My Service Dog, Jade

My Pit Bull Attack Story


I have gone to the park down the street from my house just about every single day for the past 3 and a half years.  I go there to enjoy some quality time with my service dog, Jade, or J.J. for short.  She’s only been a service dog now for about a year, but she picked it up quick, she’s a super smart, very sweet, docile, 3 and a half year old, full bred (AKC registered) yellow Labrador; my very best friend, my support, my helper....my buddy. Not to minimize how important other peoples’ pets are to them, but Jade is extremely valuable to me, as she helps me with most, if not all of my daily tasks.  So upon reading my story, you might ask, “if she’s so important to you, why weren’t you carrying a weapon?” Honestly, I can’t give you a good answer for that question, except that, I didn’t think I had to.  
I’ve been disabled for over 20 years now. I was pretty badly injured during my service in the U.S. Navy, and over the years, my condition has continued to worsen. I also have a degenerative spinal disease, disorder, that was genetically passed down to me from my father, in addition to severe arthritis (along with several other spinal disorders), and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which I was diagnosed with a couple years back, due to a severe beating from my ex-husband. Needless to say, Major Depressive Disorder accompanies my severe and chronic pain.  Jade has always been there for me, through it all.  She was also thrown about pretty viciously during the same incident by my ex, and although I’m certain she was affected by it, she has never been anything but sweet, docile, loving, and loyal.
That day, I don’t remember what day it was, except that it must have been a weekend day, because we had gone to the park early, while it was still light out.  We usually go in the evenings when it’s cooler, but on the weekends, the park doesn’t turn the lights on in the evenings.  I was on my mobility scooter (the kind for disabled people), as I always am when we go to the park.  Jade rides with me, until we get there, then we get off the scooter, walk a little for exercise (as much as I can) and play some fetch. 
So there we were, in the middle of the soccer field, having parked the scooter, and walked to the other side of the soccer field, playing fetch. Jade was happily romping through the grass, running for her favorite water bottle (she loves those things).  I glanced up and saw a woman walking around the track with her two young kids, talking and laughing.  Suddenly, from behind her, I see a dog running loose, and it was coming toward me and Jade.  I could clearly see it was pit bull, and immediately my heart started banging in my chest.  I grabbed Jade by the harness, and pulled her close to me.  I yelled out to the lady on the track, “Is this your dog?” She shook her head, shrugged her shoulders and said, “Not my dog.”  
Well, I have seen the news, and I have seen many pit bulls, and I know perfectly well what they’re capable of.  I was immediately very scared, and starting looking around me for some kind of makeshift weapon...I was in the middle of a soccer field, about 100 feet from my scooter.  The pit bull came straight toward us, as it got sight of Jade.  I still had a hold of her, and started yelling at this dog, “NO! Get away! Go home!” It stopped about 10 feet from Jade and I, and got into crouch position.  It was staring straight into Jade’s face. Surprisingly, Jade started to growl.  Up until this day, I’d only heard J.J.’s play growl, when we played tug of war with her stuffed dragon.  I was still stomping my foot, and throwing my free arm up, and yelling at the pit bull.  It only glanced at me, then her glare was back on Jade.  (I knew it was a female, because her teets were hanging down, as if she were still nursing).  
Suddenly, ignoring me and my yelling, the pit bull lunged on my buddy.  “Noooo!” I screamed and yelled.  I was so scared, I knew what pit bulls had done to other dogs around this town, and I just knew I was going to lose my little buddy, my helper.  I was frantic and didn’t know what to do, I had no weapon, nothing to get this monster off of my girl.  I almost stuck my hands in the middle, but thought better of it.There was no way I could wrestle this dog, being disabled and in constant pain.  I suddenly realized that my docile, sweet girl, my helper was fighting back.  She wasn’t just fighting back, she was fighting like a lion, for her life, and I now realize, she was fighting for mine.  She was protecting me.  
She fought so hard, for what seemed like a very long time, and then at last the pit bull jumped off of her and backed off a few feet.  Jade looked up at me, panting heavily, as if to check on me, and then her glare was back on the pit bull.  Jade growled long and low, and the pit bull turned its head and walked a few more feet back.  I noticed I was shaking.  The pit bull was now circling us but staying about 7 to 10 feet away.  I started my yelling at the pit bull again, “Go home! Get!” I would yell, the pit bull would start to walk away, then circle, coming back toward us, all the while trying to get behind us.  I know now that this was a very strategic move on the part of the pit bull, a kill move.  I decided it was a good time to start moving and start trying to get out of there.  I knew better than to run.  I grabbed Jade again by her harness, who was standing in front of me, and began to move slowly backward, periodically yelling “Get out of here, Go!” When I would stop yelling, the pit bull would start to move closer, and get back in crouch position; when I would yell, it would look away for a moment then circle again, trying to get behind us.  I turned to face the pit every time, Jade following my every move.  When I think back to that day, which I do every single day, I am astounded at the love, loyalty, dedication and strength that my buddy showed me that day.  I still wonder if any person would do, would have done, what my service dog did for me that day. 
Over and over again, Jade and I danced this crazy, frightening dance with this vicious pit bull.  The closer we got to my scooter, the more it seemed the pit was losing interest.  I don’t think it wanted another battle with my girl.  I certainly wouldn’t have, after the way she fought.  Circling and yelling, we finally had backed our way to my scooter.  I slowly got on, watching the pit bull, and Jade hopped on too, right between my knees, on the floorboard, where she loves to ride with mommy.  The pit bull was looking away now, and definitely losing interest....we took off.  I hoped my scooter would deter the pit bull, although at top speed, 6 miles an hour, can not outrun any dog. 
 Once we were moving, the pit bull headed off toward the playground, where some kids were swinging on the swings.  I was still shaking, and while driving, I touched and looked at Jade the best I could, checking for wounds.  I couldn’t get a good look and decided to get the hell out of the park and head home quickly to give her  a good check.  On the way out of the park, I rode past the playground, where the kids were, I didn’t see the loose cannon nearby.  I yelled at the kids as I passed, “Hey there’s a loose pit bull running around the park, and it just attacked my dog, get to a safe place now!” All three kids leaped off the swings and ran.  They must know, I thought.  They must know what these vicious dogs do to kids and pets.  
We were almost out of the park, when I ran into the lady that was walking on the track. She stopped me.  I looked around to see whether it was okay to stop, and I got a glimpse of the pit bull along the trees on the outside of the track, on the other side of the park.   Two young women were bent over, calling out to it, trying to get it to come over to them.  “They’re crazy,” I thought. The lady said, “I saw what that dog did to your dog, I saw everything and I called 911....is your dog okay, are you okay?” She must have seen the fear and panic in my face.  I started to answer, and she said, “You should call them too, they said they were on their way...I hope your dog is okay.”  I told her that I had to get her home and check her.  I thanked her and rode away, pulling out my phone and dialing 911.  I told them what had happened and that the pit bull was still running loose around the park, where there were children and other people walking their dogs.  They assured me they were on their way, but I hung up, still trying to get home to check my buddy.  She seemed okay and I didn’t see any blood, but I wanted to look at her all over.  As I exited the park, I rode past an elderly couple, with two big Labradors, and told them about the pit bull and that it had attacked my dog. They waved a thank you and immediately turned to exit the park.  People know what these pit bulls do, kids, the elderly, everyone knows, I thought.  I was almost home when I received a call from the police department.  Officer Woods asked me where I was, if my dog was alright, if I was alright, and could I describe the pit bull?  I answered the best I could, told him I was almost home and he told me to call back should I find my dog to be injured.  
Upon very close inspection, with a wagging tail, and a smile on her face, Jade seemed to be fine, except for a pretty good puncture wound on her right hip.  It bled a little.  
I never experienced something like this in all my life, although I’d run into loose dogs before.  I never was so afraid, and so thankful at the same time.  I was sure I was going to lose my best friend that day, and what was I going to do without her; without my helper to get my slippers, and fetch my cane, help me up and down, pick up the things I drop, open and close doors, help me with the laundry, and lay next to me when I cry in pain from this spinal disease....she lays with me as if to tell me, “I’m here for you, momma.”  What person would do this, always with a smile and a wag?  Since that day, I’ve seen many a news story about a loose pit bull mauling someone’s dog to death right before their very eyes, and I thank God that my buddy is still with me.  I have not forgotten that day, and unfortunately neither has Jade.  She has become defensive and a bit aggressive toward other dogs, but we’re working on that, and she’s getting better now.  I still sometimes have nightmares, and can’t go to the park, or even outside my front door, without thinking about that incident, and wondering if or when it will happen again.  I carry weapons now when Jade and I are out of the house, as she accompanies me everywhere.  I carry a stun baton that delivers 800,000 volts when we go for a walk, pepper spray, and a knife.  When we go elsewhere, I carry a stun gun in my purse that delivers 4.5 million volts, and a can of mace.  I can’t afford to lose my buddy, and I’ve now vowed to get these vicious, unpredictable killers off of our city streets.

