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15 thoughts on “'Non Bite' Pit Bull Injury Leads to Death of Plainfield AC Officer

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  1. Organ failure happens to patients maintained on a ventilator for long periods of time. Ms. Foss's time last known well was just prior to her interaction with this pit bull. To say that the death is not connected to the injury is a very strange statement. Recent news accounts state Ms. Foss died in the line of duty.
    Heart attacks frequently occur with stress, physical of emotional.

  2. "Animal Control Officer Theresa Foss, 48, suffered severe head trauma while responding to reports of a loose pit bull on Sept. 29. Police said the dog lunged at Foss and may have caused her to fall…

    Foss was taken to Yale New Haven Hospital, where she died from complications of her injury on Oct. 8."

  3. In fact, the witness to the Indy attack did say the owners pit bull was biting the owner just prior to the owner having a heart attack:

    "Hatten was standing in the alley when the dogs began fighting and tried to help out. He says the pit bull turned against his owner."

    "The dog was like, he was biting him and so I got the dog's attention to come to the other side, away from him, and that is when the dog started chasing me over the fence," Hatten said

  4. I don't believe for one instant the man shot the dog. I'm sure it's being harbored elsewhere. I hope he winds up with more serious charges than he has so far and that they correct the error in stating the woman's death was unrelated to the dog attack when it clearly was.

  5. I have such a problem with all of the initial news coverage of pitbulls attacking, mauling and killing… and then there is little follow up. I encourage folks to email the news writers of online articles to follow up on their stories so they can tell the WHOLE story. The affects on victims, their families… it's such a shame there is one night of impact and then…. NOTHING. It's so strange to me that owning these dogs as PETS has continued for so long.


    This pit bull owner "took action" to avoid his dog being detected as the attacker. So he zoomed his dog out of town. In the meanwhile, authorities traced the dog to him only to arrive at the highly questionable excuse, "Well I already killed and buried him." TOTALLY UNBELIEVABLE! And totally a shame that authorities did not attempt to locate this dog as a dedicated city employee was KILLED by this animal.

  7. The Indy Pit broke it's chain and leapt a fence to get at the neighbor's Doberman….Just like Lockwood pointed out, these dogs cannot be contained safely be normal means.

  8. Wow. These monsters are starting to kill without even biting!! They are killers and those people know it! RIP officer! I think that owner should be put in jail for this! His dog killed an officer!!

  9. Wouldn't shooting your dog be considered animal cruelty? Can't he be charged for that at least?

  10. This post speaks to the immense "power" of a pit bull. Just a few days ago, a 180 pound male owner of two pit bulls could not stop his leashed dogs from attacking another dog; the dogs dragged him up a concrete hill:

    "The owner of the dogs couldn't control them and got dragged up the hill! They were so strong they pulled off his shirt by dragging him along the concrete, all while trying to get to my dog. The officer also said he'd fax a copy of the report to the dog control officer and advised me to take my dog to the vet."

    Back in June, a pit bull pulled itself and its owner, 32-year old Vida Silver, into an oncoming train killing them both:

    How do you stop a pit bull when it's activated? YOU DON'T.

  11. The Indianapolis incident may be fatal:

    "A relative of a man who suffered a heart attack breaking up a dog fight said he was on life support with little chance of survival. Barbra Ball, the mother-in-law of Timothy Niemeyer, 56, said his brain function has ceased and he was surviving only with a respirator. “The doctors and nurses said they don’t know how long he can last,” Ball said."

  12. Dont forget the Pit Bull who "pulled Momma into the train" earlier this year!

    Pits are currently displacing other breeds from the 30-100lb weight categories in Canine Weight Pulling Competitions, just like they displaced other breeds from dog fighting.

    Special Licenses, containment infrastructures and insurance please!!!!

  13. More "non bite" injury:

    October 28, 2009 — "A police officer broke his arm fighting off an attack by a pit bull on the Northwestside. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Sgt. Ronald Brezik shattered his forearm near the wrist after he was attacked at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday on the 4000 block of North Vinewood Avenue."

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