Pit Bull Attack Responsible For Eviction

| July 3, 2013
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Not the dog involved in the attack.

Not the dog involved in the attack.

The Capital is reporting that a couple who was attacked by a pit bull dog last month is being evicted from their apartment for allowing the dog to visit. The dog belonged to the woman’s daughter.

Last month, we took yet another position on pit bulls and the aggressive behavior they exhibit. We pointed out that they can be unpredictable and deadly. Of course the supporters came out in droves to explain that it was not the dog but the owner who was responsible for pit bull attacks.

According to The Capital, the only thing that may have triggered this attack was someone looking at the dog.

When discussing the temperament of the dog and addressing why she agreed to look after the dog, the victim told The Capital the dog was non aggressive.

“I said ‘Fine,” because (Capone) was like a grandson to me,” Miller said. “He was a very good, nonaggressive dog, believe it or not. He would come up and give you his paw, rolled over and would put his paws up for you to rub his belly.”

So far so good. But at one point, her daughter (the dog’s owner) warned her mother about how pit bulls bite.

Miller’s daughter once told her pit bulls in general – she was not referring specifically to Capone – would lock down when they bite. “I never knew what that meant. Lock?” Miller said. “I knew it then.”

And as to the reason this seemingly docile animal attacked, the other victim described what he did to provoke the attack after the dog slipped out of the collar.

About 100 feet from the building’s front door, Capone escaped from his collar, and ran “like a playful puppy” in fast circles. The couple then called the dog, and Linc said he looked Capone in the eye right before he attacked.

So, now we have an apparent good owner, a docile dog, who launched into a potentially deadly attack when a familiar person dares to look at the dog.

Time and time again, the stories are the same. A seemingly friendly dog goes nuts and attacks.  I acknowledge that it can happen to any breed, but the danger is increased when you have a pit bull or a pit bull mix. As the daughter said their instinct is to bite and lock. Their jaws are disproportionately stronger than other dogs. Many of them (by fault of owners) are bred for aggression and fighting. And the statistics bear out that in serious attacks, pit bulls are way ahead of any other breed.

The apologists will talk about chihuahua bites being more plentiful, and indeed they may be. But with a chihuahua you do not have a 60 to 100 pound animal who has an instinct to lock its jaws when it attacks.

To make a somewhat absurd (well maybe not) analogy, there are millions of toy Tonka trucks in the world and in any given day many of them likely run into the leg of one of a person. Also in the world, there are millions of full sized cars and if they were to run into a person would cause damage.  We do not regulate the Tonka trucks. We do regulate vehicles. And when vehicles do run over people, the operators of the vehicles are held accountable. So why the difference with pit bulls and other aggressive dogs?

One final note that is the true tragedy in all of this is that the couple is now looking at losing their home.

Again, I am not calling for a ban on the breed. I feel that regulation makes sense. If an owner or handler  is unable to reasonably and fully control the animal, they should not own the animal just as if a person is not reasonably able to control a car, they should not operate one.

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John is the publisher and editor of Eye On Annapolis. As a resident and business owner in Anne Arundel County for more than 15 years, he realized that there was something missing in terms of community news--and Eye On Annapolis was born in late spring 2009.John's background is in the travel industry as a business owner, industry speaker, and travel writer. In terms of blogging and social media, he cut his teeth with MSNBC.com.
  • ANIMALPEOPLE

    Of the 4,257 dogs involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks on humans occurring in the U.S. & Canada since September 1982, when I began logging the data, 2,664 (63%) were pit bulls; 535 were Rottweilers; 3,434 were of related molosser breeds, including pit bulls, Rottweilers, mastiffs, boxers, and their mixes. Of the 513 human fatalities, 260 were killed by pit bulls; 84 were killed by Rottweilers; 382 (69%) were killed by molosser breeds. Of the 2,400 people who were disfigured, 1,558 (65%) were disfigured by pit bulls; 313 were disfigured by Rottweilers; 1,987 (79%) were disfigured by molosser breeds. Pit bulls–exclusive of their use in dogfighting–also inflict about 10 times as many fatal and disfiguring injuries on other pets and livestock as on humans, a pattern unique to the pit bull class. Surveys of dogs offered for sale or adoption indicate that pit bulls and pit mixes are less than 6% of the U.S. dog population; molosser breeds, all combined, are 9%.

