Thursday, July 17, 2008
Albany, NY - In what readers of DogsBite.org are dubbing a "land shark attack," a young girl is recovering from a pit bull bite after she popped open her front door. Nirel Andrews, 9-years old, was inside watching TV when her dog started barking. When she opened the door to see what was outside, she was attacked by the neighbor's pit bull.
Earlier, she had been spending her Saturday the way many of us do, on the couch and watching TV. Her day took a dramatic turn when she went to check on her dog. "I went out to see what he was barking at," she said. "When I opened the door, the dog was sitting at the door mat and that's when he jumped up and bit the top of my eye."
A neighbor's pit bull had gotten loose.Nirel had to have four stitches on her eyelid and a few above her eyebrow. Her mother Leslie is glad it was not worse. She wants to make sure there's no more danger to her children. The dog that bit Nirel has been removed, but there are other pit bulls at the same home and she doesn't want them to get loose and hurt someone else.
News reporters tried to speak with the pit bull owner Katherine McCrory, but one of the pit bulls at her residence charged the reporter. She did tell reporters in a phone interview that the dog that bit Nirel was quarantined and released, and is now living with another family member, so it cannot hurt Nirel or anyone else.
All McCrory did was relocate the danger to a new neighborhood.McCrory is also trying to find homes for her other pit bulls. We doubt she or animal control will make an effort to tell the community where the dogs are placed about the dogs' histories. The next attack from her dogs will simply be a transplanted land shark attack -- just as soon as a young child pops open the front door.
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| 7/18/2008 5:10 AM |
This would be funny if not for the scar the girl will bear. Something tells me the owner is more worried about protecting her precious landshark than paying for the girl's medical treatment.
Oh yes...and before the nutters rationalize this incident as "the poor landshark was frightened", off property dogs have three choices to make: flee, submit or fight.... We all know which one a Pit Bull is likely to make!
Breed safer dogs please!
| 7/18/2008 8:09 AM |
Leslie said, "We understand that you can't commit cruelty to animals but at what point do we stop cruelty to human beings? Emotionally, physically, this is our concern. We don't want to live like this and no one should have to."
If something like this had happened in an affluent neighborhood, you had better believe those dogs would be GONE, and there would be public outrage. My suggestion to the family would be to keep the pressure on; contact your local BOS or BOA, and contact the local news stations, to make sure it remains in the news. Lots of coverage may result in other victims of the dogs coming forward, or more information about the owners coming to light that may help force AC to act. I would also call your state legislature and demand action. Victims need to make a lot of noise....the "pit activists" certainly do.
This is a good example as to why comprehensive regulation of these animals is so neccesary, and why comprehensive dangerous dog laws need to be statewide. The dog was off leash and off property, and attacked a child in a completely unprovoked attack. It should have been confiscated immediately and euthanized, the owner should have been heavily fined...the other dogs should have been removed, evaluated, and if any were found to be aggressive, PTS also.
Punishment for owning dangerous dogs and allowing them to hurt innocent victims should be swift and decisive. This story is simply unbelievable.....this extremely dangerous, unstable animal has been placed in another neighborhood, where it may very well kill a child. The new owners will lie about its background, and no one will ever know the dog had a bite history the next time it attacks someone. This is why microchipping of this breed MUST be mandatory; authorities must be able to track ownership of these dogs, until we can successfully spay and neuter them out of the pet population.
| 7/18/2008 9:49 AM |
Nirel's mother, Leslie makes one of the mose sensible statements I have ever heard. Leslie said, "We understand that you can't commit cruelty to animals but at what point do we stop cruelty to human beings? Emotionally, physically, this is our concern. We don't want to live like this and no one should have to."
| 7/18/2008 1:36 PM |
Dog owners of most breeds put their dog down if it attacks. Pit bull owners move the dog to a new neighborhood. They truly care more about the dog than anyone or anything else. It's as if they worship these animals. Maybe if we just find the vat of Kool-Aid they are drinking from we can end this problem quickly.