"GIG HARBOR, Wash. A 59-year-old woman has been hospitalized after being mauled by two pit bulls who came into her house Tuesday morning.

"Pierce County Sheriff spokesman Ed Troyer said the two dogs came through a door that was left slightly open and attacked the woman while she was in bed at about 9 a.m. The dogs did not belong to her."

http://www.komotv.com/news/local/9295026.html
Questions abound.
Did she leave a door to the house open, or did the dogs enter through the doggy door.
The woman supposedly defended herself with a firearm, but couldn't hit either dog?
She was "injured severely" but is in "satisfactory condition"?

She supposedly has a service dog. Where was it? The Jack Russell supposedly came in through a doggy door, and was killed. Again, where was the service dog? What kind of service dog?
The owner of one of the dogs was dog-sitting the other one, kept it on a chain in his fenced backyard, and then both dogs apparently escaped.

And it wasn't their first time, apparently, reflecting repeated negligence. I hope he's saved his money, cuz he's going to need it.

Anyway, provided the story is accurate, the thought that these dogs would enter a strange house and do this, is quite disturbing (even to me, someone who adores the breed).
The morons who are breeding most of these dogs today are the real culprits, of course, but its going to be the breed as a whole that will eventually pay the price.
They may call these dogs pit bulls, but really they're not.

They're something else.

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I saw this story on TV and of course it was very disturbing to me as all dog attacks are.
I certainly don't have the answer other than they were dog aggressive dogs bent on killing the JRT. How that transgressed to attacking a woman in her bed I have no idea. I think to say the least poor breeding is to blame, failure to contain the dogs, and lack of training.

I believe I saw the story on Headline News/CNN? They also had a spokesperson from the ASPCA. The newsperson inquired of the ASPCA should there be a breed ban on Pit Bulls? She said no, of course not, but she did advocate spaying and neutering all dogs that are not in the show ring. All breeds.
They then showed a flawed report IMO of deaths caused by dogs. It must have been over a long period of time because at least one of the deaths caused by a (Doberman) was in 1982. The following numbers are from memory so..
Dobermans 3
GSD's 7
Pit Bulls 98
Those were numbers put up by the TV anchor. She did not quote the source, if she did I missed it. Uhh, by the way whatever happened to Chows, Rotts, etc. why weren't they on the list? No offense to owners of those breeds.
The ASPCA rep attempted to say that the numbers were flawed and one of the reasons PBT's and PBT mixes ranked so highly is because they are so popular today. The rep indicated that PBT's are wonderful dogs if raised correctly. I would like to have heard that genetically they can be damaged due to bad breeding for all the wrong reasons. It was only a few minute interview so I assume the ASPCA rep just did her best.

The newswoman announced that there was a poll posted on their website and we could vote on whether we believe there should be a breed ban. I believe I was watching Headline News which is in the CNN family? I have not looked for the poll yet, but if anyone comes across it before I do. Please share as I would like to vote. I would also like to be advised of the results in case I miss it.
The ASPCA rep said that 98 percent of dog attacks are by intact dogs. I was really surprised by that. I do not know if she meant fatalaties or dog bites, either way it certainly does make a good case for spaying and neutering your dog. Even if the numbers are not correct.
Be Free..Judy
The ASPCA rep said that 98 percent of dog attacks are by intact dogs. I was really surprised by that. ... it certainly does make a good case for spaying and neutering your dog. Even if the numbers are not correct.

You shouldn't be surprised. Several studies have shown that the dog most likely to bite is an unneutered male dog. And according to one source I've read, neutered male dogs have never been implicated in serious attacks or deaths of humans. Unfortunately, I don't have time to look for that link right now.
flick 100785
The ASPCA rep said that 98 percent of dog attacks ... neutering your dog. Even if the numbers are not correct.

You shouldn't be surprised. Several studies have shown that the dog most likely to bite is an unneutered male dog. ... implicated in serious attacks or deaths of humans. Unfortunately, I don't have time to look for that link right now.