  • Marc Brown

    Mr. Frenaye, thank you for writing this. These parents of a Spoiled Princess chose to endanger all living things within a five mile radius by fur-babysitting their Princess’s fighting breed dog. They figured they knew better than everyone else and the rules don’t apply to them. If this pit bull had attacked someone else, they surely would have blamed the victim — these pit people always do.

    I feel no sympathy for them at all. I think it’s right they are being evicted. They were willing to risk everyone else’s lives, even now they’re still saying ‘oooo, it must be because someone else abused the pit bull’. If their Spoiled Princess were now to get a pit bull puppy, they’d expose all their neighbors and those neighbors’ children to the same risk again.

    People who refuse to acknowledge the inherent dangerousness of the pit bull type dogs are by definition bad neighbors. I don’t think it’s a tragedy they’re now losing their home. I think it’s right and important to send this message to all these selfish people who ruin life for their neighbors by harboring pit bull type dogs, even the ones their Princess Daughters keep.

  • 1tonysolesky1

    Not one single breed of dog is a natural occurrence in nature because no dog breeds says to itself, hey I am a Poodle I will mate only to other Poodles’ or hey I am a Lab I will mate only to other Labs. The word breed exists exclusively to direct people to the exact conclusion that a dog of a given breed will appear and behave in very particular ways different from other breeds. In kind dogs then are bred for certain behavior skills and physical talents that man merely directs. If you never take a Lab hunting your skill as a master does not make it somehow less of a Labrador Retriever. Training is merely the direction of instinct and obedience is merely the lording, controlling and inhibiting of behavior. Since no dog breed exist without mans discriminating influence on mating pairs and outcomes then of course it is the dogs breed that makes it what it is. Like most other more suitable bred dogs it is easy for people to forget that their dogs responds to them so well primarily because it is well bred and not because the average dog owner is so competent. Ban this breed and end this deed!

    As far as overcrowding in shelters. Lets investigate why a man made problems are allowed to be fueled and continue with any breed of dog. That answer can be found when we make ourselves aware of how much money a rescued dog puts into the pet supply, veterinary and dog food industry each year. 52 million dogs in 2001 now in 2013 80 million all while under the wathc of organizatrions who profess to be trying to stop pet over population. What a crock

  • mdkroma

    Fortunately, ignorant viewpoints, such as those proffered by
    Tony, Marc, Merritt and the author, who distort (or at least selectively ignore) the facts, have been generally disavowed and ignored by our elected officials. Nearly thirty million more people are now living in US communities with breed neutral laws than were 18 months ago, as opposed to a few hundred thousand with living with new breed specific laws. These aren’t close votes either – the closest vote was a 70% to 30% margin, and some have been near unanimous across party lines.

    You guys can post as much of your garbage as you like on every article you find. Rational thought that places responsibility on owners is winning. Your fear-mongering and distortions are losing.

    If you actually wanted to contribute to dog bite safety, why don’t you focus on the real causes of these dog attacks: abuse, chaining, amateur protection training, child neglect, backyard breeding and irresponsible ownership?

  • Ban Pitt Bulls

    Mdkroma these dogs dont have to be abused , chained for them to be aggressive ! I dont understand why pit lovers lie to try to get ppl to love thier type of dog. These dogs are responsible for over 90% of deaths this year. Why dont you people try to educate people on the good and bad things instead of lying ?

    • mdkroma

      Care to share specifics over what exactly I’m lying about?

      The fact is, dog bite related fatalities are extremely rare events, and while the breed most commonly perceived to be responsible has fluctuated over time, the annual total has been virtually unchanged over the last 30 years.

      Of this year’s fatalities (some are double counted):

      At least 4 were by chained/tethered dogs, and several more involved small children left alone with dogs.

      At least 6 involved dogs who were kept (by non-professionals) for protective/negative purposes.

      At least 9 had documented and in some cases lengthy histories of aggression.

      At least 6 had owners with prior criminal history, several of whom had prior dogs put down for aggression.

      3 were “pack events”, involving 3 or more dogs.

      I do think that dogs trained for protection purposes should be registered/licensed separately and have signage requirements. I also believe that owners who use a dog in the commission of a crime should have mandatory minimum sentences. Finally, people with a history of dog neglect/abuse/court required euthanization should be barred from owning dogs. Too many times you hear of cases where some idiot has dogs put down for aggression, only to go out and get more dogs.

  • Ban Pitt Bulls

    I am glad to see places stepping up and not letting these kind of dogs at apartments and some housing. This way at least some children are protected.