According to advocates for pit bulls, the New Zealand media and public are putting too much misplaced emphasis on the breed of dogs when talking about attacks.
Karen Batchelor of the American Pit Bull Terrier Association stated that she wishes to see more emphasis on the owners who allow or cause the attacks, rather than the dogs themselves.
Batchelor stated that individuals and the media who fail to recognize factors that cause dogs to attack, such as basic triggers that will elicit responses from any breed, ought to be noted more often. If such a situation occurs it may be necessary to consult with Chicago dog bite lawyers.
She also noted that the breed of the dog is unrelated to an attack because ''dog behaviour is dog behavior,” as opposed to breed behavior.
But the former president of the New Zealand Institute of Animal Control Officers John Payne stated that the breed of dog has much to do with the attacks on individuals. He stated that research on the dog attacks nationwide were analyzed from over 2,000 cases stemming as far back as 2007. He added that some breeds had a higher “prey drive” than others, which was meant to mean they were more likely to bite individuals.
Out of the 15 worst offenders in the nation, weight were bull breeds, according to Payne. ''The trend is definitely that bull breeds and guarding, fighting and hunting breeds all feature most in territorial attacks.''
Payne did not mention whether the ownership-demographic type was taken into account for the study. Quite often pitbulls and rottweilers are taken into homes with less-than respectable ownership as compared to other softer breeds. The impact of where the dogs are going could play a large part in the actions of the individual dogs.
Batchelor stated that pit bulls were not the most common offender, and that Labradors were “the worst biters,” adding “They're up there.” She also added that “any dog attack is serious.
In response to an unfortunate incident wherein an 8-year-old Christchurch boy was forced to undergo plastic surgery after suffering a severe attack from two rottweilers, she stated that the answer was not to punish the dogs. She guaranteed that dog attacks always stem from “critical socialistic periods” that come from the dog's upbringing, stating 'One hundred percent of the time you can track it back to the two-legged being at the end of the leash.''