Thursday, August 25, 2011

Vicious Dog Owners

from a Pit Bull rescue website
     As regular readers of this space will know, I consider vicious dogs to be weapons and believe they should be regulated as such. Thankfully, as more and more little girls' faces get chewed off by these monsters despite the professed efforts of their asshole owners and canine vested interests, more and more jurisdictions are banning certain breeds outright. On a quick trip to our country store yesterday I was only mildly surprised to see just such an asshole straining to hold back two gigantic pit bulls as he strutted down the main road. I've always suspected that vicious dog owners had some pathetic deep-seated need to be in the limelight that they could not achieve other than by owning one of these throwbacks, recently confirmed by several researchers.  Dr. Stanley Coren, in Psychology Today: ..."Back in 1996 I conducted a study of over 6000 people in which I was able to show that a person’s personality predicted the breed of dog that they would most likely select ... In 2006, Jaclyn Barnes led a team of researchers in Cincinnati which looked at the behaviors of owners of high risk for aggression dog breeds ... had nearly 10 times more criminal convictions than other dog owners. ... high risk dog owners were 6.8 times more likely to be convicted of an aggressive crime, 2.8 times more likely to have carried out a crime involving children, 2.4 times more likely to have perpetrated domestic violence, and 5.4 times more likely to have an alcohol related conviction when compared to low risk dog owners. ...  Laurie Ragatz led a team of researchers from West Virginia University and they have recently published their study in The Journal of Forensic Sciences. ... A significant difference in criminal behavior was found based on dog ownership type. Owners of high risk dog breeds were significantly more likely to admit to violent criminal behavior, compared to large dog owners, small dog owners, and people who did not own dogs. The high risk dog breed owner sample also reported that they engaged in more types of criminal behavior compared to all other participant groups ... In general high risk dog breed owners were significantly more likely to engage in sensation seeking and risky behaviors. As a group they were also more careless, selfish and had stronger manipulative tendencies. They also seemed to engage in more self-defeating behaviors than the low risk dog owners.  One final distressing finding suggests that the high risk for aggression dog breed owners did not appear to be as well bonded to their dogs as the other groups of dog owners. This conclusion comes from the fact that their attitudes were much more accepting of the maltreatment or abuse of animals than was found for owners of low risk for aggression dog breeds."

The Good News:  I think the lowlife with the pit monsters was just passing through.