Punish the Dog Owner?
UPDATE 01/21/09: What is vital for readers of DogsBite.org to understand is that the mantra: "Punish the Owner Not the Dog," is nearly always a deflated balloon. It is extraordinarily difficult to effectively punish a dog owner after a violent dog attack. This is why we must do all that we can to prevent these attacks before they occur. In the instance of Tamara Anderson, who was nearly killed by a pit bull, dog owner Pia Adamson was fined $373. Her 90-day jail sentence was suspended as well.
01/17/09: Pocatello Police Officer Receives Award
Pocatello Police Officer Doug Frei has been presented with a Lifesaving Award and Medal of Valor for saving the life of animal control officer Tamara Andersen. When Frie arrived on the scene, he saw Andersen collapse, with heavy bleeding coming from her right arm. He used his necktie and gun magazine to form a tourniquet to stop the bleeding, and took measures to prevent her from going into shock while waiting for paramedics to arrive.
The article did not mention the victim's recovery process.
12/24/08: Mayor Pushes for Vicious Dog Registry
After a pit bull -- with a documented violent past -- nearly killed Animal Control officer Tammy Anderson, the mayor of Pocatello is asking state legislators to establish a state vicious dog registry. The registry would track animals when their owners move from one jurisdiction to another. A more powerful, lifesaving law would be to eliminate Idaho state's "one bite free" rule and mandate that after a dog kills another domesticated pet in an unprovoked attack, the dog is euthanized. Now that is prevention!
12/11/08: Charges Filed by Animal Control
Pocatello animal control has filed charges against two women. Sabina Adamson, the dog's owner, has been charged with vicious dog and failure to prove vaccinations. Her sister, Tia Adamson, who resides where the attack happened, is being charged with harboring a vicious animal. But once again, we fail to receive the information that truly matters: Did either of these women have an insurance policy to pay for the victim's medical costs?
12/09/08: Tourniquet Was Required
Pocatello, ID - After a Pocatello Animal Control officer was severely attacked by a pit bull and hospitalized for three days, Mayor Roger Chase was quick to point out that he has no plans to ban any one breed of dog. In the same breath, he said, "This was a very serious incident and our officer nearly lost her life. We were fortunate that police officers were able to get there on the scene and put a tourniquet on her arm from where it was bleeding."
The seriousness of a pit bull attack is why cities choose to regulate them. As Chase states, this officer nearly "lost her life."
The attack isn't the first time the dog has shown aggressive behavior. The animal has also been reported as a vicious dog in Power and Bingham Counties. What is unclear from the article are the following questions: Was the dog previously declared "vicious" in either of these counties? If yes, what are county and state laws regarding shuffling vicious dogs between counties? Was the owner of the dog required to have liability insurance?
Officer Tammy Anderson was on a routine check when the dog attacked. She immediately underwent a series of surgeries to treat injuries to her left arm.
10/02/08: Sumner Wants Owners of Dangerous Dogs to Declare Themselves
09/07/08: "Vicious" Dog Laws Stop at State Lines; Pit Bull-Mix Whisked to New State