A desperately sad video showing a woman’s despair after her pet pit bull was shot dead has started trending on YouTube.
In the video, titled ‘My dad killed a pitbull with his glock. Please like plus subscribe’, the woman wails, ‘That is my baby! That is my baby!’ as a man tries to stop her entering the home.
From off-camera comes a gaggle of male voices, one of whom says: ‘I had to, he came in the house, he came after me, I’m sorry.’
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Tears: A video shot last year but now trending on YouTube shows a woman wailing over her dying pet dog.
No permission: It had apparently entered another home without permission.
Tears: A video shot last year but now trending on YouTube shows a woman wailing over her dying pet dog. It had apparently entered another home without permission.
Man shoots woman’s pit bull after it runs into his house.
It’s unclear where the clip was shot, but the people all appear to speak with American accents.
As the video continues, the woman says that the dog approached the house ‘with his tail wagging’ before crying over the animal which is lying on the front lawn of the house.
‘He’s still alive, dad!’ she shouts to one of the other men, who is seemingly apologizing to the homeowners, and asks for them to call an ambulance.
Enraged: The woman is furious at the homeowners, saying that her pit bull would never hurt them, though she admits it slipped out of its chain when she was at work.
The man who shot the dog also apologizes, and says that ‘the dog came at me,’ while a defiant woman adds: ‘It came to my house and I am very afraid of dogs.’
The dog’s owner continues to cry over the dog, which appears to be called Zeus, before promising to ‘destroy everything [the man in the house] loves’.
Inside, the woman who says she is afraid of dogs adds that she actually has a dog of her own, and that Zeus had tried to get into a fight with it.
In a second video, titled ‘Part two of my dad killing a pit bull’ the woman roars that ‘this ain’t going down like that, it ain’t.’
But she admits that the dog must have slipped out of its chain when she was at work.
It ends as she marches off screaming, while police say they are on the way.
Both videos were posted on YouTube last year. It’s not clear why they have now begun to trend.
Many of the comments on the videos supported the uploader, who appears to be a teenager, and his father.
‘If you don’t want your dog shot the answer is real simple – control and contain your damn dog on YOUR property. That is the JOB you signed up for when you got one. Sorry you failed your dog,’ wrote one person.
‘Why he apologising? Vicious dog came to his private property and he has all rights to protect himself and his family,’ wrote another.
Many complained that pit bulls are a dangerous breed, although there have been no conclusive studies that say they are substantially more dangerous than any other breed.
In 2014 American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) noted that controlled tests do not show pit bulls to be any more aggressive than other breeds.
The dogs are linked to more severe injuries or fatalities than other breeds, but the AVMA said that could be attributed to them being a popular breed of dog – more pit bulls than other breeds means more attacks registered to that type of dog.
It also noted that the breed of any given dog is difficult to ascertain, and that In a 2013 study of 256 fatalities in the United States from 2000–2009, the breed could only be conclusively determined in 17.6 per cent of cases.
In 2016, Canadian website Global News noted that despite a 2005 ban on pit bulls in Ontario, the number of bites had gone up.
Although the number of legally owned pit bulls dropped from 1,411 in 2005 to 423 in 2014, the number of bites rose from 486 a year to 767 in the same period.
That suggests that dogs in general are a danger to humans if mistreated or not properly handled, rather than pitbulls.
The German shepherd was the worst offender for dog bites in Toronto in both 2005 (112 bites) and 2014 (92 bites), the paper noted. That breed was never banned.
Support: Many commenters supported the homeowner. Others said pit bulls are a dangerous breed although that claim has never been conclusively proven.