Wednesday, September 10, 2008
UPDATE 09/10/08: The victim, Huong Le, spent more than 10 hours in surgery, where surgeons worked to preserve her hearing and reattach her ears, both of which had been ripped from her head. Her jaw was broken and her right arm and wrist were crushed beyond repair. Her scalp is covered with staples and her legs have deep, raw wounds that cannot be completely closed due to trapping infection inside.
"This was not a dog bite, it was attempted dismemberment. There is no way to describe the savagery and carnage."These words were spoken by Eric John Makus, who was raised by Le and regards her as his adopted mother. Makus has spoken with Le about the attack. She told him that the dogs pulled her down to the ground and she was kicking and screaming and trying to get away; the two dogs "tag-teamed" her. She said the dogs were trying to rip her apart and she thought she was going to die.
The attack came as victim activists in Seattle are proposing new restrictions and bans against the breed. Makus said he is now an advocate of the breed ban. "An attack like this is an attack on all of us. There is no room for this breed in our society, our city, our county, our state. It's a matter of public safety." DogsBite.org hopes local policymakers take heed of Makus's words and the condition in which Le resides.
09/08/08: Dogs Lived Several Blocks Away
SeaTac, WA - Sheriff's deputies shot and killed two pit bulls that were mauling an elderly woman in SeaTac this morning. The attack happened in the woman's front yard after she'd walked home after taking her grandchildren to the school bus and visiting with a neighbor. Authorities say the 71-year-old woman was still being attacked in her driveway when they arrived.
According to King County sheriff's spokesman John Urquhart, the woman took refuge nearby while a deputy shot and killed one of the dogs. The second dog ran off, but was shot and killed when it returned. "They were shot more than once," Urquhart said. The woman was taken to Harborview Medical Center and was listed in serious but stable condition.
Sgt. David Morris of Animal Care and Control said there was no way she could have fought off the male pit bulls, named Big Guy and Rimshot. "It would be hard for a grown adult in prime shape to do that, let alone an elderly woman." The City of SeaTac classifies pit bulls as dangerous and requires that they be contained or muzzled. Violations of this code include the following:
6.05.900 Violation – Penalty. Any person who allows an animal to be maintained in violation of this chapter, or otherwise violates or fails to comply with any requirement of this chapter, shall be guilty of a violation of a City ordinance and shall be subject to punishment by fine of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000.00) or imprisonment for a term not in excess of one (1) year, or both. (Ord. 90-1012 § 11)Related articles:
04/09/08: 83-Year Old Woman Attacked by Pit Bulls in Ville Platte
07/21/08: Woman, Dog Attacked By Two Pit Bulls in Tacoma
07/11/08: Seattle Pit Bull Attack Victims Stacking Up
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| 9/09/2008 3:36 AM |
Big Guy and Rimshot were already declared viscous by the city law, yet the owner just had to go out and buy two of them. Now he's claiming he can't understand what happened...
$5G's and one year in jail please!
Hopefully the local Families Against Breed Bans cult will hold a fundraiser to help pay for the woman's medical costs.
| 9/09/2008 3:38 AM |
Another Extra-territorial attack incident...Just like the Lockwood study pointed out, Pit Bulls are 14 times more likely to break containment and attack compared to other breeds. These extra territorial attacks shouldn't surprise anyone.
| 9/09/2008 10:12 AM |
This poor woman mauled for walking her grandchildren to school. The innocence is stark--this dog has capabilities (genetics) that make it fearsome. Pits are so prey driven. The old and young are great prey.
| 9/10/2008 7:36 AM |
Apparently, these bullbaiters had a history of escape and complaints from neighbors to Animal Control.
Now the ethereal A/C professionals get to investigate themselves...
This is like an engine mechanic investigating an aircraft mishap on an aircraft that he worked on. UNSAT!!
| 9/10/2008 12:57 PM |
Why doesn't King County Animal Control do there jobs. The owners's of the dogs had been reported to of had 5 dogs and the law states the 3 dogs are the limit. It takes complant after complant to get them to act! Yes, the owners need to be fined and should never be allowed to own another dog. It's called being responable! If people and agency's were responsable there would be little or no issues.
| 9/11/2008 1:13 PM |
In the instance of Henry, there were multiple complaints (311 and 911 calls) that the city failed to respond to. This is the basis of the lawsuit. The Le family will have to show that the County "knew" the dogs were dangerous and posed significant threat and the County still failed to act. The County is saying that the dogs did not have track record in the past...there is likely very little basis in the instance of the SeaTac attack.
| 9/12/2008 1:10 PM |
suing the city as well as the owners... yes i agree. but it is more important to sue the owners. the cunninghams should be living in a box under I5 and scrounging for food out of dumpsters.
only then will dog owners start to wake up!
| 9/22/2008 3:35 PM |
I adopted a 5 month old choc lab and followed well documented training methods and paid for him to go through an obedience training class. It was a responsibility I prepared for and I have had no troubles ever with him.
Perhaps I was just lucky, and it seems to me that my dog instinctively has a soft mouth, and my training book instructed to not play aggressive 'tug-of-war' type of games, etc. Also, he is crate trained, and of course is licensed, neutered, chipped, etc., as is required for any dog adopted from Seattle Animal Shelter. I feel I spent considerable effort, but I feel it was a necessary investment of my time to qualify myself as a 'responsible dog owner.'
I find it amazing that someone can properly train and keep happy 4 dogs (re the pit bull owner involved in the brutal attack in Sea-Tac). Is this dog owner independently wealthy or something, and so able to give the dogs the attention and training they need?
I had to go through an interview with a Seattle Animal shelter to adopt my lab, and they warned me how he is a high energy type that will make him difficult to manage, and they suggested training books I should follow. Since I'm an avid jogger/hiker/outdoor enthusiast, this dog was a good match for me, and I applaud the shelter for trying to insure this.
I am no genetics expert regarding dog behavior. I will say it was extremely easy for me to train my lab to retrieve on land or water, and to have a soft mouth (i.e. the 'no bite' command seemed natural for him).
Finally, I may have limited experience, only raising a single dog (adopted at 5 months with no name or any training at all, and who is now nearly 5 years old), but I am in favor of much more responsibility put on the owner. I'm now training my dog search and rescue techniques and looking into dog therapy training, but if my dog's behavior caused a problem, then I'd expect the city to not just hand me a fine, but get training to correct the adverse behavior once and for all.
I love animals, but unfortunately I need to work and take care of family. Thus I can only make one dog happy. If you can manage a job, family, and keep 4 pit bulls happy and well cared for, you are my hero.