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23 thoughts on “2017 Dog Bite Fatality: Woman Dies of Injuries After Pit Bull Mauling in Mississippi

  1. He's probably telling his buddies that it was a "freak accident". Since it was his own dog that killed his poor mother, he can't very well blame the OWNER, now, can he?

  2. Holy cow, did anyone else gasp when the picture of the pit bull loaded? Yikes.

    Even though I was alerted to the truth about pit bulls more than a year ago, it still boggles my mind and shocks me that people are getting so severely attacked and even killed by DOGS. I grew up with dogs who were loving companions and didn't kill things (none of them were pit bulls, of course). I love dogs. These horrific maulings just don't make sense to me.

    This poor lady. May God bring her family peace and comfort. What a terrible tragedy.

  3. Former dog lover here. The increasing prevalence of dangerous dogs like pits is one of the reasons why I changed my mind about dogs.

    These days, I'm very wary of any dog, even the little ones. Why? Because of what happened to me last January. I was walking along, minding my own business, when a dog bit me. The owner's response? She baby-talked to the dog about how naughty he was. THEN she spoke to me.

    I'm becoming all the more convinced that too many people have dogs for the wrong reasons. Many of these people do NOT know how to interact with people, and I think they need to spend more time working on that than immersing themselves in their doggie-dog world.

  4. Charges need to be filed against the dog owner who knew this dog was aggressive/a biter. He will probably not be charged because he is related to the victim. He should also be sued by her health insurance company and/or the hospital for all medical charges.

  5. YQN: I agree, I've never seen so many utterly clueless idiot dog owners as their are today, people who don't leash even where there is a leash LAW, people who have a 'beware of dog' sign posted on a 40 INCH fence, people who leave the dogs in the back of the pickup truck unsecured while they're in the store or drive around with the dog hanging halfway out the fully retracted car window. Just plain STUPID. And they ALL think THEIR dog doesn't bite.

  6. EyesOpened: I didn't gasp, but my first thought was that I didn't know that a dog could look evil. That thing was scary looking.

    I generally like dogs and have two that are friendly and gentle, but I don't understand the appeal of fighting dogs. I wouldn't want a dog I'd have to worry would hurt someone.

  7. Garnet, I agree. I've always liked having dogs that were sweet, cute, gentle, friendly, etc. My family has never wanted dogs for protection or intimidation. They are our companions. Even though I've always adored them and considered them as family members, they do have a proper place (below humans) and no aggressive behavior would be acceptable.

    I wonder if people today are swallowing the lies spread on TV about all dogs being able to be rehabilitated. I also wonder if we're seeing more aggressive events from dogs due to the popularity of aversive training methods that simply suppress problem behaviors and that can lead to aggression.

  8. "Of course, those coming to the defense of those dogs, and those like them, insist that the breed background of the mutt perpetrators had nothing to do with it. Indeed, it was just something that happened. Like having it rain on your birthday. The fact that the dogs involved had the capacity to tear the legs off somebody was merely a coincidence. Hey, she could had her legs cut off by a goldfish, right?

    Remember, according to pit bull fanatics, the facts that pit bulls were bred to fight, and have the overall physical capacity to take down a grown man have nothing to do with any of this carnage. To them, horrific events of this sort are strictly a coincidence. Remember, its not pit bulls that kill, or even dogs. Hell its not even mammals, or anything alive! The victim in question could have died of anything, and the fact that this death involved game bred fight dogs with a bite strength of an industrial hydraulic press was strictly a coincidence. The physical capacity and breed history of pit bulls to fight to the death is not implicated in any way, ever. This is the Null Hypothesis of almost every dog mauling." -paraphrased from Animal Uncontrol

  9. To EyesOpened and others. We were unable to find a photo of Josh's pit bull on his Facebook page (he may have scrubbed them after the attack). But we did find one on his ex-girlfriend's page. The two were dating when this photo was taken. She does not own pit bulls (to our knowledge), but owns normal dogs, the kinds that do not maul or kill people.

    Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1055597027852876&set=picfp.100002077666125.1022708984475014&type=3&theater

    Screenshot:
    https://www.dogsbite.org/img-blog-2017/june-23-2016-josh-girlfriend.png

  10. Eyes Opened. Yes, you are correct. The public gobbles up the 'magic rehabiliation' swill like pigs at a trough. They believe that all dogs, if loved and rehabilitated enough, can earn a Canine Good Citizen thus demonstrating the marvelous healing powers of 'rehabilitaion.' Trainers use words such a 'reactive,' 'prickly,' 'does not play well with others,' or 'poor impulse control' telling the owner that Bitsy only needs training to become a sterling addition to the neighborhood. Trainers who refuse to use such euphamisms and do not offer 'Reactive Dog Classes' cannot compete and lose business to trainers who do. Trainers who do not follow the party line that these are only misunderstood dogs who can all be rehabilitated risk anti social media campaigns from the we love pits crowd.

  11. Sue Myles, thank you for the insight. I imagine it would be extremely difficult to be a dog trainer in today's current climate. I've noted with interest the arguments between opposing camps of dog training methods and continually see an attitude and beliefs reflected in those who are devotees of trainers like Cesar Millan: they claim that positive reinforcement trainers can't rehabilitate truly aggressive dogs like he can and instead just have them euthanized or are unable/unwilling to take the worst cases. Then they gleefully expound on what kinds of aggressive killer dogs he's magically "saved" from death. It's incredibly distorted thinking, based solely on heavily-edited TV shows and charismatic, sentimental pseudo-science babble.

    I wish I knew how to change the industry and these lies.

  12. Yes, it does seem that people are more likely now to try to 'rehabilitate' dangerous dogs than they were a few decades ago. It really doesn't help that celebrity dog trainers act like keeping and 'rehabbing' a large aggressive dog capable of maiming or killing a person is a noble thing. It's crazy. I generally like dogs, but can't imagine valuing an aggressive dog over people, or choosing a fighting breed for a family pet. Having pets should be a source of pleasure, not stress and grief.

  13. Have you ever noticed how NO pit bull owners can spell or write correctly?

    They often have a string of bad decisions (other than choosing to own a pit bull) in their lives as well. It's incredibly sad.

    While the pit pushers preach this narrative of the misunderstood, marginalized, mistreated (but loving and loyal) dog, those who choose to own them are usually a bit on the fringe of society themselves and end up over-identifying with these dogs.

  14. Whenever I get into a debate with someone on Pit bull's and they start defending the breed I simply say, let's sit at the table and discuss this over the statistics. Shuts them up because the stats say it all about this breed

  15. I have been a dog trainer for forty years. The current fad of rehabilitation,'saving' dangerous dogs has ruined what used to be a marvelous career. Now, when I get an email from someone with a dog that would have been euthanized twenty years ago I must tread carefully to avoid entangling myself with the owner. To refuse to train their beast, and yes owners drop leashes, has gotten me the only two negative yelp reviews. These owners have been told by so many, especially the television trainers who are pure narcissists, that their Poopsy can be trained to be a sweet angel are the first to be offended, outraged and get on anti social media. The whole training game has become a nightmare thanks to the swill that the public had been fed.

  16. Sue Myles, that's terrible! I hope that you're still able to be successful and help those you can. The complete sea change in thought has been stunning to watch. Keep fighting the good fight.

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