This morning I was listening to the news while getting ready for work, and there was a story about an 8-year-old girl who lives not far from here (Pittsburgh) who got mauled by a chocolate Lab. It was the neighbor's dog and the girl's mother said that they had taken care of the dog for the neighbors in the past and nothing bad had ever happened. The girl is ok but she has a ton of stitches in her face.
Just goes to show that ANY dog can crack, not just Pits.
I'm not sure, I'm pretty sure it wasn't in the city, somewhere more outlying. It was just a quick, 2-minute segment. I've been trying to find something about on the KDKA website because that's where I saw it but there's nothing on there.
***Edited By: schnauzerluv on 6/24/2005 2:26:10 PM*** Reason: .
Maybe the child annoyed it. Maybe the dog was tied up 24/7 and finally snapped, heck I would. Maybe there was just something not right with the dog. Who knows what makes a dog snap. But any dog of any breed can snap. Finally a story that shows it's not just pits.
I was mauled by a yellow lab when I was eleven, on the way to a friend's house. I never screamed, never ran, didn't do anything. I don't really know why it happened. I still have raised scar tissue over my arms.
The ***** who owned the dog and allowed it to run loose claimed that I must have provoked it, even though she knows for a fact that is not true.
***Edited By: AngeGauche on 6/25/2005 2:01:42 AM*** Reason: .
Hey I thought this was gonna be a pit thread! At least they didn't say it was a Pit Bull. There was a black lab a big black lab that mauled this boy last summer and the news reported it as a PIT BULL and filmed a Pit in the shelter (as to imply it was the dog that attacked him and was now impounded). Also there was an attack by a German Shepherd Dog I read about, briefly scanned it, was posted on another site and its in the same article and they talk about the Shepherd attacking but then say this is the first PIT BULL TYPE dog attack we've had reported. A shepherd and a bull are two different things, they are not the same type of dog, a Pit Bull is a Pit Bull a GSD isn't a Pit Bull. Ugh.
FinCat the reason you didn't hear about it is because it wasn't a pit bull. It's not newsworthy when an otherwise undemonized breed mauls a person. HOWEVER when a pit bull is involved it's front page material to be sure.
Most people in this forum I think understand and embrace the fact that it isn't the dog that is at fault in situations like these but the owner. Whether it's a Cocker, Lab, or a pit bull the bottom line is that there was something not right. And if it is a pit bull, it will be on CNN. If it's a lab you won't see it in mainstream media because how could the public ever accept a "normal" dog breed attacking and mauling a child? Fear drives this world, pain, and suffering sells. But it's the fear which drives it all. Who is afraid of a lab? But you mention Pit bull to people and they shiver in disgust and hatred.
I have a scar under my nose from when I was three and I got attacked by a chow chow. Thank god it is hidden unless I stretch my upper lip down over and past my teeth in the little fold where your nose meets your face. My godmothers husband was feeding the dog and I guess I was trying to play with it and the dog was trying to eat to the dog I was in the way of food so the bottom canines grabbed the flap of my nose and the upper jaw got my forehead/hair line and shook the hell out of me. I guess there was blood everywhere I was screaming my head off and everyone was freaking out. I had to get a couple stitches but over all it was my fault. Especially the guys fault. What the hell were these grown people letting me do near the head of a hungry dog that outweighed me by 3 times?! I've got to be honest, I've had worse damage and more stitches from something my own brother did to me. But it can be so many things that make a dog flip out like that. Kids pissing it off. Abuse. Sexual drive. Protecting their family/property. Although I do feel bad for that particular chow chow, my mom told me that poor dog got beat because of me and they got rid of him. The WHOLE situation could have been avoided. If people were more responsible and properly educated, taught their kids not to fear but respect the animal I think alot of these maulings wouldn't take place. For god sakes learn how to read a dogs body language. I understand and feel sorry for those people who are walking down the street and get mauled but, if you let your child get involved in a situation that is unsupervised and potentially dangerous...well, you do the math.
I can't even name all of the times I have been bitten by animals (not only dogs) when I was growing up and I still would never blame the animals. And you know what else? It made me who I am today. Learned alot of valuable lessons. I'm still nuts about all of em'. Now I just know when to "stay away" and respect the animals boundaries as the crocodile hunter Steve Irwin would say.
***Edited By: pope1982 on 6/26/2005 2:14:47 AM*** Reason: Damnit!