Thursday, September 21, 2017

Extreme Attacks: List of Invasion Attacks by Pit Bulls

Pit bulls invade homes, work spaces, cars and yards protected by privacy fences or walls for one sole reason: to attack with no warning and no provocation.  This kind of extreme attack is almost unheard of among other kinds of dogs because it is, obviously, not normal pet dog behavior.  This behavior puts people and pets in danger in their homes, workplaces, yards and inside their cars, trucks or vans.

This list is by no means complete and will be updated as more reports of pit bulls invading people's private spaces to attack occur and are found.

2017 NC - A pit bull dashed into a home when the owner opened the door to shoo the pit bull away.  The owner describes how the pit bull immediately began searching for her cats to attack them.  The pit bull followed the three cats who escaped outside through an open window and killed one of them in front of the horrified owner and neighborhood children.  In addition, local authorities are breaking their own laws by not following up and making an incident report.  back up page
2017 MA - A pit bull invaded a woman's apartment and immediately killed her cat.  The apartment complex had a ban on pit bulls so the entitled pit bull owner lied, saying the pit bull was an emotional support dog so the manager had to allow it to stay.  If the pit bull owner had not decided the law doesn't apply to her, Gem the cat would be alive today.

2017 OH - A woman ran to a police station after a man fired a weapon in the direction of a group of people she was walking with. When she went inside the police station, a stray pit bull chased her inside and attacked police officers who shot the pit bull.  It was later euthanized.

2017 AU - In another unfathomably horrendous attack, a loose pit bull invaded a house and fatally mauled a shih tzu mix named Thor.  Thor whas his owner's PTSD health assistance dog.  Thor's owner's son stabbed the pit bull to death.  The family has been horribly traumatized.  Normal pets do not do this.
“(My son) Tyson was so traumatised that he couldn’t even talk. The ambos sat with him for quite a while. I was so distraught they took me to the hospital,” she said."

2017 PA - A pit bull escaped it's fence then happened upon a mini-van parked behind a house while running loose. The van was open with two children strapped into their car seats. The pit bull invaded the mini van and seriously mauled the two helpless children who are strapped into the van! Both children are hospitalized in serious condition. This kind of horrific attack is only committed by pit bulls. Normal pet dogs NEVER do this kind of completely unprovoked, gruesome attack.

2017 UT - Pit bulls must be banned from the apartment complex where this invasion attack happened because the news reported that a boxer invaded an apartment and attacked a black lab and its owner. However, there is video which clearly shows that a pit bull invaded an apartment and attacked another pit bull.


2017 CA - Pit bulls invaded the backyard of a 3-year-old miniature poodle named Precious and killed her right in front of the owner.  Since Los Angeles animal control didn't know if animals that kill for fun when loose should be put down, the owner released their security camera video of the gruesome, completely unprovoked and unrelenting attack in the hope that animal control would have common sense and decide the pit bulls must be put down.


2017 - Show dog and best friend to a young girl was mauled by pit bulls that invaded the fox terrier's indoor/outdoor run.

2017 IL - An elderly owner let her beagle mix out into their fenced backyard.  While the owner was standing right there, a 6 pit bulls jumped the fence into their yard and killed her beagle.  The owners, an elderly couple, are devastated.

2017 WA - A pit bull entered into a fenced back yard and killed Princess, a family's chihuahua.  The Humane Society for Southwest Washington could not find the owner and believed euthanizing the extremely dog-aggressive pit bull was the correct thing to do.  But, lawyer Adam Karp intevened, threatening a lawsuit.  Karp won possession of the pit bull and  moved the pit bull out of the state of Washington.

2016  AR - Three dogs, two of which are pit bulls, pulled down a slat of a wood privacy fence when they tried to climb over the fence into the neighbor's yard.  One of the neighbor's dogs, elderly and blind, got near the hole, and the pit bulls grabbed the victim's face and tore the dog through the small gap, tearing the dog's face off in the process.  When a second, small dog went to protect his buddy, the pit bulls killed him.  Then the pit bulls entered the neighbor's yard, went through the doggie door and killed the neighbor's third dog.  All three invading maulers were inside when the family came home to a gruesome blood soaked scene in their home.

The nasty killer pit bulls with their sweet and innocent
victims above
2016 FL - The owner of two dogs came home to find both of them torn apart, one, a Chihuahua named Buck, in the yard and one, a border collie mix named Boots, in his own bathroom, by two pit bulls that jumped a fence and invaded a yard and then entered the home through the doggie door.  One pit bull was still in the home and growled at him from the bathroom.  After police came and removed the growling pit bull, the owner discovered that Boots had been completely torn apart and was in the bathtub.  The pit bulls had already been declared dangerous for attacking another dog, but were given back to the owner.

2016 NY - Three pit bulls jumped a fence and invaded a yard and killed two chihuahuas in their own yard while the chihuahuas' pregnant owner was out in the yard with them.  She tried to save all her chihuahuas but two of her beloved pets, Bentley and Remy, were killed.  The chihuahua owners say that the owner of the pit bulls has more pit bulls at his home and they are too upset to live in their own home.

2016 PA - A 9 year old girl was scalped when another person opened the door to her home and a stray pit bull rushed in and attacked her.  The family's own pit bull attacked the stray pit bull, and an adult had to get them separated, and then the stray pit bull ran away.  No one has seen or found the stray pit bull, and police visited the homes of neighbors with pit bulls.

2016 GA - A 69-year-old woman was severely mauled inside her own home when two pit bulls busted through a door to her home and attacked her.  She had to drag herself from the kitchen to an office, where she barricaded herself off and called for help.  She was very seriously injured.  The pit bulls and their owners were found to be living in squalor and the pit bull owners are facing charges.  The owners said they had attempted to save what they believed to be fighting pit bulls.

