Friday, February 20, 2009
UPDATE 02/19/09: It was reported today that Scott Sands was released from the hospital on Tuesday. A friend told reporters that during his stay, he underwent surgery every 48-hours to repair deep wounds to both arms. Although the amputation of one arm was contemplated, it was ultimately avoided. The friend said that 47-year old Sands can now lift both arms and move his fingers enough to feed himself. No other information was provided.
The questions that go unanswered are the following: Will he ever be able to write or type again? Will he be able to button his shirt or zip his pants? What does Sands do for a living? Does he use a hammer? Can he still use a hammer? Does he run a cash register? Can he still do that? Can he use a knife well enough to prepare food? In addition to sky high medical bills and considerable rehabilitation, Sands may live with "total disability" for the rest of his life.
02/08/09: Dog Aggression = Human Injury
Elkhart, IN - A few days ago, while recording a police shooting of a pit bull attack, we ran across an incident that caused us great pause. The last time we saw a similar report -- it is often difficult to determine in a police shooting the degree of injury suffered in the attack -- the victim, Roger Lindee, suffered a leg amputation. The recent case involves pit bull owner Scott Sands. The pit bull he took in as a stray two years ago may have cost him one of his arms.
The pit bull named Buddy had allegedly been timid, until about six months ago when Margaret Delucenay, the landlord, brought home a Jack Russell (Sands rents a room in Delucenay's home). The two dogs began having barking matches through the walls. Last Tuesday, one of these matches got out of control. In a "redirected" attack, Buddy severely attacked his owner. Sands cried out, "Margaret, if you hear me, call the cops. The dog is killing me!"
Prior to this incident, Sands had called the Elkhart County Humane Society twice in the past month to take the dog away. According to Delucenay, he told the agency that Buddy had already bitten him twice, but that he did not have the $50 required to put down the dog. Now, however, Sands is undergoing multiple surgeries to save his traumatized arm, and mend other injuries he suffered in the attack. Sadly, this will cost a lot more than $50 dollars.
Related ZUPF video
06/23/08: Two Pit Bulls Attack Shetland Pony then "Redirect" Attack onto Nearby People
06/29/08: Omaha Pit Bull Owner Claims "Reverse" Redirected Attack
10/30/08: Dog Owner Cited in Palm Bay Attack that Ended in Amputation
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| 2/08/2009 5:32 AM |
These Indiana strain Pit Bulls seem very adept at causing limb amputations.
Who can forget the heart warming story of when Annette Williams disloyal maulers removed her arms last year:
| 2/08/2009 9:13 AM |
THE CITY OF ELKHART SHOULD BE SUED. THIS MAN CALLED FOR HELP SEVERAL TIMES. NO ANIMAL CONTROL CAME---. ONCE AGAIN THIS IS A POOR PERSON WHO SHOULD NEVER HAVE HAD A PIT BULL. I WOULD GUESS A MAN WHO KNEW VERY LITTLE ABOUT PIT BULLS. YESTERDAY IN INDIANAPOLIS POOR MRS. BRENDA HILL WHO WAS ATTACKED BY HER NEIGHBORS PIT BULLS WHILE TAKING OUT THE TRASH HAD HER LEG AMPUTATED. THINK OF THE POWER OF THE JAWS AND THE RELENTLESS BITE THAT WOULD CAUSE THIS DAMAGE. MRS. HILL IS ELDERLY AND A DIABETIC SO THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS SITUATION. I MIGHT ADD THE OWNER OF COURSE HAS NOTHING SO SHE IS LEFT WITH NO COMPENSATION. LIABILITY INSURANCE SHOULD BE MANDATORY TO OWN ONE OF THESE LITTLE CUTIES.
| 2/08/2009 10:31 AM |
Bad Rap and Best Friends and these other pit bull promoting business machines need to be held accountable for the things they are telling people
They are telling the public that pit bulls are just like any other dog, only oppressed, and that people should just be taking them in off the streets and "loving them" and everything will be ok
People are getting attacked, their other pets are getting attacked, they are getting traumatized by these pit bulls
But Bad Rap and the others keep lying to the public, and telling them to keep picking up pit bulls
And dog aggression is NOT ok because people get in the middle and get hurt
| 2/08/2009 1:49 PM |
Just because someone cries poormouth and tries to blame the humane society, does not mean it is true
The taxpayers should not be paying to euthanize someone's dog, and this was HIS dog
How could he be paying for the dog's food if he couldn't even come up with $50? He was a rent-paying tenant
It is bull that he couldn't come up with the nominal $50 to euthanize this dog.
