Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Loose Pit Bull AttacksBrian Ganey and his wife sat outside a Starbuck's with their dog Muskie, when a pack of dogs wandered by in the street. As a few people tried to corral them out of traffic and onto the sidewalk, the pit bull lunged at Muskie.
Ganey jumped on the dog and started punching it. At one point the pit bull had the dog's leg and Brian's hand in its mouth shaking both violently. Stunned coffee shop goers tried to help. One poured hot coffee on the dog, another dropped a flowerpot on its head. By the time a police officer arrived and shot the dog, 10 people were trying to free Muskie from the pit bull's jaws.
Pit bull attacks are exploding nationwide.
You can't escape them when visiting a Starbucks. You can't escape them when you step outside to get your mail. You can't even escape them when you stand in your garage, or sleep in your bed at night.
What is important to understand about these attacks is not the number of puncture wounds inflicted. It is about the violence of each wound. The case of Angela Silva, who was attacked by a neighbor's pit bull, goes to point. She was standing in her garage at the time, holding her baby son. To keep her baby from being attacked, she placed him into a trashcan. Angela incurred puncture wounds on both arms that resulted in nerve damage. Her hands are no longer functional. She is now unable to care for her baby.
This is the reality of a pit bull bite versus a Chihuahua bite. Victims of pit bull bites go on to suffer extensive damage for a number of years, if not a lifetime. Pit bull owners love to tell you that pits were "bred to bring down bulls." You don't need to tell the victim of an attack this fact. They already know it; they experienced it first hand.
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