Pit bull saved from ‘death row’ mauls teen on first day home

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PATCHOGUE, N.Y. — Officials say a pit bull mix deemed “sociable” on behavioral tests was euthanized after viciously attacking his new owner’s teenage daughter on the day he was brought home.

Newsday says 40-year-old Stephen Neira bought Alex on Thursday after seeing him on a website for rescuing “death row” pets.

“We were so excited to have a dog and be able to give it a new chance at life,” said Neira, whose family home has a lush, expansive backyard perfect for an active dog, PIX11 reported.

Alex was scheduled to be put down in 22 minutes when Neira bought him at the Animal Care Centers of New York City, and took the 42-pound dog to his Patchogue home Sunday.

“He ran up to the back door wagging his tail, the kids were there with their iPads taking pictures,” said Neira.  “When I opened the back door he shot all the way through the house straight to the living room and then all the way back, and on his way out my oldest girl was standing in the corner and with no hesitation, no sniff, right from running jumped right in to go for her, right at the face.”

Neira said he grabbed the dog, which had sunk its teeth into the 16-year-old’s face and arm, which she had raised instinctively to protect herself.

Alex, a pit bull mix, attacked the 16-year-old daughter of a family that saved the dog from "death row." (Urgent Pets on Death Row)

Alex, a pit bull mix, attacked the 16-year-old daughter of a family that saved the dog from “death row.” (Urgent Pets on Death Row)

“After I threw the dog — I thought it had passed out from me choking him — he bounced right back up and pinned me up against my own gate,” said Neira.  “I fought with him there, kicking him, trying to keep him back, and finally my neighbor opened the gate grabbed me and pulled me out of the gate.”

The pit bull had to be shot with two tranquilizer darts by Suffolk police before it finally collapsed on the grass

The girl remained hospitalized Monday after undergoing plastic surgery at Stony Brook University Hospital.

Police took Alex to the Brookhaven animal shelter, where the 2-year-old canine was euthanized.

PIX11 News has reached out to the animal shelter for comment.

According to Alex’s profile on Urgent Pets on Death Row, the site he saw Alex on, the 2-year-old stray’s behavior was classified as “average.”

Alex did not show any concern during the handling and resources of the behavior assessment but he show a bit of concern inside the shelter. When he’s off leash, he is friendly with other dogs. But when he is on a walk or when he’s in the kennel he showed barrier frustration and barks at other dogs. The behavior department feels that he can go to an Average home.


  • Idiot Liberal

    I have nothing against dogs. I love dogs. But this nonsense will continue as long as idiot liberals put animals above humans.

    Pit bulls really, truly are dangerous. The sooner that gets into your thick skulls, the better.

    As long as the parents of the injured teen were idiot liberals, then it’s ok…

  • Not again

    Again? Stop giving these dogs to just anyone. Stop saying pit bulls are the same as poodles. Clearly pit bulls are more dangerous. If you want to own a lion or bear or pit bull that’s fine, but don’t get a lion and tell everyone it’s as safe as a kitten

      • Dan Saeger

        And a poodle will not cause emergency surgery like a pit bull does. There is no excuse for what you pit apologists say (or do). Calling this dog sociable with your fake behavior tests is stupid. Those dogs are on “death row” for a reason. The more you push these beasts the more people find out the hard way that they are not meant to be house pets. And 12 out of the 16 dogs listed on that website are crap bulls. How many with aggression issues? All of them!

        • Samantha Bassa

          The amount of ignorance I see in these comments is a shame. I myself have several pit bulls in my family. Not a single one of them have ever attacked a human being EVER! So please do not lump them all into one category. Proper care from birth and improper care from birth have a full impact on how the dog will be as an adult. I’ve never been attacked by a pit bull, but I have been attacked and chased by an adult male Chow without provocation I was 8 and just walking down the street. I witnessed a friend viciously mutilated, and scarred for life with broken bones and his right cheek ripped off and devoured by a Rottweiler. Neither of these attacks were perpetrated by non pit bull breeds. Please arm yourself with both sides of information good and bad before making a decision.

          • Dan Saeger

            Samantha Bassa, I notice that you are careful to say your pits have never attacked a ~human~ being ever. What about other animals? You’re quick to call for ignorance, yet the facts that pit bulls are dangerous keep presenting themselves over and over and over again. And if you’re going to excuse them with it’s how you raise them, then you are denying what their instinct is. Or you could just get another breed of dog that doesn’t have the drive to kill. Yeah, chows and rotties (and dobermans and german shephards) are also known for being aggressive, but not nearly as much as pit bulls – not even close. And your stories, while appearing to be terrible and you have my empathy, cannot be readily verifiable and are nothing more than anecdotal. As an example, my cat saved me from being late to work one day by pushing my hand towards the alarm clock. Can I prove it? No. And neither can you prove your stories. But he’s such a great cat.

      • Sondra

        I have owned ten poodles in my life so far and not a one of them ever was aggressive towards other dogs or people. On the contrary, they are the friendliest and most social and intelligent of all the breeds and I have owned various breeds. Besides, poodles and most breeds of dog do not maul people to death. Do not talk about biting and mauling in the same breath.

      • William Reynolds

        True, pit bulls are slower to bite than a high-strung chichuahua or poodle, but the bite will more likely kill you. Pit bulls kill more pets and people than any other class of dog, bar NONE. Just search “Fatal dog attacks in the united states” on wikipedia. A case-by-case listing is offered, but is by no means complete. Pit bulls are overwhelmingly the lead killers.

