Bunny Better, Pit Bull Back Home
Wailuku, HI - Instead of watching a basketball game on TV, John Kyle wound up with a pit bull in his house biting his dachshund. Kyle tried to pry open the jaws of the dog, which would not let go of his dog, Bunny. He punched the intruder, freeing his dog then he dragged the pit bull to a shed and slammed the door.
Sunday's attack left Kyle scraped up, the dachshund with multiple wounds, a blood-stained carpet and veterinary bills exceeding $1,500. Surprisingly, the pit bull's owner has offered to make restitution. The owner of the dog, who declined to be named, says "she was shocked and horrified about what happened," although she owns the most animal-aggressive dog breed known to mankind.
The pit bull is being returned to its owner, with a caveat. Officials have declared the dog "dangerous." The new designation requires the owner to obtain liability insurance and to keep the dog indoors in an area without open doors or windows or in an enclosed kennel. If the dog is walked, it must be muzzled and kept on a 3-foot leash that’s handled by someone over 18.
At the time of the attack, the pit bull was not spayed nor had it undergone obedience training. Can one expect this owner to now abide by the "dangerous" requirements?
For John Kyle and Carol Balcom, Bunny's owners, life has added a few caveats as well. Balcom said she is watching Bunny and making sure she takes three different medicines, while also tending to her own health since recovering from a stroke. "I’m trying to keep our medications straight," she said. Balcom also heard from Bunny’s former owner, who paid part of the veterinarian bill for the 8-year-old dog.
Balcom, who adopted Bunny from the Maui Humane Society, learned Bunny had been attacked by a pit bull before. The same organization that says the recent attack by a different pit bull "was a freak accident." Jocelyn Bouchard, the Executive Director of MHS and the Maui institution as a whole are doing a disservice to people like Balcom for perpetuating myths about pit bulls.
Pit bulls were selectively bred for an actively that is now a felony in all 50 states: dogfighting. It is hardly a "freak accident" when a pit bull attacks another dog.