Comments on Hawaii Considers Two Bills Affecting Dog Owners

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Mammamia   Mililani, HI

2/15/2009 10:24:47 PM

How sad dogs and owners can't enjoy exercise in a normal way anymore. People on the beach have yelled at and cussed about my American Bulldog in front of my 5 year old. Dogs help humans emotionally and may lenghthen lives, and bans are what they get in return. Shall we ban races of theives, like we do breeds? How about punishing owners, instead of the MANY nice, innocent dogs that are currently considered for banning in HI, and not in parks and on trails alone, but entirely? I am confused and saddened by the meaness of humans. Two strange ladies actually took my picture while I was walking my dog (he looks like the "Homeward Bound" dog). They said he is a bad dog that needs banning, then they peeled out fast away from me, and SWERVED while I was alone on my neighborhood sidewalk. Since someone I deeply cared about died in a motor vehicle accident caused by another driver, for fifteen years I've paid close attention to statistical injuries/ fatalities. Shall we ban vehicles, too? Are all of you really ready to do that yet? Honestly? Because according to statistics, you people all have bigger fights to concern yourself with between vehicle accidents and health issues, than to judge all dogs and owners, and what may occur with them. The numbers of bad dog incidents sound horrible, until you compare them to good dogs and happy people with them, and compare them to other kinds of injuries. Have you nothing better than to make all these comments without analyzation? Another odd thing -the most aggressive breeds I've known have never been talked about for banning in HI - German Sheppards, Chows, Chihuhuas, Dobermans, and the MEANEST I ever came across - Weenie dogs and a GOLDEN RETRIEVER/ LAB mix physically hurt me more than any other. All dogs and mannerisms are different, just as people. I am sorry some people are ignorant about these creatures, but that doesn't make the cruelty to the dogs okay. Do your research people. Don't be ignorantly biased and fit a stereo-type of whatever is making you think so sadly, ridiculously, cruelly toward dogs. I am getting afraid of people harming myself or family over this issue. What is wrong with people, and where in HI is the aloha for animals??? Next people will threaten me if I ever own a bird, and don't keep it on a leash in my backyard. More families in HI have dogs than those who don't, if what I've read online is true. I wish some of YOU would have to tell my 5 year old why his dog is getting banned. He loves and plays with his 110 lb. dog almost every day. BTW - an American Bulldog has nothing to do with a pitbull in their breeding, unless people purposefully breed the two together. The very ignorant people who claim these dogs were bred for killing - WOW. They were bred for herding/ hunting. Please, do your research before speaking on matters, and avoid looking and feeling dumb. I empathize with people, and I agree something needs to be done about the many owners in HI raising fighting dogs.

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Galadriel   Lothlorien, ME

1/30/2009 11:06:24 PM

I completely disagree.

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karen   little rock, AR

1/30/2009 7:03:31 PM

I totally agree!!!!

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Xxxxxx   Xxxxxxxx, ME

1/30/2009 5:41:35 PM

all of u are very correct. it is NOT the poor dogs fault. people have made them that way

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misty & pretezl   Sherrill, NY

1/30/2009 5:29:54 PM

Pitt bulls have had a very bad rap!! my brother has one and it is sweet. i think that it depends on the owner of the dog to determine if it is going to be vishous . The owner makes any breed of dog mean. pitts need to be reconsidered as a vishous breed. people should be investigated before they are alloud to known them!!!

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Michele   Freeport, IL

1/30/2009 2:45:18 PM

Instead of punishing the breed,they should punish the individual people responsible for owning ANY aggressive dog.They should offer classes to teach dog owners how to avoid aggression in all dog breeds.I do however think that no dog should be tied outside longer then 3 hours

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Missy   Burleswon, TX

1/30/2009 1:46:01 PM

I thought America was the LAND OF THE FREE and therefore Her people should be able to own and raise the dog of their choosing-responsibly of course. Why Pit Bulls?????!!!!! What did they do to, other than getting a bad reputation, to deserve this kind of racism- and yes it is racist against the breed to to hold the actions of one against the breed as a whole! Will they next ban PEOPLE of certain races because of their stereotypes? It amounts to the same theory that One Bad Apple Spoils the Whole Damn Bunch, which is insane.

Now as for the tethering issue I agree that No animal should be tethered.

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madie   greensboro, NC

1/30/2009 1:04:17 PM

i agree dogs shouldnt be tied to things, but banning pitbulls is wrong. people make them agressive. blame the deed not the breed

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susan   des moines, IA

1/30/2009 11:38:40 AM

I am all for this bill of tethering a dog for extended periods of time. Too many people take advantage of it in an inappropriate manner, in of which leads to trauma and stress to the animal involved.

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belinda   salinas, CA

1/30/2009 11:02:37 AM

I like that there is no tethering dogs but come on why ban a dog there is so many responsible pitt bull owner and how could you not admire and love pittbulls it is not there fault they were born strong. Those people that use them for bad things should get banned

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Donna   Limington, ME

1/30/2009 10:37:47 AM

I too, love the first bill, but hate that any dog would be banned.

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Julie   Lewiston, ME

1/30/2009 10:37:23 AM

I agree with the other people that have posted comments

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Darryl   Stafford, VA

1/30/2009 7:17:21 AM

Here we go again...blaming the dog (breed).

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D   Indy, IN

1/30/2009 6:47:34 AM

I like the first one, not the second.

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stacy   Bel Air, MD

1/30/2009 5:49:43 AM

I think the first bill should be pasted because why have a dog if you are just going to leave tied up outside. The second bill however i am against because it is all on how the dog is breed and raised. I have seen some little tiny dogs be just as mean if not worse then some pit bulls, i have also seen some very loving pits before. it should be done on a case by case bases.

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Jane   Amherst, MA

1/30/2009 5:21:43 AM

I like the first bill but I am totally against the second. I can think of many breeds just as dangerous as the pit bull if not worse.

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