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Defending the family pet ...

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

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Leslie Brooks of Senath, holding the paper, voiced concerns with banning pit bulls from the City of Senath with the Senath City Council at the council meeting on Monday. The council heard from several individuals in support of keeping their pets.

Staff photo by Joshua Payne

Owners voice concern over proposed pit bull ban in city limits

Several residents of Senath attended the Senath City Council meeting in support of keeping their family pets, which would be taken from the homes as stated in a recently proposed ordinance banning pit bulls from the City of Senath.

Mayor Joe Lane asked the individuals present at the meeting intending on voicing concerns regarding the pit bull ordinance to choose one individual to represent the group and speak to the board.

The group chose Leslie Brooks as a representative to take the floor and speak to the board.

Brooks informed the council that animal rights has been around since 1635.

"I feel what's happening now is that animal rights is being compared to racist and sexist views of the past," Brooks said. "Animals have rights too, and animal law is now being studied in a majority of law schools."

She added that this shows that animals rights are on the rise.

"Why should our dogs have to suffer because of their breed," Brooks said. "Why should all the families and dogs have to suffer for the complaint of one dog."

Brooks noted that she felt that the all owners of such a breed should not be punished. She explained that she felt that the dogs should be grandfathered in because if not there will be a lot of families hurting.

"It's not your children that will be crying themselves to sleep," Brooks said.

"Innocent people should not have to suffer for one dog. This is no way to treat man's best friend."

She added that she hopes and prays that the council keeps in mind the families that would be hurt by this ordinance.

Lane noted that he had talked to the deputy sheriff recently about a dog attack around Campbell where the dog attacked the owner and it was a pit bull. The owner is now at Memphis, Tenn., in the hospital in the ICU, Lane added.

"This stuff does happen," Lane said.

Brooks noted that it was listed in the paper that the dogs taken would be euthanized if they were not found homes.

Lane explained that this was the way all dogs were handled, to his knowledge.

Alderman Patsy Davis noted that if the dangerous dog ordinance, currently in effect in the city, would have been followed properly, then this situation would not have occurred.

City Attorney Johnny Dalton added that the only difference between the proposed ordinance and the active dangerous dog ordinance was that the current ordinance did not say that pit bulls are specifically prohibited in the city.

"It did define pit bulls as a dangerous dog, but not prohibited," Dalton.

He added that if a dog was considered dangerous under the ordinance, then their were specifications on how the dog was to kept.

The council decided to postpone the passing of a new ordinance and attempt to fix the problem by more strictly enforcing the current dangerous dog ordinance.

In other matters that came before the council:

* The council approved the purchase of a new backhoe through a grant with a 25 percent match, which will be funded through the funds raised when the current backhoe is sold;

* The council approved Keith Goodman as a reserve officer with the City of Senath Police Department.

The next Senath City Council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., on Monday, November 9, 2009.


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I wonder if Ms. Brooks would support her neighbors if some of them wanted pet Grizzlies? In cases such as this, it is usually better to let the adults make the rules. If one's chihuahua goes nuts, one can expect his or her ankles to get nipped. If one of these stout dogs goes nuts, they can kill. You do the math.

-- Posted by arbyrd01 on Tue, Oct 13, 2009, at 11:01 AM

If I go nuts, I could kill as well...So I guess just lock me up now? The fact is this: American Pit Bull Terriers are not inherently vicious animals. Bite statistics prove that. However, you take a Dalmation (which is the number one biting dog in those same statistics) and they're not banned? We've got a double standard. Simply because the media portrays a specific breed as being "vicious man-eaters." I guess since the media says it, it's true? What a joke. This whole deal is rediculous. The "adults" making these rules may need to have some evidence for their arguments.

-- Posted by mskelton on Tue, Oct 13, 2009, at 12:52 PM

It is not how often pit bulls bite, it is THAT they bite. The musculature of the pit bull jaws is what makes it capable of latching onto the muzzle of a fully-grown bull, and hanging on until the bull is killed. Not something most people would want near their children. Pit bull owners remind me of the people that drive jacked-up, big-tired trucks: They are compensating for something. Who knows what that might be?

-- Posted by arbyrd01 on Tue, Oct 13, 2009, at 4:50 PM

When I was 6 years old I was bitten in the face by a neighbors dog. I still have scars from it. The dog was not a pit. It was part cattle dog and part lab. Guess what, I was not the only kid it bit.

-- Posted by catchick1010220 on Tue, Oct 13, 2009, at 7:15 PM

arbyrdo1 - It is not the breed of dog that makes it dangerous, it is the abusive owners who turn them into fighting dogs. FYI, an English Bulldog has a worse bite than a Pit Bull but they are couch potatoes. I once rescued a beautiful Pit Bull and he was totally gentle until he died 11 years later without ever biting a human or another animal. I am not a truck driver, I am a 92-pound female who does not stereotype dogs or people as you obviously do.

