Poll: Are pit bulls being unfairly targeted in proposed legislation?
The Fort Lauderdale woman who started it all is a 57-year-old maintenance worker who likes to take walks. For the past 3 years, Edna Elijah has carried a baseball bat when she walks because her neighbors have been attacked by dogs. Once, she had a run-in with a dog "that looked like a pit bull."
She wasn't injured, but her words resonated with the right people. So recently, legislators in Tallahassee have been considering a bill to regulate dogs by breed.
The bill proposed by Rep. Perry Thurston, D-Plantation, passed a senate committee. It would not outright ban any breed, but it would give communities the ability to require muzzling, neutering or additional insurance for certain dogs, measures that critics say would have the same effect as a ban.
Sen. Tony Hill, D-Jacksonville, the Senate sponsor, acknowledged that the bill is directed toward one dog. "We're talking about pit bulls," he said at a committee hearing.
In tampabay.com's story, several readers have come to the defense of pit bulls.
"A dog is a dog. It comes down to how it was raised," KennyN wrote.
"Don't ban pit bulls. They are a smart, loyal, and loving breed," wrote Ottobry. "Ban the owners who abuse, train to fight, or fail to properly socialize their dogs."Vote in our poll: Do you think pit bulls are being unfairly targeted?