Pit bull attacks Glenview teen, and Chicago dog owner is ticketed

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A Chicago man's pit bull terrier attacked a 14-year-old boy riding a bicycle in Glenview last week, authorities said.
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ELC

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Aug 20, 2008
 
Funny how the breed is never mentioned unless the dog involved is a Pit Bull.

Media bias is the reason you see so many stories like this. I would suspect that if the offending pooch had been a golden retriever, you be reading an article in the paper about it.

I have worked with dogs on and off for the last 20 years, many of them rescues and abused. The only dogs I have ever been bitten by are poodles, Chihuahuas, and other small breeds. Usually a bite from a dog that small goes unreported, so you generally can't rely on bite statistics to be accurate.

I remember when I was in high school the big push was to get rid of Rottweilers. German Shepherds and Dobermans have also been victim of breed bias at some point or another. Just so happens Pit Bulls are the flavor of the month.

Anyone who has bothered to actually educate themselves would know that Pit Bulls are actually trained to be highly submissive to people. Their aggression is to be directed at other dogs only. Unfortunately, punks in the hood who think it's cool to own the meanest dog in town have bred in general aggression, and I suspect that these are the poor dogs making the news.
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Aug 20, 2008
 
Mel wrote:
I am sure the owner is going to make a statement about pit bulls being smart, loyal, loving dogs and we're going to hear the whole long history on pit bulls and someone is going to post something "nice" about them.
Pit bulls should be banned. This is about the 8th or 9th story this summer regarding pit bull attacks. I have no idea how anyone can defend this vicious breed of animal. Hopefully it will be put down and save another innocent bystander from being attacked.
People are bit by dogs of every kind every day. However, the only time you'll ever really hear about it is when a pit or a rotweiller are involved. It's not the dog's fault it wasn't on a leash, it careless owners of the powerful breeds such as pits and rots that are the problem.
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#34
Aug 20, 2008
 
All dogs bite. How many millions of people have been bitten by a dog this year.
If you have a dog - keep it in your yard (and keep it quiet).
If a dog is found running around the neighborhood, police should shoot the dog, find it's owner - and fine him and bill him for getting rid of the carcass. The licensing fee should also be raised a couple of hundred dollars - if your dog is your best friend - what's a couple hundred between friends.
Some dogs that serve a purpose can be exempt ( ie seeing eye dogs)
Joe Blow

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#35
Aug 20, 2008
 
ELC wrote:
Funny how the breed is never mentioned unless the dog involved is a Pit Bull.
Media bias is the reason you see so many stories like this. I would suspect that if the offending pooch had been a golden retriever, you be reading an article in the paper about it.
I knew it was coming...the "media bias" explanation. Because we all know that if Golden Retrievers were attacking, mauling and killing people at the same rate as pit bulls, the media would never report it. That makes perfect sense.
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#36
Aug 20, 2008
 
The most recent official survey, conducted more than a decade ago, determined there were 4.7 million dog bite victims annually in the USA. A more recent study showed that 1,000 Americans per day are treated in emergency rooms as a result of dog bites. In 2007 there were 32 fatal dog attacks in the USA. Most of the victims who receive medical attention are children, half of whom are bitten in the face. Dog bite losses exceed $1 billion per year, with over $300 million paid by homeowners insurance.
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#37
Aug 20, 2008
 
Answer this question: Why do so many thugs, gang-bangers, and other irresponsible human beings own these kinds of dogs? Why do these poor dogs populate Craigslist, Petfinder and shelters.
Here's an idea: Let's ban certain people from adopting this particular breed. Let's say all men under the age of 30 should have to go through background checks and training before adopting this breed.
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#38
Aug 20, 2008
 
Pit bulls are dangerous. If you care to argue with me, please do a Google news search for "pit bull". You won't even need to use the word attack, but you will find dozens of reports of attacks from just the last 48 hours. Pit bulls need to be highly regulated/restricted. We don't let any Joe Shmoe own a lion or a tiger. Why do we let him own pit bulls without having to get some kind of a license and training on how to care for and secure a pit bull?

