Saturday, December 13, 2008
Oklahoma City, OK - Recently, there has been press about a pit bull that took three bullets to protect its family from an intruder. Pit bull advocates have locked onto to the story. They are complaining that the article did not mention the breed of the "heroic" dog. We believe the "three bullet taking" pit bull is anecdotal evidence that pit bulls are more dangerous; it is extremely difficult for any person to get them to stop an attack once they have started.
The owner of the dog, Roberta Trawick, said he saw the intruder shoot the dog two times. "He shot him once in the head and he was still going after him and the guy shot him again." The dog, named D-boy, was shot three times. The intruder, apparently spooked, fled out the front door. Yesterday, DogsBite.org was sent an email from a user about this story along with a response. So stunningly well written and on point is the response, that we share it with you.
The next thing you know, bank robbers may come into the bank wearing pit bulls strapped to them as cheap protection from bullets."Hero? There they go again! The article does not state that anyone from the victim’s family ordered the dog to attack…the pit bull simply attacked. It is only from the human experience do we place the value of "right v. wrong" on this situation. The pit bull was apparently "right" for attacking an armed intruder/robber/burglar. What if the man turned out to be an undercover police detective executing a search warrant...a uniformed police officer...a parole officer searching the parolee’s residence for drugs? My point is that the pit bull had no capacity to evaluate the situation and reach an informed judicial decision; most jurisdictions just excuse such dog attacks against trespassers engaged in illegal activity. The dog is simply not a "hero"!Related articles:
I once had a police officer testify about his experience in assisting the execution of a search warrant on a residence believed to be harboring a wanted murder suspect. Upon the police knocking on the door and announcing their intentions to search the premises, the suspect’s family came to the door. Then a pit bull came from behind them and jumped up to bite onto the officer’s arm. Luckily, the pit bull's teeth were not embedded into the officer’s flesh as a result of his heavy coat, so the officer was able to shake the pit bull off of his arm. However, the pit bull attacked a 2nd time, "climbing" up the officer’s body and this time clamping onto the officer’s arm. Only because of the circumstances, the officer was prepared to pull his Glock .9 mm handgun and shoot the pit bull in the head. The bullets (2) did not kill the pit bull, but only the concussion of the bullets knocked the pit bull back off of the officer. The pit bull, after being shot twice in the head, attempted to attack the officer for a 3rd time – when the officer’s partner ended the incident by discharging the shotgun he was carrying – loaded with a solid shot round – that DID kill the pit bull.
This case is anecdotal evidence that pit bulls are more dangerous – as they are tenacious, and it is extremely difficult for any person to get them to stop an attack once they have started. The next thing you know, bank robbers may come into the bank wearing pit bulls strapped to them as cheap protection from bullets."
12/08/08: Expert, James Crosby, Testifies in Aurora Fighting Breed Ban
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06/06/08: Cincinnati Police Kill Two Pit Bulls in Separate Shootings in Same Day
See all: Police Shootings of Pit Bulls
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| 12/13/2008 4:22 AM |
"when the officer’s partner ended the incident by discharging the shotgun he was carrying – loaded with a solid shot round – that DID kill the pit bull."
How can anyone argue that these dogs are not dangerous?
| 12/13/2008 12:37 PM |
Most animal hero stories are contrived nonsense carved from circumstance. My money says this pit approached out of curiosity and was too dull to understand he was being shot.
And if that's not the case, doesn't this go against all the clamoring that pits make poor watch dogs and will "only lick you to death?"
Add this story to the one about the pig that supposedly went out and lay in the road to stop a car. That account says the pig did this so its owner could be discovered on the kitchen floor where she lay incapacitated by a heart attack. She was found! EMS was called! The pig understood the situation, formulated a plan, and is a lifesaving hero! (Bupppphhhh!)
Anyone gullible enough to believe these fabrications should consider the bridge I have for sale – the Brooklyn Bridge. And if you buy it this week, I’ll throw in two pit bulls that are friendly towards everyone EXCEPT bad guys!
| 12/13/2008 8:59 PM |
These people are truly sick. I can't believe the number of people, in the comment section, that want to pay the vet bill. No one wants to pay the medical bills for human victims.
What did the man entering the home want? wink wink. These people are the type to own a pit bull and don't have the money, $1500, to pay the vet bill. Let me think, what might they have had that a man would want to steal. I can't seem to fugure this out, maybe some of you can help me.
If it walks like duck, quacks like a duck, its a duck.
| 12/14/2008 8:48 AM |
David, you made me laugh, because my husband saw the story on TV, and was telling me about it...he said the same thing. What do you suppose the "random intruder" was after in that house?????
My husband said there was obviously more to that story, and the homeowners did not seem quite as innocent as they made themselves out to be...the story was fishy. We both grew up in rough urban neighborhoods, and know whats what!
| 12/14/2008 9:53 AM |
I've been reading through the comment section of this story. Here are some comments of interest.
#'s 131,134,142,145,156,159,165,215,278. In comment #134 Hank, a neighbor says,"This house that was the victim of a "home invasion" is on a nice block and looks like a house on the river in the movie Deliverance. If in fact it was a random "home invasion" why would they choose that house ? Oh, Also keep in mind that there are multible adults that live over there. Including a group of 20-something thugs who have rap sheets that include assault w/a deadly weapon, burglary, concealing stolen property, and drug charges".
Other neighbors comment the police have been called about the dogs attacking and some have been removed and put down. Also they believe the bank is in the process of forclosing and they hope the owners will soon be removed from the neiborhood altogether.