Friday, March 5, 2010
Prancing With Pit Bulls
There are stray dogs all over the island. It is a huge problem that needs to be addressed.
In January I took the very first class held her to certify animal control officers. On Saturday the newly formed organization of animal control officers and cruelty investigators, F.O.I.C.C.A., will hold an organizational meeting. As the fledgling group gains momentum, we will see change, pray God.
From my home in a rural farming community I do not see the intensity of the problem as people do in other more densely populated parts of the island.
In the states I am not a proponent of breed specific legislation. My feeling is today the Pit Bull tomorrow the Poodle.
Here indiscriminant breeding is the norm. A couple of years ago I freaked out as I saw a wolf hybrid trotting down the road. My feelings on wolf hybrids are strong; I've worked with them and handled a wolf. You really need to know what you are doing to have one!! Caution!!
I will usually support your right to do anything you want that doesn't harm others. The trouble here is that whatever is here is breeding in the general population of free ranging dogs. The idea of wolf hybrids breeding with powerful breeds bred for fighting in the pits, OMG.
I won't pretend to have any answers, still just figuring out the questions. Thought you might be interested in what another lady has to say.
The following is a post taken from a list with the permission of the author, who feels her position very passionately.
What a pity all this BS goes on and on... Puerto Rico would NOT be in this situation if the laws had been enforced in 1970.. No one actually NEEDS a pitbull... there are many breeds out there.
THe law that needs supplementing is one that phases out pitbulls gradually and that should be enforced..
spay and neuter all pit bulls, import none... so simple so impossible.
I put the pit bull I rescued to sleep, it broke my heart but I did not want an irresponsible person to adopt it, nor did I want a family with children to adopt it.
I think all you pit bull 'lovers' are extraordinarily vain and selfish and have insufficient ba#@s
actually I would prefer that all males who feel the NEED for a pit get themselves castrated then they would no longer feel the need to prance around town with their so called friendly pit bull.
You know what? There are many Pit bulls in Luquillo, half of them are aggressive and barely, just barely under control... they are loose on the beach while their owners surf. you can be sure no policeman does anything about it at all.
Some tourists left Puerto Rico in disgust because they could not enjoy being on a beach with pit bulls loose. They were shocked that this society was so irresponsible
but, what the heck, 9 gun shootouts and murders in Luquillo in the last two weeks ( unsolved) so what harm is there in pit bulls running around?
So I am really curious, what are your thoughts or opinions?