|Barked: Sun Dec 16, '12 5:28pm PST |
|My perspective on it:
The dog and owner were most certainly at fault when it really comes down to it.
But looking at it again, for a police horse, does it really seem like the horse fit the bill for that line of work if it ran over a mile with the dog trailing it? Quite dangerous to have a horse that spooks at dogs in such an urban area. Not that I'm blaming the horse, but I'd think you'd need a pretty sound steed for that work.
While pit bulls are quite tenacious when they have their minds made up, this story really makes me think this horse didn't stand it's ground much and took to running pretty fast, which didn't help in terms of triggering the prey drive.
I don't think the pit bull in question is abnormal or dangerous. I think it's a dog being a dog. A dog not used to seeing a horse, running up to said object with unknown intent, but ultimately sticking to it when the horse did run, which most dogs with any decent prey drive in them would.
I'm not excusing the behavior. Most certainly this dog shouldn't be let off leash any time soon. But I really don't think it all that serious in terms of the dog being dangerous to society or abnormal. They did stop the dog without killing it. And I've seen pit bulls fight horse size animals till their (the dogs) death. So, when it comes to the dog being super dangerous....I don't know, all the pieces just don't quite fit.
I think it was an unfortunate accident too. Unless you expose your dog to everything, you will never know how they will react. Even if he saw the horse to begin with, he may have not thought to leash his dog up because he more than likely never dreamed of his dog doing such a thing. So, I really can't fault him too heavily. It's a first offense after all.
But, like I said, when you have to point the finger, yeah, the main problem is the dog and owner combo. This most certainly is a time for learning, not for ultimate punishment. Keeping the dog on leash will take away any problems. Why they choose death for such a case is just beyond me. If this was a repeat offense, I could see where they're coming from. If the dog broke its collar or leash, I could see where they're coming from. But as it is, their choice just doesn't make sense. It seems rather like a rushed decision based on feelings than an informed and well thought out case. Really, quite sad all around.
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