The dark, low quality photo above isn't normally what I would use for this blog but there is a story behind it. This photo documents a sign hanging on a chain link fence in front of a house in North Minneapolis. The sign says PIT BULL PUPPIES FOR SALE.
This is the only time I've heard about a sign like this. Most times, when poorly bred and badly raised pit bull puppies are sold to anybody with cash in their hand you don't see a sign. You don't even find an advertisement on Craigslist. Word just flows along the "thug communication wire."
So let us suppose you are a neighbor and you can plainly see...
...the house next to you has half a dozen pit bull puppies frolicking in the yard at the muddy feet of a tired, worn out pit bull bitch with low-hanging tits and a look of world weariness on her furry face? Who are you going to call about an OBVIOUS unlicensed breeding operation?
Animal control? 311?
If you do, you will be asked what evidence exists the dogs are being SOLD. And if you don't have evidence your report will go nowhere.
Ninety-nine percent of the time, there is no evidence except the circumstantial evidence of litter after litter appearing, year after year, and cars coming to the door until all the little pit bulls disappear. Are the breeders GIVING them away? Doubtful, unless it's to settle some kind of vague debt incurred in the course of life on the streets.
Here is a pit bull puppy. I'm grateful you didn't give up my name when cops found you with that pistol. Obviously, not snitching is what a "G" should do but I want to show you love, so pick a puppy, bro, pick any one you like.
But, oh my word, LOOK!!! It's a sign on a chain link fence advertising pit bull puppies. Maybe I shouldn't have published this photo because it's the rare exception, not the norm, and I wouldn't want some city council member who resides in cake-eater happy land wondering aloud, "But don't they advertise by putting up signs? Is a new policy really needed?"
YES!!!!! A NEW POLICY IS NEEDED!!! DAMN IT WE ARE DROWNING IN PIT BULLS HERE LIKE CAPTAIN JAMES T. KIRK COVERED IN TRIBBLES IN THAT STAR TREK EPISODE "THE TROUBLE WITH TRIBBLES."
Are decent, law-abiding people supposed to knock on the doors of these pit bull breeding thugs and ask, "Excuse me, are those puppies FOR SALE? And would you mind talking into my video camera?" Even the police don't like knocking on the doors of houses where there are pit bulls, so what of unarmed citizens?
What specific policy is needed is not something I can articulate right now. Blog commenters may have some good ideas. I may get some input and write a follow up editorial. However, something needs to be done to stop the furry tidal wave.
As for the house pictured above, it was reported to 311 this morning.