Monday, November 30, 2009
UK - London police officials recently released a shocking scene captured on CCTV cameras. The October 4 incident shows the full-length assault of a pit bull type dog attacking a guide dog near the dog's blind owner. The grisly scene unfolds at a London railway station. The blind woman had walked by a man standing in an underpass, reportedly drinking a can of beer, next to his dog. The unleashed dog bolted and violently attacked the woman's dear guide dog.
Please watch how this grown man cannot stop his pit bull once it has launched its attack.The argument of whether or not to regulate pit bulls boils down to a few simple issues: 1.) The average person cannot stop a pit bull when it chooses to attack. 2.) The average person cannot tell the difference between a "nice" pit bull and one that may suddenly launch an unbridled and unprovoked attack. As demonstrated by this video, the pit bull appeared to be having a "good" day up until it saw the guide dog. Yet, with no warning, the animal violently attacked.
Neela is Recovering
Just before Thanksgiving, The Sun reported that the guide dog, named Neela, was lucky to survive after her "neck was ripped open by the dog." Police are still searching for the dog's owner, who did not provide assistance to the victims after the assault. The 57-year old blind woman told The Sun, "For her to be attacked in such a vicious way, when she was doing her job assisting me, was a horrendous experience and one I hope no other guide dog owner ever has to go through."
It must be noted that Neela is a rare service dog in that she has been able to continue working as a guide dog after the attack. Such vicious attacks are commonly "career ending" as the guide dog is left too traumatized to perform its service duties afterward. Given the genetic dog-aggression inherent in pit bulls and the great risk this poses to guide dogs and their disabled owners, one would expect guide dog organizations to be active supporters of "preventative" laws (BSL) and "hindsight" laws.
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| 11/30/2009 5:03 AM |
There have been SO MANY attacks by pit bulls on service dogs.
And the handicapped person is usually utterly helpless in the middle of it!
BUT! There Is A Problem.
The service dog industry has ugly secrets. There are some breeders making LARGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY breeding service dogs. This is an INDUSTRY, not charity, for too many breeders (despite the fact that shelter dogs and puppies can easily be trained to be service dogs. Some organizations, like the dogs for the deaf organization, do this.)
BUT too many of these "service dog charities" are nothing more than big money makers for breeders profiting, churning out large numbers of puppies that have no special qualifications for service dog work, most of whom "bounce" and don't work out. Because AKC / for-profit breeders are involved in this "charity" business activity, they will oppose bsl just out of routine breeder greed and selfishness.
They don't even care that dogs they bred are getting attacked and ripped to shreds by pit bulls! They don't care about the handicapped person.
The breeders just care about opposing regulation so they can continue to maximize profits and cheat on taxes.
And the AKC registers pit bulls (Staffordshire terriers) so these "service dog" AKC breeders will oppose breed specific regulation in a knee-jerk way to protect their fellow breeders.
| 11/30/2009 5:06 AM |
The same is true of the police dog industry. Some police departments use trained shelter dogs.
BUT others unnecessarily spend vast amounts of money on breeder dogs (complete with genetic problems and issues) to use as police dogs.
So even though many police dogs are getting attacked by pit bulls, the breeders that make fortunes selling dogs to police departments (and cheating the taxpayer with overpriced, badly bred dogs) will oppose bsl.
They only care about their business and the money.
| 11/30/2009 5:55 AM |
The breeding for and excuse making for dog aggression is disgusting.
NAMBLA rationalizes man-boy love as perfectly natural and harmless too.
If they are going to sell these things as pets the need to start culling DA freakshows!
| 11/30/2009 7:23 AM |
I recently spent several months working in London. Pit bulls are fairly common in the UK despite the ban. Seen the Telegraph today there was a 4 year old killed by a dog in Liverpool. Any bets on the breed?
| 11/30/2009 10:05 AM |
I lived in 3 different areas of Britain for 4 years and never heard the term "nanny dog" there. They tend to call the Staffies "hell hounds", "demon dogs", "killers", etc...but not "nanny dogs". That term, I firmly believe, is just another creation of the pit nutter brigade.
| 11/30/2009 10:15 AM |
I did see a service dog attacked by a pit. No major damage done, we got the pit off quickly. I did contact the agency in my area. They said they had not had reports of service dogs being attacked. One would hope that people with service dogs would report attacks but there is no clearing house to do that.
| 11/30/2009 12:09 PM |
More on the UK fatal attack:
"Dog handlers and armed response officers attended the house in Ashgrove at 12.24am and, after a safety assessment, killed the dog. Officers are trying to establish the type of dog involved. Neighbours described it as a pit bull type, which is thought to have belonged to Jon Paul's uncle, a serving soldier."
| 11/30/2009 9:03 PM |
That's another thing, why doesn't law enforcement take complaints more seriously? Why can they overlook the animal laws, they are laws and law enforcement is supposed to enforce them. How many attacks and deaths could have been avoided had law enforcement taken the first complaint seriously?
| 12/06/2009 9:48 AM |
Guide Dog group complains of attacks
"We have received numerous complaints from vision impaired clients who have had their guide dog attacked by an unrestrained dog,"he told AAP. "It's a terrible situation because it can have a profound effect on the temperament of the dog. It can turn a social, friendly, confident and competent dog into a nervous one that gets anxious around other dogs. The dogs are placid and focus on the task at hand, do not attack back and tend to try to lead a person out of danger."
| 12/21/2009 9:25 AM |
12/21/09 - The owner of a pitbull-type dog that savaged a labrador guide dog in a railway station subway has been arrested. The man has been charged with an offence under the Dangerous Dogs act but police today appealed for help in locating his animal. Detectives believe it has been given to someone else amid fears that it will be destroyed if found.