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39 thoughts on “2021 Dog Bite Fatality: Woman Killed by Pit Bull She was Dog Sitting in Myrtle Point, Oregon; Dog Had History of Attacks

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  1. The police said that it was not a random attack? That is so nice of them to let us know that. If it was not a random attack, then what kind of attack was it? It was a non-random attack. Better than a scheduled attack, or a planned attack, or a training attack, or love attack or an erroneous attack. It was an artificial selection attack, is my best take on this. Just did what it was simply primarily bred to do. Thank Goodness that it was not a random attack. Such a comforting thought.

    What kind of dog was it? It was a non-random fatal attack dog. Not the best kind of dog for a family pet, for those of us who can not be diagnosed with a pathological personality disorder.

    Good thing they don’t just simply “get out” loose onto the public street. That would make the neighborhood unsafe, and that would make every single person in the neighborhood at elevated risk of grave threat. Yay!

    • Hands down, one of the best comments you have ever left! “The police said that it was not a random attack? That is so nice of them to let us know that. If it was not a random attack, then what kind of attack was it? It was a non-random attack. Better than a scheduled attack, or a planned attack, or a training attack, or love attack or an erroneous attack.” We understand that the victim was dog sitting her “new” boyfriend’s pit bull. So, perhaps she knew the dog “somewhat.” It seems that only adult females and children (of both genders) are killed while dog sitting pit bulls. A cautionary scenario for adult females with or without children.

      • I agree with the “not a random attack” police statement being so bizarre. Random means done without method, or unfamiliar/unspecified. Maybe it means not unfamiliar? In that case, pet sitting a potential killer is what happened. This one sounds particularly horrific with her girls in the apartment, too. So incredibly sad.

    • It wasn’t a random attack because she knew the dog – the dog was in her house. Why any mother would have a dog she doesn’t know in her house when she has 2 little children is something I don’t understand! Any dog that is in a strange place with strange people, especially noisy little ones, is in danger of attack the child. When you let a pit bull in your home you are accepting the danger. I’m glad she saved her girls.

  2. What is insane is that these predictably deadly dogs are permitted as pet animals in any community. What’s insane is that every pit bull attack is considered an outlier when there is a clear pattern dating back over 150 years. What’s insane is the Mt Everest of LIES the shelters use in adopting out dogs they know should only be candidates for euthanization. What’s insane is the level of propaganda used for the Charles Manson of dogs. What’s insane is NOT passing BSL to prevent more killers from being born.

  3. The pro pit bull movement is currently too strong to allow shelters to euthanize pit bulls.
    Adopting a policy of killing all pit bulls is a sure way of losing a job.

    So what is the solution? If the death toll gets high enough, maybe someone will start listening. I don’t board dogs. Nearly every dog I am asked to board is a pit bull or a pit mix.

  4. I am sure she did not clear her pro bono dangerous dog breed sitting services with her landlord. I can only extend so much sympathy to a woman who put herself and her children in this much danger to have male companionship. I hope the landlord keeps the security deposit because it will take that and more to clean up after this bloodbath.

  5. What stood out to me was that multiple people were trying to stanch blood loss but it simply could not be done…Since pit bulls inflict deep ripping/shredding wounds in multiple places on the body it truly is a wonder everyone is not dying of blood loss…Pit bulls certainly don’t make EMTs’ job any easier — and cops coming to the scene are faced with mitigating an immediate life and death situation with deadly force for all involved including the EMTs…

    …It is precisely, attacks (in this style) that should seal the deal AGAINST pit bull ownership…People are not allowed to keep “nanny bull oxen” in their homes — a domesticated animal specifically legislated against “on pain of death” if it attacked and killed (Exodus 21: 29)…So why the public safety pass on this so-called kind of domesticated animal?…

  6. So Sara Nichols of Springfield moves her pit bull over 100 miles away to prevent euthanasia after it attacks two children two months ago? My guess is Jeremy Robertson is her ex-boyfriend and he knew the pit when it was younger. He would be the type of person to “help out” in this kind of situation. Amber LaBelle has poor taste in men and it got her killed and gave her kids PTSD that will follow them through life and give them a myriad of psychiatric, social, and health problems.

  7. As with many victims, Amber was also a victim of pit bull propaganda and misinformation. Have you noticed how pit bulls are constantly featured as lovable lugs all across the board: car commercials, in magazines, and TV news stories, ad infinitum. The children’s father described Amber as a great mom. I believe him and I believe she deeply loved her children. He said the last thing she did as the attack began was to yell to her girls to run outside. Her last act was to save them. I do not believe she knew anything about this dog’s history. Yes, she made a grievous error, just as Jayden’s mother did. Their stories haunt me. But I can’t tell you how many well-educated, accomplished people I know who refuse to believe these dogs are a menace. They’re not on this website. If not for Colleen’s expertise and tenacious search for the truth, many of us would not know all the facts either. There is a pit plague in this country and around the world. And, yet, and YET, most people still think pits are just dogs.