-- Posted by BJR36JRG on Tue, Oct 13, 2009, at 8:40 PM

Glad to see the ordinance did not pass. Most people cannot identify a pit bull anyway. It makes a lot more sense to have a dangerous dog law.

I own 3 pit bulls and would say that they are not a dog for every one. They are strong and can be animal aggressive...even though my 3 get a long fine they have had family arguements.

guess I do not fit the stero type...drive a Chevy HHR not modified, retired Navy Supply Corp Officer and software geek... I guess I should have a poodle or something.. but always liked the affection and clownish nature of pit bulls

-- Posted by Bully Bob on Wed, Oct 14, 2009, at 6:25 AM

What is dangerous, Alcohol? Guns? Autos? Slippery streets? Come on here. Best outlaw the booze, make Senath a dry town. Need I remind anyone of the 50 plus years my Mother lived in a wheelchair due to booze. How many folks have died of smoking and the 2nd hand result thereof? Remember when Campus was a den of death for everyone that ate there? Wow lets just get ridiculous Senath. How about you council folks do something constructive like bite a dog. Just ridiculous and a waste, is this the best agenda the Senath City Council and little boy Dalton can create for meetings?

-- Posted by jdharkey on Wed, Oct 14, 2009, at 11:58 AM

that kinda seems like it's taking our rights away little by little.. Discrimination .. That would be like saying that you can't live here in you are an interracial couple or you are gay...

Its not these dogs fault, they are good dogs it's the owners fault!!!

Heck even a little dog can come up and bite you.. them little ol chihuahua's are some mean little boogers.

This is just getting sad and pathetic, you cannot expect someone to get rid of a family pet b/c of this. OMG seems like "land of the free" is a bunch of crud...

OUR RIGHTS OUR DOGS RIGHTS.. even though I do not own a pit bull there's no way someone is going to tell me that i cannot have a pit bull in MY house that I pay taxes on in my fenced yard that I own and I pay taxes on.. Not the town, not the state but ME ! I own that property I pay my taxes I pay my rent/mortgage..

Take that city ordinance and shove it where the sun don't shine.

I would be looking into laws b/c as long as you have a fence or your dog is on a leash being walked and lives in your house you cannot be told that you cannot have a pitbull.

There is a lawsuit going on in either new york state or pennsylvania over that and the state was on the people's side saying that no one has the riht to tell you that you have to either get rid or euthanize your "dog" b/c you live in a certain town. I don't know about you people, but my dog is a part of my family and there would be no way that I would get rid of my pet ,that's like saying get rid of your child.

Maybe they need to be focusing on more important things like radios blaring going down the road or speeding and trouble makers, things like that.

-- Posted by sj83 on Fri, Oct 16, 2009, at 9:34 PM

that kinda seems like it's taking our rights away little by little.. Discrimination .. That would be like saying that you can't live here in you are an interracial couple or you are gay...

Its not these dogs fault, they are good dogs it's the owners fault!!!

Heck even a little dog can come up and bite you.. them little ol chihuahua's are some mean little boogers.

This is just getting sad and pathetic, you cannot expect someone to get rid of a family pet b/c of this. OMG seems like "land of the free" is a bunch of crud...

OUR RIGHTS OUR DOGS RIGHTS.. even though I do not own a pit bull there's no way someone is going to tell me that i cannot have a pit bull in MY house that I pay taxes on in my fenced yard that I own and I pay taxes on.. Not the town, not the state but ME ! I own that property I pay my taxes I pay my rent/mortgage..

Take that city ordinance and shove it where the sun don't shine.

I would be looking into laws b/c as long as you have a fence or your dog is on a leash being walked and lives in your house you cannot be told that you cannot have a pitbull.

There is a lawsuit going on in either new york state or pennsylvania over that and the state was on the people's side saying that no one has the riht to tell you that you have to either get rid or euthanize your "dog" b/c you live in a certain town. I don't know about you people, but my dog is a part of my family and there would be no way that I would get rid of my pet ,that's like saying get rid of your child.

Maybe they need to be focusing on more important things like radios blaring going down the road or speeding and trouble makers, things like that.

-- Posted by sj83 on Fri, Oct 16, 2009, at 9:39 PM

To arbyrdo1 I have a pitbull. I can assure you that I do not have a jacked up truck and compensating for something I do not have. I am a teacher with an education and drive a car. People need to realize that it is the way you treat a pet that makes it mean or act out. I know two couples that have a labs and german shepards that have attacked kids. Now ask me if my dog has attacked anyone or my child or any other family member,no she has not. Laura Ingall Wilder who wrote the "Little House on The Prairie" had a pit bull, Rachel Ray has a pit bull. You need to watch "Rescue Ink" on the National Geographic Channel on Friday nights at 9:00 p.m. (that is at nighttime for your information). If you have the channel.

-- Posted by KHS90 on Sun, Oct 18, 2009, at 9:53 PM


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