Notorious dog kills baby
Notorious dog breed attacks and kills 11-month-old UK girl.
UK: An 11-month-old baby girl was mauled in her home by the family pet, an American pit bull-type breed, and died from her injuries, according to the Mail Online. The girl’s neighbours had allegedly already warned police of the dangerous animal, and the girl’s mother and stepfather have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.

Britain's banned breeds

Police have reportedly said that the dog was a breed which is on the UK’s banned dogs list under the Dangerous Dog Act of 1991. The list includes dogs bred for fighting including the types of Pit Bull Terrier and the Japanese Tosa, the Dogo Argentina and the Fila Brasileiro.

The girl, Ava-Jayne, had been asleep at the time she was attacked.

Neighbours had allegedly reported the two family dogs after the animals broke through a fence and chased them and, last year, had killed a cat.

Pit bulls are popular with people who use them for protection, to intimidate other people or even to be trained to fight other dogs.

SA's pit bull solution?

The Durban and Coast SPCA made this announcement last week which was largely supported by the general community, said News24: The division would put down unwanted or unclaimed American pit bull terriers and pit bull crossbreeds without the option of adoption.

The SPCA’s spokesperson said that the breeds are unpredictable and that rehousing them could risk the safety of the new owners. In addition she said that if the dogs were abandoned it was often because they had become aggressive and that she could not understand why people would want to have an animal like this around small children.

Animal lovers and fan of the breed insist that those using the dogs for fighting purposes are to blame and should be targeted rather than the dogs themselves.

Do you think pit bull breeds should be banned in South Africa?

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