Tuesday, November 25, 2008
UPDATE 11/25/08: A Phoenix news station has released the 911 tape of the attack that stripped Carl Corona naked to his shoes and nearly killed him. The caller, at first, believes that Corona is dead. He grows frustrated throughout the call because he cannot help the victim. Police arrive four minutes after the call is placed. They shoot and kill the attacking dogs. The animals are later identified as American bulldogs, who share a common gene pool with pit bulls.
CAUTION: You will hear the victim screaming and the dogs being shot to death. Our written transcription does not include each word.
[caller] There's a DEAD MAN at the park at 31st Avenue and Belmont.
[operator] Are you sure he is dead?
[caller] There are two dogs trying to wake him up. It looks like he's nude.
[operator] Does anything else look suspicious besides being naked?
[caller] I can't tell. Theses dogs are tearing him up.
[caller] I think he's alive, but we need to get somebody over here right away.
[operator] I'm going to get an officer on the line, do not hang up on me.
[operator] Does he have any clothing on whatsoever?
[caller] No. Just shoes.
[caller] It looks like his clothes are scattered around.
[operator] Does he look like he's "out of it?"
[caller] He's yelling now cause the dogs got his arm all torn up.
[caller] I don't have my gun or I'd shoot the dogs right now.
[caller] They've got his arm shredded.
[caller] GIT! GIT! GIT!
[operator] Do they look like pit bulls?
[caller] Pit bulls, and they've got his arm shredded to the bone.
[operator] Are there people trying to scare the dogs off?
[caller] Yeah, there is a cab driver who is trying to scare the dogs off.
[caller] Can you hear the guy yelling?
[operator] Yes. I can hear him. I have officers rolling.
[operator] Two pit bulls?
[caller] Two pit bulls. And it looks like two females.
[caller] GIT! GIT! GIT!
[operator] Are they still on top of him?
[caller] Yeah, and they're tearing him up.
[caller] I mean his arm is shredded to the bone.
[operator] They are driving as fast as they can sir.
[operator] Okay, I am showing that they are arriving at the park.
[caller] Here he comes now.
[operator] Can you wave them down?
[caller] SHOOT THOSE DOGS!
There is a roar of gunfire as officers shoot and kill both dogs.
09/30/08: Victim Identified: Carl Corona
The victim has been identified as Carl Corona, a 12-year employee with the city's street transportation department. He was in the area of Mariposa Park overseeing a project. Authorities now describe the dogs as two American bulldogs. Witness Sam Nasser said, "I thought they were trying to wake him up and it turns out they were stripping his right arm down to the bone."
After police shot the dogs, they said they saw Corona lying on the ground lifeless. "He suffered severe bites to his upper body," said Detective Tony Morales of the Phoenix Police Department. Corona was rushed to the hospital in serious condition. The investigation determined the dogs escaped from a back yard across the street by running through an unlocked gate, officers said.
American bulldogs are sometimes included in the definition of "breeds commonly known as pit bulls" for the purposes of breed-specific law. For example, parts of Ohio deem the following breeds "vicious:" American Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Bulldog. The City of Omaha recently included the breed as well.
09/30/08: Officers Kill Attacking Dogs
Phoenix, AZ - A police officer shot and killed two dogs as they attacked a city employee in a Phoenix park this morning. A passerby called 9-1-1 as the 42-year-old man was attacked by the pit bulls, according to a fire department spokesman. Officers found the "lifeless body" of the worker being dragged by the dogs at a park near 35th and Northern avenues at about 9:30 a.m.
In the last 33 months, pit bulls were responsible for 83% of fatal attacks that occurred to ages 21-55 years old. We repeat, 83%. Unlike most breeds of dogs, pit bulls target and kill adults in addition to killing the more vulnerable age groups of 0-9 and 55 years and older. A 42-year old man is not safe from an attacking pit bull, particularly when two dogs are involved.
According to police, the dogs, a male and female, were attacking the man's arm. Officers shot and killed both dogs. One witness said the attack was one of the most horrible things he's ever seen. Police said it appeared the dogs escaped from a nearby yard. The victim was taken to John C. Lincoln Hospital in serious condition. Police continue to investigate the attack.
