"Reverse" Seizure Attack
Moore, OK - It was recently reported that a pet pit bull was put to sleep after it killed a cat and bit a woman in a home invasion attack. Kristal Berry, was bit when she stepped in front of the dog to protect her 4-month-old son who was in a bouncer on the floor just steps away. The animal had chased her cat into the house attacking it. The pit bull was accidentally let out of its yard by a roofer who was working on the dog owner's home.
Neighbors say this isn't the first time the dog had threatened the neighborhood. A couple of months ago, it fought with and killed a Pomeranian. The owners of the pit bull, who did not reveal their names, blamed the attack on the dog suffering a "seizure." It's unknown if they blamed the first attack on a seizure as well. Typically, when a "seizure" is involved, pit bull owners blame their dog's attack on a human suffering a seizure, not the dog.
In July of 2008, however, expert James Crosby -- a pit bull owner and expert witness for a pit bull lobbying group, the American Canine Foundation -- voiced a similar excuse. He wrote that the reason why the pit bull latched onto Mary Bernal's scalp, ripping her scalp clear off killing her, might have been due to the dog experiencing a seizure or other "neurological disease." No proof was ever provided to support this theory.
02/07/09: Pit Bull Bite Triggers Seizure at Moose Pond Animal Shelter
12/08/08: Expert, James Crosby, Testifies in Aurora Fighting Breed Ban
11/09/08: Woman Stabs Pit Bull in Home Invasion Attack
07/14/08: Comment: The Anatomy of a Whitewash, James Crosby
06/14/08: 2007 Fatality: Mary Bernal Killed by In-Law's Pit Bull