Wednesday, August 13, 2008
London - In December of 2007, a 22-month old girl received 25 stitches in her face after being bitten by the family pit bull. The girl's mother, Melissa Price, said her daughter Ava had backed the dog into a corner and was taunting the dog with a bone. She believed the dog tried to grab the bone, but instead it clamped down the child's cheek and tore it off.
Price had adopted the dog 8 months prior. She admits that at first, she was skeptical, but she decided to do it anyway. The family and dog originated from Ontario -- a Canadian province that bans pit bulls. Yet, the attack seems to have occurred in London (where the interview takes place). The presumption upon watching the video is that the Price family moved to London and took their dog with them.
The attack occurred when the girl was left alone with the dog, as she had been "100 times before," according to Price. But in this instance, a bone was involved. The 99 other occasions must not have involved a bone. Price added, "We all loved and cherished this dog, and at no point did we think that she was aggressive or going to be aggressive. But now, I truly don't think a pit bull should be a family pet."
Price had the dog euthanized after Ava was injured. She said, "I loved that dog to pieces -- I still wish she was here with us -- and I still do not support [Ontario's] ban on pit bulls." She believes her daughter will miss the pit bull named Mugsy. They were best friends. "[Ava] would hop on her back and ride her like a horse, and they would chase each around the house."
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| 8/13/2008 9:21 AM |
Maybe nothing is happening in the USA so here's a story from Holland where they have just lifted the ban on pitbulls which has resulted in a doubling of the number of pits in my neighbourhoud in just a few months since this has been made public.
Last nite my poodle was attacked by a pitbull while I was taking some money out of the wall. I was facing the wall and my poodle was standing, waiting half a meter behind me when I heard growling followed by a yelp from my dog. I turned around, there was a white pit who just happened to be walking by with his owner on a leash. He pulled my dog out of her collar when I started to scream a really high pitch scream. (I learned from Discovery Channel this is the way to scare of lions and hyena's.) He let go and because she wasn't on her leash anymore my dog managed to get away out of reach.
I started cursing and screaming at the owner who said he couldn't help it because he was just walking by. The pit went completely submisive and they both quickly left the scene of the crime.
Lucky my dog wasn't wounded yet.
| 8/13/2008 9:31 AM |
There have been numerous new pit bull maulings in the last few days, that have not been covered by this blog... I am concerned.
Are the owners of this blog being threatened, harrassed, or intimidated into not posting new incidents? Or have they been so inundated with pro-pit spam that the blog has been essentially diabled? Based on what I have seen of the pit bull activists, that would not surprise me.
Please let your readers know what has happened...
| 8/13/2008 9:43 AM |
Here is another case of a pit bull terrorizing a neighborhood, causing police to shoot it after spending time trying to "corral it". How many tax dollars are wasted paying police officers to play dog catcher?
| 8/13/2008 11:57 AM |
After the attack, this child's mother no longer believes that a pit bull is a good family pet with kids in the home, but still thinks they would be okay for an adult or adult couple – as if there isn't tens of thousands of examples of pit bull disasters where no children were involved.
I think there’s a phenomenon and rationalization similar to Stockholm Syndrome present. With Stockholm syndrome, hostages become sympathetic to their captors during their captivity, and may even shift the blame for their predicament towards people other than the hostage takers. Pit bull owners frequently exhibit this hostage-like thinking when they defer blame to the parameters of circumstance or the actions of victims rather than the criminal make-up of the perpetrator(s).
| 8/13/2008 11:01 PM |
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| 8/14/2008 8:10 AM |
Sorry, Mrs. Poodle, for your terrible encounter. I hope your dog is feeling better. I wonder how long this will last in Holland....the outcome seems obvious; I suspect after some high profile maulings, the ban will return.