I don’t doubt it

Many commentors here say that other breads bite more than pitbulls.  That may be.  But when those other dogs bit, they pit once and are through.  When a pit bull bites, well, he’s hell bent on killing his human prey.

And sure it could be that people have targeted pitbulls to bread for violence.  But that would only happen if the breed showed a predisposition for violence in the first place.  Yet, even if that was not true in the beginning, it stands to reason that violence is being bred into the dogs, and passiveness is being bred out.

Regardless, there are all sorts of dogs in need of homes that would be good pets, that are not pitbulls.   That people are in such defense over this one bread is very telling indeed.

Why they don’t just find another bread to adopt is beyond my understanding.


An Observation

It was just too depressing, looking up all the pitbull attack news articles here.  There was news of a new attack every week, if not every day.   And those people defending pitbulls didn’t have an argument to stand on.  And, if you read the comments they leave, you can tell most of them have severe issues with controlling their own anger, and desire for violence.  And this seems about right, that people who have an unhealthy appetite for violence would prefer a violent prone dog, as a pet.   This is all the more reason the pets should be bred out of existence.   If all a person wants is a dog as a pet, there are hundreds of other safe breeds to choose from.  If they want to scare the neighbors, and compensate for feelings of inadequacy, then they should, by all means, get a pit.


Pitbull attacks 11 year old boy

An 11-year-old from Goose Creek is recovering after a pit bull rips open his arm. Austin Ramsey says he almost lost that arm to the dog, but his parents say it could have ended much worse.

The family says they’re worried such a vicious attack happened in their neighborhood.

Today he’s playing ball with friends, but just a few weeks ago Austin Ramsey says he got the scare for of his life after a dangerous dog encounter in the Goose Creek neighborhood, Greenview.

“There was a blood trail from where I was attacked, all the way down to my house,” said Austin Ramsey.

Austin says he and friend Travis chased Travis’ dog into a neighbor’s yard when they saw the pit bull.

“It didn’t really growl or anything. It just came toward him and bit his knee,” said Travis Sheheane.

Austin says he was shocked, frightened, terrified.

Austin says the pit bull was coming toward him until he was backed up against a wall. He says the dog then bit him on the knee, lunged toward his neck, but quickly he threw up his arm to protect himself.

“I put my arm up. I was thinking, what’s this dog going to do next,” said Austin.

“I didn’t know how bad it was. I didn’t want to look. I just saw a piece of his arm, and it was too much for me,” said Austin’s mother Kim Ramsey.

Austin’s mom rushed him to the ER, where he got ten stitches and a bandage on his wound.

“It was very scary. I might not have my child today,” said Kim.

Austin’s parents say the pit bull was in a yard with an electric fence. They say they haven’t heard from the dog’s owner.

“That’s what is so upsetting. The owner hasn’t even attempted to check on my son,” said Kim.

A son hoping for things to get back to normal soon. A neighborhood with kids, where a pit bull attacked.

The health department says they put the dog in quarantine for ten days for observation, but it has since been released to back to the owners.

The Ramseys say they aren’t sure if they’ll sue the dog’s owner.


911 Call fumbled on pitbull attack

MINNEAPOLIS — A woman was attacked by a pit bull in north Minneapolis Tuesday night, but it’s the way a 911 call was handled that has the neighborhood upset.

Laurie Hellerud was walking her dog when she saw the pit bull jump over a chain link fence and charge at her and her lab before changing direction and attacking another woman and her dog on the corner of Morgan Avenue “It was terrible — the noise,” Hellerud said. “Hearing three dogs in a fight, and then the lady yelling.”
Neighbor Sandy Stewart called 911 when she heard the attack.
“It was a pretty good sized pit bull and it was mean,” Stewart said. “It was tearing the other dogs pretty good.”
The pit bull was allegedly attacking the other dogs and an owner when Stewart called 911. She claims Minneapolis police passed her call on to animal control when she told them the dog was hurting both other dogs and people.

Witnesses estimate it took at least 20 minutes before animal control arrived. By that point, a good Samaritan helped stop the attack. Minneapolis police say they don’t have a record of the 911 call, since it was transferred. Departmental guidelines suggest if an animal attacks a person, police should respond, and, if a dog attacks a dog, animal control should respond. Animal control says the pit bull involved in the attack is on quarantine

The woman injured in the attack returned to work Tuesday night as a waitress.


Don’t Pet A PitBull

FORT WORTH – A 9-year-old Fort Worth girl is recovering after she was bit by a pit bull Tuesday in the 4500 block of Campus Drive in Fort Worth.

Police said a man was walking his dog when the girl came over to pet it and was bit on the arm and leg.

The child was taken to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth.