CDM

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Aug 20, 2008
 
Mel wrote:
I am sure the owner is going to make a statement about pit bulls being smart, loyal, loving dogs and we're going to hear the whole long history on pit bulls and someone is going to post something "nice" about them.
Pit bulls should be banned. This is about the 8th or 9th story this summer regarding pit bull attacks. I have no idea how anyone can defend this vicious breed of animal. Hopefully it will be put down and save another innocent bystander from being attacked.
I think we would all be better off if unintelligence were banned.
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Aug 20, 2008
 
Steelpedler wrote:
Thanks Trib for bringing us this inciteful story so relevant to all of our lives. I'd expect to see this in my local podunk newspaper.
And yet, you have taken the time to write a comment.
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Aug 20, 2008
 
Juan wrote:
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Why? Properly raised dogs do not attack.
Because improperly raised dogs can do such great damage; and a lot of them ARE improperly raised. Neuter them all and let the breed die out. This way no one loses their dear pet and fewer people will suffer such horrific injuries.
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#42
Aug 20, 2008
 
The dog and the owner should both be put down.
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Aug 20, 2008
 
The Fuzz wrote:
<quoted text>People are bit by dogs of every kind every day. However, the only time you'll ever really hear about it is when a pit or a rotweiller are involved. It's not the dog's fault it wasn't on a leash, it careless owners of the powerful breeds such as pits and rots that are the problem.
What is your point? None of the so-called pit bull critics cares whether it is the owner's or the dog's fault. We care that these attacks happen and with frighteningly high frequencies.

Banning pit bulls removes this problem. Granted, it creates the problem of a tiny minority of people being denied the ability to own a pit bull, but that is the price of being part of a society. It may still be a decade away, but the majority will ultimately gets its way and have these dogs banned or at least highly regulated.

PS If it is the dog owner's fault, then all the more reason to ban the dogs. Who cares about pit bull owner's rights if they are the ones responsible for all these attacks (as you have argued)?
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Joe Blow wrote:
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I knew it was coming...the "media bias" explanation. Because we all know that if Golden Retrievers were attacking...
-In May of this year, a family's 5-year-old daughter was mauled to death by their two Siberian Huskies.
-While visiting her grandparents, a 3-year-old girl was mauled by their Golden Retriever.
-In Bedford, it took 3 attacks before a Poodle was declared "vicious" by municipal standards.
-A Pomeranian was declared to be a "Dangerous Animal" under municipal statutes, after several incidents of aggression.
-A 2-year-old boy was mauled so viciously by his grandfather's Labrador Retriever, that he required -A 19-month-old toddler was sent to hospital with injuries to the face and head, after being attacked by her grandmother's Pointer.
-An Ontario family's Chesapeake Bay Retriever savagely attacked one of their children, leaving over 140 stitches in the child's head and face.
-Neighbor's Labrador Retriever and Dachshund attacked an elderly woman, leaving her in a coma, in hospital.
-Paris Hilton's Chihuahua was involved in an unprovoked bite that witnesses called, "Not a little nip. It was a very nasty bite."
-The New Mexico politician that called for stricter penalties against the owners of dangerous dogs was mauled by his own dogs, a Boxer and two English Bulldogs.
-A 4-year-old Nevada girl was attacked a few weeks ago by a roaming Labrador Retriever.
-A couple of months ago, in Georgia, a Jack Russell Terrier so severely damaged its owner's 2-month-old infant's foot in an attack, the child's foot had to be amputated.
-A Golden Retriever was finally put down after a second savage attack on a child. In the first case, the victim was the owner's own child. In the second case, the victim was a child visiting the owner's home, leaving wounds to the cheek and back of the head.
-In Denver, a few weeks ago, a police officer was treated for bite wounds after having been bitten by a Miniature Pinscher. The owner was only charged with allowing the dog to be 'at large'.
-In Rhode Island, earlier this summer, a family's Siberian Husky killed their week-old infant in an attack.
-A two-and-a-half-year-old boy needed 65 stitches to close the gaping wounds caused to his face and cheek, after being attacked by a neighbor's Golden Retriever.
-A Trenton police officer suffered several bite wounds after being attacked by a German Shorthair -A family's Great Dane attacked their 2-year-old child, leaving minor wounds to the head and body.
-In May, a 7-year-old Colorado girl was killed by her family's Alaskan Malamute.
-Despite their valiant efforts, doctors were unable to repair the severed nose of a 5-year-old after he was attacked by a neighbor's Dalmatian.
-A 6-week-old infant was in critical condition after being mauled by the family's Dachshund.
-A neighbor shot a rampaging Lab/Chow mix dog, after it escaped its yard and threatened the public early in October.
-Several children were bitten, and one has to undergo rabies shots, after being bitten by a Chihuahua mix that wandered into a schoolyard.
-A 2-year-old boy wandered into his neighbor's yard in mid-August, and was bitten in the face and neck by the Collie/mix chained there.
-A woman received bites requiring stitches, after being attacked by a Catahoula Leopard Dog.
-A chained Briard killed an 8-year-old child visiting the owner's property.
-After his second attack by the same Dalmation, a postal worker described the dog as "the most aggressive dog" he'd come across in 16 years.
-In July, a boy finally admitted that his report of being attacked by a 'pit bull' was false. He had actually been attacked by a friend's German Shepherd. He says he filed the false report because he wanted to protect his friend.
-Earlier this year, an Ontario child was attack by the family's Golden Retriever, leaving at least two dozen stitches to the face and head.

