I see that the quest for new and stiffer laws for the disposition of vicious dogs in the county has taken on a bit of a fast track. I cannot say I disagree at all with what is trying to be accomplished. To be honest with you I didn’t realize that the current laws were so lax. I was of the opinion that when an unprovoked dog attack took place, the dog was surrendered by the owner or captured if possible and disposed of. Several years ago a neighbor’s dog bit my son. When the neighbor moved in he advised me the dog did like people. He and his family had no problem handling the dog and he would keep the dog on a chain. My son was 14 at the time and he understood perfectly not to go near the dog. The neighbor’s children often removed the dog from the chain for play. One day they did not re-chain the dog and as my son was walking back from his Grand-mom’s house the dog bit him. The bite did not break the skin but it left a terrible bruise. Needless to say, I had words with the neighbor and I notified the sheriffs department. The next day the dog was gone and I was given papers later saying it had been taken to the humane society and was euthanized.
O.K. I can see some business having dogs for protection and those dogs may be vicious. That’s their training. However dogs such as these must have competent handlers and have to be properly kenneled when not on duty. However, there is absolutely no excuse to have and maintain a vicious dog as a household pet. As part of the responsibility of dog ownership it falls to the owner properly socialize their dog to society. I understand there may varying degrees of this depending on the dog and it’s use. Many show dogs are limited in socialization because their attention must be concentrated to the show ring. Household pets, although may be aloof by nature certainly do not need to be vicious to visitors of the home.
Other issues abound as well such as dogs that are tormented, teased into violence. That can be another ball of wax altogether. This post simply refers to dogs that have not had the proper level of care in growing up and the owner's lack to properly contain the animal. The task before the county council concerning new and stricter laws is not an easy one. Many things have to be considered surrounding the circumstances of an attack. I don’t envy their job, but I hope a comprehensive set of rules can be formulated quickly.