Two Triangle Pit Bull Attacks In One Week Have NC Rethinking Dog Laws
In Wake County in Raleigh, a 23-year-old man is being charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. In that case, the deadly weapon was a pair of aggressive pit bulls, which attacked a 6-year-old boy his home. The boy's injuries included 42 lacerations that could well leave both physical and emotional scarring.
In Durham, just days after the Raleigh, NC, pit bull mauling, a boy walking his pet Chihuahua in a public park was attacked by a stray pit bull. The boy's dog did not survive the dog attack. Authorities have not determined who owns the stray pit bull - but whoever does may well be found negligent.
Charging aggressive pet owners with assault with a deadly weapon is a new game plan used by lawyers to keep dangerous pets and their negligent owners off the streets - but some say the focus should be on getting pit bulls off the streets altogether by banning the breed in North Carolina. Breed-specific dog ordinances have been pushed forward in Denver County and Prince George County - influenced by the sheer number of attack and by the dog's associations with dog fighting.
However, some in the public believe that the dog breed shouldn't be punished - bad dog owners should be.