I am, of course, no expert in the matter of canine breeding, or the balance of nature/nurture in dogs. But how is it that simply having a dog born a specific breed is illegal? I assume (correct me if I’m wrong) that it’s possible that a pit bull can be bred without specifically trying for it; and that some people do specifically want a pit bull because of their famous loyalty to their owners. Why is such a broad swathe of canine breeding illegal?
Surely it’s the owners/breeders/trainers who train the dog (by design or through neglect) to be vicious that are to blame; innocent dogs that happen to be of a proscribed breed (and the owners who ensure that they’re not vicious) shouldn’t be the targets of such schemes as this.
Owners of the outlawed breed in Ballymena, County Antrim, have been given the whole of January to hand in the dogs without fear of prosecution.
The town council’s dog warden, Nigel Devine, said two pit bulls had been left with the council.
Both of the animals were put down, although Mr Devine stressed neither appeared vicious.
So both animals, despite not appearing vicious, were killed anyway. Not the fairest of outcomes, that. Is it?