Every day, those opting for Google alerts receive emails based on the topic they seek news about. This time, an article has prompted Chicago pro-bully breed activists to respond, as well as anti-bully breed activists.
The headline that hit National news today: "Uvalde County toddler Isaiah Aguilar killed by pit bull outside home"
KSAT reports: Police said Isaiah Aguilar was playing with a balloon outside his home when the wind blew it into the back yard next door.
Isaiah, a 2 year old boy went to retrieve his balloon and was fatally attacked by a pit bull that was tied up in the yard.
"He had bites all on his arms, puncture wounds to his stomach, and bites on his neck,” said the boy's father, Richard Aguilar. "There was a lot of blood."
Aguilar said his daughter told him someone inside the home opened the door to the back yard during the attack, but did not help the boy.
The toddler's father was nearly attacked as well by the pit bull before he grabbed his young son.
By the time Mr. Aguilar was able to get his son, he was already not breathing.
CPR was performed as the family and shocked neighbors waited for police to arrive.
KSAT reports that area police officers took Mr. Aguilar and his son to a nearby hospital, where the boy died from his injuries.
Anthony Williams, a college student in suburban Wheaton and a pro-pit bull and bully breed activist reacted to today's news.
"I can say that I am sorry to the family of this little boy, but face it. This could have happened with any breed of dog. It only gets reported if it is a bully breed. What about deaths caused by other animals even?"
According to this Examiner's Google alerts, (who has them set up for every kind of death caused by a dog) the alerts reflect cases daily in regards to this specific breed, sometimes just one, sometimes more than 5 across the nation.
"It is all about training", said Williams. "It is unfortunate that people get pits and do not treat or train them properly. That's why they get such a bad rap. But poor ownership practices can happen with german shepards too and a lot of other breeds."
Anti-bully breed activists will argue Mr. Williams point, such as Brad Timbons of suburban Glen Ellyn.
"We really need to stop fighting over this issue. No matter what gets published in the media, people that love pit bulls argue facts. Yes, there are good pit bulls, but overwhelmingly every story seen is some sort of a variation of the pit bull. People need to get off the high-horse and look at both sides, like I have, and then make a decision as to whether this breed should be banned or not. I think they should." said Timbons
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