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11 thoughts on “Former Owner of Rescue Pit Bull Shares Story After Unprovoked Attack: 'Still Very Shaken' by the Experience

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  1. The official people who are officially in pro-canine stance will always deny the possibility of any unprovoked attack. Unprovoked attacks can not ever happen. They do not exist. It is always the victims’ fault. If the dog just “does not like you”, the unmistakable strong inference is that it is the victims’ fault that the dog does not like the victim. The dog just simply must have made a valid judgement call on the victims’ character, so the dog attacked a person who is a bad person. This, per official law and legal government personnel. It does not matter what the breed is. Pitbull, German shepherd, Queensland heeler: Any breed can attack a person that the dog did not like, per the victims’ character, as per assessed and legally determined by the dog! The dog has the legal right of way to decide who it wants to attack. The victim has zero legal recourse. If someone else defended the victim, or if the victim defended himself, the defender is the criminal. In our criminally insane society, according to our criminally insane layers of government, the victim is the problem. The dog is the one who is worshiped by our society, and by all of our layers of government. Is it 40 extremely severe traumatic maulings every day in the USA, for 14,000 severe traumatic maulings every year in this country? News media, local government, real estate associations and all other official bodies do not want anyone to know about this huge quantity of the dangerous canine breed threat. Anyone who attempts to get the message out to the people about dangerous breed canines is the criminal enemy of the the Dognited States of America.

  2. Could we please stop misusing the word “rescue” in relation to dogs? Unless that dog was plucked from a raging river or carried out of a burning building, it was purchased. Nothing more, nothing less.

    • Exactly Quiet.

      As long as it looks like some kind of humanitarian aid to “save pitbulls” this battle will continue.

      It’s all about the money, it was always about the money, and it remains as a result of people paying for rescue facilities, paying breeders, thinking they can breed and make money, etc. etc.

      If it wasn’t about the money I could walk down the street, find some poor sod whose dam was knocked up by a fence jumper and grab a cheap/free puppy. No hassle, no contract, no shelter fees, no donations.

  3. Astonishing that the rescue refused to take the dog back. I see so many rescues proudly rehoming bite case dogs.

    These attacks – severe attacks and attacks by well-raised pit bulls without a history of abuse or aggression – are under the radar, but they are out there and I think we’d be startled by how many there are. I just came across a pit bull rescuer on social media who was in the process of moving from rescue to training when she was very nearly killed by a client’s raised-since-puppyhood pit bull – one arm mauled so badly that the dog’s teeth punctured bone, and the other arm broken by the pit bull’s grip. She described it as dragging her while her own dogs – also pit bulls – fled the room in terror. She would have been killed if her bf hadn’t been in the house at the time and dragged it loose twice. She says the dog had mild resource guarding, but no other history of aggression, but that it seemed to completely lose its mind and fixate on her. Sound familiar? She very nearly lost her arms, and she was clearly traumatized – there was zero pit bull advocacy language in her posts after the attack. Her story never made the news. Neither did the story I came across buried in the local government records of a nearby town’s council meeting where they discussed giving an award to a man who’d saved a woman from her own pit bull when it mauled her in a park. The dog was raised from a puppy, zero aggression, nice pet. Walking with her and other household dog in the park, turned around and tried to kill her. Again, no media coverage.

  4. I highly commend this former pit bull owner who was brave enough to immediately put her pit bull down after the attack. Many pit bull owners would have excused the behavior, but she chose to value human life and community safety and do the right thing.

    Not only that, but she reached out to share her story on this blog. It is powerful to hear from prior pit bull owners and advocates who have been shaken by the pit bull behavior and are willing to re-evaluate their former opinions.

  5. There’s nothing wrong with rescuing a dog as long as it isn’t pit. If it looks part pit, it probably is. We rescued a dog- part poodle part lab. Obviously does not look pit. Of course looked 2 1/2 years to find her. It’s worth waiting for the right dog, a dog that is going to be a biddable, safe pet. I’d avoid the dogs the shelter is eager to get rid of. Sad every pit owner has such warped thinking, this is what creates a danger to everyone else- the fact they can’t accept reality. BREED matters.

  6. Thank you to our anonymous writer for writing her powerful story.

    Yours is not the first story I’ve heard like this. The guilt, the shame of being forced to euthanize for behavioural problems, the pitbull advocates blaming everything but the actual dog itself, the fear and trauma that follows when a beloved dog attacks someone.

    Here’s the kicker.

    It wouldn’t have mattered if you *did* make some handling errors. Most dogs are resilient. There’s time to learn to correct them. With pitbulls, all too often handling errors are blamed and it often isn’t true. Just walk down your street and watch how many dogs owners are clearly unable to manage their dog’s behaviour or can’t/won’t even teach the dog a simple “heel” command. Even with larger dogs it’s rare that inexperienced handling ends in tragedy.

    I worked with plenty of dogs that were poorly handled. Very rarely did that make them vicious. Those that were truly vicious and not just posturing–were clearly genetically flawed. And that’s what pitbulls are in so many cases like yours–bred to be genetically flawed.

    Viciousness in pitbulls isn’t a bug. It’s a feature.

    Now you have the opportunity, dear writer, to understand what kind of bond a companion dog and a human can share. Once that relationship has happened with a dog, it’s hard to convince that dog owner that getting a risky dog is ever worth it.

    The best to you.

  7. We have to remember that this individual is in “recovery” after being a pit bull person. Of course mistakes are going to be made such as calling a pit bull puppy, arguably a highly profitable dog for a shelter, a rescue and calling that transaction adoption. Also mistakes such as trying to take the dog back to the shelter which risks it getting rehomed to someone else. This person made the right decision by putting his dog down and deciding to stay away from the breed forever more. By reaching out to DBO, he/she is working through reprogramming.

  8. I have to commend the writer for not only coming to the tough realization that their pet was no longer a pet, but doing the absolute right thing and having it put down immediately. Not many people can even admit they were wrong, much less take responsibility for it.

  9. A man across my street was attacked by two pit bulls that got loose. The victim was just taking a walk! The dogs were owned by a pit breeder, and thankfully animal control came in time. When I yelled at the two dogs from across the street (the victim, already bitten in the groin, had found refuge in a screened porch) they came for me, and I will never forget that wild look in their eyes. Vicious.

  10. We euthanized many PITBULLS that were raised in perfectly loving homes for years and then suddenly and without any provocation attacked and or killed the toddler or the household cat it grew up with.
    It’s called idiopathic aggression.
    In my 18+ years we only euthanized one other breed of dog for this and that was a old senile Labrador, other than that…it’s PITBULLS !

    We also banned this breed from our boarding facility.
    It was just too much of a liability to our Kennel staff which is One Employee on the weekends .

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