Elderly Woman Attacked by Pit Bull, H...

Elderly Woman Attacked by Pit Bull, Hospitalized

There are 36 comments on the Fox 8 WGHP story from Mar 9, 2010, titled Elderly Woman Attacked by Pit Bull, Hospitalized. In it, Fox 8 WGHP reports that:

A 78-year-old woman is in the hospital after she was attacked by a pit bull near her home in Axton, Va.

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bleechers

Greensboro, NC

#1 Mar 9, 2010
Ban the breed.
Robert High Point

Cruger, MS

#2 Mar 9, 2010
Vicious dogs are an "endangered species" around my house. In danger of dieing. So if you love them keep them at home!
bleechers

Greensboro, NC

#3 Mar 9, 2010
Time for the "bad owners" argument to resurface... or the "provoked" argument... and I'm sure that 78-year-old lady was taunting that pit.

The last story of this kind involved another "beloved family pet" who attacked a threatening 4-year-old... who lived with the dog.

And even if all these cases involved bad owners. Do other breeds not have bad owners? Only pits? Kill the breed.
ANGEL

Pittsboro, NC

#4 Mar 9, 2010
the enire breed should be wiped out completely. people say that it all depends how you raise theme, thats a whole lot of b.s. Those dogs should be banned and anynody owning them should e forced to turn them in to their county anumal shelters and they should put them all to sleep.
ANGEL

Pittsboro, NC

#5 Mar 9, 2010
excuse my spelling im at work and typing to fast so my supervisor doesn't catch me on the net instead of working.
HONEST MAN

Montgomery, AL

#6 Mar 9, 2010
I only feed my dog lean meats.
Pitt Mix Owner

Thomasville, NC

#7 Mar 9, 2010
No breed of any type of animals should be banned or completely killed out. I am the owner of a Pitt mix and so is my sister. We both have kids and have our friends kids over. Never once have either of these two dogs offered to kill or harm a child or adult. I know that the breed can be dangerous full blooded or mixed, doesn't mean that they all are. Any type of dog can turn on its owner or a family firend. Yes some breeds are more aggressive than others, you just have to take the time and knowledge of training your pet. But you also have to watch out for others who are ignorant to taking care of a pet. Everything relies on how you breed them, treat them and raise them. Not it is not bs, if you treat them right and raise any dog the correct way, they usually turn out to be a wonderful family addition. Like I stated before, any dog that is not treated correctly and treated mean, guess what they are going to turn mean wither it is a Pitt or a Dalmation. Say what you will, but I will fight to keep mine and my sisters pitts. We love and stand by our dogs.
Pitt Mix Owner

Thomasville, NC

#8 Mar 9, 2010
ANGEL wrote:
excuse my spelling im at work and typing to fast so my supervisor doesn't catch me on the net instead of working.
Then maybe you should be doing your job instead of on here posting negative comments about a wonderful loving breed. Yes, they can be dangerous, but raised correctly, they are wonderful family additions.
bleechers

Greensboro, NC

#9 Mar 9, 2010
Pitt Mix Owner wrote:
...Like I stated before, any dog that is not treated correctly and treated mean, guess what they are going to turn mean wither it is a Pitt or a Dalmation. Say what you will, but I will fight to keep mine and my sisters pitts. We love and stand by our dogs.
"In the 3-year period from 2006 to 2008, pit bull type dogs killed 52 Americans and accounted for 59% of all fatal attacks. Combined, pit bulls and rottweilers accounted for 73% of these deaths... This is equivalent to a pit bull killing a U.S. citizen every 21 days during this 3-year period" -dogbite.org

Pits accounted for 59% of fatal attacks. Rotts accounted for 14% and the other 27% is spread over 17 other breeds. Pits are clearly the most violent breed, capable of attacking at any moment.

52 people killed... that doesn't even account for the many more injured. Apparently there are either a slew of "bad owners" out there or old people and babies have suddenly decided to start threatening pit bulls.
sir william

Greensboro, NC

#10 Mar 9, 2010
ANGEL wrote:
the enire breed should be wiped out completely. people say that it all depends how you raise theme, thats a whole lot of b.s. Those dogs should be banned and anynody owning them should e forced to turn them in to their county anumal shelters and they should put them all to sleep.
Don't listen to Pitt Bull Head! I agree 100% with you. Of course all the owners of this "menace breed" have the PERFECT DOG! LMAO!!These dogs are used for status symbols, that's all. WIPE THEM OUT!!
Lee

Rochester, NY

#11 Mar 9, 2010
My beautiful, loving friend who adopted two beautiful, loving littermate pit puppies, would have been right on that band wagon about what great dogs pits are... oh, until one took a liking to her daughter's head, crunched it open and there you are.. Also the other one made a half hearted attempt at ripping off the cat's head (which the pit suceeded at;however when compared to the first pit's hospitalized child antic, can only be described as... WEAK)
Pitbull mama

Clemmons, NC

#12 Mar 9, 2010
i have two pit bulls that would never hurt anyone they lick everybody that comes in the door....people need to own the breed before talking negative...pit bulls are very loving
bleechers

Greensboro, NC

#13 Mar 9, 2010
Pitbull mama wrote:
i have two pit bulls that would never hurt anyone they lick everybody that comes in the door....people need to own the breed before talking negative...pit bulls are very loving
Every possible study scientific and anecdotal scream otherwise.

They're all "very loving" until one day they savage someone without warning.
sir william

Greensboro, NC

#14 Mar 9, 2010
Pitbull mama wrote:
i have two pit bulls that would never hurt anyone they lick everybody that comes in the door....people need to own the breed before talking negative...pit bulls are very loving
I rest my case!
animallover1

Lexington, NC

#15 Mar 9, 2010
Do people not live in reality anymore. It is not necessarily only Pitbull breeds that attack. ANY dog can turn on a human.....It is all in how animals are raised. Ignorant people should be banned from having pets. When you treat pets badly they will eventually react. I do not own a pitbull but I strongly agree it is not the breed causing the problems....It is the owners who dont take time to train and socialize their animals. People need to step up to the plate and take responsibility.
bleechers

Greensboro, NC

#16 Mar 9, 2010
animallover1 wrote:
Do people not live in reality anymore. It is not necessarily only Pitbull breeds that attack. ANY dog can turn on a human.....It is all in how animals are raised. Ignorant people should be banned from having pets. When you treat pets badly they will eventually react. I do not own a pitbull but I strongly agree it is not the breed causing the problems....It is the owners who dont take time to train and socialize their animals. People need to step up to the plate and take responsibility.
You are simply wrong. It is not "any dog"... statistics show that a pit bull kills someone every 21 days in this country... and that is only those who die from the attacks, countless more are savaged but survive. Pit Bulls overwhelmingly dominate these statistics.

It is the breed, not the owners... unless only Pit Bulls have bad owners.

Over a three-year period, only 18 other breeds are recorded as having killed someone in the US. 17 of those breeds are responsible for 23 total deaths. Pit Bulls alone killed 52 people in the same time frame (Rotts are second on the list with 12 deaths). That reveals a staggering differential.

Most breeds, 0 deaths. 17 breeds, 1.4 deaths per. Rotts, 12 deaths. Pit Bulls, 52 deaths. It's not even close.
animallover1

Lexington, NC

#17 Mar 9, 2010
The issue is that no one seems to blame the owners. Pitbulls do have a bad reputation. I never said they wasn't on the top of the list. I pointed out that no one seems to want to ban other dogs that are aggresive. Look at the reason many people raise pitbulls, to many people make them mean and fight them. Pitbulls can be raised to be wonderful dogs..
Solo

Greensboro, NC

#18 Mar 9, 2010
Let's make the RIGHT generalization:
Why wasn't this dog behind a fence?

Dogs contained safely behind a fence don't hurt anyone.

Dogs (regadless of breed) who are running loose, CAN hurt someone.

Yes, it really IS that simple. Axton--and everyplace else--needs a leash law. They also need to prosecute owners of biting dogs severely, to make them take their responsibilities seriously.

Dogs of MANY breeds hurt people, and they do it regularly. Granted, pit bulls are more newsworthy because they are insanely powerful dogs. The damages are great.
Once upon a time, they were a great breed who would *never* bite a human. Looks like those days are gone...yes, pitbulls can be raised to be nice dogs, and the not-so-nice ones need to be euthanized long before they ever bite someone. But...who is responsible for that--who is at fault? HINT: it's not the dog.
Kristan

Burlington, NC

#19 Mar 9, 2010
The dog ought to be destroyed. I hope the victim sues the dog owner for all her medical expenses.
bleechers

Greensboro, NC

#20 Mar 10, 2010
Solo wrote:
Let's make the RIGHT generalization:

...Dogs (regadless of breed) who are running loose, CAN hurt someone...

Dogs of MANY breeds hurt people, and they do it regularly. Granted, pit bulls are more newsworthy because they are insanely powerful dogs...

HINT: it's not the dog.
1. Statistics are not "generalizations." Saying that it must be the owners and not the breed is a "generalization" based on opinion and emotion rather than on fact. You "generalize" the multitude of pit bull fatal attacks as "owner-related" problems, but you have nothing to back that assertion.

2. Dogs of many breeds hurt people... but pits kill in horrifically higher numbers. You can argue with me, but you can't argue with the statistics (noted twice already in this thread). They don't make the news because they are strong, they make the news (and the public records) because they kill at a high rate (deaths don't go unreported in the public record). One American killed every 21 days by a pit bull from 2006-2008. For 17 other breeds combined (17!) involved in fatal attacks it was one death every 48 days. So 17 other breeds involved in fatal attacks STILL couldn't even come close to the death toll racked up by one breed... pit bulls.

3. I don't need hints, I have facts... it's the dogs. Period. The numbers are overwhelming.

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