Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Fort Wayne, IN - Earlier today, The News-Sentinel published an article in the community section by resident Bob Rinearson (Once again, pit bulls are to blame for extreme violence against people). Rinearson describes in vivid detail arriving on scene where an 11-year old boy and a man had just been brutalized by two pit bulls. It is a powerful piece that captures the extreme violence of a pit bull attack. Prior to this incident, the same dogs had mauled an elderly woman.1
I had not seen such violence committed against a human being in some time, let alone a child. The boy, just a short time before, had stepped off his school bus ... When I stepped out of my vehicle, the boy was sitting up and alert, but blood was pouring out of his ripped pant leg ... the boy asked, "Am I bleeding out?" ... the same dogs before coming onto the boy had just attacked an elderly woman ... The dogs, if not for the efforts of the daughter coming out to her mother's rescue, might have actually severed the woman's foot, according to an EMT ... The boy had suffered multiple deep bites on his left leg. What I saw was more than disturbing. They reminded me of seeing shark bites on victims while watching a special on the National Geographic Channel.Two pit bulls, three human victims and gunfire (police officers shot and killed both dogs) -- This is a classic pit bull attack. When city and county officials consider adopting a pit bull law, this is exactly the type of life-threatening and injurious scenario that should be considered. Arguing the granular points of "dog bite data" or engaging in the 30-year old debate, "It's the owner not the breed" is unnecessary. Just one point is needed in the consideration of a pit bull law:
Should our citizens be subjected to a classic pit bull attack that involves extreme violence and often produces more than one human victim?2The dogs' owner in this brutal multiple attack has not yet been identified. At least two victims will undergo substantial reconstructive surgeries.3 Even if the dogs' owner is identified, that person will not be able pay the sizable costs of the emergency and follow up surgical treatments these victims will require. It is a "total loss" scenario for the victims in this case, and thus far, "free walking papers" for the dogs' owner, who will likely acquire new pit bulls within a few weeks.
2Not to mention the many animals victimized by pit bulls. In these scenarios, a pet dog is seriously injured or killed and its owner is bitten trying to stop the attack.
3The man who saved the boy's life did not escape without serious injury either. Rinearson describes his injuries as one pit bull biting "extensively into flesh and muscle" of the man's leg.
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| 3/14/2012 12:45 PM |
I wish that there was a way to really show people just how vicious these attacks are. When a pit bull dug under one fence and climbed another to attack a flock of ducks I was raising, I could not adequately describe the carnage I had to deal with. I was seriously surprised at how many people made excuses for the "poor dog", If they could have been there to literally pick up the pieces, or euthanize the injured maybe they would understand my outrage. And, yes, these were just ducks. Not children or senior citizens. I can't believe that a person who argues, "...all dogs bite." has ever actually witnessed what a pit is capable of.
| 3/15/2012 8:18 PM |
So right Colleen and so right farmer jane.
This "classic" attack is predatory - off property and completely unprovoked. You just don't see any other kind of dog, I don't think even rotts or GSDs, the next two most dangerous breeds, go on the predatory, marauding attacks where multiple human victims that in no way can be perceived as provoking the dogs (even from the angle of the most ardent dog-centric perspective) are seriously injured in separate attacks on the same rampage.
And to Farmer Jane's point, I know loose dogs can wreak havoc on farm animals, but in numerous accounts, farmers have reported that they've never seen such devastation ever before when a pit bull just kills every animal in a pen. Most farmers have dealt with predation or harassment by coyotes, foxes, raccoons, normal dogs and feral cats. They know about that. And still, so many reports relate that the farmer is just devastated by the carnage a pit bull creates.
Pit bulls are perversions of dogs and routinely commit "classically" perverse attacks.
And like Farmer Jane, I don't understand why people can't see that.
| 3/16/2012 6:27 AM |
I agree with all of you! I'm so tired of their mantra, "Any dog can do this kind of damage," and "They have to be taught to fight," and "Poor baby must have been abused," and our favorite, "Its the Owner!" I am also sick of them saying that Pit Bulls can't possibly be human aggressive because man-biters were always culled, and then they come out in droves to keep man-biters from being euthanized. Ugh! The blame for the escalation in pit attacks lies fully with the pit advocates, and the ASPCA lawyer, who says all we need to do is mainstream these poor misunderstood beasts.
| 8/24/2012 5:33 PM |
I've been involved in dogs for over 35 years. I train, show, teach, compete in obedience and I do some rescue work, mostly by mistake but always do the right thing for the dog. But my first responsibility is to myself, my animals I'm already commited to and the neighbors around me. I've run across some pits (stafforshire terrier) that were good dogs. There owners trained them with great care and detail under the guidance of very experienced trainer/s. These few dogs I'm talking about were constantly exposed to tons of people and dogs in very controlled obedience work. Now this was back in the 70s. I haven't seen any dogs to compare to those few. The time and dedication these owners put into their dogs paid off but, the average person won't dedicate themselves to work that hard with their pits. I wouldn't rescue a pit or any pit type dog that harbors a similar nature. The damage these types of dogs can inflict is believable unless you've seen it you can't even imagine. I live in a great neighborhood and I like (ed) to walk my dogs that have retired or don't show so they feel special. Someone moved in a street over from me w/ two pits. I see the man walking both on FLEXING LEASES. A couple times I've see a 10 yr old boy walking one of the two. This dog is pure muscle and must weight a good 90 lbs. Needless to say I don't walk my dogs anymore and I'm careful to not leave them out in the yard if I hear barking, I'm right up and in they come. My years of experience has taught me to not even try to talk to this neighbor. People that have these dogs (oh, did I say they live in a pen on the edge of his property? ) don't care about people living in piece and harmony. They only want to look cool with these bad ass dogs. My prediction is that before long we're going to start hearing about Press Canario dogs mauling and killing. This is like a pit bull on steroids! This is also the breed that was responsible for killing Diane Whipple in 2001 right outside the door of her upscale apt. Diane had told the owners the dogs frightened her but, they thought that was funny and didn't try to avoid Diane at all with their 2 dogs.
Be smart people! Protect yourself, be aware of your surroundings. If you are going on an outside adventure to a park in a neighborhood check the neighborhood out first. And here is my advice, if you are going to be out wtalking about there are the things you can carry that may save you. It is a pain but if you love being out just remember those unsuspecting victims certainly didn't anticipate what happened to them. Carry a few hot dogs right out of the package cut in half. If you see dogs charging towards you throw the hot dogs in their directions, this may slow their charge down. Throw all of them scattered around so they have to hunt for them. You may get lucky and the food may cause them to fight amongst themselves. Try not to run but, hussels, keeping an eye on them, to a safe spot. Carry an air canister, you'll have to be willing to let them get a bit closer then you want but, you want that thing to hurt their ears. Also carry some maze and pray the wind is on your side. Last carry a nice hard bamboo stick about an inch in diameter and 3 ft long. Have someone teach you the proper was to hold it for a good strike and it still be in your hand. If those other things didn't work you want to strike the dog as hard as you can across the bridge of his nose. If you can get on top of something, DO IT, And never if you can help it let a dog get in behind you especially if there are more then one. If you yell try to keep your voice as deep as possible. The higher the pitch the more excited the dog/s get. LAST! GOD HELP US ALL!