Pit Bull Had "Long List of Attacks"
Wellington, FL - A pit bull busted through a wooden fence and killed a neighbor's pet poodle. 10-year-old Danny Condon tried to save his dying pet. He said, "I couldn't even talk straight because of the tears in my eyes." Last week after school, Condon and his 8-year-old brother, Brian, were walking their poodle named Pepsi when they said a pit bull across the street attacked.
They tried to fight the pit bull off, but it was too late. Pepsi was torn apart and hopefully died before she knew what hit her. Animal Control says the pit bull has a long list of other attacks and blames the owner for Pepsi's death. The Condons say, despite a Dangerous Dog sign posted on their neighbor's fence, they never knew such a ferocious animal lived so close.
Why does such a dangerous animal live nearby? Why, after a long list of attacks, is the dog alive at all?
How much did Animal Control do to ensure that the dog did not attack again? A dog labeled as "Dangerous" (as this one appears to be) typically has more restrictions than a mere Dangerous Dog sign posted at its house. Did Animal Control follow up to ensure that the owner complied with the necessary confinement restrictions?
The mother of the two boys, Marjorie Condon, tells reporters, "We have websites to let us know where the sex offenders are around us. I know it's a long shot but there should be something to let us know what kind of animals are living around us." Authorities say the pit bull's owner could face a misdemeanor charge. The pit bull was euthanized (finally) following the death of Pepsi.
The city of Wellington is located in Palm Beach County. A quick Google search reveals that three counties in Florida do have dangerous dog registries: Seminole, Brevard and Hillsborough. Condon's request is hardly a long shot.
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