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a 15mth.old wanders next door with his new toy lawnmower on Xmas Day and is attacked by a tethered pitbull with a history of running at people; a Rotorua 9yr.old has deep cuts to her head and arm after being bitten by an American bulldog while walking the dog with its owner; an Ashburton 3yr.old's throat is ripped open by a doberman Staffordshire bull terrier cross, apparently wanting the toddler's chocolate...
And the response?
NZ Kennel Club pres Owen Dance says dog attacks are inevitable until parents have a better understanding of dog behaviour, and can advise their children how best to approach an animal. Ok, so how many years must a child be confined until they're old enough to be a "dog whisperer"?
Auckland Council proposes tough new laws (incl.desexing uncontrolled dogs caught twice in one year).
Local Govt.Minister Nick Smith dribbles the usual crap about "taking a fresh look at the rules".
But dogs can't read, so it comes back to the owners. Gangs like pitbulls because they intimidate people...and you can guarantee hoods wouldn't give a damn about 'tough new laws'.
The SPCA ranks pitbulls No.1 on the list of instinctively aggressive dogs. Let's face it: the breed was created for fighting. After a 2003 attack on a 7yr.old by a Staffordshire bull terrier cross, four breeds (American pitbull terrier, dogo argentino, Brazilian fila and Japanese tosa) were classified "menacing" and their importation banned. But those already in NZ were left to breed and interbreed freely. And so the situation continued...
If we seriously seek a 'golden bullet' solution, then that IS the solution. ALL dogs classified as "menacing" or "dangerous" should be put down forthwith. Rangers should have the power to instantly impound and destroy any of those breeds they see. All owners of such dogs should be ordered to surrender them immediately or face the consequences. If that involves the breaching of some gangs' precious civil rights by storming their HQ to remove guard dogs, then so be it, as it's in the Public Good.
NZ needs to stop pissing around and DEAL with this situation HARD.
The only good vicious dog is a DEAD vicious dog.