Illinois is about to become the first U.S. state to crack down on dogs used by convicted felons, especially those involved in gangs, to intimidate people or participate in dog fights. Convicted felons, legally prohibited from owning guns, frequently use dogs to attack or threaten people.
"This innovative act was designed to make our communities safer, and is a major step forward in correctly administering and regulating 'dangerous dog' laws," said Ed Sayres, president of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Last year on opening day I brought el nino fishing to a trout park, big mistake for several reasons. There were dozens of kids and families surrounding the lake and some numbnuts walking around with a massive pit bull with a spiked collar. What sort of asshole deliberately walks a dog like that around dozens of active, distracted children? As he walk by I moved el nino in front of me so that I would be between numbnuts, his dog and my son. I felt bad because the dog looked like a decent enough mutt, he was just put in position where he might hurt someone and get K-BARed in the cabeza for doing so. It seems to me the problem is not with the dogs but with the sort of person who would own one.