Posted: 2/2/2001 12:11:28 PM EDT
It is obvious just replace "dogs" with "guns."
Friday, February 2, 2001
Lessons of Canine Killing
The death of a slight San Francisco woman mauled by two massive dogs
teaches such obvious lessons: Killer dogs bred for size and ferocity have
no practical purpose and should be banned, their owners held responsible
for any damage they do. Why does it take a nightmare attack for the
message to be heard?
Diane Whipple, a 33-year-old college lacrosse coach, was trying to
unlock the door of her Pacific Heights apartment Friday when her
neighbor's dogs, an English mastiff crossbreed and a purebred Canary
Island dog, each weighing more than 100 pounds, ripped at her while their
owner failed to get them under control. Whipple's injuries were horrific,
her death certain.
The dogs have been linked to prison inmates, members of the Aryan
Brotherhood, who allegedly controlled Dogs of War, a nascent breeding
enterprise, out of Pelican Bay State Prison in Northern California. The
dogs' current owners, Marjorie Knoller and her husband, Robert Noel, both
attorneys, were enmeshed with one of the prisoners. They surely understood
the ferocity of at least the larger dog, given its apparent history of
viciousness. Yet they kept these two large animals in a one-bedroom
apartment. Prosecutors should do all they can to hold the couple legally
Los Angeles has seen its own canine plague--vicious pit bulls and
wild strays. In South Los Angeles, a 14-month-old boy was fatally mauled
by the family's pit bull in 1999. More recently, numerous children in Los
Angeles and Orange counties have been injured by family pets. No one wants
to wait for another fatal attack, whether by a stray or a pet. Policing
dogs in Los Angeles will require a more responsive animal control
operation with more staff, shelters, equipment and resources. This is
largely up to the City Council, though animal control will also get
facilities funding from Measure F, passed by city voters last year. More
vicious dogs might be reported before they do harm if people felt there
would be a response.
Some of the burden falls on the state Legislature, which should
consider statewide bans at least on certain large crossbreeds. Breeders of
purebreds with high bite rates should pay a handsome premium for their
licenses. Abusive training intended to turn puppies into threats should be
Dogs can be healers, guides, gentle protectors. Through genetics and
poor treatment, they can also become killers. Pet owners should
acknowledge the difference and join in efforts to reduce aggressive
breeds, especially in cities.
Copyright 2000 Los Angeles Times
Let's see...hmmm... more Gov't control or just allow us to carry a concealed handgun to protect ourselves. A couple .45 165gr Corbons would have stop it no matter how big the dogs were. I personally have no use for a biscuit eating mongrel like those dogs but I am not for the Gov't putting more restrictions on "the people".
My $.02 worth.
I just saw on the news that the dog owners are putting the blame on the victim, saying she came back into the hall after an initial attack.
I would guess she was infringing on the rights of the dogs to protect their territorial area.
I had a sister-in-law one time told me not to go through this sliding door to go out to their swimming pool and to walk through and around their house to get to the pool. 5 minutes later while swimming I looked up and she was opening the same door I wasn't aloud to use to let her dog out. What's with some people? From that time on I thought more of any dog on the street than I did of her also.
I could swear I read that pravda west (la times) was telling people in their anti-gun articles, complete with the "43 times more likely" bs statistic, to get a dog for protection instead of a firearm. Now what are they going to suggest, learn how to yell harsh language?
The kalidiots at the times are just a bunch of spoiled socialist children that like to run and cry for mommy and daddy government to solve all of their hysterical problems.
The sooner that 8.0 eartquake hits kalifornia the better.
Well I'm already on the shit list for my black guns and black motorcycles---they might as well add my black little doggies!
L.A.Times is a red publication and I make sure not a knickel of mine goes to them.