Thursday, July 24, 2008
Hillsboro, OR - Not to confuse readers with a separate machete attack on a reportedly aggressive pit bull that occurred in June, this attack occurred in December 2007. Jose Luis Ramirez, 39, was recently found not guilty of first-degree aggravated animal abuse after hacking a pit bull (but not to death initially) with a machete that was attacking his 45-pound cattle dog.
Ramirez testified that the neighbor's pit bull, Drake, was mean and aggressive, had killed two cats in the past and always ran loose. He said Drake attacked his dog, Marvin, in his front yard near Southwest 174th Avenue and Tualatin Valley Highway, and he was trying to break up the December 11th fight with whatever he had on hand.
"That dog would not even feel that I was hitting him," Ramirez said, explaining to jurors that he used a broken tree limb to try to get the 90-pound pit bull off his 45-pound mixed cattle dog before grabbing a machete that he used to chop kindling. It's well documented that pit bulls will continue to attack even when "extreme" pain is inflicted upon them.
The jury believed Ramirez and acquitted him.The ASPCA shelter guidelines state that pit bulls that are gunshot victims coming into shelters "may present themselves as clinically normal." They add that, "Elicitation of pain can be an unreliable diagnostic indicator [because pit bulls] show little reaction to normal pain stimulus." This behavior reflects the genetic trait selectively bred into pit bulls to fight until death.
06/26/08: 06/20-25/08 Pit Bulls Shot by Police
06/02/08: ASPCA Pushing Pit Bull Adoption: Adopt-A-Bull Contest
Please donate to support our work
DogsBite.org is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity organization. Learn more »
| 7/24/2008 5:47 AM |
"Well, if you think that is the right thing to do, then find him not guilty," an angry Brant said at the end of her emotional closing. "But then, by God, all of us who have big dogs had better keep them locked in our houses."
This prosecutor has my Pit nutter spidey sense tingling...
The Vet's crying might stem from loss of business sewing up the pit bull's future animal victims.
Meanwhile, US Law enforcement has had to shoot over 200 pit bulls so far in 2008 and they decide to go after this guy defending his property!
| 7/24/2008 10:17 AM |
That’s a stunning lack of research and ignorance on the part of prosecutor Judy Brant. The attacking pit bull had every opportunity to retreat, but chose to ignore accumulating injuries and press on with the attack. That's classic pit bull aggression. Not to mention this pit had already killed cats in the neighborhood!
Of course, the pit bull’s owner gave a very different account of the dog’s character, so the old joke is as relevant now as it ever was:
How do you know when a pit bull owner is lying?
When their lips are moving.
Hats off to Ramirez for saving his dog and protecting his family and community. Kudos to the jury for seeing through the nonsense tabled by an ignorant, irresponsible prosecutor, who went after the wrong person! This pit bull’s owner was clearly the only culpable criminal.
| 7/24/2008 10:40 AM |
Prosecutor Judy Brant:
"A dog died for nothing," Brant said, her voice rising during her closing argument. Ramirez "knew his dog wasn't being killed and instead he did this," she continued, smacking the table with the machete."And he did this, and he kept doing it and doing it and doing it," Brant continued, loudly whacking the machete with each statement.
Jury did not buy it!
| 7/24/2008 10:46 AM |
Let me get this straight......when citizens are on their own property, and an aggressive pit bull, off leash and out of the owners control, comes onto that property and starts to maul our pets, we are not supposed to hurt the pit bull in an attempt to save our dogs???? Have I got that right?
The irony is, the vet kept commenting about the horrendous injuries...multiple, deep stab wounds....but she doesn't make the obvious connection; why didn't the pit bull let go and run away after the first blow from the machete? Its because this dog was not going to let Ramirez's dog go until it was dead. The pit bull was what the dogmen call "dead game". Any normal dog would have retreated after being pummeled with a tree branch, much less a machete. I am sure the wounds this dog suffered were horrific; a normal dog could not take that kind of punishment, and would have run away.
| 7/24/2008 4:33 PM |
If we take the jury as a poll of the public, the public clearly has no sympathy for pit bulls and is far more educated about them than the owners. All the politicans have to do is cash in on this issue, it already has overwhelming support.