2016 TX - Pit bulls repeatedly invaded a family's yard and eventually killed all of their seven chihuahuas.

2016 IN - Two dogs, a pit bull and a St. Bernard, escaped their home, traveled six miles, and busted through a screen door and attacked a dog.  The owner, her son and the injured dog had to hide in their basement until the invading maulers decided to leave.  As far as AC is concerned, after a short quarantine, these two maulers are good to go home.

2016 PA - Two pit bulls invaded a home through an open window for the express purpose of killing a lab inside the home.  They dragged the lab outside, and the lab's owner shot them to stop the attack, killing one.

2016 WI - A recently adopted pit bull mix jumped over a 4 ft fence to get into a yard so it could kill a lab dachshund mix. After several people, including the pit bull's owner, tried to get the pit bull off the victim dog, a neighbor got a gun and shot the pit bull dead. The report didn't bother to mention how the victim dog was doing. The mauling pit bull was adopted from a shelter in Rice Lake, WI.  (This attack is also listed in attacks by shelter dogs.)

2016 UK - An illegal pit bull entered a pensioner's home and attacked him biting his thumb off.

2016 MO - The mayor of Florissant MO stated that his city need to be able to keep their ban.  He related that a boy had been recently attacked by an illegal pit bull that dug under a fence to get to a boy and attack him.

2016 NY - A pit bull charged to the back yard of a home, barged through a fence and chased Missy, a Chinese Crested, into her own home and attacked her.  A teenager came running in with another pit bull and both pit bulls tore Missy apart in her owner's living room.  The owners had never heard the death scream of a terrified dog being torn apart before, and are horrified by it.  One of the owners always thought that pit bulls got a bad rap, and now she knows they deserve it.  One of the news outlets reporting on the story was cowardly and unethical and withheld vital information about the breed of mauling dogs.

2016 ON - An illegal pit bull that had been recently adopted escaped its owner's condo and pushed through the front door of a neighbors condo and killed the neighbor's dog in a bloody, vicious, horrific invasion attack.  The owner said he could tell his April was already dead in seconds because the pit bull had literally ripped April completely open.  One of the neighbors was scratched trying to keep the invading pit from attacking their other dog. (this attack is also posted in attacks by recently rescued dogs).

2016 SA - A pit bull jumped over a wall and entered a house to attack a small terrier named Turbo inside.  An owner stabbed the pit bull to get it to stop attacking the little dog.  The pit bull died a couple days later from the stab wounds. The pit bull owners feel it wasn't necessary to stab their sweet pit bull.  Turbo was left with deep wounds in his neck.  The pit bull had attacked Turbo and another dog before. (This attack also listed in the list of pit bulls that had to be stabbed to stop an attack.) 

2016 NM - A pit bull invaded a yard and attacked a dog named Susie.  The owner was injured while stopping the attack.  Susie was severely mauled and traumatized.  The pit bull owner was issued a citation.

2016 AL - An unknown, stray pit bull entered a 13 year-old boy's yard and mauled him.  His parents and neighbors used board to beat the dog off the boy.  By the time the rescuers got the pit bull off the boy, he was unconscious.  The pit bull was still at large.  When the local news outlet called AC to report the dangerous dog, they got no response.  The boy was immediately taken to surgery.

2015 BC - Horrendous Christmas day invasion attack.  Two pit bulls rushed into a couple's home and ripped apart their cat.  Then the pit bull began attacking the couple.  Both the man and woman had to be hospitalized and the man has had 4 surgeries on his arms so far, and he may lose both arms.

2015 OH - A pit bull attacked an elderly woman's caregiver outside her home.  When the 84 year old woman opened her door to help her caregiver, the pit bull invaded the house, attacked the elderly woman and killed her 2 year old pekingese.  The women are traumatized.  The pit bull owner gets to keep her disgusting mauler in the neighborhood even though it is known that if it gets loose, it will seek to kill people and pets. Ohio clearly values killer dogs and their owners over children, pets and the elderly.

2015 NS  - The St. Mary’s University student was about to leave for work when a pit bull showed up and chased, Diamond, her pomeranian from their yard into the living room of her home on Fourth Street in Dartmouth. She tried desperately to save her little dog whom she regarded as her child, but the pit bull ran off with her baby's lifeless body. The pit bull owners feel their pit isn't aggressive because it didn't also try to kill the people in their own home and that their killer pit bull shouldn't be put down.   The pit bull had been recently bought from Homeward Bound Rescue (yeah, it was homeward bound alright.) (This attack is also posted in the list of recently adopted pit bulls that seriously attack.)

2015 AU - Just as an owner of four Shih tzu maltese poodle mixes was shutting the main door of his house, the two dogs busted through his closed screen door and attacked his dogs.  A pit mix and a bull mastiff "played tug-of-war" with one of his dogs. “There was blood everywhere. There was actually flesh on the wall. It was horrible,” she said.  Rastus, the dog, survived but will never be the same.

2015 AB - Angel, an Australian shepherd, was attacked in her own backyard, with the carnage continuing into the family’s home. She was later euthanized due to her injuries. It took six adults beating the pit bull with rolling pins and shovels to get the pit bull to release.  It attacked three times and continued to attack after it was mortally wounded.  The community is calling for a pit bull ban.

2015 NJ - Pit bulls broke through a fence to attack two english bulldogs.  Despite the owner and children beating on the pit bulls, they dragged one of the English bulldogs into their yard.  The owner was afraid to try to retrieve their bulldog who was savaged by an extended attack.  He was left for dead when police and AC got there, but when he moved his head, his family was allowed in the yard to retrieve him.  They took him to the vet and spent thousands of dollars on surgery, but he could not be saved.

2015 AL - A loose pit bull jumped a 6-foot privacy fence into a protected yard for the express purpose of mauling a 9-year-old boy.  The beast was shot twice and beaten with a bat to get it to stop the attack.  The boy is expected to survive.