    • Larry

      I work with dogs. Any dog can be dangerous. The bigger the teeth, the bigger the danger. I’ve been biten by dogs before (part of the job), but the only bite that left any permanent damage was from a Poodle.

    • William Reynolds

      You can thank Cesar Millan for this, in part. He continues to advocate pit bull ownership, despite almost weekly killings by pit bulls. He even promotes pits as “Nanny” dogs, despite the fact that they routinely kill children. The man should be called to task for this deadly propaganda.

    • Bob Cronk

      Baloney. Behavior tests that I have seen are designed to stress the dog to see how they react. The adoption contract at most shelters indicate that the background of the dog is not known and the adopter acknowledges this.

      • Dan Saeger

        And yet “inconvenient” news reports like this keep popping up over and over again. The rigged tests do little more than confirm certain behavioral characteristics – it doesn’t stop the aggression and attacks that come later. No amount of flowery descriptions that these shelters engage in will change that pit bulls are a dangerous breed and should be banned.

        • Bob Cronk

          Dan,,, first of all a pit bull is a type of dog composed of over 20 breeds.. stating it is a breed only makes you come across as ignorant. There is no way to predict all future behavior of a dog. Just like if you were to adopt a child, you really do not know what you are getting. Shelters do their best to access a dogs behavior. They also give the adopter a set of instructions on how to bring a new dog into a house. From what I read the dog may have been over excited. Our shelter always recommends keeping a leash on the dog for the first week. The dog is easier to control and it does act as a psychological reminder to the dog that there is a human in charge.

          • Dan Saeger

            Bob Cronk, your 20 breeds of pit bull was pimped out by this death row shelter as a pit bull “mix”. So are all the other pits listed on that website listed as pits. Ignorance? You victimize your own self with that.
            And you compare dogs to humans. They are not the same.

        • Beth

          Inconvenient news reports pop up because the media is biased, pure and simple. Dogs are on death row because mill shelters put time limits on how long they get to stay. They aren’t like people prisons where the bad dogs are on death row and good ones in general pop. If you don’t understand how shelters run then don’t try to comment on their practices.
          Shelters and adoption agencies tell families to do slow introductions with new dogs. Letting a dog off leash in a house full of people with camera flashes is so stupid! It is setting up ANY dog to fail. You take them calmly out back and have people meet it one at a time and take it slow.
          All dog breeds can and do bite. Pit jaws arent any more powerful than any other same size breed, this is genetic fact. Know what you talk about or don’t talk about it!

          • Dan Saeger

            Beth, a mass media conspiracy? Or is it that pit bulls are the mascot of life flights?
            Since you are an expert on animal shelters and animal behavior, please tell us of your “experience”.

    • Sondra

      “Bleeding Hearts’ are not protecting pit bulls, it is the Repbulican idiots who own them, you know, the gun toting, trailer housed, under-educated, redneck, hillbilly, cracker population. The “bleeding hearts” are too busy fighting for the shrinking and now almost extinct middle class and working class poor whose unions were destroyed and whose jobs were transported overseas. Get your facts straight.

      • Clay Hundenshire

        What a moron, bringing politics into this. Like a political party has anything to do with what type of dog a person owns. Pit bulls are owned by people from all walks of life, and to dispute that is just showing how bad you chose a team and think that team is black and white.

  • Yeoman Rand

    Why when these dogs attack so many come to their defense? I mean, the dog was running around then came in and ripped into a person’s face and neck. Long ago when I was a kid and people seemed more reasonable;everyone would say, “vicious dog” and that would be the end of it. Long ago, people seemed to have a healthy perspective that the welfare of people comes before an animal. I love animals, but not all of them are nice.

    • William Reynolds

      People who can’t form good relationships with fellow humans, typically turn to animals. In their minds, the animal is always friendly, always loves them, etc., no matter what. Humans typically expect more of you than a bowl of dog food.

  • Not again

    Shelters are responsible for these attacks. They need to require owners to sign paperwork acknowledging how dangerous pit bulls are and require insurance before they can leave with the dog. Instead they say pit bulls are safe and happy dogs good for children. That’s horrible.

    • Bob Cronk

      How do you know ? Have you ever adopted a dog before ? Or a pit bull type dog ? I know the shelter I vol. at indicates that nothing is known about the dogs background (unless it was a surrender) and basically the adopter is taking responsibility.

    • Bob Cronk

      The person that was bite was 16 years old not a child. Most shelters will indicate the age that children must be to adopt a certain dog. We have some pit bull type dogs that can go home with 10 or above , some at least 16 or above.

    • Clay Hundenshire

      Maybe where you come from. People from all walks of life own these dogs. US presidents and many highly respected public figures have even owned them. All you do by saying they are thug dogs is tell everyone that you live in a low income, high crime area, because many people that come from those areas share your perception. Guess you should have educated yourself and worked harder in life. Not anyone’s fault but your own you live in the ghetto. Most people that live in the ghetto are scum bags, and that is what you most likely are.

  • san Diego Highwayman

    WHO had the dog beFORE? What sort of enviorment did it live in previously? WAS it “fixed? [ how long prior? and HOW was it treated? These are questions that NEED to be asked — :( I am *wary* of certain breeds but it was a littl “yappy” dog that BIT me on BOTH hands! :P

      • britadongray

        I SEE PEOPLE SAYING THAT SMALL DOGS WONT CAUSE YOU TO HAVE STITCHES OR ANYTHING!!! Are you people serious??? Poodles, chihuahuas, yorkies, can all cause you to have to go to the ER for stitches. All dogs will bite if put in certain circumstances. I have owned pit bull and chows my whole life and my chows were a lot meaner than any pit bull I ever owned. All of you saying ban pit bulls because they are “vicious” really needs to do a lot of research on the breed and these news channels need to either report ALL dog bites or stop reporting them altogether

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  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    In North America, from 1982-2014, Pit Bull breeds and mixes have seriously attacked 3,595 humans that resulted in 2,233 maimings and 307 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 1982-2014, Bullmastiffs have been responsible for 111 serious attacks on humans, resulting in 63 maimings and 18 deaths.

