Since the original story was published regarding the attack on Frankie Forsh this past week, the question was raised as to whether or not it is time to ban Pit Bulls from neighborhoods and especially in the homes where there are children.
This is the second case of Pit Bull attacks in Douglasville since March. (Douglas County is a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia.) In March a young girl was attacked and mauled by a vicious dog while playing in her yard. http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/nation/georgia-dog-owner-charged-in-attack-that-cost-369121.html http://www.wsbtv.com/news/22847026/detail.html
It is summertime and the kids are outside playing and it now must become every parent’s nightmare that something like this could happen to their child; and there is also great concern for the children who live in the homes with these vicious dogs. Children don’t understand danger and just poking such an animal with a pencil could cost them their lives.
The dogs that attacked Mrs. Forsh were all apprehended; but one of them broke his chain and escaped. The people in the neighborhood say they are very frightened and concerned. One gentleman on camera said that if animal control did not catch the third dog, it would end up on somebody’s grill. http://www.ajc.com/news/one-pit-bull-in-564768.html?cxtype=rss_news_81960
The Douglas County Animal Control stated that these dogs were so vicious that they had been separated; and that only the most experienced dog handlers could come near them. And yet the comments from Pit Bull owners never shows any concern for the victim – but only defended their right to own breeds of dogs known to kill.
Communities are warned of known child molesters in the neighborhoods here in Georgia. And while their crimes are heinous against children they don’t always have the intent to kill their innocent victims. However when these dogs attack it is for the kill. Should everyone in a neighborhood be notified when there is a vicious breed like Pit Bulls living among their children? Oh, the grief these parents must go through knowing how grievously their children died; and was totally preventable.
The comments from dog owners have been harsh, cruel, and senseless. The anger of these people just leap off the page. It was once said that people sometimes choose dogs that even look like them for some reason. Could it be deduced that in the case of these commenter’s that they have chosen dogs that reflect their demeanor and personalities; for they seem to know how to get together in a pack and attack as well.
You can read the original article (and the huge number of attack comments) which includes the story of Mrs. Forsh and how she was viciously attacked by just going for a walk in her neighborhood. www.dampfang.com/x-7462-Atlanta-Faith–Family-Examiner~y2010m7d5-Pit-Bulls-attack-woman-Is-it-time-to-outlaw-these-dogs-in-all-neighborhoods–homes-with-children
The article also includes links to horrible photos of children who have been torn apart by Pit Bulls. You will also find a video made in Argentina showing the unbelievable strength of these dogs – one is actually pulling a car. They can jump very high, they can climb trees, and when those huge jaws clamp down on something; they will not turn loose. The physical wounds are horrendous; but the psychological horror must be beyond words that these victims experience.
The rhetoric of these commenter dog owners was all the same – defend their dog by attacking the writer – saying over and over it is not the dogs; but the owners – well it is not the owners who are chewing up people. So based on their own testimony the owners should be held liable for the attacks of their dogs on others.
When you don’t have a very good defense for your cause and actions, sometimes the reaction is to attack the messenger. Read more about Pit Bull dog attacks here in Georgia on innocent people in the last year; and this does not even include the most recent. The list is lengthy. http://pitattacksbystate.blogspot.com/2010/02/georgia-attacks-since-111309.html
Being the case, what should be done to owners who have a dog they know was bred to be a vicious dog? The very name of a Pit Bull explains what the breed was bred for – fighting to the death in a pit. These dogs were not bred to be pets around children – they were not bred to be working dogs to round up sheep. They were bred by evil men who wanted to watch them attack, fight and gnaw to death another animal.
Problem is do they know the difference in another dog or an infant? Apparently not as they have attacked and killed infants lying in their bed – probably because of jealousy. Many responsible parents when they have a new baby come into their home have made the wise decision to move any animals that might in the slightest way might cause harm to their beloved child – this has included aggressive cats and other animals as well.
California mother charged with a felony after a Pit Bull mix chewed off her infant son’s genitals. http://www.wsbtv.com/news/24109380/detail.html
Granted there are other breeds that will attack and even kill – they should be dealt with as well. At the first sign of aggressive behavior in a dog, it is the responsibility of that owner to take preventive action.
All dogs will bite given provocation; but Pit Bulls do not just bite – they attack with such strength; and then they begin to tear their victims apart because that is what they were bred for. Some families have a false security having these dogs in their homes since they are protective of the family and might deter intruders; but these same dogs can turn on family and kill them as well.
Frankie Forsh’s walk nearly turned deadly when she was attacked by a pack of vicious pit bulls. She was fortunate enough to have neighbors who cared and were not afraid to get involved in saving her life. She has been released from the hospital with absolutely horrible wounds to her face.
She said in a news video that she will have to have extensive plastic surgery on her face. She more than likely will be disfigured for the rest of her life. So…who is responsible for her injuries? It was also learned from the mother of the owner of those dogs that it was not the first time they attacked someone.
She was indeed fortunate to have neighbors who were not afraid to get involved; but what of the neighbors who brought those dogs in the neighborhood in the first place? If they had run over Mrs. Forsh with their car, harsh penalties would have been levied. Had she died, they would have been charged with vehicular homicide. Should the owners of vicious dogs be charged with “canine induced homicide” when their “beloved” pet kills?
