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Springfield, IL - Last week in Springfield, three postal carriers were attacked by pit bull type dogs. This week, Sandra Johnson was unpacking when she was attacked by a pit bull -- she had been living at the new home for less than 7 days. Johnson said she was in her yard taking her own dog, Bear, out for a bathroom break when the pit bull approached her.
The pit bull’s owner, Felicia Hall, yelled out that the dog was "really aggressive" and might attack her.
In such a situation, what does one do? Johnson told her dog Bear to "stay" then stepped back on the sidewalk. The pit bull, named Shaka, then lunged at Johnson and attacked. "I tried to jump on my car, but before I could jump, the dog had grabbed my leg and pulled me down." She added, "I’ve never seen a dog do that before, that aggressively."
Johnson’s wound required 15 stitches. Her dog, a half-Chow and half-German Shepherd, was treated for an eye injury sustained while defending its owner. The attack didn't change Johnson’s view toward pit bulls. An avid dog and cat rescuer, she does not believe pit bulls are inherently aggressive. She blames attacks on owners' neglect or abuse.
No one argues that pointers were bred to point. Why does anyone argue pit bull aggression? Pit bulls were bred to fight.
The pit bull owner said her dog "broke loose" from a chain and ran toward Johnson's dog to sniff it. She slipped and fell trying to get the leash back on the dog. Subsequently, the dog attacked Johnson. "She was just curious about the other dog," Hall said. She added that Shaka "has a temper" even though she said she didn’t raise it to be aggressive.
Shaka had a history of a previous bite. After the attack on Johnson, Hall signed the dog over to animal control officers to be put to sleep.
In other news:
Leashed Pit Bull Attacks Woman
Woodstock, GA - A pit bull attacked a Cherokee County woman on Sunday. Donna Hamilton said she was in her yard, at the Fountain Lake Mobile Home Park, when the dog's owner walked by with the pit bull on a retractable leash. Hamilton said the dog lunged at her, biting her face and legs. She was taken to the hospital, treated and released. The dog is being held at animal control while officers investigate.