those bad asses who want bad ass dogs! Those are the killers. Same could be said for dobermans, rotweilers etc...

      Mano-Lee - 2012-02-15 17:36

      @cara - absolutely right. There are different types of breeds. As my trainer of pit bull explained, some breeds have a mental disorder that lends them away from loyalty to their owners. The other, awesome dogs!

      Heiku - 2012-02-15 18:02

      Ok so what do you all propose? A dog owner A-hole test? I think banning pitbulls would be easier..

  • Terry - 2012-02-15 16:25

    American pitbulls are so loving it can only be because the owner has treated the dog wronly ,and now the dog had to be shot I think that it sucks,I do feel for the gent that passed on but for heaven sake check the owners of these beautiful animals.

      Heiku - 2012-02-15 18:10

      How? People are capable of lying to pass a personality test very easily. I say ban these "loving" killing machines.

  • Mtizozo - 2012-02-15 16:26

    An animal is an animal, these dogs are trained to kill not to worn,,

      Heiku - 2012-02-15 18:10

      They are not trained to kill they are bred to kill. Way more dangerous.

  • Sabrina - 2012-02-15 16:29

    if you check the dogs ancestory and their roots you will find they were not bred to fight but rather to protect, as usual, MAN went and messed that up by taking advantage of the dogs powerful build and used them to fight. these dogs are intelligent, wonderful and VERY misunderstood, and thats the shame of it, these are powerful dogs, and when treated correctly and raised properly are wonderful family dogs.. and that is a FACT.

  • Mandu Ngcobo - 2012-02-15 16:31

    RIP... but please dont blame the breed. I'm a proud owner of 3 APBTs and they are totally awesome dogs

  • Dominique - 2012-02-15 16:34

    I agree with what some of you are saying. A dogs behaviour has alot to do with how it's raised, but, Pitbulls are a whole other case. It's in their blood, in their character to fight and kill. Get a German Shepherd instead. They protect and are family dogs at the same time. These dogs are dangerous and it is true that many guys use them as an ego booster. Kinda like fast cars. I see this everyday where I live. R.I.P.

  • jostheron - 2012-02-15 16:35

    I blame the owner, he should be able to control his dog, give him a poodle.

      Iain - 2012-02-15 17:24

      Poodles are actually used by the special forces response teams in Europe as they are highly intelligent and will do anything with their owner. Have seen these dogs parachute-jump with the owner/carers.

      Heiku - 2012-02-15 18:04

      Adding to Lain's point; I had an orange for breakfast this morning..

      Evelyn - 2012-02-16 09:21

      Do not give him a poodle either, he should not have pets.

  • Gcwabe-KaMavovo - 2012-02-15 16:35

    Dog gets into somebody's property, kills the guy, and yet a number of people here feel more for the dead dog than the dead man?

      Heiku - 2012-02-15 16:44

      I don't understand it... I really don't.

      gerry.pelser - 2012-02-15 17:14

      Guilty. You have a point. And I'm one of those. I feel like crap now.

  • sergei.moroz - 2012-02-15 16:38

    Problem dies not lie in violence of these dogs but their owners and how they train them. Most owners don't even spend any time with their pets which later turns out tragedic!

  • Mouldy - 2012-02-15 16:38

    Tragic story. Here's the thing though; If a Poodle attacks someone, the person will probably come away with some puncture wounds and a Tetenis injection. A Pitbull gets miffed at you, you'll get your arm torn off or worse. I don't like those dogs, they are immensly powerfull, unpredictable bad ass killing machines. Add to that their butt ugly looks and I fail to see why people keep them at all.

      Heiku - 2012-02-15 16:45

      Well I use to be baffled too, but after reading the comments here and checking out the profiles of the posters I have a theory. People with low self esteem get these dogs so that they can feel bad-ass. Simple as that.

      lotz.ilse - 2012-02-15 17:01

      ALL of the ones I've met have been absolutely delightful. Again, whether or not it becomes a "bad ass killing machine" is up to the OWNER.

      Whitty - 2012-02-15 18:29

      heiku is either you sell dogs or you are a dog yourself.You are all over my screen,tjerrrrrrr......sit.

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      James - 2012-02-15 22:24

      @Heiku: 1986 was an extremely unfortunate year.....

  • colleen.figg - 2012-02-15 16:47

    i'd like to know who says this was a pitbull cos I did a blog once where I put up pics of several 'pitbull-like' dogs and one putbull and no one could identify the pitbull

      karen.glautier - 2012-02-15 19:48

      I have a pitbull who is massive, and he isn't two yet. People constantly ask me what breed he is, they don't know a pitbull from a staffie or an amstaf.

      brandon.gain - 2012-02-16 22:57

      A pitbull and Amstaff is the same dog Amstaff's are registered under AKC (american kennel club) they didnt want to register a dog with th word pit in its name so they changed the name. American pitbull terrier's are registered under UKC (United Kennel club).

