The fatal mauling of a pregnant woman in Pacifica last week has renewed the debate over regulation of pit bulls. In Sonoma, one city councilwoman is calling for a crackdown on the canines. But defenders say that the breed is being unfairly stereotyped and singled out. Should pit bulls be banned?
Should more local governments follow San Francisco’s lead and adopt a mandatory spay-neuter law? Or should politicians simply stop picking on pit bulls and focus on irresponsible owners?
Joanne Sanders, Sonoma City Councilmember and mayor pro tem
Colleen Lynn, founder of DogsBite.org, a public education website on pit bull-type dogs and former victim of an attack by a leashed pit bull in 2007
Jennifer Scarlett, co-president of the San Francisco SPCA
John Vinton, San Rafael-based dog trainer