  8. This quote is from the father of the two children in the apartment.
    “ “There is no way, even if she was watching it, that she would’ve voluntarily and knowingly allowed a vicious dog, a violent dog, into her space not only with the kids there but around herself,” Dieckman said. ”. True or not, how horrific for those two children to see this. I cannot imagine. I hope the father can press charges against the current boyfriend or at least a civil suit.

  9. I will never understand how people continue to keep dogs which have attacked before. Especially a pit bull which had attacked children! That thing should have been put down after the first attack. If it had been this attack would have never happened. Those poor girls wouldn’t have had to witness their mother being killed.

    • I wonder if the woman who gave it up and didn’t euthanize it when it attacked two children in July feels any remorse at all. Or one of those that will go to a page where they are talking about a death by pit bull and laugh.

      • It seems media can certainly locate her and I hope that she talks to them. Care and custody of the dog means that she rehomed the animal to Robertson, so she would not bear any responsibility in the fatal attack. But police have to sort all of that out!

      • Laugh are you serious im fucking devestated.and the one person you should be directing this to is Derrick Turner the breeder,trainer,and owner.thank you and our prayers are with the xhildren

  10. I am going to comment about aggression’s relationship to neutering. I had some contact with an idiot who has a neutered male GSD that bites. This dog will be euthanized for aggression. The owner is claiming that neutered male dogs are less aggressive than intact males.

    Neutering dogs reduces aggression. This is a wonderful excuse for shelters to adopt out neutered pit bulls. The dogs allegedly no longer bite since their testicles have been removed.

    If 80% of male pit bulls in the USA are intact and 80% of the pit bulls that kill people in the USA are intact, how is neutering affecting male dog aggression?
    If 35% of the killer pit bulls were neutered, that would verify that neutering increases killing in pit bulls.

    This nonsense that neutered male pit bulls are not aggressive gives the shelters a reason to adopt these dangerous animals out. I wish it was possible to get correct information on all the killer dogs.

    A friend had a GSD male which she had neutered for biting. He was destroyed for biting. He needed training and a responsible owner, not castration.

    It’s well known that bulls, stallions, and roosters are aggressive. Intact male dogs are not dangerous in general.

  11. Think how many lives would be saved if the “ban the deed, not the breed” folks practiced what they preached. Granted there are pits who kill the first time they bite a human but there are many cases of a “bite history” or “fight bust” dog going on to kill.

  12. One more thing, anyone know how many shots it took to takedown this blockheaded mauler?

    I can’t see one shot doing the job after seeing that pic.

    I am glad the cops killed it so we can skip the “save butthead” routine this time.

    • We can bank on the fact that it took more than one shot. It would be worth getting the police incident report just for this purpose. It’s an active investigation, so police have no requirement to release any of those details currently.

  13. If you look at the owner’s FB page, you’ll see lots of “sweet” (gross) doggie shots of the future killer. I would love to see it juxtaposed with the horrific attack. The idea of “getting licked to death” and “it’s how you raise them” evaporates. Looks like the woman who owed IT, slept with IT and poured on lots of affection. It doesn’t appear that she was training it to kill, although it came close to killing before IT’s final act. The only saving grace is this monster didn’t get to Amber’s little girls. But the collateral, psychological damage will last a lifetime.

  14. Great observation by Richard- not random. The lack of understanding by police departments in some places is shameful. As always, excellent reporting by Colleen Lynn. No one else in this country, perhaps the world covers DBRFs in this much detail gathering information from every possible source. DigsBite.org is indispensable and incomparable in reporting on DBRFs and is a Lighthouse for the public illuminating the danger associated with pit bull dogs. Thankyou for your unwavering commitment to Victims and their Families by giving them a Voice and to the public by giving them information that can prevent tragedies.

    • I agree with everything you write. As a journalist, I encountered my first dog attack story more then 20 years ago. I interviewed a couple whose son was mauled to death by two Rottweilers. He was waiting for his school bus, which was full of children who watched it unfold. Not much has changed as far as the media. I send stories to national news networks and get radio silence. “Inside Edition” will sometimes air dog attack segments. (Thank God for Judge Judy.) Until and unless the media takes this on, the dangerous dog plague will continue. When deadly baby seats, falling Ikea dressers injure/kill…it’s all over the news. But, as we know, more children die/injured at the jaws of these dogs. Colleen is one of a very few who is relentless and thorough in her reporting.

    • Laugh are you serious im fucking devestated.and the one person you should be directing this to is Derrick Turner the breeder,trainer,and owner.thank you and our prayers are with the xhildren

  15. Yet it has been factually established that the same dog attacked 2 children in July in the city of Springfield and put them in the hospital

    • Oh my God — they were hospitalized. It is a miracle your two daughters were not physically harmed. I know they have a long road ahead of them in healing emotional damage.

      • My oldest was found standing within reachable distance screaming at the dog, screaming for her mommy. We were initially told she ran to their room and climbed up on the top bunk.

  16. My oldest was found standing within reachable distance screaming at the dog, screaming for her mommy. We were initially told she ran to their room and climbed up on the top bunk.

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