UPDATE 11/02/08: A commenter has left a compelling story. As a reminder, Bexar County, Texas is on the DogsBite.org Watch List. There were two fatal dog attacks in Bexar last year. So far in 2008, we have not recorded any off-property attacks that resulted in charges under Lillian's Law. We hope this pit bull owner is prosecuted with ferver. We hope the commenter's son-in-law receives "Hero Recognition" for helping save these two county workers as well.
"You are correct, the dogs did climb over their owner's fence and attacked one of the workers that was in the ditch, tore his clothes off, bit him in several places on his body and one of them had him by the jugular vein in the neck. My Son-in-law, one of the other workers was outside of the ditch but could hear the screams of the worker that the dogs were chewing on and went into the ditch to get the dogs to stop. The dogs turned loose of the first worker and lunged at my Son-in-law who used a Judo chop to ward them off but to no avail. They started biting and jumping on him so he pulled a small pocket knife from his pocket and started slashing at the eyes of the dogs as they would jump on him." (read full comment)
11/01/08: Second Attack for Dogs
Bexar County, TX - Two County Public Works employees were clearing debris from a ditch in Northeast Bexar County when the dogs attacked them. The men were moving debris from the ditch behind homes in the 7800 block of Sarepto when two dogs approached them. County officials said the men's supervisor at the site described the bites on their legs, arms and faces as "severe." The injured men are currently in stable condition at University Hospital.
The dogs' owner, George Staudinger said that one of the workers stabbed the animals repeatedly, and a resident fired multiple rounds into the air to scare the dogs. He said his pets climbed a 6-foot privacy fence after hearing loud machinery coming from the ditch. "I feel sorry for those men, but my dogs were trying to protect their home." He leaves out the fact that dogs cannot leave an owner's property to attack and fall under the "protecting home" defense.
If the dogs left Staudinger's property, he could get charged with a double felony -- one per attack victim -- under Lillian's Law.
Staudinger used dogs to hunt wild pigs in his native Hawaii. (Please see pit bulls used in pig hunting.) He also sports a forearm tattoo of one of his first pit bulls named Cody. He said he keeps pit bulls in his yard to ward off thieves. "This is a bad neighborhood," he said. "Pit bulls are good to protect your property and your family." But after the attack, he told reporters he wants to give up on the dogs. "I told Animal Control that they can have the dogs."
Recently his dogs attacked another man who attempted to break into his property. Staudinger had to pay a $300 fine. This time, it could be 20 years behind bars.
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