Saturday, January 3, 2009
Carson City, NE - Back in September, a 16-year old Boy Scout stabbed an attacking pit bull to death in Arizona. In that instance, two pit bulls were attacking his friend's beagle named Belle. Before Moses whipped out his pocketknife, he said he kicked one pit bull so hard that all four of its feet were in the air, but the dog still wouldn't let go. It was recently reported that another teenage boy stabbed a pit bull to death after the animal attacked a neighbor's dog, killed one of his own dogs, Emma, and went after his Labrador, Duke.
From left: 17-year old Tyler Yeoman, Duke.
The teenager's mother, Tara Yeoman can't understand why a pit bull would first bust through a neighbor's screen door -- in a home invasion attack -- to attack the man's dog, who was a Sheriff no less, and then hop a 6-foot fence to attack two other dogs. The behavior can be explained in two parts. Pit bulls are animal-aggressive, specifically, they are dog-aggressive. Pit bulls were selectively bred to attack and kill dogs. They were also selectively bred for "gameness," the ability to keep attacking even after serious violence is inflicted upon them.
The brutal sport of dogfighting created the "ultimate canine warrior," called the pit bull terrier. The pit bull's "gameness" is unmatched by any other breed. It is a trait you do not want to experience first hand, as brave 17-year old Tyler Yeoman and his mother recently did. When activated, the pit bull's drive to attack -- even in the midst of being stabbed to death -- is unfathomable to most. What happened to the Yoemans exemplifies why this breed, the ultimate canine warrior, poses a specific danger to communities that other breeds do not.
"A stray pit bull burst into an East Carson City home and attacked a dog, then jumped a fence and killed another dog before being stabbed to death by a teenage boy as it went after his Labrador on Tuesday afternoon. "I just don’t understand why," said Tara Yeoman, whose dogs Duke and Emma fell victim to the vicious pit bull about 4:30 p.m. "Why was this dog out? And why was it looking for something to attack?"Related articles:
Just after 4 p.m., the Yeoman’s neighbor on Ballarat Street was changing a tire when the pit bull broke through the man’s screen door and went after his small dog in the living room, said Carson City Sheriff’s Sgt. Earl Mays. The man ran inside and beat the pit bull in the head, possibly breaking his hand, before he was able to free his dog, get the pit bull outside and call police.
But the animal didn’t go far, said Tyler Yeoman, 17. The Yeomans think the pit bull jumped the 6-foot fence into their yard and killed Emma, a tiny dachshund-Chihuahua mix. It was the yelping of Duke, the family’s 11-year-old, 130-pound Labrador that woke Tyler and his mother, both suffering from the flu. Tyler said he could see through the sliding glass door that the pit bull had Duke by his neck on the ground. Tyler threw a cereal bowl at the animal, but that didn’t phase it, he said. His mother ran from her bedroom and struck the pit bull with a cinder block, to no avail. Then Tyler told his mother he was going to get a knife.
When he returned, the soft-spoken teen said, he began stabbing the pit bull, at least 10 times that he could recall, before it released its grip on Duke’s neck. "I just wanted to shut him down," said Tyler, still in a daze. "And I did." The pit bull died at the scene. Duke did not sustain serious injury. After police arrived, they found Emma’s body alongside the fence. "She was the sweetest little thing," Tara said through tears. "Her and Duke were very close. She used to stand on his back like she was a circus dog."
09/12/08: Boy Scout Stabs, Kills Pit Bulls Attacking Friend's Dog
08/18/08: The Art of a Pit Bull Scaling a 6-Foot Fence
08/02/08: Hero Stories: Honoring Those Who Have Stopped a Deadly Pit Bull Attack
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| 1/03/2009 4:19 AM |
This Canine IED was picked up by Animal Control back in September and released to its owner who paid a mere $20 impound fee.
