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Posted: 2/2/2001 12:11:28 PM EDT
It is obvious just replace "dogs" with "guns." ===================================== LA Times http://www.latimes.com/news/metro/20010202/t000009770.html 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 responsible. 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 criminally punished. 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
Link Posted: 2/2/2001 12:17:24 PM EDT
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. Lynn
Link Posted: 2/2/2001 12:58:23 PM EDT
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.
Link Posted: 2/2/2001 1:08:24 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/2/2001 1:17:37 PM EDT by Imbroglio]
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.
Link Posted: 2/2/2001 1:21:38 PM EDT
Well I'm already on the shit list for my black guns and black motorcycles---they might as well add my black little doggies!
Link Posted: 2/2/2001 2:01:02 PM EDT
L.A.Times is a red publication and I make sure not a knickel of mine goes to them.
Link Posted: 2/2/2001 4:41:51 PM EDT
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