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19 thoughts on “2019 Dog Bite Fatality: Pit Bulls Implicated in Attack that Killed Woman in Costco Parking Lot

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  1. It is going to be interesting to see how this case plays out in the courts if it ever makes it there. I am sure Costco will get sued despite this business having nothing to do with this attack. Whichever business two out of three of the pits came from should be financially liable for this death and their landlord may have some liability.

    • I have a friend who’s a personal injury lawyer. In cases like this one, he will find out who the landlord is, and go after than landlord’s insurance policy.

      BTW, this strategy worked in a recent pit bull mauling case involving a toddler. The child had leaned over a wall to greet the neighbor’s pit bull. And, quoting my friend the lawyer, the dog “ripped his face off.”

      The lawyer won a $500k judgment against the property owner’s insurer. Didn’t matter that the pit bull owners were renters. The goal was to follow the money, in this case, the insurance company.

  2. One of the linked news stories had a quote from officials saying this was an “extremely, extremely rare event.” No, not really.

    Because this was a transient woman, I bet this sorry will fade away. And every possible excuse will be made for those dogs attacking her. The article already spoke about investigators not knowing if the dogs were for fighting or were abused or neglected. As if some extenuating circumstance like one of those could be the only reason that dogs would kill. When we really all know it is not.

    • Yes — we noticed this. There was also no comment about two dogs getting loose, then in an “extremely, extremely rare event” they hooked up with a stray, then in an “extremely, extremely rare event” all three dogs fatally attacked a woman. It’s hardly a rare event for dogs running loose in Bakersfield. Here’s a February editorial — “Letter to the Editor: Who let the dogs out? Stray and loose dogs are killing our pets. Just a day or two ago, a white pit bull jumped a fence and killed two dogs in their own yard. As a result, the police cited the owners of the pit bull, but this killer dog was also given back to the owners.” https://www.bakersfield.com/opinion/letter-to-the-editor-who-let-the-dogs-out/article_833247ac-3950-11e9-92af-1f345dc30279.html

  3. If the commentator is right that the canines she photographed earlier in the week were the same animals that killed the woman on the weekend, the brown ‘mixed breed dog’ is clearly a pit bull mix. That head might conceivably have come from one of the very few other breed types that have that short, blocky skull – but given that it was owned with a pit bull and that pit bulls are cheap and plentiful in an era when all other breed types are not (ie, the Chows, Labs, and others that might have contributed that skull are not typically easy or cheap to acquire now), it’s almost certainly a pit bull mix.

    If those are not the same dogs, I would find it very interesting that the SPCA shelter is nearby. Who else, after all, describes a dog as a “mixed breed” these days? Especially if they’re already stuck admitting their other dog is a pit bull?

  4. Imagine the outcry, the upheaval, the panic that would ensue if this woman had been killed by a trio of coyotes. Even if the offending animals were caught and destroyed, can you picture what the result would be? Residents would want every coyote in that community found and either relocated or destroyed. Terror would reign. People would demand that action was taken to prevent such a future event. But since this killing was done by dogs… and not just any breed of dog but the most protected/promoted/worshiped breed of dog in the nation… the result will be totally different. Instead of people asking, “Are there more out there that will do this?” people will make every possible excuse to defend the breed. And life will return to normal, with rampant overpopulation of pit bulls and the SPCA right down the street doing everything they can to get one into the home of every family in that community.

  5. Has there been an uodate on the womans identity? Transient or not this is so horrific for someone to ne killed by vicious dogs.

  6. 2 deaths of Americans from measles since 2005.
    CDC : “Vaccinate! Vaccinate! This is preventable!! We need to protect the most vulnerable in society! We need to pass more laws mandating vaccines! We must get this under control!!

    417 deaths of Americans by pit bulls since 2005.
    CDC : *dead silence*

    Echoing Sellis’ comment, imagine if this poor, innocent woman’s cause of death was determined to be measles. The CDC would swoop in and there would be endless coverage about how we need to vaccinate against such a tragic and preventable disease and this shouldn’t be happening in developed countries.

    But 417 deaths (and counting), mostly of the most vulnerable in society (children and the elderly), in the jaws of pit bulls, and those deaths mean nothing? I don’t get it.

    I am in NO WAY trying to start a vaccine debate. Not even a little bit. I know it’s a highly contentious subject. I am trying to show the yawning maw that exists between what the CDC considers a public health threat and what it couldn’t care less about. I would say that 417 deaths (and counting) is pretty damned significant. Lives are lives. Preventable deaths are preventable deaths. Pit bulls kill children and adults on a regular basis. I would damn well consider them a public health threat.

    I won’t hold my breath waiting for the CDC to take action.

    • I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. Right here and right now:

      The root of this problem is the out-of-control worship of dogs. IMHO, dogs need to be put back into their proper place. As in, they’re animals, not humans, and certainly not children or “fur babies.”

      Because they’re animals with teeth, they should be treated with caution at all times.

      • My Quiet Neighbor, I agree. “Worship” is absolutely the correct term for how many think of dogs these days. I’m 41 years old and watched this troubling change happen in my lifetime.

  7. Absolutely. It’s nuts. Sanity and rational thought has gone to the wayside. When we dehumanize actual humans, and anthropomorphize animals – especially predatory animals – society is lost.
    Saving maulers is the latest on trend fad, and victim blaming is accepted. It’s disgusting. This “the animal didn’t know any better” BS is old and sad. Like we, as humans don’t know what a dog is capable of.

    The degradation of society seems to be inversely proportional to the rise of dog worship. People walk by a man dying in the street in NY:
    (https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Weekend/dying-homeless-man-stopped-mugging-sidewalk/story?id=10471047 ) but they fight tooth and nail to save a pit bull that slaughters a mother or child. It makes me sad and sick.

    That crazy woman who doesn’t think these dogs should be euthanized because SHE had a positive experience with them is an example of the problem. It’s like saying “I met Jeffrey Dahmer and he was so nice to me! He couldn’t have killed all those innocent men!”
    The trail of misery, medical bills, PTSd, trauma, pain, and death that pit bulls have left on society should speak volumes to their “sweet wiggle butt” nature. Unfortunately, the inmates are running the asylum.

  8. The facebook page for Bakersfield Kennels is infested with pits. You wouldn’t think a kennel would be so irresponsible to let their dogs run loose but pit owners are famously irresponsable. Does it seem odd that the ideneeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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