Monday, June 30, 2008
Guyana - On June 16th, 2008, the country of Guyana banned the importation of pit bulls. The catastrophic maulings that were occurring at a high rate finally moved government officials to do something. The law, however, does not address existing pit bulls in Guyana, nor does it reduce the threat of these remaining dogs to citizens.
Of the several cases we have reviewed, the situation in Guyana is deadly and chalk full of frustrating SPCA issues and arcane dog laws -- both of which benefit pit bull owners and not the victims. The South American country of Guyana is one more example of the collective damage pit bulls inflict on human beings. Name a country and DogsBite.org can likely name a similar scenario.
The pit bull problem is worldwide, and it continues to explode.Countries across the globe have recognized the deadly threat pit bull type dogs pose to people since the early 90s. As a consequence, more and more countries ban the importation of pit bulls and try to regulate existing pit bulls through mandatory sterilization and muzzle laws. The common goal throughout is to dramatically reduce the number of these dogs.
We bring you the story of this Guyana man to show you that in addition to pit bulls ripping off the scalps of toddlers and grandmothers, they do so to grown men as well. Prior to the attack on this man, a jogger was attacked by a pit bull and flown out of the county for medical treatment. It was also a close-call for the field worker. Doctors at Georgetown Public Hospital fought for hours to save his life.
Hospital workers were shocked at his injuries. His entire scalp had been ripped away exposing his bloodied skull (pictured) and his right arm was severely injured. It is reported that he was attacked by three pit bulls that entered through a fence slot from the neighboring property. This victim will likely not have access to medicine innovations to treat his wounds, such as: tissue expansion and skin grafting.
05/26/08: Scalped Man Said He Gathered Fruits for a Living
05/22/08: Pit Bull Scalping Victim Stable
05/21/08: Pit Bulls Scalp Man in Queenstown
11/09/09: Collection of Pit Bull Scalp Attack Victims - DogsBite.org
06/27/08: Magistrate’s Decision to Destroy a Pit Bull was Right
06/17/08: Country of Guyana Bans Importation of Pit Bulls
03/04/08: Woman Held After Loosing Pit Bulls on Children...
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| 6/30/2008 7:50 AM |
Oh My God - Do not people realize the damage this dog can do? These dogs have hurt the way Americans view dogs. The breeders of the Bully breeds better wake up because another twenty years of this and your dog then might really be in trouble. Bully breed owners look to Germany home of the bully breeds who banned the Am. Pit Bull Terrier. They didn't understand the traits of the pit.
| 6/10/2009 1:48 PM |
Pit bull savages trespasser (Guyana)
By Stabroek staff | June 9, 2009 in Local News
A vagrant, who reportedly entered a yard at the corner of Leopold and High streets, Werk-en-Rust, without the owner of the property’s permission, was severely bitten by a pit bull which was in the yard at the time. The man, Mark Goodridge, of no fixed place of abode was rescued by a police patrol which was in the area. When this newspaper visited the Georgetown Public Hospital yesterday afternoon, Goodridge was crying out in pain as he was being attended to by staff of the medical institution. The man was bitten about several parts of his body including his hands and head but received the brunt of the attack on both legs. His condition was reported to be stable.
| 6/28/2009 1:00 PM |
June 2009 - Scalp victim in South Africa. 4-year old Xander van Zyl (neighbor's pit bull):
A 4-year-old boy had parts of his scalp ripped off, his ear nearly torn off, and his left arm broken, when he was attacked by what is believed to be a pit bull terrier on Friday. While the owners of the house where the attack took place apparently stood by and watched, Fanie van Rensburg, a neighbour of little Xander van Zyl, managed to save the child from its jaws. “Man, what a horrible thing. The dog was dragging the boy back and forth, picking him up and letting go over and over...
| 6/06/2011 6:51 AM |
More Guyana attacks: (2011)
East Ruimveldt plumber mauled by two vicious dogs…his face ripped from mouth to ear
Patrick Gordon is grateful to be alive following yet another pit bull attack
On May 21, 2008, a vagrant was scalped and injured by several dogs in Queenstown in the city, when he went into an empty lot to pick mangoes
on April 16, 2008, Charles Roopchand, a security guard of 2C Area H, Lusignan, East Coast Demerara, was killed by a pack of pit bulls on the Ogle Airstrip