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  • Guest

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    • Anonymous

      Are licensed dogs less likely to bite than unlicensed dogs? I know it’s the law, but it’s like fishing without license. Doesn’t change anything other than the government didn’t get it’s piece of the action.

      • Guest

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        • Anonymous

           Correction.. licensed dogs are KNOWN to be vaccinated against rabies.  I’ve known plenty of unlicensed dogs and they’ve all had the same vet care as their licensed brethren.

          • Guest

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          • Anonymous

            I think you misunderstood my comment.  The fact that one normally needs to have a rabies vaccination certificate to license a dog is why such dogs are known to be vaccinated.  Unlicensed dogs might have been vaccinated.. one just doesn’t know.

            By the way, you don’t need a rabies vaccination certificate in Maine to license a dog if the dog has a medical exemption letter from a vet.

          • Guest

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          • Sue

            In most states it’s the same way. However, if the dog comes into contact with a rabid animal, the consequences may be tragic. The owner may not know there was contact, and the dog does develop rabies.  And if said dog then bit someone, well, euthanasia would be the least of the worries. 

            Problem is, a lot of people are using the “vaccinations are evil” theory and are putting people and other dogs at risk. :-(

  • Guest

    Pit Bulls and trampolines-Insurance companies don’t like them for a reason.

    • Anonymous

      Anyone that lets a pit bull play with their children is asking for trouble. All dogs can bite, pit bulls maime and kill humans, if they just bit it would be differrent.

    • Anonymous

      There are many insurance companies which have no restrictions on breed of dogs.

      • Anonymous

         Tell me, what good is insurance if your toddler is dead as a result of your family pet?

        • Anonymous

          Chain my comment was in response to westshores comment about insurance company. By the way, you do understand that the last documented case of a fatal dog attack involving a toddler was not a “pit bull” do you not? The dog that committed the attack was a Rottie.

    • Anonymous

      You think pitbulls are dangerous? I’m more afraid of the people running our country!

      On a different note….what does pitbull stand for if anything?

  • Anonymous

    “How can I say the owner was keeping a dangerous dog?” It was a pit bull, that in and of itself is reason enough!

    • Anonymous

      That would be saying that all pit bulls are dangerous and that simply isn’t even close to the truth.

      • Anonymous

        All Pitbulls are dangerous!  They were never bred to be pets: “Nanny dogs aside.”

        They were bred to bait and hang onto bull’s – thence the name Pitbull.  They should not be considered house pets.  It’s not fair to the dogs or people.

        • Kim

          The blanket statement that all pit bulls are dangerous is not only false, it’s also ignorant. Before you stand on your little soap box and preach about how dangerous these dogs are, try doing a little real research on the breed.

    • Emily McCormick

      Really?? So you are basically saying that ALL pitbulls are the same. Thats not right, thats like taking one person/animals action and placing it on everyone in the same breed/gender.

      I understand that there is a lot of media and attention around Pitbulls for thier bad behavior however you never see anyone saying anything good about them when I know personaly that there are several good things to say about that breed as I have one myself.

      Now saying that, I do agree that when you are choosing a breed you should do research and understand what you are getting yourself into. If its a dog that you are getting who is older/not a pup then you should try to do some research because you dont know what that dog was exposed to. Just like any breed, all dogs are capable of biting. The underlying problem is these dogs are used for fighting which gives them a bad rep. Its all in how you treat the dog, and if in the end you treat them well and they bite or attack. Last I checked all dogs are capable of that even the damn ankle biters.

      So I agree How can he say that the owner was keeping a dangerous dog?? Saying that a dog is dangerous based on the assumtion of the breed alone is wrong!

    • Anonymous

      everybodys always against pit bulls, any dog can bite or attack. its always when a pit bull bites thats advertised . you never hear about it when its a differnt breed, i happen to know 2 pitbulls and they are sweet. so its all about how they are raised.

      • Anonymous

        I guess most people would much prefer to be bitten by a Chihuahua.

    • Anonymous

      Friends of mine were attacked and seriously injured by their Golden Retriever (requiring hospitalization and resulting in permanent nerve and muscle damage).  They’d had the dog for years.  Although it hadn’t attacked anyone before, in hindsight, its behavior had become increasingly erratic.

