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Pit bulls not always adoring companions
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Re: Local woman laments loss of pit bull, March 23

Ashley Pacquette, the local woman who laments the loss of her pit bull “companion” and backs MPP Randy Hillier’s  bill to repeal the province’s pit bull ban, appears to have a lot in common with my niece, Darla Napora.  

Darla was a member of Bad Rap, “Bay Area Dog Lovers Responsible About Pit Bulls,” an organization that teaches that pit bulls, handled responsibly and lovingly, are no more dangerous than any other breed.    I wish Ms. Pacquette and Mr. Hillier could meet Darla.

They can’t because Darla, who was six months pregnant at the time, was killed by her own pit bull on Aug. 11, 2011, in Pacifica, Calif.  

No one knows what happened that day. By all accounts, however, Darla and her husband Greg loved the dog, which was not mistreated or trained to be vicious.

In fact, a day after the dog killed Darla and police shot the dog, Greg announced that he planned to bury his wife with the dog’s cremated remains and offered the following testimonial to pit bulls: “They are the most loving animals I have ever had in my life. Whatever happened right now was not the breed’s fault. It was just a freak accident.

As for me, I can only hope that the Ontario Legislature will reject Hillier’s bill and Ms. Pacquette will find a new companion who, if less loving, is also less dangerous.   

Don Robinson,
Frank Street

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