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11 thoughts on “2016 Dog Bite Fatality: Woman Mauled to Death by Her Pit Bull-Mix in Leesburg, Florida

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  1. Do we start the count down before apologists are telling us the dog was actually trying to give medical aid to its owner and that's how the injuries occurred…..

    At least some family member will not be trying to keep the dog alive.

  2. The pro-pit people will be insisting it wasn't a pit bull. Because it was a pit mix, they'll claim it was just a mutt…or not an APBT…or that the media sensationalizes these reports because of a supposed bias against pit bulls and that they report any muscular dog with short hair as a pit bull.

    Then the claims of abuse will be trotted out. They'll say this owner must have done something to the dog, or it was a resident dog and not socialized. Some will moan about the "poor dog" being shot; others will start in with the nanny dog myth or how they've never had a problem in 30 years of owning pit bulls. There are a few other types of comments we'll see, but I think that about covers the major ones.

    Yeah, I've been reading these news reports for a few months now… Shaking my head. I've decided that it's just cognitive dissonance: pit bull owners CAN'T believe anything negative about pit bulls because then that means they and their dogs could wind up in the headlines. They come up with all these excuses to help themselves feel safe. It's kind of sad, actually. When I say that my dog would never hurt me, I don't doubt it. He's never even given a warning signal of any kind, and he's of a breed of dog that would give warning signals, unlike pit bull-type breeds. I think pit bull owners who have encountered some of the facts about their breeds must have at least a little bit of doubt, though they'll never admit it. That's why they argue so aggressively.

  3. This is going to sound terrible, and it i, but there's a part of me that doesn't feel so bad when the person killed by the pitbull is the actual adult owner. There's a part of me that's relieved that it wasn't another family member, especially a child. I often wonder what goes through a person's mind the moment of an attack by a dog that they defend as being so gentle it wouldn't hurt a fly. I especially wonder about this when the person who was attacked is a known and vocal pitbull advocate.

    • We say that we'd not have a problem with bully dog if the only pit/bully victims were their "consenting adult" owners.

      But more commonly, the bullies' victims are visitors/neighbors pets/people.

      That is never acceptable.

  4. Advocates who follow this issue closely feel similarly — you are not alone Chris. I thank God the dog was not still "raging on" when the young girl arrived or that it did not break out of its property and fatally attack an innocent person walking down the street.

    Maybe what goes through their mind is that 35-year time honored beaten drum MYTH that "pit bulls are the most loyal of all dogs…"

    • Loyal? Ted Bundy was loyal, sometimes returning to his victim's bodies, until they decomposed.

      Stalkers are loyal, too.

  5. I noticed in the news stories that they put the words "aggressive" and "vicious" in quotation marks which makes it seem like they are doubting that the police needed to shoot the dog. One of the headlines isn't even about the dog killing the owner- it's about the police killing the dog!

  6. Eyes Opened-I think you called it, it is cognitive dissonance. I've also wondered how pit bull owners can be completely blind to all the viscous deaths their Pitbulls cause. But I suppose its no different from an abused spouse who always has an excuse for the abusive spouse, a smoker who talks about all the smokers s/he's heard of who live to be 100, or the people who are still collecting beanie babies today thinking they will be worth a fortune,and all the other blind spots and irrationality that people have in their lives. The difference is, most cognitive dissonance/blind spots/irrationality don't have the tremendous potential to kill and destroy so many people and so randomly. Everyone has some cognitive dissonance about something in their life, but most cognitive dissonances can be ignored by the public, because it only affect one person or their family. Pitbulls & their cognitively dissociated defenders can not be ignored because of their vast number of victims. Like others here, while I feel sad for the owner, I am relieved that it was the owner that was killed and not an innocent neighbor or child. Because that pitbull would have killed someone, better the owner who wanted to treat a viscous animal like a household pet, than someone else.

  7. I have read elsewhere that there have been incidents with a dog at the same residence. Has that been verified?

  8. Your advice in the update literally gave me goosebumps.

    You are so right. No one of any age needs this kind of protection. I have always said my job is to protect my dogs not the other way around.

    Today at a lure coursing event was a gigantic, intact,male Cane Corso who they could not catch after the run. The judge was smart enough not to grab at it as he had a small dog that did not want to be caught after the run. Had that dog turned nasty there was nothing anyone could have done to stop it. Of course there was also an "Am Staff" lure coursing as well.

    The last thing I want to be around is those kind of dogs that are riled up into full prey drive. I will not participate in those events since its inevitable that there will be a tragedy at some point.

  9. The hypocrisy looms over us all.

    In Sugar Creek Missouri recently, local government leaders and officials passed emergency restrictions to force a citizen to remove a vegetable garden from their yard.

    Because lots of locals complained.

    Meanwhile, all over the US, those same kinds of officials and leaders turn the other way as violent dogs offend again and again.

    The reason is that the squeaky wheel gets the grease

    When people join together and complain and put pressure on those officials and leaders, then things change.

    People need to get active and organize and demand changes to dog laws and animal control functioning. Their lives depend on it.

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