Dog attacks revive call for pitt bull ban

Two separate attacks by pit bulls on four-year-old children in B.C. in the last week—including one in Kelowna last weekend—have prompted another call for a ban on the breed.

Hayden Bush was camping with his family Saturday night when the pit bull he was looking at, a dog that belonged to a family friend, lunged at him, biting his face in two places.

After being rushed to hospital, doctors had to use 32 stitches to close the wounds to the little boy’s face.

Hayden’s mother Jayme Bush said Wednesday her son was traumatized by the attack but she does not want it to ruin his love of animals.

But she, along with the mother of a four-year-old White Rock girl who was attacked last week by a pit bull and also required stitches to repair wounds to her face, said it’s time vicious breeds like put bulls are banned in B.C.

Currently, there is a ban on the breed in Ontario and while people who already had a pit bull when the ban came into effect are allowed to keep their animals, they must be muzzled when out in public.

Emma-Leigh Cranford was attacked by a pit bull belonging to her uncle’s girlfriend at a family backyard barbecue Aug. 23 in White Rock. Her mother, Elizabeth Cranford, said her daughter, who had been playing with the dog just a few days earlier, walked past the dog at the barbecue when it pinned her between a bench and a fence as it bit her on the lower part of her face.

The White Rock mom called in to a Kelowna radio show Wednesday morning to echo Jayme Bush’s call for a ban on pit bulls.

Cranford said she used to feel it was the fault of the owner when she heard about pit bull attacks, but she does not feel that way in light of the attack on her daughter.

Cranford said she knows the owner of the dog that bit her daughter is a good, caring and vigilant owner who looks after her dog and treats it very well. Cranford said she is concerned about the breed itself.

Jayme Bush, who was a guest on the radio show, said it’s important that people are aware of the dangers that some dog breeds pose and to remember that children should never be left alone with a dog.

She added it’s not just pit bulls that pose a threat as there are other vicious breeds to be aware of as well.

Despite the attack, Bush said it is important to her that her son not live in fear of dogs so she is seeking counselling for him.

But, she added it has been a problem trying to find a councillor to work with her son.



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