Last March it was an eight year old little girl playing in her yard, last week a 56 year old woman out for a walk; and now an 80 year old woman going for the mail; all viciously attacked by Pit Bulls. How can parents and families ever feel safe in their own yard or in the neighborhood?
Doretha Crews was attacked in front of her Jonesboro, Georgia home, on July 2nd . She continually screamed, “Please God!” Neighbors heard her screams and called the dogs off of her; but not before she was severely injured. She had bites all over her body. Jonesboro is in Clayton County and in nearby Atlanta, Georgia.
Mrs. Crews was released from the hospital on Thursday. The owner of the two pit bulls has been cited for cruelty to animals and for not making sure they had their rabies shots. The dogs have been confiscated and are in quarantine; hopefully they do not have rabies for Mrs. Crews’ sake. Other charges are pending. Hopefully, the owner will be judged harshly for the injury caused to Mrs. Crews.
Simply citing these negligent dog owners and levying a fine does not seem to impress them. Some cases, however, in other states have resulted in criminal prosecution with charges up to murder. Citizens have long been forced to accept the rights of the dog owners; but there seems to be an increasing outrage by the citizens who see this as unjust in the cases of violent animals.
In two previous articles (when this writer reported the attack on Mrs. Forsh who was severely attacked in Douglas County), the angry response from Pit Bull owners has also been vicious and mean. It seems that owners of Pit Bulls are blind to the inbred tendencies of these animals. And their only tactic is to attack the messenger.
They have little to offer in the way of helping with the problem of so many vicious attacks; but only maintain that the dogs attack because they were not cared for or trained properly. They cite their ownership of these pets as being responsible owners; training the dogs, teaching the dogs, and caring for the dogs in order to suppress the aggressive tendencies that have been bred in these dogs for hundreds of years.
They also suggest that the general public read and learn about these dogs and take on part of the responsibility of protecting themselves from being attacked. As one commenter put it; how could this 80 year old woman have benefited from reading a pamphlet and educating herself on other people’s pets in order to have prevented this vicious attack on her?
There has got to be laws enacted to protect the public from these vicious attacks which seem to be increasing. While many dogs bite – few kill. Pit Bulls do not simply nip or bite; they attack with their strong bodies; and with teeth and jaws like a vice. Not including the three attacks here, there have been more than twenty other cases reported in the last eight months in the Atlanta and surrounding areas here in Georgia. And this report may not be up to date.
There was one report where a mother rescued her child from the grips of one of these dogs by bashing its head in with a brick; and then to make sure it didn’t survive to attack again, she stabbed it with a kitchen knife. What a horrible thing to have happened to a family.
It is unimaginable for an 80 year old to have survived all her years and to be attacked in such a way – she is lucky to be alive; such an attack could have caused her to have a heart attack.
The stories are endless of these dogs attacking infants, their owners, and others who just happen to be in their path. The difference in these attacks and other dog bitings is the word, “vicious.” The dogs attack to kill. One commenter stated that if someone hit him with a stick, he would attack also….hmmm.
The Douglas County woman said when she saw the dogs coming AT her, she tried to hit them with a stick; but she was knocked to the ground and attacked. You can hear of her ordeal in her own words; and see photo and video of the horrible damage done to her body and face; and that is all this commenter had to offer????? The mother of the dog owner said the dogs had attacked before.
Once a single person died from tainted Tylenol and every bottle was taken off every shelf in every store in America to protect the people. What or who is going to be responsible for protecting the innocent people who cross the paths of these vicious animals?
If you are concerned, contact your county animal control agency; and ask what the laws are in your community. It seems that the citizens have to become proactive against these deadly animals. It seems that every person in the neighborhood has to become the “dog police.”
While there are many responsible animal owners, there are many others who are not. In days gone by dogs were kept for several reasons – working dogs were used to herd sheep and cattle; porch dogs were used as burglar alarms not only against strangers approaching; but also to keep other animals away from the hen house. Today, most dogs are simply enjoyed as pets.
Dogs have been dubbed as man’s best friend and in most cases they are loving, and responsive animals. But they are also narcissistic. We have all heard of heroic actions of pets saving the lives of their owners and doing unbelievable acts of kindness and heroism; but all dogs are not Lassie. Many owners have risked their lives, as well, to save their pets.
And as the commenters continue to do, (and as I have done here), we can bring up a thousand other topics involving dogs; but the bottom line is that vicious dogs are attacking innocent people. Should this be allowed to continue? No matter where the blame lies – these dogs have an attack instinct; and to have them around a child in the home to me is completely unwise and irresponsible. See the photo in one of the articles listed below of a child who had its entire scalp torn off by a Pit Bull.
Just go to AOL Images – But warnings – this is not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach. See photos of people mauled by Pit Bulls – wonder how they would comment?
We must remember that all dogs by nature are predators; believed to come from the original wolf. But bred and domesticated down through the years to become pets; but what is commonly known as animal instinct still lurks below the surface of all dogs.
However, Pit Bulls were bred over and over not to be domesticated into mild mannered animals but to be killers. This increased that vicious nature. And in some cases no amount of training, will eradicate it. Some dogs, just like some humans, have mean natures. Their dissatisfaction with the world and their surroundings causes them to attack as well.
In other words, if those around them did not conform to their ways, they feel justified in striking out at others. People face criminal charges for their illegal actions; and not those who “trained or did not train” them growing up as children.
But since dogs are animals, they are not held responsible by these people? Owners blame other owners. But even animals that have been trained still maim and kill. Is this a reasonable answer to this ever growing problem?
The breeding was done to ensure strength in body (and in the grip of their jaws); and these dogs were bred specifically for fighting other dogs to the death. And while many Pit Bulls may adjust to training, good care, and interaction with others, there is always that possibility they will attack; as many dog owners themselves have found out. A woman in Florida had her dogs turn on her and kill her. Dogs react on instinct. See video below of their brutal strength.