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Aug 20, 2008
 
LP Trixie wrote:
HOOOORAAAAY!!!! I get to cut and paste this again:
WOW this is like the millionth report of a pitbull mauling a person in the news. like omg WAKE UP people! Obviously this is a dangerous breed and needs to be banned and outlawed to breed. Pitt Bull owners BE CAREFULL! they will turn on you and kill you, if not you then one of your family members! Let us highlight the fact that attacks by pitbulls are steadily occurring. In fact, it reinforces the topic that people are still talking about how DANGEROUS this breed is. On personal experience, Ive seen pit bulls attack other dogs. basically, the pit bull owners think they can control their dog and the dog "snaps" and we call the cops. They are banned in various part of Canada and Australia, fully banned in the UK, Denmark, Norway, and in some states in the USA. Please if you are a pit bull owner BE CAREFUL and don't become part of the statistic of an owner being mauled or killed by this breed. I will post more attacks as they come.
BAN PIT BULLS NOW!!
Lets just ban alcohol, guns, tobacco, french fries, and unintelligence too while we are at it......
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Aug 20, 2008
 
ELC wrote:
Funny how the breed is never mentioned unless the dog involved is a Pit Bull.
Media bias is the reason you see so many stories like this. I would suspect that if the offending pooch had been a golden retriever, you be reading an article in the paper about it.
I have worked with dogs on and off for the last 20 years, many of them rescues and abused. The only dogs I have ever been bitten by are poodles, Chihuahuas, and other small breeds. Usually a bite from a dog that small goes unreported, so you generally can't rely on bite statistics to be accurate.
I remember when I was in high school the big push was to get rid of Rottweilers. German Shepherds and Dobermans have also been victim of breed bias at some point or another. Just so happens Pit Bulls are the flavor of the month.
Anyone who has bothered to actually educate themselves would know that Pit Bulls are actually trained to be highly submissive to people. Their aggression is to be directed at other dogs only. Unfortunately, punks in the hood who think it's cool to own the meanest dog in town have bred in general aggression, and I suspect that these are the poor dogs making the news.
Well said, ELC! And a breath of fresh air after all the spewing by various trolls earlier in this forum.
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#47
Aug 20, 2008
 
If this clown can wander around Glenview with a vicious dog, maybe it would be helpful if a few more people wandered around Glenview carrying guns.
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Aug 20, 2008
 
"You are obviously misinformed. Look where Cocker Spaniels fall on this report (from the CDC)."

