Should Boston Muzzle Pit Bulls?

Mayor Menino says yes, but the state has banned breed-specific regulations for dogs.

Mayor Thomas Menino wants Boston's pit bull muzzle rule resurrected. His comments to the Boston Herald came in the wake of a vicious pit bull attack in East Boston over the weekend. One dog was shot by police after it and another pit bull attacked a boy and killed a cat.

The state ban goes into effect Nov. 1, but Menino wants the city's muzzle requirements to stay in place.

What do you think? Should pit bulls remain muzzled in Boston? Should the city adopt a rule for all dogs instead? Or do you think the state's ban on breed-specific regulations makes sense? Tell us in the comments below.


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Karen V. Stefanini December 14, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Laura, I mentioned that all dogs should be muzzled in my opinion in a prior post since they are all potentially dangerous. I have told neighbors that I will have Rexie put in a shelter where he will be euthanized if they are annoyed by his barking and carrying on and they all say that he is such a cupcake and the cutest dog they have ever seen and they can't get enough of him. They all love Rexie and are very protective of him based on the morkie cuteness factor. They all know that they aren't in danger since Rexie wears a cute muzzle. Everyone loves Rexie because of his beauty. In the past I had been considered beautiful and discrimination was in my favor. There is so much discrimination based on looks it shocks me even. I read that two equally qualified people applying for a job meet with discrimination based on looks generally. The better looking applicants get the job. This is true with dogs also. The bully breeds and other dangerous dogs don't stand a chance and slaughtering millions of these poor dogs over the years will continue unless they wear muzzles.
Karen V. Stefanini December 14, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Laura, I am just trying to share what goes on in this world and it often isn't very logical.This is a democracy and if the Government decides to discriminate it is based on the wishes of the majority of the citizens.
Joseph December 14, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Why don't you all call it a day and take the time to pray for the families on Newtown, CT. God bless those families and to all those affected by this senseless tragedy. G'day
Karen V. Stefanini December 14, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Joseph, I am shocked at this tragedy and hadn't known about it till you mentioned it. I honestly blame this country's becoming more and more secular and less respectful of God and life. We are in a downward spiral and at this point none of us are safe. We should pray for everyone in this country since but for the Grace of God there go any of us. These vicious tragedies are heinous and I am in tears of despair as I type this.


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