Poll: Should Illinois Ban Pit Bulls?

After two dogs were attacked in two separate incidents by two different pit bulls, the Skokie Health Department is looking to change their local pet ordinance. We want to know what you think: Should Illinois ban this breed?

A new Skokie ordinance stemming from two separate attacks involving pit bulls may soon require anyone with "vicious animals" to have them spayed or neutered. Owners may also be required to train there dog through special classes. What breeds fall under that category have yet to be determined.

The Skokie Review reports:

"The modified ordinance is likely to provide the village with authority to order that vicious dogs be spayed or neutered. There could be steeper fines and greater clarification about the differences between a “vicious dog” and a “dangerous dog,” officials say."

Over the last several years, only 14 percent of vicious animal attacks in Skokie involved pit bulls, the Review noted.

Authorities and village officials believe in many cases it isn't the breed that causes the attack, but the owner's lack of training for the canine.

What do you think? Should pit bulls be banned in Illinois? Or should owner's require mandatory training for certain breeds? What do you think the solution -if there should be one - should be?

Chime your thoughts by casting a vote or making a comment below.

Editor's note: We understand this is a hot button issue and support neither side; we just want to hear what the community thinks. Also, the Village of Skokie is not looking to ban pit bulls. If you have any questions or concerns please shoot me an email at georges@patch.com. Thanks!

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Ashlei Diana Fiorentino July 24, 2012 at 06:13 AM
Ashlei Diana Fiorentino July 24, 2012 at 06:23 AM
I think you sound like the perfect owner for a pit but there are too many who don't do that...I personally own a lab puppy (we just lost out 5 your old lab to cancer and we got a puppy a few days ago) and I know that a lab is an energetic smart loyal dog who drives to please us...I also have small children so we watch the dog/s ever close and we take her outside to run off energy and play ball and such and my husband will be training her to hunt...To many people don't do what is best for the dog...You obviously keep your dogs busy so that they are happy healthy and their minds busy...The problem is dogs become destructive as you probably know when they aren't stimulated personally I have found in the winter our lab would pace and run around the house and chew more...Pits on the other hand can become very aggressive so of those that aren't stimulated like you do for your its dangerous and since Pits do more damage its scary...I won't say they should all be killed but they should be kept in rural areas not cities...Thats my opinion I would not own one because I don't want to be responsible for the outcome...I even crate my dog around new people because if my big dog knocks someone down it can hurt them and When you own a large breed you have to be responsible
Jen July 24, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Ashlei, any dog can bite, maul or kill. You, as a dog owner with children, have a responsibility to be aware of that. Don't ever trust your dog 100%. It's just not worth it. Every dog owner should be able to take food out of their dog's mouth, handle their body, feet, ears, tails. I can put my face in my dogs' bowls and pretend to eat their food. That doesn't mean I would leave them unattended with very young children. http://www.k9magazine.org/labrador-puppy-kills-baby/ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2003849/Boy-3-left-horrific-facial-injuries-Labrador-savages-Poole-Harbour.html#ixzz1UXuVQ1l5 Please, please, please don't assume that Labs are always safe. They are not. As you can read in the article above about the Lab puppy that tore into a young boy's face at a park while his mother was petting the owner's other dog, she thought she didn't need to watch her son because "It's only a Lab, Labs don't bite."
Jen July 24, 2012 at 02:40 PM
P.S. Ashlei, you state that pit bulls are working dogs. Most dogs are working dogs. Labs are working dogs, as are golden retrievers, pointers, shepherds, border collies, Australian shepherds, Bernese Mountain dogs, Maremmas, poodles and many other breeds. Not many breeds are bred without a working dog purpose.
dave November 03, 2012 at 02:43 AM
I think to ban any animal because of there breed is wrong. I have 2 pitbull and a mut and when the pitbulls are playing and my mut thinks it is getting out of hand he jumps in the middle and separates them we also volunteer and rescue shelter with these breeds and they are all very loving. So to ban a dog for its breed is like saying they should ban or put down any human with gang tattos or colors because they could be a threat to society.


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