‘Sweet’ dog gets 1,000 stitches after brutal attack

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The Ghetto Rescue FFoundation posted a picture of Spartacus, a 2-year-old pit bull, was brutally attacked. (Facebook)

LOS ANGELES – A pit bull stabbed multiple times during a brutal attack, possibly at the hands of a neighbor in Los Angeles, underwent surgery and was recovering Sunday, according to a veterinarian.

The 2-year-old dog was reportedly stabbed near 10th and West Florence avenues near Hyde Park in South L.A. around 4 a.m. Saturday, the Los Angeles Police Department officials told KTLA.

“Spartacus” was taken to the Pet Care Veterinary Center and received over 1,000 stitches during a two-hour surgery, according to center’s office manager Alex Kyrklund.

“It almost looks like they tried to cut his head off, it’s ear-to-ear,” said Kyrklund.  “He seriously almost looks like an autopsy victim.”

According to Kyrklund, police also said the dog was hit over the head with a shovel.

Spartacus did not sustain internal injuries or broken bones during the attack, and continued to be, “the sweetest dog in the world,” Kyrklund said.

“This is a breed that terrifies people, but this breed, this particular dog, sat there and did not attack this person. It’s not the breed to be afraid of, it’s the people,” she said.   “He came up bleeding and torn up, but he never did anything but wag his tail once he realized he was safe.”

The LAPD’s Animal Cruelty Task Force was investigating the incident, but was not available for comment Sunday. Kyrklund said the unidentified attacker was believed to be a neighbor of Spartacus’s owners.

The nonprofit organization Ghetto Rescue Ffoundation recovered Spartacus after initial reports of the attack were made.


  • cathy

    I am deathly afraid of dogs especially these dogs. But I cannot imagine anyone doing this to this poor baby. I truly hope they find whoever did this and put this heartless criminal behind bars for a very very long time. Please find justice for Spartacus.

    • Tina

      I have only had pit bulls my entire life. I would never own another dog. My friends mom had the same fear until her daughter got one. It is ok to be cautious of any strangers dog. But please don’t be scared of them just because of what they are or what they could possibly do. My dogs are the sweetest dogs ever to people. Not the greatest around other dogs. Therefore I keep them away from other dogs. Pit bull owners also want “the bad owners” out. Not the dog. Maybe they should have to take a course. Or get a special license. I would be willing to do that. I love them so much. They are so smart and sweet. A pit bull service dog comes into my work all of the time. Best dog I have ever met. Love all animals! Just like people! Too all people out their who do not want to be judged or have racism against them. Show the same respect and intelligence towards animals.

    • Lisbeth

      People don’t go around stabbing any dogs for no reason. It’s quite obvious what happened. This gripping mauler was roaming the neighborhood and tried to kill someone’s child or someone’s pet. The parent or owner wasn’t about to let this mauler do his thing, so they defended their child or pet — much to the indignation of the pit bull people, apparently. If you don’t want your pit bull type dog shot, strangled, poisoned or other wise killed by sane citizens who want to live in peace and safety, then keep it contained. If you don’t keep it contained and away from the rest of us, don’t complain when we defend and it gets hurt or killed.

      • Elizabeth

        You ma’am, are an idiot. People harm animals for no reason all the time; they’re called sociopaths. No where in the story does it say the dog was roaming free. The wounds are consistent with someone trying to torture the animal, not defend themselves.

      • Stacy

        Are you serious with your first sentence?! All I have to say is….WOW!!! You must live a VERY sheltered life! Do you not watch the news?! Humans attacking dogs and people for absolutely no reason happens all the time! Pitbull’s are aggressive only if they are RAISED that way. It’s really not fair for you to assume this one was aggressive when they haven’t even finished investigating this. And if this was self defense….where’s the a$$hole who did this?! Hmmm????

      • Adele

        Lisbeth…what is wrong with you?? If the dog tried to attack somone then why hasn’t that person come forward?? And what kind of sick person defends themselves by going as far as trying to slice the dogs head? And not one article stated the dog was roaming the streets. You certainly sound like one ignorant bastard.


        So let me get this straight. Someone not only stabs the dog, but is also carrying around a shovel to hit them with (Who the fuck carries around a shovel at 4 am in the morning?) and you think it was in self defense?
        And you believe the were walking their child or pet while also holding a shovel? You’re about as stupid as they come.
        I guess rape victims are also liars because people don’t just simply rape.
        People also don’t just randomly murder people either for absolute no reason.
        Tweakers? As if drugs could turn someone into such a thing.
        Oh, and since you’re the dumbest of the dumb, that was all sarcasm. You’re either a troll or literally the dumbest person I’ve ever encountered on the internet. I think I lost brain cells reading that comment.


        Until they show pictures of this supposed “injured” dog or himself that show bite marks or injuries, I call bullshit. He was walking his dog at 4 am with a fucking shovel? Absolutely not.
        Not to mention if you see the pictures of this dog, the injuries don’t make a lick of sense to being “attacked” he wouldn’t have had time to cut the dog’s throat ear to ear.

  • LANI

    I hope whoever did this dies a slow, painful death someday. People r the evil ones & act more like animals than the animals do. I pray Spartacus gets a Loving home where he will b treated w/nothing but Hugs & kisses💛 I have a pit and shes one of the sweetest dogs I have ever had & I have had several throughout my life, including Great Danes & St. Bernards. She was the most sweet, chill, lovable, cuddle bug💘

  • Fataah Ewe'

    Of ALL breeds, why was a pit bull running around loose? Most people know that your sweet pit becomes a predator when running around loose. Was it latched onto a person, a child or a dog? More to this story than people are telling. Irresponsible pit owners put a whole neighborhood in jeopardy. Why do they let their dogs run around loose and then blame people for protecting themselves?

    • Pit bull love

      Just as you say don’t jump to conclusions you shouldn’t either. You don’t know if someone was protecting themselves. If this happen to someone’s kids(even if they were a trouble maker) would you question the same? A bad kid could kill as well when left running the streets. No one deserves to get hurt. Accidents do happen. If the dog did get out what if a door was left opened by someone on accident? What if what if what if. By the look of the wounds it doesn’t appear someone was trying to escape a dog attack. It looks like animal abuse. And whoever has the capability to do this to an animal statistically has the capability to do way worse to a human that pisses them off. If your a neighbor of these people watch out. Your family members could be next since they do not have a soul!

  • CarlosHUNG

    odds are this killing machine was trying to maul and dismember an innocent victim. kudos to whoever was brave enough to stand up to it and try and protect the innocent.

    • Pit bull love

      I hope the same to your kids. Bet you don’t like that do you? Well that could be someone’s child to them. You should never wish that pain on anything. God must be proud of making you. You piece of shit.

  • lee77

    “Sweet dog”? That’s a laugh. Police now say the person who attacked “Spartacus” likely did so in self-defense — as I suspected from the beginning.

      • lee77

        To Pit Bull Love: Even if you didn’t advertise that you’re a “pit bull lover,” the fact you cannot write a three-word sentence without a glaring grammatical error proves you’re a pit nutter. It’s “YOU’RE a genius,” not “YOUR a genius,” pitwit!

    • Lisbeth

      You’re correct. Pit bull owners always say ‘but my pit bull is so sweeeet!’, even as the child it attacked is being loaded into a life flight helicopter to be taken to a hospital specialized in wartime wounds. They say ‘but my pit bull isn’t aggressive!’ even after it’s killed a child (one even said that after her pit bull had killed her own mother). Even when their pit bull attacks their holier-than-thou selves, they still say ‘oh, but my pit bull hasn’t a mean bone in his body’. They’ve lied in at least three cases on the way to the hospital, saying their own pit bull didn’t attack them but the local cougar. If a pit nutter’s lips are moving, that pit nutter is lying. It’s just a plain fact.

