Mother Wants Pit Bulls Banned from Georgia

Mother becomes active after breed mauls toddler son.

Should pit bulls be banned in Georgia? (Patch file photo.)
Should pit bulls be banned in Georgia? (Patch file photo.)

A Fulton County woman whose son was mauled to death by a pit bull terrier wants Georgia lawmakers to ban the breed from the state.

WSB-TV reports Angela Rutledge began her campaign to ban pit bulls after her 2-year-old son was mauled to death by her family's dog in April 2012. She was headed Tuesday to the steps of the state capitol in Atlanta.

  • What do you think? Is it time to ban pit bulls? Tell us in comments below.

Rutledge says she has concluded pit bulls are "an aggressive breed" that can pose a danger even to their owners.

She was being joined at the statehouse rally by Jeff Borchardt of Wisconsin, who founded the group Daxton's Friends for Canine Education and Awareness after his 14-month-old son was killed by pit bulls, WSB-TV reported.

Mitchos Doane February 26, 2014 at 10:20 PM
Grumpy i agree 100% Micheal Vick not only played foot ball but they also allowed him to have a dog well don't remember the breed but think it was a malty. well here is your next fighting breed. Once a fighter always a fighter it is an illness. he should be in jail for life or burned alive.
electric123 February 27, 2014 at 02:06 AM
Well, I concur that all females be place on birth control to curtail any breeding of future mean A-- and evil children that grow up to be menace to society and not let taxpayer pay for their mistakes of getting knocked up.
Grumpy Old Man February 27, 2014 at 07:39 AM
Huff Post had a featured article I saw on the AOL link about 2 rescued pit bull types whose rotten owners tried to fight but wouldn't and were rescued and adopted. They were in a photo booth one licking the other. I guess they will snap some time and tear each other, the photographer, the photo booth, the house and the whole damn country apart. I am sure of that because all of the pit bull breed type haters say its so. They have no facts, no evidence, no science, no research, no logical arguments to support their conclusions. According to them if one attack occurs, the entire breed must be banned. But they KNOW.
Tracyfl1 February 27, 2014 at 07:59 AM
I have a pitt bull mix and out of six dogs he is the most aggressive and the one that I have to watch the most so I feel as though I have some experience. I don't think the entire breed should be banned. I think they should not be promoted as idea family pets at this time. I think the reason that they are being promoted as such is because there are way, way too many of them being abandoned by their owners of which many prove to be unadoptable because their behavior (My 4H club volunteers at the shelter so I am there often and I see the animals that are proven to be unadoptable this shelter euthanizes over 500 dogs per month because they are unadoptable either because they are not placed for adoption because of their temperament or because they run out of time of this group at least 70% are PBT or PBT mixes. Much as you claim we should not judge a whole breed based on what you presume are isolated instances, I say you should not judge actions regarding this breed based merely on the positive actions you have seen.
Interested Observer February 27, 2014 at 11:56 AM
Mitchos, of course My position on pits is not based solely on all the bad things that happened with that disgusting creature. Many years of being around dogs, much study and research, plus constant media coverage of actual events occurring in the escalating problem with pits, etc. - a lifetime of experience that goes back to a time there were no pit bulls ever heard of in Georgia. This was sportsman country, with bird dogs, beagles, fox hounds, etc. of hunting dogs being the big thing. That ugly vicious dog being brought into our neighborhood a couple of years ago only added to my existing cumulative knowledge.
Grumpy Old Man February 27, 2014 at 01:05 PM
