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Last week, my neice was attacked by the neigbhbor's pitt bull. He allows his two pitts to run free (no fence, no leashed, no tie outs). My neice was walking thier Rottweiller in the cul de sac when the neighbor let his dog out to potty. The dog came after my neice, but their Rottie got between the her and the Pitt and kept the Pitt at bay until the neighbor could get control of him (about 3 minutes). My neice was bitten in the foot. The punctures went lean through her tennis shoe. But becuase of her Rottie, she wasn't hurt any worse. The neighbor called animal control himself to come and pick up the dog. It has been destroyed. In my opinion, Anthony, my sister's Rottie, is a real hero.
 

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:) I do hope your niece is Ok and that they are thinking of suing the idiot that let his dog run loose. I also hope that the wonderful rottie was on a leash?

Wish her luck for us....LQ
 

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Wow! That must have been so terrifying for the poor child. I'm not a sue-happy type, but I detest people who let their dogs run wild in a place where it can endanger other people and I hope your family sues the guys ***** off. Thank God for Anthony!!!
 

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Great dog!! I hope your niece is healing, both physically and emotionally. (If that had been me, I'd be having nightmares for yonks!)

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Great dog!! I hope your niece is healing, both physically and emotionally. (If that had been me, I'd be having nightmares for yonks!)

Meg :)
Sue em!Other dog has to go!Neighbor has to go!
We had a neighbor with some aggressive dogs that would get out.Bit 2 kids(seperate cases no less!),pending lawsuits.They didnt seem too concerned.When one of his dogs came over and killed my cat a 7 in the morning(In my FENCED yard no less) I showed up on his doorstep,Banged on his door LOUDLY ,when he opened it found me on the porch screaming at him to get his GD dog out of yard NOW! before I killed it and implying dog may not be the only victim if he doesnt!The guy was moving,let me tell you,with me swearing at him like a psycho wildman.When he reached my yard I produced a semi auto pistol and kept it trained on his dog and him also.
They moved ASAP,dogs were gone in a matter of days.
I got a 'sort of,dont do that again' lecture from the Sheriff.Who I called,BTW.He did tell me i could shoot the dog if im threatened,but not the neighbor,darn it.
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Glad to hear that your neice survived her dog attact. Praise be that it wasn't worse. I hope she doesn't fear dogs in the future because of this. I agree that it is wrong for the neighbor to let his dogs run free, but at least he took the proper steps in having the dog destroyed. Hopefully he will learn a lesson and contain or dispose of his other dog.
 

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Normally, I'm one for staying on good terms with neighbors.

Having an attacking/vicious dog enter my property is one of the very few things that would make me go ballistic.

I would have repeatedly shot the dog with 00 Buckshot the very first time it stepped on my property. Then, I would prominently display the carcass with a sign that says: I protect my family! If the neighbor doesn't like it....too bad. Control your mongrel.

Frankly, if I have neighbors that are ignorant enough to let there dogs roam.....I could care less what they think about me. There dogs will be shot on sight.

This only applies to what I consider to be vicious breeds. Dobermans, pit bulls, weimerheimers, german shepards, etc.
If some person had there poodle, collie,lab, retriever,etc loose on my property.....I would do my best to retain the animal and return it to its rightful owner.

If a vicious breed of dog enters my property......its all over.
 

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We have sheep - we shoot first and then don't say a thing fido just dissapears and it doesn't have to be "vicious" dog breed. I seldom get to shoot though as my LGD's usually take care of the problem first. Do have a trophy room with numerous dog collars hanging on the barn wall.
 

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How horrible for her to go through that. Anthony is indeed a hero :) I am very anti breed specific anything and don't see pits as bad dogs necessarily but no dog that has that notoriety should be loose unsupervised. We've trusted our homes to two Rotties and they have both been excellent protectors. One was a French Ring, professionally trained dog who toured the Caribbean with police shows. But I've also known excellent couch potato type put bulls. I don't agree about suing the owner. He put it down and that imo is enough. That is your family's decision however not mine. Incidentally, I've chosen the American Bulldog as my latest home guardian after my last Rottie was put down due to tumors. Dogs are the greatest guardians. Your niece and your sister are lucky to have such an exemplary companion.
 

