Thursday, June 4, 2009
From left: Councillor Mike Speedy, window escape route, seized pit bull, victim's home.
Pit Bull Owner "Missing"
Indianapolis, IN - Just hours after DogsBite.org released, "U.S. Police and Citizen Shootings of Pit Bulls 2008," two pit bulls were shot by Indianapolis police officers after a violent attack. Heather Paugh, 30, was walking to her mailbox when three pit bulls, who had jumped out of a nearby window, ambushed her. Authorities said that Paugh had a "severe chunk" taken out of her left forearm, all the way down to the bone. She also suffered multiple wounds to both legs.
Officials recently "tabled" the At-Risk Dog proposal introduced by Councillor Mike Speedy that directly targeted the alarming pit bull attack problem in Indianapolis.According to officials, the dogs reportedly escaped through an open window of a neighbor's home and got underneath a fence. A person inside the victim's home set loose a rottweiler in hopes that it would stop the attack. The rottweiler was subsequently mauled by the pit bulls. When police showed up, the dogs would not let responders reach the victim. Police then shot two of the pit bulls with a shotgun. Both pit bulls initially survived the shotgun injuries; one was later put down.
City County Councilman Mike Speedy now hopes to revive his proposed At-Risk Dog legislation. Speedy told reporters, "It would limit the number of pit bulls households could have to two and it would also require registration and mandatory spay and neuter of pit bulls." From her hospital bed, the victim Heather Paugh told reporters that she is recovering, but the attack has devastated her entire family. According to reports, the third attacking pit bull is still on the loose.
Related ZUPF video
06/03/09: DogsBite.org Releases Report: U.S. Police and Citizen Shootings of Pit Bulls 2008
05/26/09: Letter: Councillor Speedy Responds to Tabled At-Risk Dog Proposal
04/24/09: Indianapolis Councillor Files "At Risk" Dog Proposal Today
03/07/09: Coverage of Indianapolis Serious Pit Bull Attacks and Controversy
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| 6/05/2009 2:15 AM |
Those officials have blood on their hands. I hope they catch the owner. More importantly, I hope the victim sues every council member that voted to table the regulations that would have prevented this attack. They are directly responsible.
| 6/05/2009 7:02 AM |
Is there anybody in this country who really believes that pit bulls are not the most dangerous companion animal out there?
Really? C'mon Indianapolis, you have the ability to reduce and possibly eliminate attacks just like this. Anybody who has actually owned or spent time with a pit bull knows exactly what I'm saying. Ex: look at what happened to the Rottweiler despite being a muscular dog, the Rottie is no match for pits...
How many cities are going to allow this to continue? Bans work. See Council Bluffs, Iowa, a city which has eliminated pit bull attacks within 3 years of banning this devil dog. Animal Control agencies who continue to ignore reality ought to be ashamed of themselves.
As a prosecutor and friend of a pit bull breed, http://www.bigredkennels.com, I am intimately acquainted with this issue. Enough already. I would challenge any pit bull fan to a debate, anytime, anywhere, including Cesar Milan and Ledy Van Kavage, CHAKO, etc.
| 6/05/2009 10:43 AM |
They are calling the rottie a "hero" dog, and it may be. But that rottweiler did NOT understand it was entering into a battle with 3 "canine warriors" either. Notice that the people did NOT get involved, they sent the dog out instead of themselves...
| 6/05/2009 10:48 AM |
Meanwhile we have Doug Rae working not for the people of Indianapolis, but for Nathan Winograd and the pit bull breeders.
If you have any doubt that Nathan Winograd is working with the pit bull breeders look at this blog entry. He is pre-releasing his diatribes and propaganda to pit bull breeder forums. (Not to mention that the ADBA helped sponsor his last "conference")
| 6/05/2009 3:00 PM |
I actually have a friend who owns a Rottie from a good breeder; she participates in AKC performance events. She hates pit bulls, and thinks they are a junk breed. Even the Rottie people recognize pit bulls and their "breeders" for what they are...criminals and liars.
| 6/16/2009 4:55 PM |
JUNE 16, 2009 -- Another Indy pit bull shot: "Pit bull killed after scaring neighborhood"
"An Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer shot and killed a menacing pit bull Sunday on the Eastside, police said.
The incident was reported about 11 a.m. in a residential area in the 2300 block of North Rural Street, according to a printed report. A woman told an officer about a large yellow pit bull that was chasing people and trying to climb a fence to get to her in her yard.
Police first blocked the dog's path with a patrol car. The dog charged at another man, then headed toward the police officer, who pulled a canister of tear gas and sprayed the dog in the face. But the animal ran into another yard.
The dog then ran at another resident, forcing him to flee into his house. When the dog charged again at the police officer, the officer took his Remington shotgun and fired two rounds into the animal, killing it."