Ranvir Singh recalls sons terror after dog snapped in dangerous dogs debate
GMB: Ranvir Singh discusses being 'scared' of her dog
A debate about the safety of American XL Bully dogs on Good Morning Britain has divided viewers who accused them of setting up the guest.
The topic was one of the main discussions on the ITV breakfast show, following the release of terrifying footage of a frenzied dog going on the rampage in Birmingham, leaving three people, including an 11-year-old girl injured over the weekend.
As guest Kay Taiwo, who is a dog trainer, appeared in studio with an American XL Bully dog by her side to defend the breed, presenter Ed Balls compared owning it to gun ownership. “If you take people who die in a gun attack it’s not the gun’s fault. It’s the owner’s fault,” he said.
“But we’ve decided to ban handguns because handguns are so dangerous. And if we take that approach to handguns – if the facts say XL bullies are the dogs which are killing people – isn’t the sensible thing for society to say own other dogs, don’t own the killer dogs?” he queried.
His analogy divided viewers who took to social media to make their feelings known.
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Taking to X, formerly known as Twitter, @HayleyAuton fumed: “GUNS!!!! Your not taking guns off our police or army … because those are responsible persons. Don’t take the dogs from those responsible enough to have them ….” (sic)
@zoenewton007 was equally annoyed by the segment. “@GMB disgrace, No clue presenters Get them off the air! 3 against 1 here. No neutral minded with one saying she is scared, why cause she read a article & a behaviourist who ADMITS hes never accessed and XL. I don’t have an XL myself. All dogs can be dangerous the same as HUMANS!! (sic)
A user with the handle @BoxRuth62543 accused them of setting up the guest. “@GMBN you set this young lady up. A young black woman, a bit street, Ranvir immediately saying how nervous she was before the interview started. The expert, a middle aged white man in a gilet and office environment @GMB.”
Meanwhile @terryoverall didn’t agree with Ed in the least as they wrote: “We control gun ownership. We can control established aggressive breed ownership.
“Too many knucklehead wannabe hard cases strutting around with barely trained potentially dangerous dogs. A wholesale cull without considering more humane alternatives is an overreaction.” (sic)
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Earlier in the show Ranvir had appeared to somewhat defend the breed detailing her own experience with her family’s pet Cockapoo. The breed is a cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle, but Ranvir explained that there is a thing called Cocker rage which she has witnessed in her own pooch.
“Part of the issue they’re saying is people who got dogs in lockdown, particularly this kind of breed [XL bully] they haven’t been socialised properly.”
Recalling her own experience with her dog she said: “I’d never had a dog before. I didn’t know how to train him, and it was lockdown.
“And he would grab something whether it was your glasses, your pen or piece of kitchen roll that would fall on the floor. And he’d run to the sofa and if you put your hand down, he’d snap his head round and he’d bare his teeth and growl.
“I got scared and my son whose birthday present this dog was, cried a couple of times because he was scared of the dog. I mean this is a Cockapoo!” she exclaimed.
Good Morning Britain is on ITV weekdays from 6-9am.
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