Dogs best friend; owners defend pit bulls after mauling
The savage attack of an elderly resident of Tropical Park a few weeks ago, but only reported this week, has stirred controversy between dog owners and advocates who insist on the passage of legislation to ban ownership of Pit Bull terriers. In the wake of the pit bull attack on May thirty-first which later claimed the life of sixty-five year old Edmund Spain, dog owners like Julian Bradley have come forward in defense of the breed.
Julian Bradley, Dog Owner
“I’ve had my dogs for four years, five years, two years and it’s, it’s the way you treat your dogs and the way you train your dogs. If you train a potlicker to bite, potlicker will bite so it’s just the way you train your dog; the way you, the way you carry yourself around your dogs that’s the way your dogs will behave.”
Isani Cayetano, reporting
While the social behavior of the breed has long been studied and debated some owners say what occurred in Tropical Park that morning was the result of negligence. The couple who owns the dogs that attacked Spain failed to make sure their yard was properly fenced before untying them.
Luke Usher, Dog Owner
“Dehn mek fih protect and serve, your area weh pah you live and weh dehn live so dih first thing weh you have to do you have to make sure that your area weh you live secure. If your area noh secure then yoh wah have problem because maybe the person weh dehn attack dah noh the person weh pass everyday but dehn done use to people pass and tantalize dehn and tantalize dehn. If yoh notice my gate, I reinforce my gate because when we move ya yo have lotta children weh pass ya everyday, yo undastand, and you know how children, yo cyan stop children from do weh dehn want but I could stop my dog from do weh dehn want, yo undastand. I grill my gate, this gate inna my backyard I put it mek nobody cyan even si een deh because people woulda still try shub thing een and pickney you know how children go so yo cyan do nothing bout that but you just secure yo area properly and you noh got nothing fi worry bout.”
Securing the perimeter is one thing, placing warning signs notifying visitors that biting dogs are in the yard is another. Often times, owners neglect to place proper signs on their gates. One resident who chose to remain anonymous reiterated the need for dogs to be properly chained despite having signs posted.
Voice of Dog Owner
“You have a animal and you know that it is dangerous or gain you should have him properly secured. Have him on a good leash and good chain, not any chain anyway; good chain and if you have a fence you should always check your fence that it is secure especially chain link. The dog dehn can stretch that. Pit bulls have a tendency fu when dehn get hype up they try to grab things and they will grab the chain link and stretch it and after a while they will get out. But the chain link da noh like overnight that will occur that takes sometime weeks, sometime months before they really bore a hole in it.”
“Wah betta animal than this I noh want. I noh want no shepherd, I noh want no Rottweiler, I noh want no potlicka. I noh know nothing bout dehn deh, I grow up with lone pit bull from I da lee bwai so we noh into no next dog strictly pit bull”.
Owners Shelda Patnett and Leon Lopez are still waiting for a directive from the office of the DPP as to the fate of their dogs. It is still uncertain at this time whether charges, if any, will be brought against the couple. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.