  • Tom M. (@TomM1933)

    Springfield, MO

    In April 2008, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department released data to a local TV station – following the City of Springfield’s adoption of a 2006 pit bull ban:

    “The Springfield-Greene County Health Department reports that dog bites and vicious dog complaints are declining since the implementation of the Pit Bull Ordinance in the City of Springfield two years ago. In 2005 the health department fielded 18 vicious dog complaints, but only eight in 2007. Bites were down from 102 in 2005 to 87 in 2007.”

    “The ordinance, which requires pit bull owners to register their dogs annually, has also resulted in fewer pit bull dogs being impounded at the Springfield Animal Shelter.

    In 2005 there were 502 pit bull and pit bull mixes impounded, compared to only 252 in 2007.

    According to statistics taken from the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, as reported in the News-Leader March 12, for the three-year period beginning in 2004, there were 42 “vicious” animal attacks recorded in the jurisdiction covered.

    After passing the local ordinance banning or strictly controlling the ownership of pit bull or pit bull types, the number of attacks has dropped dramatically.

    For the five-year period from 2007-2011, there was a total of 14.

    “Because we are impounding fewer pit bulls, we’ve also seen overcrowding in our shelter subside,” says assistant director Clay Goddard. “It is the natural tendency of pit bulls to fight, so our animal control staff are forced to segregate them in individual pens.

    When we have several pit bulls in the shelter simultaneously, this severely limits space for other dogs.”

    In 2008, the City of Wapato passed an ordinance that bans new pit bulls, rottweilers and mastiffs. Nine months after its adoption, in March 2009, Wapato Police Chief Richard Sanchez reported successful results:

    “Nine months into the ban and police calls about vicious dogs have been cut in half. The Wapato Police tell Action News they’ve gone from 18 reports in January, February and March of last year to seven so far in ’09. “Seven calls in three months… that’s nothing,” says Chief Richard Sanchez, Wapato Police Department.

    Chief Sanchez credits local cooperation for the decline of dangerous dogs.”
    Rhode Island

    When the City of Woonsocket was debating a pit bull ordinance in June 2009, the animal control supervisor in Pawtucket, John Holmes, spoke about the enormous success of Pawtucket’s 2003 pit bull ban:

    “Holmes says he predicted that it would take two years for Pawtucket to experience the full benefit of the law after it was passed, but the results were actually apparent in half the time.

    “It’s working absolutely fantastic,” said Holmes. “We have not had a pit bull maiming in the city since December of 2004.”

    Holmes says the law also capped the number of legal pit bulls in Pawtucket to about 70 animals.”

    In July 2013, Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien and City Council President David Moran sent a joint letter to Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee asking that he reject a statewide anti-BSL measure before him.

    While they agree that some pit bulls can make good pets, said Moran and Grebien, “the number and severity of pit bull attacks against people and other animals in the early 2000s required us to take the action we did.”

    Prior to the 2004 city ordinance, Pawtucket Animal Control officers responded to many calls about serious pit bull attacks against people and animals, according to the letter. Two of the worst cases involved a nine-month pregnant woman and a child.

    While proponents of the bill argue that breed-specific bans don’t work, said Grebien and Moran, “the results in Pawtucket dramatically prove that they do work.”

    In 2003, the year before the local ban on pit bulls went into effect, 135 pit bulls, all from Pawtucket, were taken in at the Pawtucket Animal Control Shelter for a variety of health and safety reasons, with 48 of those dogs needing to be put down.

    In 2012, 72 pit bulls were taken in, only 41 from Pawtucket, with only six needing to be euthanized, according to the two officials.
    “That’s a tremendous improvement,” they state in their letter.
    Per section 8-55 of Denvers pit bull ban:

    A pit bull, is defined as any dog that is an APBT, Am Staf Terrier, Staff Bull Terrier, or any dog displaying the majority of physical traits of anyone (1) or more of the above breeds, or any dog exhibiting those distinguishing characteristics which substantially conform to the standards set by the AKC or UKC for any of the above breed.

    Over the course of 22 years, the Denver ban has withstood numerous battles in state and federal courts. It has been used as a model for over 600 USA cities that legislate pit bulls, as well as US Navy, Air Force, Marine and Army bases ( so much for Sgt Stubby).

    without it, we’d see just what we see in Miss E’s lame replies. Every pit owner would claim their land shark was anything but a pit bull.

    Miami Dade county voted 66% to keep their pit bull ban, just as it is worded, last year.

    • Lisbeth

      Here’s the history. The history of the ‘bull’ dog began in England, somewhere in the middle ages. It took hundreds of years of selective breeding to create dogs aggressive enough that they were fit for bull- and bear-baiting. The sport had its heyday during the reigns of Henry VIII and his daughter Elizabeth I, but as the law slowly abolished the torture of humans, public opinion began to turn also against the torture of animals for sport. In 1835, Britain passed a law that abolished bull- and bear-baiting.
      The people – in particular the breeders supplying the dogs and those who ran the gambling rackets – had to turn to some other avenue of livelihood. Pitting ‘bull’ dogs against each other became the thing. No need to have, sustain and hide a bull or a bear. No need for an elaborate fighting pit that was big enough to protect the audience from a bear fighting for its life against a bunch of bulldogs. The bulldogs were cheaper to keep, required only an improvised fighting pit, and could be quickly hidden if police were on the way. Some lines were modified by adding terrier.
      This didn’t lead to losing the bulldog’s love of a fight to the death but made the dogs smaller. These smaller bulldogs were easy to transport on Naval ships, and so the British fighting dogs spread around the world. It had taken a thousand years of careful breeding to create these specialized fighters / baiters that are so unlike any normal domestic dog. The British breeding program was so successful that these fighting dogs were used all over the world to increase the fighting tenacity of indigenous fighting and/or mastiff breeds. Never before or since was an experiment in changing the domestic dog so successful as the British thousand-years bulldog one.
      Even today, mixing in this type of dog is the only way to create new aggressive ‘breeds’. They are all basically the original bulldog, supplied with some other fancy name by fans and kennel clubs.

  • Tom M. (@TomM1933)

    Time Magazine

    June.20, 2014

    The Problem With Pit Bulls
    Charlotte Alter

    It’s horrible that KFC kicked out that 3-year-old girl, but let’s focus on the real problem: pit bulls were bred to be violent

    The social media universe became furious at KFC this week after an employee asked a three-year old victim of a dog attack to leave one of their restaurants because “her face is disrupting our customers.”

    But it wasn’t KFC employees who broke down the door to Victoria Wilcher’s grandfather’s house and mauled the toddler until half her face was paralyzed and she lost the use of one of her eyes. Three pit bulls did that.

    Pit bulls make up only 6% of the dog population, but they’re responsible for 68% of dog attacks and 52% of dog-related deaths since 1982, according to research compiled by Merritt Clifton, editor of Animals 24-7, an animal-news organization that focuses on humane work and animal cruelty prevention.

    Clifton himself has been twice attacked by dogs (one pit bull,) and part of his work involves logging fatal and disfiguring attacks. Clifton says that for the 32 years he’s been recording, there has never been a year when pit bulls have accounted for less than half of all attacks. A CDC report on dog-bite fatalities from 1978 to 1998 confirms that pit bulls are responsible for more deaths than any other breed, but the CDC no longer collects breed-specific information.

    Another report published in the April 2011 issue of Annals of Surgery found that one person is killed by a pit bull every 14 days, two people are injured by a pit bull every day, and young children are especially at risk. The report concludes that “these breeds should be regulated in the same way in which other dangerous species, such as leopards, are regulated.” That report was shared with TIME by PETA, the world’s largest animal rights organization.

