Sunday, February 24, 2008
UPDATE 2/24/08: Lubbock, TX - Police say 21-year-old Robert John Dunn, the owner of the dog that bit a three-year-old, will be charged with felony attack by a dog. The pit bull mix remains in custody of Lubbock Animal Services pending a possible dangerous dog hearing.
Meanwhile, in an effort to dispel pit bulls' bad reputation and teach good ownership, the Maggie Trejo Supercenter is hosting a pit bull awareness meeting. They specifically ask meeting goers to leave their dogs at home. One has to ask though, if a meeting can effectively alter bad ownership behavior. Are irresponsible dog owners likely to attend?
After two pit bulls fatally attacked Jennifer Lowe in Knoxville, the local animal shelter addressed the "pit bull problem" with a daylong "parenting" class. To our knowledge, this class is the only step officials have taken in the wake of her death. Furthermore, Charles Smallwood, the owner of the dogs that killed Jennifer, reportedly has picked up new dogs. We recall Smallwood's words after the tragedy:
"I walked in the house and I just couldn't stay," Smallwood said. "I'm crushed. I never want to own another dog for the rest of my life."02/17/08: Boy Critical After Pit Bull Mauling in Lubbock
Lubbock, TX - It's clear that the mayor's recent address to the city, public TV announcements, and leash laws are not stopping the epidemic of pit bull attacks. A 3-year-old boy is now in critical condition after being mauled by an off-leash pit bull-mix in front of his home. The berserking pit bull next attacked a Doberman-pincher in the same area tearing off the dog's leg.
Authorities say the boy's aunt was carrying him inside the house when a pit bull approached them and pulled the boy out of her hands. The dog primarily attacked the boy's face biting his ears and forehead. After several attempts the boy's grandfather was finally able to beat the dog off of his grandson. Animal Control Officer Kevin Overstreet comments:
"We're very thankful the child wasn't injured worse than he was. But he did have some serious injuries to his face."
03/21/08: Pit Bull Epidemic in Lubbock, Texas (Jan-Mar 2008)
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| 2/17/2008 6:40 PM |
A truly berserking pit bull. I imagine the mayor and city council folks are going to get an earful after this.
THESE dogs, and other dangerous dogs, do NOT belong in communities at all or at least without special regulations.
| 2/18/2008 7:20 PM |
I think the prosecuting attorney should remind the jury that the owners did not immediately agree to have the dog euthanized. Yet another case of the typical sociopathic pit bull owner who does not care one bit about the victim, and really isn't sorry at all that their dog almost killed a child.
| 2/24/2008 2:27 PM |
Once again, the pro-pit community blames the victim....below is a quote from the pro-pit blog, the KC dog blogger...
"Then, last week, a 'pit bull'-boxer mix dog was running astray and approached a mother and her 3 year old child as they walked up to their house. The young boy, scared by the dog, took off running (not the right response when scared by a dog, and it would have been a great opportunity for the newspaper to get a canine expert quoted to educate people on this), and the loose dog ended up biting the young boy."
Yes, let blame the child for trying to get away from an off leash, rampaging pit bull. If only the child had been told to "be a tree", this poor pit bull would not be in trouble right now. This is just another example of how the people who are obsessed with these dogs have absolutely no compassion for victims. Conveniently, he failed to metion that the dog then attacked Doberman and ripped it's leg off.
| 2/25/2008 9:12 AM |
Finally, some self-policing by Pit Owners. Unfortnately, they are too late to the dog safety party.
Leading the group is 30 year pit bull owner Eddie Gamez. Over the past 30 years Eddie has owned 12 pit bulls and bread three of them. Eddie says pits are unlike any other dog.
"You have to have them contained in a secure back yard with a good fence and even then I think they need to be chained up because these dogs are athletic, they're muscular, they can jump. They're not dangerous. You just have to have... It just takes the right owner to be responsible to know that they have an animal that needs extra special care. It's not like any other dog. They're not for everybody," Eddie said.
| 2/25/2008 12:02 PM |
Eddie is another back yard breeder who desperately wants to retain his right to make money off of his dogs. What kind of family pet is that? A dog you need to fence AND chain? How many pit bulls does Eddie have now? Why does anyone need a yard full of chained up pit bulls as "pets"?