The deadly attack of a small Maltese dog by three pit bulls last Saturday is yet another in a seemingly unending series of maulings by pit bull terriers over the years.
This time the pit bulls unexpectedly attacked a small dog that was walking with its owner on Colorado Avenue at Middlefield Road. Other times the victims are children or adults.
It’s time to ban pit bull terriers in Palo Alto. They are notoriously vicious dogs who unexpectedly turn on people and animals — even their owners. They have been known to jump fences, go after bicycle riders, and lunge after passersby. When they attack, their huge jaws grab and lock onto the victim.
This Maltese dog mauling is not an isolated incident; over the years I have read about hundreds of similar attacks.
Pit bull owners say their dogs are being unjustly labeled as vicious — that in reality they are kind and gentle dogs. It’s some of the owners that are the problem, they say, because a few owners actually train these dogs to be aggressive.
That’s only partly true. Some owners do delight in raising a vicious dog, and encourage their pet to be as aggressive as possible.
But case history also shows many pit bulls simply turn on people and other pets without provocation. There are number children who are maimed or killed each year by this breed of dog.
The only solution is to ban pit bulls in Palo Alto. Many other communities have already done so. Yes, there are a few other breeds that also are known for unprovoked attacks, but pit bulls lead the list.