Friday, April 4, 2008
UPDATE 04/04/08: CNN has picked up Amy's story, the brave Minneapolis woman that saved her dog from the grip of a pit bull by biting the pit bull's nose. Countries as far away as Thailand have picked up her story too. DogsBite.org declares Amy Rice, Hero of the Day. We hope she does not have to undergo rabies treatment and that her dog Ella heals soon.
04/03/08: Woman Bites Back After Pit Bull Attacks Dog
Minneapolis, MN - She says she did not plan it, but after futile attempts to pull a pit bull's jaws off her Labrador retriever's throat, Rice was forced to turn to animal instinct: biting.
"I broke the skin and had pit bull blood in my mouth. I knew what happened, and I knew that it wasn't good."Injuries to the pit bull were minor, but now Rice is dealing with a potential rabies scare as well as her 12-year-old dog's physical and emotional wounds. She's unhappy the pit bull, named Frances, wasn't immediately corralled by animal control officers, who told her animals that attack other animals generally are not taken away.
"I was sure that my dog was dying in my arms; it was horrible," Rice said of the attack. She feels lucky that nothing like this has happened to her before. "The victim," she said, "could have been a child. It just could have been so much worse." Rice rightly questions animal control's policy of not removing the dog.
Her dog Ella is recovering with several staples and stitches to her head and a crushed ear canal. Rice said the woman caring for Frances, apparently a stray, was waiting for a no-kill shelter to pick her up. On one level she understands the woman's motivation, on another, she thinks that when you take responsibility for an animal, you can't do so partially.
In other newsPit Bulls Returned to Owner After Threatening Lorain Mailman
Lorain, OH - Animal control released three pit bulls back to their owner after they attempted to attack a mailman and police officer. In the incident (Lorain Officer Shoots Two Pit Bulls, Kills One), police responded to a 27-year-old mail carrier who was left uninjured. But during the confrontation, the pit bulls threatened the officer. The officer shot two of the pit bulls -- injuring one and killing the other.
At the time, the pit bulls, 3 adults and 1 puppy, were being stored in a vacant house. Two of the adult dogs had jumped from an open window in order to escape the house, attack the mailman or a combination of the two. The point is, why would animal control give the dogs back to this owner? This is an owner that stores his dogs in a vacant house. These are dogs that confronted a police officer, in which one was shot.
If these dogs injure a person in the future, a county lawsuit is waiting to happen. Animal control released known dangerous dogs that had no proper confinement -- were being illegally stored in a vacant house -- to a highly irresponsible owner, who may be charged with a crime.
The logic is equivalent to handing a felon a loaded gun.
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| 4/03/2008 2:36 PM |
"Frances, apparently a stray, was waiting for a no-kill shelter to pick her up."
it was my son's dog.
it's my room mate's dog.
it's my boyfriend's dog.
it's a friend's dog, it was just staying here for a couple of days.
it's my neighbor's dog, i just walk it.
it's a stray dog, i was just feeding it...
blah blah blah.
lame ass excuses!!
if you are in possession and control of a dog, it's behavior is just as much YOUR responsibility as the OWNER of the dog!!!
if you get in a car accident with someone else's car, you don't blame THE CAR OWNER!
| 4/04/2008 11:57 AM |
CNN has picked up this story as well as thailand!
watch the video and meet my hero for the day.
she's not afraid and she will get the job done
AMY RICE FOR PRESIDENT!
let's turn her loose on the economy now!
| 4/04/2008 4:48 PM |
The dogs were stored in a vacant house because they were not pets....that's what people do who are training the dogs for dogfighting. Very common in urban areas were dogfighting is prevalent.
| 4/04/2008 7:05 PM |
I have an idea...why don't I go to my kitchen, pick up a big butcher knife, and run out the front door and down the street, screaming and lunging at my neighbors, while threatening them and their children with the knife! Then I could count to ten and wait for the police to come, arrest me, and throw my a*s in jail, or perhaps in the locked psychiatric unit of our local hospital. I would not be allowed home the next day, even if I had all my rabies shots, because I would be deemed a threat to the public.
Or I could simply get a pit bull, who jumps over the fence "just once", terrorizes the neighbors, bites several people, including children. I would possibly receive a small fine, and the dog would be returned the next day, so long as it had its shots.
I think I have just discovered a legal way to commit murder! The dog did it! I'm off the hook!!!!
| 4/05/2008 3:11 AM |
Bull's-eye! You nailed it!
Dog liability laws are so bad, that over the past 30 years, criminals have caught on. Furthermore, in many states "on-property" attacks carry neither civil nor criminal recourse. This is why when you read about a guy's "girlfriend" being torn to shreds by pit bulls, there are never criminal charges. Not to mention the niece or nephew that was invited over for a family affair and ended up getting mauled, and sometimes to death.
Dangerous dogs on-property? A certifiable way to commit legal murder in most states. Dangerous dogs off-property? These laws also are not hard to evade.