Saturday, May 30, 2009
The family pet: Patron, a 4-year old male pit bull.
Unidentified New Owner
UPDATE 05/30/09: It was reported today that after James Harrison's pit bull attacked three people in a continuous assault -- including his own wife and son -- and sent all three people to the hospital, Harrison is "rehoming" his pit bull instead of having it euthanized. The unidentified new owner that lives in an unidentified location reportedly "specializes in rehabilitating pit bulls." According to Harrison's agent, Bill Parise, she may keep the dog or adopt the animal out.
It is important for readers to understand that if this dog is transported across state lines, critical records relating to this dog (such as its bite record) may be removed. As we have seen in similar cases, the dog may also be renamed. This red-nosed pit bull -- formerly known as Patron -- may wind up on your block and there are few if any laws to stop it. James Harrison can best be described as a self-serving abomination, as his choice clearly places future people in harms way.
05/27/09: Biting Pit Bull May be "Rehomed"
After nearly a week at the hospital, little James is back home and walking. His father, Steelers linebacker James Harrison, is now seeking to "rehome" the pit bull so that it can attack another child and mother. Harrison had originally said he would euthanize the dog. According to Hello Bully, a group that rehabilitates and places pit bulls, "No reputable rescue organization will take a dog that has bitten a person." If this is the case, Harrison should call the Albany-based group, Out of the Pits.
05/23/09: Son Still Hospitalized, "Doing Well"
Harrison's agent told the Associated Press that the player's son is "doing well" at a Pittsburgh hospital following an attack by the family pit bull. 2-year old James Harrison III (formerly reported as 1-year old) was severely bitten on the thigh after he agitated the dog by crying. His mother was bitten trying to protect the boy. Harrison's agent, William Parise, said Saturday he was with the boy at the hospital, and the boy was expected to remain there for another day or two.
05/22/09: Toddler Suffers Severe Leg Wound
Pittsburgh, PA - In a breaking story, WTAE reports that the 1-year old son of Steelers linebacker, James Harrison, was attacked by the family's pit bull. James Harrison III suffered a severe leg wound and remains in the care of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Harrison now joins a slew of "tough" football players whose pit bulls -- through dogfighting, abuse or attacks -- have landed them in the spotlight, most notably Michael Vick, who was recently freed from jail.
News reporter Ari Hait spoke to a woman that answered Harrison's door. She identified herself as Lisa Ripi, a family friend. Ripi told Hait that she was in the backyard with the toddler and the boy's mother, Beth Tibbot, on Thursday when little James started crying and the dog attacked (See: pit bull triggers). The mother jumped on top of the child to protect him from the dog -- a 4-year old male pit bull named Patron -- and the dog subsequently began biting her.
"I picked up the baby from her," said Ripi, "and ran about 40 yards and dropped him over a fence about two feet, and the dog then went to go for the baby through the fence." Ripi was able to "get around" the dog, pick up the baby and then called 911. James III was rushed to the hospital; Tibbot spent the night in a hospital with multiple bites, and Ripi required stitches in her leg. According to Ripi, Patron had "always been good" with James III until the attack.
The attack happened while the Super Bowl champion Steelers were in Washington to meet President Barack Obama at the White House. Earlier this week, Harrison made headlines by skipping the invitation.
Related ZUPF video
05/30/09: Sports Columnist Michael Felger Blasts Pit Bull Owners and "Nutty Dog Crowd"
05/25/09: Professional Athletes and Pit Bulls: Dogfighting, Abuse and Violent Attacks
04/25/09: 2009 Fatality: Family Pit Bull Kills 11-Month Old Child in Eastpointe
12/15/08: Zupf: Pit Bull Attacks Puppet that Screams Like Child
09/28/08: "Vicious" Dog Laws Stop at State Lines; Pit Bull-Mix Whisked to New State
08/04/08: Triggers: What Prompts a Pit Bull to Attack?
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| 5/22/2009 3:34 PM |
Yet another child falls victim to the macho BS image issue of his father. When will these parents stop putting their own egos before their own children's safety? They are very, very lucky this did not end with a fatality.
| 5/22/2009 4:21 PM |
Thank goodness the entire U.S. Army and more recently, base commanding officer Col. Richard P. Flatau Jr., of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, have cited these dogs as an "unnecessary risk," and have BANNED them.
Our brave military men do not NEED a dog to enhance a macho image. They are tough as nails on their own. The NFL would do well to promote a similar stance.
| 5/23/2009 12:51 AM |
Pitty Quote of the year:
"Patron had always been good with James III until the attack happened on Thursday, according to Ripi."
If I had a nickel...
"I feel bad for the dog. He was a great dog, and not in his character," Ripi said."
