Sonoma Councilwoman Wants to Ban Pit Bulls -- and Other Aggressive Dogs

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Sonoma vs. Pit bulls
Taking a page out of San Francisco's playbook of citywide bans, Sonoma's City Council is considering outlawing pit bulls after last week's fatal attack of a Pacifica pregnant woman.

City Councilwoman Joanne Sanders says she'll ask the full council to ban the pups and other vicious dogs from the North Bay city. She explained that after the family's 2-year-old pit bull got loose and mauled 32-year-old Darla Napora to death, she is simply looking out for her own community.

"I think pit bulls are a great start," Sanders told the Press Democrat


Police responded to the house on a suburban street in Pacifica last Thursday after Greg Napora called the cops to report his wife was in the front room, covered in blood. He warned them that the family dog, Gunner, was in the back room.

Police posted an officer to keep watch while they waited for Animal Care & Control to arrive to pick up the aggressive-acting animal. However, 10 to 15 minutes after, the dog apparently went into the backyard through a sliding-glass door.

Gunner somehow got loose from the backyard while police were supposed to be keeping watch and walked to the front yard of the Naporas' home. Police shot the dog dead.

The dog "was covered in blood. There was no way we were going to take chances of it getting loose into the neighborhood or attacking anyone," Pacifica Police Captain Dave Bertini told SF Weekly last week.

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Tory
Tory

You all might want to first realize that there is no breed called a pit bull. This means that many people are confusing multiple breeds into this one category. These include the American Staffordshire terrier, the Staffordshire Terrier, The American and English Bulldogs, The Presa Canario, the Dogo Argentino, the mastiffs, and any mix of a bull dog and terrier.  Thus there will be an increase in the percentage of bites for these dogs compared to single breeds of dogs.  There is also public mis-communication as to what a pitbull looks like I bet you can't find the real one in this link http://www.pitbullsontheweb.co....  It took me two tries and I own a pit mix.  These breeeds have different origins none were bred for fighting.  If you want proof of the true temperment of pitbulls look at the Micheal Vick Dogs of the 49 dogs seized by the government from Bad News kennels only one was put down.  The rest of the dogs have been adopted or are living in a sanctuary due mainly to dog aggression.  Vick's two champions have been shown to be some of the most people friendly of the bunch.AS a geneticist I can say without a doubt that no breed of dog is inherently aggressive towards dogs or humans, at this time there is no genetic evidence to support this period.  Dog aggression is a trained or learned behavior usually occurring when dogs reach sexual maturity and get driven by hormones for dominance within the pack usually between dogs of the same sex. People aggression is usually fear based from some trauma in a dogs past or territorial based usually again from hormones.  The hormonal aggression can be reduced by spaying and neutering your dog.  It is important to realize that it truly is the owner's responsibility to take care of their dog aggressive or not my golden retriever has aggression issues so he remains in the back of our home, in a fence, or with me on a leash in non-public places.  I take responsibility for my dog and I am sorry for there loss but you should never take in a dog without being prepared to manage its behavior.

Sallysgranma
Sallysgranma

When it comes to Pit Bulls, it is all about nature not nuture.  We owned Alfonse for over seven years and we loved him like a child, but he had a dark side that just could not be denied.  We compared it to, knowing your loved one has a mental illness because we knew it wasn't his fault.  But the plain and simple truth, Pit Bulls are predisposed to extreme aggressive behavior, which can be compared to walking around with a loaded gun at the end of your leash. 

Mmlp00
Mmlp00

I groom dogs! Pitbulls are a very sweet breed! I am bitten more by the small dogs like Chihuahuas why don't you start banning there. People need to stop being so ignorant! Golden Retrievers and labs attack more than Pitbulls do. Any dog has the capability of being dangerous! If your going to ban one breed ban them all!

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So sweet! Until they kill you. 

Mmlp00
Mmlp00

So are Goldens until I was bitten in the face by one!!!!!! Pitbulls do not attack any more than any other breed!!!  They are just the only ones who are ever put on the news when they do. Do your research.

DQ
DQ

"Even as we share the grief of Ms. Napora's family, we do well to keep two things in mind. First, serious incidents involving dogs have always been exceedingly rare, though they generate news coverage that creates an impression they are more prevalent than they actually are. There are roughly 78 million dogs in the U.S., and 308 million human beings. Annually, there is one dog bite-related fatality for every 10 million human beings, and every 2.5 million dogs. Second, official reports may shed some light on the unique calculus of an incident; but they are never a basis for generalizations about all dogs, or even one kind of dog. To illustrate, consider the following. The week before Ms. Napora died, a pregnant woman in Milwaukee, Sharon Staples, was shot to death in the street, in the presence of her 13 year-old son. Police arrested three teenaged boys in connection with her death. There are over 20 million teenagers in the United States. What will the investigation into the death of Sharon Staples tell us about teenagers?

Reports concerning the death of Darla Napora cannot be used to generalize about any of the other 78 million dogs.

Out of respect for Darla Napora and her grieving family, and due regard for their love for their dogs, we must not assume we know more than we do. The more deeply one examines any incident, the more likely one is to appreciate that its complexity cannot be reduced to a simple prescription."

- Don Cleary National Canine Research Council

wrong
wrong

An aggressive dog is a different thing than a human criminal. To try to blur the line makes you very unreliable as a source of research. 

Perhaps you can be kept busy by doing some more research about making the loopy owners of PIt Bulls on leashes. 

jasononthemoon
jasononthemoon

This is an idiotic response. We're not talking about human beings with feelings and rights, we're talking vicious mutts. The answer is to ban them and be done with it.

