Sunday, September 14, 2008
Wendy is a brave and busy mother. This is why her recent letter to Omaha City Council is important for you to read. Last week, Wendy had to witness yet another violent pit bull attack: two of her neighbor's pit bulls began attacking each other. As Wendy watched from behind her fence, the situation flew off the handle fast. The 4-6 minute battle between the dogs produced a lot of blood. Then, a slew of first responders showed up.
I wanted to personally e-mail you and let you know about something that happened to me Tuesday afternoon. Of all people and all yards. I had gotten home from the City Council meeting at about 2:30 and at about 4:00 I noticed my neighbor, that lives directly behind me, was in her back yard walking her Pit Bull. She walks her Pit Bulls on a leash in her yard out of respect for me being her neighbor. So, I decided to go out and chat with her about the City Council meeting, she had also gone to it, and about next Tuesday's meeting. We may be on different sides but we have always respected each other. As we were talking, she had her 4yr old female Pit Bull on the leash right there and her nephew who is 5yrs old came out of the house and talked to her for a moment then returned to the house. While he was standing there, she had asked him about the basement door. She needed to know that he had not opened it because her other female pit bull was down there and the two dogs do not get along. He had not opened it on his way out but as the little boy went back in the house the larger female Pit Bull ran out of the house and came strait for us. As you can imagine my heart stopped.Related article:
The owner, tried her best to keep them apart holding the collars as she spread her arms as far as she could. I tried to get the smaller ones leash but I was unable to reach it with out going into her yard and I just couldn't get myself to jump the fence. I wanted to, but I was terrified, again! She was unable to keep them apart. The little boy had gotten knocked down during the fight and luckily another neighbor took him from the yard to his house. The Pit Bulls fought for around 4-6min. I had time to get the hose from around the side of my house. Thinking this is going to do nothing, but it was worth a shot. It did nothing. My neighbor was being tossed around the yard. I was aware the dogs were not after her and she was no being bitten but still. These dogs were out to kill, or at least really, really hurt one another. There was blood every wear. Another neighbor jumped two fences was able to help get the two dogs apart and the owner put the larger one in the house. At that point the police, EMT, fire, NHS, and media all showed up.
I am telling you this because this is a prime example that the problem with Pit Bulls does not just lie with the owners. My neighbor has ALWAYS been a great owner. I in fact spoke to the police, asking them to not take her dogs from her. Telling them I have never seen a problem with them or her. That's just it though, they have always been fine together and she told me that one day something changed and now they can't be around each other at all or they fight. I own a dog also and when I let my dog out in the back yard she is sharing a simple 3-4ft wire fence with these Pit Bulls. The same Pit Bulls that have always been good and sweet and have been raised by a good owner, but look what happened. My mother watched terrified, as did all the neighbors and her 5yr old nephew before he was pulled into the house. I was forced to re-live my entire attack Tuesday on top of feeling absolutely helpless to the fact that I was unable to help her.
I don't know if you are aware, but I do not live in the area where Charlotte and I were attacked. The area known to have tons of Pit Bulls. I live in the Morton Park neighborhood. I have not gone door to door but from what I have seen on walks and drives, we have 7 Pit Bulls living here. I'm sure there could be more I am not naive to that. I just happen to have 2 living directly behind me. Which brings up my next point, I now understand why victims don't come forward. Why people won't call about a bad dog. I was not and have not been scared of Tina Agerson, the owner of DUKE, the dog that attacked us. But now, I am confronted with 2 right in my back yard. There had previously never been a problem, of which I was aware of. But a simple wire fence is all that is protecting my daughter and I from them. I'm scared now. I have seen twice what these dogs are capable of. Once with humans (4 humans) and once with another dog.
I have debated over and over weather to even inform you. Should this come up, should she find out that I was talking about her dogs in a negative light she could get really upset. And at the end of the day my daughter and I still live behind her. I know there is no law against letting your dog out into its own back yard, but I think this is where a proper fence would come into place. 6ft-8ft high. Something that would at least give someone a chance to get away should the dog be coming at them or at their animal. Nothing like the fence I have that her dog has jumped in the past.
Thank you for again taking the time to read my long letter. It means a lot to me.
On a side note, I just found out last night that there are two more Pit Bulls that have moved into my neighborhood, 3 houses away. The gentleman that lives there stated his dogs were the sweetest things ever, the only problem he had was that they jump the fence. When they had gotten out recently he said he received a call saying that they were around 42nd and Q and then less than an hour later got another call saying they were on 48th and Madison. That is the length of my entire neighborhood.
Just another reason there needs to be 6ft-8ft fences mandatory for all the Pit Bulls in Omaha. It is not just my neighborhood this is happening in. I just happen to be the one speaking out about it.
Thank you again!
06/28/08: Coverage of the Omaha Pit Bull Attack - DogsBite.org
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| 9/14/2008 8:08 PM |
Just like a time bomb, never knowing when or which wire is going to cause them to go off.
