"Hydraulic Press" Grip
Coer D'Alene, ID - It was recently reported that a pit bull adopted from the Kootenai Humane Society severely attacked its new owner 24 hours after the adoption. The unlucky new owner, Kip Legaard, lost two pints of blood in the attack. He's now angry because the humane group told him that the pit bull named Mojo would make a good family dog. "The lady's like he's so sweet, so sweet, so sweet," Kip said. That is until the dog suddenly attacked him.
"All of a sudden BOOM the dog had my arm," he said. "It felt like someone put my arm in a hydraulic press."
As Legaard's arm was bleeding, the dog attacked again. He managed to free himself and run into the bathroom. He then called 9-1-1 and waited until the dog went downstairs before he bolted from his house into the ambulance. "The dog followed me out to the ambulance ... the guys are like run, run," Leggard said. In the aftermath of the incident, Legaard still can't believe what happened, and he can't believe the Kootenai Humane Society let someone adopt that dog.
Eric Hess is the behavioral specialist for the Kootenai Humane Society. He told reporters that he did assess Mojo prior to adoption. Hess says the behavior assessment is 15 pages long and the pit bull passed it. Hess then blamed the attack on Legaard. He said that Leggard lied on his application form to adopt the dog. Legaard said he didn't have other dogs in the house when in fact he does. Those other animals, the humane group said, "could've triggered the attack."
As we have stated before, many pit bull "assessment tests" are not to be trusted -- your arm and face are on the line.
It's certainly possible that the presence of additional dogs could have triggered a dog-on-dog attack, particularly in the case of a new pit bull in the household. But this was not a dog-on-dog attack, this was a dog-on-human attack. The Kootenai Humane Society had better come up with stronger reasoning than that to head off the 6-figure lawsuit that is surely coming their way. As a final note to this story, the attacking dog was never caught. It's reportedly still on the loose!
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