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  1. I’m very glad this story was posted. This was one of the most terrible maulings in the country. It is very important to note again and again these dogs had not been abused. These dogs lived with a decent family. Nick had played with the dogs. Not all pit bulls who maul were mistreated. There is such a thing called genetic material. Good luck Nick, you’re a strong brave fella that many people care about.

  2. Neutered and from a loving family…

    I think we can call this a level 6 beserk-a-mauling. Frankly, if it takes a “a slug-firing shotgun and a CAR-15 assault rifle” to stop these dogs…

    This attack sent 6 people into ER.

  3. Yep, it certainly would have gone Level 6 (fatal) without the neighborhood and law enforcement intervening.

    How many times do we see intervententions stop a Level 6 with this breed? Despite being reglated in over 200 communities, there were 420 of them shot last year!

  4. The dogs may not have been chained outside and treated like lawn ornaments but “loving family”?

    Bluto wanted these dogs for a reason.

    The links are dead but I have the stories:

    Pit Bull Owner Turns Himself In On Drug Charges
    (CBS) The owner of two pit bulls that mauled two children in McHenry County earlier this month has turned himself in to police on marijuana charges.

    County Sheriff’s police say Scott Sword of Cary surrendered to them Friday to face felony and misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession and production.

    He’s since posted bond and has been released.

    Police say they found marijuana in and around Sword’s home during investigations into the dog attacks.

  5. (11/16/05)
    Father Of Pit Bull Victim Shocked By New Charges

    Pit Bull Owner Turns Himself In On Drug Charges

    Pot may have been a reason for him to have the dogs, but Sword doesn’t sound like an abusive owner either. A stranger gave Sword the original dog (Good Girl), and it seems he only mated her one time. Sword also took Petey to obedience class (and tried to attend private training). He had the dog neutered too. I think Sword cared about his dogs.

    The Enduring Agony of a Pit Bull Rampage,0,3533106.story?page=2

    Sword lived one street away from the Foleys, on Hawthorne Drive, in a shoebox of a house that seemed barely large enough for him, let alone his partner, Cathy Doyle, their son and daughter and a pit bull named Good Girl.

    Sword got the dog eight years earlier, when a stranger entered his bar and offered him a puppy. The 8-week-old with a rust-colored coat was no purebred–it was later determined that she was a mix, perhaps with a splash of the Italian hunting breed Cane Corso in her background–but she was adorable. Sword and Doyle had no reservations about taking her into their home.

    Always looking to pick up extra money, Sword eventually mated Good Girl with a neighbor’s pit bull across the street. She had seven floppy-eared puppies, and Sword and Doyle sold five for about $90 each. They kept two white-coated pups for their kids, naming the female Stella and the male Petey, after “The Little Rascals” mascot he so strongly resembled.

    Nick loved the dogs’ frenzied energy. He and Max would play with them, coaxing them to leap up and snatch sticks the boys dangled in the air. The puppies even came to follow Nick’s commands, meekly accepting a tap on the nose and a stern “No” when they tried to seize his Popsicle.

    Nick’s parents knew of pit bulls’ reputation for violence and were nervous about Nick playing with them. But they accepted his reassurances that the dogs were well behaved. What they didn’t know, what Nick didn’t know, was that Petey was developing a temper as he grew. He was barking and snapping at strangers, behavior that continued even after he was neutered.

    In October, when Petey was a year old and a solid 75 pounds, a trainer dismissed him from obedience school, saying he was too volatile for a group lesson. Doyle brought him back for a private session, but the trainer, believing Petey was showing aggressive tendencies, refused to take the leash. Doyle vowed to the trainer that if Petey didn’t improve, she would have the dog destroyed.

    One week later, Petey embarks on the mauling of the decade.

    It seems the greatest mistake Sword and Doyle made was not putting Petey down immediately.

    [The Chicago piece also notes that: “Sword knew nothing about Good Girl’s background or that of the pit bull that fathered Petey and Stella. But aside from Petey’s occasional belligerence, Sword had never seen any problems.”]

  6. Sword suffered really bad injuries trying to save those children. Uncommon actions from a loving or unloving pit bull owner.

  7. Sentencing (03/06/06):[email protected]&library=Park%20Ridge%20Public%20Library

    Chicago Tribune — 'It was fight of our lives': Pit bull owner details horror of Nov. attack.

    “Seconds after two neighborhood children selling Girl Scout candy rapped on the door, three pit bulls sleeping on a couch inside Scott Sword’s house went crazy, barking madly as they charged outside, Sword said Wednesday. Two dogs bolted through the open door, but Sword tackled the third dog, a 100-pounder who nearly severed his thumb. The dog dragged him out the door on his abdomen, he said. Thirty minutes of terror followed as the frenzied dogs repeatedly charged across the neighborhood, mauling four adults and the two children.

    “It went from all is quiet to all hell breaking loose,” Sword said Wednesday in a tearful account of the attacks near Cary on Nov. 5. “I am sorry I interrupted their lives over all of this because of the dogs,” he said. Sword spoke outside court after he agreed to pay the maximum $50 fine on each of three petty violations for failing to control his dogs. He also pleaded guilty in McHenry County Circuit Court to felony possession of drugs. After the attacks, police found more than 30 grams of marijuana in his garage.

    Sword, 41, of the 6700 block of Hawthorne Drive, was sentenced to 2 years of probation and 30 hours of community service and fined $500 on the drug charge. No drugs or alcohol were found in Sword’s blood or in the dogs, which police shot and killed that night. The parents of Nick Foley, 10, who was hospitalized for six weeks because of the dog attack, said they felt some closure Wednesday but their fight to change laws to try to prevent other attacks is far from over. “The real sad thing is that there could be this level of destruction and personal injury and the fine is $50,” said Nick’s father, Brooks Foley…”

  8. I think Sword was also one of the few where the owner actually had insurance. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough after his dogs went on a 1.5 hour attrocimauling.

  9. There are 100s of wonderful breeds of family dogs, and mutts at shelters who need love. People do not need to breed pit bulls! We should legislate to stop the breeding of these dangerous animals.

    In Colorado, it is illegal in nearly every county to own them. They are just too volatile and cause too much damage.

    Nick, you are a brave man. I like your "shark attack" answer. Remember: chicks dig scars! My Aunt Marilyn sent me this story. I think you know her.

  10. To the Foley Family-I hope you remember me-I am Marilyn Nestor-I have written several letters to you in the past-even sent you pictures of my daughters-JoAnne-who was called to Heaven nearly 6 years ago-and Christine-who will be 40 next month. My niece wrote the previous letter to you-as I shared your story with her-she even mentioned my name. I want you to know how very courageous you all are. And, after reading your blog-I know Nicks' scars are much deeper than anyone could know. He could never have made it this far without the love of his wonderful family. I continue to pray for all of you. God Bless you. Remember-people do care about you and are praying for you. Give Nick a big hug for me and I will write to you soon. God be with you all. I think I had told you that my Mom passed away some months ago. She was very ill-and we did not celebrate Christmas this past year-that is why I didn't send a card-it was a very difficult time for me-but, I shall not forget you, again.I feel very deeply about the pain you have gone through and how well you have done-rebuilding your lives. You are very special people.

  11. i used to live 2 streets down from there and i wasnt home that day. i told many people that if i was there i would have died for nick. the day before that happened i was teaching nick how to skateboard. i regret not being there.

  12. I cried with joy when I saw nicks beautiful face! I did not know what specific injuries he suffered and always wondered in his face was bitten. This case has haunted me since it happened and I've never forgotten the name nick foley. So happy to see nick is having an good, happy life. Hugs!!!!

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