Monday, November 19, 2007
Tehema County, CA - Pit bulls are notorious for breaking free of constraints, hopping over fences and digging beneath them when in pursuit of attack. This family was attacked, despite the owner having a professionally built fence designed to keep the dog penned.
"The children had been walking by the dog owner's fenced property, when the pit bull located a low spot under the fence, squeezed under it and attacked the children. The children's father and the owner of the dog were also bitten while trying to protect the children."The owner claims the dog had never demonstrated violence before this incident, and because she took steps to properly enclose her dog, no charges will be filed. Meanwhile, a family is left terrorized with weighty medical bills to pay.
At DogsBite.org, we can write these stories without reading news reports; they nearly always start and finish the same. Four clichés consistently appear in each: Pit bull breaks free, attacks person violently, no history of violence before attack, owner not charged.
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| 12/30/2007 3:06 PM |
How do we change this? I once read an article that explained how to respond when a neighbor's dog was threatening your family....send a certified letter to the owner telling them that the dog is acting aggressively, and that they will be held liable if the dog escapes and attacks. Can Dogsbite publish some tips on dealing with these dogs before they maul someone? I realize that you must report the owners and begin a paper trail....however, many pit bull owners are shady, violent people themselves, and neighbors fear retaliation.
Is there a way to notify someones homeowners insurance company when they are obviously ignoring the danger their dog poses to the community? maybe threat of losing their homwowners insurance would force owners to get rid of their dangerous dog.
| 12/30/2007 10:04 PM |
It's a great question, one that I would like the answer to as well. If you are a homeowner and have a policy (I am not a homeowner), call up your insurance person and ask them this question.