Thursday, March 27, 2008
Orem, UT - Collin Jensen, 16, received the Boy Scouts of America Lifesaving Honor Medal Wednesday for saving his mother from an attacking pit bull. The attack occurred in July 2007 when the Jensen family was caring for their neighbor's schnauzer. Collin was with the dog, which was leashed on the front porch, when two dogs ran up the street toward the home.
One of the dogs ran away, but the pit bull approached the schnauzer. Collin said he tried to pet the pit bull to calm it down, but the dog attacked the schnauzer anyway. Collin's mother, Andrea Jensen, said she heard her son scream and she ran outside. What happened next was a sort of tug-of-war between Andrea and the pit bull, with the small schnauzer acting as a rope.
As Andrea tried to pry the smaller dog from the pit bull, the animal continued to bite her and the dog, while Collin kicked and punched at the pit bull's head. The pair managed to wrestle the schnauzer into the home, but only after slamming the pit bull's head in the front door several times after it tried to follow them. It was only then that Collin realized how badly his mother was hurt.
The schnauzer was taken to a pet hospital, and Andrea went to the emergency room for x-rays. Although no broken bones were revealed, Andrea said her left hand still hurts when gripping anything. The schnauzer survived, but the skin on its belly had been ripped from the muscle and the pit bull had bitten through a leg.
Few people in the nation receive the Lifesaving Honor Medal each year, said Delyle Johnson, the district vice chairman of programs in Collin's Boy Scout district. The medal is approved by the national Boy Scout office after considering paperwork and the stories submitted.
| 3/27/2008 12:57 PM |
Congratulations to Collin for his bravery. The award was well deserved!
With the increasing frequency of pit bull attacks, perhaps the Boy Scouts should develop a curriculum and merit badge program designed to teach defensive tactics against pit bulls. Course completion could be rewarded with a merit badge and an Official Boy Scout pocket knife, but with the new and improved Boy Scout’s pit bull blade. Round this out with an equal program for the Girl Scouts and society just got safer.
The only downside is this particular merit program could be wrecked if legislators suddenly decided there was a better way to address the problem than to let our children fight these bloody battles.
| 3/27/2008 4:16 PM |
Once again...why isn't the owner of the pit bull named in the article? Where was the owner when the dog was tunneling under the fence? Why aren't the OWNERS of these killing machines interviewed and put on the spot...ask them WHY they wanted a dog that was bred to kill other dogs? The rest of us would truly like to understand what the appeal of this breed is. Why is it worth risking the safety of your neighbors to own a pit bull?
I have never seen a dynamic like this in any other type of news story. If an individual is hurt by a drunk driver, the drunk driver is named in the news.....whether or not he meant to hurt or kill the other person. If your negligence causes harm to another person, your name should appear in the paper. Why are we protecting the reputation of people who want to own dangerous dogs?
People who are angry and fed up with these stories should start contacting the news organizations who cover them and demand that the reporters reveal who the owners of these dogs are. It is quite likely that these owners may simply move to another community with their pit bull. The public deserves to know who these people are, to help avoid future tragedies.
| 3/27/2008 6:55 PM |
The Pit Nutters will probably bombard the BSA with complaints about generalizing a beserking pit as "dangerous" in the boys Medal Citation.
They also complain steadily to the media about biased reporting...Complaints about pictures of shot pitbulls and mutilated victims. However, very rarely does the media mention that Pit Bulls killed 22 americans in 2007...they get let off the hook very easily.
| 4/14/2008 10:57 AM |
S.O.S. Can anyone translate this comment?
"well frist of all who ever say the that pit was made to kill other dogs shut star to look up that information frist before saying anything
second people are saying a pit kill so many people but they can even reconice a real pit an it been proven all ready
second that pit is not a killing machin most of that atack that soposaly are pit atack that dogs are not even pits just becase they look like a pit people say they are a pit
an i think that if a pit kills a animal or a person that dog shut not get punish for it it shut be the owner."