      The data on breed specific dog bites is very confusing as its often not corrected for a breed’s population density.  The CDC has recommended against laws targeting specific breeds and instead focuses dog-bite prevention on other vectors, e.g., early identification of problem dogs, owner education, leash laws, etc.

    • Kim

      Here’s just one story about how wonderful the majority of pit bulls are http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/story?section=news%2Flocal&id=8554507

  • kennyh

    How could he be guilty of keeping a dangerous dog if the dog never exhibited any dangerous behavior up until the attack? Now, one could argue that ALL pitbulls are dangerous and having one, therefor, is breaking the law.
    I’m sure there are some great pitbulls out there… probably some wonderful fisher cats too that would make great pets… but anyway, with this breed of dog.. the facts don’t reflect a gentle, docile pet many a time.

    • Emily McCormick

      Probably because many a time they arent treated as a gentle, docile pet! I have seen SEVERAL pitbulls that are just that. It all depends on the owner as far as Im concerned.

      • Anonymous

        I agree. The TV show Pit Boss deals with the rescue of pit bulls. It has a lot to do with treatment of the dogs. Children sometimes tease animals and get bit.

    • Anonymous

      Gee I guess the certified therapy dogs that just happen to be “pit bulls” must be another breed in disguise.

    • Anonymous

      Because  had he chose to not euthanize the dog, he would have been a keeper of a dangerous animal.

  •  I have three Pit Bulls. They have never showed anything but kindness towards people and animals. I would never leave any breed of dog in a room with any of my kids for any amount of time. It doesn’t matter what the breed is they can all turn on you for no apparent reason. It is not always a Pit that attacks. They just happen to be the breed that is being called out right now. It used to be Rottie’s, then Doberman’s. It can be any breed of dog, no matter how big or small. No parent should leave a child alone with a dog.

    • Anonymous

      I leave my two labrador retrievers alone with my kids all the time…

      • Anonymous

        Google for the Pomeranian that killed an infant a few years back…  The human adult was only out of the room for a few minutes

    • Anonymous

      pit bulls seem to be the breed of dog that ends up attacking people some say its the way they are raised ?? my opinion is they are unpredictable regardless how they are raised it seems crazy to have them around kids

      • Kim

        ANY dog can be unpredictable, we tend to forget that although a dog may be a domesticated animal, there are still just that, an animal and can attack without any visible (to humans) provocation.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, that chief seriously needs to buy a clue.
    What the??!?………

    • Anonymous

      Why because he actually investigated the case before he made a decision?

  • Kim

    Time for some popcorn, this should get interesting…

  • Emily McCormick

    Thank you! Im not trying to be rude, but I have a Pitbull. I also have a 2 and 3 yr old who she does great with. However I wouldnt leave them alone in a room together, nor would I with another dog. I love all dogs and they should all have an equal right and not be held responsible for anothers actions.

    Everyone has thier own opinion I understand that, but this subject gets me really fired up. People dont think out of the box and sit back and see what they are actualy saying when they say things like that.

    • Guest

      More people are bitten by Golden Retreivers   than any other breed even though they are thought to be one of the best natured dogs . Obviously there are far more of them in American homes than Pit Bulls or Rotties. However- numerous studies have shown that Pit Bulls or a Pit Bull mix dogs account for a very large portion of the deaths caused by dog attacks. Any breed-properly handled can make an excellent pet. I’m just cuious about one thing. Why did you select the Pit bull as a family dog? Not trying to get you fired up-I’m sincerely curious.

  • JustME

    Waldoboro Police Chief Bill Labombarde,
    “How can I say [the owner] was keeping a dangerous dog?” he said. “Even though something meets the letter of the law doesn’t mean it meets the spirit of the law.”
    Common sense from someone in authority? WTH is up with that?

  • Anonymous

    I have German Shorthaired Pointers, the only thing they have ever bitten are dead birds and the couch.  The older one does go crazy when hes watchin tv and a dog is on the tv. Anyone else have a dog that goes nuts when theres another dog on tv?

    • Anonymous

      Wonder Dog did it for me…….

  • Sue


    “The best thing you can do is get as much background as you can on the dog,” he said. “When you get a pet it’s a 50-50 shot whether it’s going to be a good pet or a bad one.”

    Really? A 50-50 shot? I call BS. Or rather, clueless. Most dogs, irrespective of the breed, are good. It’s the OWNERS that make the dog good or bad. And it starts by  researching what breed is good for you, using positive reinforcement in training i.e., NO Cesar Milan “dominance” type training, and learning to read a dog’s body language.

