Letter: Pit bulls should be banned from residential areas

Posted 1/21/22

To the editor: 

In the 12 Jan. 22 Barrington Times Police Log, an entry for Thursday, Jan. 6 tells of a pit bull pulling to the ground and biting the dog sitter watching it--then attacking a …

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Letter: Pit bulls should be banned from residential areas

Posted

To the editor: 

In the 12 Jan. 22 Barrington Times Police Log, an entry for Thursday, Jan. 6 tells of a pit bull pulling to the ground and biting the dog sitter watching it--then attacking a 10 year-old Golden Doodle. 

Since in the past I have asked the Barrington Police Department to name the breed involved in dog attacks in their reports — suspecting that in many instances they were Pit Bulls — I was not at all surprised to learn that was the case here.

As an M.D., I am a firm believer in the importance of genetics — and pit bulls were bred to attack and kill. (Plus, their powerful jaws inflict a more severe injury than the usual "dog bite".)

Pit bulls should be banned from a residential, suburban area like Barrington with a large population of children. (There is a nationwide precedent for that.)

Karl F. Stephens M.D.

Barrington

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