    In North America from 1982-2014, Rottweilers were responsible for 535 attacks on humans, resulting in 85 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 who 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 Animals 24-7, 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 5,672 dogs involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks on humans occurring in the U.S. & Canada since September 1982, when I began logging the data, 3,960 (70%) were pit bulls; 4,810 (86%) were of related molosser breeds, including pit bulls, Rottweilers, mastiffs, bull mastiffs, boxers, and their mixes.

    Of the 600 human fatalities, 323 were killed by pit bulls; 91 were killed by Rottweilers; 455 (75%) were killed by molosser breeds.

    Of the 3,960 people who were disfigured, 2,511 (73%) were disfigured by pit bulls; 2,999 (87%) 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 together less than 7% of the U.S. dog population; molosser breeds, all combined, are 9%.

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    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.

    JOHN FAUL, animal behaviorist

    Faul said they were dangerous and a threat to life. He said the pitbull was bred to be absolutely fearless and had a “hair-trigger” attack response.

    “The cardinal rule is that these dogs are not pets,” he said.

    “The only way to keep them is in a working environment.”

    He said the only relationship one could have with the pitbull was one of “dominance, sub-dominance”, in which the dog was reminded daily of its position.

    ANDREW ROWAN, PhD, Tufts Center for Animals

    “A pit bull is trained to inflict the maximum amount of damage in the shortest amount of time. Other dogs bite and hold. A Doberman or a German shepherd won’t tear if you stand still.

    A pit bull is more likely to remove a piece of tissue. Dogs fight as a last resort under most circumstances. But a pit bull will attack without warning. If a dog shows a submissive characteristic, such as rolling over most dogs wills top their attack. A pit bull will disembowel its victim.”

    “A study by Dr Randall Lockwood of the US Humane Society found that pit bulls are more likely to break restraints to attack someone and that pit bulls are more likely to attack their owners, possibly as a result of owners trying to separate their dogs from victims.”

    Jørn Våge, Tina B Bønsdorff, Ellen Arnet, Aage Tverdal and Frode Lingaas, Differential gene expression in brain tissues of aggressive and non-aggressive dogs

    The domestic dog (Canis familiaris), with its more than 400 recognised breeds [1], displays great variation in behaviour phenotypes.

    Favourable behaviour is important for well-being and negative traits such as aggression may ruin the owner-dog relationship and lead to relinquishment to shelters or even euthanasia of otherwise healthy dogs [2,3].

    Behavioural traits result from an interaction of both genetic and environmental factors. Breed specific behavioural traits such as hunting, herding and calmness/aggression are, however, evidence of a large genetic component and specific behaviours show high heritabilities [4-8].


    However, Alan Beck, director of the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine Center of the Human-Animal Bond, favors letting the breed go into extinction.

    “This breed alone is a risk of serious public health factors,” Beck said. “We are keeping them alive against their own best interests.”

    Beck said while he does not advocate taking dogs from current and caring owners, he does feel that it has become more of a social and political issue for people than a health one.

    “If these dogs were carrying an actual disease, people would advocate euthanizing them,” Beck said. “This breed itself is not natural.”

    “It has this sort of mystique that attracts a population of people. Of course, most of these dogs are never going to bite, as champions of the breed will tell you. But most people who smoke don’t get cancer, but we know regulations help reduce a significant risk.”

    “I know you’re going to get beat up for this. But they just aren’t good dogs to own. That’s why so many of them are relinquished to shelters. There are too many other breeds out there to take a chance on these guys.”

    MERRITT CLIFTON, journalist, Animals24-7 editor

    There are very few people, if any, who have written more on behalf of dogs over the past 40-odd years than I have, or spent more time down the back alleys of the developing world observing dogs in the habitats in which normal dogs came to co-evolve with humans.

    But appreciation of the ecological roles of street dogs & coyotes, exposing dog-eating and puppy mills, opposition to indiscriminate lethal animal control, introduction of high-volume low-cost spay/neuter and anti-rabies vaccination, introduction of online adoption promotion, encouraging the formation of thousands of new humane societies worldwide, etc., are not to be confused with pit bull advocacy.

    Pit bull advocacy is not defending dogs; it is defending the serial killers of the dog world, who kill, injure, and give bad reputations to all the rest. Indeed, pit bull advocacy, because it erodes public trust in dogs and people who care about dogs, stands a good chance of superseding rabies as the single greatest threat to the health, well-being, and human appreciation of all dogs worldwide.


    “A dog’s breed tells us a lot about that dog’s genetic heritage and makeup. Genetics is a strong determinant of personality. In the absence of any other information, we can make a reasonable prediction about how the dog will behave based upon its breed.” p 84

    “When we crossbreed, we lose some of that predictability, since which genes will be passed on by each parent and how they will combine is a matter of chance. Fortunately, there is some data to suggest that we can still make predispositions without knowing much about its parentage.

    John Paul Scott and John L Fuller carried out a series of selective breeding experiments at the Jackson Laboratories in Bar Harbor, Maine. By happy chance, their results revealed a simple rule that seems to work. Their general conclusion was that a mixed breed dog is most likely to act like the breed that it most looks like.”