    The little girl’s grandfather shot and killed the three dogs that attacked her, and both he and his girlfriend are facing child-endangerment charges. KFC has donated $30,000 to the girl’s family to help with her medical bills, and more money keeps flooding in. But so far the outrage has been directed at the rude KFC employee, not at growing problem of pit bull maulings.

    As pit bull attacks become more and more common, they’re getting increasing attention on social media, but not always in support of the wounded children. In March, a Facebook petition to save Mickey, a dangerous pit bull in Phoenix, got over 70,000 likes.

    Mickey was facing euthanization for mauling 4-year old Kevin Vincente so badly that he cracked his jaw, eye socket, and cheekbone. Vincente is facing months of reconstructive surgery, but more people were concerned with saving the dog than helping the boy. Mickey’s Facebook page has now become a social media landing page to save other dogs that are considered dangerous.

    Clifton says he’s seen an unprecedented rise in dog maulings in recent years, as more pit bulls enter the shelter system. Between 1858 and 2000, there are only two recorded instances of shelter dogs killing humans. From 2000 to 2009, there were three fatal attacks involving shelter dogs (one pit bull, one breed similar to a pit bull, and one Doberman.) But from 2010 to 2014, there have been 35 shelter dogs who fatally attacked humans. All but 11 were pit bulls.

    Supporters say pit bulls are getting a bad rap. Sara Enos, founder and president of the American Pit Bull Foundation, said that it’s wrong to blame dog attacks on pit bulls, because it’s the owners who are to blame. “It really boils down to being responsible owners,” she said. “Any dog from any breed can be aggressive, it matters how it’s treated.” And, as TIME reported in 2013, pit bull owners all over the country are trying to rebrand the breed, insisting pit bulls can have a softer side when treated humanely.

    Many pit bull advocacy organizations, including BAD RAP, did not want to comment for this story. But there is a growing backlash against the idea that pit bulls are more violent than other dogs. “There is not any breed of dog that is inherently more dangerous,” said Marcy Setter of the Pit Bull Rescue Center. “That’s simply not true.”

    But critics say that pit bulls are inherently dangerous no matter how they’re treated, because violence is in their DNA. “Why do herding dogs herd? Why do pointing dogs point? They don’t learn that behavior, that’s selective behavior,” says Colleen Lynn, President and Founder of DogsBite dot org, a national dog bit victims group dedicated to reducing dog attacks. “Pit bulls were specifically bred to go into that pit with incredible aggression and fight.”

    “Every kind of dog is neglected and abused,” Clifton agrees. “And not every kind of dog responds to the neglect and abuse by killing and injuring people.”

    • Lisbeth

      Yes, all these nutters should be allowed to let their pit bulls roam. Here are the New Safe Rules According to the Pit Crowd, that we all should follow:
      1.Do not own and love a normal pet dog: Eventually it will be ripped apart, usually while you are walking him on his leash, usually right in from of your eyes by one of our pit bulls. The heartbreak is your own fault for owning a dog, cat, horse, goat, etc.
      2. Do not get a pet thinking you will just keep it in your yard or home. Our pit bulls have the right to come through pet doors, open windows, climbed over fences, tore boards out of fences to get to your pets and kill them. This has happened several times. It was the fault of the person who chose to sit in their own living room.
      3. If you don’t already, do not have children. They too are our Pit Bulls’ farorite target and they have killed 36 kids in the
      last two years and mauled too many to even count, they will have their faces torn off, scalps torn off, and will face a horrible life of bullying and being picked on by cruel people. If you are stupid enough to have children, the heartbreak is your own fault for keeping Pit Bull bait.
      4. Health Insurance does not and should not pay for how our Pit Bulls savage you, We Pit Bulls owners never have Insurance because it’s not fair to make us carry it. If you try to make us pay, we will terrorize you until you stop.
      5. Do not ride your bike off your property anymore. Our Pit Bulls have a right to run at large. If they maul or kill you for biking in their space, it’s your own fault.
      6. Do not go walking anymore. See Rule 5 above.
      7.Keep your car in the garage so you do not have to go outside to get in it.
      8. Do not wear perfumes or colognes. If our Pit Bull doesn’t like that particular scent, it has a right to kill you.
      9. Women that are on their monthly “period cycle” should just stay home until it is over. Our Pit Bulls don’t like that smell. Your boss will understand if you need to miss a week out of every month at your job.
      10. And if you decide to be brave, ignore our advice and go out into the World of the Pit Bull anyway, make sure you don’t carry a gun. Keep in mind that if you shoot a Pit Bull, you and your family will be subjected to weeks of threats and insults and terrorization by Pit Bull Owners who will find a reason to blame you for their dog attacking.

  • Tom M. (@TomM1933)

    But there’s another root cause of the rise in pit-bull attacks, one you might not think of: Hurricane Katrina.

    Pit bulls are especially popular in Louisiana and Mississippi, and many of the volunteers responding to Hurricane Katrina found themselves saving stranded dogs. Most of the pit bulls they saved had been kept inside and behaved well around the rescuers, Clifton said, because they knew their survival depended on it. The dogs who were rescued were good pit bulls, he says, and “the real badasses, the ones chained outside, were drowned.”

    Clifton said that many of the volunteers, who had very little experience with dog rescue, became attached to the breed and involved in pit bull advocacy. And that helped galvanize the pro-pit bull movement in the wake of Michael Vick’s 2007 dog-fighting scandal. That movement helped encourage more people to adopt pit bulls as lack of sterilization caused the population to grow.

    “If you need a marker in your head for when pit bulls got out of control, it’s 2007 with Michael Vick,” Lynn says. Vick’s high-profile trial for dogfighting and cruelty to animals roused a growing sympathy for pit-bulls, which led more people to adopt them and bring them into their homes.

    Dogbites dot org
    “We need to get used to mauling injuries, because we’re going to be seeing a lot more of them.” warns Lynn. “Each of us will know a mauled, disfigured child by a known dangerous breed of dog. There will be one in every school.”

    But what can be done about the growing number of pit bulls? Some say that the best solution would be breed-specific sterilization, which would curb the pit bull population and reduce euthanizations in shelters. Most dogs of all breeds are spayed and neutered– about 80%, by Clifton’s estimation. But only 20% of pit bulls are sterilized, partly because the population that owns pit bulls tends to resist the spay-neuter message. He notes that there are a number of free sterilization programs for pit bulls, including one run by the ASPCA, but that even the largest programs aren’t sterilizing enough pit bulls to reduce the number of shelter intakes.

    Lynn agrees that breed-specific sterilization laws are the most humane and efficient way to deal with the situation and avoid having more dogs euthanized. “If you want to hit that ‘no-kill’ status, you better do something about the pit bull problem.” Pit bulls currently account for 63% of the dogs put down in shelters, but only 38% of the admissions. Lynn says that all pit bulls should be sterilized, except those that come from licensed breeders.

    Even PETA, the largest animal rights organization in the world, supports breed-specific sterilization for pit bulls. “Pit bulls are a breed-specific problem, so it seems reasonable to target them,” said Daphna Nachminovitch, PETA’s Senior Vice President of Cruelty Investigations. “The public is misled to believe that pit bulls are like any other dog. And they just aren’t.” Even the ASPCA acknowledges on their website that pit bulls are genetically different than other dogs. “Pit bulls have been bred to behave differently during a fight,” they say. “They may not give warning before becoming aggressive, and they’re less likely to back down when clashing with an opponent.”

    Opponents of sterilization argue that it can be difficult to determine which dogs are pit bulls, and that breed-specific efforts are unfair to certain dogs. “When you discriminate against a breed, you’re also discriminating against good dogs as well,” Enos said. Setter of Pit Bull Rescue Central opposes breed-specific sterilization because she says it’s ineffective, because the laws don’t target irresponsible owners.

