Monday, March 31, 2008
St. Louis, MO - An evening stroll got dangerous after a south St. Louis couple and their dog were attacked by a pit bull. "We were just finishing with our walk and we came around the corner and we saw a pit bull running full clip right at us," says Josh Combs. He says this is the third time the pit bull has threatened them, but this was the first time the dog actually caught them.
The couple formulated a plan in case the dog ever did catch them -- they were going to "jump a fence or hop on a truck." Combs partner, Brishon Lee tried to jump over the fence, but the dog grabbed onto the back of her arm, bit her at few times then proceeded to attack her dog Tezio. Lee said, "Once he latched on [to their dog] it was like an eight minute battle trying to get the dog off."
The couple does not know where the pit bull is now, but understands that animal control is actively involved. Lee asks the news reporter a strikingly insightful question:
"It seems to me it’s too easy for someone to move a dog to a different place. And then how will animal control know where they are? And then it doesn't resolve the problem it just moves it from our neighborhood into someone else’s neighborhood."Combs and Lee would like to see some type of ordinance in St. Louis that would prevent or at least deter this from happening again. One of their ideas is to require owners of "vicious" dogs to have a bond (of sorts). But if a dog owner refuses to leash his pet, why on earth would this same owner purchase a bond? Police issued a summons to the pit bull owner, who will have to appear in court.
In other newsPolice Looking for Pit Bull that Attacked Woman Walking her Dog
Sheboygan, WI - According to Lt. Scott Mittelstadt of the Sheboygan Police Department, a 47-year-old woman was walking her dog at about 2 p.m. in the 600 block of North 26th Street when a beige-colored pit bull ran toward her from near Ebenezer Church, 610 N. 25th Street. The woman screamed and the dog bit her on the right thigh. The severity of the wound was not immediately clear, but Mittelstadt said the woman required stitches. Mittelstadt said that police canvassed the neighborhood but did not turn up any leads Saturday evening. Anyone with information about the dog or its owner is asked to call the Sheboygan Police Department, 459-3333.
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| 3/31/2008 8:41 PM |
Too bad the St. Louis couple hadn't taken the class to obtain a Missouri Conceal Carry License. Nothing says, "Problem solved," as loud and clear as, "BANG!" (And that dog certainly wouldn't get shuffled away to be a problem somewhere else.)
I'm sure this doesn't sound fair to some people and I understand. This scenario would only be fair if legislation was passed to force the dead pit bull's owner to reimburse the shooter for their ammo.
Expecting everyone to legal conceal carry probably isn’t practical, though. What would be practical is a ban on pit bulls. If there's an objection to a "breed specific" ordinance, an "ugly dog" ordinance would certainly accomplish the same thing.
| 4/01/2008 8:24 AM |
Maybe communities could develop a spray that repels Pit Bulls. Make it mandatory to spray your kids before they go outside and dogs before going on walks.
We're all just going to have to adjust so we don't damage the self esteem of the mythical, responsible pit bull owner.
| 4/01/2008 9:15 PM |
I think the meth lab operaters should use poodles at least every now and then. It's breed discrimination to always use pit bulls and it unfairly gives them a bad name. Our mayor said you can make poodles mean, it's all in how you raise them, so I'm sure it's true.
| 4/02/2008 6:50 AM |
David, I think they should use cocker spaniels. According to all the internet dog experts,(who all seem to own pit bulls), cocker spaniels are more dangerous than pit bulls. Or, wait...maybe it is toy poodles?
According to the pit bull lobby, the most dangerous dog in America must be the Cock-a-poo.