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Reader Input: Breed-specific legislation too limiting

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Seriously? Again? How many times must we beat a dead horse (“California must regulate pit bulls,” Reader Input, March 20)? Government has no business trying to “regulate” everything that someone doesn’t like or approve of.
The majority of pit bulls are loving and gentle family pets. The very few that make headlines are raised specifically to be dangerous, and most of those injuries and deaths Mr. (Frank) Ford is referring to happen to people living in the same home with the animal.
There are several breeds out there that make even a dangerous pit bull seem like a kitten. Would this “regulation” then expand to them, too? How about the German shepherd, Cocker Spaniel and even Chihuahuas? These breeds are also on the “bite” list.
Who, and how, does someone identify a pit bull? I have shown and groomed dogs for over 30 years, and I can’t always tell the breeding of an individual dog.
As a lifelong dog owner, I adamantly reject the government’s ability to choose a breed of dog for me. I do, however, expect my canine companion to be respectful of humans and am prepared to accept blame myself if my pet should ever harm anyone. Breed-specific legislation is far too limiting. Punish the deed, not the breed.
If someone’s Cocker attacks me, I expect the owner to be responsible. As long as some owners treat their pets as children, there will be dog bites, because they are not humans, they are dogs.
They react much differently to stimulus, and uneducated owners usually don’t recognize the signs of danger.
In the attack with the horse (“Horse escapes with minor injuries in pit bull attack,” Journal, March 5), the fact that the owners escaped with their dog shows that these people are not competent owners. It wouldn’t matter what breed they owned, they are an accident waiting for a place to happen.
Please, let’s hold people responsible for their own (and their pet’s) actions, and stop trying to legislate a world where no one ever gets injured by trying to eliminate the tool of injury. It simply will never be.
Shawn Brown, Auburn