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    25 dead by dog attack in the US & Canada so far in 2015.
    20 killed by known pit bull type dogs / pit bull mixes, which include
    so-called ‘breeds’ like Bullmastiffs and American Bulldogs.

    Stars (**) indicate that the killer was someone’s beloved family pit bull that was never abused or neglected.

    The double dagger (‡) indicates that the ‘pet’ pit bull belonged to the deceased person, their family or a relative.

    Adult fatalities by pit bull type dog (13):

    Eugene Smith – 87 y.o. – Frederick MD ** ‡ January 7; ‘rescue’ pit bull, kept as indoor family pet
    Fredrick Crutchfield, 63 years old, Coal Hill, Arkansas ** ‡ Feb.4th
    Roy Higgenbotham Jr., 62 years old, Wheeling, West Virginia ** March.9th
    by Friends Pit Bull
    Kenneth Ford, 79 years old, Pahrump, Nev., March.13
    Julia Charging Whirlwind, 49 years old, White River, SD by Pack of Pit Bull dogs, March.14th, Native American on Rosebud Reservation.
    De’trick O. Johnson, 36 years old, Pine Bluff, Ark, March.21, by a pack of pit bull type dogs.
    Norberto Legarda, 83, Pecos, TX July.2
    Matthew Brigmantas – 38 y.o. – Hamilton, Ontario ** [July 8 – killed by pit bull mix he was walking]
    Annie Williams, 71, Shaker Heights , OH ** ‡ July.12 Granddaughters pit bull
    Carolyn Sue Lamp, 67 years old, Redbird OK, July.24th
    Porsche Nicole Cartee, 25 years old, Spartanburg, SC, ** ‡ Aug.22nd
    Cathy Wheatcraft, 48 years old, Cooleemee, N.C, Aug.24th
    Emilio Rios Sr., Riverside, CA, Sept.8th

    Child fatalities by pit bull type dog (7):

    Declan Dean Moss – 18 mos. Old – Brooksville, FL ** ‡ January 19, mother’s pit bulls]
    Malaki Mildward — 7 years old — College Springs, Iowa ** ‡ January.22, 2 Pit Bull Mixes, Mother’s & friends Pit bulls.
    Taylynn Devaughnm 2 years old, West Mifflin, PA ** ‡ Feb.22 Aunt’s Pit Bull Mix
    Brayden Lamar Wilson, 2 month old baby, Dallas, TX, ** ‡ April.19, by family pit bull.
    James W. Nevils III, 5 years old, Southside Chicago, May.26th
    Jordon Tyson ‘Jo Jo’ Collins 3 years old, Lawton, Ok, ** ‡ June.29th
    Joshua Phillip Strother, 6 years old, Hendersonville, N.C., July.7

    Fatalities by ‘breed unknown’ (1)
    Unidentified Native American – about 40 y,o. – Gallup, NM [January 2
    [found dead at the roadside after altercation with ‘feral dogs’]
    Neta Lee Adams, 81 years old, Washington County, GA Mar 31, 2015

    Fatalities by ‘other breed’s’ (2)
    Gaege Ramirez ,7 years old, Canyon Lake, TX ** ‡ May.2
    Betty Wood, 78 years old, Sulphur Springs, TX ** ‡ March.13, by her pet Rottweiler

    Foreign deaths by pit bull type dog that we know of (10):

    Maxi Millian Guscott – 2 y.o. – St. Ann, Jamaica ** ‡ [January 2 – bullmastiff, which is a pit bull – mastiff mix]
    Emilia Mitroi – 53 y.o. – Drobeta Turnu Severin, Romania [March 9 – attacked while feeding her son’s
    Itamir Fogaca da Silva – 45 y.o. – Sao Paolo, Brazil ** ‡ [March 12 – killed by his mother’s six pit bull mixes when he went to check on her]
    Rhona Greve – 64 y.o. – Ely, Cardiff, Wales, UK ** ‡ [March 20]
    Michael Dany Kassouah – 7 y.o. – Zahle, al-Kark region, Lebanon [April 7]
    Sheikh Kousar – 6 y.o. – Kakumanu Village, Andhra Pradesh, India [April 15 – roaming pit bulls]
    Unidentified man – age not reported – Lauro de Freitas, Brazil [April 22 – killed in his home by his own pit bull]
    Fred Savage – 13 y.o. – Otjomuise, Namibia ** [June 27 – the pit bulls continued to maul the boy even after being shot]
    Matthew Brigmantas – 38 y.o. – Hamilton, Ontario ** [July 8 – killed by pit bull mix he was walking]
    Matias Reynoso, 21-month-old , Leon, Mexico ** Killed by two pit bulls, July.17th

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    773% rise in fatal & disfiguring pit bull attacks from 2007 to 2014

    Steep rises in all categories of attack
    The number of pit bulls involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks has risen since 2007 from 78 to 603;

    the number of child victims has increased from 30 to 264;

    the number of adult victims has increased from 23 to 279;

    the number of deaths directly inflicted by pit bulls is up from 13 to 31,
    one short of the high of 32 reached in 2012; and the number of disfigurements has soared from 37 to 451.

    Another 120 people were injured by pit bulls in 2014 but not killed or disfigured in attacks in which someone else was killed or disfigured.
    Best Friends, ASPCA, HSUS

    2007 was the year that the Best Friends Animal Society, American SPCA, and the Humane Society of the U.S. ramped up pit bull advocacy in response to the arrest and conviction of Michael Vick on dogfighting-related charges.

