The Dog Owner is in Tears
Dallas, TX - In a city that recently passed a new dog ordinance, which lacked a component to deal with the pit bull problem, another attack has occurred. Postman Roger Powell was attacked by a pit bull-mastiff mix (add 20-30lbs to your average pit). Still in his blood soaked shirt, Powell describes the frightening attack:
"I'm walking off; I'm already back off the steps and onto the yard, and the next thing I know the dog had bust through the door." While Powell rolled on the ground, he said the dog's owners looked on. "He was already biting me," he said. "I screamed to the man, 'Get your dog!'"
The owner of the dog, Vicky McClure, burst out in crocodile tears for the cameras, "I told him yesterday I was sorry. I didn't mean for him to get bitten. It was just a freak accident; it just happened." McClure says her dog Bruiser, also known as Boozy, escaped when he accidentally hit the latch on the door. She said the dog was just protecting his house. He really is a "good baby."
McClure's neighbor, John Escobedo, disagrees. He said, "That dog is just mean. He's a mean dog." He says he was bitten by the same dog three weeks ago, and he has the scars and pants to prove it. "I knocked on the door, and they said, 'Come on in.' I open the door, and the first thing I see is this big huge dog attack me," he said. Escobedo didn't report the attack or go to the hospital.
Always report bites, and always seek medical care.
Because Escobedo did not report his bite, authorities cannot count his bite against the dog. Typically, after a second human bite -- which would have been the case in this instance -- the dog owner suffers significant consequences. After the fact bites don't count; report a bite right away. While this may not benefit the current bite victim, these actions will benefit the next victim.
Dallas Animal Services quarantined Boozy and scheduled a dangerous dog hearing. If the dog is found guilty and deemed dangerous, the dog owner may still be able to keep the dog. However, the owners will have to pay $100,000 insurance, post dangerous dog signs outside the house and put a dangerous dog tag on the dog. If the dog is not already microchipped, it will be now.
Last year, 41 mail carriers were bitten in Dallas. The U.S. Postal Service is investigating Powell's case. They intend to file a lawsuit against the dog owners because of the growing cost of medical care for mail carriers. Good for the Postal Service. We imagine the organization is also tired of shelling out sizable settlements in employee lawsuits.
Pit bull advocates can huff and puff all they want about "It's the owner not breed!" But the question of 'Who pays?' Will settle the pit bull plight once and for all.
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