UK - London police officials recently released a shocking scene captured on CCTV cameras. The October 4 incident shows the full-length assault of a pit bull type dog attacking a guide dog near the dog's blind owner. The grisly scene unfolds at a London railway station. The blind woman had walked by a man standing in an underpass, reportedly drinking a can of beer, next to his dog. The unleashed dog bolted and violently attacked the woman's dear guide dog.
Please watch how this grown man cannot stop his pit bull once it has launched its attack.
The argument of whether or not to regulate pit bulls boils down to a few simple issues: 1.) The average person cannot stop a pit bull when it chooses to attack. 2.) The average person cannot tell the difference between a "nice" pit bull and one that may suddenly launch an unbridled and unprovoked attack. As demonstrated by this video, the pit bull appeared to be having a "good" day up until it saw the guide dog. Yet, with no warning, the animal violently attacked.
Neela is Recovering
Just before Thanksgiving, The Sun reported that the guide dog, named Neela, was lucky to survive after her "neck was ripped open by the dog." Police are still searching for the dog's owner, who did not provide assistance to the victims after the assault. The 57-year old blind woman told The Sun, "For her to be attacked in such a vicious way, when she was doing her job assisting me, was a horrendous experience and one I hope no other guide dog owner ever has to go through."
It must be noted that Neela is a rare service dog in that she has been able to continue working as a guide dog after the attack. Such vicious attacks are commonly "career ending" as the guide dog is left too traumatized to perform its service duties afterward. Given the genetic dog-aggression inherent in pit bulls and the great risk this poses to guide dogs and their disabled owners, one would expect guide dog organizations to be active supporters of "preventative" laws (BSL) and "hindsight" laws.
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