Pit Bulls Attack 16-Year Old
Dyersburg, TN - Yesterday, we published a post about a pit bull attack in Dyersburg that involved a 16-year old girl. Because the well-written, detailed article had multiple themes, we had anticipated breaking the story into multiple blog posts to speak to each theme directly. Video artist Zupf has done some of this work for us. In his recent video, he comments specifically on the number of pit bulls involved in Dyersburg court cases in the last year.
If you have not read the Dyersburg State Gazette article, please do. The author (who was not given a byline) did an outstanding job in covering a multitude of very important issues. In addition to quoting the animal control officers about medical bills ("nine out of 10 pit bull owners can't pay"), the Gazette delved into 2 key areas that are rarely covered by news journalists: Which dogs are in 'Dog Court'? and what are the implications of 'Dog Court' to shelters?
Dog Court Stats:
- "Figures from the Dyersburg City Attorney's office show there were 35 court cases involving dogs within the last year, in the city. Of the 35 cases, 29 of them involved pit bulls. Also, there were six dog bite cases and all of those were from pit bulls. All six of the pit bulls were euthanized, due to either being court ordered or the owner's decision."
- "The humane society had 49 total court cases, which included the county and city. They also had 21 cases of dog bites. Not all dog bite cases go to court according to Dyersburg/Dyer County Shelter Supervisor Derek Avery. Ten pit bulls were included in the shelter's 21 dog bite cases and eight of them were euthanized."
- "Dr. Carol Feather, president of the Dyersburg/Dyer County Humane Society, said they often run out of room at the shelter to accommodate dogs in court cases. "Sometimes we have to put down some lovely dogs to make room for the dogs in court cases," said Feather."
Dangerous dogs -- that end up in "Dog Court" -- force animal shelters to kill "lovely" dogs. These are lovely dogs. Not dogs that have attacked people or pets or have been seized in dogfighting raids. As Feather states, most of the dogs in court end up being euthanized. Due to dangerous dogs (in many cases pit bulls), horrific and "vacuous" dog owners, and the rules of our justice system, "lovely" dogs are killed to "make room" for dogs that will end up euthanized anyway.
True dog lovers, please take note!
04/08/09: Pit Bull Attacks Toddler While Being Baby-Sat in Bay County
04/07/09: Animal Control Officer Pinpoints Issue: Pit Bull Owners Can't Pay...
04/02/09: Editorial: Pit Bull Owners "Too Vacuous" to Consider Consequences
02/18/09: Dogfighting 'Godfather' Ed Faron Pleads Guilty to Felony Dogfighting