Yes, this one.
This one should not.
The first dog pictured is Mickey. Mickey is a poorly socialized, aggressive, violent dog. He also has a petition signed by over 44,000 attempting to stop him from being put to sleep.
The second dog is Taz who has no need for a legal defense team because he’s never mauled a 4 year old child. Or any child for that matter. Taz is well socialized and well adjusted. He’s my brother’s dog.
Both are pit bulls. That’s all they have in common.
Personally, I would not have a large breed in my home at this time. Yes, I recognize that many of them are wonderful dogs. I love Taz and always enjoy my time around him. But having a dog that is physically capable of inflicting serious injury requires more work than I am willing to take on at this time. Anyone wanting to share their lives with one of these animals needs to understand the responsibility they are taking on. I do not currently have the resources.
Unfortunately, not being able to handle a dog like this does not keep some people from taking them on. Taz is stronger than I am. The only reason I can control him is because he knows that he is a dog and thus of lesser rank than humans. He could overpower me if he ever got it into his head to do so. If he ‘snapped’ and attacked me, I would have no choice other than to shoot him.Thankfully, he is so well behaved that there is very little risk of that.
Mickey, on the other hand, needs to die.
I don’t really subscribe to the idea of a ‘bad’ dog. Dogs do not act with malice. He was just being a dog and protecting his food. His owner really is the ‘bad’ one. The owner is the one that failed here, along with the other adults that did not keep Kevin out of radius of the chain. Unfortunately, Mickey will have to pay the price for the failure. Once dogs exhibit this kind of aggression, the chances of rehabilitation are slim to none. It’s not Mickey’s fault, but Mickey already believes that mauling a child is an appropriate thing to do. There are plenty of dogs in need of homes that do not have a history of violence.
It says something truly terrible about our society when 44,000 take the dog’s side over the child. They’ve forgotten that human life is more valuable than that of this animal. They’ve donated money to Mickey’s legal defense rather than to the Kevin’s medical fund. It’s sick.
There should be no debate here. Euthanize Mickey.
Obviously, I am not anti-pit. That’s my kid laying on top of Taz in that second picture. Pit bulls and other powerfully built dogs can be wonderful pets, but they come with a very serious responsibility. I will have another one someday when I have the appropriate resources. I miss having a rottweiler around.
Dogs are wonderful creatures. Understand that when you bring one into your home, you become their pack. You must be the alpha of that pack, no exceptions. Your expectations must be clear to your dog or your dog will be ill-mannered, unhappy, and potentially dangerous. This goes for the little ones too. Understand that your dog will behave as it was bred to behave in many ways. It is your responsibility to channel their instincts in a positive direction.
(h/t Matt Walsh-Yikes! That comment section!)