UPDATE 05/19/08: Leena Murray and her family have not given up hope of finding the fugitive pit bull owner. In what looks to be a new trend for victims, the Murray's have developed a website that provides details of what happened and what they are doing to track the owner down. The website also takes tips: badowner.blogspot.com
Future victims of fugitive pit bull owners should consider a similar plan. Blog websites are free and can be set up in minutes. WordPress and Blogger are two good choices. What happened to the Murray's must be understood clearly. The Murray's were victimized four times by the pit bull owner: first for the attack, second for rabies shots, third for financial costs and fourth for emotional costs.
Leena has undergone 1 rabies shot so far.
05/16/08: Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock -- Time is Up
Murray's 10-day limit is up. She now must undergo rabies shots. The pit bull owner did not come forward, nor did anyone report the man who was described as a white male, in his mid 20's, medium build, short dark hair, clean shaven, a tattoo on his upper arm and driving a black four door Honda.
Rabies is a fatal disease, which means if you get it you will die.
Pit bull owners are fully aware of the collateral damage they inflict upon society. If they were unaware they would not consistently flee, hide, lie, manipulate laws and blame victims (or anyone else they can) for the vicious behavior of their dogs. Such actions illustrate that they know exactly how damaging their dogs are to society, and they do not care.
05/14/08: Pit Bull Owner Wanted: Victim May Need Rabies Shots
DogsBite.org is outraged that we have to report yet another victim that may need rabies shots due to a fugitive pit bull owner. As of May 14th, the pit bull owner that stuffed her dogs back into her car and sped away is still unidentified. The reward for information is $1,000 -- that's half the cost of rabies treatment.
05/09/08: Another Victim Offering Reward to Find Pit Bull Owner
Austin, TX - Using tactics straight from the pit bull owner's Conduct Unbecoming Guide, the owner flees the scene after his dogs hop out of his car and attack a border collie-mix. The collier owner, Leena Murray, tried to stop the fight, and injured her hands in the process.
Murray and her dog had been standing at the entrance of a PetSmart store on Highway 183 when the attack happened. She rushed her dog inside and a vet at PetSmart stitched Bailey up, 25 times over. To Murray's suprise (but not ours) when she returned to the parking lot, the owner of the three dogs was gone.
Dorinda Pulliam, director of Town Lake Animal Center, said that animals are required to be secured in an open vehicle like a convertible or a truck bed, but no rules exist about dogs in regular cars. The attacking dogs are in violation of the leash law she noted, and possibly in violation of a non breed-specific vicious dog ordinance.
Vicious dogs are prohibited in Austin. So after a dog has attacked 2-3 times the city can kick it out. The ordinance does not prevent serious attacks.
Murray wants justice for her dog. She also doesn't want what happened to her to happen to anybody else. Murray filed a police report and is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the man who owns the three dogs. She also wants to find the Good Samaritan who stepped into the fight and rescued her dog.
Town Lake Animal Center admits that pit bulls have a higher tendency to be aggressive toward other animals. They leave out the bigger questions of why these dogs are allowed in our neighborhoods where many people own pets, and why these animals were heading into a PetSmart filled with pets?
05/05/08: DogBoy's Dog Ranch No Longer Accepting Pit Bulls