One Punch reader’s next door neighbour has a huuuuuge beast of a dog. In Latin, it’s a gigantasaurus canineteethobeast. Said Punch reader doesn’t have particularly good relations with this neighbour. The dog has gone off leash in the past and came menacingly close to the reader’s three-year-old daughter.
Last week, another neighbour on the cul de sac told this reader that they’re going to call the council after the pitbull-esque monster barktastically blockaded the neighbour in their home.
In normal times, this action would be a positive development. But the Punch reader is having a party in the not-too-distant future. Maintaining stable relations with the neighbours is imperative at least until the party has safely concluded. And given past tensions over Fido, the Punch reader is sure to take the blame for any council action.
So. Should our reader try put the kybosh on their anti-dog neighbour’s complaint plans until after the party is over in a couple of weeks? Or should neighbourhood safety be the immediate prerogative?
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Max, a young and handsome American pit bull, sits on death row in Miami-Dade County’s Animal Services, a victim of possibly the world’s toughest breed-specific dog laws.
The paperwork on his cage labels him “aggressive”, but it’s more out of caution. He’s never bitten anyone.
Max has got 24 hours for a reprieve. His owner is a soldier on duty in Afghanistan who left the dog with his family. They became panicked that they would be fined for harbouring an outlawed breed and handed him to the Animal Services pound.
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Another dead kid, another dog which should never have been breathing and eating Pal, let alone allowed to escape from its yard and kill somebody.
Too often on a range of topics these days, we see the tail of minority concerns wagging the dog of the silent majority. The tiny, mad minority who love pitbulls, and endanger the rest of us, are a classic case.
Pitbull lovers seem to be as aggressive as the dogs themselves. On the website dogforum.com.au today, a delightful user called Shelby-001 said: “stop stereotyping BREED and just judge the DEED”. They even added the word “ggggrrrrrrr” after their rant, as though to further underline the similarity between dog and owner.
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