Just some psychology here on the board; we're not hearing from the "Are you sure it was a pit bull?" camp at all, other than the bait I laid out that no one took. What if his dad had been injured to the point of requiring emergency surgery? Such an attack would likely make the news, where a percentage of us would attack the credibility of the news story claiming "How do they know it was a pit bull/the media reports everything as a pit bull, etc..." This post just shows there is a live, breathing person behind every dog attack.
Kiyote-- A person who is talking to us is not the same as the media announcing to the world that a pit bull attacked someone. By telling us, this person is not trying to have the biggest news story, or be extra entertaining, or cause her town to enact new laws to ban pit bulls. Could she be wrong about the breed? Yes. But in a case where she is just venting to her friends on a message board about her dad being bitten, and she is not saying it was a pit bull and all of them are horrible, I see no reason to give her the third degree here about is she sure of the breed. The breed is unimportant. If she were going to start a neighborhood campaign to ban them in her area, I would expect her to be absolutely certain of the dog and it's breed, before using this attack as a means of showing how horrible the all are. From her post, it seems that her problem is not with pit bulls at all, but with the jerkwad that stood there and let his dogs attack her dad. And I can understand that, and feel no urgent need to know if the breed was identified correctly. There was an individual that posted here a while back, claiming her dog was attacked by a pit bull and that all pit bulls were nasty and terrible, I and many others challenged her and found that it was a rottweiller/bull terrier mix. After she told us that, she still said that a rottie/BT mix was the same as a pit bull! I would question someone who said "it was a pit bull" if they were clearly prejudiced and hateful toward pit bulls anyway. Schnauzerluv doesn't seem to be trying to make a point against pits or gain anything by saying it was a pit bull, so I see no reason to give her the third degree, that's all. See, us pit people don't always have the oversensitive hair trigger when the word pit is mentioned :-) . The mere mention of the words "pit bull" bull do not send me into a frenzied defense mode. I tell ya I'm a pussycat.
Shinyblackpit, thanks for the well-thought out answer. Thanks also, for not labeling me a troll and dismissing me. I think we all remember the post you're talking about. I know, without a doubt, there are cases where the media calls anything a pit bull. (The Fratus American Bulldog attack comes to mind). I'm also looking at the responses and seeing people put concern for the bitten guy before any breed-related reactions, which is always a good thing. :)