Sunday, July 6, 2008
New York City - The finger pointing has begun in New York. Which city agency is responsible for the systematic failures that led to the horrific mauling of Heny Piotrowski? Within 24 hours, two more victims were struck by pit bulls, 2-year old Kamar Reynolds had his ear ripped off and two New York firefighters got attacked too, one suffered severe bites to his leg and the other to his hand.
Animal advocates are blaming the city, because in the pit bull mess, animal folks are never at fault. After Piotrowski was attacked, neighbors said they had called 911 and 311 countless times in the past year hoping authorities would seize the dogs. Both police and animal control said they had no detailed reports of the dogs, despite acknowledging that 9 calls were logged about them.
The point of breed-specific laws is to avoid this confusion.Laws that directly target pit bulls allow authorities to act after one phone call. They don't have to send a warning letter (which can take weeks). They don't have to document one bite then wait for another bite before taking action. The very basis of breed-specific law is to allow authorities to harshly fine the owner or seize the animal before an attack.
The State of Ohio, which deems pit bulls as "vicious," is a perfect example. Pit bull owners are required to carry $100,000 in liability coverage, have a secure on-property pen and use a chain-link leash when off-property. When animal control is called in, they check these rules. Nine times out of ten, the pit bull owner is breaking all of them, which really racks up the fines.
If the owner can't pay, a judge can force the animal's surrender.Without laws to target the breed, everybody pays for the pit bull problem. In the instance of Heny Piotrowski, Kama Reynolds and the two firefighters -- whose combined medical costs will breach a million dollars -- the city of New York and taxpayers will shell out the medical costs on top of legal bills, which may triple the medical costs. The pit bull owners? They won't pay a dime.
07/03/08: Coverage of the Henry Piotrowski Pit Bull Mauling
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| 7/06/2008 5:58 AM |
New York City paid out $5Million last year on a Pit Bull claim.
They knew the risk, but when animal control is obsessed with taking care of and placing their precious pit bulls, public safety goes out the window!
| 7/06/2008 1:40 PM |
Yesterday, I was in a pet store,"Jack's Pet Store" in Richmnd, IN. There was a guy in there with a pit bull that must have went 80lbs. There seem to be no reason to subject the rest of us to this kind of danger. I could not imagine a store owner allowing this to go on. I'm sure is insurance would not approve.
| 7/07/2008 8:37 AM |
Another naive pit bull advocate:
And they say pit bulls don't get good press, what was this? Sure wasn't a balanced article! A single mom with a 1 year old and 13 pit bulls - where is Child Protective Services? What kind of training has the woman had, what kind of facts does she have to back up her claims?
| 7/09/2008 11:08 AM |
This could be THE MOTHER OF ALL LAWSUITS but for Henry that doesn't mean squat.
Spending one of the last few years of your life convalescing with only one limb left...there is NO amount of money that make this better. There no punishment that they can dole to the sleezy pervert pit bull owner that could come anywhere near being justice short of the electric chair.
| 7/12/2008 8:24 PM |
The fact that New York City has allowed pit bulls to continue on in this city despite the criminals that want them is reason enough this family should sue NYC into the East River. God bless the gentleman who sufferd this unspeakable tragedy.