From left: Peanutt, Ashely Muir, one pit bull owned by Craig Lick and Lick himself.
One Dog Euthanized
UPDATE 08/11/09: One of the pit bulls that attacked Ashley Muir and killed her young dachshund named Peanutt last month will be euthanized. At a Monday hearing at Hudsonville's 58th District Court, a judge ruled that Riddick, a 5-year-old pit bull terrier owned by Craig Lick, would be destroyed. Witnesses said Riddick was the aggressor in the attack that began when the dogs burst through a window with an air conditioning unit to attack Muir and her dog.
So far, no charges have been brought against Craig Lick.
07/23/09: Legal Action Pending Against Lick
Bob Muir, the father of 18-year old Ashley Muir, is not sure what legal action he will take against Craig Lick, the owner of the pit bulls that killed his daughter's young dog. On Tuesday, Ashley and her dog Peanutt had the misfortune of being terrorized by Lick's two pit bulls after they burst through a window that held an air conditioner in Lick's home. When Ashely picked up her dog to protect it, the pit bulls ripped Peanutt from her hands fatally mauling it.
In yet another violent pit bull attack absent of foreshadowing, Ashley had walked Peanutt in front of Lick's house the previous three days without incident. "I never heard a sound," she said. "You wouldn't even know there were dogs in there." Bob Muir's attorney, James Rinck, mentioned the questionable "home quarantine." He said he was disappointed the dogs were not seized by animal control. The article did not address whether Lick's broken window had been fixed.
07/22/09: Young Dachshund Mauled to Death
Allendale Township, MI - DogsBite.org consistently reports about the dangers of "pit bull dog-aggression." The genetic, hardwired dog-aggression in pit bulls -- a trait artificially selected for the purposes of dogfighting -- leads to fatal animal injury and in some cases, serious human injury. Pit bull dog-aggression is hardly a loud, grisly snarling match between two dogs. It is when a pit bull's powerful jaws clamp onto a dog leaving it with exploded ribs, a broken neck or dead.
"Two pit bulls bit a teenager on the arm and mauled her small dog to death about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the 9200 block of South Cedar Drive.
Lt. Lee Hoeksema, of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department, said the pit bulls escaped a house and attacked the 18-year-old as she walked her small dog. A neighbor said the dogs broke through a window with an air conditioner.
The teenager picked up her dog as the American pit bull terriers approached, but they bit her and wrestled away her dog, Hoeksema said.
Neighbors chased away the pit bulls, which were later captured, and the teen was treated at the scene, Hoeksema said. She was not hospitalized.
The pit bulls are being quarantined at the owner's house for at least 10 days. A hearing will determine whether they are deemed dangerous to the public."
Some states (or counties within states) allow owners of dogs to "home quarantine" the animal after an attack instead of being quarantined at a designated animal shelter. The question is, "Has the dog owner's broken window been fixed yet?" Since the two pit bulls appear to have no previous record, it is tough to believe that the often dysfunctional "dog court hearing" will declare these dogs dangerous. Pet owners and parents of children on South Cedar Drive: Watch out!
07/07/09: 8-Year Old May Lose Arm After Trying to Save Dog from Pit Bull Attack
03/06/09: Dog Aggression Equals Human Injury, Bullets and Dead Family Dogs
03/01/09: Woman's Dogs Suffer "Exploded Ribs" and "Shattered Leg" by Pit Bulls
02/08/09: Elkhart Pit Bull Owner May Suffer Amputation After "Redirected" Attack
01/03/09: Carson City Teenager Stabs Attacking Pit Bull to Death