UPDATE 01/18/10: Despite the Chicago Police Department identifying the dogs as pit bulls, director Cherie Travis is now intentionally misleading the media, the citizens of Chicago and the entire U.S. public by stating that the dogs are actually "mixed breed," but she couldn't name the breeds until further evaluation. Travis is clearly a pit bull apologist placing the "protection" of the pit bull breed at a higher priority than reporting the truth about the fatal attack of a human being.
DogsBite.org calls for the immediate dismissal of director Cherie Travis.
Other pit bull apologists are popping through the seams as well "to soften" the impact of pit bulls killing two American citizens in an nine-day period. Animal behaviorist Suzanne Hetts, who is quoted in the updated article, said that the "dog's breed" isn't the most important factor. "Usually it's a perfect storm situation, with a lot of things that lead up to the attack," Hetts said. Yet the only perfect storm in this incident is the documented, lethal genetic history of the pit bull breed.
Pit bulls -- The Living IED: Designed for death, awaiting detonation.
(IED = Improvised Explosive Device)
01/18/10: Daughter "Stunned" by Fatal Attack
Authorities report that the victim's daughter, who remains unnamed, arrived Sunday night to find her father covered in blood and near dead. The medical examiner's office ruled following an autopsy today that Johnny Wilson died of hemorrhaging from multiple injuries from a dog attack. Other sources said the victim suffered massive head, chest and upper body trauma, including having both of his ears bitten off and at least one of his eyes mauled.
Johnny Wilson, 56, of the 10000 block of S. Aberdeen St., was dead on the scene, according to a spokesman for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office who said Wilson was bitten by dogs at his home.
Wilson, who suffered severe head trauma, including having both his ears bitten off and at least one of his eyes mauled, also suffered injuries to both arms. - Chicago Sun-Times, January 18, 2010
The daughter, who had been breeding the pit bulls, told investigators the dogs were afraid of her father because his "voice was loud." But neighbors said that Wilson never appeared to have any trouble with the dogs prior to the incident. Avantis Smith, 31, who lives next door to the family, said he had seen Wilson walking the dogs on his way to the bank in the past. Another neighbor, Ruffin Davis, 62, said, "They always obeyed him. I don't see any reason for them to attack him."
According to Smith, Wilson's daughter was "stunned" last night and could not explain what had happened. She was perhaps as "stunned" as Chester Jordan's and Raymond Tomco's daughters, both of whom had also been breeding pit bulls in the family home and returned one day to discover their fathers mutilated bodies after being attacked by the dogs. In total, Chicago Animal Care and Control seized four adult pit bulls and two pit bull puppies from the South Side home.
Cherie Travis, director of the Animal Care and Control office, told reporters, "Dogs don't normally attack people in their own homes, so there's a lot to investigate." This is the same distortion voiced by the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSPCA) last year after two pit bulls first mauled their owner's son then mauled the owner. The truth is pit bulls are often in the news due to serious and sometimes fatal attacks upon their owners.
01/18/10: Man Killed by Daughter's Pit Bulls
Chicago, IL - In a developing story, police are investigating the death of a 56-year old man found dead with dog bites at a home in the Washington Heights neighborhood. Johnny Wilson was found with several bite marks on his body, according to a spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner's office. The cause of death is unknown pending an autopsy by the medical examiner's office, but four pit bulls found at the residence were seized by animal control officials.
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