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16 thoughts on “2014 Dog Bite Fatality: Pit Bull Kills 5-Year Old Boy in St. Clair County, Alabama

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  1. I grew up on the Coosa River and Logan Martin Lake is a beautiful place. I had never heard of Riverside but then I haven't been there in years. If I heard this video correctly…there are no leash laws in this city. But even with leash laws this would have probably still happened. This is the same county where Donald Thomas was killed by Rottweilers last year. Another family shattered by the pit bull culture.

  2. I teared up when I saw yet another death.
    I'm scared for my own babies. They cannot even play outdoors now, without threat of a monster killing them in the most brutal fashion. This dad did have a gun, but the dog was quick with its killing. at least it won't live to kill again.
    Kids being torn to their own yards, toddlers ripped from adults arms and mauled to death, kids killed on the walk from school, this is madness.
    if there wad a person going around doing this, or a group.of people, we would call them serial killers, and hunt them down. no expense would be spared, then they would likely get the death penalty.
    but a pit bull? Free to terrorize, kill, and maim. everyday. then idiots defend them, instead.of doing the obvious thing and wiping them from the ad.of the earth. all bull breeds, stating with pits, staffs, am bulls and bull mastiffs.

  3. Interesting how the name of the dog owner is kept out of the news, along with the dog's origin….was it from a breeder or a local rescue? No interest in determining where these killer dogs are coming from. Wouldn't it be in the interest of public safety for the owners of this dogs littermates…after all, this dog was only 8 months old…to know that their own dogs may also be genetically predisposed to deadly aggressive behavior?

    When people die in a car accident because of a mechanical defect, everyone wants full disclosure…what was the make and model of the car, how old was the car, what factory was the car built in?

    Why should it be any different with dogs? Who is breeding these killer dogs, who is selling them, or "adopting" them out to the public?

  4. Branwyne Finch asked these questions:

    Who is breeding these killer dogs, who is selling them, or "adopting" them out to the public?

    To which I say:

    Here in Pima County, Arizona, the "adopting" out is being done by our taxpayer funded shelter at the Pima Animal Care Center. The Humane Society of Southern Arizona also does a brisk business in pit bulls.

  5. Same here Your Quiet Neighbor. The city/county promotes these monsters on their own website! They even say they are great for families! When there is a tragedy, I hope they get sued over this nonsense.

    Our city made the mistake of contracting with the local humane society to take over shelter services. This is the first step to disaster, and is pushed by people that think that every public function ought to be privatized, as well as those who want to see "animal lovers" in charge. It's a perfect storm of liberal and conservative idiocy- you know if those two groups agree on something, there is trouble to come.

    Naturally, once this happens, the humane society declares their goal of "No Kill" (aka SLOW kill"), puts up enormous barriers to relinquishing pets: only friendly animals, only by appointment on Thursdays10-11am, with a $100 fee, after a mandatory waiting/foster period. (No stray/feral cats- they get S/N and put out to die).

    Now, instead of PTS all pit bulls, and any animal with behavioral issues, you get a "crack team" of "behaviorists" (aka dog lovers that took a few webinars and own dogs) that spend lots of time intensively "training" these maulers (and they are usually maulers) how to not bite (true story!).

    The cash spent on these staff members, their time to "fix" such animals, and the extra, specially made, isolated, long term housing (because no one wants these dogs, even for free), means that normal dogs, and all stray cats, get left in the cold. So many are denied shelter, and put right back on the streets, all while saving killers.

    Then, a kid gets mauled or killed, and everyone shames the owner, who was probably talked into adopting a "lab mix that loves people!". They ignore the humane society (aka pit bull pushers, animal killers) that has made this happen, and all the voters that thought "no kill" sounded so swell.

    Cities are making their own problems.

  6. 8 months old? OMG.
    And people tell me I am paranoid about our neighbors already enormous, 8 mo old pit bull. I make the kids come inside anytime their door is open, and now the kids cannot play on the playground unless I'm there too (playground is out my back door. It's also out the pit bulls back door).

    I HATE these people for ruining what was a nice, relaxing place to play with their MAULER.

    It's a "therapy" dog, of course, as our apartments otherwise ban big dogs. It lives in a cage 18 hours a day, and get out to take one walk and a few pees. Sadly, two small kids just moved in there, one sweet 5yr old boy and his 1 yr old sister. The dog is their grandfathers. The kid told me it runs around the house knocking everyone over. Disaster waiting to happen.


  7. Have you ever tried to train a lab not to retrieve? Same idea as trying to train a pit not to attack. Ludicrous.

    I wish that organizations such as BadRap that lobby and try to promote pits as family dogs would spend as much time and money promoting responsible dog ownership. They could even make some extra money selling pit-proof enclosures. If pit owners would even try to keep their dogs on their own property where they belong, instead of inflicting them on the rest of us, at least some of these horrible deaths and maulings could be avoided. I have met a lot of people that own these horrors-in-the-making and only one of them made even an attempt at keeping the dogs on his property. Anyone around here that has a decent fence put it up to keep the neighbor's dogs out.

  8. Sputnik, I don't think I would trust it. That removable floor looks like an escape hatch, especially with it being so light. Maybe I could transport my goats in it.

    I just really wish that pit people would promote responsible ownership. I don't understand why they all let their dogs run free. Even if you don't care about other people, it's dangerous for the dog.

    I'm so sorry that this little boy was killed. These animals and their owners create so much sadness and horror. Pets should bring only happiness and comfort.

  9. So sad that this mother was harassed by pit bulls AT HER SON'S GRAVE.

    So glad the officer shot the charging pit bull.

  10. So heartbreaking hearing her cry and fears from this pitbull the very reason she has to visit her baby's grave. It's never going to end. Too many laws protecting the monsters.

  11. Farmer Jane: I agree-'responsible' pit owner is practically an oxymoron. I've seen a few pits around me even though they're banned here (pit owners don't need no stinkin' laws!). One is SO dog aggressive it runs through the house and SLAMS into the GLASS door-how long before it goes through? I've also seen this dog running like mad off leash between the house and car. Kids like there-at one point they had a sign out front advertising drum lessons for kids. Another has a huge APBT-saw that one off leash in a neighbors front yard, idiot owner screaming from her front door-across from an elementary school. I'd bet good money neither one of these pitiots even owns a break stick.

  12. Even where there ARE leash laws dog owners don't care, and pit owners in particular, because there are no REAL consequences until someone is dead or near dead, IF then. It should be an automatic $250 fine for a first offense, no appeal, for any dog. $500 for a second, $750 and court date for third. Fourth, your dog is confiscated and you are banned from dog ownership.

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