Wendy Blevins Interview
Omaha, NE - Tom Becka (1110 KFAB) is a well-known radio personality in Omaha. He talks to Wendy about the pit bull attack, which resulted in her daughter losing part of her scalp, the current situation in Omaha regarding the mayor's dumbed-down pit bull proposal and the upcoming steps the City Council might take to strengthen the proposal.
Wendy says: "But the dog actually just started walking toward us...very curious, like he was just going to come up and lick our face. Not a threatening manner at all. He got to about four feet from us, and, to be honest, I don't think his feet ever touched the ground. He literally just nose-dived into Cade's chest, right over his heart, grabbed a hold of his chest, shook Cade a couple times and toppled the wagon onto its side..."
She talks about Tina, the dog owner as well. Tina called Wendy while she was at the hospital. She asked Wendy, "Is your daughter going to live?" Wendy describes the phone call further. "I said, yes. She has another surgery. Then she proceeded to tell me that she was sorry, but Duke was a really good dog and that she had lost her baby...and I said to her, I feel really bad that you lost your dog, but I can't sit here and listen to you tell me what a good dog Duke was..."
Wendy believes that the Mayor's committee rushed the process of reaching the proposal and without realistic public input. No one on the committee even spoke to Wendy. She mentions that her brother recently went to a luncheon and met up with a person from Omaha Animal Control. The person told Wendy's brother than no Animal Control field officers were even asked their opinion on the matter.
The consensus is that Mayor Fahey's committee is acutely biased and stacked with members of the Nebraska Humane Society (NHS) that oppose all breed-specific laws. Top members of the NHS own pit bulls. The other helping hand is the ASPCA's Ledy Vankavage, who is the owner of three pit bulls. She's been quoted in the press saying pit bulls are "extremely human friendly," little "wiggle butts."
Wendy specifically talks about Fahey's proposal and that it has "a lot of holes." She addresses the 15-minute tethering rule, "Are they going to mark these like they do with cars with a piece of chalk?" The type of leash and muzzle is undefined in the ordinance, as is, a "secure" fence. What does "secure" mean exactly? 4 feet high and without holes? This fence height will not keep a pit bull contained.
Then someone called in and blamed Wendy's child for the attack, until Becka called him on it. Wendy handled it very well. Listen to the interview, it's very compelling.
06/28/08: Coverage of the Omaha Pit Bull Attack - DogsBite.org