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JEANETTE WEATHERSBY: Albany pit bull ordinance needed

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Pit bull owners have a choice that the defenseless do not have

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

A strongly disagree with Mr. (Roger) Marietta’s opinion regarding pit bulls. It’s clear he has never been affected in any way by one of these dogs. Let me share my experience with you.

My nephew and his family from Tallahassee came to spend the weekend. When they arrived, his wife walked their little Yorkie, Harley, down the street before we went to dinner. At the end of the block, two pit bulls ran out of the alley and attacked her and the little dog. The Yorkie’s head was crushed, and she suffered a hand bite and wounds on her arm, leg and shoulder.

The Yorkie died. My niece has permanent injury to her shoulder. Their 12-year-old daughter was traumatized. And the pit bulls were put down the next day.

I have no doubt this child will remember the horror of the event for a long, long time — as we all will. This didn’t have to happen, none of it.

Now is the time to take a strong stand for human life and public safety. Sympathy for these dangerous dogs and their owners is terribly misplaced. Imagine you or one of your loved ones being viciously attacked by these dogs. The pain, suffering and mental anguish will be with you always.

These dog owners have a choice. The helpless and defenseless don’t.

JEANETTE WEATHERSBY

Albany