43 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing this story. As a photographer, I've been attacked once by a pit bull. I also came upon one attacking two boys with skateboards. I have no respect for the people that created this breed, nor the people who continue to promote it, with all their lies. Good idea about the stun baton. I'm ready, next time I see a pit bull attacking children or a dog, I'm going to run and jump on it, landing on it's back with my knees to break it's spine, and then I'll poke it's eyes out. But with your condition, you need the stun baton.

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    1. You're absolutely right, Anonymous. There's no way I'd be able to fight one of those monsters off me or my dog in my condition. I do feel much safer having a weapon or two at hand should I need them. Unfortunately, I bet it won't be long before you have to deal with another pit bull attack. We really need some regulations on these types of dogs! If only pit bull owners would start telling the truth about their dogs, we might finally be able to find a solution that works for everyone....but I'm not gonna hold my breath on that one! Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read and comment.

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    2. I had to put 3(THREE) .38 Hollow points in a Pitt to get it to stop killing another dog, Good luck with your Tickle Stick(stun gun Ect.)

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  2. I know exactly how you feel. Here in Ontario, pit bulls are illegal if born after Nov 2006. But that doesn't seem to stop people from getting these dogs.

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    1. I'm sure you're absolutely right, Jim; however, I bet you all have much less of a pit bull problem than we do here in Tucson. We are having attacks, maulings, and even deaths about every two to three weeks here. It's really sad and overwhelming. We really need some sort of regulations here for dangerous/vicious breeds of dogs. BTW....what's the weather like up there? Is it really cold, or more bearable right now? It's crazy warm here already. I'm not looking forward to summer. One thing I have to say Jim, is that I love the way the internet brings people together from all parts of the world! Isn't this cool?! How are Chico and Jacob doing?

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  3. OMG you chickenshit anonymous - you sound like a real winner! Breaking a dog's spine and poking it's eyes out? You people are insane - so you've never once seen any other kind of dog attack other dogs? And once again you're forgetting that a lot of the people who own pit bulls (and any other of that type of dog or mix which most of them are but all 3 of you are obviously breed experts) keep them outside 24/7 with no training or spaying or neutering, or chained up somewhere so yes when they do get out sometimes they've spent years being teased and frustrated. And if your lab fought him off with one puncture wound I'd say it was a pretty fair fight. Once again - you're all freaks! So you wouldn't mind I guess if there were no more Labs? They had the second highest bite rate in Pima county in the last haha research done by KGUN News - so if Pits are banned, I'm sure labs will be next. And a few years ago it would have been german shepherds, or Rotti's, or dobermans, so say goodbye to a lot of purebred AKC whoopie dogs.

