To the Editor:

The story in your newspaper concerning the death of a 5-year-old child due to an attack by a pitbull is heart-wrenching and so tragic. I can’t imagine the awful grief and pain that this victim’s family is enduring.

Yet, at the same time, as the owner of four cats and three dogs — two of them pitbulls, and all rescues — I feel that it is so unfair for my pits to be judged by their breed. As many other owners of these dogs can tell you, most of them are great, loving and affectionate dogs. I have a small cat that curls up at night and sleeps with mine. From what I’ve learned, the ones who are mean are taught to be so by humans.

While I do understand that no dogs should be left to run "wild," as the owner of three acres of land I should be able to run my dogs on my land, under my supervision. The "one-size-fits-all" solution mentioned simply will not work.

A leash law may work well in our subdivisions, but only thanks to mine and other dogs are the coyotes kept out of here, and kept from killing small pets in small areas. Out here nature has its own ways.

As far as the animal shelter goes, 80 percent of the animals being killed is appalling. Come on, St. Clair County, we can do so much better than this.


Robert Defnall, Argo