I'm wondering something, so I've decided to take a little survey. Let me set the stage for this.
I was away from Kansas City for many months, and when I returned there was, well, perhaps it would be called a phenomenon, that I noticed. I returned in late February. First, I've been aware of pit bulls everywhere I look. In recent weeks it seems to me that we have had way above average numbers of put bull attacks. We have had, in Kansas City, multiple pit bull attacks on humans and other animals. I have scanned back throught the headlines of The Kansas City Star, and I counted at least 5 indicents in which pit bulls (multiples in most cases) have attacked at least 7 people since May. The most recent resulted in the death of an elderly woman last week.
These numbers just seem extreme to me. Perhaps I'm extra conscious of this because a month or so ago one was running around in our neighborhood, climbing in and out of the fenced yard across the street. It lunged at the letter carrier, and even approached another neighbor in his car in the street. While I was on the phone with animal control, I went out to see the house number to tell them, and when the dog saw me in the yard, he watched me with more alertness than I was comfortable with. I made sure to stay close to my house. Finally I resorted to giving the number of the houses on each side, because every time I was close to being able to see the number, I was away from my house, and the dog would take a step or 2 in my direction, head lowered and eyes glued to me. Both that neighbor in the car and I called for the dog to be picked up, and it was.
Here is the question: Have any of you noticed a rise in pit bull attacks in your area this summer as compared to previous years? If not, I'm going to assume that Kansas City has become the pit bull capitol of the US! Why not, one of the suburbs has been "affectionately" known as the meth capitol.
It really is time for me to go, isn't it?