Dog owners gather at Kits Beach to raise awareness for responsible dog ownership after pitbull stabbing death

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Dozens of Vancouver dog owners gathered with their canines at Kits Pool to raise awareness for responsible dog ownership after the stabbing death of Pandora, a pitbull.

Many were shocked  after the dog was stabbed to death by another dog owner last month along Kits beach.

Walk organizer Erin Filtness is the owner of a pitbull and says imagining herself in the situation of the woman who lost hers is what motivated the initiative.

“My boyfriend and I talked about it, you know, that night and you know if anything was going to happen to her, you know, we don’t know what we would do. He’s like I don’t know what I would do, he’s like I would just jump in front of the knife and let him stab me because it’s your family.”

The walk was organized with the not for profit group Hug A Bull and also aims to teach people about responsible dog ownership.

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  1. All the pit bull I’ve ever been around well behaved and friendly family pets , in England they are called nanny dogs . But when you get an anty social dog owner , his vibs are transfered over to the dog , and they are both up tight . And watch out for nut bars , with pugs and knives.

  2. “My boyfriend and I talked about it, you know, that night and you know if anything was going to happen to her, you know, we don’t know what we would do. He’s like I don’t know what I would do, he’s like I would just jump in front of the knife and let him stab me because it’s your family.”
    Does your family latch on to another’s neck and refuse to let go? At the very least they should be muzzled while in public.

    Pacifica, CA – A pregnant woman1 was killed Thursday by a family pit bull inside her Pacifica home. The victim, 32-year old Darla Napora, was discovered by her husband when he returned home from work about noon. Greg Napora told police that he arrived home to find “one of the couple’s two pit bulls” standing over his wife’s body. He got the dog into the backyard before police arrived, according to Capt. Dave Bertini of Pacifica Police Department.

    Attempts to revive Darla were unsuccessful. She was pronounced dead at the scene, along with her unborn child. While the investigation was still underway, the 2-year old, unaltered male pit bull got loose from the backyard — police fired three shots at the dog killing it. The husband withstanding, this is the end of the Napora family who likely believed that if they raised their pit bulls properly, the dogs would serve as perfect Nanny dogs for their coming new child.

    To help prevent horrific maulings by pit bulls, San Francisco enacted a mandatory pit bull sterilization law in 2005. Pacifica may soon follow suit as have other California municipalities.

  3. I am not a fan of Pit Bull dogs. But that said from what I read about this, the Pit Bull was on a leash. The other wasn’t. If that was so then this is a non story. The other guy was wrong in not caring for his dog. If I’m wrong, I’m very sorry.

  4. So what your saying is if it was a person instead of a dog that got stabbed by the crazy old coot . than it would be a crime . But being only a dog , a pit bull , or is thst a bull terrier .than it’s a non story , just knowing that there are some loonys runing around packing knives , with intent to use them. I don’t want to be around when they are set off. because I don’t want to be stabbed by some nut . So may be like bull terriers knives should be banned along with old coots packing them.

  5. Don’t let the fact that the ‘old coot’s’ dog was not leashed – which it TOTALLY wrong – get in the way of the fact that the pit bull (as far as I know) was locked on to the guy’s dog. This is typical of ‘pit’ behaviour.
    A dog that is properly socialized and under control wouldn’t attack another dog (this goes for both animals in this story). The problem is that many pit bulls seem prone to having short fuses and “go off” more easily – especially when not properly controlled. It is a trait of this breed. Just putting a dog on a leash is not enough. How many times do you see a dog pulling the owner along for a walk? Who is under control of who?
    Although some breeds are potentially more dangerous than others, these incidents almost always go back to the owner’s behaviour and lack of understanding. It really is time that all dog owners stop being air-heads and realize they aren’t dealing just with “a member of the family”. They are dealing with “pack” animals and one must realize that at all times. No dog must ever be allowed to be the head of this pack/family at any time. People that fail to recognize this – and don’t provide the proper structured discipline along with a ‘loving’ environment – are only asking for trouble. It doesn’t make any difference as to breed or size – small dogs can be as big a problem as large dogs. The difference is that there is a potential for much more harm with big dogs (and certain breeds).
    Not a fan of the nanny state, but it may be nearing the time for compulsory training before being allowed to own a dog. This certainly can be done with minimal bureaucracy – in other words turn the training process over to the non-bureaucrats that are already offering dog training programs. License the owners.

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