Friday, March 6, 2009
UPDATE 03/06/09: After spending nearly a week in the hospital recovering from injuries, the victim in the most recent shooting spoke to reporters. Melanie Young said the dog's behavior was completely unexpected. "I didn’t believe he would ever hurt me...ever," she said. "That dog slept with me like a husband." Young describes the attack in a video clip recorded by Zupf and offers a message to fellow pit bull owners: "They do, they turn I don’t care how nice you are one day. It could have been my face or I could be dead."
Melanie Young is lucky that she had access to a shotgun.
03/02/09: Another Family Pit Bull Shot in Volusia
There's been another shooting of a family pit bull in Volusia County. Over the weekend, a 44-year old woman shot her son's pit bull-mix four times with a 12-gauge shotgun after the animal attacked her puppy. When Melanie Ann Young intervened to save her puppy, the pit bull-mix attacked her. Young suffered a bite on her right upper forearm that exposed muscle, and another bite on her right outer thigh. She was transported to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach by helicopter.
02/17/09: Pit Bull Shot to Death in Separate Attack
Just 20 miles from the Volusia County incident (New Smyrna Beach), and on the following morning, another pit bull was shot to death after killing a dog. Police Chief Mark Barker said, "The woman was walking her pug dog and it had just been to the vet and it was wearing one of those cones on its head. The pit bull came out of nowhere and attacked it." It took 3 shots to kill the dog. Both Holly Hill Elementary and Holly Hill Middle School are within walking distance from where the pit bull was running loose.
02/16/09: Owner Kills Family Pit Bull to Stop Fight
Volusia County, FL - A pit bull owner shot and killed two family dogs after they got into a vicious fight that his wife and daughter tried to break up. Luckily, both escaped with minor injuries. Bruce Evans said, "I heard my wife screaming and my daughter screaming and I ran out." Attempting to break up the fight, Evans grabbed a gun and fired several shots into the air. He even shot into the ground near the dogs, but it did not stop the fight. Evans eventually shot and killed both dogs. It was also reported that other pit bulls still live at the home.
Dog-aggressive dogs (many pit bulls) are unsafe to keep as pets. If Evans had not had a gun, his wife and daughter might have been seriously injured.
Related ZUPF video
In other news:Pit Bull Attack Leaves 3 Dogs Dead in Oregon
Beaverton, OR - Two pit bulls broke into a Beaverton back yard and brutally attacked two pet dogs. Karyn St. John heard the squealing and snarling, and looked into her back yard to see the pit bulls mauling her dogs. She called 9-1-1, and police quickly responded. Officers shot and killed one pit bull after it lunged at them. The woman's dogs, a Boston terrier and Labrador-mix, were killed by the pit bulls. The one surviving dog, the other pit bull, was given back to its owner. In 2005, the same dogs killed neighbor Marlene Logan's cat.
St. John thinks the situation is unfair. Yet, 15 minutes from now, a similar attack will occur in a different U.S. city with the same results.
02/08/09: Elkhart Pit Bull Owner May Suffer Amputation After "Redirected" Attack
01/27/09: Zupf: Pit Bulls Stay with Owners After Killing Family's Cat and Dog
01/08/09: Retired Marine Stabs Attacking Pit Bull to Death in Anaheim
10/24/09: Pit Bulls Attack Second Dog, Killing It in Miramar
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| 2/17/2009 5:47 AM |
I'll never understand so called Dog Lovers selecting a breed expertly bred for killing other dogs. Bringing one into the community is a big FU to the neighbors.
Who can forget famous Aurora BSl Plaintiff interview Florence Vianzons in Bachelorette Magazine?:
"She recently brought home a pitbull dog from the pet store and is looking forward to watching her tear apart the neighborhood poodles and beagles"
| 2/17/2009 9:27 AM |
It would have been a national news story had those dogs made it to the playground with the children. We owe a debt of gratitude to those dogs who lost their lives because if they had not been there, it would have been children to lose their lives. When will we stop being in denial about these dogs? Who has to be killed to bring this nation to realize they are truly dangerous?
| 2/17/2009 10:46 AM |
My belief is in these cases where there are many pit bulls at the home, these are breeding operations that make nice, tax-free incomes for the criminals that run them
These are some of the many households around the country supplying pit bull stock for either dog fighting or the thug market.