    But Nachminovitch said that PETA stands by breed-specific sterilization as a common-sense solution to what has become a human safety issue. “These dogs were bred to bait bulls. They were bred to fight each other to the death,” she said. “Just because we’re an animal rights organization doesn’t mean we’re not concerned about public safety.”

    • Lisbeth

      I wish the pit BULLY people would be honest.
      If they were, this is what they would write:
      I am a bully. I’m attracted to the vicarious power and aggression of pits, THE choice of all USA dog fighters.
      I HAVE MY RIGHTS, my right to own the dog of my choice and the right to let my dogs do what they want. My dogs are an extension of myself, so you’d better not limit my dogs, as you’ll be limiting me!
      I have the right to breed, sell and own THE dog that were created by dog fighters and pits who created the dead game fighting dogs. All USA dog fighters use.
      If you don’t want your pets to be torn apart and killed by my pits, don’t own any pets! If you don’t want your kids to be attacked by my pits, don’t have kids!
      If you don’t want to be attacked and killed while taking a walk, then stay indoors.
      Don’t dare give me a dirty look and avoid my dog killer dog when I come to a dog park, otherwise I’ll get mad then go have a self-pity orgy. And if you defend yourself against my pit bull when it tries to kill you, I’ll demand justice for my pit bull — how dare you reject the death sentence it decided to deal out to you!

  • Tom M. (@TomM1933)

    34 People dead by dog attack in 2014
    Pit bull type dogs killed 31 of them directly.

    17 killed by pit bull type dogs of the 31 dead are children.
    Stars indicate people killed by a ‘family’ pit bull – ones that had
    been raised and cherished as an indoor pet, ‘never showed aggression
    before’, and knew the victim.

    Child fatalities by pit bull type dog (17):
    Kara E. Hartrich, 4 years old, Bloomington, Illinois. **
    Je’vaeh Maye, 2 years old, Temple Texas. **
    Braelynn Rayne Coulter, 3 years old, High Point, North Carolina. **
    Kenneth Santillan, 13 years old, Patterson, N.J. by a Bullmastiff
    Raymane Camari Robinson, 2 years old, Killeen, TX by a Bullmastiff **
    Mia Derouen, 4 years old, Houma, Louisiana **
    Christopher Malone, 3 years old, Thornton, MS **
    John Harvard, 5 year old, Riverside, AL **
    Kassi Haith, 4 years old, Felton, Del.
    Demonta Collins, 13 years old, Augusta, Georgia
    he dashed into traffic as he was running from a pit bull attacking him and was hit by a car and was killed.
    Davon Jiggetts,17 years old, Riverdale, Georgia
    he dashed into traffic as he was running from a pit bull attacking him and was hit by a car as was the pit bull, both were killed.
    Holden William Garrison-10 weeks old, Springfield Township, MI **
    Friends of family state that the dog is a Pit bull Mix a Catahoula Hound mixed with Pit Bull.
    Logan Shepard, 4 years old, Riverview, Florida **
    Jonathon Quarles Jr, 7 months old, Dayton, Ohio. **
    Joel Chirieleison, 6 years old, Fanning Springs, FL **
    Deriah Solem, 22 months, ST. Charles, Mo. **
    Javon Dade, Jr, 4 years old, Goulds, FL **

    Adult fatalities by pit bull type (13):
    Christina Burleson, 43 years old, Houston, Texas. **
    Klonda S. Richey, 57 years old, Dayton, Ohio. by two Bullmastiff’s
    Nancy Newberry, 77 years old, Phoenix, AZ. **
    Dorothy Hamilton, 85 years old, Kaufman, TX **
    Petra Aguirre, 83 years old, San Antonio TX **
    Betty Clark, 75 years old, San Antonio TX **
    Katie Morrison, 20-years old, Smiths Station, AL **
    Rita Pepe, 93 years old, Branford, Conn by a rescued pit bull
    Craig Sytsma, 46 years old, Metamora, Mich.2 cane corsos and Italian Pit bull type dog.
    Jessica Dawn Norman, 33-years old, Sebring, FL
    Cindy Whisman, 59 years old, Madison Township, Ohio **
    Daniel Glass, 51 years old, Lamar, Mississippi.
    Alice Payne, 75 years old, Cave City, AR. **

    That’s 91% killed by attacking pit bull type dogs.
    Pit Bull type dogs are only about 6% of the entire dog population.

    Summer Sears, 4 years old, Tallassee, AL by Husky/German Shepard Cross
    Nyhiem Wilfong, 1 year old, Caldwell County, N.C. by Rottweiler. **
    89-year-old Annabell Martin, Corona, CA. by her grandson’s three Rottweilers.**

    Non-bite fatalities:
    Carlos Eligio Trevina – 54 y.o. – Idaho Falls ID ** – [Jan 9] – Died of a heart attack immediately after breaking up a fight between his seven pit bulls / pit mixes
    33 People dead by dog attack in 2013.
    Pit bull type dogs killed thirty of them. sixteen of the twenty-nine dead are children.

    Stars indicate people killed by a ‘family’ pit bull – ones that had been raised and cherished as an indoor pet, ‘never showed aggression before’, and knew the victim.

    Child fatalities by pit bull type dog (16):
    Christian Gormanous – 4 yrs old Montgomery County, TX
    Isaiah Aguilar – 2 yrs old Sabinal, TX
    Ryan Maxwell – 7 yrs old ** Galesburg, IL.
    Dax Borchardt – 14 mos old ** Walworth, WI.
    Monica Laminack – 21 mos old ** Ellabelle, GA.
    Tyler Jett – 7 yrs old Callaway, FL.
    Jordyn Arndt – 4 yrs old ** Prairie City, IA.
    Beau Rutledge – 2 yrs old ** Fulton County, GA.
    Ayden Evans- 5 yrs old ** Jessieville, AR.
    Nephi Selu – 6 yrs old ** Union City, CA.
    Arianna Jolee Merrbach – 5 yrs old Effingham, SC.
    Daniel (surname as yet not revealed) – 2 yrs old (Gilbert, Arizona) **
    Samuel Eli Zamudio – 2 yrs old** Colton, CA
    Jordan Ryan– 5 yrs old Baker city, Oregon
    Levi Watson-Bradford-4 years old** White County, Arkansas
    Jah’niyah White – 2 years old ** Chicago, Ill

    Adult fatalities by pit bull type (13):
    Betty Todd – 65 yrs old ** Hodges, SC
    Elsie Grace – 91 yrs old ** Hemet, CA
    Claudia Gallardo – 38 yrs old Stockton, CA.
    Pamela Devitt – 63 yrs old Littlerock, CA.
    Carlton Freeman – 80 yrs old Harleyville, SC.
    Linda Oliver – 63 yrs old Dayton, TX.
    James Harding – 62 yrs old -Baltimore, MD
    chased into traffic by two attacking pit bulls
    Juan Campos – 96 yrs old Katy, Texas.
    Terry Douglass 56 years old. **Baltimore, MD
    Katherine Atkins-25 years old ** Kernersville, NC
    Nga Woodhead-65 years old Spanaway, WA.
    Joan Kappen, 75 years old Hot Springs Ark
    Michal Nelson, 41 years old Valencia County, New Mexico **

    (1 non-pit type killing) [Rachel Honabarger – 35 yrs old – mauled to death by her own GSD mix] Coshocton, OH.
    (1 husky-mix killing, unknown if the other half of the dog was pit bull) [Jordan Lee Reed – 5 yrs old] Kotzebue, AK
    (1 Shiba Inu killing) Mia Gibson – age 3 months, of Gibson, OH – mauled to death by family Shiba Inu.

    Three of the pit bull type dogs were BULL mastiffs, ie 40% pit-fighting bulldog.
    If 27 of 33 dead were killed by pit bull attack, that’s 82% dead by pit attack, 9% dead by ‘molosser’, 3% by some kind of GSD mix, 3% by a husky + possibly pit mix, 3% by Shiba Inu.

