Arkansas Town Bans Pit Bulls!
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this story. It seemed more than a little extreme to me to single out one breed! However, in the past year, there have been four cases of a Pit Bulls attacking and chasing people and sadly, these few incidences have caused West Fork Mayor, Frances Hime, to take action,
“I don't want to punish the animal, but we have to get at the people somehow, and this is the way that we send the message.”
Understandably, responsible Pit Bull owners and humane society workers were extremely upset by this ban. They have put a lot of love and effort into training their Pit Bulls to be good, loving dogs. Plus, Pit Bulls ARE inherently a kind breed. However, the owners of these Pit Bulls were irresponsible and never trained their dogs. They let them roam around the town.
They rightly ask - should all Pit Bull owners suffer for the irresponsible actions of a few?
Hime isn’t against pit bulls, she is an avid pit bull lover. She used to own one and loved her dog very dearly, so she does understand the concerns of the responsible owners.
“I've had a pit bull in the past, I had it for many years, they're sweet and loving, but there are people who aren't responsible.”
And of course, she needs to protect people and there should be some sort of consequence for those who are not responsible, but members of the town believe a ban is taking it too far.
“I'm not so sure that it's constitutional, I think it's more a matter of raising and enforcing laws that are probably preexisting." -Bob Simms, town member
"I don't know if we really need a ban, it really relates back to how the dogs are raised and trained," -Ronald Sidebottom, owner of 3 dogs
With a lot of the town against this measure, a meeting was held last Tuesday night to let people in the community voice their concerns. Luckily, the responsible Pit Bull owners made their voices heard. The meeting lasted until 11p.m. and all that talking into the night paid off – the ban will most likely be revoked! Instead, a tougher ordinance on irresponsible owners and greater penalties will be given to vicious animals – no matter what the breed.
What do YOU think?
Is it more important to take preventative safety steps or to allow people their right to own the breed they want?