Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Madras, OR - Oregon area pit bull attacks continue to fill the DogsBite Blog. Two weeks ago, in Madras (120 miles from Portland), 6-year old Jolyssa was "suddenly" attacked by the family pit bull-mix. Detective Tanner Stanfill of the Madras Police Department said, "[The attack] was severe enough to cause numerous stitches the child needed to put her face back together." The dog named Ryder latched onto her left cheek, nearly ripping it off.
From left: Jolyssa, Brandon Grob, Ryder (pit bull boxer-mix).
The 9-month old dog is a pit bull boxer-mix. The dog's owner, Brandon Grob, says his dog is not violent. He told reporters, "I can't get him to bite me when we play." On November 12th, Grob says the family was folding laundry on the bed, when something happened. "It was just sudden," Grob said. "All of a sudden she screamed, and I looked over and she had her face in the blankets." Grob did not know how bad it was until the blankets were lifted.
The "unpredictable aggression" of pit bulls is well documented. The evidence was used to uphold the Denver and Ontario pit bull bans.The victim's family rushed her to Mountain View Hospital in Madras. Doctors there sent her to St. Charles Medical Center-Bend for treatment. Here she underwent surgery, and had 57 stitches. Currently, Jolyssa is doing well and has returned to school. After the attack, Ryder was taken to Jefferson County Dog Control, where he's been quarantined for 10 days, following the county's standard policy. Grob was later cited for having a "nuisance canine."
As the countdown to Ryder's euthanization grows near, Grob appears to be heartbroken. He tearfully tells reporters, "It sucks, because I can't go see my dog. I can't go see him or anything because he's considered a 'Level 3' danger to the neighborhood." The family says Ryder isn't a biter, isn't aggressive, and is a family pet. But now that the dog has severely bitten Jolyssa, police and the Jefferson County Dog Control do not want to return the dog to the family.
Renee Davidson, a Jefferson County dog control officer, said, "He's fine one minute, not fine the next. He growls and barks, tries to bite at people." The dog's owner had five days to file an appeal to try and get Ryder back, but his time ran out Monday. Grob says it's too costly and time-consuming to appeal the decision, with the deadline at hand, and the family likely wouldn't feel comfortable with Ryder back in the house, anyway (imagine that).
Common sense and a sincere concern for the child's welfare appear to be lacking in this tragedy. Fortunately, Ryder is set to be put down today.
11/21/08: Pit Bull Attack Stopped by 4 Men and Police Gunfire in Oregon
11/24/08: Girl Attacked by Pit Bull in Vancouver, Washington
06/18/08: Expert: Pit Bulls Are More Unpredictable than Ever
09/09/08: Top Dog Experts Fooled and Surprised by Pit Bulls
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| 11/25/2008 11:28 PM |
This guy should also be arrested for child endangerment.
Another fool who was too stupid to figure out pit bulls don't belong around kids (or any human or animal for that matter)
| 11/26/2008 12:17 AM |
Did anyone notice the great lengths this clown took to defend the dog as not aggressive but the story ends with them willingly giving the dog up because they wouldn't feel comfortable with Ryder in the house?
Is Brandon Grob lying to us or himself?
| 11/26/2008 2:56 AM |
Kudos to Jefferson County A/C.
Once this owner faces the reality of the mounting medical bills he should sue the breeder of this "Level 3 Safety threat". The dumbass and disloyal mauler didn't make 7 months in the home before becoming defective product.
| 11/26/2008 3:22 AM |
GEE, think the shelter adopted out a "boxer-mix" in this instance? Or that the breeder told the family it was a "boxer-mix?" Where did this dog come from? I'm also having a difficult time determining the "boxer" qualities in this dog. It appears to be a full pit bull to me.
And why isn't Brandon Grob being charged with child endangerment? He's CRYING over the dog being put down after the animal attacked a family member -- who might even be his daughter! It seems a difficult CHOICE for Grob and his family to euthanize this dog.
Did anyone in the family ask how Jolyssa felt? Think she would want Ryder back in the house after it tore off half her face?
You've got to be kidding me!
| 11/26/2008 12:33 PM |
I am surprised that more womens advocacy groups have not relized the risk factor associated with having a male family member/boyfriend with a pit bull. Women and children who are victims of violent men are often subjected to their aggressive dogs. I wonder how many victims of domestic abuse/child abuse have also been forced to live in fear of their partners/brothers/husbands/fathers pit bull. I'd love to hear from some social workers on their thoughts. We already know from ER doctors and nurses that pit bulls account for the majority of serious bites they see.
Having a male family member who owns a pit bull type dog should be a red flag for DYS workers; I think a dog attack by a fighting breed should prompt an automatic investigation of the family.
| 2/01/2009 4:12 PM |
Sad for the little girl, but they say the dog was raised wrong or it is the genetics of the dog. Debbie Beard is a Pit Bull breeder in Madras, Oregon. Is this the type of pit bull pets that she breeds for sale to others? Breeders need to be watched like a hawk!
| 3/31/2010 10:35 AM |
This is really strange. The guy appears to be more concerned about the damn pit bull than he is about his daughter. There seem to be an awful lot of instances where pit bulls raised as family pets attack their owners or other family members. A dog that attacks a child needs to be destroyed. Period.