    If you count the pit-mix mastiffs as pit bull types, that’s 91% killed by attacking pit bull types. Pit types are only about 6% of the entire dog population.

    The man who ran into traffic kept pit bulls himself. He knew perfectly well what the two stranger pit bulls that were chasing him would do if they caught him, so he preferred to risk a swift death by oncoming car.

    534 maimed by pit type dogs 2013 (as of November.28).

    • Lisbeth

      Yeah, What’s wrong with children getting their faces ripped off and adults being permanently maimed and losing limbs? Don’t you know none of that is important, what is important is me and my fetish for fighting breeds of dog. When will people stop caring about their own lives and self preservation, don’t they realise that Pitbull Owners are far more important than whether or not a child is maimed, mauled or killed. Plus, I get a massive sense of misguided feel good feelings from thinking I am doing something positive even if it is responsible for many animals and humans being regularly maimed, mauled and killed. Cat’t you see how important I am, if you could tell how important I am as much as I could, you would agree with me.

      Show me verifiable proof that Pitbull Owners aren’t sociopathic narcissists. Prove to me that Pitbull Nutters are capable of empathy or caring about another human being other than themselves. So a Pitbulls life is seen as an important living being, but the numerous and regular Pitbull attack victims, whether it be man, woman, child or animal, their life isn’t seen as important at all.

      —> Oh, brother, the mindset of the average pit bull owner is a scary place!”

  • Tom M. (@TomM1933)

    In North America, from 1982-2013, Pit Bull breeds and mixes have seriously attacked 2,990 humans that resulted in 1,777 maimings and 275 deaths.

    The bullmastiff is a Pit bull type dog with the same genetic makeup and danger of a pit bull.
    The Bullmastiff was a cross of 40% Old English Bulldog or pit bull type dog and 60% English Mastiff

    In North America, from 1982-2013, Bullmastiffs have been responsible for 105 serious attacks on humans, resulting in 61 maimings and 15 deaths.
    In North America from 1982-2013, Rottweilers were responsible for 514 attacks on humans, resulting in 81 deaths.
    Rottweiler mixes were responsible for 30 attacks on humans, resulting in 4 deaths
    The following is a list of the top 10 dog breeds involved in dog attacks in the U.S. and Canada involving humans from September 1982 to December 31, 2013, based on a larger table compiled by Merritt Clifton, former editor of Animal People, an animal rights charity/news group. Clifton now is the editor of Animals 24-7.

    A Bullmastiff is considered a pit bull type dog and a pit bull mix between a pit bull and a mastiff and is 40% pit bull.

    Breed ****** Attacks doing bodily harm ****** Maimed ****** Deaths
    1. Pit bull **********2792 ***********************677 **********263
    2. Rottweiler *******514 ************************294 **********81
    3. Bull Mastiff ******105 ************************61 ***********15
    4. German Shepherd 102 **********************63 ***********15
    5. Wolf Hybrid ******85 *************************49 ***********19
    6. Akita **************68 ************************50 ************8
    7. Boxer *************62 ************************29 ************7
    8. Chow *************58 ************************39 ************7
    9. Pit bull/Rottweiler mix 50 ********************15 ************15
    10.Labrador ********50 *************************39 ************3

    The report states that the numbers are compiled from press accounts dating to 1982. It only includes attacks by dogs of clearly identified breed type or ancestry, as designated by animal control officers or others with evident expertise, which have been kept as pets. All accounts are cross-checked by date, location and identity of the victim, according to the report.

    Attacks by police dogs, guard dogs and dogs trained specifically to fight are not included in the report.
    About 31,400 dogs attacked about 61,500 other animals in the U.S. in 2013, killing 43,500 and seriously injuring 18,100.
    The animals killed included about 12,000 dogs, 8,000 cats, 6,000 hooved animals, and 17,000 other small domestic animals, primarily poultry.

    The seriously injured included about 12,400 dogs, 4,000 cats, and 1,700 hooved animals. Few small mammals and poultry survived reported dog attacks.

    Pit bulls inflicted 99% of the total fatal attacks on other animals (43,000); 96% of the fatal attacks on other dogs (11,520); 95% of the fatal attacks on livestock (5,700) and on small mammals and poultry (16,150); and 94% of the fatal attacks on cats (11,280).
    About 30,000 pit bulls were involved in attacks on other animals, many of them killing multiple other animals.

    There are about 3.2 million pit bulls in the U.S. at any given time, according to the annual Animal24-7 surveys of dogs offered for sale or adoption via online classified ads.
    Thus in 2013 about one pit bull in 107 killed or seriously injured another animal, compared with about one dog in 50,000 of other breeds.

    Nationally, fatal and disfiguring attacks by dogs from shelters and rescues have exploded from zero in the first 90 years of the 20th century to 80 since 2010, including 58 by pit bulls, along with 22 fatal & disfiguring attacks by other shelter dogs, mostly Rottweilers & bull mastiffs.
    Altogether, 33 U.S. shelter dogs have participated in killing people since 2010, including 24 pit bulls, seven bull mastiffs, and two Rottweilers.

    The only dogs rehomed from U.S. shelters to kill anyone before 2000 were two wolf hybrids, rehomed in 1988 and 1989, respectively.
    Dog Attack Deaths and Maimings, U.S. & Canada, September 1982 to May.25, 2013.
    By compiling U.S. and Canadian press accounts between 1982 and 2013, Merritt Clifton, editor of Animal People, shows the breeds most responsible for serious injury and death.

    Study highlights
    Pit bull type dogs make up only 6% of all dogs in the USA.
    The combination of Pit Bulls, rottweilers, their close mixes and wolf hybrids and other Pit Bull Type Dogs:

    84% of attacks that induce bodily harm.
    75% of attacks to children.
    87% of attack to adults.
    72% of attacks that result in fatalities.
    80% that result in maiming
    Merritt Clifton Editor Of Animals24-7:
    I have logged fatal & disfiguring dog attacks in the U.S. and Canada since September 1982.

    Of the 5,017 dogs involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks on humans occurring in the U.S. & Canada since September 1982, when I began logging the data, 3,469 (68%) were pit bulls; 557 were Rottweilers; 4,303 (85%) were of related molosser breeds, including pit bulls, Rottweilers, mastiffs, bull mastiffs, boxers, and their mixes.

    Of the 568 human fatalities, 300 were killed by pit bulls; 87 were killed by Rottweilers; 431 (75%) were killed by molosser breeds.
    Of the 3,051 people who were disfigured, 2,137 (68%) were disfigured by pit bulls; 328 were disfigured by Rottweilers; 2,617 (84%) were disfigured by molosser breeds.

    Pit bulls–exclusive of their use in dogfighting–also inflict more than 70 times as many fatal and disfiguring injuries on other pets and livestock as on humans, a pattern unique to the pit bull class.

    Fatal and disfiguring attacks by dogs from shelters and rescues have exploded from zero in the first 90 years of the 20th century to 80 in the past four years, including 58 by pit bulls, along with 22 fatal & disfiguring attacks by other shelter dogs, mostly Rottweilers & bull mastiffs.

    The only dogs rehomed from U.S. shelters to kill anyone, ever, before 2000 were two wolf hybrids in 1988 and 1989. 33 U.S. shelter dogs & one U.K. shelter dog have participated in killing people since 2010, including 24 pit bulls, seven bull mastiffs, and two Rottweilers.
    Surveys of dogs offered for sale or adoption indicate that pit bulls and pit mixes are less than 7% of the U.S. dog population; molosser breeds, all combined, are 9%.