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Yay, I'm getting a Assault Rifle(thank goodness that the Assult weapons ban is no more)

I'd like to see a Pit get thru 20 rounds! :haha:

....hmm....maybe not!
 

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Ontario is considering banning the breed but it has been pointed out many times that it is the agressive breed owner who makes the dog agressive. Ban one breed and someone who wants an agressive dog will go to another breed. I don't doubt they have all been wonderful companions. Dogs and their owners need training. We need laws aimed at the irresponsible owners. As so many well versed people have said here it is important to pick the dog that is right for you and your location. A good dog in a bad setting is going to have issues.
 

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Now----the owner should be in court for about $100000 judgement as any moron knows a pit bull is a dangerous dog. Why else are they against the law in many towns?? People only keep them for the "power" feeling of a mean dog--even if they say no such thing. It's the "Harley" mind thing.
 

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Now----the owner should be in court for about $100000 judgement as any moron knows a pit bull is a dangerous dog. Why else are they against the law in many towns?? People only keep them for the "power" feeling of a mean dog--even if they say no such thing. It's the "Harley" mind thing.
Um.. while we're on the topic, a rotti isn't exactly known as a passive dog either.. But aren't we glad that particular rotti was where he was when he was? But any moron knows a rotti is a dangerous dog...

Guess who inflicts the most bites in the USA? The golden retriever, last time I saw the stats. My breed. I'm not crazy about pits, but if we're going on sheer numbers here, my goldens would be in trouble.

I'm glad the child wasn't mauled, I think the dog deserves a medal for doing what it needed to do, and I think the owner took immediate responsibility for being careless and hopefully has learned something from this.
 

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"Guess who inflicts the most bites in the USA? The golden retriever, last time I saw the stats. My breed. I'm not crazy about pits, but if we're going on sheer numbers here, my goldens would be in trouble."

not really, the problem with Pit Bulls is their JAWS,man oh man, I can defend myself from a coon dog, but a Pit bull? their jaws are lethal weapons, they can clamp on really good.
That is why Pit bulls are Dangerous, not the fact that they bite more than other dogs, but rather, when they bite it is more Lethal.

Exactly why the AMERICAN PIT BULL should be BANNED. It's not a true breed, it's a result of bad breeding.
I'd take a English Pit anyday
 

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Now----the owner should be in court for about $100000 judgement as any moron knows a pit bull is a dangerous dog. Why else are they against the law in many towns?? People only keep them for the "power" feeling of a mean dog--even if they say no such thing. It's the "Harley" mind thing.
Oh, please.... Do you believe everything you read? I've known many, many pits, and owned one(picked her up on the side of the road, skin and bones- she nows plays with the new owners children). I haven't met a mean one yet. I'm sure there are bad ones, just as there are biting poodles, dachshunds, labs, etc.. Why don't we just outlaw all dogs because "any moron" knows they just might bite.

I think the dog's owner did the right thing- he put down an unstable dog. What good would sueing do(except maybe to cover medical costs)? I really, really hate that sue-happy mentality.
 

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there was a story on the local news last night. One dad is pushing that all pit bulls be banned in Charloote. His son was bittenby one this summer. You could see a few scars and they showed his ear which was really messed up. Apparently though the major damage was under the cap he was wearing. They said he has several more reconstructive surgeries to go. He went with a friend into the friend's back yard and the pit was loose back there and attacked him. Nothing was done to the owner or the dog. Guy up the road from us has two pits. He keeps them in a kennel. Long as they stay there I don't mind them. It scares me to think of them getting loose though. There is no doubt in my mind that our lab would die protecting the kids from them. He thinks the rottie next door is dangerous and it has snapped through the fence at the kids before. When I was little I got 18 stitches from a dog we owned that was part german shepard and part collie. We have a lab and a golden. Got them both at 6 weeks and have raised them with the kids. I trust them to an extent with the kids. I know that the lab would protect us.
 

