Friday, June 6, 2008
Victim Now Believes in Ban
Cincinnati, OH - Meredith Green usually took every measure to avoid going by the house with barking pit bulls inside. But recently, while walking home with her dog and a friend in the rain, She took the shorter route. It was a decision that landed Green and her Sheltie mix named Airy in the hospital and one of two police shootings of pit bulls in Cincinnati on the same day.
As you watch the video, please count the number of first responders on the scene. In one screenshot we counted 10 uniformed bodies and 4 police vehicles. The Cincinnati police, the Cincinnati SCPA and upset witnesses abound, all against the backdrop of yellow crime scene ropes. One cannot watch this video and deny the deadly seriousness of a pit bull attack.
As Green neared the Hamilton Avenue home, the pit bulls inside immediately began barking. Before she knew it, the dogs barreled through the screen door and headed straight for Airy. She said she had Airy in her arms and one pit bull was biting her leg and the other was grabbing at her ear and neck. She said she knew right away that "nothing that was gonna stop" the dogs.
Joyce Lovette, James Robinson, and two others jumped in, trying to fight off the pit bulls. "We were screaming for help and (another female) laid on top of one of the (pit bull) dogs until police got here. It was terrible," Lovette said. Robinson was exiting a drive-through when he saw the attack unfold. He jumped out of his car, grabbed a pipe and began beating the dog.
A Cincinnati police officer finished off the pit bull with a shotgun blast. Airy was taken to a pet hospital. It is unclear if she will fully recover. The owner of the pit bulls, Dasha White, 29, was cited for owning illegal dogs -- Cincinnati bans pit bulls. Before Green was taken to the hospital to treat her bite wounds, she comments on the ban, now from the perspective of being a victim.
"I haven't really been an advocate of the pit bull ordinance until now. I used to feel badly for the dogs but I can see now that a pit bull is a huge responsibility and there's too much danger.DogsBite.org hopes readers do not have to undergo being the victim of a pit bull attack to understand why cities must regulate these dogs.
Nothing was gonna stop those dogs. Nothing."
05/23/08: Pit Bull Owner Sets Dogs Loose After Attack
05/22/08: Ohio Cities Cracking Down on Pit Bulls (Big Time)
04/07/08: Banned Pit Bull Breaks Chain, Attacks Children
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| 6/07/2008 3:03 PM |
If there is a good side of pit bull attacks, it's that people become educated about them, and then they realize reguations are needed. I've heard of people who are against BSL for that very reason - so that more attacks continue and the dogs will be outright banned instead of just regulated.