Monday, June 2, 2008
Lake Charles, LA - Falling in line with several other dog facilities, it appears Alsip Canine Obedience College might soon ban pit bull type dogs. A pit bull owned by a Chicago man bit a woman at the Alsip school during a class last year. Now the woman is suing the dog's owner and the school, claiming they didn't do enough to prevent the attack or respond appropriately.
Kelly Wirtz, of Oak Lawn, still has a scar from the 37 stitches she got after the dog clamped down on her arm. "My husband had to keep punching [the dog] in the head before it would let go," she said. "I was lucky, really, because it could have been a lot worse. If it had been a child, it would have been devastating. And they have no procedure, nothing, for how to handle it."
Jim Wirtz was there with the family's German shorthaired pointer, Peyton, and his wife came to observe. Just before class was to begin, she brought Peyton a toy. As she walked in front of the row of dogs, the leashed pit bull lunged at her and started biting, she said. The lawsuit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court by her attorney seeks more than $30,000.
The school blames the victim for having the audacity to walk right in front of the pit bull.Darryl Tabor, who has owned the dog school for 25 years, said it was the first biting incident they've had in decades -- and happened only because Kelly Wirtz "walked right in front of the pit bull. I feel bad for the lady, but obviously she wasn't thinking." Wirtz's attorney, Michael McCready, said Robert Brazel should have better controlled the dog, while the facility was also negligent.
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| 6/02/2008 4:21 PM |
The school I trained at had a strict policy...no human aggressive or dog aggressive dogs at beginner obedience. If your dog had aggression problems, you could schedule one on one behavioral analysis and training to help deal with the problem. No people or dogs were put at risk. The trainer was certified APDT, and is active in the show/performance traning of the local breed club.
I went onto the ASLIP website...interestingly, the owners give NO credentials/certifications whatsoever. They are self-declared "dog experts". It is really scary how unregulated dog training/daycare/boarding is. That would explain why the so-called "dog trainer" blames the victim for "walking in front of" the dog. My advice to the victim is to tell her lawyer to demand from the owners proof of expertise in dog behavior/training...they are, most likely, frauds who are putting the public at risk.
| 6/04/2008 4:27 AM |
The Dog world is a mess...Any moron can claim to be a "Dog Trainer" and any misguided activist can slap a vest on a Pit Bull and claim it is an "emotional needs" service dog and bully their way into Wal-Mart...It's totally unregulated.
| 6/05/2008 6:27 AM |
I took my dog to a class.My dog has a biting problem.The trainer of class went around the class and gave each dog a treat and walked away.I had told the Trainer my dog bites.The Trainer ignored me and my dog.She then processed to take a child sitting watching his mom train there dog and took the "Child" to each dog and had the child give each dog a treat and then touch each dog on the head.I was nervous and had to wonder why a Trainer would put a child at risk when in the class there was pit bulls and other large dogs? Why would the mother of the child let her son walk around these dogs and touch them? Made me wonder what kind of Trainer was this?I found the class boring,each week more and more people didn't come back.My opinion is It was a waste of time and stupid risks was taken,Since when do you use a child for bait? Why would you put puppies in the same class with adult large dogs?I also dropped out,the Trainer kept insisting on using food on my dog.If i wanted to have food training i would of went to Petsmart,looks like to me Canine Obedience isn't "SO SMART"