Michelle Edwards and a male victim following the double mauling.
Police Shoot, Kill Dog
St. Clair, AU - If the title of this post and photo caption were missing and only the two images appeared, what would the average person think happened? Victims of a multiple shooting might come to mind or a serious automobile accident. What would not come to mind is that a family "pet" inflicted these injuries. In the state of New South Wales, a family Staffordshire bull terrier, named Chopper, recently berserked requiring both victims to be taken away on stretchers.
The woman, Michelle Edwards, suffered injuries described as "both arms shredded." Her unnamed son reportedly owns the animal. The male victim, a friend who was visiting the Edwards home, suffered serious injuries as well. Her husband, Alan Edwards, was not present during the attack, but was quick to tell police that Chopper "was a lovely dog" and that his behavior was completely out of character. "I don't know what would make him attack," he said.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
As the above images illustrate, there is a reason why several dog breeds are included in the definition of a pit bull. The Staffordshire bull terrier is the original fighting dog and in the United States is classified as a pit bull terrier (See: Pit Bull FAQ). In 2005, when New South Wales banned pit bulls, officials neglected to include the Staffordshire bull terrier in its definition of a "pit bull," thus allowing pit bull owners to register their dog as a breed unregulated by state law.
Both of these victims will have a long road to recovery. Edwards may suffer partial or complete loss of use of one or both arms and hands. The two unique features of pit bull injury -- permanency and disfigurement -- is why entire countries like the UK, Denmark, Norway, France and others, as well as over 500 U.S. cities, regulate pit bulls. Once these injuries have been inflicted, they can't be taken back. This is why we must do all that we can to prevent the attack.
Prevent the deed. Regulate the breed.
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