I'd take a cocker spaniel, golden retriever, poodle or yorkie bite over a pitbull bite any day! These dogs have powerful jaws that lock around their prey -- and they don't let go. That's why they're in the news so often. The victims are usually mortally wounded or scarred for life.
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Aug 20, 2008
 
ELC wrote:
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-In May of this year, a family's 5-year-old daughter was mauled to death by their two Siberian Huskies...
Great...so you just pointed out what everyone knows already...that all dogs bite. Big difference in frequency and severity. Give me a whole day of not working and I can scour the internet for thousands more pit bull attack articles...not because of media bias, but because of frequency and severity of attacks.
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ELC wrote:
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-In May of this year, a family's 5-year-old daughter was mauled to death by their two Siberian Huskies.
-While visiting her grandparents, a 3-year-old girl was mauled by their Golden Retriever.
-In Bedford, it took 3 attacks before a Poodle was declared "vicious" by municipal standards.
-A Pomeranian was declared to be a "Dangerous Animal" under municipal statutes, after several incidents of aggression.
-A 2-year-old boy was mauled so viciously by his grandfather's Labrador Retriever, that he required -A 19-month-old toddler was sent to hospital with injuries to the face and head, after being attacked by her grandmother's Pointer.
-An Ontario family's Chesapeake Bay Retriever savagely attacked one of their children, leaving over 140 stitches in the child's head and face.
-Neighbor's Labrador Retriever and Dachshund attacked an elderly woman, leaving her in a coma, in hospital.
-Paris Hilton's Chihuahua was involved in an unprovoked bite that witnesses called, "Not a little nip. It was a very nasty bite."
-The New Mexico politician that called for stricter penalties against the owners of dangerous dogs was mauled by his own dogs, a Boxer and two English Bulldogs.
-A 4-year-old Nevada girl was attacked a few weeks ago by a roaming Labrador Retriever.
-A couple of months ago, in Georgia, a Jack Russell Terrier so severely damaged its owner's 2-month-old infant's foot in an attack, the child's foot had to be amputated.
-A Golden Retriever was finally put down after a second savage attack on a child. In the first case, the victim was the owner's own child. In the second case, the victim was a child visiting the owner's home, leaving wounds to the cheek and back of the head.
-In Denver, a few weeks ago, a police officer was treated for bite wounds after having been bitten by a Miniature Pinscher. The owner was only charged with allowing the dog to be 'at large'.
-In Rhode Island, earlier this summer, a family's Siberian Husky killed their week-old infant in an attack.
-A two-and-a-half-year-old boy needed 65 stitches to close the gaping wounds caused to his face and cheek, after being attacked by a neighbor's Golden Retriever.
-A Trenton police officer suffered several bite wounds after being attacked by a German Shorthair -A family's Great Dane attacked their 2-year-old child, leaving minor wounds to the head and body.
-In May, a 7-year-old Colorado girl was killed by her family's Alaskan Malamute.
-Despite their valiant efforts, doctors were unable to repair the severed nose of a 5-year-old after he was attacked by a neighbor's Dalmatian.
-A 6-week-old infant was in critical condition after being mauled by the family's Dachshund.
-A neighbor shot a rampaging Lab/Chow mix dog, after it escaped its yard and threatened the public early in October.
-Several children were bitten, and one has to undergo rabies shots, after being bitten by a Chihuahua mix that wandered into a schoolyard.
-A 2-year-old boy wandered into his neighbor's yard in mid-August, and was bitten in the face and neck by the Collie/mix chained there.
-A woman received bites requiring stitches, after being attacked by a Catahoula Leopard Dog.
-A chained Briard killed an 8-year-old child visiting the owner's property.
-After his second attack by the same Dalmation, a postal worker described the dog as "the most aggressive dog" he'd come across in 16 years.
-In July, a boy finally admitted that his report of being attacked by a 'pit bull' was false. He had actually been attacked by a friend's German Shepherd. He says he filed the false report because he wanted to protect his friend.
-Earlier this year, an Ontario child was attack by the family's Golden Retriever, leaving at least two dozen stitches to the face and head.
Clearly, this evidence proves that Americans would be far safer if we banned ALL dogs.

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Joey wrote:
"You are obviously misinformed. Look where Cocker Spaniels fall on this report (from the CDC)."
I'd take a cocker spaniel, golden retriever, poodle or yorkie bite over a pitbull bite any day! These dogs have powerful jaws that lock around their prey -- and they don't let go. That's why they're in the news so often. The victims are usually mortally wounded or scarred for life.
That's a myth.

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