From a website called Dog Law, we find these cases. http://doglaw.hugpug.com/doglaw_089.html
Depending on the circumstances and state law, an owner may be charged with anything from letting a vicious dog run loose to manslaughter or even murder. Here are some examples:
•In the most well-publicized case of its kind, a San Francisco woman was convicted of second-degree murder after the Presa Canario dogs she was walking attacked and killed a woman in the hall of the apartment building they both lived in. Affirming the conviction, the appeals court wrote that the dog’s owner knew that the dog that attacked “was a frightening and dangerous animal: huge, untrained and bred to fight” and had endangered others by keeping it.
•A California woman who ordered her Doberman pinscher to attack someone was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon.
•A California court sentenced a dog owner to 90 days in jail and fined him $500 for failing to keep his dog on a leash, as ordered by the county after the dog attacked two people.
•An Ohio man was convicted of failing to confine a vicious dog, a felony in that state. His dogs, an American pit bull terrier and a Rottweiler, had attacked and killed a toddler. The pit bull was presumed to be a vicious dog under Ohio law.
•In 1987, a Georgia man was convicted of involuntary manslaughter after his three dogs, which he had allowed to run loose, attacked and killed a four-year-old boy. He was sentenced to five years in prison and five years of probation. (One of the conditions of the probation was that he not own any dogs.)
•A California man whose chained dog mauled to death a two-year-old in 1987 was charged with murder. He was convicted of a lesser charge, involuntary manslaughter, and sentenced to three years in prison.
Usually after a vicious attack (and if the dog can be appended), it is put down – but that is too late for victims like listed above. But what should be done to owners who know the potential of a vicious dog over that of a dog which might just bite in some circumstances? Will stiffer penalties for the owners help stop the attacks? Should owners have to have stiff liability insurance to cover damage done to another human being caused by their dog? Yes
What we have here is a matter of rights for people in the neighborhood to be safe versus the rights of a person to own a vicious dog. So many times the victims of these animals are children – who is going to protect them?
Children are taken out of homes when they are perceived to be in danger from abuse, neglect, or danger; and yet many live in the home where there is a vicious dog; and the potential just as alarming that they can be harmed or even killed.
Most dogs will bark and run around and agitate an individual and will bow their heads down low and growl at that they perceive to be an opponent – but not the case with Pit Bulls – they attack with no warning and spring at their victims in such a way to knock them down so they can get to the face and throat of their victim.
These dogs were bred from ancestors who had tendencies of being good natured; but with animals who were ferocious. And you never know when that good natured side (which people trust around their children) will switch over to cause the dog to be a killer.
Dog owners admit that having one of these dogs requires a lot of attention, a lot of training, and a lot of patience – not all owners do. Many counties require owners to post a sign on the fence, “Beware of Dog.” And they must be chained and fenced when outside. Small children do not tresspass and they cannot read and they are drawn to animals of all kinds.
They must be on a strong leash of no more than six feet; and they must be muzzled when walking them out in public. However, when these dog owners heard of the attack – they defended the dog and not the victim.
These dogs often turn on their owners as in the story below. http://www.wsbtv.com/news/14268451/detail.html
When advised of this incident in a comment, one commenter made the statement that it was her fault. Yes, her fault; but not as they say – but for having the dog in her home in the first place. But it was not the fault of the son who was injured trying to help her; nor the other son horrified inside who watched his mother mauled to death. The innocent suffer for the guilty.
What parent in their right mind would even give a second thought to having such an animal around the children they are supposed to love, protect, and care for over and above anything else?
Is this any different than leaving a loaded gun on the table? Isn’t it ironic that people who abuse dogs are tried in a court of law and get penalties; while many times the owners of vicious dogs who attack others do not?
The commenters to the previous article admit the huge responsibility of owning such a dog as Pit Bulls. But they still cannot account for those owners who are not responsible and those are the ones who kill. An innocent child playing in the yard; or a woman out for a walk – how are they to know whether a dog owner in their neighborhood is responsible or not; until they find out in the most horrible of all ways.
The Declaration of Independence does not give people the right to do just anything because a person claims a right – but it definitely provides for every person’s right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And I might add safety in their own neighborhood.
In the mean time what can parents do?
Be aware of the dogs in your neighborhood; and at the first sign of aggression like running at children, chasing cars, sneaking up behind people, or actually biting a child – notify animal control.
Be aware of what animals are in the homes of friends and family. Do not allow your child to be there if you have any uneasy feelings or doubts about their animals.
When your children are outside playing check on them often; check out every time they scream even if they are playing; and keep your cell phone in your pocket. Keep a can of wasp spray nearby to spray in the dog’s face; and/or a container of mace or pepper spray. The victim may incur some side effects from such sprays; but better than being killed.
If your child or anyone is being attacked make as much noise as possible – use anything available to stop the attack – it may come down to keeping a huge Billy stick near the door to grab in an instant. It is lawful to use any weapon to stop such an attack. Make sure all lethal weapons are kept out of the reach of all children. Call animal control in your county for more professional advice and to see what the laws are regarding dog ownership in your community.
Repeated Argentina video showing the extraordinary strength, power, and agility of these animals.