June 25th, 2017

Sometimes there’s more to the story

By Letter to the Editor on January 12, 2017.

With the recent ban of all pit bull-type dogs in Montreal and other incidents in the media of dogs gone bad, I feel compelled to share an incident that happened to me.

We live on a small acreage on the outskirts of Raymond. We have two large outdoor dogs and rather than tie them up, we chose to put an electronic boundary around three acres of our property. The dogs are happy, friendly and well taken care of.

The other day, I happened to look out of our window and I saw a young man jump out of a car, run to the edge of the electric boundary and flap his hands closely under our dogs noses, laughing while the dogs barked. Then he quickly jumped back into the car with his friends and left.

Here is my concern.

What would happen if this young man got too close or the electronic boundary failed while he was teasing the dogs? Or, perhaps they may remember him when we take them for a run.

Who would be responsible? Would we be sued and the dogs destroyed? What about the anguish caused for all concerned?

Sometimes, in these cases of people getting hurt by dogs, we need to take a closer look to see if there is more to the story than just assuming it was a vicious dog.

Christine Reiser


3 Responses to “Sometimes there’s more to the story”

  1. miaj says:

    What is the point of this anecdote? According to National Pit Bull Victim Awareness, 1000 pit bull attacks were reported by the media in 2016. All were severe enough to cause extensive injury or death. The locations can be seen on the 2016 map. Yet these are only a fraction of the number of pit bull attacks on people and animals, which are estimated at more than 40,000 attacks in the US and Canada in 2016.

    There are very good reasons why pit bulls are now banned in Montreal – in fact, 2/3 of the Canadian population live in areas where pit bulls are currently banned. In addition, they are banned in 42 other countries.

    • Avoice says:

      Miaj your intolerance is showing.

      I believe the point of this anecdote is easy to see, Pitbulls/Dogs are not inherently aggressive and that dog attacks are a result of human influence. Here is a question to ask yourself, “Are all murderers and violent offenders destined to commit violent acts that could possibly result in death from the time they take their first breath, or are they products of their environment (family, economy, social status, etc…)?” Believing that one specific breed of dog is more aggressive than all others is no different than believing that if someone is black that they are genetically predisposed to committing a crime. Its not the color of your skin or the bread of a dog that creates aggression. Stop spreading fear and start educating.

      Can you please post a link to the stats you are claiming in your reply?

    • snoutspot4 says:

      Miaj. I second Avoice’s response. The most savage dog that I have ever encountered was a male Schnauzer that my cousin’s wife had for 8 years before marrying him. The breed is known for instability and this dog was trained to protect her. When it had attacked several people at several family gatherings, and my cousin, we just stopped going over to their home. When the dog attacked their child because it mistook a sick child looking for mommy in the middle of the night as a threat, they didn’t put the dog down. The dog died from a full on seizure while attacking a “pillow” in their back yard. No one is calling for a Schnauzer ban.

      So, hands up for a Schnauzer ban! Never had a problem with a pit bull who’s owners were responsible.

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