Omaha, NE - Wendy Blevins, the mother of little Charlotte, sends another letter to DogsBite.org. Charlotte, Wendy and two others were attacked by a pit bull in June. Charlotte suffered severe injury -- the pit bull ripped off part of her scalp. In just a few days, Tuesday September 16th, the City of Omaha will hold their first public hearing regarding the proposed new dog ordinance.
Wendy is a brave and busy mother. This is why her recent letter to Omaha City Council is important for you to read. Last week, Wendy had to witness yet another violent pit bull attack: two of her neighbor's pit bulls began attacking each other. As Wendy watched from behind her fence, the situation flew off the handle fast. The 4-6 minute battle between the dogs produced a lot of blood. Then, a slew of first responders showed up.
I wanted to personally e-mail you and let you know about something that happened to me Tuesday afternoon. Of all people and all yards. I had gotten home from the City Council meeting at about 2:30 and at about 4:00 I noticed my neighbor, that lives directly behind me, was in her back yard walking her Pit Bull. She walks her Pit Bulls on a leash in her yard out of respect for me being her neighbor. So, I decided to go out and chat with her about the City Council meeting, she had also gone to it, and about next Tuesday's meeting. We may be on different sides but we have always respected each other. As we were talking, she had her 4yr old female Pit Bull on the leash right there and her nephew who is 5yrs old came out of the house and talked to her for a moment then returned to the house. While he was standing there, she had asked him about the basement door. She needed to know that he had not opened it because her other female pit bull was down there and the two dogs do not get along. He had not opened it on his way out but as the little boy went back in the house the larger female Pit Bull ran out of the house and came strait for us. As you can imagine my heart stopped.
The owner, tried her best to keep them apart holding the collars as she spread her arms as far as she could. I tried to get the smaller ones leash but I was unable to reach it with out going into her yard and I just couldn't get myself to jump the fence. I wanted to, but I was terrified, again! She was unable to keep them apart. The little boy had gotten knocked down during the fight and luckily another neighbor took him from the yard to his house. The Pit Bulls fought for around 4-6min. I had time to get the hose from around the side of my house. Thinking this is going to do nothing, but it was worth a shot. It did nothing. My neighbor was being tossed around the yard. I was aware the dogs were not after her and she was no being bitten but still. These dogs were out to kill, or at least really, really hurt one another. There was blood every wear. Another neighbor jumped two fences was able to help get the two dogs apart and the owner put the larger one in the house. At that point the police, EMT, fire, NHS, and media all showed up.
I am telling you this because this is a prime example that the problem with Pit Bulls does not just lie with the owners. My neighbor has ALWAYS been a great owner. I in fact spoke to the police, asking them to not take her dogs from her. Telling them I have never seen a problem with them or her. That's just it though, they have always been fine together and she told me that one day something changed and now they can't be around each other at all or they fight. I own a dog also and when I let my dog out in the back yard she is sharing a simple 3-4ft wire fence with these Pit Bulls. The same Pit Bulls that have always been good and sweet and have been raised by a good owner, but look what happened. My mother watched terrified, as did all the neighbors and her 5yr old nephew before he was pulled into the house. I was forced to re-live my entire attack Tuesday on top of feeling absolutely helpless to the fact that I was unable to help her.
I don't know if you are aware, but I do not live in the area where Charlotte and I were attacked. The area known to have tons of Pit Bulls. I live in the Morton Park neighborhood. I have not gone door to door but from what I have seen on walks and drives, we have 7 Pit Bulls living here. I'm sure there could be more I am not naive to that. I just happen to have 2 living directly behind me. Which brings up my next point, I now understand why victims don't come forward. Why people won't call about a bad dog. I was not and have not been scared of Tina Agerson, the owner of DUKE, the dog that attacked us. But now, I am confronted with 2 right in my back yard. There had previously never been a problem, of which I was aware of. But a simple wire fence is all that is protecting my daughter and I from them. I'm scared now. I have seen twice what these dogs are capable of. Once with humans (4 humans) and once with another dog.
I have debated over and over weather to even inform you. Should this come up, should she find out that I was talking about her dogs in a negative light she could get really upset. And at the end of the day my daughter and I still live behind her. I know there is no law against letting your dog out into its own back yard, but I think this is where a proper fence would come into place. 6ft-8ft high. Something that would at least give someone a chance to get away should the dog be coming at them or at their animal. Nothing like the fence I have that her dog has jumped in the past.
Thank you for again taking the time to read my long letter. It means a lot to me.
On a side note, I just found out last night that there are two more Pit Bulls that have moved into my neighborhood, 3 houses away. The gentleman that lives there stated his dogs were the sweetest things ever, the only problem he had was that they jump the fence. When they had gotten out recently he said he received a call saying that they were around 42nd and Q and then less than an hour later got another call saying they were on 48th and Madison. That is the length of my entire neighborhood.
Just another reason there needs to be 6ft-8ft fences mandatory for all the Pit Bulls in Omaha. It is not just my neighborhood this is happening in. I just happen to be the one speaking out about it.
Thank you again!
06/28/08: Coverage of the Omaha Pit Bull Attack - DogsBite.org