People should be banned from raising pit bulls

By Nguyen Kha   December 12, 2023 | 07:16 pm PT
People should be banned from raising pit bulls
A pit bull after attacking two men in the northern Phu Tho Province in 2021. Photo by local people
I read every couple of months about a person, sometimes it’s a child, being attacked by a pit bull.

And nothing has been done about it.

Most recently, a 4-year-old in Hanoi was riding a tricycle in the alley when a neighbor’s pit bull pushed her down, bit her and dragged her along the road. She was hospitalized with dozens of injuries.

Then people in the neighborhood beat the dog to death. Tests on its body found the dog had rabies.

The little girl had to receive dozens of stitches on her face, before being given rabies and tetanus shots.

Her health is now stable but I think the incident will halt her development for a long time.

What is the cause of this? It’s the irresponsibility of the owner of the dog, which belongs to a notoriously aggressive species.

Many pit bull attacks have been reported across Vietnam the past year, some deadly.

In July, an 8-year-old when visiting his grandparents in Binh Phuoc Province was mauled and killed by their neighbor's 30-kg pit bull.

In May, an 82-year-old woman in Binh Duong Province was also mauled to death by the family’s pit bull.

Many countries in the world have banned pit bulls, or imposed certain restrictions on the dog’s breeding.

Vietnam should also issue some tight regulations about the raising of aggressive dogs like pit bulls. We cannot expect the owners to voluntarily chain or muzzle their dogs.

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