The attack Tuesday of a young resident – a two-year old – by a pit bull that got away and which sent the Chelsea girl to the hospital reminds us all of the dangers of these dogs, who are trained as fighters and who remain capable of being vicious despite efforts at domesticating them.
The girl who was bitten was sitting with her mother on a front porch on Grove Street minding their own business. The dog got away from a group of teenagers walking the dog and it immediately attacked the child.
Dog lovers and dog rights experts rush to the defense of pit bulls each time there is an attack and the following spate of media articles decrying the danger of pit bulls.
“They aren’t dangerous,” they say. “Thy are a wonderful and loving breed of dog.”
Then they tell us that pit bulls used to be a very popular and gentle breed nationwide before the turn of the last century and that there was never any problem with them.
That was then. This is now.
Pit bulls are a menace, especially the way they tend to be raised in places like Chelsea.
They are most often used in our city as security shields by macho owners who take pleasure in threatening others.
When pit bulls get away from their macho owners, there is the likelihood they will attack the innocent and the very young, as they often tend to do.
Just such a case this week in our city makes all of this apparent and very real.
We must ask ourselves and our public safety people must do the same – what purpose to pit bulls having been trained in a aggressive manner serve?
These animals that attack randomly should be put down lest they should harm others.