I got a call from one of my close friends a few weeks ago and he was in a panick. He said the cops shot his little sisters dog in front of her. He told me the whole story about what happened and told me to watch the news and call him back because he was stuck at work. His little sister owned one of the sweetest pit bull's and rat terriers you will ever meet. This is how the story went on the news: A vicious pit bull has been preying on a neighborhood's family pets and was killed today. A pitbull was shot and killed by a SAPD officer after it attacked a neighbors cocker spaniel and then went for the officer. They said that the owner will be charged for the pit bull running at large and for the toy breed dog they found dead in the back yard. They said that they suspect the pit bull went on a killing spree and killed its own familys little dog before attacking the cocker spaniel. They also said the owner will be getting 7 different citations for animal cruelty and neglect. They said the little dog tied up in the back yard had no food or water and neither did the pit bull. They said the good news was the Cocker Spaniel made it out with only some minor scratches to the neck area.
You want to know the truth about what happend and how different it was to what the media portrayed.. The innocent Cocker spaniel was indeed a black lab mix. He lived next door to the pit bull and they grew up together and played every day. Both dogs would get out of the fence and play in each others yard and had been known to run the neighbor hood as two un neutered males will do. On this day the pitbull was tied up in the back yard so he would not escape and get hurt. The owners had no idea the poor dog would lose his life and be hurt anyways. The 19 year old female who owned the dogs had both the rat terrier and the pit bull tied up outside to get some fresh air and use the bath room . She tied them up afraid that they would get out and get run over. As usual the lab mix from next door came into the yard and was playing with the indoor family pet the pit bull. They were in the back yard of the pitbull's home when the two dogs got into a fight. That is not abnormal for two un neutered males that are both about 13 months old. The neighbors came outside and broke the dogs up and put the labX back in his yard. He got into the yard again and the dogs playing turned into agression and the owner of the lab mix called his good friend the cop. The dogs were not fighting by the time the cop got there but started at it again and the tied up pit bull's leash came undone. The police officer shot and hit the pitbull and both dogs stopped fighting. The pitbull started to run away around the corner to the other side of the house when the officer shot at him again and missed hitting the rat terrier and killing him. The officer shot four more times hitting the pitbull and killing him. My friends dad was given 7 citations and the guy with the lab mix got away with nothing but chuckles with his police buddies as my friends family stood over there two dead dogs. This is the best part-- he got one citation for having the dogs tied up and one for the dog running at large. The other 3 neighbors that witnessed the whole incident tried to give statements and they refused to take them. They are now in a big law suit with the city and there neighbors to have there dogs name cleared. The media twisted the whole story around and made it look like it was all the pitbulls fault when both dogs were at fault and both owners were to blame but more so the lab mix due to he was in the other dogs yard. They confiscated the pitbull as evidence and left the rat terrier laying dead in the back yard. My friends neighbor quickly got out her video camera to video the little dog and the big bowls of water and food outside and the tie that was used to keep the dog in his own property. They took there rat terrier to the vet after the police left and they took a video and the vet gave a free exam and neocropsy to the little dog for them. The findings were that the dog was killed by a single bullet wound to the chest. The media has a lot to do with portraying these dogs as vicious man killers. I live with 7 adult pit bulls in my house with a toy poodle and a 12 yr old shih tzu. I also have a 1.5 year old son that sleeps with two of the pit bulls. There is a web site that I can not seem to find at the moment but they investigated every pitbull attack that was publicised for a year. They found that out of 8 attacks reported only 1 of the dogs was indeed a pitbull. If a dog slightly resembles a pitbull they label it as a pitbull. There are 6 other breeds that could be confused with a pit if you do not know your breed. This is what needs to stop to save our breed. The back yard breeders selling any dog that looks like a pit as a pit and the media. I would love for the media to come to a pit bull dog show. One that has only pit bulls and no other breeds. We need to show this breed for what it really is but the media will never come. They dont want to show a family show dog. It is so sad that my dogs may lose there lives one day due to bad publicity. It is partially the owners and partially the bad breeders and a lot of bad media that is nothing but lies to get a good and interesting story. You know that the ratings for a news broad cast will double if there is a story about a pit bull attack. They love it becasue they will get higher ratings if they play the story first. It is sickening that these people are going to get our dogs banned and killed so they have a good news story.
That's so terrible! Too bad your friend's family didn't have contact another news channel to tell their side of the story. But they probably can't do that now since they are in the middle of a lawsuit or soon will be.
Thank for shedding some light on how screwed up the media can be. Your right alot of time the do twist things around to make the story sound juicier. And its a dang shame that your friends dogs had to die over someone else stupidity. Please send them my condolences.
Enough to make you think free press has gone too far! The guy writing up the article should be sued for spreading such false news that could ruin a breed that already has a bad rap! I hope the dead dogs owners get some media attension on their behalf too. So sad!
i do not doubt this to be a true story. the media will do anything to get a top story, even stretching and twisting the truth. hopefully the truth will come to light and the media will be forced to publish the true story along with an apology ( in large bold print) along with a picture of a foot in a mouth !