  • Lucky Manaswe - 2012-02-15 16:48

    What was the dog doing in the dead man's property? Are u not suppose to keep your dogs in your yard or chain them when u walk them on the street? I'm not an animal expert but I think the owner was careless and should be charged for negligence. A person and the animal dies because of the negligence.

  • Ginny - 2012-02-15 17:00

    Pitbulls are awesome dogs. My children are 23, 20 and 10 years old. They have grown up with pits all their lives. We adore pits and once you own a pit you will never own another breed! They sleep on our beds, cuddle, love and adore us as much we do them - but man, you try climbing over my wall to break into my house and you're a gonner! So guess what - we have never had a robbery - EVER! So to all the negative people out there - go get a life and a pitbull ....! Pits rock!

      jdandrade1 - 2012-02-15 17:06

      I have owned a number of Pits and love them. I had two males living in my house together, unneutered and I had no issues. I think when you buy a pitbull, do research on the nature of the dog, buy from a good breeder ensuring there is no bad breeding and always solcialize as much as possible.

      Natasha - 2012-02-15 17:08

      I agree totally with u, (mine is also sleeping on my bed,and very protective and loving....

      Monique Seale - 2012-02-15 17:13

      Thanks for that Ginny. This particular dog was its owners baby. He was not ill treated or bred to fight. The dog was also kept in an closure. So to all the neigh sayers, please gather your facts before passing judgement. Yes he was a feirce protector of his family and their property, but as most people don't seem to know, if you provoke a dog he will retaliate.

      Supieeeeeee - 2012-02-16 09:02

      Well at least yours is a guard dog Ginny! Mine will just play with anyone that gets in the yard. No aggression at all

      Kallie - 2012-03-06 11:08

      Until some scumbag robber poisons your beloved dogs. My brother in law's rottie was poisoned and died. During the day his dogs were loose, and the robbers thru poisoned meat over the fence.

  • Bakers - 2012-02-15 17:15

    Sorry for Lanton and the unfortunate Dog. Its a very sad day. The owner is to blame 100% .It’s like saying that a firearm is evil or kills innocent people. No it's the person holding the weapon who is accountable. Charge the dog owner

      Boitumelo Rammego - 2012-02-15 17:26

      I wholeheartedly agree with you, its a pity that a man had to lose his life due to bad 'parenting'.

  • VoiceOfReason - 2012-02-15 17:19

    We've had a lot less fatal attacks since we introduced the Dangerous Dogs Act in the UK, part of which outlawed the American Pitball breed.

      Iain - 2012-02-15 17:27

      Every dog is a dangerous dog, or has the capacity to be dangerous. Just like people. Wish we could just ban dangerous people.

      Bakers - 2012-02-15 17:28

      Give the Poms Pussy cats not dogs

      Supieeeeeee - 2012-02-16 09:03

      It's called an American Pitbull...

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-02-15 17:53

    I have had two staffies.I have heard adverse stories on the habits and behaviour of a staffie .I must say that both my dogs did not display such habits or behaviour.It is all about how you treat and bring up your pets.All I had to do is talk and they listen.They are both deceased and we miss them very much.

  • Riedwaan Jefferies - 2012-02-15 18:23

    Should have saved the Pitbull and let it loose on those captured Rhino poachers!

  • jaap.kotze - 2012-02-15 18:35

    Big, vicious dogs are a curse. Owners do not believe until its to late. Im lucky and blessed to be alive after a dog attacked me on 1st September, last year. It was an indescribable and horrible experience! No, sir-lady. No ifs and buts!

      Zelda - 2012-02-15 20:46

      Please note - Pittbulls are NOT big and vicious dogs. The pitbull was bred in such a manner that even while fighting with another pitbull, its owner would be able to pick it up - any pitbull that was human aggressive was immediately put down. The REAL APBT weighs between 20kg and 25kg and if they are bigger, they are the show standard of pitbull or they are not a pitbull at all. I have been attending pitbull shows for almost a year now.....and even with all the pits there, we have NEVER had any problems with fighting.

  • Winsome - 2012-02-15 19:16

    "The officer was forced to shoot and kill the dog" - the darn owner should have been shot. Stop blaming the animals for these attacks. Do yourselves a favour and watch The Dog Whisperer.

      karen.glautier - 2012-02-15 19:57

      Hahahahahahahahaha, the most argued over methods of dog handling in the world.

  • Moya Smith - 2012-02-15 19:34

    RIP to both Mr Lanton and the dog. He may have attacked but he's an animal and, like any animal, and a powerful one at that, unpredictable.

