Sunday, June 22, 2008
Rolland Township, MI - In a theme that continues to play out in US semi-rural counties, a farmer awoke to his calves being mauled by two dogs, both of which had a history of being loose. This time, his two Jersey calves were injured -- one so badly that it was euthanized. The dogs are now at the county animal shelter as authorities prepare a report to send to the prosecutor.
The farmer, Clyde Pritchard, spoke Tuesday of the horror he faced when he went into the barn, hearing a dog barking inside the building. When he went into the barn, he saw the pit bull-mix inside the pen with the calves; one of the animals was visibly bloody with a broken jaw, and the other was lying on its back, "with its legs sticking up in the air," Pritchard said.
By the time Pritchard ran back to the house, got a gun and loaded it and returned to the barn, the dog was outside. He took a shot and missed as the dog ran away. Returning to the barn, Pritchard inspected the calves -- one a 100-pound, six-week-old male; the other an eight-month old female. With both calves injured, the smaller of the two more severely, Pritchard called the Pol Veterinary Clinic.
Pritchard also called the Isabella County Sheriff's Department and animal control. Detective Sgt. Dan Denslow said that a report will be sent to Prosecutor Burdick's office, along with the report from animal control, for possible charges. Pritchard's neighbor and owner of the dogs was issued several tickets as well. Meanwhile, Pritchard is concerned about children in the neighborhood.
"This isn't the first time those dogs have been in the barn," he said. "There's probably 10 or 15 little kids in the neighborhood." Pritchard has received several phone calls from other neighbors supporting his quest to get the dogs out of the neighborhood. DogsBite.org hopes that Pritchard is successful. It is often tough to remove dangerous dogs until after a second or third animal attack.
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| 6/22/2008 1:07 PM |
This is why I get irritated by comments about pit bulls that say something like, "These dogs don't belong in the city."
These dogs don't belong anywhere, especially in the country! Do these people think we don't value our children, pets, livestock, or even ourselves? Is the assumption that we're always at the ready, 24-7, loafing on the porch with a shotgun or rifle? What’s the thinking behind such a statement?
I'm of the opinion that the only reason rural areas don't have the attack fatalities of cities is because we 1) Have numerous animals, including our own dogs, that distract and bait pit bulls, and 2) Have a free hand to shoot every pit bull we see, hopefully before they've done damage.
I would also like to make the point that when it comes time to dump a pit bull, and trust me, these pit bulls are dumped more than any other dog, morons abound and believe they are herding and farm dogs that will find a home. Wrong! That pit bull will eat a bullet and be dragged out for the vultures and maggots every time.
There's only one thing good about those dogs, and they only serve one purpose in the country. Our Deputies and State Troopers have located dog fights and meth labs stemming from one single observation - pit bulls being hauled down a country road.
| 6/22/2008 4:18 PM |
Now hold on a second...There are plenty of benefits from this breed! Without Pit Bulls, artificial limbs for horses world not have been invented nor the new skin graft procedures developed for children, Additionally they vastly improve the marksmanship skills of our police departments.
| 6/22/2008 11:52 PM |
Let's not forget Paul Ybarra!!!
Thanks to the ignorant hillbilly redneck neighbor Tom Morhbacker's american bulldog and pit bull, she was instrumental in the development of a new type of surgery!!!
She is homeless now as result of the medical bills but hey... you can't put a price on being in a medical journal!