Pit Bull Attack Comes on Heels of Proposed Bill to OK Dog Ban

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Talk Back: Post a comment on this article Should pit bulls be banned in your community? By Ashley Coleman First Coast News JACKSONVILLE, FL -- A woman and her dog were attacked by a neighbor's pit bull Tuesday ...

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Sara

Jacksonville, FL

#1 May 9, 2008
"He said that dogs often learn their behavior from their owner."

Couldn't agree more.

“...dRivInG mE cRaZy...”

Since: Mar 08

Jacksonville

#2 May 9, 2008
Let's not blame the dogs and blame the people that freaking raise them!!! I have had two pits and know many people that have had them, and I will tell you that they are the sweetest dogs when raised in a loving environment...
Hillary 08

Europe

#3 May 9, 2008
The breed needs to be destroyed, period! I was a huge player in support of banning the breed in Dade county and in Broward county and trust me, I will win in Duval county as well. If you have seen my previous posts about this issue, then you know that I witnessed a viloent pit bull attack on an 8 year old little girl in on my street back in 1986. The dog was a well kept dog, playful, fun and lived in a great home and was cared for meticulously. The dog was in a totally fenced in yard. The little girl and her friends were playing kick ball in the street 4 houses down from where the dog lived. The 4 girls and 2 boys (all between 5-9 years old) were having a great time playing. The dog, Rascal was his name, didn't even bark. I was outside washing my car. I wass 22 and living at home while attending University of Miami. In a matter of seconds, the dog jumped the fence (he NEVER did that before) and he attacked the girl on her lower leg, ripping the flesh off, he let go briefly and bit down on her neck. I was on top of him by the time he had her neck in his mouth, beating him with the handle of a scrub brush (wooden, maybe 18 inches long), I had to force the handle in his mouth and pry it off the girls neck. By this time the dogs owner was there and he had the dog pinned on the ground. 911 had been called immediately and were on the scene in just 3.5 minutes. Kelly, the little girl, died in my arms, covered with her blood and my blood. The rescue team could not stop the bleeding and could not revive her.

This was a well cared for dog, great owners, a wonderful, loving home. This breed of dog will snap at any giving moment for no specific reason, period. After the dog was destroyed, they contacted the farm where they purchased Rascal as a 6 week old puppy. There was no evidence of abuse, neglect or defensive training on this dogs lineage. I will do what ever it takes to ban this dog.

“...dRivInG mE cRaZy...”

Since: Mar 08

Jacksonville

#4 May 9, 2008
Hillary 08 wrote:
The breed needs to be destroyed, period! I was a huge player in support of banning the breed in Dade county and in Broward county and trust me, I will win in Duval county as well. If you have seen my previous posts about this issue, then you know that I witnessed a viloent pit bull attack on an 8 year old little girl in on my street back in 1986. The dog was a well kept dog, playful, fun and lived in a great home and was cared for meticulously. The dog was in a totally fenced in yard. The little girl and her friends were playing kick ball in the street 4 houses down from where the dog lived. The 4 girls and 2 boys (all between 5-9 years old) were having a great time playing. The dog, Rascal was his name, didn't even bark. I was outside washing my car. I wass 22 and living at home while attending University of Miami. In a matter of seconds, the dog jumped the fence (he NEVER did that before) and he attacked the girl on her lower leg, ripping the flesh off, he let go briefly and bit down on her neck. I was on top of him by the time he had her neck in his mouth, beating him with the handle of a scrub brush (wooden, maybe 18 inches long), I had to force the handle in his mouth and pry it off the girls neck. By this time the dogs owner was there and he had the dog pinned on the ground. 911 had been called immediately and were on the scene in just 3.5 minutes. Kelly, the little girl, died in my arms, covered with her blood and my blood. The rescue team could not stop the bleeding and could not revive her.
This was a well cared for dog, great owners, a wonderful, loving home. This breed of dog will snap at any giving moment for no specific reason, period. After the dog was destroyed, they contacted the farm where they purchased Rascal as a 6 week old puppy. There was no evidence of abuse, neglect or defensive training on this dogs lineage. I will do what ever it takes to ban this dog.
They say the same thing about german shepards too!!! You gonna try and stop that breed too? You can try all you want here in Duval, but honey you will be messing with alot of p!ssed of Pit Lovers that have loving dogs of this breed... See my pic... try and make me give mine up... Screw you! I have two small nieces and a small nephew, and when they stay at my house, my dog lays right there beside them and lets them even play around with her... you can take your one sided attitude and keep it where you are... It was a tragedy what happened to that little girl and my prayers to her family, but that doesn't mean they are all vicious... Rots, Dobermans, German Shepards all have the same reputation and love to say, they are still being bred, too
lauren from jax

