Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Flathead Valley, MT - In an article that talks about the severity of a dog attack that left a yellow lab near death, the dog owners, Jim and Audrey Ponaski, said it "wasn't just a dog fight." Some of the puncture wounds were so deep "they couldn't even be stitched up because they had to be left to drain."
The next day, a neighbor reported seeing three wolves on her property. Kent Laudon, a wolf management specialist for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks inspected the dog. He said that wolves are a definite possibility in the attack, but noted that a mountain lion or coyote could have caused the injuries.
DogsBite.org thinks the Ponaski's ought to investigate whether there is a pit bull in the area. Laudon might want to review documented evidence of a "pit bull bite," inflicted upon a dog. As Laudon states: "Not many dogs survive a wolf attack. I’m kind of scratching my head as to how she’s still alive if that was the case."
DogsBite.org sees many stories that share these characteristics: a near death dog after a pit bull attack; the pit bull owner flees the scene afterward. This might explain why the dog is still alive. The pit bull owner may have had a break stick or screwdriver on hand to pry open the pit bull's jaw to stop the attack.
Wolf-hybrid dogs are outlawed in many cities and considered "exotic animals" due to their high prey drive. Some cities are adding pit bull type dogs to their "exotic animals" clause and banning ownership of them too. It makes perfect sense. Pit bulls were selectively bred for a vicious activity that is a felony in all 50 states: dogfighting.
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