Pit bulls are like a weapon says East Texan

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JACKSONVILLE, TX (KLTV) - The recent pit bull attack of a 5-year-old boy underscores one East Texas woman's mission to keep it from happening again.

Justin Clinton, a Rusk County 10-year-old, died after he attacked by two pit bulls back in June. The story inspired Susan Walczak to start a petition. She says there should be a law requiring pit bull owners in the state of Texas to take some sort of certification class before they can legally own the dogs. More than 400 East Texans have already stopped by City Pawn Shop in Jacksonville to sign in support. Walczak, who has owned pit bulls herself, says it's time for owners to be responsible.

"A lot of people don't understand pit bulls are like a deadly weapon," said Walczak. "It's just like a firearm. If you don't know how to use it and you just throw it around, somebody's going to get hurt. We believe if you raise them correctly, then they can be friendly, but if you are aggressive with them, they can take that as sign of attack."

Walczak plans to submit her petition to state Senator Robert Nichols.

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