Vet and Pit Bull owner speak out about Dangerous Dogs story

By Audrey Wise

May 7, 2014 Updated May 7, 2014 at 11:30 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- Roxanne Hartrich's story has evoked a lot of emotion and comments on our Facebook page and elsewhere.

Veterinarian Dr. Tracy Myers is the president-elect of the Illinois Veterinarian Medical Association. She says they do not propose any breed bans.

She suggests anyone with a pet should do research through the internet and talking to a vet to know everything they can and ultimately do what's best for your family.

"I do know that small dogs have less chance of a more serious bite and damage from this than a larger dog," said Dr. Myers.

Natilee Baughn has two pit bulls and wants to tell people they aren't a bad breed. She says you need to know your breed.

"Understand where they came from," said Baughn. "Know that training them from a puppy, you're job is not done. You have to train them throughout their adult life too just with any other dog. It's just you have to take extra precautions when it comes to a bigger dog."

Dr. Myers adds it is nearly impossible to find reliable statistics on dog bites particularly when it comes to breeds.

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