larry godwin; kevin stringfellow; wil...

larry godwin; kevin stringfellow; william parker

There are 43 comments on the WREG story from Jul 23, 2010, titled larry godwin; kevin stringfellow; william parker. In it, WREG reports that:

One man is dead and four others are still nursing their wounds from being attacked by the same two dogs.

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jenny

Memphis, TN

#1 Jul 23, 2010
wow
Ban them

Memphis, TN

#2 Jul 23, 2010
I say ban those devil dogs!

“Ignore the stupid. ”

Since: May 10

& the rest make sense.

#3 Jul 23, 2010
Yeah, ban them from being owned by stupid people.
cgr58

Mooresville, NC

#4 Jul 23, 2010
note that in Concord California, this week, the family pet pit bulls killed a 2 yr old toddler. The grandfather (owner of the pits) is under felony arrest due to his pit bulls killing his grandson - get this -even though he was not home.

He was quoted from jail as saying that he used to believe its not the breed but the owners, and now he says he knows otherwise.

So does his late 2 yr old grandson.

That now makes pit bulls responsible for 70% of all fatal dog attacks on humans in 2010.
UtopianSniper

Memphis, TN

#5 Jul 23, 2010
They've got to know whether or not if they fire their weapon if it's in a safe direction. Is there a possibility of a ricochet and harming someone. There were citizens everywhere out there," said Godwin.

Sorry Director Godwin. I would shoot to kill if I saw beasts attacking a 71 year old man, although I would have gotten within point blank range. Did the crowd / citizens hinder your officers attempt?
Johnny

United States

#7 Jul 23, 2010
"Officers were actually on the scene during part of the attack but Godwin says officers couldn't shoot.

"They've got to know whether or not if they fire their weapon if it's in a safe direction. Is there a possibility of a ricochet and harming someone. There were citizens everywhere out there," said Godwin."

I remember not too long ago a police officer shot a dog on a woman's porch, and she said the bullet almost hit her.

So when the cop feels he is in danger he can shoot, and not worry about a ricochet hitting someone else?

I will bet you if the dogs came towards the officers, they would have opened fire no matter how many people were standing around.
flutterby

Collierville, TN

#8 Jul 23, 2010
It's a little like the story of the dog attack that happened in Cordova. I read the police were called on those dogs several times but the dogs were never removed until they attacked the lady and her small dog. If my memory serves me right, the owner never faced charges for that and the lady and her dog suffered serious injuries. It's always the same type of people who own/abuse this, and other large breeds. It is commonplace to drive down most streets of Memphis and see dogs tied to trees, barrels, fences with no water, food or shelter. That is abuse but few seem to care! When you have a city over-run with people who don't care about their children, you cannot expect them to care that their "trained" vicious dogs could kill someone. There is always some lame excuse for the young thugs who rob and kill. My guess is there will be a lame excuse for the idiots who trained these dogs. That is just Memphis!
Johnny

United States

#9 Jul 23, 2010
Ban them wrote:
I say ban those devil dogs!
Stupid criminals should not be allowed to own any type of dog.

These low IQ people are no better than animals themselves, and make these dogs mean, and force them to fight.

They enjoy seeing the blood, and hearing the screaming of the animals. The police should just shoot the owners.
flutterby

Collierville, TN

#10 Jul 23, 2010
Johnny wrote:
"Officers were actually on the scene during part of the attack but Godwin says officers couldn't shoot.
"They've got to know whether or not if they fire their weapon if it's in a safe direction. Is there a possibility of a ricochet and harming someone. There were citizens everywhere out there," said Godwin."
I remember not too long ago a police officer shot a dog on a woman's porch, and she said the bullet almost hit her.
So when the cop feels he is in danger he can shoot, and not worry about a ricochet hitting someone else?
I will bet you if the dogs came towards the officers, they would have opened fire no matter how many people were standing around.
Yes, you are right on. Like the cops who shot the labs that were in their own backyard and came from a doggie door! Excuses were made for them. As i said in a previous post....it is Memphis..so expect nothing.
Johnny

United States

#11 Jul 23, 2010
cgr58 wrote:
note that in Concord California, this week, the family pet pit bulls killed a 2 yr old toddler. The grandfather (owner of the pits) is under felony arrest due to his pit bulls killing his grandson - get this -even though he was not home.
He was quoted from jail as saying that he used to believe its not the breed but the owners, and now he says he knows otherwise.
So does his late 2 yr old grandson.
That now makes pit bulls responsible for 70% of all fatal dog attacks on humans in 2010.
A two year old shouldn't be around any dog capable of hurting him.

Usually the child provokes the attack.

I had a Beagle that attacked my eight year old boy. My son kept holding the dog's head, and putting his head up against the dog's. I told him was going to get bit if he didn't keep his face out of the dog's face. The dog bit him on the top of his head and he needed stitches.

I didn't punish the dog, and from then on my son kept his face out of the dogs face.

It is not the fault of the two year old children, and it's not the fault of the dog. It's fault of the stupid adult that is in charge of the situation.

You can make any dog bite you. They are animals!
cgr58

Mooresville, NC

#13 Jul 23, 2010
on memorial day weekend, a pit bull that was properly neutered, and being walked on a leash by an adult, passed couple walking the opposite direction, a husband & wife & baby.
The husband had the baby in a chest carrier (opposite of a back pack type baby carrier) and as they passed each other on the sidewalk, the pit bull broke free from it owner, and clamped down on the babys legs as they dangled from the fathers chest carrier (baby was strapped to his chest) and commenced the ever so pit bull common grinding and twisting while mauling.
I guess you could speculate that this tiny baby provoked the neutered pit bull on a leash with an adult....or you could just man-up and admit that a pit bull is a stick of dynamite with a tail on.
That same weekend, 2 children were mauled and killed by their own family pet pit bull, in their own home (one in Kokomo, Indiana - the other in San Bernadino, CA).
The Kokomo girl, Savannah Gragg, age 9, was opening the back yard door to let their pet pit bull out of the litchen, with her middle aged grandmother next to her,...letting the dog out to roam freely in a fenced yard - not chained - and the pit bull latched onto her neck, while doing the classic pit bull grind teeth & shake victim routine (the grandmother could not pull the dog off her grandaughter)...the coroner ruled the dog actually severed the girls trachea...she died a few days later.

you can find these and all other fatal dog attacks on humans at dogsbite dot org this site captures all fatal attacks, along with photos and police & coroner reports. Pit bulls have averaged 60% of all fatals since 2005; in 2010, they have set a record that will soon reach 75% of all fatal attacks....and the year is only half over. As of March 17, pit bulls were killing a human on average every 9 days in 2010.

So less than 10% of the canine population is responsible for 70% of all fatal attacks, and nutters insist it isn't breed specific?

Speaking of San Bernadino, two county officials stated on the day the boy was killed by the family pit bull on memorial day, that every serious mauling and every single fatal attack in that entire county since 2005 thru 2010, were by pit bulls.
Thats 100%...and that is precisely breed specific, which can only be addressed by breed specific legislation.
dog owner

United States

#14 Jul 23, 2010
It's not the breed of the dog that's at fault. It's the caliber of the people who raise them. It's too bad for those breeds that they have a bad reputation.
Kevin

United States

#15 Jul 23, 2010
If he was the owner of the dogs and didn't have the "Proper paperwork" for such a dangerous dog and was being arrested for another crime, I would think the officers would have called animal control to have the dogs picked up especially since the owner of these "undocumented dogs" was on his way to jail and couldn't take charge of them.
Hoo hoo hoo

United States

#16 Jul 23, 2010
I love how you morons compare other dogs to pit bulls...these dogs bite and don't let go, when they lock their jaws down they are all but locked on you until they let go on their own or are killed....

So there's a HUGE difference between a pit bull and a lab bite.

Get it through your thick skulls.
Memphrica Resident

United States

#17 Jul 23, 2010
Pit bulls: Dog of choice by apes for 30 years.
Chris

Arlington, TN

#18 Jul 23, 2010
Ban the dogs.
poppax3

Henderson, TN

#19 Jul 23, 2010
Ban the dogs and shoot anyone stupid enough to own them. What a bunch of morons. No dog breed is worth a human life. Of course in Memphis this may not be such a bad thing. Maybe the solution in Memphis is more pit bulls. Heck let's let the tax payers buy each rat hole about five pit bulls.
Sick of Memphis

Cordova, TN

#21 Jul 24, 2010
Lets understand , Pit Bulls are an aggresive breed of dog. I would add Rottweilers, Dobermans, Chow Chows and many other larger breeds. These dogs need training on a professional level, and loving care. No dog should be sold to whoever has $200 dollars. What we need is more guidlines and licensing of breeders and even owners. You have to have a permit to carry a gun. Why not a permit to own a pit bull? Dogs are not bad by nature. This breed of are often bred and taught to be viscious. The example I can speak to involved a friend who got a pit bull because they were "big and mean" He proceeded to turn a very good natured puppy into a psychotic mess that eventually killed 3 dogs in his neighborhood. To this day I blame him not the dog.
As for the police. Please, I don't believe for one minute "public safety" was a concern of the responding officers. There are other options besides guns. What ever happened to tasers? Pepper spray would have made in impact as well. Keep making excuses for your inadequacies and those of your officers Mr. Godwin.
The Truth

Collierville, TN

#22 Jul 24, 2010
Ban them wrote:
I say ban those devil dogs!
I say outlaw those bastards.
applelady

Memphis, TN

#23 Jul 24, 2010
While I understand the public's concern regarding pit bulls and other large and/or powerful dog breeds, I don't think banning them is the answer. If the city council bans pit bulls, what happens to the dogs people already own? Will even responsible dog owners have to get rid of their pets? What about dogs that may be a pit bull mix? What about dogs whose breeds are unknown? I think a better option may be to require owners of large/powerful dogs to complete a training course and perhaps even have a refresher class every year as part of getting the dog's tags.

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