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I’ve closed the comments to the last pit bull thread, as it’s now over 425 comments. Here’s another one, where pit bull owners will continue to defend their breed as sweet, loving, family pets, and the rest of us will present them with facts and more facts that show that pit bulls remain the most deadly breed of dog in America.
Take this story from last week as a starting point:
MCMINNVILLE, OR (KPTV) - An officer shot and killed a violent pit bull to protect himself after he tried to intervene in an attack on the dog’s owner, police said.
McMinnville officers say a 70-pound gray pit bull attacked Celeste Burnham as she was attempting to protect her basset hound on Southeast Border Lane on Tuesday morning.
The owner of the pit bull, Amanda McCommons, had attempted to stop her dog, but she, too, was attacked in the process.
“The neighbor across the street was playing with her two pit bulls, just playing catch. And a woman walked by with her basset hound. We waved. She crossed the street,” said Megan Sandmann, who lives across the street from McCommons. “It was then, one of the pit bulls charged the basset hound. I think the basset hound was just looking the other direction. And it was just on its head.”
Sandmann said the two women tried to separate the dogs by pulling them away. She tried to help by pulling at the dog, but said he would not stop going after the basset hound.
“At a couple points we managed to get him off and that’s when he was attacking the two ladies next to him,” she said, “but most of the time, it was red eyes for the basset hound.”
Other neighbors tried to help by spraying mace and a hose at the pit bull, but were unsuccessful.
Police said the dog started aggressively towards the officer, so the officer shot the pit bull three times. It died at the scene.
- Pit bull attacks a smaller dog. Check.
- Pit bull attacks the owner of the smaller dog when they try to rescue their dog. Check.
- Pit bull not even phased by tear gas. Check.
- Pit bull attacks its owner when they try to break up the attack. Check.
- Pit bull goes after cop who was called. Check.
Right up until that moment, I’ll bet you my next paycheck that the owner of that pit would have told you it was the sweetest dog in the world and that it would never harm a fly. Right up until the moment it does.
Pit bull owners are fond of the myth that “It’s the owner, not the breed.” Well, they’re half right — it is the owner, as their appears to be a few common traits among most pit owners. But it most certainly is also ‘the breed” that is most to blame. These dogs simply aren’t wired right.
- 3/28/2013 -- Georgia: Granny Sleeps While 7 Pit Bull Assault Dogs Maul 21-month Old Girl to Death (157)
- 1/15/2012 -- Houston: Pit bull attack kills 1-year-old boy at home (304)
- 6/16/2011 -- Putnam County man mauled by pit bulls dies-(arms ripped off) (0)
- 12/21/2008 -- Another Pit Bull Attack, Another Dead Person (52)
- 1/6/2011 -- Pit Bull Attack Stopped by CHL Holder in San Antonio (8)