Fort Wayne, IN - Earlier today, The News-Sentinel published an article in the community section by resident Bob Rinearson (Once again, pit bulls are to blame for extreme violence against people). Rinearson describes in vivid detail arriving on scene where an 11-year old boy and a man had just been brutalized by two pit bulls. It is a powerful piece that captures the extreme violence of a pit bull attack. Prior to this incident, the same dogs had mauled an elderly woman.1
I had not seen such violence committed against a human being in some time, let alone a child. The boy, just a short time before, had stepped off his school bus ... When I stepped out of my vehicle, the boy was sitting up and alert, but blood was pouring out of his ripped pant leg ... the boy asked, "Am I bleeding out?" ... the same dogs before coming onto the boy had just attacked an elderly woman ... The dogs, if not for the efforts of the daughter coming out to her mother's rescue, might have actually severed the woman's foot, according to an EMT ... The boy had suffered multiple deep bites on his left leg. What I saw was more than disturbing. They reminded me of seeing shark bites on victims while watching a special on the National Geographic Channel.
Two pit bulls, three human victims and gunfire (police officers shot and killed both dogs) -- This is a classic pit bull attack. When city and county officials consider adopting a pit bull law, this is exactly the type of life-threatening and injurious scenario that should be considered. Arguing the granular points of "dog bite data" or engaging in the 30-year old debate, "It's the owner not the breed" is unnecessary. Just one point is needed in the consideration of a pit bull law:
Should our citizens be subjected to a classic pit bull attack that involves extreme violence and often produces more than one human victim?2
The dogs' owner in this brutal multiple attack has not yet been identified. At least two victims will undergo substantial reconstructive surgeries.3 Even if the dogs' owner is identified, that person will not be able pay the sizable costs of the emergency and follow up surgical treatments these victims will require. It is a "total loss" scenario for the victims in this case, and thus far, "free walking papers" for the dogs' owner, who will likely acquire new pit bulls within a few weeks.
2Not to mention the many animals victimized by pit bulls. In these scenarios, a pet dog is seriously injured or killed and its owner is bitten trying to stop the attack.
3The man who saved the boy's life did not escape without serious injury either. Rinearson describes his injuries as one pit bull biting "extensively into flesh and muscle" of the man's leg.
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