Pit Bull Owner "Missing"
Indianapolis, IN - Just hours after DogsBite.org released, "U.S. Police and Citizen Shootings of Pit Bulls 2008," two pit bulls were shot by Indianapolis police officers after a violent attack. Heather Paugh, 30, was walking to her mailbox when three pit bulls, who had jumped out of a nearby window, ambushed her. Authorities said that Paugh had a "severe chunk" taken out of her left forearm, all the way down to the bone. She also suffered multiple wounds to both legs.
Officials recently "tabled" the At-Risk Dog proposal introduced by Councillor Mike Speedy that directly targeted the alarming pit bull attack problem in Indianapolis.
According to officials, the dogs reportedly escaped through an open window of a neighbor's home and got underneath a fence. A person inside the victim's home set loose a rottweiler in hopes that it would stop the attack. The rottweiler was subsequently mauled by the pit bulls. When police showed up, the dogs would not let responders reach the victim. Police then shot two of the pit bulls with a shotgun. Both pit bulls initially survived the shotgun injuries; one was later put down.
City County Councilman Mike Speedy now hopes to revive his proposed At-Risk Dog legislation. Speedy told reporters, "It would limit the number of pit bulls households could have to two and it would also require registration and mandatory spay and neuter of pit bulls." From her hospital bed, the victim Heather Paugh told reporters that she is recovering, but the attack has devastated her entire family. According to reports, the third attacking pit bull is still on the loose.
06/03/09: DogsBite.org Releases Report: U.S. Police and Citizen Shootings of Pit Bulls 2008
05/26/09: Letter: Councillor Speedy Responds to Tabled At-Risk Dog Proposal
04/24/09: Indianapolis Councillor Files "At Risk" Dog Proposal Today
03/07/09: Coverage of Indianapolis Serious Pit Bull Attacks and Controversy