Lubbock Police Charge Pit Bull Owner
UPDATE 2/24/08: Lubbock, TX - Police say 21-year-old Robert John Dunn, the owner of the dog that bit a three-year-old, will be charged with felony attack by a dog. The pit bull mix remains in custody of Lubbock Animal Services pending a possible dangerous dog hearing.
Meanwhile, in an effort to dispel pit bulls' bad reputation and teach good ownership, the Maggie Trejo Supercenter is hosting a pit bull awareness meeting. They specifically ask meeting goers to leave their dogs at home. One has to ask though, if a meeting can effectively alter bad ownership behavior. Are irresponsible dog owners likely to attend?
After two pit bulls fatally attacked Jennifer Lowe in Knoxville, the local animal shelter addressed the "pit bull problem" with a daylong "parenting" class. To our knowledge, this class is the only step officials have taken in the wake of her death. Furthermore, Charles Smallwood, the owner of the dogs that killed Jennifer, reportedly has picked up new dogs. We recall Smallwood's words after the tragedy:
"I walked in the house and I just couldn't stay," Smallwood said. "I'm crushed. I never want to own another dog for the rest of my life."
02/17/08: Boy Critical After Pit Bull Mauling in Lubbock
Lubbock, TX - It's clear that the mayor's recent address to the city, public TV announcements, and leash laws are not stopping the epidemic of pit bull attacks. A 3-year-old boy is now in critical condition after being mauled by an off-leash pit bull-mix in front of his home. The berserking pit bull next attacked a Doberman-pincher in the same area tearing off the dog's leg.
Authorities say the boy's aunt was carrying him inside the house when a pit bull approached them and pulled the boy out of her hands. The dog primarily attacked the boy's face biting his ears and forehead. After several attempts the boy's grandfather was finally able to beat the dog off of his grandson. Animal Control Officer Kevin Overstreet comments:
"We're very thankful the child wasn't injured worse than he was. But he did have some serious injuries to his face."
03/21/08: Pit Bull Epidemic in Lubbock, Texas (Jan-Mar 2008)