Some only have a male and female, but many have these dogs as profit centers.
| 2/17/2009 10:49 AM |
The blood is flowing everywhere.
It is strange to think that this is happening in this country, and our legislators seem to be more interested, in too many cases, in talking to dog fighters and breeders of these dogs.
Remember that we had a US Senator in this country, Sensenbrenner, trying to protect dog fighters from any laws. A Senator in league with criminals and human garbage!
It's going to take digging incessantly at these legislators for laws, and a lot of lawsuits against towns and cities.
| 2/17/2009 11:22 AM |
"The Oregon pit bulls had killed a cat previously to this woman's 2 dogs"
In such a high percentage of child attacks by pit bulls, the pit bulls have a history of attacking or menacing other animals
This is a pattern.
Which is why pit bulls need to be declared dangerous and euthanized earlier than they are.
| 2/17/2009 12:15 PM |
from that article
"Often, the media gets it wrong," says Michelle Besmehn, the dog care manager at Best Friends, who acknowledges that part of the Vick project is to restore the reputation of the American Pit Bull Terrier"
Best Friends is ADMITTING that it is doing the dirty work for pit bull breeders and dog fighters.
| 2/17/2009 2:25 PM |
If you want a quick education in who, exactly, is buying and selling pit bulls, try Craigslist. Its pretty clear that these dogs appeal to the lowest common denominator. Most of the ads for "rehoming" pits are pretty revealing; uneducated young people, who can barely spell, looking to dump the pit bull because they just now realize they have NO way to take care of it, their landlord won't allow it, etc. Often a relative goes to prison, and someone else ends up with the dog....they turn to Craiglist to try to make some money off of it by asking for a "rehoming" fee.
It is really a shame that society is being held hostage by the thugs, creeps, and criminals who own and breed these dogs. I was horrified to hear that one of my daughters classmates father has a pit bull that is having puppies; this family has been in trouble for allowing their previous pit bull top roam and attack neighbors. Now these low-lifes will pawn these puppies off to families in my neighborhod...I can guess immediately which families will take them. The worst, most ignorant, and least responsible dog owners. And the cycle will continue.
| 3/02/2009 2:18 PM |
The CRaiglist and website breeders are one part of the pit bull world.
But there are also middle class business people, or professional people, breeding aggressive pit bull dogs, selling them, fighting them.
AKC breeders doing the same.
And generational dog fighting families breeding away.
The pit bull community is NOT just thugs. It is an industry.
| 5/30/2009 12:40 PM |
Man Attacked By His Pit Bull Airlifted to Hospital
May 30, 2009: "NORTH PORT - A 62-year-old North Port man was flown by helicopter to a hospital early Friday morning after he was attacked by his own dog. According to North Port Fire Rescue, the man was attempting to break up a fight between his pit bull and another neighborhood dog around 3 a.m. at his Ashland Lane home when the pit bull attacked him. The man suffered a puncture wound to the left tricep and a compound fracture of both bones in his left forearm, officials said. He was treated by Fire Rescue, then flown by Bayflight to the hospital."
| 9/18/2009 10:16 AM |
Another "pit bull dog aggression" incident that leaves owner with possibly two fewer arms:
September 18, 2009 -- "Patricia Thiel, the 39-year-old nurse who was badly mauled by one of her boyfriend's four dogs Thursday before a neighbor fatally shot the animal, is in critical condition at Tampa General Hospital, her boyfriend said this morning. The boyfriend, Robert Jacks, 43, said both of Thiel's arms were gnawed to the bone as she tried to shield herself against an attack by Jake, a 100-pound pit bull, at their home on Coquina Way South. She had to be flown to Tampa General Hospital due to the need for emergency vascular surgery, he said. Jacks said Thiel told him she had just arrived home when she decided to let their four dogs out into the backyard. Jake and one of the other dogs got into a fight, and when Thiel tried to break it up, Jake turned on her and began mauling her, he said."