Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Dallas, TX - In a city that recently passed a new dog ordinance, which lacked a component to deal with the pit bull problem, another attack has occurred. Postman Roger Powell was attacked by a pit bull-mastiff mix (add 20-30lbs to your average pit). Still in his blood soaked shirt, Powell describes the frightening attack:
"I'm walking off; I'm already back off the steps and onto the yard, and the next thing I know the dog had bust through the door." While Powell rolled on the ground, he said the dog's owners looked on. "He was already biting me," he said. "I screamed to the man, 'Get your dog!'"The owner of the dog, Vicky McClure, burst out in crocodile tears for the cameras, "I told him yesterday I was sorry. I didn't mean for him to get bitten. It was just a freak accident; it just happened." McClure says her dog Bruiser, also known as Boozy, escaped when he accidentally hit the latch on the door. She said the dog was just protecting his house. He really is a "good baby."
McClure's neighbor, John Escobedo, disagrees. He said, "That dog is just mean. He's a mean dog." He says he was bitten by the same dog three weeks ago, and he has the scars and pants to prove it. "I knocked on the door, and they said, 'Come on in.' I open the door, and the first thing I see is this big huge dog attack me," he said. Escobedo didn't report the attack or go to the hospital.
Always report bites, and always seek medical care.Because Escobedo did not report his bite, authorities cannot count his bite against the dog. Typically, after a second human bite -- which would have been the case in this instance -- the dog owner suffers significant consequences. After the fact bites don't count; report a bite right away. While this may not benefit the current bite victim, these actions will benefit the next victim.
Dallas Animal Services quarantined Boozy and scheduled a dangerous dog hearing. If the dog is found guilty and deemed dangerous, the dog owner may still be able to keep the dog. However, the owners will have to pay $100,000 insurance, post dangerous dog signs outside the house and put a dangerous dog tag on the dog. If the dog is not already microchipped, it will be now.
Last year, 41 mail carriers were bitten in Dallas. The U.S. Postal Service is investigating Powell's case. They intend to file a lawsuit against the dog owners because of the growing cost of medical care for mail carriers. Good for the Postal Service. We imagine the organization is also tired of shelling out sizable settlements in employee lawsuits.
Pit bull advocates can huff and puff all they want about "It's the owner not breed!" But the question of 'Who pays?' Will settle the pit bull plight once and for all.
07/01/08: Springfield Postal Official Pressures Council for Stricter Dog Laws
05/17/08: Houston Leads the Nation in Letter Carrier Attacks
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| 7/09/2008 1:56 PM |
No sympathy for this pit owner - none due. There is nothing freakish, surprising or unusual about this pit's CHOICE to attack. Pit bulls do not need a history of aggression to reasonably anticipate attacks, but this pit bull actually had this history! Hopefully the USPS will go forward with a substantial suit, prevail, and Dallas will put this dog down.
It seems silly to educate pit bull owners one incident at a time, but without a breed specific ban, Dallas will continue on this course. The only question is, how many future attacks will be required before Dallas realizes the new ordinance stipulations didn't go far enough?
Some communities start with a ban, otherwise known as, “Getting it right the first time.” In other words, here’s another attack that didn’t happen in Denver.
Kudos to Denver. Shame on Dallas.
| 7/09/2008 3:57 PM |
You can't educate pit bull owners. Look at this woman, she still is in denial after her dog bit two people. All she wants is her dog back, I mean, her baby back. Society needs to get into the habit of telling people that it is not OK to own dangerous dogs.
| 7/10/2008 6:06 AM |
This nutter is probably verclempt because her friends from the Pit Bull subculture will now reflexively throw her under the bus as a "bad owner"....
Seriously, didn't she know a screen door couldn't contain a Pit/Mastiff Frankenmauler?
| 10/09/2008 12:26 AM |
These animals are not pets. They are aggressive, territorial, and they don't back down from a fight. They have there uses, military or law enforcement and require a lot of attention and training. You can't just pick up a killing machine from a local pet store and baby it, feed it table scraps, and spoil it, like MOST pet owners due. They are a dangerous weapons PERIOD. Until people start taking this seriously we will see many more attacks like this.
My own mother has one of these dogs and its already sent my sister to the hospital with 3 stitches in her arm, and attacked my father bad enough that he could have had stitches if he wanted them.
| 12/02/2008 10:12 PM |
UPDATE, I posted the message above. The dog attacked again, this time is did send my dad to the hospital. His there right now with bites on his arm. I came home a sall blood on the carpet. I don't know how bad it is.
One thing is clear, that dog will remain in our home until it kills someone. And he will.
| 12/03/2008 2:11 AM |
Please contact authorities and have this animal removed from your home! Are your parents older? Do you still live in the home? With this many attacks authorities CAN take this animal away. Please contact authorities now. THEY CAN HELP!