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    GA - Pit Bull Attack on 8yo girl, details during trial

    I looked, but didn't see anything about this - the 911 call is enough to make you sick and shake all over.

    Jurors in the trial of Twyann Vaughn on Jan. 4 heard graphic accounts of how two of Vaughn’s pit bulls attacked a young girl.

    “They chased her, they toppled her and they dragged her down the street as they began to maul her,” said Solicitor General Sherry Boston of the attack on Erin Ingram, a Rock Chapel Elementary School student.

    http://championnewspaper.com/news/ar...trial1282.html

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    As much as I love animals, I'm terrified of pit bulls. There's one that runs wild in our neighborhood and has kept me from being able to walk my dogs for over a year. He'll be outside my house and growl at me if I try to get to my car. I've called animal control and they won't come unless I have the dog contained...like that's going to happen. I've called the sheriff's office twice and they just roll me right back to animal control. Unless he actually attacks me they'll do nothing. Now I have to carry pepper spray to be feel safe walking in and out of my house. Seriously, pits are scary dogs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reality Orlando View Post
    As much as I love animals, I'm terrified of pit bulls. There's one that runs wild in our neighborhood and has kept me from being able to walk my dogs for over a year. He'll be outside my house and growl at me if I try to get to my car. I've called animal control and they won't come unless I have the dog contained...like that's going to happen. I've called the sheriff's office twice and they just roll me right back to animal control. Unless he actually attacks me they'll do nothing. Now I have to carry pepper spray to be feel safe walking in and out of my house. Seriously, pits are scary dogs.
    Reality Orlando, does your county not have leash laws? Just the fact that the dog is running loose should be enough to get the animal warden out, at least where I live. Any loose dog can be a threat. And, the larger the dog, the more danger of serious injury. It's mind-boggling that your community doesn't have laws to prevent this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reality Orlando View Post
    As much as I love animals, I'm terrified of pit bulls. There's one that runs wild in our neighborhood and has kept me from being able to walk my dogs for over a year. He'll be outside my house and growl at me if I try to get to my car. I've called animal control and they won't come unless I have the dog contained...like that's going to happen. I've called the sheriff's office twice and they just roll me right back to animal control. Unless he actually attacks me they'll do nothing. Now I have to carry pepper spray to be feel safe walking in and out of my house. Seriously, pits are scary dogs.
    Does one of your local newspapers or TV stations have a "Call for Action" or Problem Solver" type of phone number? I would be calling that non-stop. What a disgusting situation and I hope you and your neighbors stay safe! It sounds to me like some of your local agencies need to clean house and hire people who will do their jobs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gxm View Post
    Reality Orlando, does your county not have leash laws? Just the fact that the dog is running loose should be enough to get the animal warden out, at least where I live. Any loose dog can be a threat. And, the larger the dog, the more danger of serious injury. It's mind-boggling that your community doesn't have laws to prevent this.
    Yes, we have leash laws here but...I live pretty far out in the country and dog calls are not a priority apparently unless they are actually attacking you. I've called twice and they transfer me to animal control. They show up hours later after the dog is no where to be found. I've yet to find out who owns him...neighbors don't recognize him so he may be a stray.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nefriahaia View Post
    Does one of your local newspapers or TV stations have a "Call for Action" or Problem Solver" type of phone number? I would be calling that non-stop. What a disgusting situation and I hope you and your neighbors stay safe! It sounds to me like some of your local agencies need to clean house and hire people who will do their jobs.
    Thanks! Well, the problem is more of logistics than anything else. I'm out in the country. Resources are more limited out here and therefore take a bit longer to arrive. There's also a big ol' rottie that comes trotting around, but she's a sweetie and doesn't scare me nor does the chihuahuas that come trotting around from time to time. The only dog that scares me is the pit and he's actually backed me up into my house growling and with hackles raised so I was scared to leave.
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    Reality - I would also suggest getting a pellet gun, that way, he doesn't have to get close enough to you for you to have to use the pepper spray.

    Or, if you are brave enough, or foolish enough like I would be lol, you could try and befriend him with treats. He might have just had a bad life...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogface View Post
    Reality - I would also suggest getting a pellet gun, that way, he doesn't have to get close enough to you for you to have to use the pepper spray.

    Or, if you are brave enough, or foolish enough like I would be lol, you could try and befriend him with treats. He might have just had a bad life...
    I've been around animals all my life and absolutely hate that this dog has me stymied like this, but I don't think there is any making friends. Last year he went nuts on my outside gate trying to get to my dogs (golden and yorkie). Even after I got them inside he continued growling and clawing at the gate. That's one of the times I called for animal control but by the time anyone got there he was long gone.
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    Would the pellet gun hurt him permanently? I've never fired one and wouldn't want to cause him severe pain.
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    No a pellet gun will do nothing to a pit. They can nearly have their skulls cracked in and they just keep locked onto what they are attacking.

