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Pit Bull Attack Raises Questions Over Pet Regulations

I have shared my life with dogs since I was 13, and in the intervening time have cared for 6 different dogs; all rescues. My current 4-legged friend is a 10 year old, female pit-mix. She may be the most obedient dog I have ever had in my life. While she has some "excess baggage" from her previous life, I have never felt that I was unable to control or restrain her.

Pits can be good dogs, but unfortunately, individuals insist on breeding the animals for aggression. This is exacerbated when the animals are not altered. I believe ownership of these animals should be subject to greater regualtion. Individuals adopting these animals should submit to a background check, and those who have been irresponsible should not be allowed to own them. I also believe that individuals who have a history of animal abuse, neglect and general irresponsible behavior should not be allowed to own these animals, or any dog. Penalties for irresponsible behavior that results in injury to humans, or other animals should be severe.

If we want to nip this kind of irresponsible ownership, the county should make it illegal to breed dogs w/o a breeders license. Private owners of dogs should be legally compelled to alter there animals. Such restrictions would go a long way to mitigating incidents like that being discussed

November 30, 2011 at 12:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego's Future - What's Important To You?

I've lived in San Diego for 43 of my 50 years. During my college years @ SDSU, I began commuting by bicycle. I still commute by bike from my home in OB to my job @ NAS North Island.

In the 23 years I have been commuting by bike I have seen minimal infrastructure improvements benefiting the cycling community and promoting alternative transportation. During bicycle tours of other areas of the country, I am always amazed how many of these communities and cities have embraced alternative transportation in general and cycling in particular. Portland, OR, Vancouver, BC, Washington, DC, and many other cities have extensive cycling friendly infrastructure, even though they are in geographical regions where weather is less that optimal for bicycle commuting. In contrast, San Diego, with 355 days of sunshine per year and an average daytime temperature somewhere in the high 60's has a pitifully inadequate bicycle infrastructure (at least in the city).

There is no excuse for a city with our consistent climate not agressively promoting and facilitating cycling as alternative transportation. The community is primed for this change. The city should examine the plans of cities like those I mentioned and see how they could be applied in San DIego, AND APPLY THEM!

September 13, 2011 at 12:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )