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10 thoughts on “2008 Dog Bite Fatality: Kelli Chapman Killed by Two Pit Bulls

  1. Postmortem Pit Bull advocacy…

    There are actual service dogs trained to detect seizures before they occur. Obviously these Pit Bulls aren’t cut out for that kind of work.

  2. My best guess is that the siezure triggered the dogs high “prey drive”, and they reacted by attacking.

    What is so sad is, many of the dogs that become “seizure alert” dogs do so without training; there are many, many stories of dogs instinctively alerting owners to an impending seizure, and laying protectively near them until the siezure subsides. Dogs bred to work closely and cooperatively with humans, like sporting dogs, are often naturals at this.

    Pit bulls were bred for blood sport, not to be companions and protectors of humans.

  3. “hmm…. did the seizure cause the attack or did the attack cause the seizure?”

    WHAT AN EXCELLENT QUESTION!

  4. Looks like the dogs pulled her down and killed her in normal Pit Bull manner.

    “Kelli Chapman had injuries to her forearms, indicating possible defensive wounds, McCullough said”.

    “It is possible, and there was other damage to furniture and stuff in the bedroom, where the attack occurred, so it is possible that she was defending herself,” he said.

    http://www.nola.com/newsflash/index.ssf?/base/news-36/1200965959215780.xml&storylist=louisiana

  5. I gotta ask….How were they legally able to own Pit Bulls after such an incident? In a home with children much less!!!!

  6. The last American killed by “Piticide” was on December 25th, 2007…Almost made it a full month between deaths.

  7. I have a Seizure Alert Dog. He is a Chihuahua and my best friend in the world. ‘Nuff said…

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