Alsip Obedience School Headed to Petsmart Land?
Lake Charles, LA - Falling in line with several other dog facilities, it appears Alsip Canine Obedience College might soon ban pit bull type dogs. A pit bull owned by a Chicago man bit a woman at the Alsip school during a class last year. Now the woman is suing the dog's owner and the school, claiming they didn't do enough to prevent the attack or respond appropriately.
Kelly Wirtz, of Oak Lawn, still has a scar from the 37 stitches she got after the dog clamped down on her arm. "My husband had to keep punching [the dog] in the head before it would let go," she said. "I was lucky, really, because it could have been a lot worse. If it had been a child, it would have been devastating. And they have no procedure, nothing, for how to handle it."
Jim Wirtz was there with the family's German shorthaired pointer, Peyton, and his wife came to observe. Just before class was to begin, she brought Peyton a toy. As she walked in front of the row of dogs, the leashed pit bull lunged at her and started biting, she said. The lawsuit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court by her attorney seeks more than $30,000.
The school blames the victim for having the audacity to walk right in front of the pit bull.
Darryl Tabor, who has owned the dog school for 25 years, said it was the first biting incident they've had in decades -- and happened only because Kelly Wirtz "walked right in front of the pit bull. I feel bad for the lady, but obviously she wasn't thinking." Wirtz's attorney, Michael McCready, said Robert Brazel should have better controlled the dog, while the facility was also negligent.
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