Simple solution would save lives
Re: Parents thankful girl, 4, survives pit bull attack, Aug. 28.
Pit bull attacks seem to be on the rise.
Although all dogs can attack, they are usually provoked in some way.
Pit bulls, even the most loving of them, seem to be trigger-happy and attack for no good reason, and no one seems to know the reason why.
What we do know is that the attacks are usually on smaller dogs and children, and both do move very quickly, so could it be that the pit bull’s inner trigger need is to protect and attack quick moving objects? Perhaps.
To ban pit bulls altogether provincially will take months if not years to implement as there will be many debates over the issue, so the simple solution now would be to have it mandatory within our own city to have all pit bulls – even mixed breeds – fully muzzled at all times while in public.
The new bylaw should also be strictly enforced in that if pit bulls are seen in public unmuzzled then 911 is to be called by anyone, and the pit bull is to be immediately confiscated by both police and bylaw officer, with a hefty fine to pay before the dog is returned so the lesson is well learned.
There should be no excuses or exceptions tolerated, especially when it comes to our own personal safety. Problem solved.
Cheryl Berti, White Rock
• • •
Re: Universal bond, Sept. 4.
After reading the article on Emma Cranford and her visit with Miss Universe Canada Sahar Biniaz, it really struck home.
My husband was out walking our golden retriever on-leash behind Southridge School, when he was approached by a tough looking man in his 20s walking his pit bull off-leash.
My husband brought our dog closer to him and led him to the side so the dogs weren’t close as they passed, but the pit bull came around to our golden, who isn’t the friendliest golden retriever, and a fight ensued.
Thankfully, after some yelling, the younger man was able to grab his pit bull by the collar and drag him away.
I’m always cautious and afraid of pit bulls on a good day, but to actually walk your pit bull off leash is bewildering. Thankfully the fight was able to be broken up before any damage was done.
Not only should these pit bull owners put a muzzle on these dogs, but a leash would be nice too.
Carol Castagna, Surrey