Poll: Should Countries 'Ban' Certain Dog Breeds?

It's illegal to own a pit bull in Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom, a central point in a recent controversy in which the Belfast City Council put down a dog that resembled that breed.

A 7-year-old dog named Lennox, who authorities in Northern Ireland impounded two years ago due to concerns of it being a "danger to the public," was put down last week.

According to the BBC, the City Council in Belfast, where the dog was seized, had been embroiled in a two-year dispute over the ability to put the dog to sleep.

Why was the dog a presumed threat? , which is an illegal dog in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland and banned in that country.

The BBC reported that once the council received confirmation that it was able to put the animal down, that council members began getting death threats about the proposal. According to the Huffington Post, Lennox inspired supporters and detractors on both sides of the Atlantic, with many online campaigns geared toward saving the animal.

So, Patch readers, we’re curious to hear your reactions to this fact that a specific dog breed is deemed illegal in a country. Do you agree with or disagree with this?

Should towns, states or countries be allowed to "ban" certain dog breeds, like pit bulls? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

Lisa Allan July 22, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Show a dog fear...any kind of dog...and you show vulnerability. No dog likes that. You need to be confident. It's probably growling because it smells your fear.
Lisa Allan July 22, 2012 at 03:41 PM
That whole story is disgusting! It's profiling for dogs. Pit bulls are extremely loving and loyal dogs. It's HUMANS that make them into fighting dogs because of those exact traits. Lennox was a family dog, not even a pit bull (not that it matters). Makes me very, very sad....and disgusted!
Andrea Saunders July 23, 2012 at 12:46 AM
That is interesting about the fear and that they can smell it. I had never heard of that.
Teresa Camillo July 23, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Andrea, any dog specialist will tell you that!! And it applies to most animals anyway... Unfortunately some strongly built breeds are favourites with clandestine dog fights, or with people that want to bully others. They are trained by them to BECOME aggressive!! They ARE not originally... Think if that did that with a chihuahua, no one would be afraid of them...YET, they can bite, just as any other dog, but their reputation is now those of purse- dogs, since Paris Hilton!!! It s all aquestion of marketing, as for everything nowadays... Wish we would leave them alone, poor dogs, and concentrate on THEIR OWNERS!! Remember, a good dog has a good owner....!!!
Chelsea Gauruder July 27, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Pit bulls were originally bred as NANNY dogs. They were bread to be with kids. I read books on the Michael Vick dogs, and out of the 51- give or take, dogs that were rescued, only ONE was put to sleep due to aggression. However, majority were put into special and permanent housing, some into temporary foster homes, while their behavior was worked on, and about 13 were adopted out, PERFECTLY loving dogs. Pit bulls are incredible animals. And while they hold the #1 spot in NYC for most bites, chihuahua come in second. I have a German Shepard, Brindle Terrior mix, and she is the sweetest dog. She sleeps in my bed every night, and gives kisses to everyone. She's the perfect dog. In my eyes.....Racial profiling in humans is now illegal, I think it should be in dogs, as well. P.S: Lennox's family was NOT allowed to see him before he was put down. And the latest I've heard they weren't allowed his body, and were told they would get "some" ashes.... This is heart wrenching...


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