There was a really horrific dog attack in the Treme section of New Orleans a week ago; two "pit bull type" dogs, both intact, one rumored to be pregnant, ran loose and jumped on a four year old girl and then attacked an older man (I think he was 59). There were serious injuries, and there were also reports of injuries that were inaccurate. In any case, a nasty situation. I heard from neighbors that the owner of the dogs was a problem, that he couldn't control the dogs, that they had worried for some time that something would happen, but didn't know what to do, since we live in a place were response to reports is typically slow. The local paper quoted someone from the SPCA suggesting the dogs would have been less likely to attack if they'd been spayed or neutered. The owner responded by saying that castrating a dog is cruel.
Owned strays are a big problem. I've been chased by individual dogs and packs of dogs in the past month, and in nearly every case the dogs are owned--and intact, which means that they are creating more dogs every time they roam. (Well, not literally every time, but you know what I mean.) If the neighbors in Treme had felt that reporting these dogs would get them somewhere, or if a beat cop had reported them previously, the attack last week would not have occurred.
But, of course, there are still people who think the solution is to ban dogs that look that way. So this morning I saw that someone had arrived at this blog searching for a petition to ban pit bulls in Louisiana. Of course, this person was not actually from Louisiana, or even a neighboring state.
This took me to an utterly insane site called DogBites.org, which was trumpeting the possibility of a ban in Louisiana. This was particularly interesting (ie. hypocritical), because elsewhere on their site, they express their outrage at the possibility of pro-dog people from out of state participated in an online survey in Loudon County, where the legislature was trying enact BSL. This was dishonest and manipulative, they say, and typical of the evil pit bull owner. And yet they also highlight a study that "proves" pit bulls are responsible for most dog bites--yet they never identify the report as being the infamous CDC report, which even the CDC has denounced as inaccurate and misleading.
The site is registered to someone named Gary Stevens in Seattle, although at one point he had listed the site to the Seattle Police Department, and he currently lists a contact phone number that is apparently a pay phone outside a Chevron station. Just the kind of person one would trust for truthful info?