They’re not really a house pet to have. I really
don’t care for them. There’s some in this area. They’re giving these
dogs to young kids. They can be gentle, but [owners] are not
training them like that. The dogs are very aggressive.
There’s always a move to bar pit bulls. People don’t know, it’s not the
dogs, it’s the people who own them. I have two pit bulls. They play with
everybody in the neighborhood, everybody knows them. All you’ve got to
do is show them love. People buy them, abuse them, they keep them locked
in cages – that’s what causes [the violence].
John Perez (pit bull owner)
It’s how the owner treats the dog. You have a lot
of young kids out here that just train the dogs to fight. One owner
I do know trains his pit bull properly – he keeps him on a chain. If
the dog is vicious, it shouldn’t be off the leash at any time.
I agree with the bill. Friends of mine have had
encounters that weren’t too pleasant. Pit bulls are good dogs, but
they’re not trained by the right owners. If the owners aren’t training
them correctly then you have chaos. I am biased against pit bulls
because a friend of mine’s niece got mauled.
The owner has to be more responsible in taking
care of his dog. A lot of times when a dog is violent or vicious,
it’s because the owner teaches them to be violent or vicious.
Otherwise, all dogs are good animals. They shouldn’t ban the dog
itself. The owners have to follow rules to protect other people.