NOT in his CHARACTER? OMG. It is BRED into his character. And that is one dang ugly dog!
| 5/23/2009 10:45 PM |
And look at the size of his jaws! Reminds me of alligator jaws, and I see a lot of them down here in South Cackalacky. That is one hideous looking beast. And Pittsburg must be one Pit lovin town. The comments are overwhelming in favor of pits. Isn't that the town that had some trouble with AC, or was that Philly?
| 5/24/2009 9:55 AM |
Just to clarify about the jaws, I'm referring to the huge circular muscle part behind the muzzle. I'm not kidding when I say it looks like that part of an alligator. Wonder how the bite pressure compares?
| 5/24/2009 10:35 PM |
"The hospital has declined comment, saying the family has asked that no information be released."
The toddler "might" be released Monday, FIVE days after the attack.
| 5/26/2009 8:52 AM |
Looks like the animal comes from one of these kennels:
"The World's Largest Red Nose Pit Bulls"
"Specializing in Double Breeding, Line Breeding and Out Crosses"
| 5/27/2009 9:37 AM |
Now he wants to "rehome" the dog:
"Now that James Harrison III is up and walking, his father is seeking a way to avoid putting down the dog that bit the 2-year-old."
"...No reputable rescue organization will take a dog that has bitten a person," said Daisy Balawejder of Hello Bully, a local group that rehabilitates and places pit bulls.
So I guess that leaves OUT OF THE PITS?
| 5/27/2009 1:41 PM |
OR how about Marilyn Stewart, director of ALPHA Canine Sanctuary in Bakersfield California?
Here Marilyn describes how she PLACED A PIT BULL MIX THAT HAD ATTACKED AND BITTEN A LITTLE GIRL AND HER DOG
and the pit bull is now living a life clearly mostly chained outdoors?
Many of these rescues don't care about public safety OR the dog!
| 5/27/2009 1:42 PM |
So does Harrison have a pit bull breeding business going? Or was this some low rent status symbol dog?
The dog was clearly kept penned outdoors. It makes me think he had some kind of operation going.
| 5/27/2009 3:12 PM |
Notice that the woman from Hello Bully says reputable rescues aren't taking dogs that bite a PERSON?
She leaves out the "attacks another pet issue" because these rescues are taking dog-aggressive dogs
And as we know, dog aggression means people get hurt too
| 5/27/2009 3:14 PM |
"According to Hello Bully, a group that rehabilitates and places pit bulls, 'No reputable rescue organization will take a dog that has bitten a person.' If this is the case, Harrison should call Out of the Pits."
Not that this is a laughing matter at all, but that one line made me spit my Dr Pepper. Oh, snap!
| 5/27/2009 3:14 PM |
Of course, despite what tales these rescues tell Harrison, if the rescue takes his dog and if his dog bites someone else, someone will STILL sue deep-pockets Harrison, no matter what legal papers he signs!
He is giving away a known biter and aggressive dog.
| 5/27/2009 4:33 PM |
I think the dog should be re-homed, but only within his family unit such as his mother. Or maybe his sister with her children, I mean after all, the dog obviously loves children, as a snack. Re-home that dog but only within his family. Let them pay the price not some innocent family.
| 5/28/2009 1:36 AM |
I thought I already had an all time favorite sports writer in my very own son, but the sway of nepotism is being tested. If I want to continue my claim of being a parent of the best sports writer ever, I may have to adopt this guy!
Michael Felger: 'NFL Dogged By Pit Bull Problem' http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/patriots/michael-felger/2009/05/25/nfl-dogged-pit-bull-problem
Michael writes: "Pit bull owners typically fall into two categories:
Hahahaha! Yes! I’m not just a sports fan, I’m a huge fan of intelligent gumption and this guy is the real deal!
Of course, the pro pit 'Maul America Movement' launches a frothy attack, but my new favorite sports writer runs up the score board against their tried and failed drivel in, 'The Mailbag: Pit Bull Nation Pushes Felger To A New Level.' http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/red-sox/michael-felger/2009/05/27/mailbag-pit-bull-nation-pushes-felger-new-level
Honk if you love Michael Felger. (Bwa! Bwa!)
| 5/28/2009 2:50 PM |
Interestingly, James Harrison is from the only state in the union that declares pit bulls dangerous at the state level, OHIO.
| 5/28/2009 8:19 PM |
ANOTHER sports writer ripping the pit nutters a new one:)
From: Acey Johnson
Before you call pit bulls "killers," do your homework. The dog Pete the Pup from The Little Rascals was a pit bull.
I was wondering whatever happened to Alfalfa. Let's exhume Pete and check his stomach.
oh and btw,
HONK! HONK! HONK! HONK!
| 5/30/2009 3:55 PM |
I cannnot believe this gutless, man-boy, Harrison...he gave the dog away! This was not a defensive nip...this was a mauling, that would have been FATAL to his son, if two other adults didn't intervene. This mama's boy Harrison wasn't man enough to make the difficult decision....the dog attacked three people....it tried to kill his son, and he's crying like a little girl over putting the dog to sleep!
