Monday, November 24, 2008
Vancouver, WA - 20 miles north of Happy Valley, where a 7-year old was attacked by a pit bull last week, is Vancouver, Washington. On Saturday, an 11-year old was attacked by a pit bull that was being walked by it's owner, Mark Robinson. Elena Allison told reporters, "We asked (Robinson) if we could pet Presley. The dog was being really nice to all of us for about 10 minutes and then he just snapped." Elena's parents took her to the hospital where doctors used 26 stitches to sew her upper lip back on.
At the time of the attack, the pit bull was leashed.Elena's mother, Heike Allison, said Robinson had been supervising Presley and was holding him on a leash when the attack happened. Because of that, she said she doesn't buy the notion that pit bulls only behave the way they're trained to. "It's not so much that pit bulls are bad," said Allison, "But why risk it? Why risk having your child, or a neighbor's child get bitten like that and having to get twenty-six stitches? It just doesn't make sense," she said.
This is exactly the question: Why risk it?
From left: Elena Allison, Heike Allison, Leroy Pena
Allison added that she thinks the breed should at least be required to wear muzzles in residential areas. She said she plans to start a neighborhood petition to encourage her home-owners association to place restrictions on residents who own pit bulls, or ban the the breed altogether. Allison's neighbor, Leroy Pena supports the idea. Three of his kids were with Elena when she was attacked and he said the way the dog acted afterward was especially bizarre.
"Seeing the dog go from being happy-go-lucky, then to biting her, then going back to wagging its tail and being happy again? That freaked me out," said Pena.Since the attack, Elena has had to use a straw when she drinks, and the sixth grader will miss playing a flute solo at her school's band concert next month. But Elena, an avid dog lover, said the hardest part of recovering from her injuries is knowing they were caused by one of her favorite animals. Now she has a warning for those who think certain dogs, including pit bulls, would never bite. "It could happen to anybody," she said.
It appears Elena's mother has left a comment at the news story.
"As the mother of this child we are sadden this dog is now going to be euthanized. I still don't believe the dog is at fault. However, given the horrific injuries this breed can and does inflict on it's victims which includes death, a simple muzzle while the dog is in public and exposed to children would have saved both my daughter's face and this dog's life. Both the dog's owner and my child will be forever changed by this experience and it could have been prevented. As far as all dog bites go, I asked the plastic surgeon treating her which breed does he see his patients being bitten by the most and he told us, pit bulls number 1."In addition to the attack in Happy Valley last week, on November 11, it was reported that a pit bull attacked two people (in separate attacks) on the same day in nearby McMinnville, Oregon.
11/21/08: Pit Bull Attack Stopped by 4 Men and Police Gunfire in Oregon
09/28/08: Pittsburg Girl Recovering Well After August Pit Bull Attack
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| 11/24/2008 1:09 PM |
Dig this chick whimpering about the restrictions she must face to keep her precious!
Lady, I crate my dog in my car, my dog is always leashed when not in his yard, Muzzle? Maybe, if the new neighbor (who owns a pit) doesn't stop littering the yard with old food. Honey, I carry a club, I wear a large easy to undo belt to handle dogs without collars, I do everything you are asked to do, and MORE! because people like you insist your pits are flower children in disguise, and should be as free as the birds.
Birds seldom bite, and they let go.
| 11/24/2008 1:20 PM |
These people HAVE TO BE SUED.
That is the only way to stop this madness.
When they know that they will be held financially responsible, more of them will stop getting these aggressive dogs.
I hope they find out what breeder or rescue this pit came from, and sue them too.
We need to find out where these dogs are coming from, trace back to the source.
| 11/24/2008 2:49 PM |
It's real simple: You don't let your child play in the street for safety reasons. You don't have an unmuzzled pit bull around a child either. Pit bull owners that cannot accept the genetic traits of their dog -- NO WARNING SIGNALS, JUST SNAPPED -- and refuse to follow safety precautions, such as muzzles, need to give up their dogs.
| 11/24/2008 3:39 PM |
The muzzle should be required at any time a pit bull is outside the confines or the owner's home, or a secure pen. These dogs are just as dangerous in rural areas as they are in residential neighborhoods. Pits kill and maim livestock all too frequently!
| 11/25/2008 2:01 AM |
Out in the country, no one can hear you scream. Look how many times a mauling incident is broken up by neighbors.
These dogs are extremely powerful and escape prone. They need special containment rules wherever they are kept.
| 11/25/2008 5:17 AM |
You're like an angel. I love your voice.
"Out in the country, no one can hear you scream. Look how many times a mauling incident is broken up by neighbors.
These dogs are extremely powerful and escape prone. They need special containment rules wherever they are kept."
| 11/25/2008 5:54 AM |
The Head Pit Nutters command the lower dupes in the Great Struggle to "go forth and advocate, so thy breed may be sold freely".
Gotta wonder if this was an ethereal dupe, believing that exposing her sweetie to the children, would bring in new customers for her breeder puppetmasters.