Savannah, GA

#5 May 9, 2008
it has nothing to do with the Breed. Its the owners who train them and its the MEDIA who portray the PITTS to be mean.
I have a PITT and i KNOW she would never turn on anyone. She plays with cats, kids, toddlers, grown ups, and other dogs. She knows when to be aggressive and protective and when to be sweet and calm.
http://www.dogster.com/dogs/212002
Ronnie

AOL

#6 May 9, 2008
Its the breed AND the owners. They were bred to fight and the best, meanest fighters were the most desired for breeding. And the owners are "macho challenged" uneducated imbeciles to even want this type of dog. Pits need to be put in zoos next to the lions and tigers.

“This world is CRAZY”

Since: Apr 08

Jacksonville-

#7 May 9, 2008
Ronnie wrote:
Its the breed AND the owners. They were bred to fight and the best, meanest fighters were the most desired for breeding. And the owners are "macho challenged" uneducated imbeciles to even want this type of dog. Pits need to be put in zoos next to the lions and tigers.
So im uneducated because I have a pitt bull?
seriously? GROW UP

“3 words changed my life ”

Since: Nov 07

Location hidden

#8 May 9, 2008
Crossing Enemy Lines wrote:
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They say the same thing about german shepards too!!! You gonna try and stop that breed too? You can try all you want here in Duval, but honey you will be messing with alot of p!ssed of Pit Lovers that have loving dogs of this breed... See my pic... try and make me give mine up... Screw you! I have two small nieces and a small nephew, and when they stay at my house, my dog lays right there beside them and lets them even play around with her... you can take your one sided attitude and keep it where you are... It was a tragedy what happened to that little girl and my prayers to her family, but that doesn't mean they are all vicious... Rots, Dobermans, German Shepards all have the same reputation and love to say, they are still being bred, too
i have a pitbull and an american staffordshire terrier..i dare someone to try and take my dogs away..and that would go for any breed!

“3 words changed my life ”

Since: Nov 07

Location hidden

#9 May 9, 2008
Ronnie wrote:
Its the breed AND the owners. They were bred to fight and the best, meanest fighters were the most desired for breeding. And the owners are "macho challenged" uneducated imbeciles to even want this type of dog. Pits need to be put in zoos next to the lions and tigers.
im well educated...have had a huge ego since i was a teenager..and im far from being an imbecile....my pit is well behaved aond socialized and i am a responsible dog owner...neither of my dogs leave the back yard, or the house even, without being leashed...they are not allowed to run free and i did not raise them to be agressive at all....back in the 70''s, german shepherds were killing more than any other breed..in the 80's, rotties and dobies..there was even a few years when great danes were killing more than any other breed...why? because at that time, they were the most popular breed to own..same as pits..no one tried to ban them..no one will ban me from owning my bully...when they go out of style as the "in" dog to have...and the uneducated thugs and white trash that do buy them for the reasons you stated move on to another breed, pit bites will go down in numbers and whatever the next "tough" breed to own will have their bite numbers go up. pits have been wonderful dogs for years and years..teddy roosevelt had pits..helen keller had a pitbull as her companion all of her life...the most decorated dog in wwII was a pibull...the little rascals dog petey was a pitbull..they make great therapy dogs because they are very patient and have a high pain threshold so if a child gets a little rough, a properly trained therapy pit will ignore it....poor inbreeding and raising dogs irresponsible creates bad dogs..regardless of breed. kind of like with people! by the way, many other dogs have killed...from your family friendly black lab to german sheperds to pomeranians..ban them too?

“...dRivInG mE cRaZy...”

Since: Mar 08

Jacksonville

#10 May 9, 2008
scott1 wrote:
<quoted text>im well educated...have had a huge ego since i was a teenager..and im far from being an imbecile....my pit is well behaved aond socialized and i am a responsible dog owner...neither of my dogs leave the back yard, or the house even, without being leashed...they are not allowed to run free and i did not raise them to be agressive at all....back in the 70''s, german shepherds were killing more than any other breed..in the 80's, rotties and dobies..there was even a few years when great danes were killing more than any other breed...why? because at that time, they were the most popular breed to own..same as pits..no one tried to ban them..no one will ban me from owning my bully...when they go out of style as the "in" dog to have...and the uneducated thugs and white trash that do buy them for the reasons you stated move on to another breed, pit bites will go down in numbers and whatever the next "tough" breed to own will have their bite numbers go up. pits have been wonderful dogs for years and years..teddy roosevelt had pits..helen keller had a pitbull as her companion all of her life...the most decorated dog in wwII was a pibull...the little rascals dog petey was a pitbull..they make great therapy dogs because they are very patient and have a high pain threshold so if a child gets a little rough, a properly trained therapy pit will ignore it....poor inbreeding and raising dogs irresponsible creates bad dogs..regardless of breed. kind of like with people! by the way, many other dogs have killed...from your family friendly black lab to german sheperds to pomeranians..ban them too?
I am right there with you... that stupid b!tch put that comment on there and it set me off! I would love to see her try and take my dog or anyone elses for that matter.. cause it isn't going to be my dog she/he has to worry about! it is going to be me... I have never ever had a dog in my home and had any problems with it! My brother was dragged through a fence by a golden retreiver and you don't see people saying crap about them!

To all the pit haters out there... f*&k off~ You don't have to own one if you don't chose too and I can if I do! I have a pit and a black lab and they are best, most loyal dogs ever!
Pit Bulls suck

Europe

#11 May 12, 2008
scott1 wrote:
<quoted text>im well educated...have had a huge ego since i was a teenager..and im far from being an imbecile....my pit is well behaved aond socialized and i am a responsible dog owner...neither of my dogs leave the back yard, or the house even, without being leashed...they are not allowed to run free and i did not raise them to be agressive at all....back in the 70''s, german shepherds were killing more than any other breed..in the 80's, rotties and dobies..there was even a few years when great danes were killing more than any other breed...why? because at that time, they were the most popular breed to own..same as pits..no one tried to ban them..no one will ban me from owning my bully...when they go out of style as the "in" dog to have...and the uneducated thugs and white trash that do buy them for the reasons you stated move on to another breed, pit bites will go down in numbers and whatever the next "tough" breed to own will have their bite numbers go up. pits have been wonderful dogs for years and years..teddy roosevelt had pits..helen keller had a pitbull as her companion all of her life...the most decorated dog in wwII was a pibull...the little rascals dog petey was a pitbull..they make great therapy dogs because they are very patient and have a high pain threshold so if a child gets a little rough, a properly trained therapy pit will ignore it....poor inbreeding and raising dogs irresponsible creates bad dogs..regardless of breed. kind of like with people! by the way, many other dogs have killed...from your family friendly black lab to german sheperds to pomeranians..ban them too?
You are all missing the point here. YES, a lot of other breeds bite and attack, but the nations number one breed of attacks that led to death, is from the attacks of Pit Bulls. And 89% of the owners cried, "He/She is a good dog and great with the kids and never showed any sign of aggression......."
The reports are all stacked against you and this breed will be abolished eventually.
And when the law passes you WILL lose your Pit Bulls. In Broward and in Dade county, neighbors called in by the thousands reporting who had Pit Bulls in their yard or in their possesion. They need to be put down and destroyed.

Since: May 08

Gainesville, FL

#12 May 12, 2008
[QUOTE The reports are all stacked against you and this breed will be abolished eventually.
And when the law passes you WILL lose your Pit Bulls. In Broward and in Dade county, neighbors called in by the thousands reporting who had Pit Bulls in their yard or in their possesion. They need to be put down and destroyed.[/QUOTE]

I am afriad you are dead wrong. What reports?? Can you give us a link??? The reports I last read were just the opposite of what you write.

“3 words changed my life ”

Since: Nov 07

Location hidden

#13 May 12, 2008
Pit Bulls suck wrote:
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You are all missing the point here. YES, a lot of other breeds bite and attack, but the nations number one breed of attacks that led to death, is from the attacks of Pit Bulls. And 89% of the owners cried, "He/She is a good dog and great with the kids and never showed any sign of aggression......."
The reports are all stacked against you and this breed will be abolished eventually.
And when the law passes you WILL lose your Pit Bulls. In Broward and in Dade county, neighbors called in by the thousands reporting who had Pit Bulls in their yard or in their possesion. They need to be put down and destroyed.
once again..when the pitbulls fall out of favor with the thugs, inbred white trash and idiots who get them for the wrong reason and move on to some other dog looked at as tough, then the attack numbers will shift..it has been proven to do that..from sheperds, to rotties, dobies, great danes..etc..etc...

“Translation: Come and Take it”

Since: Feb 08

Los Angeles, CA

#14 May 12, 2008
Destroy the Evil #1 on the AKC list!
Put down the evil Labrador Retriever's!
They are a menace to fun-loving Waterfowl across America. Dang...the 80 pound Black Lab just passed gas next to me. See..they must be stopped!
Note my Avatar. That is the next generation of these water loving duck toting monsters.
It appeares to be stalking the tub in hopes of attacking a rubber ducky or two.

In today's Jacksonville I would sooner have Scott's puppies then mine. If something went down his dogs would protect him while mine will kiss your face and then check your pockets for treats.
ANY dog can turn on human's with little or no provocation whatsoever!
You single out one breed then you must destroy them all.

“...dRivInG mE cRaZy...”

Since: Mar 08

Jacksonville

#15 May 13, 2008
Riverside Rob wrote:
Destroy the Evil #1 on the AKC list!
Put down the evil Labrador Retriever's!
They are a menace to fun-loving Waterfowl across America. Dang...the 80 pound Black Lab just passed gas next to me. See..they must be stopped!
Note my Avatar. That is the next generation of these water loving duck toting monsters.
It appeares to be stalking the tub in hopes of attacking a rubber ducky or two.
In today's Jacksonville I would sooner have Scott's puppies then mine. If something went down his dogs would protect him while mine will kiss your face and then check your pockets for treats.
ANY dog can turn on human's with little or no provocation whatsoever!
You single out one breed then you must destroy them all.
I have a black lab too and you nailed it!!! And lordy lordy does their gas stink!! hahaha that's why I got my pit too!!! One for protection, one for gas and both for lovin'!!1
Jessie

Smyrna, GA

#16 May 14, 2008
scott1 wrote:
<quoted text>i have a pitbull and an american staffordshire terrier..i dare someone to try and take my dogs away..and that would go for any breed!
Hey Scott i have a question. Which website can you go to look up criminal history without being charged for it?? Thanks

“3 words changed my life ”

Since: Nov 07

Location hidden

#17 May 14, 2008
Jessie wrote:
<quoted text>
Hey Scott i have a question. Which website can you go to look up criminal history without being charged for it?? Thanks
https://showcase.duvalclerk.co m/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fsear chCases.aspx

but its only for duval county....

Since: May 08

Gainesville, FL

#18 May 14, 2008
I have yet to see a link to any report with 89% of pit bull owners, or anything else in the "reports" about this breed of dog. It is more about nuture than nature.

My brother saved a pit bull who was trained to fight, and she ended up being the nicest dog we ever owned. Connie would let a 2 yo slap her in the face repeatedly, with not even a growl. If the Hillary 08 story is true, there must have been something else happen to set the dog off like that.

If you want to start banning breeds, why not start with stupid. That would be a good thing to eliminate from our world!
B-man

Jacksonville, FL

#19 May 14, 2008
I have a German Sheperd Dog ( my second Sheperd ). I love them, they are loyal, loving dogs. My piece of crap neighbor raises Pit-Bulls which are supposedly show dogs. They have gotten in my yard and destroyed my stuff. They tried to get in my house and attack my family. I blame the piece of trash owners and breeders. Let's not forget that these are wild animals that we are attempting to domesticate. Any animal can turn on it's owner ( just ask my parrot ). Don't ban the breed ... ban the owners.

“3 words changed my life ”

Since: Nov 07

Location hidden

#20 May 14, 2008
B-man wrote:
I have a German Sheperd Dog ( my second Sheperd ). I love them, they are loyal, loving dogs. My piece of crap neighbor raises Pit-Bulls which are supposedly show dogs. They have gotten in my yard and destroyed my stuff. They tried to get in my house and attack my family. I blame the piece of trash owners and breeders. Let's not forget that these are wild animals that we are attempting to domesticate. Any animal can turn on it's owner ( just ask my parrot ). Don't ban the breed ... ban the owners.
aS a pitbull and am staff owner, i want to say thanks for realizing it is not the breed of dog, but the idiotic owner....

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