The latest incident where an eight-year-old boy was mauled to death by a large pit bull has once again sounded the alarm on dangerous pets, with many of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper readers proposing that authorities ban the raising of vicious dog breeds.
On Friday, people were shocked when hearing the news that an eight-year-old boy had been fatally attacked by a 30-kilogram pit bull in southern Binh Phuoc Province.
In mid-July, a man from central Da Nang City released his 40-kilogram pit bull and 30-kilogram German shepherd and let them attack his neighbor during a conflict, causing the victim to suffer multiple injuries.
In May 2021, a pit bull bit to death a man and injured his owner as the latter tried to intervene in the Mekong Delta province of Long An. The dog was then put down by local authorities.
Hiep, a Tuoi Tre reader, stated that the pit bull is a very aggressive dog breed, requiring owners to take the canine to training classes and put a muzzle on them when taking them outside.
Hardly any pit bull owners in Vietnam take these precautions, thus resulting in many tragic incidents.
Another reader, Anh Thu, believed that people must register with competent authorities to be able to raise ferocious dogs, as well as training their pets properly.
A different reader stressed that many countries have banned residents from keeping pit bulls and that Vietnam should follow suit.
Supporting this opinion, Van Minh stated that certain regulations should be established to penalize people for raising dangerous dog breeds.
It is a must to ban fierce dogs from residential areas, and the pit bull tops the list of vicious dog breeds, according to a reader named Phuong Nga.
The public had become infuriated and voiced their concerns after every tragic incidents related to fierce dogs, but no changes have been made.
It is impossible to sympathize with people who raise aggressive dogs but are unable to guarantee safety for the community, Nga stated.
Authorities should start tightening control of vicious dog breeds, including imposing criminal penalties on owners if their pets fatally attack other people, she stated.
Vuong Quoc Quynh, vice-chairman of the Bar Association of Binh Phuoc Province, told Tuoi Tre that people should not blame the pit bull owner in the case of the eight-year-old boy.
The boy’s grandmother was keeping the dog for her neighbor at her home.
The dog was chained at the back of the house, while the kid was playing by himself near the canine before the tragedy happened, Quynh elaborated.
In this case, the adults should be blamed for failing to pay attention to their child, he added.
According to a veterinary officer, current regulations require dog owners to register with local authorities, keep the canines in their houses, ensure environmental sanitation, use a muzzle or leash when taking them for a walk, and vaccinate them against rabies every year.
Owners can be fined or criminally charged if their pets kill or severely injure other people, the official added.
“Banning would be difficult as many people still consider these dogs helpful in guarding their homes,” he continued.
“However, stricter regulations should be implemented to better manage fierce dogs and prevent tragic incidents.”