Saturday, January 26, 2008
Iowa - A pit bull terrier that attacked a woman has been deemed vicious and ordered to be euthanized. Amy Pressley, 35, described how she was mauled by her neighbor's pit bull last month after she let her rat terrier out in her yard. Minutes later she heard her dog yelping. She ran outside and pulled her dog out of the way before the pit bull grabbed her left arm, wrist and chest. She needed 36 staples to close the wounds she suffered in the attack.
''I have never been attacked like this before. That dog wagged me like a rag doll,'' she said.Alan Thomas Underwood, whose son owns the pit bull, said he and his wife were taking care of the dog while their son, Tyler Andrew Underwood, spends time in jail. Underwood claims the rat terrier tormented his dog. He said he only knows of one other biting incident, which occurred in October when Titan bit his stepson.
''Titan is a house dog,'' he said. ''The only (time) he would do something to somebody is when someone aggravates him."But a board member says that he received a call from Underwood's neighbor who claims to have also been bitten. Underwood has 10 days to appeal the decision to district court.
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| 1/26/2008 11:14 AM |
Sounds like rat terrier triggered the Pit Bull by merely existing in the vicinity.
Another "Dog lover" kills his neighbor's dog here:
| 1/26/2008 12:43 PM |
I am so disturbed that many shelters and breed-specific adoption organizations promote these dogs as safe family pets, while continuously insisting that the potetial for serious dog aggression is not a problem. Owning a dog who wants to kill other dogs is a huge problem....many innocent people have been mauled by pit bulls while trying to stop an attack on their own dog.
Quite often the pit bull will redirect it's aggression toward the owner of the dog it is attacking as they try to save their dog. Pit bull advocates will insist that dog aggression is "totally different" from "human aggression", and that it's easy to manage. That, in my opinion, is an outright lie.
Any dog with high levels of animal aggression/prey drive could, under the right circumstances, view a small child as prey. And the attitude that victims should simply step aside when a pit bull grabs their dog and let their dog die, to avoid being attacked, is heartless, cruel, and arrogant.
I think the statements made by the owners of the pit bull in this story accurately reflect the attitude of the people attracted to this breed....heartless, cruel, self-absorbed, and showing no remorse when their dog hurts someone.
I hope the victim gets a good lawyer and takes this man to court.