Three Attacks in Four Days
Manteca, CA - A series of pit bull attacks over the past month -- including three in the past four days -- has people concerned about the dogs. The most severe attack was against a 2-year-old girl. She required 15 stitches in the upper part of a leg by her grandfather's pit bull, Coco. After the attack, the family got rid of Coco and two pit bull puppies. The family said, "We're done with that kind of dog."
Monday, a man was leaning up against his fence when he was bitten through a knothole by a neighbor's pit bull. Friday, a loose pit bull attempted to break through the window of a house to attack another dog. Last month, a woman was walking her two greyhounds when a pit bull charged. The pit bull bit the woman's female greyhound and seriously injured the male, who was later euthanized.
Animal control officer, Cindy Schick, agrees that pit bulls "are becoming more and more of a problem, especially those that can get out of weak fences and are running loose." Schick said pit bulls can be affectionate pets and noted that other breeds of dogs can bite, too. But it is unclear why pit bulls seem to act the way they do. "What's causing the issue with these dogs? There seems to be no answer."
She added that sometimes spay and neutering the animals doesn't work either. For instance, the dog from Monday's incident was fixed and the dog from Friday's incident was from a loving home.