Pit Bulls Should be as "Illegal as Owning a Lion"
Rifle, CO - On December 8, 2006, Garfield County Court Judge Jason Jovanovich said that pit bulls are too dangerous to be loose in society, and if he could he would kill every pit bull. He made the remarks while sentencing an owner of a pit bull, 32-year old Julie Dawn Sullivan, that violently attacked a 74-year old Silt woman.
"If I had a big red button right here that would kill all the pit bulls, I wouldn't hesitate to press it,'' Jovanovich said. ''I think they should be as illegal as owning a lion, and they belong in zoos.''
The pit bull named "Butterbean" savagely attacked Judy McGruder back in September. McGruder was forced to undergo four hours of surgery and needed more than 200 stitches to close wounds on her hand, arm, leg and head. The victim said in the hearing that she will likely face more surgery in the future.
According to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel -- a local newspaper -- Jovanovich also said that pit bull owners who claim their dogs are as docile as another other breed "are as high as a kite if they think they're safe. I love animals, but I wouldn't hesitate to order them all killed if I could.''
Jovanovich ordered Sullivan to serve one year of unsupervised probation, complete 48 hours of public service, pay a $250 fine and pay restitution to McGruder.
09/29/06: Pit Bull Owner Charged; Dog to Be Destroyed
Glenwood Springs, CO - The pit bull that a Silt woman says attacked her a week ago will be destroyed, while its owner faces criminal charges. 74-year old Judy McGruder suffered severe injuries to her arm, leg, back and head in the attack. Her injuries required about 200 stitches.
She accidentally went to the wrong home to pick up her grandson, and came under attack as she walked back to her car. The owner of the dog, 32-year old Julia Sullivan, faces a misdemeanor charge of unlawful ownership of a dangerous dog.
09/26/06: Grandmother Gets 200 Stitches After Pit Bull Attack
Glenwood Springs, CO - A 74-year-old Silt woman is recovering this morning from a pit bull attack that caused injuries serious enough for 200 stitches. The incident report shows that Judy McGruder went out to pick up her grandson from someone else's home, but accidentally went to the wrong house.
McGruder says she got directions from a visitor at that house and started to walk back to her car when the pit bull attacked her. The man saw what happened and rushed to pull the dog off of McGruder, but not before the animal ravaged her arm, leg, back and head.
Sheriff Lou Vallario says it's unclear if the dog's owner will face charges, since the attack occurred on private property -- and McGruder was uninvited.
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