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It's Not About Pit Bulls, It's About Pity On A Family Being Bullied

Imagine if we all had lawsuits against our neighbors over things we feared in our minds. Things that haven't happened yet but hypothetically could happen.

Excuse me while I get political, I mean pit bull. Having pits as pets divides the nation almost as much as this months presidential election; most people have a strong opinion one way or the other. There's a wealth of knowledge on the Internet yet depending what site you visit, you're not guaranteed accurate information.

I love pits and as most of you know, I'm a self-proclaimed pittie advocate. I've visited sites of those against pits and they make me nervous. They make me very nervous; nervous because of how powerful the written word is and how an article filled with 'facts' can sway a person so quickly.

While my kids are sound asleep and cuddling our dogs, one of which is a pit, I see the news stories about pit bull attacks. While my kids are dressing our pit into a fairy princess in the morning, I read about pit bull attacks in the paper. Pit bull attack stories sell, that's why the media jumps on them. Whether or not you are a pit lover or you are scared of pits, the headline grabs you and stops you in your tracks.

Disturbingly enough, the most recent article I have read is hitting close to home, around 8 miles from home. What's most disturbing is from what I take from the article 'Wilmette residents sue neighbors who own pit bull' is that not much of anything is based on fact, except the actual lawsuit. I'm not a dog behaviorist, however, I'm fairly certain dogs don't go out 'hunting' other dogs. Nor am I a lawyer, however I'm fairly certain much of this lawsuit is based on four families that are trying to sue someone over their own fears. Imagine if we all had lawsuits against our neighbors over things we feared in our minds. Things that haven't happened yet but hypothetically could happen. What happened to innocent until proven guilty?

I can't imagine waking up one morning to find out someone was not only against the dogs I chose to keep in my own house but also took the time to recruit neighbors and contact the media with a hot selling pit story.

I'm assuming while those four families listed in the lawsuit have huddled together to make a big deal of something they fear in their own minds; there is a group of pit lovers, advocates, guardians, etc. that will also come together to support this family that is being 'bullied' by their neighbors.

Can't we work things out with our neighbors without getting the court system and the community involved?  Can't we all just get along? 

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GrossPoint November 16, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Wow, I think you have me there Erin. I bow before your masterful knowledge of Dog Psychology and the tricky nomenclature of the "tiny Yorkie". I do disagree with the knives and alcohol comparison though, as knives and alcohol are inanimate objects, lacking ability to attack on their own, as opposed to animals, which are animate beings, capable of all kinds of behavior. By the way, what on earth does your essay have to do with the rights of people to use the courts to find a remedy when village ordinance is insufficient? Gross Point is a old Village that became a part of Wilmette. Not sure how that "says it all", but there you have it.
Erin Cooper November 16, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Gobble Gobble!! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! :0) Hey Gross Point, your "a" in front of "old" should actually be "an". Just as annoying as uniformed people who banish dog breeds without incident. Punish the deed, not the breed. It's the irresponsible owners that create dogs that have issues. And my rottie never bit anyone and was loved by all the kids that saw him everyday on their way to school. If you want an actual essay, do some research about the truth behind the misleadings that have been created by pit haters and such. My sister was bit by a "wonderful family lab" when she was 9. Why? Cause too many kids got in the dogs face so out of protection and fear for her being surrounded by a bunch of kids and confusion, she tried to protect herself and bit my sister. Plain and simple. Bit out of fear and confusion. And what happens when an inatimate objects like knives are placed too close to the edge of a counter and it falls and cuts off your toe or stabs your kid? Or you decide to have a drink and then get in a car? We all know what can happen in that scenario. And both of those inatimate objects are most likely in your house. Have a great holiday!! Starting with research that is highly needed before opinions are formed. A golfball is an inatimate object as well until someone slices and it takes out a window or hits a fellow golfer. Is there a lawsuit there too? By the way, there was no lawsuit when my sister got bit. Was never thought of. Ever.
GrossPoint November 16, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Why do we we need to start "with research that is highly needed before opinions are formed"? The plaintiffs can bring their experts, and the dog-lover party can bring their experts and have it out. It is how litigation works. Providing immunity from litigation to dog owners based on one opinion or another sounds like a very bad idea.
Mparker November 17, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Interesting, obviously sparking lots of commentary. In terms of breeds, It could be possible that it is not the breed, but what happens to the breed or specific dog. I know someone that was attacked, unprovoked by a golden retriever. It happened to be a shelter dog, it had experienced some sort of trauma to cause it to behave the way it did. There was recently a case of a woman being mauled to death by a mastiff. Would someone sue because their neighbor owns a mastiff?
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