Killing of pit bull sparks controversy

Pit bulls are known as dangerous, unpredictable dogs, so when a San Diego man admitted to shooting one, it sparked a debate.

Lee Pattison, a 24-year-old Navy diver, was on the sidewalk when he said that a pit bull across the street broke loose from his tether and attacked his Husky dog, Bolt. Pattison said that he punched the pit bull several times, during which time it bit him on the thigh. Pattison went inside to get his shotgun and eventually, after hitting the pit bull with the butt of the gun several times, shot and killed the dog.

Pit bulls have a rabid following of people who maintain that they are misunderstood animals. The real issue here, though, is animal control. No matter what type of dog a pet owner may have, they should keep it on a leash or fenced in when outside. It is negligent to let a pet run around, especially when it has the potential to injure another pet or person. The debate about pit bull dogs and their somewhat uncertain and possible propensity to bite, though some seem loving and gentle during other times, will undoubtedly continue as long as these pets are not properly safeguarded to prevent any attack or harm to others, including another animal.

Pit bull owner arraigned following attack on girl (Sam Spital)

“The owner of a 65 pound terrier pit bull was charged with a felony for having a dangerous animal that can cause great bodily injury when it attacked and mauled a 4 year old girl when she tried to pet it in the apartment courtyard where she resided.

The District Attorney stated the pet’s owner immediately afterwards ‘grabbed her dog, went to her apartment gathered her belongings and went to her car. When the cops got there she was trying to drive away. They stopped her from doing so, but when they did, she admitted that she was headed to Tijuana.’Owners of animals often focus on how much they love their pet or pit bull dog, even having cared for since birth and for all intents and purposes claim the pet is calm and gentle. Nonetheless, it is critical everyone always be mindful of the dangers involved when they have a pit bull or similar type pet that might escape a fenced yard, get loose from its leash &/or be near anyone else. This seems particularly evident in California where there is both civil and criminal liability. Of course, the impact on the victim and his/her family can be life long, and certainly the pet owner wants to avoid this and their own sorrow and anguish.”

SAM SPITAL, Criminal Lawyer