A study by the SPCA, the University of Cincinnati and Children's Hospital of 335 dog owners in the state of Ohio produced some intriguing, but not unexpected, conclusions.
According to Jaclyn Barnes of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Centre, “Owners of vicious dogs who have been cited for failing to register a dog (or) failing to keep a dog confined on the premises ... are more than
9 times more likely to have been convicted for a crime involving children,
3 times more likely to have been convicted of domestic violence,
14 times more likely to have an alcohol related conviction.... and nearly
8 times more likely to be charged with drug crimes than owners of low-risk licensed dogs.”
High risk dogs were defined as “those which have killed or caused serious injuries” and, unfortunately, all ”pit bulls,” which by Ohio law are automatically considered vicious.
The breeds deemed to be at the lowest risk of causing injury in the study included Poodles, Collies, Terriers, and Beagles.
So what the study really says is that the dregs of society who breed and buy dogs to protect methamphetamine labs are not concerned with social behavior for themselves or for their dogs. A scumbag convicted of abuse of children and domestic partners may be more drawn to an attack dog than to Poodles or Beagles.
Punishing innocent dogs and responsible dog owners by legislating against particular breeds is not the answer to the problem. Criminals will just find new breeds to corrupt.
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