The media will not due any thing to republish the truth about the story. They claim they went on strict facts from the police officer. The funny thing is the police would not take any statements from the neighbors about what they saw that happened. The owners did call out a new police officer and he said he would take her statement and go over the original police report. They are not getting very far with clearing there name through the media. My friends dad was shown on the news with his full name being charged for animal cruelty. They made him look like a total A#! to the community but the Animal Cruelty officer is on my friends side and he is taking all the statements and collecting all the truth about what really happened. As for the media it is a lost cause. Have you ever seen an I am sorry on the news.. LOL That will never happen.
so sorry for the loss ... the Media sucks at really reporting the truth when it comes to what happen , who's at fault AND what breed... ( errrrrrr ! ) And the Cops... oh please don't allow me to start.. ( errrrrr again ! )
( I own 2 AST/ABT .. and am super super protective of all 3 of my babes... why.. hmmm.... gee I wonder )
I am so sorry for this nightmarish ordeal your friend is having to endure! Typical media sensationalism but I would suspect, that in this case, the police officer is just as guilty for destorting the facts. I feel nauseated at the fact that the neighbour (who is entirely responsible for this) had a "chuckle" with the cop in question....where is the humour in seeing two innocent dogs shot dead????
I honestly pray that the truth emerges loud and clear and that the guilty parties are put in their rightful places. I have heard of one too many stories of trigger happy cops shooting and killing animals for the sheer pleasure of it!!!
Well then the next best thing would be going to your local paper and ask if they would like to interview the dogs owners side if story and print the truth or start a collection fund and publish your own ad about the situation, write letters to the editor so they can put it in the paper that way. Call and e-mail your local news stations, they're always on the look out for controversy! Call the animal controll and let them record your side of the story and file a complaint aganst the police dept. What a rip! The poor pit and rat terrier owner! I hope the best for them!
I am sorry your friend lost her dog. But a pit bull not fixed owned by the wrong person is accident waiting to happen. I dont think pitt bulls are the blame for alot of the problem its the wrong people owning them
Dutchess that is great advice..Thank you!! Any unaltered dog in the wrong hands is an accident waiting to happen. I wish anyone that had doubts about pitbulls would own a well bred pit bull for a year and see if it isnt one of the best dogs they have ever owned. If you have doubts I welcome anyone to my home and share a couch with a dog that will lick you viciously. LOL You will also have a potty buddy becasue where ever you go in my home a wigglin, lickin pit follows. They love strangers the most its like they know they have to prove they are the sweetest dog in the house. You will however need to watch for my guard dog the 12 year old Shih Tzu. I am not joking he bites.
I'm sorry for the horrible experience your friend had. On top of two dead dogs, they are made to look like criminals and animal abusers in the community!
I was just worrying about this kind of thing in another thread. We have a neighbor whose dog escapes from the chain and comes to my house. He's bigger than Manson, long black hair. Though Manson only goes out on the tie-out for short potty breaks, and I stay at the window while he's out (the computer desk is right in front of the window with a view of Manson's tie-out), I worry that the neighbor dog might run over here and get beat up. Not only do I not want my dog or that dog hurt, I don't want something to happen to me like what happened to the person in this thread. The police really do not HAVE to be fair and nobody wants to help when it involves "just a dog."
I keep my pitts in a fenced in yard but my cousins had hers in a fence too and a boxer came and stuck it's head through the fence and her pitt grabbed its muzzle and wouldnt let go untill a rake handle was used as a break stick. It was terrible but the other dog was to blame for getting its head in the pitts space. So unless I'm outside with my pitts I lock them in a kennel with in my fenced yard(10X10) or they stay in my garage.
Too be a pitt owner we have to be very responsible and not give our dogs a bad name. It's a shame others couldnt be as protective of their pets as we have to be of ours. I bet there would be less controversey on our behalf.
Things like this make my heart sick. I have 2 american pit bulls of my own. Every once in a while I see a story like this and I could cry.
I know that there is a certain amount of blame to be laid at each door step but the sad part is 2 loving animals still had to loose their lives because they weren't properly supervised pets.
I know most pit owners want to leave their dogs out like any other dog owner. But I ask u owners to think about something. I don't ever leave my dogs out alone. When they are outside I am outside. No one will ever be able to say the justifiably shot one of my animals.
Is a bit of our time not worth the complete protection of our beloved pets? I think it is. I know it's not fair and we would like to be treated like other pet owners. But thats what makes this breed so special. They need our constant protection and love.
I know ,I totally love the 2 pitts I have now but when ever they get old and pass away, I dont know if I have it in me to own such a notorious breed. Its allot of responsibility and I'm on the edge watching out for breed laws that may effect me. Always having to defend my babies. Its just a big job and people with other breeds dont have to be ridiculed as much either.