Dog Would Not Stop Attack
Hillsboro, OR - Not to confuse readers with a separate machete attack on a reportedly aggressive pit bull that occurred in June, this attack occurred in December 2007. Jose Luis Ramirez, 39, was recently found not guilty of first-degree aggravated animal abuse after hacking a pit bull (but not to death initially) with a machete that was attacking his 45-pound cattle dog.
Ramirez testified that the neighbor's pit bull, Drake, was mean and aggressive, had killed two cats in the past and always ran loose. He said Drake attacked his dog, Marvin, in his front yard near Southwest 174th Avenue and Tualatin Valley Highway, and he was trying to break up the December 11th fight with whatever he had on hand.
"That dog would not even feel that I was hitting him," Ramirez said, explaining to jurors that he used a broken tree limb to try to get the 90-pound pit bull off his 45-pound mixed cattle dog before grabbing a machete that he used to chop kindling. It's well documented that pit bulls will continue to attack even when "extreme" pain is inflicted upon them.
The jury believed Ramirez and acquitted him.
The ASPCA shelter guidelines state that pit bulls that are gunshot victims coming into shelters "may present themselves as clinically normal." They add that, "Elicitation of pain can be an unreliable diagnostic indicator [because pit bulls] show little reaction to normal pain stimulus." This behavior reflects the genetic trait selectively bred into pit bulls to fight until death.
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