  • Tom M. (@TomM1933)

    Ottumwa, Iowa

    Population 24,998

    In July 2010, Police Chief Jim Clark said there had been no recorded pit bull attacks since the city’s 2003 pit bull ban. Between 1989 and 2003, the city had a pit bull ordinance, but still allowed pit bulls as “guard” dogs.
    “Police Chief Jim Clark says since the ban, there have been no recorded attacks by the animals.

    “We haven’t had any attacks since then for one thing because it is illegal,” said Clark. “Most people are keeping their dogs inside their house or inside their basement and not letting them out loose so therefore they’re not around other people to attack them.”

    “In the two-and-a-half years before the 2003 ban, Ottumwa police recorded 18 pit bull attacks, including the death of 21-month-old Charlee Shepherd in August 2002. There were at least three other attacks on children during this time.”
    Little Rock, Arkansas
    Population 189,515

    When the City of Indianapolis was discussing a pit bull sterilization law in April 2009, Little Rock Animal Services Director Tracy Roark spoke about Little Rock’s successful 2008 pit bull ordinance:

    “There was a day when you could walk down any street in center city Little Rock, you could see several pit bulls chained up. You don’t see that anymore,” said Tracy Roark with Little Rock Animal Services.

    Roark told Eyewitness News over the phone that pit bull attacks have been cut in half and credits their new law with getting them there.
    “This is the most abused dog in the city,” said Roark.

    The Little Rock law passed last year and requires pit bulls to be sterilized, registered and microchipped. Also dogs – regardless of the breed – are also not allowed to be chained up outside.”
    Fort Lupton, Colorado
    Population 6,787
    When the City of Fort Collins was mulling a pit bull law in March 2009, Fort Lupton’s Police Chief spoke about Fort Lupton’s successful 2003 pit bull ban, including zero pit bull biting incidents since the law’s adoption:

    “Fort Lupton Police Chief Ron Grannis said the city hasn’t had a pit bull bite since the ban was enacted, but it still has the occasional pit bull that is picked up and taken away.

    Although he said the ban has not been well-received by every resident, he thinks it was the right decision for the city.

    “I believe it makes the community safer,” he said. “That’s my personal opinion. Pit bulls are not the kind of dogs most people should have. They are too unpredictable. … These dogs have been bred for thousands of years to be fighters.

    You can’t take it out of them. A lion cub may be friendly for a while, but one day it can take your head off.”
    Reading, Pennsylvania
    Population 80,560

    After an 8-year legal battle, pit bull advocates dismantled a pit bull law adopted by Reading in 1998. It was reported in the same news article, in February 2008, that the law had significantly reduced biting incidents:

    “Reading’s 1998 law required that aggressive or dangerous dogs, when outside the home, be muzzled and kept on a leash shorter than three feet long with a minimum tensile strength of 300 pounds.

    The law also punished violators with fines of up to $1,000 or 30 days in jail.
    The law is credited with helping to reduce dog bites from 130 in 1999 to 33 in 2006. As a result, the law – or at least elements of it – were not being actively enforced, the Reading Eagle reported last year.

  • Tom M. (@TomM1933)

    That’s over 4,000 pit bull type dogs put to death in US animal shelters today as well as killed in dog fighting as is the case EVERY day of the year 365 days a year.
    Oh yes indeed and today the world is a better and safer place for it being so…..Sigh……….it is so gratifying as well to know these mutant undogs will no longer be farting rainbows, green house gas emissions don’t you know.
    That is what your pit bull type dog advocacy is accomplishing, how does that make you feel?, to be the shill of dog fighters as you provide them with the means to their end.!

  • Tom M. (@TomM1933)

    KEVIN COUTTS, Head Dog Ranger, Rotorua, New Zealand

    There was concern among dog authorities about American pitbulls being allowed into New Zealand as they were dangerous, unpredictable animals, Mr Coutts said.

    “A lot of people in this town get them because they are a staunch dog and they will fight. They are perceived as vicious … It’s frustrating they were ever allowed in the country … we can’t go back now though,” Mr Coutts said.

    COUTTS’ comment on a pit car mauling

    This sort of thing happens when people own this breed of dog and then don’t look after them.

    VICTORIA STILWELL, celebrity dog trainer

    Presas are not to be fooled with, they’re dangerous. You’ve got a fighting breed here. You’ve got a dog that was bred for fighting. You’ve got one of the most difficult breeds to handle.

    CESAR MILAN, celebrity dog trainer

    “Yeah, but this is a different breed…the power that comes behind bull dog, pit bull, presa canario, the fighting breed – They have an extra boost, they can go into a zone, they don’t feel the pain anymore. He is using the bulldog in him, which is way too powerful, so we have to ‘make him dog’ (I guess as in a “regular” dog) so we can actually create the limits.

    So if you are trying to create submission in a fighting breed, it’s not going to happen. They would rather die than surrender.”. If you add pain, it only infuriates them..to them pain is that adrenaline rush, they are looking forward to that, they are addicted to it…

    That’s why they are such great fighters.” Cesar goes on to say…”Especially with fighting breeds, you’re going to have these explosions over and over because there’s no limits in their brain.”

    GARRETT RUSSO, dog trainer

    I estimate Medical & Veterinary bills related to injuries caused by pit bulls in the Tompkins Square dog run in 2011, $140,000.00. Estimated Medical (human) & Veterinary (canine) bills from all other breeds and mixed breeds combined during the same period, $5,000.00. (Estimate gathered from reports to by owners to the dog park association.)

    STEVE DUNO, dog trainer, pit bull owner

    “The dogs that participated in these attacks weren’t Pekingese. You don’t have herds of Pekingese roaming the city attacking people. When someone says all breeds are created equal, well then they’re denying the definition of what a breed is. Breed serves a particular purpose.”

    “I like them. They’re eager. They’re athletic. They’re aesthetically pleasing. But even if they’re bred perfectly, they can be problematic, particularly with other dogs.”

    “When you combine the breed specific behaviors … with owners who either don’t give a rip, or with owners who (have) too much dog, you have a problem.”

    JEAN DONALDSON, dog trainer

    Most commonly, she sees dogs with aggression problems. While she’s a fierce opponent of “breed bans” like the proposed outlawing of pit bulls that San Francisco debated two years ago, she believes it’s undeniable that some breeds are predisposed to violence.

    Many breeds that were bred as guardians or fighting dogs were carefully designed to not like strangers, she says. She thinks it’s disingenuous of breeders to further enhance this trait, and then expect owners to compensate with training.

    ARLENE STERLING, Newaygo County, MI Chief Animal Control Officer

    “It is genetically inbred in them to be aggressive. They can be very nice dogs, but they are very prey driven and they are extremely strong. It makes them high risk dogs and it makes them extremely dangerous.”

    BOB KERRIDGE, New Zealand SPCA executive director

    “That is the only real way to solve this problem – is to license owners and to give them the responsibility that goes with owning a dog. It would be extremely useful when you have a neighbour who is concerned about that dog next door. You can look at it and see they don’t have a license and take it away. That’s owner responsibility.”

    “We led the charge to stop the importation of the pitbull because of the concerns they would be crossbred with other dogs… But there’s not a lot we can do about that because it’s happened. We wish someone had listened all those years ago.”

    JIM CROSBY, pit bull hired gun

    “Line breeding tends to concentrate recessive traits. The propensity for violent attacks by a dog would be a recessive trait.”

    MELANIE PFEIFFER, veterinary assistant

    Working in a veterinary hospital, you are exposed to all kinds of animal trauma. One of the more common ones is dog fights. I can honestly say that in three out of four cases, an American pit bull terrier is involved. Many times, we are able to save the life of the afflicted, but yesterday, we were not.

    I propose that all owned American pit bull terriers be registered and all breeding be halted indefinitely. How many mutilated faces, mangled limbs, butchered pets and even human deaths does it take to convince us that this breed needs to be phased out?

