Thu, Aug 18, 2011 -- 9:00 AM

Pit Bulls in the Doghouse?

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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?

Host: Scott Shafer


  • Colleen Lynn, founder of, 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
  • Joanne Sanders, Sonoma City Councilmember and mayor pro tem
  • John Vinton, San Rafael-based dog trainer

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?

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