Saturday, June 27, 2009
Toledo, OH - It was recently reported that a pit bull running loose in a Central Toledo yard delayed firefighters from entering a burning home Friday morning. When firefighters arrived on scene, they immediately called for the dog warden as they "improvised" to corner the dog. Firefighters had to use tools to get the dog away from the front door, and, eventually, they had to spray the pit bull with a fire extinguisher to keep it from charging at emergency workers.
As DogsBite.org has reported before, dangerous pit bulls "suspend" firefighters and emergency workers from rescuing victims at emergency scenes, as these vital workers are often not equipped to deal with the animal. Such responders may be forced to wait in their vehicles until authorities arrive to contain the dog. Meanwhile, critical moments of a victim's life tick away. One of the most poignant examples of this occurred in the death of Tina Marie Canterbury.
Summary: After two family pit bulls owned by Canterbury severely attacked her, the dogs attacked her 21-year old son Cody Canterbury, who had tried to help her. In the 911 phone call, a second son told the dispatcher regarding the arriving ambulance: "We can't get to my mom and my brother just went out there and they attacked him too. They don't need to get out of the ambulance or the dogs will try to get them, too." A family friend at the home then shot at the dogs with a 9mm handgun, but the dogs survived. When a Clay County officer arrived on the scene, the dogs attempted to attack him too before the officer shot one of the pit bulls killing it. By the time authorities reached Canterbury she was dead.Minutes and moments count when it comes to saving people's lives. Back in October, the Omaha Fire Department developed a new training program to help firefighters deal with dangerous dogs at rescue scenes. Four months later, they were called to a pit bull attack in progress. In the end, it took three firefighters to place a catch pole loop around the dog's neck. The struggle was so intense, the metal pole was bent and the pit bull strangled itself to death in the noose.
03/25/09: Pit Bulls Continue to Interfere with Firefighting Efforts
02/18/09: Pit Bull Bends Metal Catch Pole Before Strangling Self to Death in Noose
10/31/08: Omaha Firefighters Receive Dangerous Pit Bull Training
10/15/07: 2007 Fatality: Tina Marie Canterbury Killed by Her Two Red Nosed Pit Bulls
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| 6/28/2009 10:07 PM |
The more I read the more I am wanting a full ban too. This is hard for me, it actually goes against my work but I had to decide. And my decision is that shelters should not be adopting out pits/bullies. These dogs have no history to being with. I hate it, pits have this wonderful smile. But they kill and maim and I had to accept that. I love animals but I will not put them above a human life, unless, of course, it is a "nameless" person that I love to hate, NJW. I would love to put him in with a few pits and see how much of a bad rap they get.
| 6/28/2009 11:36 PM |
This woman could have lost her entire house and all of her belongings. Husbandry requirement laws for pits DON'T WORK. The types of people who are attracted to pit bulls are typically the types of people who have no respect for the law. They will not abide by husbandry requirements any more than they will keep up on rabies vaccinations, spay, or neuter. Most local governments don't have the time or resources to make widespread checks for compliance. These dogs need to be banned. That way, all it takes is one phone call, and the dog is out of there and put down, the law breaking owner faces criminal charges, and there's one less pit to breed more.
| 6/28/2009 11:47 PM |
A ban should not go against your work P. A ban truly gets to the heart of the issue by making it illegal to "breed new pit bulls." While there are several sources of the "pit bull problem," STOPPING the breeding of new pit bulls and STOPPING the adopting out of existing pit bulls is absolutely key to lowering these attacks.
| 6/29/2009 10:36 AM |
As I have told city councilmembers before...."Pit bulls are a problem in every city in this country."
When will the city councilmembers across this great country make the "tough" decision to eliminate this breed?