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    1. Good response, Jewel.

      Pits are THE breed/type that dog fighters choose exclusively, because they are the best at attacking and mauling. Each dog is an individual and training may modify instinct, but instinct is inside and there is no way to know when the tugging, crushing, shredding instincts may occur.

      Pit bulls are often acquired for reasons other than companionship, and suffer disproportionately from severe abuse, neglect, abandonment, young death. Oddly, this all seems to be just fine with the pit bull breeders, buyers and promoters.

      I worked for a animal hospital and trained with two dog clubs in the 70's, 80's, 90's and there were essentially no pit bull types. Dobes, GSD's Rotties NEVER killed neighbor dogs and never mauled neighbor pets in the numbers that pit bulls are currently.

      At the animal hospital we had some odd breed clients: One English Bulldog, a couple of mastiffs, but no APBT, SBT, not AST.

      And because of that, our community had NO home invasion dog deaths, no dogs-being-walked-down-the-street deaths, no 150 stitches in the visiting grandchild. Yes there were bites, but not maulings.

      The two local SPCA's in our area had a wide variety of dogs, 2,3 sometimes 4 dogs in each run.

      If a stray dog come onto our property, we did have to worry about our pet chickens, but never had a dog injured by a passing stray.

      That has changed now. Dogs have died when pits broke into homes. Visiting grand kids have been rushed to trauma centers. I know because I've gotten the calls, when the owner's want to get rid of their other pits because they have learned the hard way. Pits can be friendly and cuddly one moment and suddenly begin tugging the next. And these attacks did not make the news, so stop blaming the media.

      The pound is FULL of pits, each needing one run. Put two adults pits together, even after "temperament testing" and you may come in to work to find a murder scene.

      Let pits become gradually, mercifully extinct. Ban their breeding now. Free, mandatory, enforced spay/neuter/microchipping of all pits, pit mixes, all dog aggressive dogs.

      Everybody sane wins. All dogs win too, especially the tortured pit bulls themselves.

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    2. Sandinista, pit bull bites are more severe than Lab bites. A study by surgeons in San Antonio supports this. I have pictures. Wanna see?

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    3. Debbie B: WELL-SAID!!! Thanks for reading and taking time to comment!

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    4. Gabe: Thank you for stopping by and taking time to comment. You're absolutely right! Pit bull don't "bite" like all the pit bull owners/lovers try to say. Labs bite, but pit bulls maul, tear, shred and don't let go. It leaves the worst of the worst injuries and often death. Thanks again!

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    5. Sandi how about you google these two names Darla Napora and her 2 year pitbull Gunner.Read the story how a pitbull advocate and supporter was killed by her own pitbull.Oh the irony! Saddest part is she was 6 months pregnant.Gunner was given nothing but love and well cared according to friends.A dog she'd had since 8 weeks old ripped out her throat and she had defensive bite marks on her arms and hands.She was an experienced pitbull owner too and yet he still killed her.Kind of throws all that socialization education out the window dont it?Love can't over genetic bred in traits.Read it I dare you!

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    6. mr sandi u are rude today 2pittbulls attacked my dog and killed him my husband killed them so how u like them apples. THANK U MS JADE FOR SHARING YOUR BEAUTIFUL STORY. Not being ulgy but sandi u need to go to hell with the pitbulls

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  4. Sandi, I went ahead and published your comment, this time...but be forewarned, I won't keep publishing comments that are this rude and insulting. Try to keep your emotions in check, please. No one looks more insane than someone who can't control their emotions and speak in the manner which you did here. Having said that, you are actually wrong anyway....Labs did not have the second highest bite rate in Pima County per KGUN, it was German Shepherds.
    Pit bulls: 848 bites

    German Shepards: 633 bites

    Labs: 496 bites

    Chihuahuas: 361 bites

    Chows: 231 bites (copied from KGUN 9 website)
    Please check your research again. Also, if pits are banned, pits are banned. That's it. No more. No, no one's going to move on to the next breed. That is a ridiculous kind of thinking, and a tactic that all pit lovers use in an attempt to deflect from their beloved breed. (eyes rolling)

    And no...the victims of pit bulls are not "all freaks" as you say....I know it's also a common tactic used by the pit bull cult to blame all victims of these dogs to make it look as though the dog was not at fault....we know better.....most people know better.

    Again, you are absolutely wrong in stating that it's only the pit bulls that have a lack of training and/or socialization that do the attacking. Tell us, is that what happened to Darla Napora? Her pit bull was one she raised from a puppy with the appropriate love and care, and then one day out of the blue, it attacked and killed her. That's happened several times! These are not dogs that were trained to attack, nor are they just dogs that were not trained or socialized. They're just pit bulls, doing what pit bulls do, per their DNA. They were bred to attack, fight and kill, and they do it better than any other dog.

    Thank you for reading my blog and taking time to comment; however, like I stated earlier, if you send more messages in this rude and condescending tone, attacking others the way you have, your comments will be deleted. Thanks.

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  5. I'd like to address two things Sandi said. "You people are insane - so you've never once seen any other kind of dog attack other dogs?" Sandi, please do some research into the general behavior of the domestic dog. You will find it to be a social species with an elaborate system of signals and behaviors all designed to AVOID fights and seriously injuring another dog. Then research how fighting breeds were created, that all these normal, social skills had to be bred out and replaced with fighting behavior - the desire to fight for no reason and without stopping, the ability to ignore signs of submission from the other dog, the ability to hide signals of an impending fight. These are genetic things, not trained into a pit bull, and unless the pit is mixed, never bred out.