    Isn't it insane that some dog has you in fear? We live in an upside down world. In my Grandfather's, heck even my Mother's, day you would get a gun, go out and walk your dogs and shoot that monster if it attacked you.

    I do not like pits. I've had Bull Terriers and raised them and a bad temperament runs in a blood line and you never know. It is not solely the humans who raise them as I've raised puppies by tube and bottle feeding and nothing but love and watched them try to tear each other apart at 8 weeks old. Nuff said. They are mental time bombs; some may never go off and others will go off and they will kill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ziggy View Post
    No a pellet gun will do nothing to a pit. They can nearly have their skulls cracked in and they just keep locked onto what they are attacking.

    Isn't it insane that some dog has you in fear? We live in an upside down world. In my Grandfather's, heck even my Mother's, day you would get a gun, go out and walk your dogs and shoot that monster if it attacked you.

    I do not like pits. I've had Bull Terriers and raised them and a bad temperament runs in a blood line and you never know. It is not solely the humans who raise them as I've raised puppies by tube and bottle feeding and nothing but love and watched them try to tear each other apart at 8 weeks old. Nuff said. They are mental time bombs; some may never go off and others will go off and they will kill.
    It is so frustrating not being able to walk my dogs. I have to take them to a park or one of the wilderness areas which is really ridiculous. It's even worse to have to run surveillance before I can leave the house. Sometimes I won't see him for weeks then all of a sudden, there he is again. It's like an episode of the Twilight Zone. Seriously, I know it sounds like I'm being a wuss, but this dog is really scary and I live pretty rural so if he did attack me it's possible no one would hear me to come help during the day as the few that live close are at work. I carry a .22 magnum but I'd never want to have to shoot and not know where the bullet could end up if I missed. It's a fairly frustrating situation for sure.
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    Hmm. Just don't miss.

    The story is heartbreaking and that call is just too much. I hope the owner has to do at least 5 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ziggy View Post
    Hmm. Just don't miss.

    The story is heartbreaking and that call is just too much. I hope the owner has to do at least 5 years.
    I agree...just so sad and I do hope the owner is held accountable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ziggy View Post
    No a pellet gun will do nothing to a pit. They can nearly have their skulls cracked in and they just keep locked onto what they are attacking.

    Isn't it insane that some dog has you in fear? We live in an upside down world. In my Grandfather's, heck even my Mother's, day you would get a gun, go out and walk your dogs and shoot that monster if it attacked you.

    I do not like pits. I've had Bull Terriers and raised them and a bad temperament runs in a blood line and you never know. It is not solely the humans who raise them as I've raised puppies by tube and bottle feeding and nothing but love and watched them try to tear each other apart at 8 weeks old. Nuff said. They are mental time bombs; some may never go off and others will go off and they will kill.
    Of course if any dog is attacking a pellet gun would do nothing, but, from a distance, it will usually deter dogs from even approaching. I believe dogs are opportunistic, meaning, if you let them approach you in a certain manner, and act a certain way, they will bully you. My dog(in my pic) bullies the poor people at his boarding place I almost feel guilty boarding him. When they bring him his food he jumps on them, knocking his food to the floor, where as at home, he knows where to go sit and stay until I bring his food, and even when I set it down, he knows not to eat it until I give him the command. He just has found out what he can get away with, and with whom he can misbehave with. Sometimes I think dogs are getting too smart, lol.

    Also, dogs in packs can be a very dangerous situation.
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    I'm not going to do the whole pit bull debate. I won't, it takes too long. I love pits, I own one, I wouldn't trade him for the world. However, I only own one. And that is the highest number of pits I will have in my home at once. I think pack mentality has a lot to do with it.

    Pits aren't the only dog that can snap. Personally, I am terrified of German Shepherds. I was bitten by one when I was a kid (no reason, she was just old and snippy, and someone let her out of her yard) and my roommate was bitten by one at the end of last year (while trying to keep it off school property after it got out of it's yard). Any dog can snap. Even the little ones, but it's pretty hard for a Pomeranian to maul someone to death, so we hear about it more when the big dogs snap.

    Personally, I believe that no matter what you own, whether it's a pit bull or a Pomeranian, you are responsible for that dog and all of it's actions. If it snaps and hurts or kills someone, you need to be responsible for that, the same as for anything else. In this case, I do hope the owner gets more than the typical removal of the dog and slap on the wrist. There is no doubt that those dogs were not under their owner's control at the time.
    Last edited by not_my_kids; 01-09-2012 at 09:29 AM.
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