The Fort Smith bylaw officer has called for a ban on “pit bulls” after a stray dog chased one girl and bit another.
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Pitbull attacks teenage girls in Fort Smith
By SHAWN BELL, SRJ Reporter• Tue, Mar 01, 2011
A pitbull attack on two teenage girls in broad daylight last week has led Fort Smith’s bylaw officer to call for a complete ban on the breed in the community.
After euthanizing the large male dog involved in the attacks, Ron Schaefer told The Journal that breeds like pitbulls should not be in the North.[…]
He also cautioned parents of small children that many dogs, especially breeds like pitbulls, can be very dangerous.
“Lots of people have these unpredictable adult dogs,” Schaefer said. “I would hate to see a child mauled by their dog.”
The attacks in Fort Smith come two weeks after a four-year-old boy was mauled by a husky in Inuvik. The boy had to be medivaced to Edmonton with life-threatening injuries. […]
Full article retrieved 3/1/11 from http://srj.ca/pitbull-attacks-teenage-girls-in-fort-smith-p5840-75.htm
It should be noted that there have been no such calls for a ban on Huskies after the tragic event in Inuvik (mentioned above, in this article). Additionally, in covering the Inuvik mauling, many media sites included information about dog-child safety in their reports—a responsible and ethical choice to use the news as an educational opportunity to promote public safety and awareness. In contrast, the Fort Smith report about this stray dog attack was accompanied only by a detailed description of the incident and sensational quotes from the bylaw enforcement officer—with a singular focus on dog breed, and no helpful information that could improve public safety or awareness (no mention of relevant dog control laws, no tips on what to do if you see a stray dog, etc.).