    • Anonymous

      Positive reinforcement works.   Clicker-training is a good example.  But some  dogs are all about dominance.  Dominant-tending dogs whose owners don’t exhibit good dog leadership will become more aggressive.  Its simple survival strategy.  If the pack doesn’t have a strong leader it is more likely to get in trouble, hence stronger subordinates are programmed to fight for dominance to ensure the pack’s future.  Read “Leader of the Pack” by Nancy Baer & Steve Duno for a good primer on dog psychology and behavior.  We humans send all sorts of unintentional mixed messages to our dogs making them doubt our competence as leaders.  All dog owners should read this book.

      • Sue

        No dog is about dominance. Get that word out of your head. Dogs can be pushy, they can be shy, they can even be aggressive if they’re bred/trained that way. But dominance? NO! According to your line of thought, dogs spend all their time looking to dominate you. That is NOT SO. And yes, I’m yelling, because I’m sick of the old fashioned, dominance method of training dogs. It may work, but generations of fearful dogs have been created. And do you know the number one cause of biting? FEAR. Yes, fear. 

        Some links for your (and others) reading pleasure:
        Why Won’t Dominance Die?
        http://www.apbc.org.uk/articles/why-wont-dominance-die 
        Misconceptions of the Mythical Alpha Dog
        http://www.dogstardaily.com/training/misconceptions-mythical-alpha-dog 
        Dog Whispere, Dog Psychology and Cesar Milan
        http://www.4pawsu.com/dogpsychology.htm 

        Enjoy, and those are just a start.

        BTW, did you know that clicker training was developed to train chickens? I learned that the other day. ;-)

        • Anonymous

          ok chicken brain . dogs are about dominance if you dont show that you are the boss the dog yours, mine,  anybodys  will try to be the alpha you will notice it when the dog has a me first attitude, unchecked that posistion your dog takes it will lose respect for its owners it may become agressive with people and other animals the dog needs to know who the boss is when it takes its role as the subordinate to man it is rewarded with love and learns to like that affection , there may be times for a need of a tune up to remind the dog.

          • Anonymous

             Why the name calling?

        • Anonymous

          I read the first link.  I think we’ve got a language problem here.  Dominance in dogs is not about “dominating”, its about “leading”.  I know that people have problems with Cesar because of his “dominating” techniques.  That’s not what I’m talking about, nor is it the thesis of “Leader of the Pack”.  Their thesis is that in order for dogs to feel safe they need to see good dog leadership displayed by their humans.  This leadership is not displayed through dominating, aggressive behavior.  It is through simple things like the humans in the family eating before the dog(s), dogs sleeping at a lower elevation than their humans, humans greeting visitors before the dog does, etc.  Dogs react with anxiety and aggression when they don’t feel like they are being led and protected by a strong leader. None of their techniques require “dominating” the dog.  Sorry for the confusion, language is a tricky thing.

          BTW, I think the same holds true with most people.

          BTW2, yeah clicker training is cool.  Keller Breland, Marian Breland Bailey, and Bob Bailey were responsible for working out many of its techniques in the training of marine mammals at ocean parks.  It works with kids too. :)  Karen Pryor is one of the big proponents of clicker training with pets.  She hold workshops practicing with chickens.

          • Sue

            Agreed, it’s probably just semantics. I hear people complain about their 8 week old puppy biting, and they ask if he’s “trying to dominate me.” And thus I get a little perturbed at the overused word. :-)

            I prefer using the words pushy, timid, playful, or even aggressive, etc. when describing dogs’ personalities, because that’s what it is. And the use of the word, Leader, when describing the relationship to the dog. Leaders don’t lead by dominating, they lead by calm self assurance. As we must with our dogs to have them be mentally healthy and stable tempered.

            I do disagree with the sleeping at a higher elevation, eating first, stuff, etc. That really is more dependent on how the household is run. I feed the dogs first, before I cook supper, because it’s more convenient for me that way. Then they can go to their spots while we eat. Sleeping arrangements, too. Sleeping higher is nonsense, waiting for the dogs to go last is also nonsense, at least to me and the way I like to do things. But others may prefer different rules. And that’s all it is, it’s rules because in a society, you have rules for the greater good. And manners, which is sorely lacking even (especially) among the human species (see post above by knowitall618)

            Karen Pryor’s set the standard for clicker training animals, that’s for sure. 

