Victim Shares Story
UPDATE 03/06/09: After spending nearly a week in the hospital recovering from injuries, the victim in the most recent shooting spoke to reporters. Melanie Young said the dog's behavior was completely unexpected. "I didn’t believe he would ever hurt me...ever," she said. "That dog slept with me like a husband." Young describes the attack in a video clip recorded by Zupf and offers a message to fellow pit bull owners: "They do, they turn I don’t care how nice you are one day. It could have been my face or I could be dead."
Melanie Young is lucky that she had access to a shotgun.
03/02/09: Another Family Pit Bull Shot in Volusia
There's been another shooting of a family pit bull in Volusia County. Over the weekend, a 44-year old woman shot her son's pit bull-mix four times with a 12-gauge shotgun after the animal attacked her puppy. When Melanie Ann Young intervened to save her puppy, the pit bull-mix attacked her. Young suffered a bite on her right upper forearm that exposed muscle, and another bite on her right outer thigh. She was transported to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach by helicopter.
02/17/09: Pit Bull Shot to Death in Separate Attack
Just 20 miles from the Volusia County incident (New Smyrna Beach), and on the following morning, another pit bull was shot to death after killing a dog. Police Chief Mark Barker said, "The woman was walking her pug dog and it had just been to the vet and it was wearing one of those cones on its head. The pit bull came out of nowhere and attacked it." It took 3 shots to kill the dog. Both Holly Hill Elementary and Holly Hill Middle School are within walking distance from where the pit bull was running loose.
02/16/09: Owner Kills Family Pit Bull to Stop Fight
Volusia County, FL - A pit bull owner shot and killed two family dogs after they got into a vicious fight that his wife and daughter tried to break up. Luckily, both escaped with minor injuries. Bruce Evans said, "I heard my wife screaming and my daughter screaming and I ran out." Attempting to break up the fight, Evans grabbed a gun and fired several shots into the air. He even shot into the ground near the dogs, but it did not stop the fight. Evans eventually shot and killed both dogs. It was also reported that other pit bulls still live at the home.
Dog-aggressive dogs (many pit bulls) are unsafe to keep as pets. If Evans had not had a gun, his wife and daughter might have been seriously injured.
In other news:
Pit Bull Attack Leaves 3 Dogs Dead in Oregon
Beaverton, OR - Two pit bulls broke into a Beaverton back yard and brutally attacked two pet dogs. Karyn St. John heard the squealing and snarling, and looked into her back yard to see the pit bulls mauling her dogs. She called 9-1-1, and police quickly responded. Officers shot and killed one pit bull after it lunged at them. The woman's dogs, a Boston terrier and Labrador-mix, were killed by the pit bulls. The one surviving dog, the other pit bull, was given back to its owner. In 2005, the same dogs killed neighbor Marlene Logan's cat.
St. John thinks the situation is unfair. Yet, 15 minutes from now, a similar attack will occur in a different U.S. city with the same results.
02/08/09: Elkhart Pit Bull Owner May Suffer Amputation After "Redirected" Attack
01/27/09: Zupf: Pit Bulls Stay with Owners After Killing Family's Cat and Dog
01/08/09: Retired Marine Stabs Attacking Pit Bull to Death in Anaheim
10/24/09: Pit Bulls Attack Second Dog, Killing It in Miramar