Pit Bulls Viciously Attack Small Dog
Calgary, AB - As long as unregulated pit bulls are allowed in our neighborhoods, attacks like Cheryl Beattie's will continue. Increasingly, people cannot let their pets into their own back yard without being at risk. "Animal-aggression" in pit bulls leads to countless pets being injured and killed; it leads to severe human injury as well. Denise Rocha is reportedly facing death after trying to stop two pit bulls from killing her poodle last week.
Over the weekend in Calgary, a vicious attack by two pit bulls left a Pomeranian and its owners traumatized and fearful there will be another mauling before the offending dogs are found. Cheryl Beattie was at her Highland Park home preparing for a weekend away when the attack on five-year-old Shadow unfolded in her fenced back yard. She saw two large, black pit bulls attacking one of her three Pomeranians.
Beattie said that each pit bull had one end of Shadow and were "ripping him apart." She intervened and fortunately did not get harmed. "I was laying on top of Shadow, trying to protect him, trying to rip their jaws apart," she said. As she fought against the two dogs, a stranger came into the yard, began kicking the pit bulls to get them to drop Shadow and then disappeared with the dogs. She said she'd never seen the man before.
Beattie's husband Chris, who arrived back at home in time to witness the end of the attack, rushed Shadow to the nearby vet where he had to undergo more than three hours of surgery. Beattie said the vet staff could not believe her dog survived. She then contacted police and bylaw officers to try to track down the dogs and their owner. She and her husband believe the dogs are connected to a person that rents on their street.
When they tried to talk to the man, he said he didn't know the dogs. When police and bylaw officers approached the home, no one answered the door. This is the usual routine. As long as the dogs cannot be found or their owners cannot be identified, there is little that authorities can do. Meanwhile, the neighborhood is stuck with the pit bulls, which target pets, children, senior citizens and all people who walk their dogs.
If Calgary had a breed-specific law (a pit bull ban like the province of Ontario), they would have more investigative authority. They could likely seize the dogs if they located them as well, regardless of "who" owns them.
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