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Pitbulls of Fisher

By johnboy - 3 April 2012 51

I’ve had the below in through the contact form. Anyone know more?

The purpose of this email is to inform you that 3 animals have died today (all on the same street, in 3 different backyards) due to 2 pitballs who are loose on the streets of Fisher ACT.

These deadly animals need to be taken and put down before our children are their next victim. Residence of Ballarat and Rosebery Street have been informed by Rangers to keep your children indoors as these dogs are likely to return.

Please alert all residence within Fisher that they are not safe. And to the owner of the dogs, please hand your dogs in and save yourselves from future prosecution for the death of a person.

We cannot continue to live in fear like this.

UPDATE 04/04/12 17:22: This in from Liam:

Just phoned the domestic animal folk to see if it was now safe to walk our dogs in Fisher. They told me both dogs that had alegedly carried out attacks were now safely in the care of Domestic Animal Services at Symonston.

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Pitbulls of Fisher
Kali 1:46 pm 05 Apr 12

Anyone who has watched Cesar Millan will know that pit bulls (or staffies) can be wonderful, kind, loving and attentive dogs. BUT…they need to be properly trained from birth and also need to be regularly exercised. They need to be taught that their owner is the pack-leader not them. Sure, same goes for most dogs, but whats the worst thats gonna happen from coming across a rogue, un-trained Spoodle ?…whereas these animals (Pit Bulls and Staff crosses) were bred for hunting large animals, not being chained in the backyard of irresponsable owners in suburban Canberra. Blame the owners and punish them accordingly. People who want to own these sort of potentially dangerous breeds should be made to complete appropriate training.

Watson 12:39 pm 05 Apr 12

Ian said :

The problem with large, potentially aggressive breeds of dog is that they appeal to precisely the sort of people who are unfit to own them.

Much the same as fireworks, guns, large powerful cars actually.

Any dog can be potentially aggressive and you can hardly call staffies large… They do have that muscular look though.

Staffies are very popular here. The majority of them are owned by average owners who are no better or worse than other dog owners. Meaning, at least half of them won’t train or socialise their dogs, at least half of them will never walk them and a great deal will not bother to make sure their bored dogs are safely contained.

fabforty 12:07 pm 05 Apr 12

Ian said :

The problem with large, potentially aggressive breeds of dog is that they appeal to precisely the sort of people who are unfit to own them.

Much the same as fireworks, guns, large powerful cars actually.

Exactly. Clearly these losers need some kind of “prop” to make them look/feel all powerful because at heart they are as weak as ….. water.

Aaroncbr 11:55 am 05 Apr 12

ScienceRules said :

JazzyJess said :

My deepest sympathies to the families grieving for their dead pets. I hope the negligent pitbull owners get their comeuppance. I just don’t understand why people want to own those sort of dangerous dogs.

I’m fairly sure that dumb, muscle-bound, vicious, aggressive animals also like to own pit bulls. Sort of reflects their own personalities and social skills.

Blame the owners not the breed!

I had a doberman from when i was 9 until i was about 16 and he was the nicest dog i had ever met.

Deref 11:47 am 05 Apr 12

I hope their owners have been put down.

Ian 11:28 am 05 Apr 12

The problem with large, potentially aggressive breeds of dog is that they appeal to precisely the sort of people who are unfit to own them.

Much the same as fireworks, guns, large powerful cars actually.

Watson 11:19 am 05 Apr 12

That is tragic and I am very glad that the dogs have been removed.

What bothers me about the original reporting though is:
1. They were not pitbulls, they were apparently staffy crosses. I think it is counterproductive to go calling any dangerous dog a pitbull.
2. Even though I sure as hell would not want my child to witness a dog killing viciuosly attacking another dog (or cat), the apparent jump from dogs attacking other dogs to attacking kids is a tad far fetched.

But as I said, great that they have now been removed as their owners have obviously completely f***ed them up, then didn’t bother containing them and clearly don’t deserve to own a pet at all.

Bring in a licencsing system for dog owners, I say!

crackerpants 11:17 am 05 Apr 12

When I was driving along Hindmarsh yesterday on the Duffy/Rivett stretch, several of us had to slow down to avoid a dog crossing the road – sure looked like a pitbull to me, down to the nose. So I guess, from the update above, it wasn’t one of “the” pitbulls, but another dog wandering around on its lonesome. Awesome. But then, that’s Duffy all over. I’ve tried getting DAS action on this problem before, but once they issued me with their 10 minute disclaimer on how under-resourced they are, they told me they need an exact address…which unleashed, unaccompanied dogs tend not to have.

Ok, ok, so I have no proof it was a pitbull, but whatever it was/wasn’t, it’s not the sort of dog I’d want to run into while out walking with my toddlers in the pram.

ScienceRules 10:47 am 05 Apr 12

JazzyJess said :

My deepest sympathies to the families grieving for their dead pets. I hope the negligent pitbull owners get their comeuppance. I just don’t understand why people want to own those sort of dangerous dogs.

I’m fairly sure that dumb, muscle-bound, vicious, aggressive animals also like to own pit bulls. Sort of reflects their own personalities and social skills.

JazzyJess 10:33 am 05 Apr 12

My deepest sympathies to the families grieving for their dead pets. I hope the negligent pitbull owners get their comeuppance. I just don’t understand why people want to own those sort of dangerous dogs.

Malteser 9:58 am 05 Apr 12

This is so horrible and upsetting. Some people (the owners of the vicious dogs) are such aholes. The sad fact is this will happen again in another street and another neighbourhood. God I hate people.

Tootza 9:24 am 05 Apr 12

It is about time. These dogs killed a family cat around Christmas time. The owner of the cat confronted the owners (who were at the Fisher shops later that evening with their dogs), only to be involved in a scuffle and have the police called. We have been extremely cautious ever since. Good to know they have been picked up!

Calamity 11:42 am 04 Apr 12

Does anyone know if the dogs have been picked up?

p1 11:07 am 04 Apr 12

CT says two pets. OP says three animals. What was the animal which wasn’t a pet? Are these dogs bringing down cattle?

bearlikesbeer 11:01 am 04 Apr 12

The CT has a story on it today. I hope the rangers/police let the public know when the dogs have been secured. I’m sure there will be a lot of people keeping kids and pets indoors until they hear this has been sorted out. http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/police-hunt-for-vicious-dogs-after-two-fisher-pets-killed-20120403-1wb5w.html

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