Even when these people know their dog has turned, they still will not do the right thing. Instead they leave the rest of us at risk.
| 9/14/2008 8:42 PM |
This pit bull problem is so obvious. Surely the leaders of Omaha understand that they have to move on this dog? The problem with the pit bull is national and twenty-two years old. It's not going away. As far as the pit bull owners and the sweetest dogs you could ever own. How do you spell uneducated and stupid.
| 9/14/2008 9:09 PM |
I can relate to Wendy's angst when it comes to immediate neighbors and their pit bulls. You want to get along with your neighbors. You want to be friendly and courteous. Whether it’s a daily wave and a smile, or giving away perfect garden tomatoes and an invitation to the barbeque, you want to be "neighborly."
But with experience, I realized that I had been sucked into a game of Russian Roulette with their untrustworthy breed. After not one, but two attacks by these “sweet babies,” I realized I didn’t owe the people who play roulette with the safety of me, my family, or my pets an ounce of neighborly courtesy. They deserved none and they got none.
I’m thankful for the opportunity to move into my rural neighborhood, where resident pit bulls number in the zeros and any that make their way here are shot on sight. I appreciate and respect my new neighbors enough that should I go forward with a plan to subdivide, the buyer stipulations will include “pit bull free zone” verbiage, no exceptions.
| 9/15/2008 4:55 AM |
This is why the lion tsmer hobby is dangerous. She actually beleived she could keep them apart and contain them from escapaing.
If you read the nutter boards...There are some who "crate and rotate" 24/7 and keep a break stick in every room for when the fight breaks out. These people clearly have different expectations from the dog owning experience than the rest of us.
| 9/15/2008 7:03 AM |
I have a similar problem in my neighborhood that is FILLED with dogs. Only the pit bulls have caused problems, and we're talking overnight stays in the vets office or death to other pets. These owner feel they are educated because they can throw out catch phrases like "media hype", "bad rap", and "how you raise them". One neighbor admitted to me how he feels unsafe in his own home due to his grown child's dog yet will get defensive if anyone else in the neighborhood expresses concern for their child or pet with a pit bull that has been known to escape its yard on numerous occassions. And we are all helpless because Animal Control can't do anything until after something bad happens. I wish they would ban them here.
| 9/15/2008 8:43 AM |
I hope this got some coverage in Omaha. I want to say that where I live in a big city there are few pit bulls. People have too much to lose. However, a rare rental house came on the market. A woman with boy friend and his pit bull moved in----.The dog has gotten loose several times. One neighbor who is very wealthy and very well known in the community said, "don't call animal control--there could be repercussions!" If this coward feels this way how do you think poor people feel!!!!!
| 9/15/2008 12:39 PM |
This situation happened to a friend of mine; the neighbor's pit bull was fine up until the age of about two, then it suddenly decided it wanted to kill her dog. It jumped a fence and almost did.
I have to laugh when pro-pit organizations instruct pit bull owners to socialize their dog with other dogs.....how, exactly, can they safely do that? I sure as hell don't want any pit bull owners, most of whom are young and uneducated and know nothing about dogs, using MY pet to "socialize" their young pit bull. Since you never really know what might set a pit bull off, why would anyone take a chance?
Why would anyone believe a pit bull owner who tells them, "Oh, Cujo just LOVES other dogs!"? when pro-pit organizations advise pit owners to never leave their dogs home alone with each other. That's insane....I have dozens of dog loving friends in multiple dog households of many different breeds, from Rottwielers to poodles to mutts, and no one has to worry about that level of dog aggression. No one has ever come home to a dead dog.
Pit bulls are dangerous, period. The pro-pit lobby can't spin it any more, the truth has become self evident. Poor Wendy, this poor girl cannot catch a break.
| 9/16/2008 10:42 AM |
A lot of pit people buy small dogs to socialise their pits with other dogs. Terrible things happen to these little dogs but you won't read about these victims of pits it in the papers ofcourse.
| 9/19/2008 8:38 AM |
My recommendation to Wendy:
1) Get a good health insurance policy on your family, and life insurance on the major breadwinner in your household.
2) Get your own yard fenced and stay behind it.
3) Draft a letter and personally serve it on every neighbor who has a pit bull, telling them of your experience and your intent to exercise your right of self-protection should their pit bull be loose in the neighborhood.
4) Get training on firearms and decide to either carry a large caliber handgun or a shotgun.
5) Should any pit bull get loose in your neighborhood and come towards you or any member of your family - shoot it!
6) If a pit bull in your neighborhood ever acts agressive, send a letter to the City informing them of the facts, demanding that they take action to protect you and your family and demanding that they tell you of their action.
7)Ask the City Clerk to assist you in finding the mortgage note holder on every property holding a pit bull and send the mortgage company a letter informing them of your experience, the fact that a pit bull is maintained on the property, and your inquiry as to the amount of liability insurance coverage provided by the mortgage company.
| 7/19/2011 3:55 PM |
There are a lot of dogs on my street but only one pit bull. She belongs to the young, twentysomething couple who like to throw parties, have big screaming fights, and have run-ins with the police. One half of the couple told me not to pet the pit bull as she was "mean."