Friday, November 13, 2009
Lima, Peru - As written previously on DogsBite.org, the pit bull problem is a world problem. Dangerous pit bulls attack and kill human beings in North America, Latin America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, South Africa -- the scope is too expansive to list. Given that pets, horses and livestock are victims in these attacks more often than humans, one can only imagine -- dog-on-animal attack data is infrequently tracked -- the "pet death toll" attributed to pit bulls.
"LIMA – An 85-year-old man who owned a pitbull bled to death after being brutally attacked in the leg and face by the animal, which apparently became enraged after being punished, Peruvian media reported Thursday.Other articles reported that the pit bull, named Gernaro, had been living with its owner for 7-years1 prior to the fatal attack and that Ramirez suffered the loss of over half of his face2 in the incident. The son, Angel Garcia, who may have been the original owner of the pit bull then dumped it on his father,3 denied that his father hit the dog and that the animal tore into his father's face. "My father has yelled and the dog has gone crazy and attacked him in the leg," he said.
Santos Garcia died Wednesday at the Casimiro Ulloa Emergency Hospital after suffering severely torn muscle tissue in one of his legs and the loss of part of his nose, his upper lip and right eye, the El Comercio newspaper said.
The elderly man had punished the dog two days ago for destroying some household objects and did so again on Wednesday, which prompted the dog to retaliate.
The victim, who lived in Lima’s San Juan de Miraflores district, died en route to the hospital.
The dog was locked in a room in the house after the attack and later taken at the request of the family to an anti-rabies center, where a decision will be made on the animal’s fate.
Pitbulls have become very popular in Peru in recent years as guard dogs, but they also are used by gang members to attack their victims."
3Pit bull owners frequently dump their dogs on mothers, fathers, grandparents or friends when they are "in transition" or can no longer care for the animal.
08/29/09: Pit Bull Kills Owner, 35, in Bloody Buenos Aires Attack
04/04/09: Thailand: Pit Bulls Kill 37-Year Old Woman and Attack Relatives
02/06/09: Ecuador Joins International Trend: Bans Pit Bulls and Rottweilers as Pets
01/24/09: South Africa Struggles with More Violent Pit Bull Attacks
12/15/09: Pit Bull Mastiff-Mix Kills 10-Year Old Boy in Mexico
11/19/08: Pit Bull Kills Grandmother, 74, in Johannesburg
10/24/08: Spain Jails Pit Bull Owner for 1 Year After Fatal Attack
09/22/08: Elderly Greek Woman Mauled to Death by a Pit Bull
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| 11/13/2009 5:41 PM |
Rottweiler killed one year old in Austria. Family dog but father was member police dog brigade.
World wide problem.
| 11/13/2009 6:09 PM |
More on Austria:
The father came home from night shift at 8 in the morning and when he greeted the grandmother and the child in the living room the dog attacked the child on the head without any provocation.
The father has years of experience as a dog handler.
| 11/13/2009 7:54 PM |
Rottweilers and babies -- a very bad combination. Here's a translation:
"In an interview with the "Wiener Zeitung" said district police commander Guenther Brinnich the incident, which occurred in the home of the victim: was at eight clock Early in the girl's father came home from night duty: "The girl's father and grandmother are just in the hall Welcomes also present, as the family dog, a Rottweiler, suddenly and completely unmotivated went off on the child and bit into his head. " Despite intensive efforts, the child had died from his severe head injuries. As far as the completely normal force dog to move to attack the girl, remains unclear. For Brinnich jealously behavior of the dog comes into consideration: "Perhaps the dog has the child perceived as a threat to his place in the pack." Especially tragic is that the father had as a police officer many years of service dog training experience with dogs."
"...Even the attack of three pit bull terriers on a three-year-old girl in early September in the district of Lilienfeld in Lower Austria led to a discussion about the new arrangements for the holding of so-called fighting dogs. On Thursday, the new Lower Hundehaltegesetz will now be decided. The law provides that owners of animals have to do with an increased risk potential and striking dog a "dog license" are thus as dangerous breeds such as bull terriers, Bandog and Pitt Bulls, and the list can be complemented by regulation of the Provincial Government with other races. Rottweilers, like that animal that the year-old girl are dead bit, to date, not on the list."
| 11/13/2009 8:08 PM |
The father is a "dog handler" in addition to being a law enforcement officer. Unfortunately -- and perhaps because these types want protection dogs -- law enforcement officers are appearing at a disproportional rate in 2009 U.S. fatal attacks:
Jane Doe, 2-weeks old, Mesa, AZ
Both parents police officers
Killer dog = Chow-mix
Michael Blaise Landry, 4-years old, Morganza, LA
Sheriff's deputy responsible for boy's death
Killer dogs = "Boxers"
The Austria attack sounds a lot like the 2007 attack of Kylie Cox, just BAM, no hesitation, a deadly B-Line attack on the child.