While pit bull owners continually claim that their choice of dog breed is as gentle as a lamb when trained and petted and watched continuously, they continue to attack innocent people on the street; and sometimes in their own front yard.
This most recent story is enough to give any parent nightmares. Apparently the parents and this little boy had just stepped out of their auto when they heard their son holler, “Dog, Dog!”
In an instant they turned and saw the dog chewing on the child’s head causing injury to his head and neck. You can see blood on the ground where the child lay helplessly during the attack.
One report says that the father was able to get the dog away; and put his belt around its neck to restrain it until help arrived. Another says the father chased the dog; and animal control was able to capture the dog. Yet another report by WSB-TV reported that the uncle of the boy took a stick and chased the dog away. Perhaps all true from different points of view. See video at WSB-TV site http://www.wsbtv.com/video/27836324/index.html
The child was treated at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. He was released last night and his condition is unknown.
Neighbors have reported seeing this dog around the neighborhood and suspect that it is a stray. However, it is believed to have an owner. Pit owners will come out of the woodwork with their excuses of why a pit will attack. Owners of these vicious breeds should be made to carry insurance to help pay for any attack on an innocent person. So many times when victims are killed or injuried, the expenses fall on the family as well.
They say that pits are no more vicious than any other dogs; even a small dog. But the difference in these dogs and others is that they don’t just bite – or defend themselves from perceived danger – they leap onto their victims and attack them. And in many cases they kill with no warning or provocation. Last summer there was a rash of pit bull attacks in the Atlanta area; and other cities in Georgia.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution report: http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/stray-pit-bull-attacks-940712.html
There are certainly legal aspects when a dog attacks a person; but that is normally not mentioned in the news write up. Last summer a Douglas County woman, who was attacked while walking through her neighborhood met with city officials in an effort to help prevent her massive injuries from happening to anyone else. She felt outnumbered and the meeting was inundated with owners of pit bulls showing up at the meeting. She was basically attacked a second time.
We read articles almost daily about sympathy given to dogs that are mistreated, starved, beaten, and even killed; and yet when a child is attacked viciously by a dog, little concern and care is extended to the victims of dog attacks.
Read here of recent stories of pit bull attacks in the Atlanta area listed by an Atlanta Injury Lawyer. http://www.atlantainjurylawyersblog.com/dog_bites/
Pit bull owners defiantly say that the owners of the vicious dogs are at fault and not the dog; but it is the dog that does the attacking, maiming, and killing. If they want to be advocates for their breed, then they should do more to prevent these attacks from happening. It is of little consolation to someone who has been attacked (or had a loved one attacked) to excuse the dog; and blame some derelict owner.
Some dog owners have compared these attacks to guns saying that guns don’t kill; but the person behind it does. Guns do not have minds and temperaments of their own. They are not a living, breathing, vicious animal that has a generational history of attacking. Guns don’t jump out at you behind bushes to attack.
Since they organize on behalf of these animals, they would be held somewhat responsible as well for all owners. And there should be stricter laws for those owning these dogs; especially in neighborhoods where families are at risk.
Far too many families have found that their seemingly docile, submissive animal turned vicious; and attacked family members. Far too many small children, (especially infants) have died when they shared a home with a pit bull.
The question still remains if this particular dog was deemed a stray, “Did anyone report it to the animal control?”
And if someone had shot and killed this dog for being on their property near their family – would they have been persecuted by the press; and prosecuted by the law?
Additional coverage by this author on previous pit bull attacks:
Please read the 2010 statistics of fatal dog attacks according to breeds most likely to attack.
http://www.dogsbite.org/bite-fatalities-2010.htm Sixty-seven percent of dogs that killed were Pit Bulls. Second was Rottweiler’s. Followed by German Shepherds. This report does not list the many horrible attacks that left people seriously injured; but just those who died.
This site also listed the names and photos of those killed in 2010 by vicious dog attacks. If this has been a faulty toy, crib, or bad medication, quick action would have been taken to prevent this from happening to others by the government. However, cities are reluctant to make stiffer laws for breed specific animals. But, you can’t have a Bengal Tiger living in your home or an alligator in your bath tub, huh?
A US three year study shows:
Three-Year Fatality Study: U.S. Dog Bite Fatalities January 2006 to December 2008
The report shows that 19 dog breeds contributed to 88 fatalities. Pit bulls accounted for 59% of these deaths, the second leading breed, Rottweiler’s, accounted for 14%. Here again this study was on deaths only; and not severe injuries sustained by victims requiring costly medical expenses and untold pain, deformity, and disabilities. What do you tell an 89 year old woman who had her scalp torn off?
Cities with successful breed specific dog laws: Dog laws save lives: http://blog.dogsbite.org/2010/06/cities-with-successful-pit-bull-laws.html
It is nice to hear where loyal family dog (and sometimes even cats), are responsible for saving a life. Birds have even been known to chirp and warn the family of a fire, etc. These are touching stories and we are thankful for the outcomes; but one good deed does not cancel out a very bad wrong.
One life saved does not cancel out one life lost in such a vicious way. People get in an uproar about enhanced interrogation of terrorist that could save our nation; and they defend a breed of dog that slaughters innocent people – mostly children.
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