James L. Miller Salem
Recently your paper had a story, "Dog dies after pit bull attack that injured Groton man," (Aug. 29), regarding a pit bull attacking a senior citizen while in the process of killing the man's small dog.
I had expected more of an outcry from your readers concerning ownership of this type of dog, or for that matter support from owners who have never had a problem with their pit bulls? One would think that the state or at least the towns would consider having either a law or an ordinance requiring knowledge, training and social settings in which these dogs are permitted to operate in. For their safety as well as people and other animals.
As an example I would point out that people are required to have a license for driving, boating, hunting or having a permit for carrying a hand gun. This is done not only for safety of the owner, but for the public as well. I know it's hard, but our elected officials sometimes have to step up and make hard decisions and do the right thing.