    Which leads me to "And once again you're forgetting that a lot of the people who own pit bulls keep them outside 24/7 with no training or spaying or neutering, or chained up somewhere so yes when they do get out sometimes they've spent years being teased and frustrated." First of all, you're stereotyping pit bull owners with that comment, and I would disagree with your assumption because no pit bull owner I have ever known has ever treated their dog like that (and they attacked anyway). But let's just say you are correct, the majority of pit bull owners are irresponsible people. Then why isn't pit bull rescues doing a better job of screening adopters, educating owners, and going out into the community to find these dogs and help them? I see a lot of pit bull advocates like Sandi, very judgmental, loud-mouthed "experts" who blast away at "haters" from their computer like the "haters" are the problem. According to Sandi, the haters are not the problem, but I guess its far easier to sit on your butt and type insults and nonsense than to get off of it and actually do something constructive and helpful for the dogs. But I'm done holding my breath and waiting for pit bull advocacy to actually help pit bulls.

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  6. you know what' insane? The BS attitude nutters have, the one where they think it's ok to post on victim's blogs, threads, stories, forums or any other venue the virtue of the beloved wiggly butts. Take your deflection, blame, denial and skewed sensibilities to blogs, threads, stories, forums and any other venue that supports your brain washed ideals.

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  7. Sorry to hear about your attack. I hope both you and your pet get better over time.

    Personally I think restriction is necessary, but I just can't get behind outright extinction, and a lot of bans. My reasoning being that there are owners who lose perfectly fine dogs, landlords who risk being found liable for irresponsible owners, and crossbreeds who could be deemed exceptionally dangerous even if it was a parent dog being only part pit. As much as some of you may call people who like pitbulls insane. They genuinely love their dogs. Many owners worry about driving across state lines for fear that when they take their dog out for a walk at a rest stop they could face a fine, or confiscation. Many laws wording states that even having a pitbull in your home for a period of time is illegal, or "carrying"/"transporting" a pitbull is an illegal act. There has to be some form of compromise where we can both protect the public, so attacks against both human and dog become less likely.

    I understand a lot of the comments on here. Though it seems both sides view the other as "brainwashed" or horrible people. The fact is there are pitbulls that never attack anyone, and there are numerous pitbulls who do.
    People have ALWAYS bred fighting dogs and thugs will move on to another breed to replace pits in time, history has shown it. To pretend like dog bites and maulings will stop with pitbull extinction is pure bullocks. Historically pitbulls were bred to go from dogs of hunting and protecting, to being bred to fight. In a horrible way it is similar to puppy mills or bad breeders who breed the most popular dog of the day without regard to the dog's health. The difference is people will find the most excessive and aggressively tempered dog breed of the day and then breed the most aggressive dogs of that breed they can find. We may deal with pitbulls, but what happens when we start seeing a new breed of Rotties or Akitas? We have to get the core of the problem, people who are breeding dogs ONLY for strength, aggression, and ability to maul other dogs.


    My question to all the people who think all pitbulls are dangerous is would you rather have a dog taken from his owner and killed for only it's potential to be dangerous, or for actually being dangerouss; or does it not matter?

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  8. I am in absolute agreement with you and I am very sorry that happened to your buddy. It concerns me immensely the current view & support that people are giving to the pit bull breed. Most of the people supporting this breed either don't have dogs themselves or have other breeds entirely. In other words, they have the wool pulled over their eyes. This breed of dog has been bred specifically for a purpose, to have massive powerful jaws, an instinct to bite and not let go, and to maul their opponent to death. They are specifically dog aggressive. These animals have no business around children, pets, & should require a special license & training to own. This is a breed that appeals to the low income society due to their low fetching price. Lower income society does not have the resources necessary to properly care for a pet and ensure that it gets the necessary training it needs. That seemingly adorable wide smile that a pit bull has is not a smile at all, it is a mouth full of teeth with an exceptionally wide girth to wrap around prey. They are notorious for biting the face in the attempt to smother their victim. While these are not the only breed with a dangerous disposition, they most certainly are the most aggressive with the highest rate of attributable deaths than any other breed. While a chihuahua or any other small - medium breed can bite, someone is more likely to walk away from it than from the bite of a pit bull. Yes, we as humans are the reason why pit bulls are here and continue to be here. Craigslist and other animal listing sites are flooded with pit bull or pit bull type breeds and they're overwhelmingly the breed in shelters. The most humane choice for these dogs at this point is either to breed the aggression out of them or eliminate the breed altogether. My question to anonymous on 6/13/2012 is do you want to wait around to find out if that pit bull is dangerous when it proves to kill the toddler next door? Do you try and prevent robberies or do you leave the vault doors wide open to your bank and deal with the problem afterwards?

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  9. I had a horrible encounter with an aggressive pit bull that lives across the street from me. I was just walking down the lane, no where near its yard when it ran past my husband, to me barking and growling. I have PTSD and Adrenal failure (addisons) and severe anxiety issues-- and do not need any more trauma, if you know what I mean. I also have 3 children... and that is my biggest concern. The owner of this bully (I'm calling pit bulls bullies from now on) stood there watching this instead of rushing over, retrieving her own stupid dog. The dog ran behind me, to attack and I was so scared--I know what they do. Who hasn't heard what these monster dogs do?
    After several moments passed (maybe it was only 2 minutes, it felt like a life time of terror), this woman finally walked over and was correcting me on how to behave --I said to her to just get her dog, NOW. I had no interest in "chatting" about how I was not "trained" around her dog. If you have to train your neighbors and can not control your dog, it's a dog no one should have!
    I now have full blown anxiety Re: dogs. Which has ruined my walks and exercise. I panic when I see any big dog and
    every time I have to walk by this house. This happened on the 14th of Dec and because of my health issues, I was laid low and am still trying to recover from the stress and fear caused me. I'm just about crying writing this out and I'm so angry that these people (bully supporters/owners) are so ignorant and uneducated. And putting our society at risk.