So what will he tell his son, when he gets older and asks his sorry excuse for father..."Daddy....what happened to the dog that gave me this scar?"
"Well, son, as bad as that scar is, I just couldn't bring myself to put my best buddy, down..so I gave him away."
"But daddy, what if he comes back to hurt me? I'm scared....I have nightmares about that dog. He could see me somday on the street and come after me again."
"Nonsense, son...he went for rehabilitation. Anyway, he really didn't mean to bite you, you probably provoked him."
| 5/30/2009 3:57 PM |
Best Friends supposedly recommended this woman.
Best Friends also recommended that aggressive pit bulls go to Don Chambers. Remember him? http://www.dogsbite.org/blog/2009/02/katrina-rescue-fraud-dogs-hijacked-by.html
He even used Best Friends website to post pictures of the supposedly rehabbed and adopted dogs.
But the pit bulls he took from Best Friends were abused and killed.
So what will happen to Harrison's dog?
We have had dog fighters and breeders posing as "rescues" and "rehabilitators" before.
How much do you think Harrison paid to have his dog done God knows what with instead of Harrison BEING A MAN and acknowledging that the dog was a danger and needed to be euthanized?
He got used like a simpering schoolgirl.
| 5/31/2009 12:30 PM |
Fool Me Once, the problem with pits was in Philly. When Doug Rae left the PACCA shelter to start his new job in Indy in Jan. a news report said that the shelter population was 95% pit/pit mix. And an audit in Philly on the shelter shows that records concerning bites were not kept. Also dogs that had biten were euthanized early instead of being held for 10 days for rabies. Looks to me like a deliberate attempt to conceal facts about the pits in Philly.
| 5/31/2009 1:08 PM |
It is a crime to keep a dangerous dog in Pennsylvania. So how did Bill Parise manage to get this law ignored and shuffle this dog to a new owner?
PENNSYLVANIA DANGEROUS DOG LAW
Section 502-A. REGISTRATION
(a) SUMMARY OFFENSE OF HARBORING A DANGEROUS DOG - Any person who has been attacked by one or more dogs, or anyone on behalf of such person, a person whose domestic animal has been killed or injured without provocation, the State dog warden or the local police officer may file a complaint before a district justice, charging the owner or keeper of such a dog with harboring a dangerous dog. The owner or keeper of a dog shall be guilty of the summary offense of harboring a dangerous dog if the district justice finds beyond a reasonable doubt that the following elements of the offense have been proven:
(1) The dog has done one or more of the following:
(i) Inflicted severe injury on a human being without provocation on public or private property.
(ii) Killed or inflicted severe injury on a domestic animal without provocation while off the owner's property.
(iii) Attacked a human being without provocation.
(iv) Been used in the commission of a crime.
(2) The dog has either or both of the following:
(i) A history of attacking human beings and/or domestic animals without provocation.
(ii) A propensity to attack human beings and/or domestic animals without provocation. A propensity to attack may be proven by a single incident of the conduct described in paragraphs (1)(i), (ii), (iii) or (iv).
(3) The defendant is the owner or keeper of the dog.
(a.1) EFFECT OF CONVICTION - A finding by a district justice that a person is guilty, under subsection (a), of harboring a dangerous dog shall constitute a determination that the dog is a dangerous dog for purposes of this act.
When a person has been convicted of a crime, the conviction may be used in a civil claim as proof that the defendant's conduct was negligent.
The owner of a dog that attacks a person can go to jail, and the dog must be put down, if the requirements of the following law are met:
(c) ATTACKS CAUSING SEVERE INJURY OR DEATH - The owner of any dog that, through the intentional, reckless or negligent conduct the dog's owner, aggressively attacks and causes severe injury or death of any human shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree. In addition, the dog shall be immediately confiscated by a State dog warden or a police officer, placed in quarantine for the proper length of time and thereafter humanely killed in a expeditious manner, with costs of quarantine and destruction to be borne by the dog's owner.
| 6/03/2009 11:56 AM |
For the "protection" of the dog -- that sent three people to the hospital, the location of the dog is being withheld. For the "protection" of the new owner, her identity and location are being withheld. THERE IS NO PROTECTION FOR FUTURE VICTIMS! Who knows where the animal is now? Perhaps the woman has already adopted the dog out? (I hear these so-called "rehabilitation" training sessions only take a week or two). NO PROTECTION FOR FUTURE VICTIMS -- ZERO.
| 6/13/2011 5:37 PM |
The linebacker obviously cares more about his dog then his own child, maybe he cares more about his team members then his child, would he react the same way if the dog had chewed off one of his team members legs? & ruined a good season? The dog should be euthanized and that's the bottom line, or else the father should relinguish his rights because keeping the dog in the same house hold after allowing such an incident to occur without thinking is just unresponsable.