ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A Georgia town made national news last week for a tragic reason: A toddler was mauled to death by two pit bull dogs who belonged to the child's own grandmother.
A woman who had numerous run-ins with the law over these same dogs before. Now she faces charges of murder.
Albany has had a dangerous dog ordinance since 2012, but the ordinance outlines how dog owners are supposed to keep their dogs, and the procedures for dealing with the aftermath of an attack.
But how do we prevent attacks?
This toddler death incident, piled on top of hundreds of others, has led some to bring up the merits of sterilization of pit bulls as a breed.
It sounds harsh to focus on a breed of dog as inherently dangerous. But animal right advocates like the outspoken activist group PETA, as well as dog bite victim groups like dogsbite.org, all agree that breed specific sterilization can combat the growth of the pit bull population and these attacks.
Dogbites.org claims says that between 2005 and 2016, dogs killed 392 Americans, and Pit bulls, which are about 6% of the dogs in America, accounted for 65% percent or 254 of those deaths.
The A.S.P.C.A. has gone on the record saying pit bulls are indeed dangerous because it's in their genes. They're bred to fight and to kill, and often give no warning before turning aggressive.
Breed specific sterilization may be one part of the complicated answers to keeping horrific pit bull dog attacks from happening in the future.
There are 339 breeds of dogs. That's more than enough choices for a pet, that does not present such a clear & present danger.