    The environment of the dog, or how they are raised and treated has little to do with how they behave and this aggressive/attack problem. That is genetic and has everything to do with BREEDING! These are dangerous "weapons" and are loose cannons. We have 3 of them in our dog city (so many dogs in Seattle...) and 2 of them just mauled a little jack russel terrior even tho they were on leashes. The owners are in utter denial about it.
    I have a shocker/stun "gun" and I pulled it out. I have no idea if it will do anything to a bully. I think I'll look into a baton bcz I don't want to have to get too close to an aggressive dog :( I'd rather prevent flesh wounds and danger.
    There are plenty of stable dogs who will protect families and homes... there is *NOT* a reason on earth to have a pit bull or other aggressive/unstable (genetically speaking, so everyone can save their "nurturing/good dog parents/environment" speech)
    MY neighbor handled it very poorly. We reported the aggressive dog incident immediately that day because I am not taking a chance with my kids safety. Though there are plenty more bullies out there :( sigh.
    I am so sorry you had that experience--you and your Buddy. I am looking into a dog for myself (PTSD and now I think I need a dog to rely on to feel safe ever leaving my house again :*()

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  10. I was out walking the collie when an unleashed pit bull tried to disembowel him. I was able to fight off the dog long enough for the rail-thin girl that was walking it to get it leashed. That's when I started doing some research to find out what the truth about pit bulls was. It was only then that I realized how lucky I'd been. The collie's been attacked by other dogs as well (he's very submissive and seems to have a bulls-eye on him) but the pit attack was by far the most determined and vicious. In a study pits are less likely to be affected by mace and weapons. The best way to protect yourself and your dog is learn to shoot and get a concealed carry permit. I am. Sandi, your comment is ignorant, insulting, nonsensical, and reeks of pit owner.

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  11. Here's a good template on what happens when deluded pit owners attempt to pass their game bred fighting dogs off as 'service dogs': In a famous example of a trained "therapy" pit bull reverting back to genetic pit bull animal-aggression, Anna Klafter's pit bull, Nettie, unleashed an attack upon a mounted police horse.

    Sergeant David Herrera was bucked off in the 2003 incident and suffered neck and back injuries. Klafter suffered a fractured skull after the horse kicked her in the face. At the time, Klafter had been trying to gain control of her "extensively trained" animal assisted therapy dog. Klafter had adopted the dog from the San Francisco SPCA, where she also volunteered as a dog trainer.13 The horse, AAA Andy, was bitten in the legs and belly and never worked another day of service duty.14

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  12. Certain breeds ( pit bulls, rottweilers, dobermans oh and wolf hybrids) are banned by USMC and US Army from privatized housing and a major insurance company Farmers announced it would no longer cover homeowners for bites by these breeds.The more bites the insurers will bite back lol. It's not a ''conspiracy" and no one ''hates'' the babies, but there are documented cases and it is about $. When I used to work with big cats NO insurance company ever insured me( life ins), and rightfully so. I didn't take it personally. Aside from that I love and can handle almost ANY animal but I get the chills every time I see a dog's face (any dog for that matter) next to a toddler's in pictures titled ''Love." It's called um...irresponsible parenting and irresponsible dog ownership. Period. Some people think that if they had a good rottweiler they are all good and they get emotional. As a former wildlife rehabilitation specialist, dog handler and trainer I will say this, in the animal field there is no room for emotions, only for KNOWLEDGE. Say Hi to Jade from me:)

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  13. I'm 62 was walking my little dog and pit attacked us. I put my dog between my knees and crouched and put up my umbrella which seemed to scare the dog alittle. A neighbor heard my screams and chased the dog off. I was never so scared in my life. That pits face was so scary. He wanted my little dog. I live in a small rural town and there are 7 pits or pit mixes on my block! Add to that a female pit in heat running the streets and 2 who are walked by my house regularly and another just outside of my side of town that recently killed a pet llama. WHAT IS HAPPENING TO OUR CULTURE? AND DON'T TELL ME PITS AREN'T SCARY. THAT PIT THAT CAME AT ME IS A FAMILY PET AND HE WOULD HAVE CHEWED ME UP GETTING TO MY DOG. I THINK ALL PIT BULLS SHOULD BE OUTLAWED.

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  14. I`m not against Pit bull types but they need to be controlled and reduced in numbers.

    I had my issues with the breed.
    A pit escaped it's apartment and grabbed the throat of my leashed Rotty,which led to a very violent fight.
    There was no stopping before the fight or doggy signals,no barking or growling,it was an immediate attack.
    Another also kept escaping its house(kids left the door open) to fight my dog,luckily those fights where bloodless. And despite being a purebred Pit these fights where no worse then others I've had with non bully breeds.
    I feel many pits have been bred far away enough from game stock that their fighting ability is not real different then a dog like a German Shepherd. Many Others though can be quite ferocious and unpredictable with other dogs.

    A Pit mix and gsd mix killed my sisters rabbit after breaking into his cage.

    I had other dogs get in scuffles with Pits before as well.
    These are not dogs that should be running loose. These are not dogs for in-experienced or careless owners. These are not dogs that should be passed off as nanny dogs.

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  15. I'm 14.
    On a camping trip last year, out in eastern Oregon, I was sent off to go fetch some firewood. I did jut that and was shuffling back by way off the car road holds g a massive amount of wood, trying to get back to my family's tent. Just then u heard some barking up ahead, by didn't mind it too much because I knew it was my neighbors with their gigantic RV s pitbull. Great, I thought. Dumb thing must be tied up outside again. Anyways, woe to me it was. And just as I was walking by, the chain chose that moment to snap. I turn around, drop my wood. The pitbull is staring at me, then it growls. Starts running for me. In frozen in fear before coming to my senses and spiriting away from our campsites.
    I quite Litterally spring up a tree, scrambling up branches to get away from this thing. Then it perches on two legs, and grabs a hold of my foot. Before I can think straight I've spun around and I'm kicking it in the eye as hard as i can with my free foot. It falls back, I climb higher.
    Sit there until its finishes glaring at me and leaves. The owners leave no less than an hour later.

