Skip to comments.Gallina [NM] Man Killed by Pit Bull
Posted on 05/06/2006 6:55:06 AM PDT by maxwell
Gallina Man Killed by Pit Bull
Juan Garcia attacked, dragged 50 feet
By Mike Gisick and John M. Foster
Rio Grande SUN
A Gallina handyman was mauled by a pit bull Tuesday, then dragged by the dog more than 50 feet, a Rio Arriba County Sheriffs deputy said. Juan Garcia, 52, died after the attack, which happened at a home off County Road 419 in Gallina.
The dog was later found covered in blood, Rio Arriba County Sheriff's Deputy J.B. Turner said. The dog, named Max, belongs to Julie Coletta Pederson. Pederson told deputies she had no idea what Garcia was doing at the property but acknowledged he occasionally did some odd jobs.
Turner said the victim arrived at the yard Tuesday to find the pit bull behind a gate. However, the gate was "feeble" and the dog managed to push through the bottom.
Once out, the dog began mauling Garcia, then dragged the man 50 to 60 feet down a hill. Two other dogs were present but there was no sign either was involved in the attack, Turner said.
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I agree. This is where the concept of responsible stewardship of one's property comes in.
"I agree. This is where the concept of responsible stewardship of one's property comes in."
Responsible stewardship for a Pit Bull: Roofed steel wire cage, steel wire floor in cage two feet down. Chain collar, chain leash (To be put on before opening the door, dog must come to the wire), two or three bulls in secure ring, excercise dog on bulls 3 times a week.
True, but many personal property rights are limited by law and many of the limitations pertain to public safety.
In many if not the majority of cases like this, the owner is as much responsible as the animal. If laws were enacted that make the owner responsible for the actions of their pets, I believe people would take the responsibility of owning one much more seriously.
It is a pathetic thing that in this day and age we have hundreds of people a year in our country being killed and maimed by so-called pets.
I hear the people of Gallina taste like chicken.
Gallina Man? Is that like a manbearpig?
This is supposed to be a serial thread, dude.
You are confusing "property rights" with "liability"
The victim could have easily been a meter reader from a utility company or a kid merely chasing a ball onto the front yard. The liability is still the same for the owner.
The real question here is the owner criminally responsible for the man's death?
"Did the dogs previously escape from the feeble gate?"
"Any previous complaints about the dogs viciousness?"
"Was the maintenance man invited or is this just a CYA story?"
"Did she know Pit Bulls lead in human fatalities and failed to secure them properly?"
A few Yesses and she's looking at potential Manslaughter charges.
Oh... My condolences to the victim, since it was never mentioned.
I agree that the burden is on the owner.
That's so true. About the spiritus mundi in the doggy.
I cannot keep Bubba from birds. He somehow knows he is supposed to retrieve birds. Unfortunately, that is where his knowledge stops. He will not drop them or return them to master. He will carry them home and finally 'leave' when his father explains the situation to him.
The point is that Pit Bulls have a strain of madness and aggression. sometimes it never comes out during a dog's lifetime. Probably most times it doesn't.
But why take a chance on this breed when there are so many good dogs of all sizes and temperments in the world.
Don't end up being the granny who says, "Fang was always so sweet with my little Tommy. I don't understand why Fang decided to maim Tommy. Oh, well, Tommy is in a better place now."
I had adopted and old cockatiel.
It never had much human interaction and so was a challenge to get it to be friendly.
I gave it the run of my room and it used to fly around occassionally.
Sometimes it would land on the bed near my dog and he would just look at it.
One day I was crouched on the floor next to my dog when 'Birdee' swooped down and landed (crashed) on the floor right before us.
My dog lunged forward and the next thing I saw was the dog's closed mouth with a couple of feathers sticking out.
In retrospect it was funny. The dog had the look of 'okay what do I do now' about him.
I was very concerned and gave him the 'ptuii' command to drop it.
He opened his mouth and out hopped Birdee no worse for wear.
It was interesting that his instinct was to capture the bird yet he did so with a gentle mouth and he is not what is usually known as a bird dog.
Some of those reports are pretty funny.
12:56 p.m. A perpetually intoxicated man was passed out in the parking lot of the Lowes SuperSave, police reported. The man was taken to jail for detox.
12:26 a.m. Fire Engine Number One hit a brick wall pulling out of a residence on Aspen Loop. The truck sustained light damage, as did the brick wall, a city firefighter said.
4:24 p.m. A Martinez Lane woman said someone broke into her garage and damaged some of her plumbing.
6:17 a.m. The Senior/Stroke Center reported that someone broke into an outdoor freezer and made a mess out of the food.
Bwahaha... Yep we get no end of amusement reading these every week. Even if it is next door.
Holy Thursday, April 13:
12:23 pm: A woman was sitting on a rock wall near Nail Experts and looked like she was about to pass out, a caller said.
11:19 pm: A Lamb Street man was holding a bon fire, a city firefighter said. It was the same man who has a bon fire every year, the firefighter said.
Good Friday, April 14:
1:30 am: A Calle Pajarito woman said there was a fight outside and people were pulling guns. The caller then hung up. Dispatchers called the woman back and she said she didn't know what they were talking about.
11:25 pm: Wal-Mart asked police to help remove the motorists cruising through the parking lot. Security guards had already been out twice but the motorists were not listening to them, the store said.
Saturday, April 15:
1:11 pm: A man asked police to accompany him to North Prince Drive. He wanted to give his children an Easter basket but he had a civil issue with their mother, he said. Police followed him to the house and he delivered the basket without incident, they reported.
Easter Sunday, April 16:
4:29 pm: A car just wrecked into a rock wall on Calle Don Filigonio, a caller there said. The occupants of the vehicle were trying to extricate their vehicle and were hiding beers in the yard where they wrecked, the caller said.
Hopefully your area is a little more law-abiding...
Never venture into Rio Arriba without a big pickup equipped with at least a brushbuster, a belt knife, a sidearm, a rifle, and a friend equipped in the same manner to watch your back.
Milagro Beanfield War bump.
I would recommemd it to anyone.
3:01 p.m. A neighborly argument on F Street blossomed into a food fight. This deteriorated into conscription of an innocent houseplant as an instrument of aggression, said foliage deposited in an adversarys doorway.
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