Dog Owner Had Been Warned
Sheffield, UK - A teenager whose dogs violently attacked a postman has been jailed for nine months. Jamal Richards, 19, was locked up after his two bulldog terriers dragged Paul Coleman to the ground and subjected him to a 15-minute mauling. Coleman, 40, spent six days in hospital and had two operations, skin grafts and plastic surgery. He continues to suffer psychological problems since the incident, remains off work, and has permanent scarring.
The dogs were kept in a shed in the backyard, which the postman had to cross. The dogs frequently escaped. On December 18, Coleman was delivering mail on a nearby street when both animals came after him. A neighbor broke the shaft of a garden rake hitting one of the dogs. The dog was also struck with a hammer and still refused to let go. A workman repeatedly hit the other dog with a metal bar. The dogs finally broke off at the sound of approaching sirens.
Why hasn't the UK banned these breeds?
The Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier and bull terrier share a common gene pool with the pit bull. No one knows why the UK failed to ban these dogs in the Dangerous Dog Act of 1991 when they banned pit bulls. In the US, the "pit bull type dog" definition includes these breeds. When breed-specific ordinances are carried out, they apply to each of the breeds for the reasons described above, and to prevent future devastating attacks.
04/12/08: UK Dangerous Dog Act Failed to Ban Breeds within Pit Bull Class