Lina Grant: Need dog solution
May 7, 2011
I have been deliberating about what to say in response to the incident that happened on May 4. It pains me to have seen my poor dog, Tiny, after she was attacked by two other dogs. Yes, my dog was out of the yard, so are many other dogs in this neighborhood. I have made my fences taller, and she still got out. The image of seeing my dog lying there on the grass after getting attacked will forever be etched in my mind. I cannot sleep because of seeing my dog and thinking of the pain and panic she faced during the attack. She died on the way to the vet. I am grateful that my two young children did not see our family pet and that they were not outside while these dogs were out.
I do not in any way condemn pit bulls; I know many who are sweet dogs. But it is those select few that don't get the proper training and the right owners to keep them from becoming aggressive that give this breed a bad rap. This is true with any breed. It is the responsibility of the owners to properly train their animals.
It is unfortunate that this has happened to a 13-pound dog that was never aggressive and couldn't stand a chance against these two powerhouses. It is unfortunate the fate of those two dogs, as well. There have been red flags, not just about these two pit bulls, but about the owners. This is not the first time they have had a dog(s) that has killed animals in this area. I have been told they have had a previous pit bull that killed a calf on a nearby ranch. There has also been a Siberian husky that has killed multiple chickens and turkeys in my very yard, owned by these same people. And now the tragedy of a family pet at the paws of two pit bulls.
I am not here to condemn the owners; what I want is a conversation in our community. A conversation about people owning any known breed of dog that can be so aggressive. Maybe some kind of legislation that performs a background check on potential owners like they do for people owning a gun. Dogs that kill are like loaded weapons in a house with children, it is inevitable that someone or something will get hurt. We are just lucky it wasn't a small child that tried to outrun these dogs. This is not a people versus pit bull problem. It is a people having pit bull or any aggressive dog problem.
I am grateful for the outpouring support and prayers for my two children and myself. Thank you friends, family and neighbors for the wonderful hugs. I want to thank the person who found my dog's collar and put it on my gate that night. I only hope for some closure and peace.