    Even before 2007 the frequency of fatal and disfiguring pit bull attacks had risen explosively for 25 years.
    In the entire decade from 1982 to 1992, 104 pit bulls attacked
    44 children and 60 adults, killing 18 of the victims, disfiguring 36.

    Fifty victims escaped without fatal or disfiguring injuries in attacks in which others were killed or disfigured.
    Pit bull type dogs Half or more of all dog attack fatalities since 1844

    Retrospective data collection has established that pit bulls have accounted for half or more of all fatal dog attacks in every 10-year time frame since 1844.

    However, fatal dog attacks––even when rabies remained uncontrolled––were until recently an extreme rarity.
    Only 15 fatal dog attacks are known to have occurred in the entire span from 1930 through 1960, including nine by pit bulls, two by Dobermans, and four by unidentified mutts.
    Year of Shelter/Rescue Dog Attacks

    Not surprisingly, 2014 was also the Year of the Shelter/Rescue Dog Attacks.
    At least 37 dogs in custody of shelters or rescues, or rehomed by shelters or rescues, killed or disfigured someone in 2014.

    Thirty of those dogs were pit bulls.
    Only two of the attacks by dogs from shelters or rescues killed someone in 2014, down from the high of five in 2012, but that was a matter of luck, as the number of fatal and disfiguring attacks by shelter and rescue dogs has more than doubled since 2012.

    By comparison, there were no fatalities involving shelter or rescue dogs from 1858 through 1987.
    The first two, both involving wolf hybrids, occurred in 1988 and in 1989. No more occurred for another decade.
    24% of all the disfiguring maulings on record by
    shelter and rescue dogs came in 2014 alone.

    There were three fatalities involving shelter or rescue dogs from 1990 through 2009, involving a pit bull, a Doberman, and a Presa Canario.

    But there have been 36 fatalities involving shelter dogs from 2010 to present, involving 28 pit bulls, seven bull mastiffs, two Rottweilers, a Lab mix who may have been part pit bull, and a husky.

    Also of note, there were 32 disfiguring maulings by shelter dogs from
    1858 through 2009, 19 of them involving pit bulls.

    From 2010 to present, there have been 122 disfiguring maulings by shelter dogs,
    80 of them involving pit bulls.

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    Toronto dog bites fell after pit bull ban

    Patrick Cain, Global News : Monday, November 14, 2011 02:12 PM

    The number of dog bites reported in Toronto has fallen since a ban on pit bulls took effect in 2005, public health statistics show.

    A total of 486 bites were recorded in 2005. That number fell generally in the six years following, to 379 in 2010.

    Provincial laws that banned ‘pit bulls,’ defined as pit bulls, Staffordshire terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, American pit bull terriers and dogs resembling them took effect in August 2005. Existing dogs were required to be sterilized, and leashed and muzzled in public.

    Bites in Toronto blamed on the four affected breeds fell sharply, from 71 in 2005 to only six in 2010. This accounts for most of the reduction in total bites.

    The fall in bites blamed on the four breeds tracks a reduction in the dogs themselves, data obtained separately by globalnews dot ca under access-to-information laws shows. Some 1,411 Toronto dogs were in the four breeds in 2008, as opposed to 798 in mid-2011.

    “It is encouraging to hear that fewer people are victimized by dangerous dogs,” Ontario Attorney-General John Gerretson said in a statement.

    About 1,000 Ontario pit bulls have been put down since the ban took effect.

    With totals of Toronto dogs by breed and ten years of bite data, it is possible to see which dogs are most likely to bite in Toronto based on a ratio between dogs of a given breed in 2011 and reported bites over the decade between 2000 and 2010. Below are the 20 most bite-prone dogs. The four prohibited breeds all appear in the top eight slots


    Council Bluffs, Iowa.

    Pit bulls are not only problematic in large cities; they threaten mid-sized cities and small towns as well. Located in the heartland, Council Bluffs, Iowa has about 60,000 citizens.

    After a series of devastating attacks, beginning in 2003, Council Bluffs joined over 600 U.S. cities and began regulating pit bulls.

    The results of the Council Bluffs pit bull ban, which began January 1, 2005, show the positive effects such legislation can have on public safety in just a few years time:1

    Council Bluffs: Pit Bull Bite Statistics.

    Year Pit Bull Bites % of All Bites.

    2004 29 23%.

    2005 12 10% (year ban enacted).

    2006 6 4%.

    2007 2 2%.

    2008 0 0%.

    2009 0 0%.

    2010 1 1%.

    2011 0 0%.


    Lancaster, California

    Population 145,074

    After Lancaster adopted a mandatory spay and neuter law for pit bulls and rottweilers in early 2009, it was reported just one year later, in January 2010, that the results of the ordinance were very positive:

    City officials said that 1,138 pit bulls and Rottweilers were impounded last year by the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control. Of those, 362 were voluntarily surrendered by their owners in response to Lancaster’s ordinance.

    “A year ago, this city was overrun with individuals — namely, gang members — who routinely used pit bulls and other potentially vicious dogs as tools of intimidation and violence,” Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris said in a statement.

    Parris believes there is a correlation between the results of the dog ordinance and a drop in the city’s gang crime rate. Lancaster’s violent gang crime, which includes homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault, fell by 45% last year, and there was a drop in overall gang crime by 41%, Parris said, citing statistics from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.”


