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Saturday, August 18, 2007
Family Pitbull Mauls Minnesota Boy - Criminal Neglect?
In the wake of the Michael Vick case, there has been significant debate surrounding the role of pitbulls in society. Stoking the debate in Minneapolis is the story of the Minneapolis boy that was mauled to death by his father's pitbull. The animal was tethered to a post in the basement and lunged at the boy's neck when the boy moved within striking distance. http://www.startribune.com/467/story/1369629.html. Following the attach, Minneapolis is debating a ban on "dangerous breeds" of dogs. This approach seems to place a Band-Aid on a cancerous tumor. Ignoring the problems of assigning a concrete definition to the term “dangerous breed” and devising a plan for policing the prohibition, the question remains whether a prohibition would accomplish its intended purpose. As the Michael Vick case demonstrates, there is an underground market and culture infatuated with breeding these animals. Its hard to accept that a prohibition would effect on this culture. Does anyone know whether the father of the mauled boy is facing criminal charges?