    DIANE JESSUP, Washington pit bull owner and expert

    “It’s not sensible to get an animal bred for bringing a 2,000-pound bull to its knees and say I’m going to treat this like a soft-mouth Labrador,” says Jessup, the former animal-control officer. She blames novice owners, as much as actual criminals, for bringing the breed into disrepute. “It’s a capable animal, and it’s got to be treated as such.”

    JOHN ROCKHOLT, South Carolina dogman

    “It’s inhumane not to allow them to fight. If you have to encourage them to fight they are not worth the powder it would take to blow them away. To never allow them any kind of combat…That’s inhumane.”

    RAY BROWN, former pit bull owner, breeder, dog fighter

    Pit bulls didn’t become dangerous because we fight them; we fight them because the English specifically bred them to be dangerous.

    MARK PAULHUS, HSUS southeast regional coordinator

    If it chooses to attack, it’s the most ferocious of all dogs. I’ve never known of a pit bull that could be called off (during a fight). They lose themselves in the fight.

    F.L. DANTZLER, HSUS director of field services

    “They’re borderline dogs. They’re right on the edge all of the time. Even if the dogs are not trained or used for fighting, and even though they are generally good with people, their bloodline makes them prone to violence.”

  • Tom M. (@TomM1933)

    Common sense tells one that something like this attack most likely happened to
    this mutant undog as well.

    Pug dies after attack by pit bulls
    Mark Hanrahan, KGW Staff PDT October 12, 2014

    TROUTDALE, Ore – Two pit bulls are in quarantine at the Multnomah County Animal Shelter after attacking a pug in a Troutdale neighborhood Friday morning, according to shelter officials.

    The pug, a 7-year-old female named Maggie, was still awaiting surgery as of Friday afternoon according to her owner, Annie Stark.

    Stark said the pit bulls were running loose in front of her house on southeast Beavercreek Lane at around 9 a.m. Friday.

    Stark said the dogs were friendly toward her teenage son. But when her son went inside their home, the pit bulls started scratching at her front door.

    When she cracked it open to shoo them way, they grabbed onto her pug.

    Pug after two pit bulls attacked

    The larger dogs dragged her pug across the front yard and into the street.

    Stark said she kicked them and hit them with her broom and even tried to poke their eyes, but they wouldn’t let go.

    Next, she grabbed a splitting maul from her shed, and yelled for help.

    Ax used to fight off attacking dogs

    “I ran and got it because the broom wasn’t doing anything and I had nothing and my son was in there and the dogs would not let go of that little tiny dog,” Stark said.

    Her neighbor grabbed the maul and hit the pit bulls with the blunt end.

    It took several strikes before they let go, Stark said.

    “It was several minutes of all of us trying to get these dogs off, pulling them and kicking them,” Stark said. “I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.”

    Maggie suffered bit marks and cuts to both sides of her body.

    Multnomah County Animal Control took control of both pit bulls as it investigates the incident.

  • Tom M. (@TomM1933)

    ALEXANDRA SEMYONOVA, animal behaviorist

    You will also not prevent the dog from being what he is genetically predisposed to be. Because the inbred postures and behaviors feel good, fitting the body and brain the dog has been bred with, they are internally motivated and internally rewarded.

    This means that the behavior is practically impossible to extinguish by manipulating external environmental stimuli.

    The reward is not in the environment, but in the dog itself! As Coppinger and Coppinger (2001, p. 202) put it, “The dog gets such pleasure out of performing its motor pattern that it keeps looking for places to display it.” Some dogs get stuck in their particular inbred motor pattern.

    As pointed out above, this kind of aggression has appeared in some other breeds as an unexpected and undesired anomaly – the golden retriever, the Berner Senne hund, the cocker spaniel have all had this problem.

    The lovers of aggressive breeds try to use these breeding accidents to prove that their aggressive breeds are just like any other dog, “see, they’re no different from the cuddly breeds.” But a cuddly breed sometimes ending up stuck with a genetic disaster does not prove that the behavior is normal canine behavior. All it proves is that the behavior is genetically determined.

    “These dogs aren’t killers because they have the wrong owners, rather they attract the wrong owners because they are killers.” The 100 Silliest Things People say about dogs.

    Dog trainers/animal control, Pit Bull breeders, owners, fanciers, experts

    TRISH KING, Director, Behavior & Training Dept. Marin Humane Society

    “There is no direct eye contact or very little direct eye contact. It is very quick and over with. Which is one reason why with pit bulls and rottweilers, we have problems. Because they’re bred to do direct eye contact and so they are off putting to other dogs and actually scary to other dogs.”

    The fourth undesirable characteristic – arousal or excitement – is actually the most problematic. Many bully dogs cannot seem to calm themselves down once they get excited. And once they get excited all their behaviors are exacerbated.

    Thus, if a dog is over-confident and has a tendency to body slam or mount, he or she will really crash into the other dog or person when he’s aroused, sometimes inadvertently causing injury. He may begin to play-bite, and then bite harder and harder and harder.

    When you try to stop the behavior, the dog often becomes even more “aggressive.” In this way, play can turn into aggression fairly quickly. Research on the brain has shown that excited play has exactly the same chemistry as extreme anger. This allows a play behavior to switch quickly into aggression. And, once the dog has become aggressive a few times, the switch is much easier.
    HORSWELL BB, CHAHINE CJ, oral surgeons

    Dog bites of the facial region are increasing in children according to the Center for Disease Control. To evaluate the epidemiology of such injuries in our medical provider region, we undertook a retrospective review of those children treated for facial, head and neck dog bite wounds at a level 1 trauma center.

    Most dog bites occurred in or near the home by an animal known to the child/family. Most injuries were soft tissue related, however more severe bites and injuries were observed in attacks from the pit-bull and Rottweiler breeds.

    Younger (under five years) children sustained more of the injuries requiring medical treatment. Injury Severity Scales were determined as well as victim and payer mix demographics, type and characteristics of injury, and complications from the attack.

    DR RICHARD SATTIN, chief of unintentional-injuries section of the Centers of Disease Control

    We’re trying to focus public attention on this greatly underestimated public hazard.

    In 1979, pit bulls accounted for 20 percent of fatal attacks by dogs. That figure had risen to 62 percent by 1988.

    Nobody knows the dog population of the United States or the exact breakdown by breed. We do not believe that pit bulls represent anywhere near 42% percent of dogs in the United States. Therefore, we believe that the pit bull excess in deaths is real and growing.


    As a pediatrician I was disturbed to read Vicki Hearne’s assertion that there are no bad breeds, just bad dogs (Op-Ed, April 15). There is ample evidence to suggest that certain breeds of dogs are more dangerous to children than others.

    From 1979 to 1994, there were 177 known dog-bite-related fatalities in the United States. Of these fatalities, 66 percent were caused by five breeds: pit bull, Rottweiler, shepherd, husky and malamute.

    If you include crosses among these five breeds, that number rises to 82 percent. Other breeds, like Labrador retrievers and golden retrievers were not implicated in a single fatality during this same period.

    I laud the American Kennel Club’s attempt to include information about dog breeds considered ”not good with children” in the coming edition of ”The Complete Dog Book,” and lament the fact that the book is being recalled at the request of some breeders.

    Seattle, April 16, 1998

    Dr. EDGAR JOGANIK (after trying to reattach scalp and ear to a pit bull victim)

    Pit bull attacks are typically the most severe, and in about one-third of all attacks, the animals are family pets or belong to close friends.

    That should be the message, that these dogs should not be around children, adults are just as likely to be victims.

    Everyone should be extremely cautious.


    When a Pit Bull is involved the bites are worse. When they bite, they bite and lock and they don’t let go… they bite lock and they rip and they don’t let go.


