BOOKS—Unleashed: The Phenonena of Status Dogs and Weapon Dogs
From ANIMAL PEOPLE, May/June 2013:
Unleashed: The Phenomena of Status Dogs and Weapon Dogs by Simon Harding The Policy Press, U. of Bristol (c/o U. of Chicago Press, 427 East 60th St., Chicago, IL 60637), 2012. 286 pages, hardcover. $100.60; Kindle $23.72.
I first saw an American Staffordshire, better known as a pit bull, during a 1989 visit to Baltimore. Three youths had stolen a cocker spaniel and were encouraging their three unleashed pit bulls to tear the spaniel apart alive. The spaniel tried desperately to escape, but was held on a short leash. By the time I reached the scene, the spaniel had collapsed, possibly dead. The youths kept kicking the remains, and the AmStaffs kept attacking. By the time the cops caught up with them, they had disposed of the evidence. They laughed in the cops’ faces: “Man, you’ll never find that dead dog, and anyway we’re juvies––you can’t touch us.” Read more