Saturday, January 19, 2008

Puppy Love

"I thought I was going to die" - headline.

11-year old Jacquelyn Boudreau required 3,000 stitches after she was attacked by a Rottweiller in December. (photo: Cindy Schultz / Times Union)

I've always wondered if there was another terrorist attack or a natural disaster, would wild beasts break free of zoos and roam the cityscape, stalking human prey? Guess there are bigger things to worry about. Savage beasts are already among us in the form of hundreds of pit bulls and other vicious dogs right here in the Capital Region! What if there was a disaster and they got loose, began roaming and began forming packs?

The Times Union story that inspired this post is a life-lesson for all. The newspaper should get on the dogowner's ass and on the local municipality for allowing vicious breeds to be kept at all. But like the numbers of people who get arrested everyday for driving drunk despite a massive national education and awareness campaign, there are idiots who choose to keep vicious animals as "pets" and newspaper reporters who focus on the soft spot rather than confront the dog onwer to "ask tough questions." Oh, I'm sorry. The owner isn't returning calls. My bad. (Yoo-hoo, CBS6, where are you?)

So today the TU prints one of those tear-jerker articles. Yes, it's awful. this little girl's happy life interrupted by needless crap because a selfish, thoughtless relative chose to harbor a vicious breed of dog as "pet." Her "Poppy" lost his glasses and hearing aids as he tried to save his granddaughter from jaws of death.

Now get this: the dogowner is APPEALING a decision that his beloved "Max" be destroyed.
North Greenbush Town Justice Andrew G. Ceresia has ordered Max be put down. The dog is in the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society shelter in Menands while the owner appeals the decision.

Guilderland veterinarian Holly Cheever, a specialist in animal behavior, said she agrees the dog should be destroyed.

The owner of the dog, Stephen Agar, did not return calls for comment.

"I will tell you this, this will happen again with this dog," Cheever said.
THIS IS ANOTHER REASON WE MUST PROTECT OUR RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS. In the event of a disaster as I outlined above, surviving humans would continue to survive only if they could secure handguns and other weapons to protect themselves and families from these "harmless" pets. And I must say, if this was my child, that Rot would have been shot dead immediately. There are excellent mental hospitals where the Rot's master could comfortably live out his remaining days. Oh and he's lucky that wasn't my kid. Charles Bronson is my hero.

Let's go after irresponsible dog owners and municipalities that fail or refuse to tighten up laws on harboring vicious breeds. There's nothing like a little public outcry to get lazy politicians moving!

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