Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Ellie Lawrenson and the pit bull terrier

I have to say I think every ones heart has to go out to the parents of Ellie Lawrenson. Her tragic and very violent death must be painful. They will live with this for the rest of their lives. Ellie's grandmother clearly fought bravely to save the girl and was badly injured. I am surprised she fared so well.

What is it about people? take the hint from the name. A pit bull terrier is a dog that is bred to fight a bull in a pit. hardly a cuddly family pet, more like a sworn off shotgun with a hair trigger.

I understand the police are looking at criminal charges for the owner, who may be an uncle. Good. Leaving a sworn off shot gun lying about with kids around would could be negligence amounting to either manslaughter or murder.

However people should note that children and dogs need to be supervised as children can do things to dogs that may cause them to bite. Provided the dog is good tempered and the child able to learn it is not a problem, but that is seldom the case.

You can read the BBC's article here.


Anonymous said...

Come on Benedict - must try harder! Many a Eleanor will have been known affectionately as Elllie whilst a child. Perhaps it's time for you to consider your prejudices? I think you will also find that shotguns are 'sawn off' rather than abused, as you twice suggest.

Anonymous said...

I think this is a tragic thing to happen and these dogs should be kept an eye on but its not just this breed all dogs are dangerous and its a commitment to have one. All dogs have a vicous killing side to them because if you think they all were traced back to the wild so you can never trust any dog big or small even if its a dog that would never harm anyone, my heart goes out to her family and im sure that she will never be forgotten.