08/18/08: 2008 Fatality: Detroit Man Killed by Stray Pit Bull Attacking Dog
01/24/08: 2008 Fatality: Kelli Chapman Killed by Two Pit Bulls
12/30/08: 2007 Fatality: Kelly Caldwell Killed by Loose Pit Bulls in California
10/02/07: 2007 Fatality: Tina Marie Canterbury Killed by Her Two Red Nosed Pit Bulls
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| 9/30/2008 9:40 PM |
The first article identified the dogs as "American pitbulls," thus we reported the first story under this assumption. The second, updated, article identified the dogs as "American bulldogs," thus we reported it as such.
The statistical analysis in the first article deals with "fatalities" as clearly stated in the article. The violent mauling of Carl, does not change the statical number of 83%. Carl is currently hospitalized and in serious condition.
| 10/01/2008 2:45 AM |
Ah...The Bully people and their aliases...These dogs were called American Pit BullDogs until the 1970's when the reconstituter of this extinct breed decided to distance his dogs from pit bulls.
It is thought that this breed was the original bullbaiter-bear shredder. Later, when the "sport" of bull baiting became illegal, the Dogmen of Stafford bred them down into a smaller and faster package which was more fun to watch as they killed each other. The new smaller dog became the Pit Bull of today.
Dogmen legend states that when these dogs weren't in the Pit killing each other or being ruthlessly culled, they served as Nanny dogs...Yeah right!
| 10/01/2008 6:38 AM |
The American bulldog is a highly dangerous breed. It is far less common than the pit bull, therefore we see fewer instances of serious and fatal attacks. Any city with half a head will include these dogs in the definition of "pit bull." Not too long after the American bulldog-mixes (it was never quite determined what they were mixed with) killed two people in the same attack in Michigan, the county adopted a "no bully breed" adoption policy period.
| 10/01/2008 12:25 PM |
An American Bulldog Association person has commented:
American bulldogs are predecessors to American pit bull terriers and American Staffordshire terriers. A bulldog's aggression and prey drive is elevated compared to most breeds, according to Kathleen Snope, an officer of the Working American Bulldog Association.
"American bulldogs are not the ideal pet for most people," Snope said from her home in California. "They require a lot of training and socialization . . . Most families don't want to put that kind of training into a pet."
| 11/26/2008 12:34 AM |
The American Bulldog is a brave and determined, but not hostile dog. Alert and self-confident, this breed genuinely loves children. It is known for its acts of heroism towards its master. These dogs have fought wild dogs, bulls and even fire. It is said "fighting off one of these dogs is like fighting an animal that possesses an alligator's head and a python's body." Yet when called off by their handler, they immediately obey. No wonder they are said to have "true grit, true devotion and true love." They have strong protective instincts, and need a firm, confident, consistent pack leader. Well-socialize and obedience train them at an early age, to prevent them from becoming reserved with strangers. Without that strong minded pack leader who can tell the dog what is expected of them, they may be aggressive with other dogs. They need to be around people and know their place in their pack to be truly happy. This breed tends to drool and slobber. Without enough daily mental and physical exercise they will become high strung and may become hard to handle.
It is said "fighting off one of these dogs is like fighting an animal that possesses an alligator's head and a python's body."
Poor guy, I hope he can recover from this attack mentally and physically.
| 11/26/2008 3:08 AM |
Tori White was killed by an AZ strain American "Pit" Bull dog last year...Apparently these AZ strain Ambulls are defective.
| 11/26/2008 3:31 AM |
Here's a good history on the American bulldog. The animal is undeniably a "pit bull type" dog. The cross over in the gene pool is too massive to ignore.
Originating in 1700’s America, the Old Country Bulldogge was developed from the original British and Irish bulldog variety, as well as other European working dogs of the Bullenbeisser and Alaunt ancestry. Many fanciers believe that the original White English Bulldogge survived in America, where it became known as the American Pit Bulldog, Old Southern White Bulldogge and Alabama Bulldog, among other names. A few regional types were established, with the most popular dogs found in the South, where the famous large white plantation bulldogges were the most valued. Some bloodlines were crossed with Irish and English pit-fighting dogs influenced with English White Terrier blood, resulting in the larger strains of the APBT, as well as the smaller variety of the American Bulldog. Although there were quite a few “bulldogges” developed in America, the modern American Bulldog breed is separately recognized. Unlike most bully breeds, this lovely bulldog’s main role wasn’t that of a fighting dog, but rather of a companion and worker. Quite larger than most bulldogs, it excells in dog sports like weight-pulling and makes a great farm dog and even a capable hunter.
