Monday, October 6, 2008
Plumstead, UK - A mother was mauled by two pit bulls and her baby knocked to the ground. Concert pianist Mary Duella, who now needs a skin graft may be permanently scarred. The 35-year-old was walking home with her 19-month-old-son Daithi after playing at a jazz concert to raise awareness for an arts café.
She was only yards from her home when two dogs ran past her as their owner shouted for them. "I had one attached to my arm, another to my leg and I had things racing through my mind. The first was my baby - as long as they were on me they couldn't attack him. Mercifully he was still asleep. The second was my career and if I'd ever be able to play again. I just had to lie there and wait for them to stop."
Eventually the owner managed to pull the dogs off, put them on a lead and calmly walked away as neighbors came out to help her. Husband Darragh Morgan, a professional violinist, cancelled his tour in Lisbon to catch the first flight home on hearing the news. Duella was taken to St Thomas' Hospital where she had two operations. The bites were so deep her muscles have been ruptured.
09/21/08: 74-Year Old Pianist Sues Alleged Pit Bull Owner After Attack
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| 10/07/2008 9:45 AM |
I live near Plumstead Common, and like this unfortunate woman, I also have a toddler with whom I enjoy spending time in the open spaces of the common. Until the man responsible for the attack is apprehended, I will not feel comfortable taking my daughter there. I hate to think what might have happened if the child had started to cry and attracted the dogs' attention.
I am deeply concerned and angry about this incident. I see many "pitbull" owners in this part of southeast London who do not adequately control their dogs, do not clean up after them, and clearly do not treat them in a way that makes them gentle, or more importantly, predictable, animals.
I realise that not all owners of this type of dog are irresponsible, but too many are, and they give all dog owners a bad name. There needs to be more policing of the laws pertaining to dogs in the borough - then maybe tragic incidents like this most recent one can be prevented.
My thoughts are with Ms. Duella and her family. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
| 10/07/2008 1:32 PM |
The thing is, Staffordshire terriers are pit bulls. How on earth were they not included in the definition, and for what purpose were they not included? I think the first poster makes it very clear that regular people do not have the freedoms they should because of one type of dog. It doesn't matter where you live - England, America, Australia - this same scenario of innocent people being attacked and more people afraid that their children will be the next victim is playing out all over the place. I share their frustration.
| 10/08/2008 9:22 AM |
I notice in the comments section in that article that there may be some reluctance to pick up pit bulls by the police in the U.K. because some groups are calling breeding/fighting the dogs "part of a certain culture."
This is a fake ploy that dogfighters have tried to use in the U.S. to oppose anti-dogfighting laws and anti-chaining laws- by claiming these things are part of their "culture."
Sort of a cheap trick like claiming religious exclusion.
The sick thing is when some legislator starts parrotting the dog fighters and defending their "culture." I guess that also means the drugs, gun running, and tax evasion too.