Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Gregg Co. boy fatally mauled by pit bulls

From the AP via the Houston Chronicle:

KILGORE — A 10-year-old boy died Monday after authorities say he was mauled by two pit bulls in the small community of Leverett’s Chapel.

Gregg County Justice of the Peace B.H. Jameson pronounced Justin Clinton dead at a Longview hospital. Justin’s body was sent to Dallas for an autopsy.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office said witnesses reported seeing the dogs drag the boy, who had been playing at a friend’s house, down the side of the road. Tyler television station KLTV reported that a motorist who saw the attack pulled the animals off the boy.

More here.

Okay, so I know that a lot of people assert that pit bulls are just fine and that it's bad owners who either abuse these animals or straight-up train their dogs to be vicious that make these attacks likely. Not having read much about pit bulls, I suppose this assertion is entirely possible. But you have to admit that these attacks happen seemingly all the fucking time. And it's never labs, or chihuahuas or beagles or dalmatians. It's always pit bulls. Is the media biased somehow against these dogs, giving their attacks more attention than they might actually deserve, or are we actually in the midst of a twenty year long rash of random and brutal pit bull attacks? The latter seems more likely. But I don't really know.

It seems entirely reasonable to ask what the fuck is going on here.