"Major Mauling" on Two People
Mill Creek, WA - Occassionally, DogsBite.org compares pit bull attacks to wild animal attacks, such as: alligators, sharks and chimpanzees. We make this comparison for two reasons. The first is the severity of pit bull injury. Pit bulls consistently chew off arms and legs, as do sharks, and rip off mouths and noses as do chimpanzees. The second reason is that most cities consider pit bulls "domesticated pets" and do not regulate them, unlike their wild animal counterparts.
Recently, a story was reported that further emphasizes our point. The owners of a pit bull claimed a cougar attacked them, but in reality, their own pit bull had. Thanks to the work of Bruce Richards, an agent for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and his tracking dog Mishka, the truth of this attack was learned. The "wild animal attack" claim works in reverse as well. Back in August, an exotic animal facility in Missouri tried to blame a tiger attack on a pit bull.
"A couple who said they were attacked by a mountain lion, were instead attacked by their own pit bull, said Bruce Richards, an agent for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. About a month and a half ago, the couple said they were attacked by a mountain lion near a Puyallup home, Richards said. The couple was so badly hurt that they were in the hospital.
When wildlife agent Richards went to visit the couple in the hospital, he said they were "ripped to pieces." He said, "We’re talking a major mauling on two people." Richards took a tracking dog, Mishka, to the couple's house in an attempt to locate the mountain lion, but no trace was found. Instead, Mishka led agents back to the couple's house and to the couple's pit bull inside the home. Richards said when he looked in their house he saw a white dog covered in dried blood.
The agents credited their tracking dog, Mishka, with preventing the department from spending hundreds of search hours, thousands of dollars in resources and saving the public a lot of turmoil for a mountain lion that didn’t exist. The wildlife agents would not say why the couple said they were attacked by a mountain lion. The Pierce County Sheriff's Office says no charges were filed against the couple. No word has been released on what happened to the dog."
Agent Bruce Richards and Mishka have been nominated for a 2009 Annual DogsBite.org Award.
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