  • Anonymous

    Pitbulls were bred to maim and kill. Work at a Veterinary hospital and you’ll quickly learn what kind of a dog you want to see come through the door the least.

    • Anonymous

      Actually Bill, I have worked at a veterinary hospital, and everyone I worked with wonders why the great pit bull debate. Out of all the years myself and other worked there, no one was bitten or threatened by a pit bull, and we saw many of them, even ones seized in fighting rings. You assumptions couldn’t be any further than reality. walk into any vets office and repeat what you said, so they can correct you. Typically veterinary personnel love pit bulls and rarely encounter a mean pit bull. What people like you fail to realize, is that real pit bulls, not these mixes or look a likes we always read about, rarely attack people, as people friendliness was a trait bred into these dogs more so than any other breed, because fighters didn’t want their dogs biting people, and if they did, they were euthanized so they could never be rebred. Some of you people think you understand pit bulls, but you are not even close, as you all been brainwashed by the media using the term pit bull, which can mean any dog of 40+ breeds. The country is becoming dumber, and it’s because people without higher educations read the news and the internet, and think they know it all. College teaches people to be very weary of the news and the internet, and recommends people seek the truth through expert sources; not some media outlet trying to print what is feared to make a profit. There is very little education value in the media, and I am surprised that people do not take with a grain of salt, knowing that the media hypes and spins everything, as it is more of a source of entertainment for profitability nowadays. Sad actually.

  • Anonymous

    I heard too many pit bull stories over the years to ever give the beasts the benefit of the doubt.

  • Anonymous

    Hey, let’s build an unlicensed nuclear reactor in the family room…nah, let’s just get a pitbull instead…

  • Anonymous

    Pitbulls bite kids and if you have one around your child you should be reported to DHHS . It should be a law that people with kids are not allowed to have pits….End of story.

  • Not one person  has mentioned the kids “horsing” around. Come on! To me, it’s pretty clear the kids were bothering the dog. Dogs will ALWAYS warn before they attack, (unless they are being starved and are attacking for food reasons- not the case here). There are very evident signs of an eminent attack. The kids, beings kids, just didn’t see that what they were doing was problematic to the dog. And I would say that based on this comment, “They’d had the dog in their house for a year and a half,” the dog was a shelter dog and probably abused. I do agree that it was the right move to euthanize, they’re not going to want it back and no one else is going to want it. And really what’s sad is that it’s another nail in the pitbull coffin. 

    • Anonymous

      I agree with you.  It is always tragic, horrible, when this type of thing happens.  However, kids and teens need to be taught how to interact with dogs and be very aware of warning signs.  My daughter is young and we have 2 big dogs.  We are very careful and I am teaching her to be very careful with dogs – never hit them, etc.  Dogs are creatures of instinct – they are NOT humans and don’t understand certain nuances of behavior.  The quote was probably quite accurate in the article about the dog “going into protective mode.”  The reason we hear so much about pit bulls, rotties, and the like, is because when they go into protective mode, they do much more damage than a smaller dog.  Smaller dogs are just as likely to bite as bigger ones, they just do not have such strong jaws and do not do as much damage. 
      Best wishes to the kids who were hurt – I hope they have a full recovery.  And my condolences to the family who had to euthanize the dog, even though it was necessary, I am sure it is still difficult.

      • I completely agree! I am such a dog person and I find really tragic that understandably these kids will probably have a life long fear of dogs because of this incident. I think all around this is a sad, sad story.

  • I never saw a pitbull that could look you in the eye. Even the ones that don’t bite you are thinking about it.

  • Now here is a species that should be allowed to go extinct.

    • Anonymous

      Funny, i sometimes feel the same about a lot of the human “species” i’m forced to interact with on a day to day basis…….

  • Anonymous

    My mother was bitten badly by a golden retriever; the most aggressive dogs I’ve dealt with are toy poodles, dachshunds, and cocker spaniels.  Breed specific legislation is a joke because it ignores the profound influence of people’s treatment of animals.   Good owners make great dogs, no matter the breed.

