Monday, July 21, 2008
UPDATE 07/21/08: Jorgann, Lind and their dog Gallagher are recovering after the pit bull attack. Lind said he credits divine intervention for putting him at the right place at the right time to save his wife and dog. The pit bulls are still loose. The Simonsens are urging anyone with information to contact Tacoma Animal Control: 253-627-7387
The dogs were wearing spiked training collars. They were about the size of cocker spaniels, dark and looked like they came from the same litter. The attack occurred near the intersection of Norpoint Way Northeast and 52nd Avenue Northeast. If the dogs are not located, both Jorgann and Lin will need to undergo the rabies vaccination.
07/21/08: Countless Pet Attacks by Pit Bulls
Tacoma, WA - The number of instances in which pit bulls attack other people's dogs is countless. The scenario is this: A dog owner is walking his leashed dog; a loose pit bull flies out of nowhere; the pit bull attacks the dog then attacks the owner who intervenes. Dog owners that do not support breed-specific laws must understand that these laws are designed to protect you and your pet from pit bulls that are genetically driven to attack dogs.
Over the weekend in Tacoma, a woman and her labrador were attacked by two pit bulls as they were on a walk. The victim, Jorgann Simonsen, said, "The dogs went up to my dog Gallagher and started sniffing her, and then they started circling both of us. They were two pit bulls. And within a second, (the dogs) snapped and they attacked." When Simonsen tried to stop the attack one turned on her, biting through a bone in her hand.
Simonsen’s husband, Lind, was out on a bike ride and came upon the attack. He said he tried to put his bike between Gallagher and the pit bulls. Lind said he punched the dogs’ snouts, chasing them off, but fracturing his hand in the process. Jorgann also suffered a fracture to her left hand. Gallagher has 37 stitches because the dog's shoulder and neck were torn open. The couple wants anyone with information to call police.
The attack was so frightening that Jorgann doesn't think she'll go out for a walk in a very long time.People that have not witnessed or experienced a violent pit bull attack often do not understand the "aftermath" of an attack. Please imagine if you did not ever take another walk. Some victims do not leave their homes for months or years after an attack. Many dog attack victims are diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, just like U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq. Dog attacks often leave serious psychological trauma in addition to physical injury.
06/05/08: Pit Bull-Mix Redirects Attack onto Cairn Terrier...
05/04/08: Dog Attack Leaves Behind Many Scars
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| 7/21/2008 1:45 PM |
Here is a news clip of a pit bull attack on a police officer.....the officer made a routine traffic stop, because the driver was weaving. Sherolls down the window....watch what happens...
The officer calls for a medic, then arrests her for assaulting a police officer. I think that anytime a pit bull attacks a police officer, the owner should be charged with assault on an officer. It is unconscionable that we continue to place our first responders in harms way in order to placate a criminal subset of dog breeders.
| 7/21/2008 8:37 PM |
It sounds like these dogs may have had prong collars on....they belong to someone. Unless local law enforcement is completely incompetant, they should be able to find these dogs, and the owners. The owners will never come forward voluntarily.
The pictures accompanying the article are hideous; the poor old dog, and his owners hand, show gruesome injuries. This nice lady, and obvious dog lover, will never feel the same way about dogs again; her first reaction when she saw the two off leash pit bulls? She was merely concerned they could be hit by a car.
Dog lovers need to step up to the plate and start demanding BSL....there is NO excuse for this to continue.
| 7/23/2008 12:29 PM |
I do not agree with this at all but it leaves me saying to myself hmmmm.....
Pit bull found lynched in a trailer park. Authorities say there had been complaints about the dog running loose.
| 7/24/2008 1:12 AM |
The thing is the dog lynchers are looking at up to 20 years for animal cruelty...A pit owner who intentionally obtains a dog designed for killing other dogs gets away with an "oops"!