2015 WY - Two pit bulls attacked and seriously injured dogs in their own yard in the 2500 block of East Monroe. The pit bulls were cornered and locked up and were taken to the PAWS for Life shelter. The injured dogs were taken to a veterinarian for treatment of multiple puncture wounds. The owners of the pit bulls were allegedly incarcerated last week. It is not known if anyone was caring for the pit bulls. The Riverton Police Department assisted Deputies with the case.

2015 OH - An elderly dog was seriously mauled by pit bulls that broke into the victim dog's fenced yard. And then the pit bulls were given back to the owner/neighbor.

2015 PA - A tiny pomeranian was killed in his own yard when a pit bull pushed open the gate of of the pom's yard and found a way into the neighbor's fenced in yard for the express purpose of killing the little dog.

2015  - Precious, the darling in the pink collar, did not survive a brutal mauling by her neighbor's two pit bulls. The grieving owner writes, "one of the pits tore a hole in our galvanized fence and grabbed our little dog and tore her apart from head to toe." Precious had soft wavy hair and had survived a battle with meningitis a few years earlier. "

2015 GA - Two owned pit bulls got loose, somehow entered a fenced yard for the express purposed of killing a 14 year old miniature poodle.

2015 CO - At about 1:20 AM, three pit bulls got through a privacy fence into a backyard, and then entered the garage through a doggie door for the express purpose of attacking a German Shepherd inside the garage.  The German Shepherd owner shot the three pit bulls to stop the attack.  This is the third invasion pit bull attack reported in 2 days in the US.

2015 FL Two pit bulls escaped their home and leaped through a window into a neighbor's home and killed the neighbor's pit bulls and attacked pet birds.  This attack was reported one day after the previous Florida fatal pit bull home invasion attack was reported below.

2015 FL Two loose pit bulls jump over a baby gate on a man's front door and enter his house in order to kill the two dachshunds sleeping on their doggie beds inside the home.  The man, who was confined to a motorized wheelchair, heard the horrible death screams of his pets, left the wheel chair and crawled on the floor in a desperate attempt to save his dogs.  One of his dogs died.

2015 AR - A pit bull scaled a 6 ft. privacy fence for the express purpose of killing a Jack Russell terrier in his own yard.

2015 FL - Pit bulls busted through a privacy fence for the express purpose of killing two yorkies.  They also attacked the yorkies' owner who was trying to save her little dogs.

2014 IL -  A pair of pit bulls probably killed 11 pets in multiple attacks at different addresses, all of which were found mauled and dead on their own property including 3 chihuahuas that were killed inside their home (locked except for a doggie door) while their owner was away.  The chihuahua owner developed PTSD after seeing the carnage inside her own home upon her return.

2014 SC - A pit bull entered a woman's yard and attacked her small dog, and she fired shots from her gun at the pit bull. The pit bull came toward her, and she was able to keep it away with a chair. The pit bull then ran into the home through a doggy door. The woman said she then shot and killed the dog because she feared for her safety.  The woman asked deputies to help put her dog out of its misery. The officers also buried the pet.

2014 OK - Loose pit bull saw a dachshund through a glass window looking out.  The pit bull crashed through the glass window into the home for the express purpose of attacking the little dog.  The doxie owner was bitten on the foot while trying to get the pit bull off her dog.  Her home was full of broken glass and blood.

2014 - A loose pit bull rushed into a woman's home to attack her chihuahua.  The woman stabbed the pit bull.  The attack did not make it to the news.
also listed in pit bulls that had to be stabbed to stop attack list

2014 NV - For the second time, the same pair of pit bulls enter a home to kill a dog.  The pit bulls killed an 11 year old German Shepherd

2014 Mar FL - A volunteer at the Second Chance Animal Rescue brought her children, 3 and 5 years old, to the rescue. While there, a pit bull escaped from its kennel and lept through passenger side window of the volunteer's mini-van and attacked her 3-yr-old in the second row. She wrestled it out and into its cage where it broke out and went through the window a second time attacking her daughter. (This attack is also listed in the list of rescue pit bulls that attack)
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2014 NV - Pit bulls invaded through dog door and killed three dogs (these are not the same pit bulls that committed 2 other home invasion attacks in the same county.)

2014 CO - 3 Pit bulls broke through asecurity screen door and attacked 2 people and 2 small dogs

2013 MD - Two pit bulls charged into home and killed a pet cat inside.

2013 PA - Pit bulls invaded a home, attacked a dog, left and continued around the lake to attack people and pets in 1 or 2 more separate attacks.

2013 FL - A man shot a pit bull that ripped open a window screen trying to get into his home

2013 IA - A pit bull pushed into a home and attacked a woman and two dogs

2013 CA - Letter to the editor from woman whose cat was attacked by two pit bulls entering her home and lamenting that no one is taking this problem seriously or doing anything about it.

2013 NJ - A pit bull broke through a screen door to kill a Golden Retriever and attack a 73 year old man

2013 OH - A pit bull invaded a home, attacked autistic boy and almost killed his dog
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2013 GA - A pit bulls broke into a home and killed 2 cats

2013 WI - A pit bull barged through door to attack small dog.  The victim survived.

2013 FL - A pit bull invaded home trying to kill cat.  Homeowner had to stab the pit bull to death.
2013 FL - A pit bull broke into home and killed goldendoodle - blood throughout house

2013 GA - A pit bull enters home and mauls small dog removing eye

2013 MA - A pit bull enters home and attacks two dogs.

2013 WA - A pit bulls enter home, menace child and kill cat

2013 GA - After biting son, pit bull came back and invadeed home and killed family cat, Khloe

2013 CA - Pit bulls entered home and killed cat in bathroom

2013 PA - A rottweiler attacked woman and her little boy on street and then continued the attack after chasing them into their home.

2013 NC - Two pit bulls climbed over and dug under a fenced in yard and then fatally mauled the only licensed search and rescue rubble dog in the state, a border collie named Carver who was described as "gentle" inside his kennel. (also listed under pit bull attacks on K9s.)

