Letters and comments for November 4, 2011

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Letters and comments for November 4, 2011

Glaze took correct action on pit bull

To the Editor:

La Grande School District superintendent Larry Glaze took the correct action in having a pit bull owned and handled by Lani Blaylock removed from Willow Elementary, a kindergarten-only school.

Glaze’s words to The Observer were very clear and succinct following his actions: “My number one priority as superintendent of the school district is the safety of the students. Putting students in close proximity to a pit bull violates this standard.”

Unlike the role of the Blue Mountain Humane Association, which is to “save animals,” the role of Glaze is to be ready to take immediate action to “protect young children” from situations that are commonly known as dangerous, such as interactions with pit bull terriers, a dog breed unmatched in its horrific safety record by all dog breeds since the early 1980s.

According to our research, today, a pit bull mauls an American to death, on average, every 21 days.

Fatal dog bite statistics in the United States reinforce Glaze’s recent actions as do nearly all homeowners insurance carriers, which refuse to provide coverage for the pit bull breed. No one wants to pay for the catastrophic injuries too often inflicted by pit bulls.

High courts are resolute about the danger presented by pit bulls: It has been judicially noted that pit bulls “bite to kill without signal” (Starkey v. Township of Chester, 1986); are selectively bred to have very powerful jaws, high insensitivity to pain, extreme aggressiveness (Matthews v. Amberwood, 1998); when pit bulls attack, they are more likely to inflict severe damage to their victim than other breeds of dogs (Toledo v. Tellings, 2007).

Superintendent Larry Glaze deserves great praise for his proactive actions. My organization, DogsBite.org, believes his intervention protected the welfare of the children in the La Grande School District.

Colleen Lynn

founder and president, DogsBite.org

Austin, Texas

DogsBite.org is a national dog bite victims' group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks. The research focuses on pit bull-type dogs. DogsBite.org believes that due to selective breeding practices that emphasize aggression and tenacity, this class of dogs negatively impacts communities the most.

Find the group’s research, as well as a Centers for Disease and Control study at DogsBite.org.