Mother of child killed by pit bulls wants ban on the breed

AMARILLO, TX (CBS) - A mother of a child who was killed by pit bulls and her attorney are asking the Texas legislature to consider banning the dogs.

Many pit bull owners are saying losing their pet would be like losing a child.

"If I had my pit bull for as long as I did then all of a sudden somebody told me I had to get rid of it or I had to euthanize it because they are no longer allowed, that is like taking my 11-year-old son and saying, sorry, we are banning boys," said Dombie Jochetz, who is a former pit bull owner.

Those who are against the ban also say that pit bulls should not be the only dogs banned because there are many other breeds with aggressive behavior.

"You hear of Dobermans. Rottweiler's biting, German shepherds, you could probably go through every breed and there is always a bite somewhere. I don't think it's fair to condemn pits for something other dogs do themselves," said pit bull owner Billie Hicks.

Cynthia Kent, the attorney who proposed the ban, said pit bulls account for up to 65 percent of dog attack fatalities in the U.S.

Kent said she and her client, Serena Clinton, the mother of 10-year-old Justin Clinton, who was killed in 2009, are proposing this legislation to ensure the safety of other children.

Pit bull owners say that the dogs are not a threat to children and can be very affectionate.

"My 2-year-old used to lay down on her and read books to her, and she didn't mind it," Jochetz said.

If the ban were to take effect the most severe consequence would be a third-degree felony.

At this time there are no officials supporting the legislation.

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