Bulldogs Sent Home
UPDATE 03/13/08: The American bulldogs have been released back to their owner; the same owner that left them by themselves for the weekend. He also tells the media a bold-faced lie: "They were in quarantine for ten days got a positive report from the vet, animal control wouldn't even label them potentially dangerous."
The Martins declined to be interviewed, but said that Joanna and the family dog are doing better. Members of the neighborhood are afraid of the dogs now; they're not too fond of their owner either. Just last week the homeowners association passed an amendment to prevent more attacks by them and other vicious dogs.
Owners of vicious animals or attack animals are required to pay $100 dollars per day, as long as they harbor the animals.
This is a neighborhood where Stewart's dogs are not wanted anymore. It is a scenario that is duplicated all over the United States thousands of times. No American citizen or family should be forced to live near dangerous, vicious dogs. We don't allow coyotes or mountain lions in our neighborhoods either.
03/05/08: American Bulldogs Attack a Woman
Foley, AL - Breed-specific pit bull laws should always include the American bulldog in its definition of a pit bull. The two stem from the same lineage. As they share many genetic (and physical) characteristics, pit bull owners often try to dodge breed specific ordinances by calling their pit bulls "American bulldogs."
The most recent victim, Joannah Martin, has 18 stitches in her arm after a pair of American pit bulldogs attacked her. When she and her dog fetched the paper that morning, the animals bolted from across the street and attacked. Her husband James said, "I opened the door and saw my wife on the ground being mauled."
The dogs' owner, Austin Stewart, says that nothing like this has ever happened before. His two dogs, Boomer and Thunder, were home alone over the weekend. Yet, they managed to open up the latch to the fence to attack Joannah and her dog. He says that euthanizing his dogs because of the attack is "a little dramatic."