Skip to comments.WI: Bats Fail: 70-Year-Old Uses Revolver to stop Pit Bull Attack
Posted on 07/24/2014 4:30:50 AM PDT by marktwain
Dennis Williams, above, did not hesitate to intervene to save a man being attacked by three pit bulls. The event was reported on July 21, 2014, in Washington County, Wisconsin.
"I will never forget seeing that attack, or hearing the screams," Williams says. "It was one of the worst things I've ever witnessed. The dogs were on top of the man and his dog. They were not going to stop. I first tried hitting the Pit Bulls with a baseball bat, but they wouldn't relent. There was blood all over the ground."
The revolver used to stop the attack appears to be an Iver Johnson .22. Perhaps an alert reader can make a more positive identification. Guns are common in Wisconsin.
I had a run in with one of these foul beasts and whacking it in the head with a shovel was NOT enough...
Took several shots from a 1911 ...boom boom boom boom ...nice doggie.
The order needs to go out, all Pitts to be destroyed, a felony to harbor one. What’s next? Lions as pets?
In before the pit bull apologists.
Washington County man saves neighbor from pit bull attack with baseball bats and gun.
Seems like the hard part would be shooting the dog without hitting the victim too.
A Pitt Bull just saved the life of a deaf boy and was known as a gentle house pet. Dogs are generally what you make of them, but beware when they run loose in packs. Same goes for humans.
even a shovel not enough? wow
I’m a little surprised a .22 stopped a pit bull in full rage.
Yet it can be done - A good 15 years ago, a little girl was being mauled by a pit bull somwhere in SW Atlanta (I forget exactly where, but a black neighborhood) and a neighbor went into his house and got a .357 shot and killed the dog. The dog owner - a woman - who had been previously watching her dog tear into the child without doing anything ran and attacked the guy who shot the dog screaming "Don't hurt my dog." So he shot her too. She was not fatally injured, and ended up seving a six month jail sentence for assault on the guy who shot her dog. More proof (as if any more were needed) that pit bull owners can be totally irrational about their pets.
Shot placement is king.
The Chihuahua is Notorious for attacking humans,like swarms of killer Bees.
I grabbed a .357 (never shot anything besides targets before). Not wanting to possibly blast the other dog ( a smallish Beagle type mutt), I put three rounds into the dog about midway down the back.
The dog, (I'll never forget the look on it's face), dropped the Beagle and was looking around like what the hell just happened, but it was still mobile.
Another neighbor, a off duty cop, then vetillated the dog's ribcage with 7 9mm rounds. The dog then expired.
Three .357 rounds and the dog was still mobile. Keep that in mind. Shot placement is crucial. Since he had the other dog pinned , that ruled out the forward part of the dog, that why I chose from the top, back portion. The ribcage was too risky imho opinion at first, once he dropped the Beagle, the other neighbor had a free unobstructed target.
Like pit bulls or not they are the favored dog of drug dealers and are most popular in black areas.
I notice that the man attacked had his dog with him. Pitts are notorious for attacking other dogs.
As you say, when dogs are on the loose, and there is more than one of them, pack mentality takes over.
I agree ... gun vs club.
“Jeepers! He didn’t use a Glock??!!??”
Nope!Old school revolvers still rule.
If you want to execute the owners of mean dogs, I’m fine. But all pit bulls I have ever met just wanted to be friends. You more in danger of being knocked down and licked to death than being bitten.
Im a little surprised a .22 stopped a pit bull in full rage.
Applying the bullet in the right place, it will work very nicely. We used to butcher our own beef and my dad would put one .22 between the eyes of a 1000# animal dropping it in its tracks.
Yep, I completely agree with you on dogs, any dog when running with a pack. When we had an Oklahoma ranch still in the family, the primary predators were wild dogs running in packs. If we saw I any dog running loose much less a pack then out came the 30-30 from the pickup rack.
Our best ranch dog was a standard collie, St. Bernard mix. Very protective of the cattle and completely docile otherwise. The barn cats were basically wild but he and the cats would curl up together to sleep.
Pill Bulls can be very gently and good dogs, but they take a strong disciplined owner and should never be allowed to run loose or be alone with any child.
Unlike golden retrievers and black labs, pit bulls were bred for fighting and killing.
I am very fond of this breed, and simply cannot stand to see dog and master separated. That is why I am the sponsor of the
Kenny Bunk Pit Bull Amendment to our state constitution:
BTW, WTF Happened here. The old pistolero faced three Pit Bulls, and only bumped off 1? More range time, old timer!
I couldn’t agree more.
The U.K. handled it quite nicely with their Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.
Which is why this woman was smart not to just rely on her dogs to protect her and to carry a knife.
Oops—wrong thread. There’s another thread running with the story of pitbulls attacking a woman walking her German Shepherds—and her saving herself with the knife that she was carrying.
I have a friend who was a missionary in Russia for seven years. He routinely defended himself against dogs with a pocket knife.
Memo to Clint Hurdle: The next time the Buccos hit a stretch where all the bats fail, try using revolvers.
Yet another mere coincidence
The Chihuahua is Notorious for attacking humans
Nonsense. I have had a chihuahua for years and as long as you avoid making eye contact and respond to their demands there is never a problem.
Personally, I would never own one because I am not a strong and disciplined owner. Ask my doxie-he knows who is boss and it is not me. :)
My son’s friend, who is a strong and disciplined owner, has one. He is the sweetest dog, a big goof. But son’s friend never forgets his dog is a pit pull. They are responsible and never leave anything to chance.
