Saturday, February 16, 2008
UPDATE 2/16/08: Manatee County, FL - Two dogs that attacked a man and killed his pet Maltese in a Tara neighborhood are in the custody of animal control. An 80-pound, pewter-colored pit bull and a 55-pound, brindle-and-white pit bull mix were taken from their owners and brought to the pound late Thursday night.
The dogs will spend at least 10 days in quarantine. If they are declared dangerous, they could be held longer. By state statute, animal control officers have 30 days to conduct an investigation. The owners of the dogs that were involved in the attack could face penalties, including a fine of $200 for each dog running loose and a $500 fine for a dog causing injury. There is no specific or additional fine related to the death of a pet dog.
02/15/08: Pit Bull Kills Neighbor's Dog, Injures Neighbor
A family's dog was killed by a pit bull today. People in the neighborhood say the pit bull had been causing problems recently, a lot of barking and showing signs of aggression. "It happened so fast...you want it to be over," said witness Dana Plecker. She and his wife Sylvia were overcome with emotion after seeing a pit bull kill their neighbor's dog. "It was horrible. The dog bit him in half."
Neighbors say a woman was walking two dogs on leashes: a greyhound and a pit bull mix. A 63-year-old retired man was also walking his dog, a maltese named Jack. The pit bull and the greyhound saw Jack and took off, the woman unable to hold the dogs. "If you can't control the dogs you're walking, get someone who can. Two big dogs are a handful for anyone," says Manatee County's Captain Larry Leinhauser.
The pit bull bit the man on the arm then attacked Jack. The women were able to get Jack away and run him inside, but Jack died in their arms. Witnesses say the pit bull's owner left the 63-year-old man lying in the street bleeding. Manatee County Animal Services say the Pit Bull and Greyhound will be taken into their custody. It is unknown if the owners will face any charges.
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| 2/21/2010 6:22 PM |
So elderly people alone and elderly people walking small dogs should stay inside behind closed doors with their dogs forever??? We should all just allow the pit bulls to take over like thugs on the streets??? Pits should be removed from the face of the earth, both for their sakes, the sake of their owners or potential owners, and for the sake of their owners' other pets.
We had a beautiful pit bull that we loved dearly. She was a big, beautiful, loving, playful slobber box--around people, and I do mean all people, young, middle-aged, and old. But today was her third attack -- on animals. The first was a duck, and the second was a cat, both of which she killed. After killing them, she always backed away from them. She never tried to eat them. Today, the third attack was on our cherished chihuahua, our house pet that we had allowed outside to use the bathroom. Reba had her own fenced, gated yard. In the past, when our chihuahua had been outside, they would run nose-to-nose along Reba's fence (our chi on the outside and Reba on the inside)and wag their tails as if they wanted to play together. Our chi found a way into her fence early this morning. We heard high-pitched noises like those of a mockingbird. After listening for a few seconds, my husband and I realized it was our chihuahua screaming. Out pit bull was attacking her.
When we got the pit bull (Reba) off of her (who, by-the-way, did not attempt to bite us), our chi had blood on her left side, had a strange smell that we found later was fresh stool, and the look in her eyes showed she was in terrible pain. When we picked her up to examine her, she screamed. She could not put weight on her right foot at all, and she was hurt around her upper chest area and in her lower back.
The vet met us at the clinic. He found bite marks around her neck and upper chest and a deep bite wound on her back in the area of her kidneys. He heard chest noises through his stethoscope and said she has a bruised right lung.
He asked to keep her overnight for observation at no extra charge, because he is concerned about possible blood clots in her lung that could break apart and move to other areas. He's also concerned about damage to her heart, kidneys, and intestines. He's watching her for blood in her urine and stool.
We took excellent care of our pit bull. We never played rough with her. We handled her with gentle love. Nothing in our behavior toward her could have caused her to be aggressive toward animals. Even our vet stated that pits often do well with people, but it's other animals they have a problem with.
My husband's and my heart are breaking today because we had to put our bit bull down. But it's breaking, too, because our chihuahua will be lucky if she survives Reba's attack. We're waiting anxiously until tomorrow, hoping we do not hear from the vet tonight. He said he would call, even if it's midnight, if her condition becomes worse.
My husband and I were always the first to defend pit bulls, but never again. We have finally taken the blinders off about this breed of dog.
Anonymous Former Pit Bull Owner