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    1. How terrifying! So glad you are ok!!

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  16. For 25 years I have walked and biked a seldom used blacktop road behind my house. Two years ago a young man bought a house at the corner from me. The first time I saw the mans 2 pitbulls they were charging down the mans hill to the road where I walk barking growling they kept going in circles around my legs and bumping my legs I said nothing just kept still the owner came down kept calling them to come back up the hill. The man said scared you didn't they I said yes. I did not call in complaint figure it wouldn't happen again. Did not see the dog's again for months Our daughter had us watch her boxer puppy my husband took the pup on a leash for a walk the brown pit came out and pinned the puppy to the ground the man came out and called his dog my husband filed a complaint on that. One week ago I was coming back from my walk the 2 pitbulls came charging out of the man's yard Thought I was dead I walked to the other side of the road thought the owners voice could stop the dogs barking growling snapping the brown one snapped the side hem of my sweatshirt owner finally got them called away called animal control and sherrif we have a leash law man got a fine told the brown one needs fenced when outside or get rid of it he told animal contro he will get rid of the brown one. We will never walk past that man house again

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  17. Thanks for sharing. I was walking my two pugs on 5/25/14 on a coupler when a pit bull came on us. I pucked them up but he grabbed my youngest out of my arms. She had to have two surgeries but is fine now. We were lucky too but it haunts me every day. I am not sure how to get beyond it. These dogs are my world and I woukd do anything to keep them safe. Even if that means no more walks :-( we were lucky that day. Dont use halt. Use pepper spray.

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  18. Basically - they were bred to be ''game'' dogs, they were bred for the game - and game, typically, means hunting/killing, which is why they exhibit a high animal aggression level - however, they're incredibly friendly with humans, as they were bred this way. This is part of the reason why so many attacks occur to other animals by Pits, because they exhibit the ''game'' instinct. Of course, with special & supervised socialization with all sorts of animals, you could easily keep the instinct under control.

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    1. Anonymous, gently asking you to please, please go to the website dogsbite.org and look at all the pit bulls who were treated with loving kindness for years by their owners. Then the pit bull mauled them to death out of nowhere. They might have been bred not to attack humans but tell that to all the Human's who had their loving best buddies turn on them or their babies and kill them. Just so you know. Thanks very kindly.

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  19. Jewel Jade, what an awful experience. I am realizing that the pit bull problem is way more widespread than I ever realized. I have been reading dogsbite.org and my heart is broken for every person attacked by these dogs. What a horrendous way to die. Especially for helpless babies. I wish pit bull owners would realize the danger to their children and families when they brings dogs bred to kill into their homes.

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  20. You could look up Merritt Clifton on the web. He says a stun gun isn't the best defense. I know pepper spray doesn't stop some pits. I wonder if bear spray would. Some people carry knives but it's supposedly not that easy to stop a pit with them. I think a legal gun might be better. www.dogsbite.org has good info.. I'm sorry you were attacked.

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  21. MY dog died today 3/15/15 attacked by pittbulls he fought for his life. My husband killed the pittbulls while they were attacking him. I am heartbroken and crying. THANK U MS JADE, I CAME ACROSS THIS BLOG. Yes I am the one made the reply to this so called sandi . Ms J ade please post this .

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  22. DAMN FUCKIN PUSSIES!!!! I HOPE MY PIT KILLS ALL YALL LITTLE ANNOYING FUCKIN DOGS THEN KILLS YOU NEXT AND THEN I'M SURE IT WILL TURN ON ME AND KILL ME AND THEN TAKE OVER THE WORLD AND EAT ALL THE CHILDREN SUCK MY COCK YOU SUBURB ASS FUCKIN CRACKER PUSSIES HAHAHAAHAH

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  23. I live in quiet little area but yet I am a prisoner, I cannot take my kids out for walks, such a shame, people do not put their dogs on leashes, two pitbulls have scared me half to death when I had my 5 year old and newborn out for a stroll, when I saw them coming I am thinking how do I protect my five year old and knowing they might go for the baby, my heart right now is racing and makes me teary eyed reliving that day, that was the worst experience I have ever had in my entire life, the thought of my children getting hurt, mauled scared me to the core of my being, there are time I am on my way to work, or shopping, a dog is loose in the neighborhood I open my door and they come charging, I retreat inside until it is gone, there is also a bunch of little Chihuahuas, the ones that runs up close to you and start growling and yelping, my next door neighbors has two they just them run around, after they scare me half to death, they apologize, heck I think they are trying to fertilize my lawn with their crap or give me a heart attack, I do not want to start any trouble but I do not think that is fair, that I cannot let my kids ride their bikes in the neighborhoods, I have to take them to the park. My son is having a birthday party I wanted to rent a bounce house but I cannot, I do not know where one of these little buggers will come from and I will have a few children around, I cannot afford the responsibility if a child gets bitten, but I am annoyed I am being control by theses dog/thoughtless owners, because (some) pet owner think their little fifi is harmless and can be let out to relieve themselves or let loose to roam in the neighborhood, I hate feeling this way. PEOPLE PLEASE KEEP YOUR DOG ON LEASHES WHEN OUT, if you know you cannot control your dog, if that dog can drag you once it wants to go after someone or something, you need to take control that is an accident waiting to happen, but as for me I hate having this fear, I have tried my hardest to not pass that fear on to my children. My daughter wants a puppy I am too traumatized to allow it, that is sad, because I know cute little puppies can turn into a big nuisance. I feel like a nervous nellie once a dog is near. I only venture past my mailbox when my husband is with me. Ok I am done venting :-) I wanted to write and say sorry you had such an awful experience, but thank god no one was baldly injured and your savior is Ok.

