Friday, April 25, 2008
Norton, MA - Two women were taken to Sturdy Memorial Hospital after they were "viciously" attacked by a pit bull, police said. The unprovoked attack occurred as Jane Pacitto and Madeline Thurlow were out walking near the home of the dog’s owner. A neighbor heard screams for help and was able to beat back the dog with several large rocks.
Both women may require plastic surgery on their arms and fingers; Thurlow may lose a finger without an operation.The women were across the street from the home of Jill and Christina Hunt when a 5-year-old pit bull attacked them, biting both women’s arms and legs. Elmer “Tippy” Willis threw the rocks at the dog until it ran from the area. Both women sustained multiple puncture wounds and were sent via ambulance to the hospital.
Animal control and the Norton Police are investigating the incident. According to animal control, the dog, named Lexus, was not well-known by neighbors and had not been involved in other attacks. The pit bull was taken into quarantine at the Norton Animal Shelter. The owners have decided to put the animal put down.
In other newsPit Bulls Attack Second Dog from Same Family; Dog is Killed
Scarborough, ME - Two pit bulls on Burnham Road fatally attacked a small dog. Steve Caiazzo said his 11-year-old daughter and wife Laurie Caiazzo were walking their small dog when the pit bulls charged at them from across the street. Steve said the pit bulls previously attacked one of his other dogs, calling them a "menace to the neighborhood."
It's not "okay" that pit bulls are animal aggressive. How many more pets need to be killed by them for policymakers to see this?Laurie Caiazzo said after that incident police told the pit bull owners to keep the dogs tied up but since then, they have been seen roaming Burnham Road. She said these instances are not the first she and neighbors have experienced with the animals and she plans to press charges.
"He shouldn’t have these dogs," says Laurie. "We shouldn’t have to keep going through this."Phone calls to the pit bull’s owner were unsuccessful as the line is temporarily disconnected. By the time police arrived on the scene, the pit bulls had reportedly been taken away by a family member. As of press time, the dogs had not been located and the case is under investigation by the Scarborough Police Department.
Boy Lucks Out that Chow Chow Loses Interest
West Columbia, TX - Six-year old Raulin Jeffcoat said that he was backing up and the Chow was walking toward him and the dog "just went up and bit me." The dog left the six-year-old with wounds on his wrist, leg and hand. He says after the dog attacked him, it just walked away.
A pit bull would have continued to attack until it was struck with a metal pipe 100 times, had it's mouth pried open with a break stick or was shot and killed.Lexington County Animal Services captured the Chow Chow. The dog is being quarantined until results of a rabies test are completed. For now, both boys are expressing their feelings about dogs. "Some dogs are nice and some dogs are mean, that was a mean Chow," says Raulin.
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| 4/25/2008 8:40 PM |
It seems that pit bulls actually have more rights than other dogs....why is that? Why do we protect a breed of dog that kills other dogs? Why can't we simply regulate the breeding of these dogs so that they become rare?
| 4/26/2008 6:10 AM |
That does seeem to be the million dollar question. A large number of these dog owners are nearly transient. They move from pillar to post with no real roots. They don't want to see regulations that stop them from dragging the dog with them. They lie about sights like this and say this information is untrue. Our city councils are then unsure what to do, so they do nothing until someone is mauled by a loose pit bull.
| 4/27/2008 1:31 PM |
It's because their owners have big mouths. They have a well-oiled machine to bombard everyone with misinformation, to flood town council meetings, politicans' e-mail boxes, internet polls, and forums. When there is a local issue, help is enlisted from across the country to fight for the pit bull owners. They make it seem like there are so many of them and that everyone agrees with them, but it's just that they are tuned into this issue when most people are not until it literally bites them in the rear.