Pit Bull Owner Claims Dog Doesn't Bite
Who can forget the pit bull the mayor of Orlando's pried off another dog? After the event, the owner did not step forward. Psychics predicted that the dog would suffer death as a result. To everyone's surprise, the owner has come clean. James Valentine said his 60-pound pit bull, Spider-Man, is good-natured and wouldn't attack anyone.
"He's a pit bull, but he's friendly. He's good with kids and everybody else. They say he jumped another dog. I wasn't there, so I don't know," said Valentine.
By stepping forward, Valentine saved the dog from being euthanized. But Orange County Animal Services isn't ready to give the animal back just yet. Spider-Man has been confined at the county animal shelter since March 9. That's when the pit bull attacked a Jack Russell terrier that was out for a walk through College Park with its owner.
Mayor Buddy Dyer said he was jogging past when he saw the pit bull run across the street and clamp its jaws down on the terrier's neck. He jumped on the pit bull and held its head so it couldn't shake the smaller dog and break its neck. With the help of neighbors alerted by the commotion, Dyer and the terrier's owner, Elaine Judy, struggled with the pit bull for several minutes before the terrier was freed.
Alli, the 18-pound Jack Russell terrier, is still taking antibiotics while recovering from bite wounds. Animal Services spokeswoman Kat Kennedy said the agency will conduct an investigation to determine whether the pit bull should be classified a "dangerous dog." The investigation will interview witnesses -- including Dyer, who "would be happy to describe what happened," according to a spokesman.
Pit bull owner Valentine, does not appear worried.
He also thinks someone intentionally released Spider-Man from his pickup's camper while he was at an Edgewater Drive gas station a few blocks north of where the incident happened.
"He's a good dog; he doesn't bite," Valentine said. "He's had a couple other dog fights, but only because the other dog jumped him. If somebody jumped on you, wouldn't you fight back?"
DogsBite.org makes no comment on Valentine's delusional logical, except that it seems to be shared by many other pit bull owners.
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