Hmmmm- I was unable to link through to the story you indicated, my browser kept stalling, but I'd guess that's one of the Vick (sorry, I misspelled the name above) stories. And I apologize too for assuming you'd know who that was- I tend to think everyone knows the story but then you're in OZ.
I'd wager most people in the US are unaware that an area the size of France AND Germany is now underwater in Australia too. I'm as guilty as many of Amerocentric thinking I'm afraid.
In Vicks case, perhaps the 23 months he did was adequate, but what angers me is that the National Football League allowed him to resume his career
Totally unconscionable in my eyes and a blot on the NFLs standing. So much for sportsmanship eh?
I'm not at all certain that Pits are even that inherently aggresive with other dogs either- my big boy was perfectly at home with my Ridgebacks with the one exception that when the females came in heat, he would mix it up with the other boys, but then it was every dog for himself and even the male Ridgies got out of control with each other. Nothing like hormones to make a boy crazy! And with people? I came home early one day and saw him (my Pit/Bernard) making nice with the bottled water delivery man UNTIL.... he saw me coming up the drive whereupon he started barking at him like crazy. Guess he felt he'd been caught red pawed in dereliction of duty.
Outside dogs coming on to my property got a uniformly unfriendly reception form ALL my animals, male and female alike, VERY territorial- but three feet outside the fenceline it was all ' Hi! Who are you?' If anything, the Ridgies were more pushy and intimidating than my old boy under those circumstances 'cause they'd treat outsiders like a potential lion.
Around people, they were ALL well mannered and I never had to worry about them hurting someone. I can tell you though that being swarmed by 14 inquisitive 70 to 90 pound dogs caused virtually anyone who didn't know them to proceed with great caution if at all.
Not sure who Michael Vic is.... *notes to self to do some googling later*.
I agree! Because they are so powerful, they can be very dangerous, although their nature is loyal, playful, and a good companion dog. They are dog aggressive, not people aggressive, by nature..... as they were bred to be fighting dogs in addition to hunting & companion dogs. But unfortunately there are certain people who use this dog in the wrong way and it always ends up terrible for the dog, and many times for a person or people as well.