2012 IL - A pit bull pulled American Eskimo Dog out of his own fenced yard through the bottom of the fence, breaking his neck in the process.

2012 TX - Pit bulls invaded through doggie door to attack pet

2012 CA - A pit bull entered home to attack corgi.  Police shot the pit bull.

2012 MI - A pit bull passed through two yards and crossed a street before jumping the victim’s fence and began attacking her dogs, biting her 1-year-old Golden Retriever in the chest and leg. The victim said she attempted to fight off the dog with a golf club, but it wouldn’t retreat, even following her into her home

2012 IL - A pit bull entered a garage to kill a pet dog.  When the owner intervened he was seriously injured.

2011 WA - Sue Gormon was granted $2.2 million in la awsuit against the county and the pit bull owners after two pit bulls entered her home at night and attacked her while she was sleeping in her bed and then killed a dog she was caring for.

2011 MT - Pit bulls entered home and killed 5 cats. Walking in on the scene caused the owner to develop PTSD.

2011 ON - A pit bull invaded home on Christmas day and killed a poodle in front of boy with Asperger's syndrome.

2011 LA - A pit bull sets off security alarm pushing its way into home to attack a small terrier mix.

2011 UK - Pit bulls invade enclosed yard, then invade home, then tear apart a crate to get to the family dog to kill her.  All the while a mother and two children, barricaded in a bedroom, hear the screams of their pet.

2010 CA - Chihuahua dies protecting child from two pit bulls that invaded their home

2009 NC - Two pit bulls invade home and kill family Labrador

2009 OK - A pit bull chases cat into home and kills it, then bites woman protecting her 4 month old son

2009 IN - Neighbor shoots pit bull mix that invaded back yard to attack Irish Setter, then invaded the home to attack again

2008 NC - A pit bull ran into blind woman's home and killed her dog.  Another woman stabbed the pit bull to death.
also listed in pit bulls that had to be stabbed to stop attack list

2007 IL - Pit bulls invaded a home to kill a pet cat in front of children.

2007 IL - A pit bull attacked a man and followed him into his home to continue the attack.

2007 IL - A pit bull invaded home of elderly couple and attacked them

2006 IN - A pit bull escaped its house, ran into another house, and a brave little pomeranian jumped between the intruder and a 3-month-old infant that was lying on the floor.  The hero pomeranian was killed.  Animal Control and Education Commission voted  unanimously that the pit bull mix was not vicious.  Someone should buy the commission a dictionary and some common sense.

1991 IL - A pit bull invaded a home to attack a Great Dane.

1912 IL - A pit bull invaded a school and attacked three girls all under the age of 12.

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Extreme Attacks: List of Pit Bull Attacks With No Warning or Provocation

One argument excusing pit bull attacks is that if a pit bull attacks, there were warning signs that were missed.  This blames the victim and/or owner and also presumes that pit bull attacks are always provoked and a last resort communication when other attempts to communicate to the victim that the dog is uncomfortable by growling, body posture, or avoidance have failed.  This is indeed usually true for most dogs, but pit bull attacks are very often predatory. Predatory attacks occur when the victim did nothing but exist in proximity to the pit bull; they happen with no provocation, without warning, and manifest in seconds.  These attack accounts demonstrate this.

This list of attacks does not include attacks without provocation or warning when invading homes to attack or leaping from upper stories to attack to attack.  Those attacks are listed separately.

2017 CA - Pit bulls attacked a 10 year old poodle named Bobo while Bobo was being walked on a leash by his owner.  Watch the video of these pit bulls pulling their owner over just to have the pleasure of killing another dog.

2017 NY - A woman's beloved Maltese was killed by a pit bull that jumped out of a car window and attacked him.  This does not happenwith other kinds of dogs. From facebook.

This beautiful little light has been extinguished for no good reason

2017 TX - Two pit bulls bust out of a window to attack a man who was just walking down the sidewalk.  The victim was driven to a medical center and treated for injuries to his leg and foot.  This is not acceptable pet behavior.  Pit bulls are unacceptable as pets.

2017 FL - Horrific attack when pit bulls bust through the window of their house to attack two women on the street.
The news outlet had just done an "investigative report" that showed that pit bulls weren't the most dangerous dog (according to pit bull advocates), so the news anchors were mystified on why they were reporting pit bull attack after pit bull attack (get better experts).

2017 IL - Completely unprovoked predatory attack on a little dog that didn't interact with the pit bull at all caught on video.  Watch the nasty pit bull run down the street to attack an innocent little dog.


2017 TX - Unprovoked pit bull attack seen on video taking a 7-year-old down like puma takes down a goat.  Is that all our kids are worth to us?  Is having pit bulls in our neighborhoods really worth this price? No and no.

2017 NY - Pit bull caught on video launching a devastating attack on a toddler completely unprovoked.  Do we value our children this little?

2017 AR - A boy riding his bike is taken down by a pit bull.  The boy runs away, but the pit bull keeps coming.

2017 FL - A pit bull darted out of its owner's open apartment door, down two flights of stairs, ran down the street, and immediately attacked a two year old girl playing in her yard with her five year old brother.  The girl was put in the hospital with serious injuries and her brother was also badly injured and needed stitches.  The pit bull had to be pried off the little girl

2016 - Gabriella Jones was walking to school when the dog came up from behind her and grabbed the girl's arm in his teeth and bit the girl's face. A neighbor witnessed what had just occurred and immediately tried to intervene to rescue the girl. "I thought that my life was going to end right there," Gabriella said. "It bit me on my leg and then went up to my ear.


2016 ME - A 10 month old Boston terrier puppy was killed while being walked on a leash when two pit bulls escaped their double fencing containment system for the express purpose of killing the little puppy.  The owner is devastated.

