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7 thoughts on “2011 Dog Bite Fatality: Colusa Woman Mauled to Death by Pet Pit Bull-Mix

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  1. The most fascinating quote to me is, "We NEVER had a problem with this dog. Even with kids running around."

    How many times have you heard that, folks?

    Merritt Clifton, "If a pit bull terrier…has a bad moment, often someone is maimed or killed–and that has now created off-the-chart actuarial risk, for which the dogs as well as their victims are paying the price."

  2. Unlike the case of Carolyn Baker — whose family pleaded to have the dog returned to them after it "dragged" her by the shoulder causing severe injury and swallowing her bra in the process — Mr. Leal immediately put this animal down. However, he may have done so because the dog inflicted horrible facial injuries…before or after her death, yadda, yadda…

  3. "Neighbors want to believe that the dog did not attack Leal, but tried to 'drag her to the house in safety' after she fell or was injured."

    I burst out in laughter at the nutters' ignorance after reading that part. They'll say anything to protect their inherently vicious dogs. But at the same time, it makes me sad that people actually do make outrageous claims just to keep the maulers around to kill more people. It also makes me scared that any one of us could be next if we happen to be in the same general area as a pit bull. If the nutter neighbor's pit bull kills me, what are the rabid advocates going to say after my death? Actually, I'm not sure I want to think about that.

    Truly tragic. It shows how dangerous these dogs and their misinformed (or ignorant) owners can be.

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