I caught the tail end of it this morning and it was a young lady who had a pittbull about 18 months old and the dog just snapped and bit her lip. She had to snatch away to get loose and then got away from it and had to get emergency surgury to try to fix her lip. They couldnt reattach it and had to use a portion of bottom lip to fix the top and shes still going to require more surguery later. The dog was humanely put to sleep. She loved the dog and took great care of it since a puppy,but it just snapped.She said her Mom went in the house to look for the missing part of her lip so she could try to save it and the dog was acting like nothing happened and wanted to play fetch with its ball. Its stories like these that freak me out. I love my 2 pitts and I honestly cant fathom them turning on me or the family like that.It was very upsetting for me to see because I am always taking up fot thier bad reputation.
***Edited By: duchess on 2/7/2006 6:47:03 PM*** Reason: oops
that is too sad. i cant even imagine the pain she went through. losing her lip and her dog. i know how bad it hurts when i have bit my own lip ! she is also probably devastated that her dog would do that . especially without any provocation or warning. i caught the end of a story on the news today about a woman that literally had a face transplant from a dog attack.
Dusty that story you are reffering to I think is the woman in France. And if I am right that is the woman there is more to the story then it just attacked. The woman had taken an overdose of pills(they say accidently0 and the dog was trying to wake her. And when he couldn't the dog became ,I guess frantic, and ended up doing what it did to her face. I'll see if i can find the article that explained all that.
ETA***Erbabe337...what you may have heard is that sometimes they suddenly become dog aggressive when they hit a certain age. Usually between 2 and 3 yrs old. At least that is what i have been told.
***Edited By: Rebel on 2/7/2006 7:05:59 PM*** Reason: *****eta*****
duchess, ANY breed is capable of doing that. pits just get all the publicity. and alot of times the press doesnt relate the whole story or they jazz it up to sound worse than it actually was. any dog is capable of biting , pits are not even the most prone to bite , they are just the most PUBLICIZED.
Thats what I always say but when you hear "another " story I start to feel like I'm the only one with normal pittbills. Its gets to me thinking that "MY" babies are capable of that. I seen them play w/ my 3 boys and be a part of my family for the several years and I'm biased when it comes to them. But it gets hard defending thier reputation when everywhere you turn a new story is out in print.
I feel for the victims and would never say they deserved it but i feel for the dogs too because I know how loving my own are. Sad, sad.
My Hubby told me about this story. Since we have two pits he was a little concerned. Even though I don't trust any dog 100% I still say there is a underlying reason or a medical issue that causes a dog to attack like that.
I think it was Scout that posted awhile back about thyroid dog aggression. I did some research on it and was amazed how a perfectly normal acting dog can do such an about face, (no pun intended) and bite.
I still stick to my convictions when it comes to biting dogs that we don't hear the whole truth or that there is a medical issue involved.
I think there's more behind the stories then what we hear. Maybe the woman was bugging her pit and it got upset at her and snapped. Why would she want to tell people if it was her fault??? Maybe her dog was the Alpha and she was doing something the pit did not like. To dogs grabbing around the muzzle is a dominate act.
Dogs never snap for no reason. If we tell a dog not to growl or bark and correct them when they do (towards people, aggressive dogs.. etc) they will with hold those signals and seemingly snap for no reason.
Catlover, this was another story where a woman had her lip bitten off by her dog,(pit bull.) She had raised it from a pup and it was her "baby". Just one day the dog jumped up for no reason and bit off her botton lip. Then the dog sat down like nothing had happened.
The dog was put down right away, I believe, without actually seeing if there were any medical problems other than rabies.
Like PitPat said, the woman who had the face transplant and the woman referred to in this thread are two different women. I saw parts of the story on Inside Edition and it was a pit bull that attacked her. (by the way i'm not in anyway supporting the fact that pitbulls are aggressive, vicious animals, my sister owns one and it is the sweetest dog, i'm just agreeing with PitPat when she said the two attacked women that were mentioned in this thread were not the same woman)
This is exactly why people think that pit bull terriers are vicious! I read somewhere else that the dog who tore off the lady's lip was a rottweiler, not a pit bull. Same story other than the breed of dog. And remember people, the only thing that sells papers is pits anymore! Or maybe a close second is rottweilers, depends on the area of the country. Many times, and you can research this for yourselves, the dog being called a pit bull is something else entirely! Either the reporter got bad info, (whether from witnesses, animal control who don't know their breeds, police, etc.) or purposely tagged the dog a pit bull to get more ratings. It unfortunately happens all the time, and the only way you ever know it was wrong is if you happen to be involved or you see a tiny blurb the next day in the errors section of the paper, long after the damage has been done. Please people remember, these dogs are just like any other dog. Yes, they're pretty strong, and in the wrong hands can be trained to do just about any bad thing, but in the right hands (educated, willing to take time to train the right way, physically and mentally strong, appropriate tools such as fenced in yard, spaying/neutering, and socialization at an early age) there is no better.
A very sad story, indeed. No telling what caused that. I recently read a story of a beloved family dog (who was a German Shepherd) bit the child it had grown up with in the face when she petted him on the head. He was put to sleep right away and then it was later found out that he had a raging (and very painful) ear infection.
Just remember that this kind of thing happens with all breeds. And usually is an underlying cause that nobody knew about until it was too late. It is not a pit bull problem, but is a tradgedy, for sure.
And yes, in the case of the lady who had the face transplant (BTW, how amazing is THAT???) the dog was a labrador. But I don't imagine this causes most lab owners to be nervous around their own dog. It was another terrible tradgedy, but not to be blamed on an entire breed.