In less than one month, pit bulls have attacked several young children in Deerfield Beach, Florida. The mother of one of the young children attack believes that Broward County should enact a ban against this breed, similar to the one in Miami-Dade County. Miami-Dade’s law bans ownership of American pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers or any other dog that exhibits the traits of these breeds.
The inherent difficulty in banning breeds like Pit Bulls is that very rarely are these dogs entirely purebred. Often they are a mix of American Staffordshire terriers with other types of dogs. Pit Bull lovers love to argue that these bans are unfair because they believe the violence these dogs commit is unrelated to the breed, but rather the result of bad owners,the evidence seems undeniable.
One victim this week was riding his bike near his Deerfield Beach home when he was bitten by a pit bull. The boy fled to a playmate’s home, where an adult was required to beat the animal off the boy. The young boy suffered a broken arm and wounds on his face and limbs that required at least 30 stitches.
Another child in Deerfield Beach was bitten by a Pit Bull, requiring a neighbor to shoot and kill the dog. Although the child will recover from her physical injuries, the emotional trauma will be much more difficult to overcome.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says on its website that 885,000 Americans seek medical attention for dog bites every year, and that half of them are children. Of the injured, 31,000 require reconstructive surgery, the website says.
Broward County Animal Care and Adoption policy is that if a dog has a previous bite history and bites someone else, it could be euthanized under county law, pending appeal by its owner.
The CDC’s website states that Pit Bulls were responsible, more than any other breed of dog, for fatal dog bites to humans.
With each passing year, the problem of Pit Bulls becomes increasingly apparent. Both Broward County and the State of Floridaneed to find the political will to ban this aggressive breed from our streets and our children.
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