Here's a case of a fatal attack on a 6 year old by a 6-8 month PBT puppy, as posted in the AOL CBB:

http://www.news10now.com/content/top stories/default.asp?ArID=117058

http://www.stargazette.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=20073082009

http://www.stargazette.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2007708210309

The last link seems to have the most information. This seems to have been another tragedy of a broken home, poor parenting, poor judgment, and possibly incomplete or inaccurate reporting. It seems odd that the father did not hear anything, and that the attack proved to be so quickly fatal. The injuries were not well described, only as consistent with an attack. The father just found his son unresponsive.
But now there is yet another incident that will sway public opinion against PBTs and similar breeds.
There seems to have been some previous history of aggression with this dog. Perhaps there can be some sort of aggression screening as part of dog license renewal, to alert owners of possible problems. Maybe offer discounts if the dog passes the tests, and require an additional fee or bond if dangerous traits are detected. The test could be performed by a licensed vet, trainer, kennel operator or shelter. That would be more fair than BSL.
Paul, Muttley and Lucky
"Paul E. Schoen" (Email Removed) spoke these words of wisdom in
But now there is yet another incident that will sway public opinion against PBTs and similar breeds.

I'd like to hear how they report statistics anyhow. When there are reports of pitbull fatalities nearly every week, you have to wonder how the statics claim there are only 93 PB deaths since 1993
There seems to have been some previous history of aggression ... operator or shelter. That would be more fair than BSL.

what tests? and who is going to do all of this? who is going to enforce it? where's the money ... if somebody's fear-aggressive little dog tries to bite, will they be considered as dangerous as somebody's dominant-aggressive large breed dog?

Boy, no kidding. Cross vet off that list - - there are vets who think greyhounds are 'aggressive' when they come in to have minor skin wounds stitched up that are the result of the type of play (even rougher play) that would not leave marks on thicker skinned, heavier coated dogs. And we know that vets are not behaviorists, so not all vets will distinguish between dog-aggressive and human-aggressive. As for kennel owners and shelter staff making those judgments - - forget it. And all of this assumes that the owners of potentially dangerous dogs are going to license said dogs and/or have their dogs evaluated for "dangerous traits".
Mustang Sally
You shouldn't be surprised. Several studies have shown that the ... don't have time to look for that link right now.

Here's a case of a fatal attack on a 6 year old by a 6-8 month PBT puppy, as posted ... by a licensed vet, trainer, kennel operator or shelter. That would be more fair than BSL. Paul, Muttley and Lucky

The problem with increasing licensing requirements is it will probably just result in an even lower percentage of people in compliance with local licensing laws. I have heard of some local governments that believe they only have about 20% compliance with their existing licensing laws. The fewer people in compliance, the more difficult it will be to properly enforce existing laws as well as any more laws they feel like creating. Although it would be more fair than BSL, I don't really see either as a satisfactory solution to the problem.

Nick
"Paul E. Schoen" spoke these words of wisdom in ... statics claim there are only 93 PB deaths since 1993

because most of them aren't fatalities? there are reports of pit bull attacks every week to be sure (and even ... fatalities, as far as i understand, are pretty much the only accurate dog bite statistic available. http://shattering.org x-no-archive:yes in headers

I would go so far as to say fatality statistics are the most accurate of dog attack statistics, but not all dogs are found after the attack to provide an adequate identification of the breed, even with fatalities. Even with cases where the dog is found and taken into custody, the accuracy of the statistics still relies on the ability of the animal control agents in custody of the dog to accurately identify the it's breed. I've seen my own share of animal control workers who will identify anything that is remotely like a pit bull as a pit bull or pit bull mix.
Nick
Boy, no kidding. Cross vet off that list - - there are vets who think greyhounds are 'aggressive' when they ... of potentially dangerous dogs are going to license said dogs and/or have their dogs evaluated for "dangerous traits". Mustang Sally

Well, we all know from the "think of the children" card that gets dropped in about one third of dog attack news stories that dog aggression is the same as human aggression. I know it was just a chihuahua/cat, but what if it had been a child... laugh.

Nick
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