Spanky & Bella -- The adoption count down

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Spanky & Bella the suburban Amirican Straffodshire terriers seized from a van in Burbank, where there were bred to kill, will be up for adoption in a week from the Animal Welfare League in Chicago Ridge, intrepid reporter Stefano Esposito reports.
I'm sure there's loads of dog lovers who want to adopt the cuddly puppies, who apparently have unique personalities despite their lineage. But what about the other dozen adult fighting dogs saved from their breeders, who's out there anyone interested in adopting dogs who might already know how to snap a 2X4 in half with their powerful jaws?

What's the dangerous dog situation like in your neighborhood. Do you worry about being chased and mauled by a vicious dog? Do you think the city is doing the right thing by increasing penalties rather than banning specific dogs?

Chicago has strict laws for owners of "dangerous dogs" that bite — including requiring owners to get insurance, put up a fence, post warning signs, muzzle their pets in public and surrender them to the city after a bite incident. And tough fines of up to $5,000 or six months in jail.

Is that enough or is it too harsh? Should there be tougher restrictions, or are you more worried about the lack of dog parks in the city? Should Ald. Ginger Rugai, bring back her proposal for a breed-specific dog ban? And, while I'm asking too many questons: Do you think Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, who faces federal conspiracy charges in connection with keeping and fighting vicious dogs on his property, should be sent to prison, or fined or have to face an attack dog in a steel cage match?

Let your voice be heard here.

All I know is, I'm glad my Laborador's bark is enough to scare away strangers. (All apologies to the mail lady.)
I've never seen her bite, but I can't see her snapping a 2X4 — not for all the doggie cookies in the world.

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Too bad Johnny Cochran isn't around to help Michael Vick because he is going to need it, especially after his cohort flipped on him. "If the kennel doesn't fit, you must acquit!"

I like the penalties enacted by the City. They should be a sufficient deterrant for all "attack dog" owners to act more responsibly with their dogs.

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