  • Grant Mark Gilbert - 2012-02-15 20:01

    Shame Yolanda Shangase. I would assume from such a moronic statement that you did not read or understand the article. It was not the owner that was killed to start off with. Secondly I do not believe that there is such a thing as a dangerous breed of dog, only dangerous owners. Thirdly I do not believe that making new laws to control ownership of these breeds corrects any problems. Why don't the police for once do their damn jobs and stop the dog fighting rings like they have been begged to do and get rid of the trash that make their dogs vicious for fighting and other varied reasons. Throwing laws at something fixes nothing. There are enough existing but unenforced laws already in place. They say pitbulls are vicious but they endure ear cropping, beatings, taunting, starvation and then goaded into fighting and HUMANS have the audacity to call the dogs vicious??

  • Brainbow Gold - 2012-02-15 20:52

    While the breed resonates with problems associated with aggression, ego and bloodsport why would anyone in their right mind chose to have a pitbull?

  • Chabi - 2012-02-15 21:43

    Dog food !!!

  • ljibucher - 2012-02-16 00:38

    Heiku - banning the breed will not solve the problem - pitbulls are simply one breed, their are numerous power breed dogs that have the potential to be dangerous. Then we should ban pitties, bull terriers, boerboels, rotties, cane corsos etc etc - any dog that has the potential to cause severe damage in an attack. Responsible ownership is key here - not breed banning. It also needs to be noted in your 'in depth, factually based research' - the stats for the USA list pitbulls as 'any dog that may appear to be a pitbull, pitbull cross, or pitbull type dog' - most of the time people dont even know what a pitbull looks like. The pitbull was bred to have animal prey drive, not human. In fact - handlers have to be able to step into dog fights and remove their dogs without their dogs turning them, even when they are engaged in a fight. Where you come up with 'Until they do what they have been bred to do and kill someone. Then your friends are not so awesome anymore.' - god knows - no history shows them being bred as human killers . You are free to your own opinion - however - do a little more research and get the whole picture, not just the bit thats that you 'like'.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-02-16 06:31

    Sad day

  • Hugo - 2012-02-16 07:31

    A human being died and people are going on and on about how the dog was actually a victim,shall we use the same reasoning by blaming a dangerous criminal's bad upbringing in justifying his horrible crimes. where is your humanity? *sad*

  • Ryan Taylor - 2012-02-16 07:32

    There are more recorded deaths from rottweilers, how about stories where a pittbull saves kids life.....it is very tragic and the animal did need to be destroyed, but it is the owners fault. He obviously bred the dog to be aggressive....funny hw some need a pitt to be main owes

      Bakers - 2012-02-16 07:47

      Dutch govt to lift pitbull ban 2008-06-09 21:20 Amsterdam - The Dutch government says it will lift a long-standing ban on pitbulls because it did not lead to any decrease in bite incidents. Agriculture Minister Gerda Verburg has informed parliament of the decision, which follows the advice of a commission of experts appointed to review the policy. Instead, the country will focus on enforcing local leashing laws and owner education programmes. Spokesperson Koen Geelink said on Monday the ministry hopes to have a new policy in place by year-end, in which dogs that have displayed aggression will be tested by an expert. The country banned the breeding and possession of pitbulls in 1993, after three children were killed by the dogs

  • Evelyn - 2012-02-16 09:12

    It is very sad that the neighbours who owned the Pittbull did nothing to help the poor man who was 60 years of age, they ought to be ashamed of themselves and why was the dog in his yard. They are at fault for this, I hope they can live with themselves.

  • Trevor - 2012-02-16 12:34

    DOgs to what they have learned from their owners ! when you want to drive a car you have to pass a test to see if you can drive ! the same should apply to owning an animal, its all very well getting a dog license if you have know idea how to raise a dog correctly !

  • brandon.gain - 2012-02-16 22:40

    I want to see the dogs papers before you can say its a pitbull, APBT will never harm a human even if it is a fighting dog(registered pitbulls)

  • rosarios.kennel - 2012-02-17 00:36

    The Pit bull terrier is one of the best breeds of all. What it is doing with pit bull is a real holocaust. The mith of the dog of devel or a beast is a lie that is continuing be perpetuate the hate and fear withou knowlege. First know, than judge. The pit bul terrier is a family dog that became a urban mith of beast, like happens in past with Jews and Gypsies and the many fantasys about then. The pit bull, in the dog perspetive have been a target of the same persecution.

  • JessJdt - 2012-02-21 20:49

    Punish the Deed NOT the Breed! I vote that there should be a law that you must have a license to be a pitbull owner, inspection should be done and if you are not mentally ready or cant take care of a pitbull,put lots of time into exersising them, you should not be allowed to own one. Pitbulls are powerfull dogs, and the most loyal companions, but raised the wrong way will be dangerous! the owners should be blamed, not the dog!

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