The journalism surrounding two roaming dogs in Toronto has me howling with laughter. Read the Toronto Sun's article here, and the CityTV report here. They're penny-dreadful quality.
"Salivating, with its teeth out". I have a mental image of a dog pulling out its dentures. What was this dog, the Hound of Lansdowne and Dundas? Check out the picture of the dog...to me, that's a mutt, not a Rottie or a "pit bull". Could be a Rottie/lab mix; labs are notorious for their prey drive, which would account for the dead cats.
For reasons unknown to me, CityTV ran a poll on "should pit bulls be banned" with a story about roaming mixed-breed dogs, and sneakily split the "no" vote into three sections while leaving the "yes" vote as one. We noticed. We are not amused.
Think about how safe our society really is, when a roaming dog draws headlines, brings out the police and causes lockdown of a school. I'm more concerned about the roaming pedophiles, psychopaths, sociopaths, rapists, junkies, drug dealers and lousy drivers.
I'm fascinated by how the dogs morphed from Rottweilers to Rottweiler mixes to "pit bulls" over the course of a day. Geneticists should be flocking to the city to study the one dog that was captured, to see how it changed breeds.
There is no evidence that there were two dogs...that the dog(s) killed the cats....or of any bite or attack on humans.
The dog they captured seems to have been exhibiting fear and stress, typical reactions of a dog accustomed to a small environment (probably kept in a backyard) and suddenly loose in a large, unfamiliar environment. Typical dog behaviour, manipulated for the sake of an article and misinforming the public which does not, for the most part, understand dog behaviour.
I think certain aspects deserved ink and didn't get it.
The cat owners deserve a swift kick in their nether regions for being stupid and letting their cats roam. Cats left outdoors usually live short, brutal lives; the end of these cats' lives prove it. Cats do not belong outdoors.
The dog owners deserve a swift kick in their nether regions for being stupid and letting their dogs roam. The owner's stupidity will probably result in the one captured dog being euthanized.
Once again, humans are at fault, the cats paid with their lives and the dog(s) will die. And there's nothing to stop the stupid humans from getting more cats or dogs.
But boy oh boy, I bet sales of the Sun went up. Why else would they use "pit bull" in a headline about roaming mutts? Media hysteria sells.