You cannot seriously mean to compare some lowly animal with a human life. That's disgraceful.

Ban vicious pit bulls now!!!

Mmlp00
Mmlp00

You have a very ignorant response. Maybe you should do some research on dog breeds.

DQ
DQ

Jason, is your worldview really this simplistic? Is every Muslim a terrorist?

jasononthemoon
jasononthemoon

Maybe you should look at the news and wake up to what is going on around you everyday -- pit bulls are blood thirsty monsters!!! Ban them now and save the lives of human beings.

Gooddogapbts
Gooddogapbts

Excellent writing Don. I live in Sonoma County can you come speak for us =)

DQ
DQ

[I agree it is succinct and well-written, but not by me. I just posted it here.]

Signed,Not Don Cleary

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Yes Don! I want to be killed too, tell me more! 

bluecanary1
bluecanary1

I don't want to be cold-hearted, but this was an un-neutered pit bull (or whatever), with a female pit bull (or whatever).  Why, why, why would you have a dog strong enough to eat you (any dog, of any breed), running around unaltered?  I strongly suspect this couple were likely just like the parents of that kid in the Haight: backyard breeders, ignorant, thinking they could make a buck off some puppies.  Or they were simply too ignorant to know that pets should be neutered/spayed.  Either way, ignorant people should not own dogs.  If saying so makes me a bitch, so be it.

jasononthemoon
jasononthemoon

I hope they do ban the pit bulls. These are vicious animals that must be stopped.

Mmlp00
Mmlp00

Lets ban Chihuahuas, yorkies, labs, goldens, bichons, dalmations and any other potentially aggressive breeds as well then to you idiot!! Any dog has the potential of attacking someone. Did you read about the Pomeranian that tried eating and killed a 6 week old baby? Google it. Do your research before responding to something you know nothing about, you just sound stupid!!!!

jasononthemoon
jasononthemoon

While those breeds might be "potentially" dangerous, pit bulls are PROVEN KILLERS. That's why it makes sense to ban them. Only a sociopath would support protecting these murderous beasts. Ban pit bulls now!

jasononthemoon
jasononthemoon

The only stupid here is you my friend.

Stupid for protecting vicious animals.Stupid for hating human life.Stupid for not knowing when you're wrong about EVERYTHING.

DQ
DQ

Jason said: "We'll see who's right when you go to hug a pit bull and it rips your face off. Of course, you'll deserve it for trying to protect a murderous breed that has no place in society."

By this logic, you're saying Darla Napora deserved it, too.

Seriously, you're so stupid it HURTS.

jasononthemoon
jasononthemoon

We'll see who's right when you go to hug a pit bull and it rips your face off. Of course, you'll deserve it for trying to protect a murderous breed that has no place in society.

Mmlp00
Mmlp00

Those breeds are not "potentially" dangerous, they are proven to be. Your an idiot do your research!!!!! I work with dogs every day! Do you? Have you been around every breed of dog? 

DQ
DQ

Someone please get Jason a breath mint, as he seems intent on continuing to talk out his ass.

jasononthemoon
jasononthemoon

Stop trying to cover up the real issue. We're not talking about normal dogs, we're talking about pit bulls!!! These are vicious beasts who are PROVED time and again to murder INNOCENT BABIES for no reason other than it's what they were bred to do. This is an indisputable fact.

The only way to protect our communities and our families is to ban pit pulls. Or, at least make pit bull hunting legal.

DQ
DQ

Jason, does that mean you support the banning of Akitas, German Shepherds, Labradors, Weimaraners, and Huskies? They have also killed, among many other breeds.

whitney
whitney

You're an idiot Jason!

Olmsteadpaige
Olmsteadpaige

Yes it is a tragic event but EVERY dog is different. As an owner of a pitbull myself I know how loving and sweet the breed truly is when raised in the right enviornment and given enough time and attention. A city wide ban is appalling I will not give up my dog because of someone elses misfortune.

Jenn Aldridge
Jenn Aldridge

This was NOT a pit bull for gawds sake... It was a 125 pound dog. Probably an American Bull Dog or a cross... Pit Bulls are not human aggressive. Hence they made great fighting dogs b/c the handler could handle them in the pit without getting bitten. I am very sorry abt this tragedy, but let's get the facts straight. BSL does not work.

DQ
DQ

Jen, I thought the exact same thing regarding reports of the dog's size. I actually corresponded with a writer on the San Jose Mercury News (mistakenly thinking it was HER article which stated 125, it was in fact a few articles from the Chronicle). This morning she wrote me stating that the Peninsula Human Society informed her that the dog's post-necropsy weight was 72lbs, and that his vet history showed weight fluctuations between 68 and 76 lbs. I have emailed the Chronicle and several of the writers listed on the offending article(s), asking that a correction be printed - no response yet.

Felts
Felts

There are no bad dogs, only bad dog owners.

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no...

Yes, only bad people! Strange however, that bad people can have Golden Retrievers etc. and the death toll related to your pet killing you ends. 

Johnd
Johnd

So the pregnant woman who died was a bad owner then?

fbkeays
fbkeays

State law prohibits banning of dog breeds.  If she wants to ban pit bulls "as a good start" then she also needs to ban golden retrievers and labs, they bite and cause damage too.  Italy started a short list of ban breeds and finally realized when they got to nearly 100 breeds that it was a stupid idea.  Maybe this council woman needs to do some research before spouting out and letting everyone know that she is an idiot.  http://www.nationalcanineresea...She should throughly read this site too http://www.livingsafelywithdog...

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no...

I would just be happy if these people would keep their little monsters on leashes instead of walking around scaring everyone. 

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