A true story – we once had a wonderful dog that was part Collie and part German Shepherd. She was great around the grandchildren; always positioning herself between them and the fence. When they moved so did she. Devotion? Or herding instinct?
She would never bark at a stranger that came outside from inside the back door; no matter who they were. But if a stranger tried to enter through the gate, she would bark her head off. Once our grown son was running around the block and decided half way to cut through a neighbor’s yard and climb over our fence.
Brandy made a beeline for him barking – when he spoke… she began to wag her tail and got all excited to see him. While many dogs are very smart; they still act on instinct. In all the years we had this beloved pet she only once nipped at a person – a stranger who tried to pick up one of her newborn puppies. She had also just had surgery. She only nipped his pant leg. If, at any time, she had shown the least tendency to be aggressive or vicious; she would have been out of there in a heartbeat – loved as she was – our children and grandchildren were loved more.
A recent comment by a Pit Bull owner remarked that he had a small child in his home and a Pit Bull. And it might turn on his child; but if it did – he would break its neck. A little too late for the child, huh?
And it seems to have been okay down through the years if a dog attacked for its own reasons and it has been accepted as that being their nature. But with Pit Bull owners, they do not accept the nature of their pet; but rely solely on training. Many feel it is just a natural response for the animal to protect itself (and that of its owners).
That is why so many dogs were bred to be guard dogs; and there are many breeds in this category. And while guard dogs are trained to attack, it is the Pit Bull that holds the title for causing the most fatalities. And what did the four month old little boy in California do to provoke a Pit that mutilated his genitals?
It was once said that people know who” butter their bread.” Well, a dog knows who takes care of it and feeds it; and will most of the time be closer to that family member. We found that to be true. So why wouldn’t it be the instinct of an animal to protect its “ bread butterer” against anyone who tried to come in between; only if it thought it was a threat. Who were these dogs protecting when they attacked these three helpless people?
There is something about a dog and the human scent. Hound dogs are used in hunting and also for tracking. They have a keen since of smell and in some cases that is evident of a dog’s aggressiveness. There have been incidents where family pets have chewed the crotch out of the family clothing left accessible; and dogs that will turn to the waste in baby diapers. Dogs even “scent” each other to check them out – sometime they scent people. They either pass or not. But a pack of attacking dogs do not give the same courtesy to innocent people in their path – they just attack.
Funny thing here. We have a statue of a Jack Russell Terrier sitting on our fireplace – a gift – and great likeness of a full grown dog. When our son brought his Yorkies over, the first thing they did was go and “sniff” that dog beneath the tail. They turned away almost as if they were embarrassed. That was years ago and the Yorkies have been here many, many times; and yet they never sniffed that likeness again. That image did not pose a threat to them. A Pit just attacks.
Dogs are like other animals that are territorial – they mark their turf – and protect it. While that might make for a good guard dog, it can also cause a dog to attack any innocent person passing their radar. Don’t know if this is true or not; but we were told as children not to show fear – that dogs could smell fear and might attack if you did. What could these victims have done not to show fear with those powerful teeth ripping them apart?
The mother of the mutilated infant was prosecuted because she had already witnessed the interest of her Pit Bull toward her child’s diapers. Other favorite items for dogs to chew are human shoes; and we all know nothing carries the human scent worst than these. However, many will chew anything. Puppies are considered to be cutting their teeth; but it seems vicious dogs are sharpening theirs.
Since dogs were created with a natural desire or compulsion to chew (and this is not just in the puppy phase), they can become quite destructive. One report is where dogs left locked in an upstairs room gnawed through the floor and fell to the room below. This is more than a nuisance; it shows the sheer strength in their teeth and jaws. That is a scary thing. While a Chihuahua might bite, they don’t do this.
The homes of some large dogs show evidence of their chewing and gnawing on wood in other areas of the home. Many times if a dog is locked in a room, they will chew and scratch at the door to get out. But these same dogs do not always act aggressively toward humans.
While all dogs bite – ask any door-to-door mail carrier – the difference is the intent. A serious bite from any dog can be a cause for alarm, rabies being only one of them. Scarring and infection are two more. But when a Pit Bull acts – he attacks.
It seems the debate will go on between those who want to see the attacks on innocent people stopped and Pit Bull owners who seemingly get so emotional over the possibly of the bred being banned (as it has already been in many states and foreign countries), that nothing will be accomplished until everyone concerned seek solutions and not name calling and shouting matches.
Take a vote among Pit Bull owners and you will get one strong opinion; and take yet another among those who have been mauled, had a loved one mauled or killed; and you will get quite another response. Whose rights should prevail? You decide. And society must.
There is an old adage which says, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks!” We can only wonder if you can truly teach an animal bred to be vicious to become docile?
Partial list of Pit Bull attacks in less than a year http://pitattacksbystate.blogspot.com/2010/02/georgia-attacks-since-111309.html
Below are the two previous articles which created the stir: If you have a boring or rainy day, you might wish to see how these comments have gone from the ridiculous to the absurd. We are talking about killer dogs – they bring in the Duggers for having too many children, religion, black people, and this is getting to be like a soap opera. If it were not so serious for those who have been attacked; it would be entertaining to watch as they grapple for more insults.
Elderly woman attacked by Pit Bulls: http://www.wsbtv.com/news/24194305/detail.html
Follow up story on Ms. Forsh with video: Updated story by WSB-TV News http://www.wsbtv.com/news/24180655/detail.html
Stay tuned, same time, same station for the continuing story of man versus dog. Don’t believe for one moment, “All Dogs Go To Heaven.”
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