I honestly was prepared to write something humorous in this post- but that changed the moment I came across an article posted by a friend. The articles glaring headline:
but in reality- after reading the story, the head line should have read like this:
“Unleashed Yorkshire terrier killed after Irresponsible owners let small dog attack bigger dog”.
Which is what really happened. According to the article: “Teenie, who was not on a leash and in front of the Lehet house, charge Boou (the pit bull) and the pit bull pulled away from his leash to attack.”
This isn’t the first time Teenie has been allowed to run unleashed and it’s apparent that Teenie had aggression issues with Boou since Teenie had attempted to attack the larger dog three other times. Unfortunately for Teenie- the fourth time was one to many times.
What is disturbing about this story is that Boou paid the price with his life while Teenie’s owner John and Janice Lehet walk away with absolutely no consequences. I’m sorry- but how is that just? Teenie died because John and Janice Lehet were irresponsible owners who thought it was acceptable to let their small dog aggressive Yorkshire terriers run unleashed. Let’s take Boou out of the picture- if Teenie had run out into the street and was hit by a car…. would it have been the drivers fault that the Lehets didn’t leash their dogs? If Teenie had decided to attack a child- would it have been the child’s fault? If Teenie had started any other dog fight with any other breed of dog and was killed- would it still have been the other person’s fault? How does it not become the Lehet’s responsibility? To add salt to the wound- John Lehet, you know- the man who failed to leash his dogs in the first place has the nerve to tell the press that Boou should not have been on a walk through a residential area. Why Mr. Lehet? Because you want to let your little dog run around the streets unleashed?
Thanks to groups like Dogsbite.org and Daxton’s Friends- excusing negligent dog owners like Lehet will be acceptable. Why? Because Boou was a “pit bull”. Thanks to Dogsbite.org and Daxton’s Friends- they are endorsing that dangerous and aggressive dogs are acceptable AS LONG AS IT’S NOT a PIT BULL- which is what Lindsay Rittenhouse of NJ.com is promoting also as she misleads the public with the headline of her story.
The tragedy is- two dogs were killed by one man’s irresponsible and negligence dog owner ship. John Lehet killed two dogs by his negligent behavior. It’s time to stop making pit bulls the scape goats for irresponsible dog owner of other breeds. It’s time for reporters like Lindsay Rittenhouse to stop fishing for a quick claim to fame by obfuscating the truth. Hold irresponsible dog owners responsible- no matter the breed.