Friday, February 13, 2004

Forget personal responsibility, let's blame the dog!

I can check another place off the list of where I won't live. Kira isn't welcome in Guysborough, Nova Scotia. Not sure where that exactly is, and also not sure 'Guysborough' is where I'd want to live, but, either way, when I retire and run away from it all, don't look for me there.

I am not going to discount the tragedies that happen w/ dog attacks. Nor am I going to say that all breeds are exactly equal in their destructive capability. However, it is not as clear cut as people who want to ban specific breeds (and the people in Guysborough) try and make it.

It truly IS the owner who is to blame in making a dog (or failing to NOT make a dog) the type that would be going around attacking things. I feel bad for the owner of the poodle, but, come on, they have some shared responsibility in this. They have their house setup so a something can just 'wander in' without being stopped? No fence? This beloved poodle could have just 'wandered out' and gotten run over by a car. Then they try and make it seem even more scary by saying the child had been brough inside just 5 minutes before. So, if you time it right, you can go to these people's house and wander into the backyard and take their kid and no one will notice.

Anyway, Rottweilers and other breeds with a bad rap just have more than the average capability to do damage when they 'go bad'. You could make a Chihuahua viscious, they just won't actually be able to hurt anyone since they are about the size of a can of Coke. Are we going to then start banning larger and stronger humans?


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