Pit Bull Attacks Customer at Tire Store
St. Louis, MO - In a store that ought to give a pit bull lots to sink his teeth into -- car tires -- a customer says he stepped inside to get a quote. "I walked in, said, 'Excuse me.' And I said it one more time and here come the dog from behind the counter," says Smith. The dog grabbed Smith by the throat. Witness William Stewart saw the struggle, but feared for his own safety and did not help.
Smith was left with four stitches in the left side of his neck, three stitches in his arm and several gashes in his right cheek. "I know the dog is vicious," says Stewart. He and his family members say they have seen the dog roaming the neighborhood on more than one occasion. Stewart says he's worried because he has young children in his home.
The dog house at the tire store sat empty after the attack, and the store closed early. No one answered the door, or the phone. News reporters made several attempts to locate the owner. Animal control officers put an official notice on the front door to the store, ordering the owner to turn the dog over to the city and provide proof the dog's been vaccinated within the next 24 hours, or face legal action.
Dear William Smith, when you sue American Tire and Auto, be sure to add the suffering you endured being forced to undergo the rabies vaccination. Don't leave out the extended injury suffered because onlookers were too afraid for their own lives to help you. Why do you think so many pit bull owners stand by looking wide-eyed during an attack? (Hint: They know the injury the animal is capable of inflicting).
In other news:
Treat in Pocket Causes Pit Bull to Attack
Providence, RI - After a volunteer at the Providence Animal Shelter is on the receiving end of a pit bull bite, she's making it known the dog is not the one to blame for the incident. Volunteer Sarah Marsh says the dog bit her leg because it was going after the dog treat in her pocket at the time. As a recent commenter at DogsBite.org said:
Now you can't walk a pit bull and have treats in your pocket at the same time. Seriously, we need to compile a list on this site of things you can do with every other dog, but not a pit bull.
Which Happened First? Stabbing or Pit Bull Attack?
Bloomington, IL - Police say two men were hospitalized last night following a stabbing. Police say they have been given conflicting reports about what happened. One man was cut on his left elbow and back, while another man was bit in the cheek by a pit bull. Authorities are trying to determine whether there was an argument that triggered the melee or whether it was just a random attack.
Over in Sydney, Nova Scotia, the owner of a corgi-mixed terrier stabbed a pit bull after it got loose and attacked his dog while it was tied up. The terrier did not survive. After the pit bull snapped the other dog's neck, and suffered a stabbing, he was still raring to go. The dog charged an arriving police officer and got zapped by a stun gun. Ken Manning, a special constable with the Cape Breton SPCA said,
"People have a right to (use) whatever force necessary to stop an attack, whether it’s a stick, a shovel, a knife, or it can even be a bullet."
Now there's an SPCA officer that's worth his weight in gold. Heck it's only 4,500 miles from Surrey, where SPCA members aren't worth their weight in rocks.
07/09/08: Citizens of Surrey Speak Out
07/04/08: Surrey Jogger Vows to Carry Hatchet After Pit Bull Attack
06/22/08: Pit Bulls Attack in Surrey Again; Owner and Dogs Flee the Scene
05/30/08: Flashback: Surrey SPCA Has History of Troubling Attitude