Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Surrey, BC - On the tail of a vicious attack that left Sean Bajwa stitched up, a baseball bat wielding man a hero and a mayor headed for a psych ward, we learn of another pit bull attack. This one involves a pit bull-mix "slipping out" of his collar to attack a guide dog.
Guide dogs can't flee -- guide dogs are harnessed and trained to stay by their human companion, no matter what.Surrey resident Chris Bublitz and her guide dog Valerie were halfway across the busy street when she heard another dog growling. Witnesses described the dog as a pit bull-mix. The dog attacked Valerie, biting the eight-year-old black Labrador’s forehead and mangling her right ear. Amazingly, Bublitz managed to avoid getting bit.
The pit bull’s owner arrived in moments, swearing at his pet and telling it to come to him. Once the animals were separated, he issued a brief apology, telling Bublitz he was sorry. When the RCMP (BC police) arrived at the scene, they told Bublitz it was a matter for the SPCA, not police, because a human being had not been injured.
20 stitches and $500 bucks in veterinary bills later, Bublitz said her dog will physically recover from her injuries, but the psychological fallout may have left her too nervous to work. Bublitz has been out a few times since the April 26 attack, and has noticed that her formerly calm dog keeps looking behind herself and sometimes suddenly changes directions.
That's $50,000 dollars of dog training down the drain, not to mention a painful transition for the blind person...Bublitz said that Valerie is scared of other dogs now. She won’t go near them. "It could be a career-ender for her." Bublitz has been told by the Surrey SPCA that the pit bull owner has been fined $75 dollars and ordered to keep his dog muzzled and on a secure leash. Like many other Surrey residents, she would like to see tougher measures, including an outright pit bull ban.
05/09/08: I Was Almost a Goner Says Sean Bajwa After Attack
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| 5/14/2008 9:54 AM |
Having grown up in San Rafael, CA, and seeing guide dogs in training on a nearly daily basis, I’m particularly outraged by this pit bull attack. It takes a very dedicated, hard working group countless hours to develop one of these absolutely wonderful dogs. The very thought of an ugly pit bull attacking a beautiful guide dogs makes my blood boil!
Ban them! Eradicate them! The sooner the better!
| 5/14/2008 2:35 PM |
This is a tragedy from every angle. It also highlights that vicious pit bull attacks -- even after the stitches heal -- have terribly long lasting effects. After being violently assaulted by a predator (just because you were near it and it felt like attacking), you don't forget it. This is true for people and pets.
| 9/16/2008 4:44 AM |
Hi, I am a guide dog raiser in Seattle, WA. The puppy I am currently raising is named Shep. I love your blog and I love reading about other people’s pet experiences. I also have a website where I sell pet supplies and i have a blog on it also about guide dogs. I built the site to try and help raise money for guide dogs and other animal charities.
| 11/15/2008 7:54 PM |
After having a few experiences with pitbulls myself, i'm a tad forced to buy into the stereotype this breed has literally earned itself. And the owners are usually irresponsible.
| 1/25/2009 2:39 AM |
This is disgraceful. I hope the owner of the service dog launches a monster civil suit.
At the very least, pit bull owners should be forced to muzzle these sharks with fur. I have trained Shepherds, Dobies, Rotties, Labs, etc., and have never had the kind of problems with them I've had with pit bulls I ran into casually on three occasions.
One tried to take my arm off, apropos of nothing. Another grabbed my leg while I was cycling. The third stalked and growled at me and my Lab all the way around a park. It was freaky. With each of them, I tried to reason with them, as with a normal dog. There is nothing in their eyes. No intelligence, no responsiveness. They are blank.
Again, I have never experienced other breeds act this way, even in the height of emotion. You can agitate a smart breed like a Dobie or Rottie, and when you say, "Drop it!" they do. Pitties don't.
The Surrey attack follows too closely on the heels of the one in Burnaby Lake Park last fall. A pit bull attacked a horse on the trails.
And each run in I've had with a pittie was associated with a dumbass owner who thought it was funny. Their eyes were as blank as their dogs'.
Maybe a muzzle law for the owners would help, too.
| 3/17/2009 11:02 AM |
Chris Bublitz is my sister and when I saw Valerie's (her guide dog)post attack condition I was absolutely outraged! Her ear was shredded. Valerie is now terrifed of other dogs no matter what the size and breed of the other dog and turns the other direction when she sees one. This poses a danger to my sister. My sister is too afraid to launch a law suit as the pitbull owner lives near her and she is afraid of retribution. I think the pit bull owner got off far too easily with a $75.00 fine. My sister who is on social assistance has a far greater expense, not only monetarily but also emotionally.
| 3/17/2009 11:28 AM |
My neighbor's seeing eye dog was recently attacked and although the dog only received superficial injury, it is experiencing some kind of PTSD. The guide dog people have been really supportive and helpful to my neighbor. Please advise your sister to seek help from her local guide dog organization.
| 7/30/2009 8:49 PM |
I raise Guide Dog puppies in Nevada and 3 years ago my black lab in training named Colorado got attacked by a Pit-bull. He did not pass because of it and it changed my life and i will never get over it and i think that pitts need to be stopped