A lifetime of experiences based on the lack of media stories. No pit bulls heard of in Georgia. Positive proof there were no pit bulls in Georgia. The arguments for BSL get more ridiculous as time flies. If the media didn't report it it didn't happen. Research based on the article posted previously. The one with the impending national crisis of 390 deaths by "pit bulls" over 100 years. I think there are more traffic fatalities in the United States, or were, in a single day during the 60's and 70's. This is proof of prejudice not proof that we can extrapolate from a single dog (after all there were no pit bulls in Georgia) to every single member of any breed which may be classed as a "pit bull." Mitchos you can continue the response, this is getting too tiring. And the literature from entities from CDC, American Society of Prevention to Cruelty to Animals, etc all object to BSL and/or to the idea that all "pit bull" types are inherently dangerous.
Mitchos Doane February 27, 2014 at 01:52 PM
Mitchos Doane February 27, 2014 at 01:56 PM
Interested observer you should go to a pitbull rescue meet the breed before coming to a conclusion. 1 incident that happened and what you see by the media is incorrect the media just to make numbers will say anything.
Mitchos Doane February 27, 2014 at 02:05 PM
Tracy and when i just got to a feeling you and i could have a conversation, you flip flopped on me. you said you have 6 very well behaved dog and now you say one that is a pit mix is aggressive but yet does obedience trials. and how do you know your dog is a pit mix? and as far as the shelters go and the problem with the numbers you are giving us is bull because it is easy to say pit mix
Mitchos Doane February 28, 2014 at 06:52 AM
Tracyfl1 February 28, 2014 at 07:55 AM
https://www.flickr.com/photos/56262484@N05/12833826774/in/photostream/lightbox/ Please let me know if this works I was trying to figure out how to show a picture but it seems like it works sometimes, and not other times. Anyways this is a picture of my dog that I inherited from my Dad. Love him!
Tracyfl1 February 28, 2014 at 07:56 AM
Tracyfl1 February 28, 2014 at 07:57 AM
Also, I have only used Aussies for obedience course/classe
Grumpy Old Man February 28, 2014 at 08:25 AM
Tracyfl1 - i tried the link above but got a page not found. maybe just me. I did note a photo you posted before of what I believe to be your mixed "pit" - in his/her little coat - cute!
Tracyfl1 February 28, 2014 at 08:38 AM
Yeah same picture I was trying to post that is Wally not sure why sometimes the link worked and sometimes not.... Wally is an awesome dog but he lovrs , loves me-which sounds great but he doesn't like people coming up to me and I never know who he is going to think is a threat so I have to kennel him when answering the door.
Tracyfl1 February 28, 2014 at 08:44 AM
I'm glad for y'alls sake that the whole bill didn't pass I didn't realize they had made a bill to ban the whole breed which I aldo think is wrong. My whole point is I disagree with Pitts being promoted as ideal pets (even though the majority of them can be ideal pets) because the ones being dumped at shelters aren't the best representatives of the breed hence we have so many issues. I would feel the same way if we were talking about Rotties,
Tracyfl1 February 28, 2014 at 08:46 AM
oops, Dobermans, German Shepards etc. etc. In fact imho the worse family dog is a Dalmation which many at one time had adopted because of the popularity of the Disney movies.
Grumpy Old Man February 28, 2014 at 08:52 AM
There was a link on AOL today with 15 worst dog breeds for children - no pit bull breed was listed - many herding dogs, were and interestingly Rottweilers were not. Belgian Malmois (I'm not sure of spelling) are and they've been used as war dogs in Afghanistan, chows, Jack Russell Terriers, Dobies, Giant Schnauzers, Kane Corso, and some others I hadn't heard of. No breed is right for every family and people need to check out the requirements of socialization and the history of the animal particularly if not a pup. Avoid the puppy mills and breeders who you can't obtain some decent references for. Rescued dogs are fine from proper places but may not be suitable for all families. And not everyone should own a dog. I'm a firm believer that you need to be able to spend quality time with a pet to socialize that pet and not just have a home alone dog you see at night and ship off to the kennel when you are on vacation.
Grumpy Old Man February 28, 2014 at 08:56 AM
I forgot the Dalmation - it was on the list too - we had one - had a kidney problem - when my dad disciplined it - not by hitting, just raising his voice when the dog took my sister's hamburger out of her hand - from that time he would snarl and growl - never bit but I think you get the drift - we had to put him to sleep because of his kidney problem. Sad day for all of us - of course we compared him adversely to our bull dog who for 11 years was the sweetest, kindest most gentle dog you could want - charged every dog he saw to get his forepaws wrapped around them! Never bit anything.