He made the decision to keep this dog, and his idiot landlady let it stay in the house. SHE could have had it removed.
But they all felt bad for the pit bull, and this is where it got them
Now they are looking for someone else to blame
| 2/08/2009 2:20 PM |
I don't think anyone disagrees that it was the man's responsibility to do something about the dog. The question is: Should an animal control agency pick up a dangerous BITER at no cost after an owner has called in FEAR? It seems there might be a special protocol for this. It is certainly worth a discussion.
If the victim in this instance had been a child or senior citizen (not the pit bull owner), I bet most would agree that AC should have a protocol, particularly in the instance of a formerly stray pit bull that has begun showing substantial dog-aggression. Talk about a red flag for a dangerous dog!
A somewhat similar incident happened in Kansas last year. Because the pit bull owner was too afraid to transport the biting pit bull (or so he said) to the animal agency to be euthanized, the dog stayed in his home. Then the dog attacked his family...
While some pit bull owners may be poor and highly irresponsible, one needs to consider the cost at NOT picking up the dog after an owner has called AFRAID and said the dog is a BITER.
| 2/08/2009 5:29 PM |
Today on Aminal Planet there was an episode of Animal Cops...they were in Pennsylvania. Agents confiscated a group of pit bulls being kept in a yard, because they believed they were part of a dog fighting ring. The dogs were wearing what looked liker anchor chains, that weighed 60lbs.
One dog bent the steel bars on the cage in the AC van with his teeth. They put the dogs in kennels at an SPCA facility. Suddenly, there was a commotion, and the film crew captured what happened.
One pit bull was in a kennel, and there was blood eveywhere....the dog was covered in blood, and the kennel was bloody. The pit bull heard a dog in the next kennel and had torn through the divider...it had destroyed the wall trying to get at the other dog, injuring itself. It was unclear if it had managed to get at the other dog.
They had the pit bull in the parking lot and explained that, there was no safe place to contain this dog; it was so strong, and dog aggressive, it would chew through walls to kill another dog. They were litereally having to euthanize it in the parking lot.
| 2/09/2009 4:08 AM |
All this Pit owner coddling and consumption of tax payers dollars is too hard.... Just ban these so called "domesticated dogs". They've worn out their welcome in the realm of domestication.
| 2/09/2009 4:21 AM |
This poor amputee will NOT get a spot on the Today Show as the recent alligator victim did (who only lost a hand in the attack!)
| 2/09/2009 10:22 AM |
What are the odds that someone who DOES NOT have 50 dollars to get rid of their pit bull DOES have medical insurance?
WE get to pay the cost of the mauling! All of it!
The cost of allowing these damn ugly dogs is getting shoved down our throats, AGAIN! Enough already!
And no sympathy for any imbecile that would own one. None!
| 2/11/2009 10:27 AM |
The sad fact is, HE JUST MIGHT! It may be the only way for him to get his medical bills paid! He doesn't have a homeowner's policy, but his landlord does and the attack occurred on her property. She feels sorry for Sands now, but wait until she needs to mortgage her home to pay his bills...
| 2/13/2009 1:36 PM |
This is ridiculous, he shouldn't be able to sue anyone. It is horrible that he was attacked, but he should have been able to come up with $50 to have it euthanized. People have to take some responsibility. I'm assuming he also couldn't afford to have it spayed/neutered either.
| 2/13/2009 2:45 PM |
Sadly, he will have to sue. His medical bills will hit $100,000 easily and will likely go beyond. There was no crime here -- in that if the state has a FELONY VICTIM fund, he will not be able to access it. If there truly is no one to sue, YOU AND I pay for this bill.
| 2/24/2009 9:05 AM |
Brutal comment left at the update:
Posted by: Anonymous on Feb 24, 2009 at 01:13 AM
Not very bright is this one, the guy or the dog. Loving dog gets riled up over another dog barking and tries to make a 15 minute snack of his owner. My dogs get riled up too, normally they jump on people and lick them or get aroused (erection) while they jump around barking and acting like dumb animals so I guess I understand a dog getting riled up. Plus I am a nervous eater, when I get nervous I sometimes want to eat too so I guess I can also understand the dog wanting to get a quick bite/snack after all of the excitement. I totally understand why this dog tried to eat its owner now, it all makes perfect sense. The dogs not bad it was just a hyper active nervous eater. They shouldn't have put that dog to sleep, I know a guy who already has no arms or legs and wants to die, it would've been a great pet for him...