Surrey, BC - Another pit bull attack has one Surrey resident threatening to carry a hatchet to protect himself and his dog. David Blair, 50, tells reporters, "I do not want to hear one more news report about a dog that hurt a child or an old person or killed a beloved pet." Blair was recently attacked by a leashed pit bull as he and his young German shepherd, Sadie, jogged along the river.
"As we passed this man, his [leashed] dog just ripped away from him and attacked my dog," said Blair.
Blair, who kneed the pit bull in the head, said the pit bull still managed to bite Sadie. It also nicked Blair on the knee. The owner, after regaining control of his dog, just said, "Hey, sorry, man," and kept going. Like many victims of pit bull attacks, Blair was bewildered, "I just thought, 'My God, this kind of dog shouldn't be out in public.' What if it was a toddler or an elderly lady?"
Blair has seen his share of wild bears and wolves in his life. He said, "This dog acted exactly the same. It was an instantaneous attack. No noise, no warning." Blair's words perfectly describe the genetic traits that characterize a pit bull attack. What Blair leaves out is that unlike a wild animal, pit bulls do not retreat. Mankind had the courtesy of breeding the natural instinct of survival out of pit bulls.
In other news:
A Real Surrey Sob Story
Surrey, BC - Due to the recent scourge of pit bull attacks in Surrey, one of our favorite organizations -- the Surrey SPCA -- blames the media for the rising number of unadoptable pit bulls. Forget the victims of these attacks, including: Sean Bajwa, Chris Bublitz and her guide dog Valerie and Judy Evans and her dog Tasha. Instead, let's talk about the many pit bulls left "high and dry" at the Surrey dog tank.
We picked up 15 boxes of Kleenex before writing this story because we knew we would shed enough tears to fill up an ocean just thinking about these unadopted dogs whose previous owners dumped them. There are always two sides to a story, particularly when it comes to the pit bull problem. There's the torn up victim and the misunderstood dog. According to the Surrey SPCA, the pit bull is the only victim.
Janice Levers -- who works with Lorie Chortyke -- would have you believe that the media is responsible for the unadopted pit bulls left sitting in cement cages. Such groups are perfectly aware of the overpopulation of pit bulls, which leads to countless euthanizations, but they often do not support pit bull sterilization laws. Instead, they blame the media for the number of unredeemable pits.
Every now and again, they also hurl blame at the irresponsible pit bull owner. Lever would like you to believe that a few bad owners pulled off the monstrosity known as the pit bull problem. "It is a concern that all pit bulls suffer when one dog owner behaves irresponsibly. It is the dog that ultimately pays the price." We're cracking open the Kleenex boxes now. The tears are gushing out like a mad flowing river.
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
05/25/08: Bajwa Family Plans to Sue the City of Surrey, the SPCA and RCMP
05/13/08: Pit Bull Attacks Seeing Guide Dog in Surrey