May 23 ē 06:31 PM
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Donít personify animals

To the Editor:

Last week, two pit bulls jumped a fence and killed a Pekingese puppy in Rochester Hills. (The victim's names were Katherine and Don). They said they have been looking for a dog for a year or more. Due to the attack, the dog had to get humanely euthanized because if she was not the dog would have been paralyzed.

The attacking pit bulls were impounded for the night and released into what I am assuming was the owner's custody. There were also several reports pertaining to the same dogs and their aggressive behavior. The owner appeared to violate several city ordinances: Such a dog is not to run at large unless under the immediate control of its owner or a member of that family, and a dog is not to destroy property or trespass in a damaging way on property other that the owners, and a dog should not molest, bite or attack any person or other animal. (This would cost up to $500 or 90 days in jail).

In my opinion a person should not be held liable for an animal's action. Please keep in mind that a pit bull is bred for fighting and aggression and, like all dogs, could snap at any given moment and a dog's main purpose in life is to survive, which is a very controversial thing to say. Dogs know not what civilization is or what civil behavior is. A dog acts on sheer instinct and momentary emotions, which is perfectly acceptable in nature. If there were so many reports about these dogs why would they allow them to be set free? If a dog runs out of your sight and you cannot find the dog how could one be held liable for their actions?

We, as a society, are treating dogs as if they were people. Dogs are not people. That is why they are called dogs. What humans have been doing is personifying canines, giving them human characteristics which they do not have. Dogs are man's best friend, but, at the same time they are still animals.

This goes off topic but still remains relevant: If a bear kills a smaller bear, who is liable? Some say the bear, some say no one. But what if someone owns the bears? It is still the bear doing what the bear was created to do. If a dog kills another dog, no humans were harmed and a dog can always be replaced. I feel that arresting and sentencing people to jail time or making a person pay money for a dog's action is like arresting the parents of a mentally disturbed person who commits murder.

In conclusion, a person cannot control a dog. He can train a dog so far, but cannot stop a dog's primal instinct.


—Jacob Langley

Capac High School

March 09, 2010

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