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  24. I've tried this 3 times now but what I have to say is important. You think you have a nice pitbull, think again. Just like your eye color is genetic so is a pitbull's need to kill other dogs. Yes I know pit bulls will play with other dogs but when their genetics kick in they must kill other dogs even if they have to fight to the death. This is nothing you can change just by being nice to your pitbull.....it is genetic and there are no colored contacts for this type of vicious gene and all pits have it . They are literally the psychotic murderers of the dog world and should be eradicated. Yes there are other dangerous dogs but they were not bread to fight to the death to kill your dog. My nighbors pitbull dug under his fence and tried to kill my dog right in front of my house on the way back from a walk on leash. I threw myself between my beloved red heeler mixed breed 40 lb rescue dog with my back to the pit to break his hold on her throat and he just kept coming back. I had maced him all over his blonde face, you could see the mace, didn't slow him down at all. My husband heard my screaming and came out with a post hole digger and spun him around 3 times....he kept coming back, he was determined to kill her, I'm still on the dirt rock road curled around her. Finally a dog from up the road drew him off and got over his fence in time not to be attacked. The owner blamed everyone including me. He's kind of ignorant, only he was to blame for breeding an aggressive female. Because I live in Texas that dog is still alive living next to me, while my baby and I will carry bite scars and scars in our hearts the rest of our lives. In the human world, he committed attempted murder and that's just what it felt like. I'm so lucky she survived. Mace does not work. This is a genetic problem caused by sick humans that bread dogs to kill dogs. They need to be punished and the dogs need to be eradicated. If anyone ever tells you the pitbull is the mascot of the military, they don't know their dog breeds very well, they are only the mascots of the ignorant and ignorance is the greatest danger here. Genetics wins out over nurture almost every time, maybe not today but no day us a good day to have a dog try to kill your best friend. Study your genetics, get a concealed weapons permit and get a stun gun. I'm already disabled and now have ptsd. No longer can my dog be a service dog because I cannot risk taking her out of my house/yard. I will not let her be attacked again. Be educated and be safe out there.

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  25. My 9 month old dog was killed by a loose pitbull 2 days ago. His owners had no leash on him. My dog was being petted by an old lady when out of nowhere the pitbull blindsided us and had my dog in his mouth like a rag doll. Only his owner was able to pry his jaws open. I had to put my dog to sleep because he spinal cord was severed and he was in extreme pain and having trouble breathing. The pit bulls owner took his dog and walked away. I called cops and they tell me there is nothing they can do. I called animal control to no avail. All that the owner is liable for is the vet bill and that's it!!! Meanwhile my dog is DEAD!! There are no laws in place to protect this from happening to another dog or family!!!

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  26. I'm very much pro BSL and very concerned about Pit Bulls and mix being in homes and neighborhoods. The statistics are clear. They are so dangerous. I just wanted to share this product I found tonight. The site it's from trains people to avoid dog bites. They are likely not against pits. But this item was interesting. It's an umbrella with a popping sound. Sometimes an item that startles dogs can buy time. The only other things I know of that seem good in fighting off a pit are a gun, a fire extinguisher shooting foam in their mouth or nose or a sharp long object in the anus. Merritt Clifton says that knives and pepper spray are not reliable. I'm sure all of us would use whatever we could to protect our selves or help someone. Thanks to all of you who are working to get the truth out about the dangers of Pit Bulls. http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.shop.bulliray.com%2F211-Dog-Stopper-Umbrella-211.htm%3FcategoryId%3D-1&h=zAQEFcMlD&s=1 ............................. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10207229977939984&set=p.10207229977939984&type=3&theater

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  27. At 9:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving Eve, I was on my back porch when I heard a vicious ongoing dog attack and a screaming woman pleading for help. I jumped into my car and drove around the block, encountering an elder gentleman in the street with a broom in hand. He jumped into my car and directed me to turn left. Two doors down we found a large pit-bull mauling a Golden Retriever in an open garage. The retriever was in its own garage and the pit bull was from next door. The pit bull had the retriever by the neck and was violently shaking the retriever as a hysterical woman attempted to control her husband’s pit bull. The pit bull had already bitten her several times. At some point the pit bull let go of the retriever, which ran around the east side of the house. The pit bull then went after a young girl and the gentleman, who was able to fend the pit bull off with his broom. He rushed the girl and the retriever into the house. I repeatedly told the pit bull owner to put her pit bull in her house, but the dog was loose and it attacked and bit me in the lower left abdomen. After she got the pit bull into her house, we called animal control. The owner of the pit bull claimed it is an American Bulldog. But really, “at this point, what difference does it make?"
    This one ended about as well as possible. Animal Control took the dog for quarantine. The HOA wrote the dog owner and banned the dog from the neighborhood. Nobody was seriously hurt and it looks like the retriever will recover.
    So, pit bull advocates say it is the owner, not the breed. I wholeheartedly agree. Clearly this owner did not properly socialize, train, and control this dog. And it has happened far too often.
    Why have such a powerful breeds like pit bulls and American Bulldogs in a residential neighborhood at all?
    I think I know why you irresponsible owners make such poor choices. Some character flaw within yourself, (weak ego, low self-esteem, narcissism…) leads you to want that type of dog to compensate for your own shortcomings. You want to intimidate people with your dog. People are genuinely scared of your alpha dog, but you look pathetic hiding behind a dog that is controlling you!
    You people get these dogs planning to properly socialize and train them, but you don’t. And you fail to control your dogs, dogs that have been bred to attack and kill. It does not matter to the rest of us dog lovers why you fail. Maybe you are just lazy, or perhaps you do not possess the dog-whisperer skills you think you have. The fact is that you, not your dog, failed miserably. And because of your failure, someone else or some other dog did or will get hurt or killed.
    Don’t make excuses for the dog; it’s your fault. Face the truth, accept responsibility, and do the right thing. That is, if you can you handle the truth.
    Hint: Find an appropriate home for your dog or euthanize it before your own life is ruined.