    Bites from pit bulls inflict much more damage, multiple deep bites and ripping of flesh and are unlike any other domestic animal I’ve encountered. Their bites are devastating – close to what a wildcat or shark would do.

    DR. AMY WANDEL, plastic surgeon

    I see just as many dog bites from dogs that are not pit bulls as bites from pit bulls. The big difference is pit bulls are known to grab onto something and keep holding so their damage they create is worse than other breeds.

    DR. PATRICK BYRNE, Johns Hopkins Hospital

    I can’t think of a single injury of this nature that was incurred by any other species other than a pit bull or a rottweiler.


    As a practicing emergency physician, I have witnessed countless dog bites. Invariably, the most vicious and brutal attacks I have seen have been from the pit bull breed.

    Many of the victims have been children. In a recent study from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, pit bull attacks accounted for more ER visits than all other breeds combined.

    In young children, the most common part of the body injured was the face. Numerous studies have proven that the number-one cause of dog bite fatalities is the pit bull breed.

    I am certain that many attacks are due to owner negligence, but the fact remains that many were unpredictable and were perpetrated by formerly “loving and loyal” pets.

    Dr. Chagnon has every right to leave our town as she claims she will if pit bulls are banned, just like every one of her patients has the right not to attend her clinic where she brings her pit bulls.

    I applaud Mayor Pro Tem Joanne Sanders for bringing this issue to the forefront. In the interest of public safety, I recommend we enforce a spay/neuter requirement on pit bulls while reviewing and revamping all of our policies relating to animal bites.

  • Lisbeth

    It’s quite obvious what happened. This gripping mauler was roaming the neighborhood and tried to kill someone’s child or someone’s pet. The parent or owner wasn’t about to let this mauler do his thing, so they defended their child or pet — much to the indignation of the pit bull people, apparently. If you don’t want your pit bull type dog shot, strangled, poisoned or other wise killed by sane citizens who want to live in peace and safety, then keep it contained. If you don’t keep it contained and away from the rest of us, don’t complain when we defend and it gets hurt or killed.

  • cmaylene63

    Hey Pit Bull Love. How about that comment now huh? Its ALWAYS the same story when a pit bull is involved! Its always 1 sided reporting as well until a few days pass then the victim comes forward. Stop acting they they are sweet innocent lap dogs. They do what they are and a pit bull type dog is a mauling, violent killer that has been bred to be a land shark.

  • Tom M. (@TomM1933)

    Well. Well, Well, i am shocked, Shocked, Shocked to the marrow of my bones.!
    Who would have thought it might have been in self defence,??????

    Stabbing of South L.A. Dog May Have Been Case of ‘Self-Defense,’ LAPD Says


    A collar may have saved the life of a pit bull that was stabbed multiple times and needed over 1,000 stitches, a volunteer said several days after an altercation that police indicated Monday may have been a case of “self-defense” rather than “animal cruelty.”

    Spartacus, a 2-year-old pit bull, was attacked on Oct. 11, 2014, near his owner’s South L.A. home. (Credit: KTLA)

    Spartacus, a 2-year-old pit bull, was repeatedly stabbed and possibly hit over the head with a shovel near his owner’s home in the Hyde Park area of South Los Angeles early Saturday morning.

    A thick collar that Spartacus was wearing at the time of the attack stopped knife from cutting further into his neck and may have saved his life, according to Alison Featherstone, the volunteer who picked up Spartacus.

    The incident was reported to police, while the nonprofit organization Ghetto Rescue FFoundation took Spartacus to Pet Care Veterinary Center, where a representative said he underwent surgery and received more than 1,000 stitches.

    “It almost looks like they tried to cut his head off — it’s ear-to-ear,” Pet Care Veterinary Center Office Manager Alex Kyrklund said. “He … almost looks like an autopsy victim.”

    Police on Monday evening cautioned that initial witness statements indicated that the case was one of “self-defense” and not of “animal cruelty.”

    “We understand that animals who are pictured with severe wounds can be very compelling and it is easy to make assumptions about their injuries,” Lt. Andy Neiman of the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement. ” However, in this particular case, our animal cruelty experts believe that the investigation is revealing this is a case of self-defense by a person faced with a dog who was at-large and in attack mode.”

    Spartacus did not sustain internal injuries or broken bones during the attack and continued to be “the sweetest dog in the world,” said Kyrklund, who worked at the clinic that treated Spartacus.

    “This is a breed that terrifies people, but this breed, this particular dog, sat there and did not attack this person. It’s not the breed to be afraid of, it’s the people,” Kyrklund said. “Somebody tried to kill this dog and sliced this poor baby up. He’s sliced up like you wouldn’t believe.”

    Kyrklund said the attacker was believed to be a neighbor of Spartacus’s owners, but the assailant had not been identified as of Monday.

    The Los Angeles Police Department’s Animal Cruelty Unit was investigating the incident.

    In his statement sent out at 5 p.m. Monday, Neiman cautioned media outlets about the story.

    “Initial reports of this case being an animal cruelty issue are not proving to be accurate based upon the investigators’ findings at this point,” Neiman said.

  • Shelagh Purvis

    Dogslies.org, and their culties and their fear mongering and inciting of violence towards pit bulls, strikes again!!! EVERY single one of you socio/psychopaths share a portion of the blame in what happened to this dog.

  • Betty

    To all of you Pitbull haters….. More humans are killed each day by other Humans than they are by pitbulls or any other dog for that matter. Additionally, More people are killed by children each year than by dogs, AND more people are killed by their own children than they are by their own dog or even a random dog. It is a million times more likely that I, as a young attractive woman, will be attacked/raped/abducted by a fellow human than by my four dogs (3 of which are pits). I’ll continue keeping my guard up around people and focusing on causes that help alleviate the real issues that affect a much higher percentage of humans (child predators, sex trafficking, domestic abuse, gang violence, etc.) instead of focusing on demonizing any animal.

  • nic

    nice lack of investigative work lol.

    you don’t have to dig far to see that this dog was roaming around the neighborhood and attacked the man who stabbed it, along with the dog he was walking. this pit had attacked his dog previously and nearly killed another neighbors chihuahua in a 3rd instance . the last incident took 30-40 punches to get the dog off the chihuahua. this lady is irresponsible and delusional and her dog is anything but “sweet”. it should have been put down when it nearly killed the chihuahua. idiots.


    • Vanessa

      YES I heard the same think on KTLA. Apparently this dog was not on a leash and attacked the mans dog who was on a leash… I could see what he did as being in self defense however the question is.. did he continue to attack the dog when the dog let go of his dog? If so then that IS ANIMAL CRUELTY!

      • nic

        apparently the stabbing wasn’t working. it wasn’t until they hit the dog over the head with a shovel that it let go. honestly- i think if another dog is trying to kill your dog, you have a right to kill it first. and it almost killed a chihuahua previously. i’m sure this guy knew that, and that this woman’s dog runs around freely all the time, which is why he was carrying a knife. honestly, i would too if i were him.

  • Dan Saeger

    The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) issued a statement Monday declaring a stabbing attack on a pit bull mix in South Los Angeles an act of self-defense.

    “The LAPD Animal Cruelty Task Force investigators have been investigating this incident and have spoken to several independent witnesses who support that this incident is not a case of animal cruelty, but rather a case of self-defense,” according to a statement issued by the department’s Media Relations Section.

    Said Lt. Andy Neiman, who heads the section: “We understand that animals who are pictured with severe wounds can be very compelling and it is easy to make assumptions about their injuries.

    “However, in this particular case, our animal cruelty experts believe that the investigation is revealing this is a case of self-defense by a person faced with a dog who was at-large and in attack mode.

    “The LAPD takes the issue of animal cruelty very seriously. This message should not be misconstrued as anything other than the initial reports of this case being an animal cruelty issue are not proving to be accurate based upon the investigators’ findings at this point.”

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