'I am sick of these stories'
A report of an attack on a two-year-old St Ann boy by a pit bull last week has angered Jamaica Observer online readers, who say it is time Government enforce the law where the importation and harbouring of the vicious dogs are concerned. Readers believe a warning against the purchasing and petting of the animals is inadequate. The attack has left the boy with severe injuries to the face, the Observer has learnt. Here are some edited comments:
The Government should make the importation and keeping of these dogs a crime. It is sad that so many [people] are maimed by them and they know the dangers which exist before they get these dogs.
The dogs are not to be blamed, as, if they are irritated, they will do what they are trained to do. The owners should pay heavy fines for these offences committed by these pets and the dogs confiscated, then put to sleep by the vets. Hope that the owner pays the full medical bill for this child.
@Really: This particular breed of dog is highly unpredictable and may not have to be irritated, hence the attack. They are known to attack owners, household members and are particularly cruel to children and other breeds of dogs.
@Chapter1: You have to state your facts and don't repeat falsely. They are known to be aggressive, are highly territorial, hostile to strangers.They are generally hostile to other dogs in nature; they were bred to fight dogs. As for being cruel to children, dogs don't know right or wrong as a human does... they can attack if provoked or if the child does something to trigger an attack response. That's why they must be properly trained [and] monitored as powerful dogs.
Terobe, most of the cases I have read (and I have read plenty) of pit bulls attacking and killing (their owners mostly), there was nothing identifiable that the victim did to provoke the attack. That is why these animals are so, so dangerous and why Jamaicans should stop using them as accessories. It is downright criminal to treat with a dangerous animal in a manner that leaves room for it to attack and kill/maim others. I, for one, am sick of these stories and think it's about time that we do something about it. It's sad when you see these STUPIDS strutting down the street, armed with a pit bull, looking around to see if anyone's looking at them, like the animal is a gold chain.
@Really: Irritated? Like when you take too long to feed them and when you're taking the food to them they attack you to get the food that you're taking to them?
These dogs should be banned in Jamaica. They are used for one thing in Jamaica and we know what that is. Too many dogs roaming in Jjamaica, it's time to euthanise.
@Cathline Mattews: What are they used for I would love to know.
@ lenat: Some persons use them to protect their criminality.
@ lenat: Rich people use them to protect their property and drug dealers and gangsters use them for nefarious purposes (ie, is not me kill him is di dog dat done it).
Pit bulls are not native to Jamaica so, how did they get there in the first place? They should be banned by the Government, and all existing dogs euthanised. Anyone caught with one after that, should be fined HEAVILY.
Jamaicans need to get american lifestyles out out of their culture. Adapting our great African ancestors culture is the way to go. I've lived in America for over 20 years and I still refer to my offspring as my children and not as kids.
Does anyone, including the Government, realise the pit bull is an American breed and Jamaica has banned all importation of dogs from the US? So, if the pit bull is in Jamaica, it is ILLEGAL. Why don't the police act on this obvious situation? Completely unacceptable!
How much more evidence is needed to prove that these dogs should be put on a list to be controlled? How many more incidents before people have to prove that they are fit and proper to own/secure these things? How many more citizens need to be mauled/killed before something is done about these so called pets?
Recently, National Geographic aired a documentary called Drug Inc, which features Jamaican criminal gangs armed with high-powered weapons and pit bulls.
Put the ugly thing to death!
These dogs are trained and taught to be aggressive by their owners. If raised like normal dogs, they'll behave normally like any other dog. It's the owners who should be punished in instances like this.
Police kill and harm more people than pit bulls. The dog is not responsible, the owner is. These dogs only do what they are asked to. How many other dogs bite people here every year?