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  28. I too found out how dangerous pit bulls can be, the hard way. I was walking my little 20# mixed dog in my neighborhood early evening. Dogs were barking from a house that I had heard them in before. We had crossed the street away from the house when I heard a screen door open, I glanced back & saw a full size pit bull running unleashed toward us. I knew I was in trouble! I tried to block it from my dog, but got tripped up somehow & fell hard on my wrist, shattering the arm bones where the meet my right hand. I was then unable to stop the attack on my dog, although I did get the pit in a headlock at some point but it was locked on to my dogs neck & wouldn't let go. I screamed & screamed & people came to help. The owner had come out & was ineffective at making it stop, while it shook my dog violently by the neck. It was horrific beyond words. It finally dropped my dog after being kicked hard repeatedly. My dog almost died, had $1200 of surgery & is still traumatized. I will be undergoing surgery right before Xmas & am needing help 24/7 now. That pit was from a good home & healthy. He was also viscious. I was sure my dog was dead. I will never trust a pit bull again. I want to warn everyone how dangerous they can be.

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  29. About 12 years ago, I was put back into my own house by 2 pits from next door. This also happened to my son. later, a rottweiller was eating my cat's food which had been placed by our storage building. I tried to get it to leave and had to retreat to my house. I went around and got a shovel but I could not swing it fast enough and, again,I had to retreat to my house. I complained to the dog catcher but nothing was done. Just last week, I was attacked by 2 pits. The first that I knew what was happening was when a heard someone yell. as I turned to see what was going on, the 2 pits hit me on my side between my pocket and my belt. I felt the pitt's teeth raking against my levis. I was not injured because the owner was close behind the dogs and called them off. One of the pits was not aggressive and just walked away. I was so lucky that the owner saw that his dogs were loose and came to help me. it happened so fast that I did not get scared until it was over. I could have been killed or injured. I had only a light cane with me, nothing to protect against this attack. I went to the police department to report the incident. I was met with disinterest and told that the owner usually kept the dogs penned. I replied,'' That is not so. My neighbor saw these same 2 pits walking in my street in front of my house recently. And the fact that you know this man and know about his dogs tells me that you have heard of his dogs before.'' If I lived in the country, I would have a dog where it could run free and not be penned. But, of all the breeds that are available, I find it hard to understand why anyone would want an ugly man killer. Several breeds are known to attack, but Pits and Rottweillers deliver the most fatal bites. Why should we have to live under these conditions just because some dog owners have no sense of responsibility ?

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  30. One thing people need to be aware of is the pit bulls can literally jump/climb/leap over 6 foot residential wood fences (as can many other breeds). Look around on youtube, you will be astonished at how easily a full grown pit bull and crouch down, leap up, grap the top of a fence with it's paws, and pull itself over. There are many recent news stories of innocent adults/childrens/pets in their own backyards who were mauled when a neighbors pit bull jumped over the fence into their backyard (and again, I am talking about tall wooden fences, like most American suburbs have.....6 feet tall, residential, all wood. Doesn't matter if the fence is reinforced or not....that won't keep your neighbors pit bull from climbing over it into your yard.)

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  31. On March 15, 2016 I was walking my 3 Pomeranians on a leash. As we walked by a house I saw a Bulldog type Dog with his Owners seating by their Driveway.I suddenly saw the Dog drop the stick in his mouth and ran towards my dog and Brutally attacked one of my Pomeranians. (That's when I realized it was a Pittbull) The owner came running to get his dog as I was pulling the leash to get my dogs away. I fell on my knees when I saw one of my Pomeranian Bleeding. I became so hysterical yelling for Help ,while the owners( 3 Polynesian men )just looking and staring at me. I remember one of them yelled at me and said Angrily that I need to calm down. I was literally begging and yelling for them to help my Dog. Then when I realize their not doing anything. I called 911. When 911 heard that my dog got attacked and injured , they told me that they can't send any Ambulance for Dogs. I asked if they can send a cop. A cop showed up and got out of his Car not showing any Urgency or concern. I was still crying for help. While my dog bleeds and crying in pain. The owners of the PittBull disappeared one by one from the driveway. All the cop did was ask for my name and my Bday. And said he can't help me and he doesn't know any vet Emergency since he doesn't have a Dog. I asked him if He can at least take me Home which is not to far from the scene. I yelled again in front of the owners house for a towel to wrap my Dog. No one ever apologize or ask How's my Dog. I was dropped off at my house by the Cop. While panicking I had to think of the closest place where to take my Dog to get treated. I found a Dog hospital but they don't do Emergencyou situation. The other patients there told me where to go. More than 30 min has passed and I'm glad I was able to get him in time to Save his life. He Got a punctured wound on his left groin and broke his left hip. I'm waiting for his wound to heal with antibiotics and pain killers before they can treat his broken hip. So far after 5 days he looks better. Walking with his 3 legs. But still in pain. My Pomeranian is my emotional support companion. I am so traumatized with this experience and I can't believe That there are irresponsible owners who leaves their PittBulls unleashed. Animal control went over to try to retrieve the Dog but the owner lied and said the Dog got away after it attacked my dog, when I saw them take the Dog inside their house. I'm now waiting 5 days for them to Reply to Animal control and Declare that they had a vicious animal and will surrender the dog. Accdg to the Animal control, the PittBull owners were Uncooperative. I took a picture of my Dogs injuries and wrote a letter to the surrounding neighborhood of the attackers House . I want them to be aware that Owners said the dog Got away. And that if they can Help and call Animal control if they see any sightings of a Dog at their neighbors house. (Neighborhood watch) I'm hoping to find Justice to what happened to my Dog and have a safe neighborhood. I'm preparing to file a case against the owner of the PittBull. I hope we get a Law also that irresponsible Dog owners can also be persecuted. The address of the Owner where my dog was attacked was at 2490 Eucalyptus Way San Bruno Ca.

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