It is only a matter of time before we have a fatal or near fatal dog-mauling in our county.
Imperial Valley residents seem to have a particular affection for "tough" dogs. Drive around residential blocks in the Valley and you will see pit bulls, rottweilers and other dogs with a propensity toward aggression behind fences, sometimes flimsy fences, sometimes flimsy fences on streets on which children walk to school.
If dogs such as these ever get out and kill or maim someone, we won't blame the dogs. While some dogs may have a predisposition to be fighters, killer dogs are made, not born. We would bet even presa canarios, if brought up in the hands of loving and knowledgeable dog owners, could be sweet pooches, not the "monster dogs" that killed a woman in San Francisco last year. Although, experts in that trial have said some dogs have to be trained not to fight. Still, we know plenty of pit bulls and rotties and other "guard dogs" who will protect their property and their human friends but are sweethearts otherwise.