Friday, March 13, 2009
"Major Mauling" on Two People
Mill Creek, WA - Occassionally, DogsBite.org compares pit bull attacks to wild animal attacks, such as: alligators, sharks and chimpanzees. We make this comparison for two reasons. The first is the severity of pit bull injury. Pit bulls consistently chew off arms and legs, as do sharks, and rip off mouths and noses as do chimpanzees. The second reason is that most cities consider pit bulls "domesticated pets" and do not regulate them, unlike their wild animal counterparts.
Recently, a story was reported that further emphasizes our point. The owners of a pit bull claimed a cougar attacked them, but in reality, their own pit bull had. Thanks to the work of Bruce Richards, an agent for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and his tracking dog Mishka, the truth of this attack was learned. The "wild animal attack" claim works in reverse as well. Back in August, an exotic animal facility in Missouri tried to blame a tiger attack on a pit bull.
"A couple who said they were attacked by a mountain lion, were instead attacked by their own pit bull, said Bruce Richards, an agent for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. About a month and a half ago, the couple said they were attacked by a mountain lion near a Puyallup home, Richards said. The couple was so badly hurt that they were in the hospital.Agent Bruce Richards and Mishka have been nominated for a 2009 Annual DogsBite.org Award.
When wildlife agent Richards went to visit the couple in the hospital, he said they were "ripped to pieces." He said, "We’re talking a major mauling on two people." Richards took a tracking dog, Mishka, to the couple's house in an attempt to locate the mountain lion, but no trace was found. Instead, Mishka led agents back to the couple's house and to the couple's pit bull inside the home. Richards said when he looked in their house he saw a white dog covered in dried blood.
The agents credited their tracking dog, Mishka, with preventing the department from spending hundreds of search hours, thousands of dollars in resources and saving the public a lot of turmoil for a mountain lion that didn’t exist. The wildlife agents would not say why the couple said they were attacked by a mountain lion. The Pierce County Sheriff's Office says no charges were filed against the couple. No word has been released on what happened to the dog."
02/26/09: What's There "Not to Get" About Regulating Pit Bulls?
02/24/09: 2008 International Shark Attack Report Released
01/09/09: DogsBite.org Announces Our Annual Awards for the Year 2008
07/31/08: What's the Difference Between an Alligator and a Pit Bull?
05/18/08: The Natural Survival Instinct of a Pit Bull is "Missing"
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| 3/13/2009 9:25 AM |
Failing to charge these people with a false report is a mistake. We need to hit people with every charge we can make stick when it comes to this issue. I wonder if this couple "raised" this dog "right". After all it only takes TLC to make this dog into a cuddly lap dog.
| 3/13/2009 9:43 AM |
What else are pit bull owners to do when this happens? I mean, really?
After you post a YouTube video of your sweet little pit playing with your family in the living room, pose your pit with some kids, act like you're God's gift of compassion because you rescued a pit bull, spend half your life banging the drum and chanting the mantra, "blame the deed, not the breed," what are you to do when your pit goes berserk?
Blame it on a mountain lion!
| 3/13/2009 9:59 AM |
Why is it so many pit bull owners are bizzare, mentally unstable, dangerous people? I am assuming these people lied so that authorities would not confiscate their pit bull. Either these folks have some sort of bizarre fixation/fetish with this breed of dog (it borders on a compulsion, perhaps sexual in nature?)...or this dog had value as a stud/fighting dog and they were unwilling to lose future winnings/stud fees.
At a minimum, these people should be investigated for dog fighting, and the dog should be euthanized.
| 3/13/2009 11:40 AM |
Good God! They brought the animal home, locked it in the house, then fled to the hospital. They probably left the blood on the dog because they were too afraid to touch the animal. "Hmmm" let's now think up a story about the attack so that we can KEEP our dog and KEEP the "my pit bull will only lick you," and "my pit bull reads Proust" myths intact!
These people should be IN JAIL!
| 3/13/2009 4:45 PM |
And what if this animal had attacked and injured or killed an innocent person? Someone's kid or grandmother? What would these same pit bull owners do then? This story shows how EXTREME and "out there" pit bull owners truly are. Additionally, it shows just how damn little they care about anyone but themselves and their dog. Were they going to keep the bloody dog? Perhaps send it off to a no-kill shelter and LIE that the animal was NOT dangerous? You bet they would have.
| 3/14/2009 2:34 AM |
Pit Bull Owners: Son Dies While Parents Have Pit Bull Treated
The parents of an 8 year old Warren boy who died from Hodgkin's Lymphoma have been indicted on charges they denied him medical treatment. Investigators say that while Willie Robinson was suffering, his parents, who claimed they didn't have much money or medical insurance, paid $87 to have a pit bull treated for fleas.
A Cleveland grand jury on Wednesday indicated William Robinson Sr. and Monica Hussing on charges of involuntary manslaughter, child endangering and felonious assault. The boy collapsed at his Cleveland home last March and was pronounced dead less than an hour later. They had just moved to Cleveland from Warren.