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Subject: Re: Colorado BSL

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Date Posted: 17:01:18 06/06/05 Mon
In reply to: Zoe 's message, "Colorado BSL" on 17:00:14 06/06/05 Mon

>Greeley Tribune - Opinion from Trib Editorial
> Tribune Opinion
> June 5, 2005
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> Weld County needs to take the bite out of
>the pit bull by banning the breed.
> Evidence certainly supports the danger of
>the breed. The dogs break chains, smash through fences
>and attack both animals and people.
> Just last Sunday in Weld County, two pit
>bulls attacked a foal near Fort Lupton, injuring it so
>severely it had to be euthanized.
> In January, a pit bull broke its chain and
>went through a Plexiglas covering on a neighbor's dog
>run to kill two toy poodles inside a woman's home. She
>recently decided to sue the pit bull's owner for her
>loss, saying she can't sleep in her house since coming
>home to the bloody and gruesome scene.
> The pit bull's owner, Frank "Ruben" Roth,
>called himself a loyal pit-bull owner.
> "I always will be, and if they say I can't
>live in this state, then I guess I'm moving away even
>though I was born and raised here," he said.
> In April, Mike McAughey of Greeley, who
>uses a wheelchair, fended off two pits bulls running
>loose in his neighborhood when they attacked him in
>his garage.
> In May, police arrested David Riley, 37,
>of Firestone for ownership of a dangerous dog after
>the pit bull attacked a neighbor's dog. But it wasn't
>his or his dog's first offense. His probation in an
>earlier case was revoked and he is in the Weld County
>Jail. He had served 60 days and got his dogs back in
>that case.
> This time, Firestone police were called to
>a home on Florence Avenue at 2:40 a.m., where they
>found Scout, one of Riley's three dogs, fighting
>another dog, with Riley also in the yard.
> Earlier, Riley's three dogs attacked Adam
>Stutzman, a caretaker at Coal Ridge Animal Hospital in
>Longmont, where the dogs were being held. Stutzman
>required more than 200 stitches and was on a
>respirator for two days after the incident.
> These are just some of this year's cases,
>and whether it's the breed, the owners or both, such
>incidents must be stopped.
> We think Denver officials have the right
>idea. The city resumed its enforcement of the law on
>May 9, which gives pit-bull owners in Denver 30 days
>to remove their dogs from the city.
> But we don't want it to stop at Denver's
> Defenders of the breed argue any dog could
>wreak similar havoc. Statistics prove otherwise.
>Between 1979 and 1998, pit bulls accounted for almost
>twice as many deaths as any other breed, according to
>the Centers for Disease Control.
> Add to that the strength of their bite --
>a pit bull can exert more pounds per square inch
>during its bite compared to any other breed, according
>to the humane society -- and it's clearly a dangerous
> Owners claim they love their dogs and
>defend them, literally to the dogs' death at times.
>Yet it's tough to argue against case after case of
>vicious attacks.
> Banning pit bulls affords Weld residents
>the protection they deserve. Let's not risk another
>attack on an innocent person or pet.
> We've said it before: Ban pit bulls. It's
>the right thing for Weld County.
> The Weld County Board of Commissioners
>meets at 9 a.m. each Monday and Wednesday in the first
>floor meeting room at the Centennial Center Complex,
>915 10th St., Greeley.
> Commissioners include David Long, Glen
>Vaad, Rob Masden, Mike Geile and Bill Jerke. Call
>(970) 356-4000, Ext. 4217.
> Web site is

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