Recently, Region 8 News did a story called "The Bully or the Breed." The story explored whether pit bulls are bred to attack or made violent by their owners and environment.
The comments related to the story were spirited and emotional.
I must admit, when looking at the comments we got on our website and social media, there seemed to be more viewers saying that the problem is the breed.
We also did an online poll asking: "Do you feel pit bulls should be banned in your community?"
I thought for sure, based on the amount of comments against the breed, that the poll would result in more people saying pit bulls should be banned.
The poll was a lot closer than I thought it would be.
Fifty-four percent said no, they shouldn't be banned in their community. Forty-six percent said yes for a ban. That is a close result.
As a pit bull owner, I see the fear in people's eyes and I understand it. But, I also believe that dogs and humans have one thing in common: Each one is different.
I've seen and experienced some mean, violent dogs that didn't look mean and weren't bred for violence. They just had a mean way about them.
And then I've seen my pit bulls who look like the real deal, but they're great family dogs with a gentle nature. It is possible.
We have to keep the conversation going and learn more on this together.
Communicating with each other, respecting others in their opinions and sometimes disagreeing makes this A Better Region 8.
- Chris Conroy, KAIT VP & General Manager
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