Wednesday, May 28, 2008
UPDATE: 05/28/08 Shadow is a previous bitter. Ambrose calls Shadow a pit bull-mix, though he looks to be 100% pit bull (an American Staffordshire terrier if you like more syllables). The dog recently attacked her 9-year old son, which required a LifeFlight helicopter rescue and two separate hospitals for emergency treatment.
Shadow, it turns out, had bitten a 4-year old boy (and visitor to the home), just three days prior to biting Ambrose's son. The boy's mother, Letricia Williams, said Shadow bit her son, Jevon, on the mouth and just above his eye on a recent visit to Ambrose's home. Jevon was rushed to Nyack hospital where he received several stitches. Williams filed a complaint with the police right away.
This information shows that Victoria Ambrose is a liar.An animal control officer visited the Ambrose home and ordered Shadow quarantined inside the home for 10 days (some cities allow owners to quarantine at their home instead of on animal control premises, but given the 5 children in the household, it seems an odd option). Just over 48 hours later, Shadow severely mauled Jake St. Vil, one of Ambrose's five children.
05/26/08: A Recently Adopted Pit Bull-Mix
Spring Valley, NY - 9-year-old Jade St. Vil was taken by LifeFlight Helicopter to a hospital after being mauled by his family's pit bull. The dog bit the boy on the head, tearing a long gash across his forehead and ripping his tear duct. His mother, Victoria Ambrose, said that the attack was a shock. She said she didn't think the dog would "turn on my child."
After two hospitals and emergency surgery, Jade returned home. He had stitches across his forehead and near his eye, but doctors expect him to heal with minor scarring. The attack occurred at the family's home when the boy was playing with the dog. Ambrose lives there with her boyfriend and her five children. The boy was being watched by her boyfriend while she was at work.
According to Ambrose, the dog, a pit-bull mix named Shadow, was very affectionate and protective. Ambrose said the family had the 16-month-old dog for three months, adding that she believed the dog was abused before they owned him. She said Shadow was becoming more aggressive the past week, but she didn't think it was a serious issue.
"If I knew this was going to happen, I would've gotten rid of the dog, but I didn't know he was going to do what he did," Ambrose said.Ambrose should take this up with agency where she adopted the dog. They too likely told her that with "good parenting and love," your family (which includes 5 children) is a perfectly suitable match for a pit bull-mix. When the LifeFlight Helicopter and emergency surgery bills chime in, Ambrose might be knocking on their door.
05/26/08: Youngstown Boy, 6, Mauled by Family Pit Bull
05/15/08: Fort Worth Girl, 3, In Critical Condition After Pit Bull Attack
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| 5/27/2008 5:19 AM |
His mother, Victoria Ambrose, said that the attack was a shock. She said she didn't think the dog would "turn on my child."
Tell it to CPS Honey!
Gotta wonder if she was "educated/indoctrinated" by the Shelter Staff...That dog doesn't look like a mix either....
| 5/27/2008 9:20 AM |
They should sue the place that adopted out this dog, ensuring they never adopt out another pit bull again. I'd love to know if they did any temperment testing, because it has been shown to not mean much when dealing with pit bulls.
| 5/27/2008 9:35 PM |
If they were naive. Maybe they wanted a pit bull. With all the media attention, how would anyone not know the danger involved. Most people want these dogs for this very reason. The parents should be prosecuted for this, as should the people that adopted out a deadly animal.
| 5/28/2008 6:11 AM |
There was an animal control failure here also...Why didn't A/C pick up the dog after the first bite?!! Especially in a state where Pit Bulls are legally classified as viscious animals...
When are they going to realize that a human aggressive pit is a true "THREATCON A" situation, and the owner can't be counted on to make rational safety decisions? They've already disqualified themselves from the responsible citizenry category via their breed ownership decision.
| 5/28/2008 11:54 AM |
This makes me think about a local story...a wealthy couple in Mass almost lost their child to foster care, because the child tested for high lead levels in her blood. The family had a million dollar home that was not deleaded...they insisted the child was poisoned by a necklace. They were refusing to delead, becaus they feared the dust created would make the problem worse.
It was assumed that parents would know and understand the dangers of lead paint in the home...the child was almost removed from their custody. I believe owners of pit bulls, when an incident happens, should have their children removed by CPS....why is an "accidental" case of lead poisoning treated differently than an "accidental" dog mauling? No one can honestly claim they "didn't know" pit bulls could be dangerous. Once a pit bull shows aggression,even to someone outside the family, CPS should get involved if there are children in the home.