    Antigo, Wisconsin

    Population 8,044

    In July 2014, after Wausau citizen Cindy Ryder was attacked by a pit bull, discussions of a pit bull ban arose. The nearby cities of Antigo and Greenwood reported successful preventative bans.

    pit bullThe city of Antigo has been pit-bull-free for almost 20 years.

    pit bullIn 1995, the city hired an attorney who suggested that the city adopt an ordinance prohibiting the oft-maligned dogs from the city, said Kaye Matucheski, city clerk-treasurer for Antigo. The ordinance largely was a preventative measure; Antigo hadn’t had any vicious dog attacks, but pit bulls were being blamed for maulings all over the United States, so the city acted before an attack happened rather than waiting to react afterward.

    pit bull The ordinance the city adopted prohibits pit bulls and mixes of the breed, as well as any other vicious or dangerous animals, from being in the city. In the almost 20 years since it was adopted, Antigo has had no attacks, no maulings, and no dogs killed by pit bulls or other dogs.

    pit bullThe village of Stratford and the city of Greenwood both have similar bans on pit bulls and dangerous animals. Lonna Klinke, Greenwood’s clerk-treasurer, said her city’s experience is much like Antigo’s: no specific incidents inspired the ban, and since it was adopted, the city has had no attacks and issued no citations.

    Greenwood, she said, has no pit bull problem.

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    A pit bull BSL works EVERYWHERE it is useful in almost eliminating all serious dog attacks that maim, disfigure, dismember, maul, cripple.

    or kill, this is a simply proven fact in all cases.The number of pit bulls is dramatically reduced as are the numbers of them put to death.

    In ALL BSL’s all existing pit bull type dogs are grandfathered in with restrictions until they die off naturally, only NEW pit bull type dogs are not allowed in.

    In NO case are they put down or even forced to leave the community if they are a grandfathered in pit bull type dog if they are registered.!

    When a BSL is brought in you usually have 30 days to register your pit bull type dog covered by the Ban and it is grandfathered in and you are allowed to keep it with restrictions like short leash by an adult, muzzled, kenneled, 6 figure insurance, fixed, chipped,signage etc.

    If you don’t register it in 30 days or you bring one in after the Ban is in effect it is confiscated and put down, as it would be evil & sick to ship a dangerous threat to public safety off to another community and be fine with that as long as your community was safe from them, that would simply be wrong.

    The need to have BSL is to have a preemptive capability to avoid a pit bull attack from happening due to it’s extremely savage consequences.

    It is enacted against all pit bulls as they all have the genetic DNA propensity to carry out these horrific attacks that are non existent in 99% of all other breeds, ban the breed and you ban the deed, simple as that.

    Dealing with an attack after the fact is simply not acceptable due to the horrific nature of said attacks.!

    With any other breed other then Rottweiler’s, wolf hybrids in very small numbers it is not a naturally genetic reality for them to carry out such horrifying attacks.

    Simply put, border collies do not herd sheep because they are raised on sheep farms; rather, they are raised on sheep farms because they herd.

    In addition pointers point, retrievers retrieve, and mastiffs guard, all because those traits are part of their breed expectations, meaning strong and continuous selection in the underlying breeding program ”

    Pit bulls do not attack because they are raised with dog fighters and drug dealers, dog fighters and drug dealers use pit bulls because they attack!

    There should be mandatory Spay/Neuter programs for all breeds but clearly the one that needs it the most and where the most change would be effected would be with the Pit Bull type dog where every year a third of their numbers are put down in animal shelters.

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    There is very little cost difference no matter if you have a pit bull type dog BSL Ban or not.

    There is a very impactful cost free indirect outcome as invariably the pit bull type dog owner will be far more careful and in fact go
    underground to avoid the consequences of not adhering to a BSL Ban such as fines & or losing their dog or even having it put down, this tends to focus their minds and motivates them to be in compliance.

    In effect out of sight reduces interaction with any pit bull type dogs
    in general for both the 2 & 4 legged legitimate members of the
    community which greatly increases their daily safety and dramatically reduces the possibility of pit bull attacks.

    All this at not one cent of extra cost.

    AC officers will be more available to carry out routine street and park patrols not having to deal with constant pit bull type dog mauling’s.

    This is their normal activity and will allow them to as they enforce the normal leash and dog at large laws to enforce the BSL Ban at the same time at no extra cost.

    Simple they see a pit bull type dog they pick it up, a minor cost to
    bring about increased public safety, & as they go more and more
    underground this cost will drop sharply to the level of being moot from a budget perspective.

    As well neighbors on the street will know if a pit bull type dog is
    illegally present and can call the city AC to report this allowing the
    animal to be removed, a simple, clean and efficient modality to find, fix and remove any pit bull type dog illegally in the community.

    If the owners keep their pit bull type dogs in the basement or take them out only very early in the morning or very late at night this will
    dramatically enhance the community’s safety cost free as the possibility of the public interacting with a pit bull type dog is reduced to fractionally what it normally would be the case in normal daytime hours.

    There would be no extras kenneling cost after you pick up a pit bull
    type dog, you put down a stray right away, if there is ownership proof an immediate choice is given to the owner, give it up to be put down right away or if they appeal it in the courts they pay the kenneling cost.

    If done this way the expense of kenneling is also moot.

    Done this way any Pit Bull type dog BSL Ban is easily enforceable by any community, the only requirement to make this a reality is to have the courage to simply carry out said enforcement in the face of screams, rants and raves by the pit bull advocates.

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    Interview with a pit bull nutter.
    Q: Do pit bulls make good family pets?
    A: Yes pit bulls are nanny dogs who will give their life for your family.
    Q: But what about the family pet pit bulls that killed children? Beau, Kara, Mia, Levi, Savannah, Jordan, Dax, Braelynne, etc.
    A: They were raised wrong, my chihuahua is more vicious.
    Q: What age is an appropriate age to leave children alone with a family pet?

