May Lose Finger
Spokane, WA - Yesterday, a pit bull shot out of its yard and attacked a 59-year old man who had been taking a stroll down a public street. Witnesses said they thought the dog was going to kill the man. The victim's hands were injured so badly in the attack that he may suffer the loss of a finger. Employees from a landscaping company working nearby heard the attack. In the second "weed whacker" incidence this week, Marco Sanchez grabbed the tool to scare off the dog.
After a slew of vicious pit bull attacks last year, one Spokane woman (also the victim of a pit bull attack) pushed City Council members for a new law. Nancy Sonduck brought the issue before Council and asked for a ban against new pit bulls, as well as for the spay and neuter of existing pit bulls. Council members rejected (or tabled) the idea in part or primarily due to distortions voiced by Gail Mackie, the executive director of SpokAnimal, the city's animal shelter.
DogsBite.org urges Council members to reconsider a pit bull law before a new victim is maimed or killed.
During the September 2008 City Council meeting, Mackie did worse than distort the truth about pit bulls -- she essentially lied. According to a Seattle Times article, Mackie told Council members that a breed-specific ordinance is "likely not legal." Yet breed-specific laws are perfectly legal in the State of Washington, as demonstrated by the many cities that have already enacted such laws and by the 1989 Washington State Supreme Court ruling that upheld the validity of these laws.
05/07/09: Powertools: Weed Whacker Used to Stop Pit Bull Attacking Dog
10/30/08: Two Children Attacked by Family Pit Bulls in Spokane
10/17/08: Letter: Pit Bull Apologists Always Sing the Same Tune
09/09/08: Spokane Woman Pushes for Pit Bull Ban at City Council Meeting
06/09/08: Spokane Toddler Mauled by Family Pit Bull-Mix, Mom Skips Hospital
05/30/08: Pit Bulls in Spokane, Washington Can't Stay Out of the News
04/21/08: 21-Year Old Spokane Woman Attacked by Loose Pit Bull
04/17/08: Pit Bull Attack Puts Owner in the Hospital