Dog bites not exclusive to one dog breed

BY YOUR NAME Staff Writer email@opubco.com Published: January 23, 2013

Regarding “Bill would allow cities to ban or restrict specific dog breeds” (News, Jan. 17): Surely Oklahomans won't be influenced by state Sen. Patrick Anderson's lack of knowledge and understanding of animals. “Pit bulls make me nervous” said Anderson, R-Enid. “I wouldn't want them around my children. My bill's not designed to go after any breed in particular, but my personal feeling about pit bulls is I wouldn't own one.”

While working at a veterinary clinic for over eight years, the only breed I've ever been “fearful” of, or bitten by, is a Chihuahua. It would seem pretty silly to “ban” such a small breed of dog. Hundreds of dogs may have some part of pit bull in them; DNA results aren't as conclusive as they should be. Has Anderson been to an animal shelter lately? Should we euthanize them all because of his own “personal fears?” Shame on Anderson; pit bulls get a bad name because of people like him and bad owners.

Kerri Williams, Oklahoma City