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What a pleasure....an immense pleasure talking to Lieutenant Tim Brant from the Derby Police Department........
Talking about the recent Pit Bull situation--an officer became involved in an incident involving an American Staffordshire Terrier where he felt the life the animal control officer was in jeopardy.
He felt an attack was imminent and this resulted in him making a decision to shoot this American Pit Bull Terrier in the chest.
The good news is that the dog is with a veterinarian--the dog will be okay.
There was also a Husky involved--the Husky is with the Wichita Humane Society.
I must have spoken with Lieutenant Tim Brant with the Derby Police Department over 20 minutes. I had so many questions as the story was very close to my heart.
Yes, I do have a dog in the fight and his name is Ronald.........
In situations similar previous in other areas individuals were not so forth coming with information.
I was really impressed by his professional and informational nature.
Lieutenant Brant was willing to listen to me ask questions without any rushing. I felt like he wanted to readily share information.
The upshot of the whole thing--a judge will decide what to do at a hearing after all of the information is given and the outcome of the dog will be decided. I had asked Lieutenant Tim Brant if there was any chance the dog will be euthanized and he said that will be decided by the judge.
He explained to me the first priority is the safety of the citizens of Derby, Kansas; the animal control officers and the other animals and pets.
It seems like the dogs were out and about on their own all day.
It was a worrisome situation because the dog in question had injured a cat, basically cornered a lady while growling and the officer that shot the dog felt the life of the animal control person was in danger.
Tim Brant told me they have also found information that this dog has recently attacked a horse.
I asked Tim Brant if the police had or knew of any kind of program for the rehabilitation of owners and dogs that have acted improperly. He said he did not but he would really like to know of any program like that if it exists.
I had to ask if he felt dog fighting was a issue here in Kansas. He said he has not found evidence of dog fighting in Derby but it may in fact exist in the metropolitan area of Wichita. He has not seen equipment or tools used for dog fighting and he has not seen dogs with tell-tale scars or injuries.
This is a personal concern for me as a owner of a pit bull mix, Ronnie. Some people are so afraid of my dog they literally pick up their little children and run. He is old now but he actually has a scar on his head from a non-malignant tumor. If everyone only knew he was bossed around by old cats I think they would not run away.
In San Diego there is dog fighting and I felt I had seen signs of dog fighting here in Wichita, too. I am beginning to think Pit Bulls are the most abused dog in our society today.
It does not take a genius or a long time of owning this breed to notice dog fighting and to hear all of the horrible stories. In San Diego, at the dog park, literally someone came up to me with his pit bull and said "My dog could kill your dog."
In San Diego and here in Wichita there are very, very large dogs--American Staffordshire Terriers--they are way too big. Pit Bulls should not be bred so large and they should not be running around loose on the streets. The neighbors are afraid due to their bad reputation, these days--it is not fair to the neighbors or the dog.
Some American Pit Bull Terriers have not been socialized properly--they get out--in need of exercise--get in a dog pack and run after cats and other animals. You know what happens next.
What people do not realize about Pit Bulls is that they are extremely heavy and solid dogs--in my experience I think they can knock any other dog. It is just a matter of time. Yes, they do enjoy rough-housing but in my opinion they are not really a watch dog such as a German Shepard. They are just so darn loyal.
Ronnie is the best--he is not prey driven, but many dogs of all breeds will chase anything that moves. Going to the dog park with any dog, but particularly, a Pitty can be a loaded-gun situation.
Rough-housing is one thing but an all out attack can happen at any time with any breed. It can happen so fast there is not much any one can do once it gets started. The dog attack can happen in a flash--everyone is suppose to have their dog under control.
Man, I do not want to lose my dog.......I do not want him to hurt any one and I do not want him to get hurt as he is on the senior citizen side, now.
Thank you to Lieutenant Tim Brant from the Derby Police Department for taking his valuable time to answer all of my questions and to listen to my concern for everyone involved.
My heart goes out to the Police Officers for the hard job they have to do and the very difficult split second decisions they have to make.
The thing is the officers and the dogs are under the gun for every outcome--if a person is injured or if a dog is injured.
I wish the best for the dogs and the officers involved and I hope the owners have a chance to receive dog training so their dogs will not be out running around if that is what is necessary.
It's not fair for the dogs--everyone ends up hating them....it's not fair for the residents and other animals to be in fear of being terrorized if that is the case....and it is not reasonable for the police and animal control to have to deal with animals that have been raised and cared for improperly--everyone loses--we have to make this a win win all of the people affected.
Agree or disagree--welcome comments and your good ideas and your take on the situation.
Talking about responsible dog ownership and the trials and tribulations of owning and American Staffordshire Terrier.
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