I am writing to express my delight that our city council has reaffirmed the role of common sense in protecting its citizens. Vicious dogs like pit bulls, Rottweilers, German shepherds and Doberman pinschers are a menace to public safety because they are bred to be used as attack dogs.
Most of the people that I see parading around with these kinds of dogs do so as if they were some kind of weapon. They seem to be saying "Hey, don't mess with me. I'm so tough because I've got this tough dog."
I have seen these dogs menacing harmless passersby, and the owners are either indifferent or outright mocking at the reaction they get.
I never read articles in the paper about kids being severely attacked by poodles or golden retrievers.
I'm so glad that Mayor Corrigan and his councillors have seen through the ridiculous HugABull smokescreen and called these breeds of dogs for what they are - vicious animals, used by their irresponsible owners to imply a threat towards others.
I feel safer tonight knowing that owners of these dogs have to keep them muzzled and will pay stiff penalties if they don't.
Thank you very much.
Rose Hawthorne, Burnaby
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