Woman says she refuses to let mother-in-law babysit because she owns a Pit Bull
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A woman will not let her mother-in-law babysit her grandchild because of her Pit Bull.
Violent dog breeds have been making headlines recently after the announcement by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak that American XL Bullys will become banned later this year.
Pit Bulls, along with pretty much all the Bulldogs, have a certain reputation, but of course not all are violent dogs.
But a woman has refused to let her mother-in-law look after her one-year-old over concerns for her young son’s safety whilst in the presence of the pet.
She wrote in a parenting forum: "My mother-in-law refuses to acknowledge my safety concerns about leaving my one-year-old son at her house when they let their Pit Bull loose and not separate from my son.
"She claims the behaviour the Pit Bull is showing around him is because of ‘excitement’ and she has ‘never been aggressive'."
As such, the mum has given up her date night with her husband and refused to let her mother-in-law take on any more babysitting duties, saying 'my son's life and safety is more important to me'.
Hundreds of parents commented back, validating her worries.
One ICU nurse wrote: “90 percent of all dog bites I have seen were from bully breeds.”
Another person said: “I work in criminal justice.
“EVERY DOG BITE CASE I'VE SEEN ENDING IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY WAS A PITBULL OR PITBULL MIX. Every. Single. One.”
One person who owns a similar dog with children of their own even came to agree with the mum, saying: “I have two dogs; one is the sweetest, snuggliest pit in the world.
"I also have a four-year-old, unless I'm right there, they're separated.”
In his speech about banning XL Bully dogs, Rishi Sunak said: “It's clear the American XL Bully dog is a danger to our communities.
“I've ordered urgent work to define and ban this breed so we can end these violent attacks and keep people safe.”
People are now speculating that the XL Bully will be the first of many dog breeds that are deemed as ‘dangerous’ to become banned.
But a lot of people are urging the government to do research into the owners of the ‘killer’ dogs, as not all dogs of the same breed have the same temperament.
XL Bully owner Kaylee Hankins said: "They get into the wrong hands; I feel like some owners have let an amazing breed down.
“It's awful for the victims that suffered in the attacks of XL Bullys, but again, these dogs have been improperly trained by careless owners.
“I don't believe banning the breed will work, people will work around the law.”