Tuesday, September 4, 2012

WILL JUDGE FLYNN BE MORE BARK THAN BITE?

Nearly a year after his pit bull savagely attacked a small poodle in the city, justice will finally be meted out this week,

Serial Dog Law offender, Jason English will be sentenced on Thursday.

The sentence might include an order to put the savage pit bull down.

Last year the CBC reported that he  had a history when it comes to being an irresponsible dog owner.

Last year English said was not his fault that his savage dog violently tore a poodle to shreds. The man who has a criminal history owned a pit bull  that attacked another dog  near Quidi Vidi Lake six years ago. Provincial court Judge Gloria Harding rejected Justice recommendations to put the dogs down citing that she could not see evidence that the dogs had been violent in the past. Hindsight is 20-20, but considering what this guys pit pull did to the poodle, imagine what these "non-violent dogs" could have done to a child.

People like English keeping these type of aggressive dogs, bred for violence, for intimidation and security reasons. One does not need mafia style enforcers when you have pit bull to watch your back! He obviously has no regard what so ever for others safety.

Sentence aside, the province and the Municipal Government need to address the dangerous breeds issue. It really should not take the lost life of a child to reform the laws.

What I would like to see is the provincial dog act amended to put tougher ownership rules in place for the owners of known breeds of aggressive dogs. All dogs should be registered, all owners should have to do an education course, dog owners should be clearly held responsible criminally and financially for any attacks, enhanced tethering laws and rules for how many dogs one individual can walk at one time need to be introduced. 
Failure to abide by the laws should be costly. 
People need to know that there is great responsibility, and expense, in owning a dog, any dog.
In the meantime, I can hardly wait to learn what sentence  Judge Colin Flynn will render.

I am holding out that he will set an example.

No comments: