Man says 2 pit bulls attacked him as ...

Man says 2 pit bulls attacked him as he walked along Albee Street

There are 79 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Dec 6, 2007, titled Man says 2 pit bulls attacked him as he walked along Albee Street. In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

Two unlicensed pit bulls, named Kane and Abel, attacked a Gardner man late Monday night, according to police and medical records.

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Elizabeth

Boston, MA

#1 Dec 6, 2007
You gotta have balls to even walk on Albee Street.
DR Love

Leominster, MA

#2 Dec 6, 2007
I think they should ban pit bulls. They are vicious and people shouldn't have them as pets. Get a Cockatiel or something!
Red Baron

Belfast, ME

#3 Dec 6, 2007
Fitchburg Mayor Dan Mylott said the city is acting on Borey's complaint.

Gee Mayor Doddering Danny, how do you act upon this complaint without an Animal Control Officer??

Oh I get it...you are now training to be the City Dogcatcher? Hope you bought alot of pants you sold, as you're gonna feel like you are wearing Milkbone pants when you leave office.
Red Baron

Belfast, ME

#4 Dec 6, 2007
DR Love wrote:
I think they should ban pit bulls. They are vicious and people shouldn't have them as pets. Get a Cockatiel or something!
While it is bad a guy got bitten, there is one thing for sure, that someone HAS to be hiding something if they have pitbulls. Why else have such a vicious dog?

It reminds me of this joke. A burglar is walking through a house, and enters a living room. The burglar puts his bag down, and hears a voice saying "Jesus is watching you.." The burglar shrugged it off, as he is sticking things in his bag, and he hears the voice again saying..."Jesus is watching you.."

The burglar whips out his flashlight, panning the room, and comes across a parrot who says "My name is Harold, My name is Harold!" The burglar shines the light over the bird and asks "Who on earth named his parrot Harold?" The parrot replied "The same guy who named his pitbull...Jesus!"
Linda Gardner MA

Middletown, CT

#5 Dec 6, 2007
By law, these dogs are supposed to be quarantined for 10 days. That is the law. Mylott is really not thinking about public safety by eliminating the animal control officer. What a huge mistake. There are several thousand dogs in Fitchburg, and those numbers are only for the ones we know about, those who are registered in town. It is going to happen, wait and see. There is going to be a fiasco but Mylott will be gone and as usual, he wont know a thing.
Crystal

Somerville, MA

#6 Dec 6, 2007
Why is it that only the pitbull attacks get media attention? Lord knows if the media only published crime reports of a certain race of people, but ignored all others, there would be an uproar. As for the person that said you must be hiding something to have a pitbull, you have never met a properly trained, well cared for dog or you would not be spouting such ignorance.
Paul from Leominster

Raynham, MA

#7 Dec 7, 2007
Crystal..."Why is it that only the pitbull attacks get media attention?" That is because pitbulls are predisposed to nasty dispositions and don't make great pets like a lot of other breeds. Why do you think they are the number one dog used for illegal dog fighting? NASTY TO THE BONE! Don't think that dachshunds, pugs, shih tzu, beagles, and yorkies for some pose quite the threat that a pitpull does and if you can't see that then you should not be running around calling OTHER people ignorant
Melissa

Berlin, MA

#8 Dec 7, 2007
Crystal wrote:
Why is it that only the pitbull attacks get media attention? Lord knows if the media only published crime reports of a certain race of people, but ignored all others, there would be an uproar. As for the person that said you must be hiding something to have a pitbull, you have never met a properly trained, well cared for dog or you would not be spouting such ignorance.
I agree !! Pitbulls do get bad names and they are the breed that always seem to make it in the news ! I have owned a pitbull who didnt attack anyone and walked him proudly around Lunenburg ! Any dog can attack. Its all in how you raise them.
Danielle

AOL

#9 Dec 7, 2007
These dogs should be quarantined immediately and tested for rabies.
Red Balloon

Amherst, NH

#10 Dec 7, 2007
Paul from Leominster wrote:
Crystal..."Why is it that only the pitbull attacks get media attention?"
I say it's because pitbulls attack often enough, and when they do, the resulting mayhem is usually quite severe. For example, I understand that collies have a reputation for having lousy dispositions, and they're thought by some to be inclined to bite/attack, but they lack the physique (read: broad head and powerful jaws) that have been purposely bred into the pitbull, so they're not nearly as dangerous.

Further, pitbulls attack often because they are almost exclusively owned by assholes with real issues. Spot a pitbull being walked, and 9 times out of ten, there's a shirtless, tatooed, diminutive Aryan brotherhood prospect at the other end of the leash.

I don't think the dogs themselves should be banned, but their owners should certainly be held responsible for the damage they cause. And by that, I mean that they should be locked up for criminal negligence when their dogs (predictably) hurt someone.
Fitchburg Native

Plainville, CT

#11 Dec 7, 2007
The 'pit bull' was originally bred to fight other dogs. Dog fighting was outlawed in the early 1900's. Since that time the breeds that go back to the original 'pit bull' of the early 1800s has been raised as a family pet, not a fighter. Dogs that showed human aggression were culled - that means they were euthanized and never bred from. These actions have evolved into a unique dog personality where animal aggression has absolutely no correlation to human aggression. The only people raising fighting dogs today are a small contingent (est. 1-2%) of criminals and gang members - these people are also selling drugs, carry guns and are a threat to society on many different levels. Breed bans will not stop these people or curb the danger they pose in our society.
According to Alfons Estelt of the American Temperament Test Society, Inc. temperament evaluations of American Pit Bull Terriers shows that this breed has a very high passing rate of 95%. The average passing rate for the other 121 breeds of dogs in the tests were 77%. Pit bull breeds are right on the edge of being wild, and like all wild animals they can be trained. But genetically, they will always remain on the edge.

Since: Nov 07

Fitchburg, MA

#12 Dec 7, 2007
Crystal wrote: "As for the person that said you must be hiding something to have a pitbull, you have never met a properly trained, well cared for dog..."
I am sure there are good and bad pitbulls, like any other breed. You will never hear about the few and far between, properly trained ones. My sister and her husband have a Doberman that is a big baby, but it is because they trained her properly. She wasn't trained to be an aggressive attack dog. She was trained to be a pet. I think what most people are saying here is that many, MANY people who have pitbulls are trying to hide something (protecting their drugs). Considering the section of Albee Street where the attack took place (lower numbers), it is a very real possibility that these dogs were bought and trained specifically to harm someone.
skeptik

Bolton, MA

#14 Dec 7, 2007
If pitbulls are so nicey-nicey, why do most of the drug dealers in the area have them ? Animal lovers? No, I think it's to keep their stash safe from other miscreants and also deter the police. I can think of no other breed of dog that is as intimidating. The Jaws on those things can wrap right around a child's head. You only seem to hear about the pit bull attacks in the paper, because most of the noteworthy attacks are by pitbulls. Even a Dobie will give you a good chewing but will back off when its owner gives it a command. The pit bulls don't seem to be capable of this, You have to beat them with a bat to even get their attention.
Red Baron

Belfast, ME

#15 Dec 7, 2007
Marie H wrote:
Crystal wrote: "As for the person that said you must be hiding something to have a pitbull, you have never met a properly trained, well cared for dog..."
I am sure there are good and bad pitbulls, like any other breed. You will never hear about the few and far between, properly trained ones. My sister and her husband have a Doberman that is a big baby, but it is because they trained her properly. She wasn't trained to be an aggressive attack dog. She was trained to be a pet. I think what most people are saying here is that many, MANY people who have pitbulls are trying to hide something (protecting their drugs). Considering the section of Albee Street where the attack took place (lower numbers), it is a very real possibility that these dogs were bought and trained specifically to harm someone.
Having seen that section of Albee Street, I agree. I was also the one who stated that they must be hiding something. Yes, I have seen properly trained pitbulls (remember the one on a leash at the Lanacaster Indoor Flea Market that was a nice dog), but for the most part, there are many that are not. Considering this (I believe) is the second attack in Fitchburg, not counting the one last year in Lunenburg that killed the kid. However, when these dogs are unlicensed, they are probably untrained, and usually make a fine dogs..to probably keep cops away from a drug seller (which may or may not be the case, but when I came to Fitchburg in 2000, I was told that was the case..)

There are good dogs and bad. Yes Pitbulls get lousy press, but considering there is no Animal Control Officer in Fitchburg, and no licensing, that it would be better to have a moritorium on Pitbulls. That way there those few that are in the City can be controlled to what little extent there is.
Ron

Rutland, VT

#16 Dec 7, 2007
easy answer:
big dogs are used for intimidation. pit bulls are easy to spot symbols of intimidation. they are made violent by ill treatment which brings out that behavior.

you all really think that every pit bull has a drug dealer holding the leash? do the police know this secret?
Marc

Leominster, MA

#17 Dec 8, 2007
"Pit Bull" ... even the name sounds aggressive as compared to say a "Golden Retriever". If the Pit Bull breed was meant to be a "greet you at the door, play with the kids" kind of pet, why was it named "Pit Bull"?

According to Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary:

Main Entry: pit bull
Function: noun
Date: 1930
1 : a dog (as an American Staffordshire terrier) of any of several breeds or a real or apparent hybrid with one or more of these breeds that was developed and is now often trained for fighting and is noted for strength and stamina
2 : an aggressive and tenacious person <a political pit bull>
skeptik

Bolton, MA

#18 Dec 8, 2007
Ron wrote:
easy answer:
big dogs are used for intimidation. pit bulls are easy to spot symbols of intimidation. they are made violent by ill treatment which brings out that behavior.
you all really think that every pit bull has a drug dealer holding the leash? do the police know this secret?
Not all pit bulls have a drug dealer holding it's leash, but it seems most drug dealers have a pit bull NOT on a leash.
skeptik

Bolton, MA

#19 Dec 8, 2007
Marie H wrote:
Crystal wrote: "As for the person that said you must be hiding something to have a pitbull, you have never met a properly trained, well cared for dog..."
I am sure there are good and bad pitbulls, like any other breed. You will never hear about the few and far between, properly trained ones. My sister and her husband have a Doberman that is a big baby, but it is because they trained her properly. She wasn't trained to be an aggressive attack dog. She was trained to be a pet. I think what most people are saying here is that many, MANY people who have pitbulls are trying to hide something (protecting their drugs). Considering the section of Albee Street where the attack took place (lower numbers), it is a very real possibility that these dogs were bought and trained specifically to harm someone.
When you see the locations of some of these attacks, it is not the decent family environment where the animal is treated as a family pet, it is where the animal is used for a weapon.
Amazing

Fitchburg, MA

#20 Dec 8, 2007
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA @ "SODA spilled on the table...he went out to get a new pack"
dog lover-parent

Gardner, MA

#21 Dec 8, 2007
Half of you morons have totally mised the real issue ,which is all about public safety,disease control,or how about being able to take a walk with your children and not worry about some irresponsible owners "Pet". Did any of you know these dogs are "Red flagged"so police officers responding to this address are alerted about these vicious dogs presence.I think the public could use this info also don't you?

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