    A: Drape infants over pit bulls and post it on instagram, but when it attacks remember that no one not between the age of 18 and 29 should ever be left alone with any dog.
    Q: Considering that 3000 unwanted pit bulls are euthanized everyday, do you support mandatory S/N laws?
    A: Not allowing my pit bull to have a fresh litter is racism, you’re like a nazi.
    Q: Why do pit bulls lead the fatality count by a wide margin?
    A: it’s all in how they are raised.
    Q: So the families that had a family pet pit bull raised them to kill their children?
    A: They weren’t purebread pitbulls.

    Q: So pit bull mixes are more dangerous?
    A: pit bull is not a breed.
    Q: If you were going to bring a dog home, what would it be?
    A: a pit bull, of course, the best breed ever, the nanny dog, the most misunderstood dog on the planet.
    Q: I thought it wasn’t a breed?
    A: it’s not.

    Q: But you just said it was?
    A: It’s my service dog.
    Q: Do you support dog fighting?
    A. Yes, no. I’m not sure.
    Q: How do you feel about Micky?
    A: The mouse? My pit bull would eat him for breakfast.
    Q: No, the pit bull that tried to kill that kid Kevin in AZ. You know, the one that got his teeth filed down and has the webcam showing his every movement.
    A: Poor baby.

    Q: Kevin?
    A: No, that kid should be dead taking Micky’s bone.
    Q: You think the kid should be dead?
    A: Yes, if saves a pit bull.
    Q: 3000 pit bulls will be euthanized today. What about them?
    A: Did they attack anyone?
    Q: No, unfortunately they were just born.
    A: When they attack, I’ll donate to them.

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    Opinion: There is no need for pit bulls
    By Dr. David A. Billmire June 29, 2014

    Dr. Billmire is professor and director of the Division of Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

    As one who, for the last 30 years, has been on the receiving end of the dog-bite injuries that pass through the Children’s Hospital Emergency Room, as well as on the staff at the Shriners Hospitals for Children where we see the late effects of these injuries from across the nation, I can categorically tell you that the problems associated with dog bites are indeed breed-specific.

    When I started my career, the most common dog-bite injuries were from German shepherds and occasionally retrievers. These injuries were almost always provoked, such as food-related or stepping on the dog, and in almost every instance, the dog reacted with a single snap and release – essentially a warning shot. There were no pack attacks.

    Starting about 25 years ago, my colleagues and I started to see disturbingly different types of injuries. Instead of a warning bite, we saw wounds where the flesh was torn from the victim. There were multiple bite wounds covering many different anatomical sites. The attacks were generally unprovoked, persistent and often involved more than one dog. In every instance the dog involved was a pit bull or a pit bull mix.

    Now, I am a dog lover and virtually every one of my family members has a dog. But it is a fact that different dogs have always been bred for specific qualities. My sheltie herded, my daughter’s setter flushes birds and my pug sits on my lap – this is what they are bred for. Pit bulls were bred to fight and kill and, unfortunately, many current breeders favor these aggressive traits. There is no need for any dog with the characteristics.

    I recently gave a talk summarizing my 30 years of practice in pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgery, and one segment was titled “Why I Hate Pit Bulls.” I watched a child bleed to death one night in our operating room because a pit bull had torn his throat out. I have had to rebuild the skull of a child who had his ears and entire scalp torn off.

    I am currently reconstructing the face of a child, half of whose face has been torn off down to the bone. I have had to rebuild noses, lips, eyelids, jaws and cheeks of numerous children. On older children, I have had to reconstruct legs and hands. The unfortunate young victim whose recent attack has initiated this discussion will bear the scars of this attack for the rest of her life.

    Based on my extensive experience, I believe that the risk posed by pit bulls is equivalent to placing a loaded gun with the safety off on the coffee table. In my opinion, these dogs should be banned. I know this is an unpopular stand in some circles, but how many mauled children do we have to see before we realize the folly of allowing these dogs to exist?

    The arguments made by advocates of these dogs are the same arguments made by people who feel that assault weapons are an essential part of daily living. There are plenty of breeds available that peacefully coexist with human society. There is no need for pit bulls.

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    An example of the failure that is breed neutral legislation:

    In Calgary, by Bill Bruce’s own admission and documentation, pit bulls lead the serious bite count with 13% of the city’s serious bites attributable to pit bulls, yet pit bulls account for less than 1% of the city’s dogs.

    In fact, pit bulls are responsible for nearly as many serious bites (13%) as the ENTIRE sporting breeding category (15%), which includes all of the most popular breeds (Labs, Goldens, Poodles, Spaniels, etc) and houses 70% of Calgary’s dogs.

    Why aren’t these breeds attacking in the face of irresponsible ownership?
    An example of why leashing and licensing laws don’t work to solve the breed-specific problem of pit bulls:

    Pitbull supporters always point to Calgary Model as the perfect solution when dealing with dangerous dogs. The city introduced its responsible pet ownership bylaw in 2006.
    Calgary’s bylaw department emphasizes responsible pet ownership through intensive licensing, hefty fines and owner education.

    In Calgary, the largest city in Alberta, “confirmed aggressive dog incidents” and related criminal charges tripled in 2013, and in mid-2014 were up 15% more.

    Has their model worked? The statistics from the past four years would indicate a resounding “NO”. For the past four years dog bites have risen steadily every year, and over 350% in the past 4 years, from 58 in 2009 to 203 in 2012.

