Dogs trained to fight have no business around people

Published 12:04 am Sunday, November 7, 2010

Last Saturday I took newspapers to drop off at the Vicksburg-Warren County Humane Society like I occasionally do, only this time it was during business hours.

As I was about to unload them in the drop off area outside, Georgia Lynn came out and said that I could back up to the front door and she got some of the staff to help bring them inside. As I was leaving, I turned back and said to her, “Thank-you for what you do — and by the way, I like what you said in the paper.”

She looked pleased and a little relieved and replied that she was getting flack from some people for it. We began to talk and I ended up going inside to see the dogs. Each one had its own kennel for its own protection. Lynn lovingly petted them and talked to them as we passed. I wanted to see “Number 2” that I had read in the Vicksburg Post was her favorite. He licked her hand through the gate as she spoke to him.

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She went on to tell me how this same dog became very aggressive the other day when Cherokee, one of the horses there, came partially inside and was easily visible because of the raised garage-type door. That door, which is several yards away from the kennels, is used to give Cherokee access to the grooming area.

After we walked past two rows of pit bulls, Lynn opened the garage door and we walked into the adjoining pasture to see the horses. She called Cherokee and as he came closer, “Number 2” began barking and getting more viciously excited. After less than a minute the dog was biting the gate and seemed determined to bite through the wires. I have no doubt that in time he would have succeeded. It was scary.

To the people who have criticized or think that these dogs can become rehabilitated and adoptable, please go see them and talk to Georgia Lynn. I am an animal lover and yet I believe that these dogs will never be able to live together with other animals, and living alone in a kennel for the rest of their lives for the sake of “saving” them is not humane either.

I feel that we cannot take a chance on another animal, or worse a child, being attacked by one of these dogs that were so callously misused and mishandled. They are the real victims here. I pray that Sheriff Martin Pace will be able to apprehend these criminals soon and just maybe they can be rehabilitated.

Beverly White