I am appalled at (Bloomington Corporation Counsel) Todd Greenberg's attack on the breed inaccurately known as "pit bull."
I am the proud owner of an American bull terrier. The neighbors' children adore her. She has friends at the dog park, and loves to people watch from the front porch. She has converted victim of a dog attack into a dog lover. And one night last winter, when I left the confines of my living room to go to my basement, I believe she saved my life.
While outside, I was charged at by an inebriated man obviously stronger than myself. Roxi jumped between us to create a barrier. Her barking and quick-thinking saved me from whatever that man had in store.
No breed should be unjustly classified as a danger, when in reality, they enrich our lives. Dog owners know that aggressive behavior is learned. Previous bans include the termination of unregistered or unclaimed lost and rescued dogs and puppies, regardless of health or adoptability.
The majority of dog-bite reports are of children left unattended. Unattended children are a matter for child services, not individuals responsible for animal regulations. It has also been proven that dog bites related to breed, have, over time, changed in direct relation to the popularity of the same breed.
After England banned pit bulls in the 1990s, studies showed that the number of dog bites remained the same even though the number of pit bulls had steeply declined.
Why punish an entire breed? We do not punish people who have not committed crimes. I urge residents to write to the City Council members and the mayor. Implement animal awareness and education in the schools rather than punish an entire breed. If Bloomington does pass the ban, it will lose me, and Roxi, as residents.