She was not seriously hurt, and the dog has been quarantined. No charges have been filed.


Good Pitbull Dogs Attack Family Member

Lynchburg News
Published: March 13, 2008

BEDFORD — Spend five minutes with Prince, and you know this dog is a killer.
A killer of stereotypes.
Sure, if someone tied you down and set this dark-brown pit bull mix on you, Prince might lick you to death over a couple of hours. But he wouldn’t mean to.
“He’s just a lovable dog,” said Lois Holland, his owner. “He loves everybody.”
Actually, Prince’s amiability shouldn’t be a surprise. Most pit bulls aren’t vicious, any more than most Italians are gangsters or most inner city teenagers are drug dealers. The rogue minority gives the overwhelming majority a bad name.
Lois’ husband, William, no doubt knows that, intellectually. Yet he also has seen the line between dog and human violently crossed — putting him in the hospital for nearly two months — and he’s no longer sure where that line is. Or if it even exists anymore.
Now, that has become Prince’s problem. William Holland finally came home Wednesday to a dog he can no longer trust.
“He didn’t come right out and say that,” Lois said, “but our granddaughter was coming to visit me, and he said, ‘Whatever you do, don’t leave her alone with Prince.’ We’ve had him for four years, but we’re going to have to find another home for him. So far, we haven’t had much luck.”
The four dogs that attacked the 62-year-old Holland on the late afternoon of Jan. 15 weren’t wild dogs, or even strange dogs. They belonged to his sister-in-law and typically roamed the bucolic country neighborhood off Burks Hill Road in Bedford County.
“He walked past them all the time,” Lois Holland said. “We all did. They were never known to bother anybody.”
According to Lois Holland, the incident happened when her husband was heading up to his mother’s house, on foot, past his sister-in-law’s trailer.
“He said, ‘I’m going up the hill to have a piece of cake,’” Lois Holland recalled.
Moments later, the younger pair of the four dogs — all pit bulls — approached Holland and began jumping on him. Then, they got rougher, and the two older pits rushed in and piled on, teeth flashing. Somehow, no one knows why, the game had suddenly turned mean and terrifying.
“We’ve wracked our brains trying to figure it out,” Lois Holland said. “He’d just eaten lunch, and maybe he had a food smell on him. We don’t know, but if he hadn’t had a knife on him, they’d have probably killed him.”
Instead, Holland managed to fatally wound two of the dogs with the knife, and the other two ran away. (They eventually were captured and killed.) He was left bleeding badly from multiple injuries, including a right foot that his wife said “was just about eaten off. All the tendons were showing.”
Holland had to be airlifted to Roanoke for trauma treatment. Surgeons saved his foot, but they couldn’t do anything about the trauma to his psyche.
For the record, Prince isn’t a pure-bred pit bull, although he has the broad chest (the dog weighs 80 pounds, said Lois) and the blunt muzzle.
“We think maybe he’s part black lab,” said Bev Jordan, a local dog enthusiast who has been helping Lois Holland try to find Prince a home. “That could be why he’s a little more mellow.”
Prince had nothing to do with the attack on her husband, Lois Holland said.
“He was in here on the floor, asleep,” she said.
Nevertheless, Prince has to go, and the Hollands are hoping he can be adopted by some dog-lovers. The worst-case scenario would send him to the local animal shelter, quite possibly to be euthanized.
“That just wouldn’t be fair,” Lois Holland said.
The legal and insurance issues surrounding the attack are still being sorted out. The fact that it’s all among family makes it stickier.
Bev Jordan tried to take a photo of Prince while I was at the Hollands’ house, but he rolled over on his back and hid his face with his paws.
Who could blame him?


PitBull Attacks Woman In San Diego

San Diego County animal control officers are looking for a pit bull that mauled a woman walking to her car.The attack happened Tuesday afternoon in North Park on the 42-hundred block of Boundary Street. That’s south of El Cajon Boulevard.

Joyce Mulfinger was checking on some rental property when the leashless dog suddenly appeared.

“He started jumping on me, biting my arms and all I could do was scream for help,” said Mulfinger.

The pit bull bit Joyce several times on both arms until a man grabbed the dog and disappeared.

Animal control officers scoured the neighborhood but they can’t find the pit bull in order to test it for rabies.

“There’s always the possibility its going to be in that same area again so we want people to be watchful and alert for it so they don’t get injured as well,” said Harold Holmes.

Holmes is a lieutenant with the San Diego County Department of Animal Services.

Joyce says paramedics told her that a pit bull attacked a child about two weeks ago in that same area, but animal control has no record of that incident.

Officers are looking for a tan and white, large chested pit bull that weighs about 100 pounds.

If you have any information, call animal services at 619-236-2341.

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