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well maro and oil patch, you both obviously have not a clue about what you speak. get some knowledge, get some experience, read some history books,
first of all there is only one kind of pitbull terrier. there is not english and american that is a myth. color, pedigree, head shape, etc have nothing to do with breed type. there is only one, the american pitbull terrier. they are not a bad cross breed. they were brought over from england and ireland in the 1800's as a purebred fighting dog. carefully bred and used to fight each other
history's greatest and most well known fighting pits doubled as child protectors and family pets.
people biters were not tolerated and were ruthlessly culled. go to any pitbull show today and you will see them being handled by children. people biters are not tolerated at any dog show. If your pit shows aggression to a person, you are escorted off the grounds, and that particular dog is banned from the shows for life.
there is no such thing as locking jaws. the reason pitbulls tend to hold is because BEFORE they were used as a breed as fighting dogs they were primarily used as butchers dogs. Sent to the field to catch a steer for butchering. taught to grab the nose and hold no matter what until the people got there to kill the steer. They are also wildly used today to hunt wild boar that are a danger to rural areas.
Prior to the drug rush of the 60's and 70's, pitbulls were widely accepted as the family farm pets, and most families had one. the reason there are so many problems with people aggressive pitbulls today is the result of poor and unplanned breedings, and lack of basic obedience and training. Pitbulls are not supposed to be people aggressive. They never were. It is not in their nature, and is not an accepted breed standard. The only reason people hear so much about people bitting pitbulls is because the news makes a big deal out of it. A little girl a few blocks over from me was just attacked last week by a chow. Went to the hospital too. But gee I sure didn't see that on the news.

The dog in the book the yearling is a pitbull. Petey from the little rascals -- pitbull. the most honored dog of WWII -- stray pitbull named stubby. personally honored by 3 presidents, lifetime membership in the YWCA, given multiple awards usually reserved by people.
Pits graced the cover of TIME magazine 4 different times in the teens and 20's. There is a famous painting of Helen Keller and her pitbull. Humphrey Bogart had one too.

Look up the website for the American Temperament Testing Association. You will see that more pitbulls pass and score higher on temperament tests than all other breeds put together.
A pitbull by the name of Bandog Dread (now passed) holds more titles (obedience, search and rescue, shutzhund, agility, etc..) than any other dog of any other breed in history.
A pitbull by the name of Panda Bear holds the highest Shutzhund score in history.
A pitbull holds the highest score ever for UKC obedience trials. 99.6(I think)%
The UKC was created for the sole purpose of giving pitbulls a registry, and later decided to accept other working breeds.
A pitbull taken from a shelter in Alaska was solely responsible for giving hearing dogs the same rights as seeing eye dogs. Why a pitbull? Because out of the 170 dogs at the shelter that week, she was the only one that passed the temperament test. And she was supposed to be put to sleep because of her breed.
Lots and lots and lots and lots of pitbulls across the country are registered therapy dogs, because as a breed in general, they are extremelly tolerable to pain, pinching and poking, and confusion and chaos (such as you would find in a hospital or nursing home or school)
In England, the Staffordshire Bull terrier (close cousin, and direct relative of the pitbull - they were the same breed at one time). Is nationally known as the nanny dog, due to its amazingly tolerant and trustworthy behavior around young children. And there, it is common practice to leave the dog with the children as a babysitter and protector while the parents go out.

If you are on some kick about banning dogs that fight, add Akitas, Chow chows, Sharpeis, Canary Dogs, Tosa Inus, and Neopolitan Mastiffs to your list. Becasue all these dogs were bred for that.
Oh, and dont forget dobermans, german shepherds, rottweilers, and Great danes, since these four breeds were bred specifically to assist as people aggresors in time of war and law enforcement. As a matter of fact, when great danes were first introduced to the USA, they were banned on a national level from all dog shows since as a breed they were dangerously people aggressive. It had to be bred out over the course of 100 years or so.
And what about the huskys and malamutes owned by so many, they have a natural instinct to not be confined, yet they are - in small houses and tiny yards in the city without proper training and excersize, making them antsy and somewhat dangerous around children.
Oh and lets not forget the little known caucasion mountain dog, kept by a secluded tribe in the high mountains. Bred solely for the purpose of attacking and killing human intruders, now being bred and spread across america.

And lets not forget the loveable dalmation that was purchased by the 100's of thousands as family pets after the Disney movie came out, even though the AKC breed standard states that they are snippy and aloof around children and should be kept in firm check, and never be left alone with small children.

So before you make yourself a fool and run off at the mouth about something you know nothing about, you should check yourself and your information.
 
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