The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners is currently looking into the possibility of adjusting its ordinances to help curb dog attacks in the town. This comes on the heels of a recent attack in Mint Hill in which a young boy was severely injured, and an attack in Waxhaw that killed a young girl.
Several supporters of animals, and particular pit bulls, spoke at Thursday’s meeting. Kathy Minter of Mint Hill gave a passionate speech about protecting the animals from unnecessarily strict laws.
“Keep in mind there are no bad dogs,” she told the board during the public comments time of the meeting. “There are only bad owners.”
She also told the board that if a resolution or bill gets passed that it should be for the benefit of the dog and that owners need to be held more responsible.
Also speaking at the meeting was Michael Davis, the President of the National American Pit Bull Terrier Association.
Davis lives in Charlotte.
The Mint Hill Times caught up with Davis later to ask him about pit bulls. Are they really “mean” dogs?
Q. You are the President of the National American Pit Bull Terrier Association. What do you love so much about pit bulls?
A. I found them to be the dog breed that I took to most. I found them to be a very misunderstood breed with a huge discrepancy between what I’ve experienced with them and how they are portrayed. They are a very loving, loyal breed of dog and want nothing more than to please. Unfortunately, people have used those traits for the wrong reasons.
Q. There have been several recent high profile pit bull attacks in the area. Are pit bulls more prone than other dogs to attack?
A. No, they are no more prone to attack than any other breed of dog. There are many other breeds of dogs that have incidents happen but they are not reported as sensationally. The ‘pit bull,’ because of their fighting history, was specifically bred to be Non-human aggressive since the owners had to be able to go and pick up their injured dogs and a dog is most likely to bite when scared or injured. […]