FORUM 1: Should breed specific laws restrict or ban putting bulls? Laws Protect Them From Abuse | Opinion
Storm, another chained pit bull, was only four years old, but years of neglect and over-breeding had left him in the physical condition of a much older dog. Her owner eventually returned her after the PETA investigator discovered that her collar was deeply and painfully sunk into her neck.
Storm suffered from terrible arthritis and other serious and incurable health problems, and euthanasia was the nicest thing that could be done.
When I was an animal control officer I encountered countless pit bulls that were scarred everywhere. Their owners admitted that they chained the dogs to “bloat” them and “make them mean”.
One man even told me that his pit bull had been fed gunpowder and that he was “never right after that”. He was a huge, beautiful dog who was eventually shot by a policeman because he attacked another dog and didn’t want to let go.
It’s no surprise that these dogs – who were bred to kill each other in a pit and are disproportionately neglected and abused – often go on a rampage, attacking other dogs or humans, sometimes fatally.
But legislation can save lives. In San Francisco, the number of pit bulls euthanized by animal control fell 24% just 18 months after the city passed a pit bull sterilization ordinance, and animal control officers reported that the pit bulls they encountered were calmer and better socialized following sterilization. .