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Experts: Pit bulls aren't dangerous


After last week's traumatic pit bull attack, pit bull advocates are speaking out.

Holly Frein is part of the newly licensed Cedar Valley Pit Bull Rescue and said it's high time the stigma attached to certain types of dogs goes away.

The group's goal is to provide education and awareness for displaced pit bulls.

"My dogs are my best friends, they're my children," she said.

"That's the main reason I want to advocate so hard because when irresponsible owners are not taking care of their dogs and they're not taking responsibility, it also impacts my family and my dogs," she said.

Professionals in the veterinary industry agree with Frein that there is an unfair stigma attached to pit bulls.

"There is a stigma that they are more dangerous, and it's not fair," said Bonnie Beaver, the former president of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Beaver and Frein said any dog can be dangerous, and it boils down to the dog's owner.

"It absolutely comes down to the owner. Almost all the dogs we've seen from these attacks have been outside dogs left on a chain, left in their yards. They're not neutered or spayed, and that's a major issue and we have an over abundance of unaltered pit bulls in our community," said Frein.

Mayor of Waterloo Buck Clark said a committee is in the works to come up with an ordinance that can control what he has called a "pit bull problem."

He said he expects an ordinance to be presented to city council members in 6-8 weeks.

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