There is just no way of avoiding the question, so let’s get on with it: should Rottweilers and pit bulls be banned from Kamloops?
The reason for the question, of course, is the attack by a “Rottie” on an 84-year-old woman outside the Fortune Drive McDonald’s. The attack was unprovoked, and the woman received a serious wound to her arm before bystanders rescued her. It could have been much worse.
As we know from an RCMP statement today, this is the second recorded attack by the dog.
The debate over banning breeds usually tails off, so to speak, after everyone vents. Those in favour of breed-specific bans (I confess I’m one) argue that the record of pit bulls in particular is horrendous. Those who oppose banning specific breeds counter that it should be the dog, not the breed, that is punished.
The latter argument usually prevails. I draw your attention, though, to a Vancouver Province editorial, re-published in The Daily News as a “They Say” recently, that “Enough is enough. As many are saying, it’s time for B.C. to follow Ontario’s lead and ban the breed.”
The Daily News also published an editorial from the Calgary Herald that proposed owners of vicious dogs be subject to charges of having dangerous weapons. That, after an Alberta woman was attacked by two pit bulls.
Rottweillers have a better record on the issue than do pit bulls, but they’re a frighteningly powerful, and sometimes aggressive, dog. If more Canadian cities start banning breeds, should the bans be expanded past pit bulls to others, such as Rottweillers?
The issue won’t be settled any time soon, but the fact the dogs in Sundre had already been declared vicious via the town’s animal-control bylaw, and that the dog in Kamloops had created problems previously, certainly detracts from the argument that problem dogs can best be controlled by regulation aimed at individual animals.