2016 WI - A mother was pushing her 15-month-old son in his stroller when two pit bulls rushed them and attacked the toddler in the stroller.  The baby's mother was attacked when she tried to save her son.  The mother and toddler reportedly both sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries.  The owner doesn't know how the pit bulls escaped.  The victims were simply walking down the street and were completely unaware of the existence of the the pit bulls until they attacked.

2016 FL - A woman and her little dog were attacked by a pit bull that jumped out of its yard for the sole purpose of attacking.  The little dog was killed and the woman is in critical condition 2 days after the attack.  Her jugular veins were severed which means her throat was ripped out and the top of her skull was removed.  The pit bull jumped back into its yard when first responders came, then jumped back out again to attack at which time it was shot by deputies.

2016 PA - A man and his daughter were walking down the street near a home where pit bulls were kept.  One pit bull jumped through a hole in the fence for the sole purpose of attacking the daughter. She sustained injuries to her finger and leg.  Her father attempted to stop the attack and was then attacked.  At that point, two more pit bulls jumped out o a window of the home and attacked the man.

2016 NJ - A pit bull escaped from a home, rushed to a woman walking a baby stroller and attacked the 11 month old girl in the stroller.  The pit bull was recently adopted from a shelter.  The baby girl was hospitalized for three days, received 70 stitches and plastic surgery. (This attack is also listed in attacks by recently adopted pit bulls.)

2016 FL - Three pit bulls happen upon a sleeping homeless man and attack him unprovoked leaving life-threatening injuries.  The attack is captured on surveillance video which shows that the attack was  9 minutes long, completely unprovoked, and the man was completely helpless to stop it.

2015 NJ - Witnesses saw a pit bull escape its fenced in yard for the sole purpose of attacking a child.  When it got out it made a bee line for a 10-year-old girl who was about to board a school bus.  Four people were injured by the pit bull before police arrived, shot and killed the mauling pit bull.

2015 KS - Five year old Korbin Smith was riding his bike on his way to the park with his grandmother when an American bulldog jumped the fence for the express purpose of attacking Korbin.  He is going to need reconstructive surgery.

2015 OR - This unprovoked attack caught on video shows how quickly an attack can manifest.  The victim dog and owner sustained serious injury within seconds of being aware that the pit bull existed.  And, of course, the pit bull could only be stopped with GREAT difficulty.  The owner and dog were completely helpless.

FL - Pit bulls attack man with no warning or provocation
When you watch this video, remember that this is not normal or acceptable companion animal behavior:


2013 TN - Children playing, pit bull "comes out of nowhere" and attacks

2013 DC - Pit bull bounds across street in traffic to maul dog

2013 NY - Pit bull "came out of nowhere" in shopping parking lot and attacks 3-year-old for five minutes

2013 WA - While taking things out of her car, a pit bull attacks woman and child from behind

2013 NY - Caught on video a little girl is attacked by a pit bull coming from across a wide intersection

When you watch this video, remember that this is not normal or acceptable companion animal behavior:


2012 CO - Elderly man with cancer walking for health mauled by pit bulls that came from behind with no warning or provocation

2012 Malaysia - Jogger attacked and killed by a bull terrier while jogging.  The bull terrier rushed out of its own home to attack the 74-year-old man.

2010 CA - A pit bull jumped out of a moving car Monday afternoon and attacked a smaller dog being walked by its owner, who was also bitten while fending off the animal, Contra Costa Animal Services said.

1988 MI - A man and his sons were walking up their driveway after taking out the garbage when 3 pit bulls attacked the two boys in a ghastly attack. The pits first attacked the 5 year old ripping off half his forehead and damaging his tear duct. They also bit him all over his body. Then one pit turned on the 11 year old boy and ripped off part of his scalp and his ear. Another incident describes such a vicious pit bull it slammed its head repeatedly against a glass door in an attempt to enter and attack.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Extreme Attacks: List of pit bull & other dangerous breed attacks inside Petsmart and PetCo

Pit bulls and other dangerous breeds have attacked children and attacked and killed pets in Petsmarts and Petco.s across the nation.  Why they continue play host to this carnage is beyond comprehension.  Below is a list of attacks that have been reported in the media and shared witness accounts.  Most attacks are by pit bulls but other dangerous breed dogs are included.

2017 FL - Pet store owner's pit mix fatally mauled an 8 week old labradoodle named Buddah. The owner of the Magic Pet Store had the gall to lie about the breed of dog when there are photos of the nasty thing. Buddah's owner had asked if it would be OK for Buddah to greet the pit mix. NEVER NEVER NEVER DO THIS. Asking pit owners is never a help. They will invite you to kill your own dog with no thought whatsoever.

Beautiful Sweet Labradoodle Puppy Named Buddah
And the nasty mauler that killed him.

2017 VA - A six month old pit bull puppy severely mauled a toddler in a completely unprovoked attack.  All it took was for the pit bull to escape from the training area, and it ran around the store, and instead of seeking love and affection, it sought prey to attack.  Yes, toddlers are prey to pit bulls.  This is why they are unacceptable as pets.

2017 FL - A pit bull attacked a golden retriever at a pet hotel named TyVy.

2017 TX - A mastiff killed a sweet little bichon named Luna in Petsmart.  The Luna's owner is devastated, and Petsmart is mouthing platitudes.  Their empty platitudes over the regular attacks on our pets in their stores might suggest they care more about profit than our pets.

2016 PA - A dog groomer was attacked by a bullmastiff at a Petsmart in South Philadelphia.  Medics came and treated her at the scene and then she was taken to the hospital. After the bullmastiff attacked the groomer, it attacked a pomeranian.  No word on how badly the pomeranian was hurt. Police say there was no provocation for either attack.

2015 GA - In the same PetsMart where a pit bull was stabbed to stop an attack earlier this year, another pit bull attacked a Great Dane.  The pit owner seemed to think it was OK to bring a fighting breed dog into a store so long as she told other dog owners they better back off her aisle 'cuz she didn't know how her pit bull might react.

