Chicago - While I was walking home last night, a woman lost control of her dogs including a large pit bull. It attacked a small dog in front of my house and knocked me over my front fence. I am bruised and sore. If you have a dog, know that you can control it or cross the street to avoid conflict. It was a frightening scene.
Too many large and aggressive dogs are kept as status symbols, and yes they are often pit bulls or pit mixes. While it is true that any dog can bite, it is much more frequently pit bulls in certain areas of the city that cause the damage. The immature and sociopathic behavior that leads certain individuals to own aggressive dogs is also often the reason these people flee the scene without remorse. Pretending that pit bulls are "just dogs" in this city is a dangerous way to live, I know we all like to think of ourselves as open minded, but it's not worth stitches or in many cases a dead dog.
The original post stated it was a large pit bull that attacked a small dog. The people in my neighborhood who own dogs for the wrong reasons seem to choose pit bulls. Just because I have friends who are responsible dog owners with pit bulls that are gentle and well trained doesn't mean that I let my 17lb dog near a gangbanger with a huge pit pulling on a chain. Of the three serious incidents that took place last year at my local dog park ALL THREE were pit bull attacks. Obviously the owners were at fault, but that doesn't help when dogs and people are left needing emergency medical attention. The sensibke thing fir me to do is leave the park when I suspect a problem. If dirtbag gangbangers favored labradoodles or chihuahuas it would be a different story.