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Should aggressive cats be punished?

August 30, 2016 4:06 A.M.
Bandida after mauling by cat, photographed by her owner.

A NewsKamloops editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

PIT BULLS can’t stay out of the news. The dog makes headlines everywhere, and B.C. has its share of stories.

The latest is an attack by a pitbull on a 77-year-old woman and her Yorkshire terrier in White Rock. The woman and her dog were both hospitalized.

It seems the pit bull charged out of a yard and went at the tiny pooch as it was being walked by its owner. When the woman tried to scoop up her pet, the pit bull attacked her too.

Fortunately, both victims are recovering, but how many stories have we heard where the outcome was much more tragic? Pit bulls have such a bad name that Montreal plans to ban anyone from bringing new ones into the city. Those already there will have to be sterilized and, when in public, muzzled.

But this isn’t another “let’s ban pit bulls” editorial. Compare the situation in White Rock with the one in Victoria a couple of weeks earlier involving an elderly female cat named Baby.

Apparently, Baby doesn’t take crap from anybody, including pit bulls. Versions differ but what’s clear is that a pit bull named Bandida was among a group of seven being taken for a stroll.

At some point, as they passed a garden being tended by the owner, Bandida had a round taken out of her by Baby. Ages aren’t necessarily relevant here, but Baby’s owner is 78, Bandida is three and Baby is 16, which is 80 in human years. Baby’s mom says the cat doesn’t always think things through.

Likely, Baby thought she was protecting her owner but it’s hard not to feel sympathy for Bandida when you see that scratched-up face.

The question has been raised as to what should be done about aggressive cats. There are apparently no laws that can be applied to sanction Baby for acting out. Which has raised the next point — if the situation had been reversed, Bandida would be heading straight to the pound or worse. Why does Baby get off the hook?

We don’t read about cats attacking dogs or people every day. Is it worth it to enact bylaws to deal with them in the event it should ever happen again? Fair’s fair, right?

Good questions.

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Grouchy 1 says:
August 31, 2016 04:33pm

I know you were probably trying to be " tongue in cheek " , but wrong story to do that with.


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Grouchy 1 says:
August 31, 2016 04:30pm

Sorry Mel, but I have to agree with Rocco, and Bruce.


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Ken McClelland says:
August 30, 2016 10:25pm

What a humorless society we live in. For one day the writer takes a break from the usual weighty topics, and gets creamed. Sad state of affairs in my humble opinion.


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Bruce says:
August 30, 2016 04:50pm

This is an insipid, insulting article on a very serious topic.

People's mothers are getting killed by these dogs. Their babies and children are being killed. Hundreds of pit bull attacks in 2016 to date have led to hospitalizations, surgeries, facial reconstructions, amputations and more.

Many people never recover from an attack by a pit bull, whether it is an attack on themselves, their pet, their child or family member. The PTSD can last for years. Take a look at the map of attacks at National Pit Bull Victim Awareness and think about it.


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Rocco says:
August 30, 2016 08:37am

This is a very stupid editorial, trying to downplay the pitbull mauling of a poor woman with a stupid story of a cat... “let’s ban pit bulls” and also "let's ban stupid editorialist"


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