2015 TX - Family wins lawsuit against Petsmart which hosted an adoption event at which a rottweiler up for adoption launched an unprovoked, serious mauling on a 4 year old girl.  Lawyers for the girl said, "This was a preventable injury. Had Petsmart had in place a requirement that potentially dangerous breeds of dogs, such as Rottweiler’s and Pitbulls be muzzled before being brought into the store, this would not have happened.  We  hope that PetSmart will make a policy change to require muzzles on potentially dangerous breeds inside their stores."

2015 CA - An upscale PetCo brand Pooch Hotel in Hollywood allowed a pit bull to play with other dogs including two french bulldogs.  The temperament tested, deemed friendly pit bull killed one of the french bulldogs.

2015 MI - A leashed pit bull bit a PetsMart customer in the store putting a gash in his thigh.  The pit bull owner left without giving information.  The victim followed the pit bull owner into the parking lot where he saw him get into a Mercedes and leave.  According to the victim's lawyer, though at least one PetsMart employee saw the incident, no employees helped detain the fleeing pit bull owner.

2014 GA - A pit bull attacked a westie and wouldn't let go, so the owner of the westie stabbed the pit bull to get it to stop.  The pit bull was euthanized because its lung was punctured.  The westie had to be transferred to an emergency vet overnight.

2013 TX - An Austin police officer killed a pit bull that was mauling a Maltese in a Petco.

2013 - A pit bull lunged at and mauled a young child in PetsMart.  Bitten to the bone, the child lost color and went into shock.  A good samaritan tried to block the pit bull owner from leaving before police came, but the pit bull owner pointed gun at the man as he raced away in a truck.

2012 - A Petsmart employee attempted to train a pit bull on a long lead inside the store, but he lost control of it and it attacked a customer's dog.

2010 FL - A pit bull attacked a 4 month old Jack Russell terrier in a PetsMart.  PetsMart's chain vet clinic tried to bill the owner for the emergency care they gave the puppy after the attack they allowed to happen.

2009 CO - A yorkie was mauled to death by the PetsMart grooming manager's own pit bull which she had in a city with a pit bull ban, so she lied and called it an american bulldog/mastiff mix.  She also lied and told the owner of the yorkie that another dog killed her dog. (original link - dead)

2009 - Dog owner reported that their dogs were almost attacked at a Petsmart during a pit bull adoption event and claimed the rescue knew the pit bull had aggression issues.

2008 MD - A friendly beagle/collie mix approached an American Bulldog in a Petsmart and both greeted each other in a friendly way.  Then the Ambull killed the beagle/collie mix.

2008 CO - An American bulldog mauled a 4 year old child in Petsmart.

2007 NE - A pit bull attacked and killed golden retriever puppy at a Petsmart

2006 A pit bull mix in a Petco that had been acting aggressively attacked a little dog and attacked people who were trying to save it.  The witness said it looked as if the little dog was mortally wounded.

2005 IL - A pit bull killed a yorkie puppy in a PetsMart while both dogs were waiting in line for the vet clinic.  The pit bull got loose when the owner handed the leash to the store employee and it made a bee line for the yorkie puppy and killed her in one bite.  PetsMart was careful to communicate several times that they were not responsible for the puppy's death, but they paid the owner for a replacement dog.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Animal Science Experts on Pit Bulls

Animal Science Experts: Behaviorists, Biologists, Geneticists, Veterinarians, and other science professionals on pit bulls

Karin Pienaar, Animal Behaviorist, Senior Lecturer, DipCABT (COAPE) OCN, CertCAB, CAPBT Practitioner
It's important to understand that when a Pit Bull Terrier is engaged in aggression they are not being vicious, more often they are not having fun - because that is what the dog is bred to do. When a dog is able to do what they've been bred to do they have a huge release of dopamine which makes them feel fantastic.
Caroline Coile, Ph.D., Canine Research and Writing, author of "Pit Bulls for Dummies," 2015 inductee Dog Writers Association of America Hall of Fame
I am the author of Pit Bulls for Dummies. I will not have another after they, without warning, attacked and almost killed my other dog who they had been best buddies with for their entire lives. One of them choked my saluki unconscious and ran around the house with her like a panther with a dead gazelle while we tried to get her to let go. When they were good, they were delightful; when they were bad, they were deadly.
I have been in veterinary practice for 43 years and never have seen anything like the infusion of this breed. Having worked with more than 100,000 dogs of all breeds, I defy any apologist to offer up such experience.
Sure, there are sweet pits, but telling one from the bad ones, the Jekyll and Hyde ones that can be incited to violence by some catalyst, is near impossible. While most apologists fancy themselves good trainers, 95 percent of owners are clueless.
MICHAEL D. BREED, Ph.D., Professor, University of Colorado, Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Certain breeds have been selected for enhanced dominance and aggression. Pit bulls and Rottweilers currently receive the most public attention in this regard, and pit bulls have been banned in many locations because they are perceived as being dangerous. While advocates of these breeds claim that maltreatment is a more likely underlying cause of the kind of aggression leading to biting incidents (some of which involve human fatalities), in fact we know that personality is fairly unresponsive to environment. Aggressive and dominant personalities likely only remain in check because dogs' owners have established themselves in a position of dominance over the animal, and other people are at risk, particularly when the owner is absent. 2003
EMILY WEISS, DVM, ASPCA professional contributor
I also think it is very important for us to make clear the breed traits of the dogs when we can identify the breed or breed mix.
We can share both individual dog behavior as identified in the shelter, as well as breed traits – the fact is, if someone wants a dog who points, what would we guide them to – a pointer or a Chihuahua? While we can probably teach that Chi to point, the adopter would be less likely to leave with unrealistic expectations if we sent him home with a pointer. Breed does matter. Physical characteristics lead to increased likelihood of particular behaviors and lines bred specifically for work likely being more pronounced – be it pointing, chasing or even arousal when feeling discomfort.
Ignoring breed can lead us to set dogs up for failure. Recently an individual from a shelter reached out to me for advice after a dog fight. Two, let’s say, JRT-type dogs were introduced for a play group, and while they did well together for the first few minutes, inappropriate behavior of one led to a significant fight that was quite difficult to end. Dogs who tend to grab, hold and not let go in fights with other dogs might not be the best candidates for play groups in shelters with limited resources and limited training. Obviously many JRTs will greatly benefit from play groups, and by noting both the individual behavior and, when possible, the breed, we can assure we apply the right programs for each dog. Now, let’s replace JRT with pit bull terrier in the story above and we may raise a few more eyebrows – but we are not maligning a breed, we are supporting them! 
BENJAMIN HART, professor emeritus at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and animal behaviorist
"It's quite common for a pit bull to show no signs of aggression. People will call it a nice dog, a sweet dog, even the neighbors - and then all of a sudden something triggers the dog, and it attacks a human in a characteristic way of biting and hanging on until a lot of damage is done."
Hart said pit bulls are responsible for about 60 percent of dog attack fatalities each year, which is "way out of proportion" compared with other breeds. Pit bulls make up less than 5 percent of the American dog population.
"It's very poor policy to allow any child around a pit bull, in my mind, let alone climb on a dog."