Classic Animal Control breakdown!
| 1/03/2009 11:33 AM |
The issue isn't simply "owner responsibility", it goes far deeper than that. NO ONE should have a domestic dog who, if it inadvertantly escapes the yard, goes on a killing rampage. I live in a neighborhood with every breed of dog you can imagine, and if one of my neighbors dogs gets loose, my biggest fear is for the dog...that it may get hit by a car. No neighborhood dog poses a risk to my family, or my own dog.
That is key....the pit bull fanatics insist its within their right to keep a dangerous dog, as long as it never gets out of the yard. But, in real life, things happen, and these dogs are strong, athletic and driven when they want to break containment. This is the reason we don't allow people to keep wild animals like lions or tigers in a cage in their backyard, on the "promise" that they will make sure it never gets out. Its understood that the risk is too great.
Its time to confront the problems with breeding dogs whose only purpose is to kill other dogs. These dogs are uniquely dangerous, as they have had self-preservation bred out of them, and often cannot be stopped or discouraged when determined to attack. NONE of the APBT breeders are breeding away from dog aggression...even the so-called responsible pit bull breeders. It is considered a part of the breed standard, an intrinsic part of the breed temperament.
Its also clear that a dog with this sort of genetic drive, if not well-socialized with children of all ages, could view a small child with this level of prey drive, and pose a unique danger to children.
| 1/04/2009 2:43 PM |
In both the UKC and ADBA breed standard, dog aggression is acceptable. NO ONE is currently breeding APBT's or AMstaffs that are not aggressive with other dogs...in other words, if an APBT or Amstaff is a good conformation prospect, even if it is aggressive toward other dogs....with a pit bulls ability to kill another dog....the pit bull breeder will not object to breeding it.
This would be the so-called responsible breeders. Beyond that, you have the dog fighters, trailer trash, gang members, ghetto trash, and drug dealers, who compromise the majority of breeders. Many of them are breeding deliberately FOR high levels of dog and/or human aggression, or just breeding horribly unstable, inbred dogs to make a few bucks for beer and drug money.
However, according to the pit bull rescuers, pit bulls are magical dogs, unnaffected by genetics....like unicorns and fairies, they only need love. Even with so many deviants, criminals, and losers breeding them, they are nicer than Golden Retrievers, and make perfect family pets for the average owner. They are simply victims of a vast and global media conspiracy to convince the public that they are vicious. All we need to do is to convince every family in America to adopt one, so we can save the millions upon millions of unwanted, abused, and stray pit bulls. But we can't regulate their breeding, because that would hurt the tender feelings of pit bull owners....
| 1/04/2009 7:56 PM |
Yet again, innocent animals are killed and their loving caretakers are witness to it. Where is the outcry of the so called animal loving pit nutters and dog fighting scum? That's right. They are passing the plate around to save more fight bust dogs. And donating to Allie Renar's organization to make sure that we have plenty more of these tragedies in the future. i would keel over from a heart attack if any of this riff raff ever lifted finger or gave a dime to help a human victim or a cur breed.
My condolences to the Yeoman's and the loss of Emma.
You did good Tyler.
| 1/08/2009 3:55 PM |
This week's stabbing hero:
Douglas Perry, who used to think pit bulls got a bad rap.
best slide show:
NUMBER OF DEAD PIT BULLS: 1
| 2/03/2009 12:28 AM |
Ok - I lived in CC until 2 months ago. I lived there for 4 years. I still work there every day. There were always pits running loose around our house.
My parents rent a house in Carson City next to two aggressive pits. They are scared to death to let their dogs outside for a walk. If you have never been to Carson, Meth is a huge problem. Drugs are a huge problem in NV, and I have found where there are mean dogs like this, there are drugs.Sorry if you disagree, this is my experience.
I think Tyler is a hero. But I'm sorry that he had to stab this dog how many times before it would let go??? I am so sorry he and his family had to go through this ordeal.
If a man broke into your house and tried to kill your family member, what would you do? I, as a very recent citizen of Carson City, am very glad that Tyler was able to kill this dog. It was nothing but a killer, and we are better for Tyler's actions. I am sorry for his family's loss.