  • I have this to say: Everyday I collect news headlines on both reported dog bites, and reported cases of dog abuse at the hands of humans. I’ve seen reports about this story every day, in several formats, since the day of the incident. Meanwhile, other serious dog bite incidents have occurred and been skated right over. Last week, a dog reliably identified as a breed other than a “pit bull” (I won’t say which breed, because I really do not care to demonize any breed) killed a baby. The only report I saw on that incident was a brief story about how the parent of the infant will be subject to criminal penalties (good; this parent should be). Folks, beware the media. It greatly exaggerates some stories, while vastly downplaying others. I do not consider myself a “pit bull” advocate. This is a very limiting title. I consider myself a dog advocate, as I have a problem with stereotypes and discrimination perpetuated against any breed or type of dog. I have, of course, seen the research, done the research, and read the arguments on both sides of the “pit bull” debate. I have similarly explored the anatomy of a dog bite incident. The common factors in serious and fatal dog bite incidents are human controlled. Humans need to respect the limits of their individual dogs. Humans need to respect local leash and welfare laws. Humans need to bring dogs into their homes rather than persistently neglecting them outside. Humans need to be held accountable for serious incidents such as this one. Breed is irrelevant. Morphology is irrelevant They will continue to be irrelevant. And the only way we will prevent incidents like this from happening is by recognizing that simple fact and passing strict laws that control actual behaviors. 

  • Anonymous

    I guess I better start  eating my hat…..a pit bull owner with common sense.

  • Anonymous

    A good start, …. Euthanize them all, those dogs are born killers.

  • Anonymous

    my Stafford Shire terrier ‘ PITBULL’ is a very smart and loving animal smarter than some people i know and much nicer.. its how the animal is raised and treated any dog can be mean and bite people.. kids have a tendency to provoke dogs.. parents have a tendency to not pay attention to kids.. hence any dog can bite.. owners should know there animals and there tempers it was not the dogs fault here … very sad for this pit bull

  • Anonymous

    Breeding is a completely true aspect… however, I have 2 rescue dogs. One of them had no idea about life outside of a vehicle! She was chained outside to a car, for shelter.  It has taken me many years to get her to understand that life is better OUTSIDE of the car!  She has come to realize that she no longer has any worries and has become my little “shadow doggie!”

    Some dogs are bred for a specific reason… right or wrong, it is what they know! 

    I am a firm believer that any dog can be rehabilitated, with enough love. Most animals (especially dogs) just want to be loved…

  • Guest

    good. one more down.

  • Anonymous

    A lot of you folks are ignorant as all can be. I am willing to bet anything that you all talking bad about pit bulls have zero experience with them, and are unaware that this used to be America’s dog, and they are usually excellent with children. All of your perceptions are based from newspaper sensation, and little do you realize this same breed scrutiny happened to German Shepherds, Dobermans, and Rottweilers. Yes, if this were 15 years ago, you could remove the word the word pit bull would have been rottweiler. No such thing as a bad dog, and if you truly believe pit bulls are bad, I challenge you to educate yourselves, and speak with any local veterinarian to see if your perceptions are justified. Usually when we hear of a pit bull attack, it isn’t a pit bull at all, but a stocky, short haired dog, which people only assume is a pit bull. if this dog was truly of pit bull descent, then which breed was it exactly, as that would need to be known before determining whether it is truly a pit bull. The ASPCA did DNA testing on dogs thought to be pit bulls, and discovered that 75% of them didn’t have any pit bull DNA, and the vast majority of the remaining dogs identified as pit bulls were mixed breeds/mutts. Very rarely does on of the breeds that are considered pit bulls attack a human. They were actually breed to be one of the most human friendly dogs around, as the people that fought them never wanted to get attacked, opponents had to inspect each others dogs for poison (for cheating purposes), and people had to be in the ring with them and break them apart without being attacked. Any dog that bit was euthanizd so it couldn’t breed again. Most people are unaware of it, as they believe everything our media tells them, but pit bull is a category of different breeds; not a specific breed of dog. Remember the Little Rascals? That dog Petey that worked which all of those children on a daily basis was a pit bull. Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Helen Keller, Thomas Jefferson, and many more America icons owned pit bulls, and when these types of people had them, pit bulls weren’t an issue at all. Too easy and absent minded to blame a dog. You all need to start looking towards the other end of the leash, as that is the issue 99.99% of the time with any breed that becomes vilified, but people are too blind to see it. What will be the next breed that the ignorant people of our society lynch?

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