While the old bulldogges were disappearing in Europe and England, the American variety remained unchanged until the WW2, when their numbers declined drastically, inspiring a few enthusiasts to unite in an effort to save the breed from extinction. In the 1960’s, John D. Johnson and Alan Scott joined forces with Louis Hegwood, George Lee Williamson, Calvin Tuck and others in collecting surviving southern bulldogges and selecting the best specimens to serve as a foundation for the revival programme. After the decision to abandon the American Pit Bulldog name to avoid confusion with the American Pit Bull Terrier, the breed was registered as the American Bulldog. Outcrosses were necessary early on to increase the gene pool and the population of the breed, but not everyone agreed with the choices some breeders made. Although an important figure in the development of the modern American Bulldog as a recognized breed, Johnson decided to introduce the English Bulldog into his lines, alienating a great number of enthusiasts in the process, many of which never fully got over it. Due to disagreements over the ideal type and breeding practices, Alan Scott and J.D.Johnson put an end to their colaboration, opting to go their separate ways and breed their dogs based on their personal ideals. To this day, two main types of the modern American Bulldog are the Johnson and Scott bloodlines, but other strains exist, like Painter, Leclerc, Hines, Old Southern White and so on.
Large, massive and broad-headed, the well-mannered Johnson dogs remain more popular as family pets than the smaller and lighter built Scott Performance bulldogges, which are considered to be far superiour workers. However, most present-day dogs are crosses between all the types, as well as some other bully breeds. There is currently some talk of possibly classifying pure J.D.Johnson dogs as a separate breed in the future, due to noticeable differences in appearance, as well as common conflicts within the American Bulldog breeder community, concerning the breed’s Standard and purity guidelines. It has been rumoured that the modern Johnson lines contain some English Mastiff and even St.Bernard blood, but this hasn’t been proven. Even though the Scott type was directly developed by crossing early Johnson’s dogs with more tenacious breeds, such as the American Pit Bull Terrier, it is gradually becoming accepted as the breed ideal, regularly outperforming its ancestors. This is partly due to the value placed by many bulldogge fanciers on function, rather than form of working dogs. The American Bulldog was officially recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1999 and is enjoying great popularity in the U.S. and around the world.
The American Bulldog is a courageous guardian and a loving family pet, but it needs experienced handling and early socialization. Even though this breed is not as dog-aggressive as some bullies, it does like to play rough and won’t back away from a confrontation. Unfortunately, some misguided owners foolishly put these dogs into fighting arenas with Pit Bulls and other breeds, almost always with terrible consequences. There are also some unpure bloodlines to be found, so potential buyers should be careful. Boxers, Bullmastiffs, Presa Canarios, Olde English Bulldogges, AmStaffs and other bullies are at times crossed into the American Bulldog bloodlines, sometimes with the intention of improving its working abilities, but more often simply for appearance and other reasons. Due to this breed’s ever-increasing popularity in America and worldwide, potential owners should carefully research A.B. breeders in order to ensure a quality purebred purchase and to avoid Pit Bull crosses and poorly bred dogs. The American Bulldog is a strongly built, powerful and energetic dog, completely devoted to its owner. The coat is short and glossy and accepted in every colour, except for solid black, blue or any type of tricolour. The most popular dogs are white, with or without markings. Average height is around 24 inches, but larger dogs are common.
| 11/30/2008 3:57 AM |
Dr. Ian Dunbar's Six Levels (degrees) of Bites:
Level 1: This bite does not touch the skin. The dog is air biting or snapping.
Level 2: This bite makes contact with the skin, but doesn't break the skin. Pain and bruising may result, but no abrasions will be visible.
Level 3: This bite ranges from a one to three punctures in a single bite with on puncture less than ½ the depth of the eye-tooth (fang) with or without some tearing.
Level 4: The dog is putting great pressure into the bite. 1 to 4 puncture wounds with or without tearing, more than ½ the depth of the eye tooth. This is usually accompanied with bruising and likely to require medical attention. These injuries suggest the dog grabbed and shook what was in it's mouth.
Level 5: Multiple level 4 bites. This dog is usually beyond the ability to reason and may feel his/her life is threatened.
Level 6: The dog has killed.
I think there needs to be a special "5.5 category: for the Bully breeds:
5.5 Life threatening shredding. Dog is clearly beserk, and shows no fear for it's own life... almost like a rabid animal.