Pit bull attacks, kills woman's pet dog on Blackhawk street Around Town, posted by Editor, Pleasanton Weekly Online, on Apr 27, 2011 at 10:12 am
A woman whose small dog was attacked and killed by a pit bull as she walked it on a quiet cul-de-sac in a gated community in Blackhawk said Tuesday that she hoped the owner of the pit bull would take responsibility for what happened and come forward.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, April 27, 2011, 5:30 AM
Posted by Sam, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, on Apr 27, 2011 at 12:52 pm
Well, yeah, I do think that pit bulls are inherently vicious. After all, they were deliberately bred that way, weren't they? But I agree that the ultimate responsibility lies with the people who bred them to be like that and the people who decide to have such inherently vicious dogs around as pets.
Posted by rdr, a resident of the Kottinger Ranch neighborhood, on Apr 27, 2011 at 2:54 pm
I wouldn't have a problem if the breed of dog just disappeared. Who would be harmed anyway? We would likely save many lives. The responsibility lies with society to end this breed. Shame on anyone who breeds these dogs. If this offends you, you need to take a long hard look in the mirror. If this offends you, then it should. I mean offence.
Posted by I love my pit, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 27, 2011 at 6:24 pm
This is disgusting. Especially how the article mentions the pit breed but not the "small dog" breed. If it is one of those stupid fluffy yappy dogs it probably provoked the "larger dog". Not making excuses because this is a sad situation, but please this is such a biased article.
I agree--educate yourself about the breed. The OWNERS make a dog aggressive, not the breed.
I love my pit mix and shame on people that say we should get rid of the breed. How would you like it if people said we should just get rid of bratty kids? Aren't those the product of the parents, not the breed?
Posted by Sam, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, on Apr 27, 2011 at 6:30 pm
Jennifer said:"The prejudice against an entire breed of dogs on here is disgusting. Please educate yourselves: www.badrap.org"
This particular breed of dog is featured all too prominently in all too many news stories about this breed attacking men, women, children, and other dogs. I have all the information I need. I HATE pit bulls. If it makes you feel any better, though, I hate pit bull owners even more.
Posted by Sam, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, on Apr 27, 2011 at 6:42 pm
"I love" said:"This is disgusting. Especially how the article mentions the pit breed but not the "small dog" breed. If it is one of those stupid fluffy yappy dogs it probably provoked the "larger dog". Not making excuses because this is a sad situation, but please this is such a biased article."
Well, actually, you just did make an excuse. You said, and I quote, " If it is one of those stupid fluffy yappy dogs it probably provoked the "larger dog"." is that an excuse for the pit bull's behavior? Yeah, sure enough, that's an excuse all right.
Posted by rdr, a resident of the Kottinger Ranch neighborhood, on Apr 27, 2011 at 7:31 pm
We don't have to kill all the existing dogs. At the very least we should prevent them from breeding. We should require that. What could possibly be the harm in doing that? This isn't a species, it is a breed.
You say, "kill someone or something you think is dangerous and all will be well". We've pretty nearly done that with the smallpox virus, and things are looking pretty good there, don't you think?
Posted by Jennifer, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on Apr 28, 2011 at 11:06 am
Sam, that's great. Love that you admitted that you get all your information about a breed from a 24 hour news cycle and don't want to have the actual facts.
Rdr- obviously the breed isn't inherently dangerous like smallpox. That should go without saying. A few bad apples are in every breed - come to our dog training class and watch the boston terrier attack the other dogs each class. Then maybe you can tell me that boston's shouldn't be bred anymore either.
Posted by rdr, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 28, 2011 at 1:01 pm
"come to our dog training class and watch the boston terrier attack the other dogs each class."
I'm sure you know that one example proves nothing. Of course there are bad apples in any breed. But pit bulls were bred for aggression. They were bred for an inclination to attack other animals. Statistically they are much more likely to attack.
What is the point in continuing to breed them? Why do it? It would be good for society if we reduced the number of pit bulls, or eliminated them entirely.
Posted by Wow, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on May 3, 2011 at 1:07 pm
To the person who hates Pit-bull owners more than Pit-bulls, no worries we hate you too. I love my pit and he is the sweetest dog. I think we should just kill all the little rat dogs out there. Small dogs are Useless Animals, good for nothing but making slippers!!!!!!
Posted by Laury, a resident of the Laguna Vista neighborhood, on Jan 13, 2013 at 1:35 pm
So many very sad comments here. My Canine Good Citizen Chihuahua was attacked and killed by a German Shepherd that yanked the leash out of the hands of the owner. My dog was the sweetest, most calm, non-barking dog. He would look straight ahead, ignoring other dogs on our strolls. He was not near the Shepherd, but that dog ran full speed to kill him. In the past, I fostered a very sweet Shar Pei mix who was in training to curb his prey instinct and obey commands. I was aware that he could easily kill an innocent dog or cat, so I knew I could not keep him. The Shar Pei's adoptive people were continuing the training and I hope they have controlled him to prevent traumatizing an innocent family.