Pit Bull Owner Cites Clichés
UPDATE 08/28/08: The owner of the pit bulls, Joe Wheeler, wishes the attack had not happened. He said, "I want apologize to the lady and her service dog ... I feel terrible about the situation." He said that one of the dog's, Neeko, is an "escape artist." He also said that both of his dogs are "misunderstood." Both clichés are straight from the pit bull owner's Conduct Unbecoming Guide.
08/27/08: Pit Bulls Gang Up on Service Dog
Champlin, MN - In another attack involving a disabled person, a service dog, and a pit bull, two pit bulls jumped Tara Wirtjies' service dog. Tara tried to stop the dogs with her wheelchair. Tara is a quadriplegic. She said she thought the pit bulls might kill Rue, her golden retriever. Rue is a service dog, not a therapy dog. We hope the attack did not damage Rue's extensive training.
The video is very compelling.
Tara was alongside her dog in a quiet neighborhood when the pit bulls charged out of a yard and lunged at Rue. "I just thought this is how she was going to die," she said. Tara started spinning her wheelchair to stop the attack. The pit bulls were called off by their owner but not before they broke open Rue's scar that was healing from a recent operation.
A neighbor, who did not want to identified, said the pit bulls had escaped twice before and attacked other dogs. That news outraged Tara. "He knew that these dogs were dangerous," she said. Fortunately, Rue is okay. Champlin Police seized the two pit bulls and they're being held at animal control until the investigation is over. The dogs' owner could face charges.