To the editor:

My sincere sympathy to Fryeburg, Maine, Selectman Tom Klinepeter, who was recently attacked by a pit bull. I am relieved that his injuries were not life-threatening, and sorry that he had to go through what must have been a terrifying experience. And I believe that this dog should never again be out in public and possibly be euthanized.

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From Wikipedia:

Pit bulls descend from the British "bull and terrier" breed, which was bred in the UK in the 1800's specifically for blood sports, including dog fighting and rat baiting. The bull and terrier was "created by crossing the ferocious, thickly muscled Old English Bulldog with the agile, lithe, feisty Black and Tan Terrier."

"A 2000 joint review project between researchers in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) found the data indicated that Rottweilers and pit bull-type dogs accounted for 67% of human dog bite-related fatalities in the United States between 1997 and 1998, and followed with "It is extremely unlikely that they accounted for anywhere near 60% of dogs in the United States during that same period and, thus, there appears to be a breed-specific problem with fatalities.""

"In a 2021 review of 19 retrospective dog bite studies from U.S. Level I trauma centers, pit bulls were found to inflict a higher prevalence and severity of injuries compared with other breeds."

"A 2020 literature review in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery found that from 1971 to 2018 of all pure breed dogs in the United States, pit bull-type breeds were second, behind the German Shepherd, and ahead of Labradors, Chow Chows, and Rottweilers (in that order) for the most bites severe enough to require hospital treatment. The study found that the proportion of bites caused by German Shepherds decreased by 0.63 percent per year over that time interval while the proportion caused by pit bulls increased by 1.17 percent per year."

"Pit bulls were originally bred for bull baiting and dog fighting, and because of this heritage, they often show a tendency to attack other animals with a remarkable ferocity that contributes to public stigma against the breed. In fighting with dogs of other breeds, pit bulls, German Shepherds, Great Danes and Rottweilers were often the aggressor, and more than twenty percent of studied Akitas, Jack Russell Terriers and pit bulls displayed serious aggression towards other dogs."

"Pit bulls are known for their tenacity and refusal to release a bite, even in the face of great pain."

And last but not least...

"There is a lobby of animal rights groups that are spending millions of dollars to try to rebrand pit bulls as family dogs."

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