TARYN BLYTH, Dog Trainer, Animal Behaviorist, DipCABT
  1. No one is saying that a lot of Pit Bulls can’t be “successfully” socialised with other dogs. Many socialised from puppyhood are very friendly and outgoing with other dogs. The problem arises if and when fighting behaviour is triggered. Even if the Pit Bull does not start the fight, getting into conflict with another animal will often trigger their “grab, shake and kill” response.
  2. “Normal” dogs engage in “ritualised” forms of aggression when they come into conflict. This involves lots of noise, but no real damage. However, when Pit Bulls fight they engage the shake-bite/kill-bite part of the predatory sequence with often fatal or near fatal results. There is seldom time to intervene to rescue the other dog before serious damage is done.
  3. When Pit Bulls engage in a fight, far from this inducing an aversive state of mind (most dogs are in a defensive, survival mode during fights), opioids and dopamine are released in their brains making them feel really good - this feeling is so pleasurable that they will often seek out this behaviour again. In the same way that a border collie is built to feel really good when herding sheep, Pit Bulls are built to feel really good when fighting.
  4. Due to the opioid release during fights, Pit Bulls do not feel pain and so fight on regardless of injury - trying to stop a fight is incredibly difficult.
  5. When “normal” dogs fight, they usually respond to appeasement behaviour from their “opponent” i.e. as fighting is not designed to kill, but to resolve conflict without serious harm, one dog may “give in” and display behaviour which will cause the other dog to back off. Pit Bulls do not respond to appeasement behaviour during fights as this would have been counterproductive in the fighting pits and has been bred out of them.
  6. In my experience Pit Bulls have a very low reactivity threshold - this means that stimuli at low intensities which would be ignored by other dogs are often triggers for aggressive behaviour in the breed. They also have very high arousal levels - they become physiologically aroused very quickly and to extreme levels.
One of the huge problems is actually the fact that the breed is extremely friendly and when well-socialised they are usually quite tolerant and very sweet. What people don’t realise is that the danger does not lie in the fearful, defensive under-socialised Pit Bull (as is so often the case with other breeds), it lies in the dog who will be triggered not into defensive behaviour, but into a predatory/fighting behaviour which is enjoyable and carried out in a happy state of mind - therefore a happy, outgoing dog is in this case no guarantee that one will not have a problem. In fact, due to the sociable nature of the dogs and apparent easy-going temperament, Pit Bulls are often put into situations which they are not equipped to handle - this is how so many tragedies occur. 
HUGH WIRTH, veterinarian, RSPCA Victoria president
Dr Hugh Wirth said the dogs were a menace and were not suitable as pets for anyone.
"They are time bombs waiting for the right circumstances.''
"The American pit bull terrier is lethal because it was a breed that was developed purely for dog fighting, in other words killing the opposition.
"They should never have been allowed into the country. They are an absolute menace."
“The fact of life is that the community doesn't want American pit bull terriers. They've said it loud and clear over and over again - they want them banned.”

NICHOLAS DODMAN, BVMS, MRCVS, ACVB, ACVA - Animal Behavior Clinic - Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine - Tufts University
After a spate of attacks by pit bulls this summer, Massachusetts lawmakers passed legislation requiring the dogs to be muzzled in public. Some pit bull owners protested, but a Tufts expert says the law may be a good idea. Breeds like pit bulls and Rottweilers, says animal behavior expert Nick Dodman, are hardwired for aggression.
“Some of these dogs are as dangerous as a loaded handgun,” Dodman– director of the Animal Behavior Clinic at TuftsSchool of Veterinary Medicine – said in an interviewwith The Boston Globe Magazine.
Genetics play a big role.
“No doubt about it, pit bulls are genetically predisposed toward aggression,” he told the magazine. “Justas certain breeds of dogs were bred to herd, certain were bred to hunt, certain to point, and others to swim.”
While most pet owners accept that their dogs have certain genetic behavioral characteristics, there is still resistance to the idea that some dogs are more dangerous than others.
“Everybody accepts [genetic behaviors like herding or hunting] until you throw in the word ‘aggression’ and things like a full, crushing bite, which some breeds were specifically bred for in the past.”

