Thursday, March 20, 2008
Calgary, CA - This counts two known finger loses in one week due to pit bull attacks. Sheryle Elsasser, a 38-year-old mother of two, was walking her Shih Tzu-Bichon when two dogs approached "out of nowhere." She kicked a brown pit bull away, but a black pit bull started attacking her and her dog. Two drivers stopped and witnesses began hitting the dog with snow shovels and hockey sticks to end the assault.
She said, "I was just hitting it and doing everything I could. I was screaming as loud as I could and hoping someone would hear me." Elsasser was taken to the hospital by ambulance with bites to both hands. The top of her middle finger on her right hand was bitten off in the attack. Elasser is now maimed and handicapped for the rest of her life. Her dog Gizmo underwent surgery for its injuries but died Sunday.
"Animal-aggression," in pit bulls consistently injures people and kills pets. The behavior is unacceptable.Fred Crittenden, supervisor of bylaw enforcement for Medicine Hat, said the dog is known to officers and the dog's owner has been previously charged. On Jan. 10 -- just two months ago -- Wendy Wolcoski was walking her dog on the same walking path as Elsasser. Wolcoski said a black pit bull ran over, latched on to her dog and wouldn't let go. A woman driving by stopped to help, and together they were able to get the dog free.
Elsasser was outraged to hear the pit bull may have been involved in an earlier attack, especially considering two nearby schools. Crittenden said charges have been laid against the owner of the dog, and the dog has been seized. But will the dog be seized only to be returned to its owner again? Authorities returned the dog once and the animal quickly created two new victims. How many more victims need there be?
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| 3/22/2008 5:27 AM |
"Elsasser was outraged to hear the pit bull may have been involved in an earlier incident, especially considering two nearby schools."
Hmmm...Calgary is frequently held up as the utopian animal control model by the Pit Nutters since it doesn't restrict Pit Bull ownership. Looks like they had a serious animal control breakdown on this one.
| 9/03/2008 12:20 AM |
My dog was attacked by a pit bull in Calgary today.My spouse and the dog fought back, my spouse got bit as he stuck his hand down the pit bull's throat to choke it and grabbed it's scruff to break it's neck but the owner pulled it away from him. The owner's are having trouble coming up with rabies documentation...anyone know what the scoop is on this if they don't have it? My understanding is that if their dog has not had rabies shots I might be able to have the pit bul put down to confirm rabies-free status on a post-mortem of the brain? All the cops I know hate these animals, yet the calgary bylaw officer tried to talk me out of pursuing the rabies issue... I told him my husband's life is worth far more than their loaded gun of a dog's life, apparently no laws in AB against using bear spray on dogs, I checked with the bylaw officer...
| 9/23/2009 3:00 PM |
Do we have to wait for more the same incidents before the bylaws might reconsider the ban? One is enough! don't wait for another incident to happen. It's unfair for most of the people who doesn't have the kind of this gogs, we're not safe. For the owners, what satisfaction you gain for having this animals, rather than being look tough?