Pit Bull Won't Let Go, Gets Strangled
Salt Lake City, UT - Salt Lake City Police report that a man strangled a pit bull after it attacked his brother. The incident occurred as one man tried to let the pit bull off the porch and into the back yard. Apparently, something went amiss in this routine and the dog attacked.
When the pit bull would not let go of the man's hand, his brother tried to stab the dog. When that did not work, the brother put the dog in a chokehold. By the time officers arrived, the dog was still in a chokehold and there was "blood everywhere," according to a police log.
It's too bad for the injured man and the dog that a break stick was not on hand. A break stick is a device used to pry open a pit bull's jaw.
The dog died and the injured man went to a hospital for treatment. It is unclear who owned the dog, how long it took the police officers to arrive or what the peripheral circumstances might have been.
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Officer Uses Baton to Pry Open Jaws
Wakefield, MA - In a contrasting story, earlier this week a pit bull violently attacked a brother and sister in Wakefield. The dog escaped its owner's yard and attacked Andrea Reed, 18, her golden retriever and her younger brother James Reed, 13, when he tried to stop the attack.
Andrea was returning home from walking her dog when the pit bull appeared and attacked her. "It [the pit bull] just wanted to kill, it didn't matter if it was animal or human," said Andrea. Her younger brother, James tried to get the dog away from her and got bit. Four family members tried to fight the dog off too, but were unsuccessful.
Officer David Driscoll showed up with a baton. "I was on top of the dog and I inserted this (a baton) into the side of his jaw by his back teeth, and just pried the jaw open to get it off the boy."
The attack was so severe that the dog's tooth was embedded in James's right calf and he had to get eight stitches. The pit bull remains quarantined for ten days at the Wakefield Animal Control. Hopefully the dog will not be returned to its owners.
Responsible pit bull owners are encouraged to use "break sticks" to pry open their dog's mouth when immersed in a fight. Thankfully, this police officer was aware of this.
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