Fifth Animal Attack
New York, NY - Daytime television host Rachael Ray, who is a pit bull owner and strong advocate of the breed1, is under fire by the media and bloggers2 after her pit bull, named Isaboo, attacked another dog in New York City, ripping off the dog's ear. Reports say that Isaboo has been involved in at least five violent attacks against other animals, this one being the latest. Ray paints herself as a dog lover, but clearly cares little for the safety of other dogs when around Isaboo.
Surprisingly, the Gothamist points this out. It is rare for an organization to make this connection (major humane groups3 do, but have more interest in protecting pit bulls than protecting beloved pets who each day suffer brutal injuries and death by the powerful jaws of a pit bull). It is doubtful that Rachael Ray will put Isaboo to sleep. Instead she'll send the dog to a sanctuary to be "rehabilitated," specifically, to "magically remove," the pit bull dog aggression gene.
"Rachael Ray's beloved pit bull Isaboo has been involved in at least five incidents of violence against other animals, with the latest fight happening earlier this month as one of the dog's handlers walked it in the Village. According to Radar and, um, the National Enquirer, the attack happened when another dog walked by and "Isaboo lashed out so quickly and ripped the other dog’s ear off before its handler could pull it away." A vet was able to save some of the dog's ear, but Ray is reportedly devastated because she may have to put Isaboo to sleep.
One source frets, "Rachael calls Isaboo her baby,' but after the latest dog fight, she’s living in fear that her pet will have to be put down. While she loves the dog, she can’t help worrying about what would happen if Isaboo attacked a person." So multiple violent attacks on other pets are cool as long as no human blood is spilled? What kind of Keffiyeh-wearing terrorist is Ray, anyway?"
As far as Rachael Ray being concerned about a human attack, she certainly should be. Since August 2009, two U.S. citizens have been killed by pit bulls while trying to protect another pet being attacked by a pit bull (Carter Delaney and Rosie Humphries). Countless other U.S. individuals -- we mean countless -- have been seriously injured in this same scenario. So what's next for Isaboo? Will Ray make the responsible choice or have her dog undergo "magical rehabilitation?"
2Rachael's Rayging pit bull ordeal, Rachael Ray worries over her Pitbull's attack, Rachael Ray Nightmare: Pit Bull May Have To Be Put To Sleep, Rachael Ray’s Aggressive Pit Bull May Have To Be Put Down?, Rant: Rachael Ray's Pitbull Attacks!, Rachael Ray’s Pit Bull Goes on Rampage, Not enough love and understanding for Isaboo?, John Del Signore at the Gothamist asks the $64,000 question
3Most humane groups also do not support breed-specific pit bull laws, including mandatory spay and neuter pit bull laws. This is despite the fact that nearly 1 million unwanted pit bulls were euthanized in 2009.
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