Says Katherine Houpt, director of the Animal Behavior Clinic at Cornell and author of Domestic Animal Behavior: "Different breeds have genetic predispositions to certain kinds of behavior, though that can be influenced by how they are raised. The pit bull is an innately aggressive breed, often owned by someone who wants an aggressive dog, so they're going to encourage it."
Pit bulls have been bred specifically to be aggressive

Kathryn Hawkins, DVM
After seeing another dog die from a pit bull attack, I feel compelled to write. The opinion that pit bulls are "mean because of the way they are raised" is often not the case.
Both of the dogs I took care of that died were attacked unprovoked by pit bulls that were in families that raised them responsibly.
Just as a retriever is bred to hunt birds -- an instinct you can't stop -- many pit bulls have a genetic tendency to attack other animals. When they do, they are extremely powerful and don't quit.
I have never been bitten or growled at by a pit bull -- they are very friendly. But when the instinct to attack another animal occurs, they cause serious damage, or death. They don't bite people any more often than other breeds but when they do, it's bad.
The aggressiveness toward other animals and damage they do is not because of "the way they are raised" -- it is usually due to a genetic instinct not in the control of the owner.
ARTHUR HERM, veterinarian, animal control
He said he disagrees with those people who believe they can train aggressiveness out of dogs, and added he believes aggressiveness is “inherent” and “genetic” in all dogs while pit bulls “seem to have more of that.”
MICHAEL W. FOX, veterinarian, animal behaviorist
"I spent 20 years studying the behavior of dogs and it's not in their nature. Man, has created a monster, If you wish...These dogs were selectively bred to fight, they have greater propensity to fight than other animals, which is brought out in training."
"They can attack people, and because the attitudes of Pit Bulls it is more likely they will attack people. The worry is the power of the dogs bite and not let go. It's quite sufficient to crush right through a child's arm or leg."
SHERYL BLAIR, Tufts Veterinary School symposium - Animal Aggression: Dog Bites and the Pit Bull Terrier
Unfortunately the pit bull, when it attacks, doesn't merely bite man—or, most horribly, child—it clamps its powerful jaws down and literally tears its victim apart. "The injuries these dogs inflict are more serious than other breeds because they go for the deep musculature and don't release; they hold and shake…"
COLLEEN HODGES, Veterinary Public Health spokeswoman
Some families think that they can raise a loving pet if they treat a pit bull like any other dog. They may not realize that the dog was bred to fight and that some of these dogs may have fighting in their genes.
They are tough, strong, tenacious. They are much more capable of inflicting serious damage, and some of them do. I would not recommend pits as a family dog.
GARY WILKES, animal behaviorist
No other breed in America is currently bred for fighting, in such great numbers as the American Pit Bull Terrier. No other breed has instinctive behaviors that are so consistently catastrophic when they occur, regardless of how rarely they happen. The reality is that every English Pointer has the ability to point a bird. Every Cattle Dog has the ability to bite the heel of a cow and every Beagle has the ability to make an obnoxious bugling noise when it scents a rabbit or sees a cat walking on the back fence. Realistically, if your English Pointer suddenly and unpredictably points at a bird in the park, nobody cares. If my Heeler nips your ankle, I’m going to take care of your injuries and probably be fined for the incident. If your Beagle bugles too much, you’ll get a ticket for a noise violation. If your Pit Bull does what it’s bred to do...well, you fill in the blank.
ALEXANDRA SEMYONOVA, animal behaviorist
You will also not prevent the dog from being what he is genetically predisposed to be. Because the inbred postures and behaviors feel good, fitting the body and brain the dog has been bred with, they are internally motivated and internally rewarded. This means that the behavior is practically impossible to extinguish by manipulating external environmental stimuli. The reward is not in the environment, but in the dog itself! As Coppinger and Coppinger (2001, p. 202) put it, “The dog gets such pleasure out of performing its motor pattern that it keeps looking for places to display it.” Some dogs get stuck in their particular inbred motor pattern.
As pointed out above, this kind of aggression has appeared in some other breeds as an unexpected and undesired anomaly – the golden retriever, the Berner Senne hund, the cocker spaniel have all had this problem.The lovers of aggressive breeds try to use these breeding accidents to prove that their aggressive breeds are just like any other dog, “see, they’re no different from the cuddly breeds.” But a cuddly breed sometimes ending up stuck with a genetic disaster does not prove that the behavior is normal canine behavior. All it proves is that the behavior is genetically determined.

JOHN FAUL, animal behaviorist
Faul said they were dangerous and a threat to life. He said the pitbull was bred to be absolutely fearless and had a "hair-trigger" attack response.
"The cardinal rule is that these dogs are not pets," he said.
"The only way to keep them is in a working environment."
He said the only relationship one could have with the pitbull was one of "dominance, sub-dominance", in which the dog was reminded daily of its position.

ANDREW ROWAN, PhD, Center for Animals and Public Policy - Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine - Tufts University
"A pit bull is trained to inflict the maximum amount of damage in the shortest amount of time. Other dogs bite and hold. A Doberman or a German shepherd won't tear if you stand still. A pit bull is more likely to remove a piece of tissue. Dogs fight as a last resort under most circumstances. But a pit bull will attack without warning. If a dog shows a submissive characteristic, such as rolling over most dogs wills top their attack. A pit bull will disembowel its victim."
"A study by Dr Randall Lockwood of the US Humane Society found that pit bulls are more likely to break restraints to attack someone and that pit bulls are more likely to attack their owners, possibly as a result of owners trying to separate their dogs from victims."

However, Alan Beck, director of the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine Center of the Human-Animal Bond, favors letting the breed go into extinction.
“This breed alone is a risk of serious public health factors,” Beck said. “We are keeping them alive against their own best interests.”
Beck said while he does not advocate taking dogs from current and caring owners, he does feel that it has become more of a social and political issue for people than a health one.
“If these dogs were carrying an actual disease, people would advocate euthanizing them,” Beck said. “This breed itself is not natural.”
"It has this sort of mystique that attracts a population of people. Of course, most of these dogs are never going to bite, as champions of the breed will tell you. But most people who smoke don't get cancer, but we know regulations help reduce a significant risk."
"I know you're going to get beat up for this. But they just aren't good dogs to own. That's why so many of them are relinquished to shelters. There are too many other breeds out there to take a chance on these guys."

Adapted with thanks from Craven Desires