Rottweiler Adopted from Troy Animal Shelter
UPDATE 04/19/08: Ken Andress, Katye's grandfather and Troy Animal Control Officer, said Katye went out to feed the dog as she had done many times before. He said "she walked in the pen and turned her back, maybe to close the gate, and, with no warning, the dog attacked her from behind."
He said the dog knocked her down and "chewed up her right ear." She had lacerations on her right shoulder, a puncture wound on her back, a three-inch cut on the back of her head and the thumb and forefinger on her left hand were torn. Like the rest of the family, Andress does not know why the dog attacked Katye.
The family adopted Rock a month and a half prior from the Troy Animal Shelter. Rock had spent about two weeks at the shelter before the adoption. Andress said that he had shown no signs of aggression during his stay. "You could pet him while he was eating. He never was aggressive in any way. If he had been, I would never have let them take him."
Andress has apparently never flipped on the news and seen the many instances of Rottweilers attacking children unprovoked.
04/17/08: Pike County Girl Recovers From Rottweiler Attack
Brundidge, AL - It started as an ordinary outing to the backyard dog pen for Katye Murphy. She was making a trip to feed her rottweiler named Rock. As she got closer, something went terribly wrong. Rock suddenly attacked Kayte.
200 stitches later, Katye is still trying to make sense of it all. She suffered wounds to one hand, an ear and shoulder. The family decided to go ahead and put the dog down. Tests showed Rock did not have rabies or any other diseases. Katye just recently had her stitches taken out.
The Murphys say they've never seen anything like it, and they've been around animals all their lives. They adopted Rock a month and a half ago. He had shown no signs of aggression until this week. Her mother, Kim, says that "dogs can have bad days like people and I guess he just had a bad day."
All dogs can have a bad day and choose to bite. When a rottweiler or pit bull has a bad day, the difference is 200-300 stitches and lifetime scarring, versus 25 stitches from a poodle bite.