A 10-year-old boy’s injuries were so severe following an attack by his family’s pit-bull terrier Saturday morning that his right arm had to be amputated above the elbow. This happened in Antwerp Township, Michigan.
The boy was at home and in the care of his 23-year-old brother. The parents were on vacation. The older brother left the boy with the family pet, a 2-year-old male pit-bull terrier, for about 10 minutes to go to a bank. The dog was attacking the boy when the brother returned. (Click here to read the article.)
There is an ongoing controversy as to whether pit bulls should be banned. The arguments pro and con are summarized at Breed Specific Laws on Dog Bite Law.
To those who own pit bulls, I advise caution and being committed to courtesy. You must be cautious to properly socialize and train your dog, keep it in good health, and prevent children from getting into its face. These principles apply to all dogs, but are most important for those that are bigger and more powerful.
In the 1970s, Doberman breeders decided to produce less aggressive dogs. As a result, the Doberman is a better domestic animal and not feared as before. There is no reason why pit bull owners and breeders should not consider taking similar steps now.