    And In 2010 Pit bulls led the ‘bite’ count. Meanwhile in Toronto, four years after implementing Breed Bans, dog bites were down 32%, from 486 to 329.

    Bites in Toronto blamed on the four banned breeds fell sharply, from 71 in 2005 to only six in 2010.

    Considering these breeds regularly inflict the most serious damage, this is an undeniable win for the citizens of Toronto.

    There were 400 dog bites in Calgary in 2013 and 500 in 2014.
    A good comparison to show the effectiveness of pit bull bans: pit bull type dogs were banned in Ontario in 2005 but are still legal in Illinois.

    Ontario 13.5 million (Toronto: 2.7 million)
    Illinois: 12.8 million (Chicago: 2.7 million)

    Pit bull fatalities since 2005:
    Ontario: 0
    Illinois: 11

  • Jonathan wilson

    Someone dropped the ball here…was he tested with kids?and can we just use dog attack cuz when its any other breed of dog thats what it says but when its a pitbull they make sure to let you know…when was the last time you saw husky attack or german shepherd attack?those happen often too but they only say dog in the headline…..the shelter responsible for releasing this animal should be held accountable i hope the family and young lady are ok its a terrible tragedy. ..maybe the city needs to spend some money getting their workers trained better that dog was not properly tested because if he had been he would not have been allowed to be adopted out.

  • Jonathan wilson

    We need to ban and get rid of lab and golden retrievers as well look at this article and if that isnt enough the lady who had the first successful face transplants dog was a black lab ate her face off when she was asleep….bottom line is it isnt breed specific any animal can do this the media has pumped up the term pitbull and that isnt even a breed they use it to describe any type of bulldog….sorry petey from the little rascals and sgt stubby from ww1 the most decorated war dog in history with a purple heart for saving your platoon…wait those were all pitbulls how did that happen…..http://m.nydailynews.com/news/national/dog-killed-2-month-old-baby-ripped-child-legs-father-slept-room-police-article-1.1065711

  • Clay Hundenshire

    This is a San Diego news channel Reporting something on Long Island, NY. Tell me again how the media doesn’t hyp pit bull stories? They make it seem as iff the girl got torn up. She got bite on the lip, and doctors are fixing it. She didn’t end up in critical condition. Not even close. There are 4.9 million reported dogs attacks per year in the US, and that is all breeds combined. That’s thousands per day. So, why isn’t the lab or the golden doodle that does this on a daily basis in the news? Because it is not interesting. People that buy into the whole pit bulls are devil dogs are idiots. Dummies of our society, so that are little people with no power, so they can piss and moan all they’d like to.

  • Larry

    Dogs and pitbulls are part of nature and follow the simple rule of natural selection (survival of the fittest). If humans can’t accept that, they are setting themselves up for failure. My pitbull is very sweet and affectionate with people he knows and trust, but he is very aggressive with unfamiliar strangers around my home. He will challenge anyone he perceives as a threat, but as soon as I acknowledge the person or dog as trustworthy, he calms down and relaxes. I know my dog won’t bite or maul anything in my presence, but I am pretty sure he would if he didn’t have me or someone trustworthy and responsible to redirect or correct his behavior. ALL DOGS CAN BE DANGEROUS! Accepting the fact is the first step in keeping the public safe and your dog out of trouble.

  • aspiecatholicgirl

    I hate how people guilt trip anyone who gets a dog from a source other than a shelter. I got my dog (a pitbull) from a shelter. But it was a shelter that I volunteered at, and I knew him very very well.
    Most people adopting from a shelter don’t get the chance to get to know the dog beforehand or to truly assess his behavior. They don’t know the dog’s background or behavior. Most of the dogs at the shelter were sweet. There was one, exactly one, however, who I thought could someday hurt someone. I gave a note expressing my concern to the superintendent, and the dog soon, um, disappeared. But what if I hadn’t given the note?
    By the way, the shelter labelled every short haired dog a “pitbull”. But most of them were clearly not the same breed as one another. A real labelling problem there. Studies indicate that such labelling is common in shelters.

  • William Reynolds

    Note to Thomas McCartney, who posted below: Let’s not forget the COMMENTS from Cesar(PIT BULL) Millan, when he didn’t think anyone was listening:

    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.”

    Cesar Millan goes on to caution would-be pit bull owners:

    “It is important to recognize the power of a strong breed, like the pit bull, the Cane Corso, and the Mastiff. These dogs are very powerful and, if they are unbalanced, they can cause serious injury.


    RESPONSIBILITY also means maintaining the financial means to provide for your dog’s victims.
    Whether liquid assets or specific dog-bite liability insurance coverage, no family should
    suffer financial loss or bankruptcy because your dog attacked them.

    Sadly, after viewing an episode of “Dog Whisperer”, most new pit bull owners convince themselves that they have transformed themselves overnight into an experienced pit bull expert, like Cesar Millan. Most pit bull owners are living paycheck-to-paycheck, have no substantial assets, and can’t be bothered with insuring their dogs.

    They think they can simply lock them up in the house, or a fenced yard while they traipse off to work. Then they get “the call” at work, and rush home to find a sea of police cars, ambulances and TV news crews.

    As the paramedics load a little draped corpse into the ambulance, we see the tearful pit owner crying into the cameras that it was “AN ACCIDENT”…the dog got out BY ACCIDENT.

    Juries are losing patience with these pit owners, and are awarding larger and larger judgments
    in pit attacks. Prison sentences for negligent owners are getting longer, too.

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