Monday: Pitbulls, Debates, Things, Calendar

That's right. You survived the weekend. Best have a look at what that earned you.


Pitbulls - Tonight, 7 p.m. at City Hall, in the second floor conference room, the City Council will host a work session with members of the Woonsocket Police Department and the and the RISPCA to discuss the pros and cons of a pitbull ordinance proposed by City Council President John Ward (see attached .pdf).

Debate - If pitbulls, the laws governing dogs and whether those laws are enforced or enforceable aren't your thing, there's the third Presidential Debate tonight at 9 p.m. on foreign policy. The debate takes place at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, moderated by Bob Schieffer (Host of Face the Nation on CBS).

The format for the debate will be identical to the first presidential debate.

Things - Got something going on that people have to know about a particular morning at 5:30 a.m.? E-mail it to robert@patch.com, and ask nicely - it'll probaby make it in for the following morning.

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Yvette M Ayotte October 22, 2012 at 11:18 AM
Pitbulls are great dogs, get rid of their owners.
Robin October 22, 2012 at 01:12 PM
You cannot label all Pitbulls as dangerous,that is insaine !! You have to hold the owner's responsible..
Doctor October 22, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Interesting findings from a Canadian study. A study by Dr. Malathi Raghavan, DVM, PhD questions the pit bull's reputation as a dangerous breed. An electronic search of newspaper articles by Dr. Raghavan found that pit bull terriers were responsible for 1 of 28 (3.6%) dog bite-related fatalities reported in Canada from 1990 through 2007. The study also notes that "A higher proportion of sled dogs and, possibly, mixed-breed dogs in Canada than in the United States caused fatalities, as did multiple dogs rather than single dogs. Free-roaming dog packs, reported only from rural communities, caused most on-reserve fatalities".
la_mouffette October 22, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Re: this law... so many problems. Of course. This is Woonsocket. We tend to "solve" problems by doing something illogical. Here's one problem-- It requires that any "vicious dog" be marked with a permanent ID #. This makes good sense, since collars can slip off, or be removed before an irresponsible owner dumps a dog (because they don't want it anymore, which happens often... or say, to avoid paying insurance or a fine? Think on that.) So, we want permanent ID. Instead of requiring owners to micro-chip dogs (available at almost all vets, cheap, fast, easy, popular, done via a tiny injection, usually permanent) THIS law requires that any dog in that category instead be marked via a tattoo'ed ID #...on the INSIDE of the UPPER LIP. So, let's say you're the animal control officer. And you find a lost dog. Maybe you decide it has some "Pit Bull Qualities", in which case THIS law gives you the legal right to kill it immediately, even if it's a sweet Boston Terrier mix. But let's say it's a Golden Retriever. YOU need to check if it's on the city's list of registered "vicious dogs" If it were micro-chipped, you would just run a handheld scanner over its back. Instead, you must grab its head, and pull back its upper lip to look for, and try to read, a tattoo on the INSIDE of its MOUTH. Does this seem wise? And if the stressed lost dog is a bit freaked out by a stranger doing this, struggles, maybe even snaps, voila-- it's a vicious dog!
Russell Archambault October 22, 2012 at 10:40 PM
ROB; thank you for having the full ordinance in you article. I did print it. I would only hope that pit bull and other dog owners read it and understand it before they talk at next council meeting. The biggest problem I see is that these dog owners don't want to pay for insurance,too bad. People are the problem not the dog.This is about controlling bad owners. Most arguments on not having this ordinance are lame. In my opinion this ordinance does not go far enough. I have submitted my ideas to some council members, lets see if they are brought up. you served your readers thanks again.


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