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Veterinarian: All pets can be dangerous

An incident involving a man with intellectual disabilities and a pit bull has our team looking to local experts for safety tips around pets. What we discovered is what makes a pet dangerous is not the breed, but, instead, something possible to fix.
An incident involving a man with intellectual disabilities and a pit bull has our team looking to local experts for safety tips around pets. What we discovered is what makes a pet dangerous is not the breed, but, instead, something possible to fix.

Local veterinarian and owner of Green Meadow Veterinarian Hospital, Scott Blanton, was not surprised when we showed up with our cameras asking for tips after the reported pit bull attack.

"I heard about that this morning. We think and we like to say, 'dogs are safe'. But, dogs are animals. ...What we see a lot is (the danger has to do with) not so much dogs breeds as it is spayed or neutered," stated Blanton.

Dog owner Alisha Subia has a Siberian Huskey, 3, and a Welsh Corgi mix, 6. She said both dogs get along well together, with people, and with her young niece. 

"I have an 8-month-old niece and he's just great with her. I think it's all in the training though because we worked with him a lot growing up. ...I snap my fingers and he's 'okay mom, what do you want me to do?' But, he's also neutered," laughed Subia.

She was horrified to find out about the incident.

"It makes me nervous, pits have a bad name anyways...you hear things like that and it makes it 10 times worse," continued Subia.

While Blanton was not present for that situation, he was able to describe previous situations he has experienced in the past.

"We put children in the category as little people. But, to a dog, their voices aren't as deep, they don't have the mannerisms. A lot of times in family situations, the dogs consider themselves to be one of the children. There's nothing wrong with them, in their mind, to fight with the children," Blanton said.

In order to control your pet, Blanton suggested beginning training early on in a pet's life.

"We mentioned pit bulls. I've never met a mean pit bull if they're neutered and spayed and their brought up in a loving home. They tend to not be very aggressive to anybody. It just depends on how you raise them," remarked Blanton.
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