I just spotted this nice piece of ignorance reported on the BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/6224009.stm)
Any dog owner will tell you that it is not the breed that causes a dog to suddenly become aggressive, it is the way it the dog has been handled or trained. This "dog warden" is not only perpetuating misinformation but distracting people from the real issue, which is that people keep dogs without knowing their history or being able to look after them properly.Out of their four dogs, two were confirmed pit bull and two weren't. Those two dogs are being brought in.
"The vast majority that we have checked are from a family background. They have children. It is reassuring for them that they don't have a dog that at any time could turn on them."
Ellie Lawrenson did not die because that dog was a "pit bull", she died because the dog was not properly trained and had a history of aggression which was ignored by the owner. What are the chances that we will see yet more stupid "ban something, anything!" legislation from the government in response to this tragedy that makes no attempt to fix the real problem?
(Disclaimer: I have never owned a dog).