Typical Response

RECEIVED Tue., May 10, 2016

Dear Editor,
    Please consider running an article about pit bulls that isn’t just the typical whining and hand-wringing of pit bull apologists ["Pit's End," News, May 6]. Point out that pit bulls lead all other breeds in attacks on people every year. Mention that 12 countries (yes, countries!) ban the breed outright. So do hundreds of municipalities in the U.S. Many that don’t ban them put restrictions on their owners – containment rules, liability insurance, mandatory sterilization, etc. Insurance companies maintain lists of problem breeds – pit bulls are on every such list. It appears that Austin Chief Animal Services Officer Tawny Hammond is wrong when she emotes that “there is no scientific proof that there’s any connection between what an animal looks like and how it’s going to behave.” What about decades of consistent statistics, Tawny?
    As for many Austin apartments not allowing pit bulls, good for them! I’ll bet many of the other tenants approve. Your “Pit’s End” writer chose not to look into that side of the story. No, we hear about poor Mary-Jo and Quintin Walker and their two dogs. Because their car was “racking up a lot of miles” they chose to move to Austin from Manor. After signing a lease they are told that they cannot keep Chloe, their bull/mastiff mix. Gee, doesn’t that seem like something they might have checked before committing to the move? So, goodbye Chloe – probably miserable in a cage at the shelter now. And their other dog, Max, turned out not to be happy being alone in the apartment and began to become aggressive. Adios Max as well! And the Walkers’ take on this? “It was really difficult because we’d come home and there was no happy dog to greet us.” Tough shit, Chloe and Max, I guess. At least their car is better off.
Jack Bishop
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