Mitchos Doane February 28, 2014 at 09:42 AM
Tracy could not open link. Would love to Wally and the others. At least ban did not go through. Now we need to fight against the wrong people having them so this and many other breeds flash tere true colors
Tracyfl1 February 28, 2014 at 10:18 AM
Cleon February 28, 2014 at 04:46 PM
Now THIS type of breeding definitely needs to end. http://news.discovery.com/animals/pets/toy-dog-breeding-causing-horrific-brain-problems-140212.htm?utm_source=TW&utm_medium=DNews&utm_campaign=DNewsSocial
Cleon February 28, 2014 at 04:47 PM
Gah, I hate this commenting system. Here's a shorter link: http://tinyurl.com/lfrgzzp
Tracyfl1 February 28, 2014 at 07:29 PM
http://atts.org/ Here is a neat link about dog temperaments although I don't know how it works (like sometimes there is only 1 dog tested and I wonder if the fact that they are asked to be tested at all is significant)
Cleon February 28, 2014 at 08:25 PM
A very interesting link, Tracy. The American Pit Bull Terrier passed their test at a higher rate than the Golden Retriever.
Tracyfl1 March 01, 2014 at 08:12 AM
Yeah I thought the info was pretty cool. It looks like the owners actually request "the test" which would lead to rather flawed statistics, and it does not test for "aggressiveness" per set. One thing I found interesting was the differences in the various Dachshunds scores. It looked like many of the newer "sub" breeds such as long haired Dachsunds had lower scores than the original Dachshunds. That is kinda what I'm talking about with Pitts (and other dogs) you have these people trying to get "macho" dogs and worse (fighting dogs). As you've said its not the dog it's the owners however I also say some owners are getting more dog than they are prepared to handle. Yes, we should all research when choosing a breed and be better owners but where is the guarantee for that? Maybe the owners should pass a test.
Grace Kalinn Sanford March 01, 2014 at 05:57 PM
this breed should NOT be banned! This is all because of how the owner raises the dog. I will tell you right now you touch my dog you will have to go through me also all of you that say yes we should ban these dogs your just making a innocent breed go to extinction by putting them down here is a thing in the future we will try to bring them back so what is the point don't hate the breed hate the owner
Mitchos Doane March 02, 2014 at 07:20 PM
Tracy you saw the difference between the same breed just coat changes. that's because they use some other breed to get the longer hair. I don't know if you have ever worked with boxers. the what called Euro Boxer with the American boxer huge difference do some research i think you would be amazed with what you will read. I recently worked with a lab from Europe for service dog work for mobility, let me tell you very easily trained but very snappy at first. where the ones bread here are very different. well this lady has an Amstaff that i had trained as here service dog unfortunately the staff is 12 and cant help much with the lady but done an amazing job teaching Service (labs name) but any ways when you have time go ahead and do some research on the breeds that are of same breed dif. coats or even bread in dif. sides of the world you will be amazed
Tracyfl1 March 02, 2014 at 08:12 PM
I got a Boxer for my 16th birthday (many, many years ago!) she was a beautiful brindle. I didn't have her ears or tail docked. She was a super sweet dog but unbelievably hyper and not the sharpest tool in the shed. I was always getting in trouble because of her behavior. She would escape from any yard you put her in and she would even get out the screened door or screen windows if she was in the house. The worse thing she liked to do was jump up on the hoods of trucks and cars and scratch them up. She would escape from our house and run to the neighbors and jump up on the roof of their trucks (I'm talking smaller Toyota trucks).
Mitchos Doane March 02, 2014 at 08:22 PM
Yea i belive you she was an american boxer for sure. The euro boxer is much larger and very laid back . Boxer along with amstaffs pits and jrt are my favorit Breeds


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