A responsible dog owner would have a different breed. Period.
I studied the Pit Bull and found that it is not only how they are raised but, also their genetic lineage. Certain people in the not so past, inter-breed them for the aggression that they wanted for fighting. These dogs found their way into the population of dogs sold for pets. They have a genetic code of aggression that sooner or later finds it’s way to the surface.
Never ever trust a Pit. Even if you are a great owner,trainer.
Fifteen years ago would be the very beginning of the 'pit bull' problem. 1999 is the first year I find reports of a pit bull killing anyone, and even then, Rottweilers were the principal killers. For years, Rottweilers were the main killers, followed by German Shepherds. Before that, it was German Shepherds.
It wasn't until 2004 that pit bulls caught up with Rottweilers as the principal breed(s) causing human deaths, and since 2005, the three 'pit bull' breeds and mixed-breed pit bulls are overwhelmingly the most dangerous breed (with Rottweilers number two) for human deaths.
When breeding and ownership of American Staffordshire Terriers was in the hands of reputable breeders and non-thugs, that breed was not a problem.
There is a gang disguised as Mariachis and they are Vicious!
La Cucaracha is their War song.
Bred to fight in rings called “pits.”
The term 'pit bull' doesn't have a specific meaning. To some, it means any Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, or Bull Terrier. To some, it means any dog with a blocky head and stocky body. To others, any descended from an American bulldog, a French Bulldog, or a Boston Terrier.
The name "pit bull" is derived from the fact most are descended from bulldogs, and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier were bred to fight in pits.
However, the American Staffordshire Terrier has only been a recognized breed since 1936, and was developed a half-century or more after the other dogs. It was bred as a family dog and was never bred as a fighting dog. I wouldn't hesitate to buy an American Staffordshire Terrier from a reputable breeder, although it's a 'pit bull.'
Always hated the illiterate thugs that fought dogs, but years ago Pits were people friendly. If any fighting Pit bit any person that dog was put down. It was also rare for in-breeding to be the norm. Both prevented that gene from being passed on or concentrated.
Once the street thug blacks “found Pits” stupidity took over with lots of in-breeding, plus the owners wanted a Pit that would attack a person.
It may be time for Pits to be outlawed and relegated to history.
“A bad Dane is beyond dangerous, a good Dane is a pearl beyond price.”
So true. Given their size, they need to have good dispositions. Fortunately, I have a male (only 110 lb., when the4 breed standard is about 140 lb.) who’s a wonderful, loving, goofy character.
I agree completely regarding purebred American Staffordshire Terriers and Staffordshire Terriers from a reputable breeder.
That’s what I thought, the dogs were bred to fight bulls in pits. Dogs continued to do what they were bred to do, herd, retrieve, hunt, point or fight. Some dogs were bred to sit on people laps and that is what they are best at doing. Why is anyone surprised.
Only if they're Second Hand Lions.
I have a friend who was a missionary in Russia. He was told to immediately buy a bicycle chain and keep it up his selieve. He used it on human predators several times.
I had to use a 12 ga shotgun on two vicious dogs many years ago. I found the “birdshot because buckshot has too much penetration” to not cut it. I emptied the shotgun with no effect on them, and then used a .22 pistol.
I now keep the house gun loaded with 00 buck.
In addition to poop recovery tools, for my after supper dog walks I like to carry one of these:
Benchmade 580SBK Barrage Spring Assist Axis Lock (3.6" Black, partially serrated blade)
And one of these:
Surefire E2D LED Defender
Now that’s a flashlight!
Iver Johnson is the best bet, although the H&R revolvers used a similar “stepped” grip. Most of those though are top breaks and I really can’t see the release catch.
However, none of these 'pit bull' dogs were bred to fight bulls in pits.
Some were bred for bull baiting - including American Bulldogs and French bulldogs. That doesn't involve a pit.
Some were bred to fight other dogs in pits, such as the American Pit Bull.
The American Staffordshire Terrier is considered a 'pit bull.' At some point, bulldogs were bred to terriers. The result was the Staffordshire Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier. ASTs were NEVER, at any point during the breed's history, bred to fight bulls or to fight other dogs. From the beginning, the AST was specifically bred to be an affectionate family dog. However, it has a blocky head and a stout body, so it gets lumped in with 'pit bulls.' I am not now, nor have I ever been an American Staffie owner, but I know it's not an aggressive breed. I can't say the same for American Pit Bull Terriers.
"Pit bull' attacks rarely identify the breed; pit bull is used as a generic term based on how a dog looks, not what the dog breed is or was bred to do. I wouldn't be surprised if there were few or no purebred ASTs among the 'pit bull' deaths.
In fact, if you allocated 'pit bull' deaths among the specific 'pit bull' breeds actually involved, Rottweilers would probably be responsible for the most deaths by dog attack, or 'pit mixes.'
Another thing to consider is this is a current phenomenon, caused by backyard breeder looking for aggression and thug owners.
71% of the pit bull fatalities have occurred in the past 10 years; 42% in the past four years; 24% in the past two years.
Source: 30-Year Summary: Dog Attack Deaths and Maimings, U.S. & Canada, September 1982 to December 26, 2011 by Merritt Clifton, Animal People, 2012.
These statistics suggest it's certainly not just the breed- and even these specifics don't break out 'pit bulls' by specific breed.
How many fatal dog attacks are there in the US in a given year? I suspect that it is not a great number. A hundred?
Bred to fight in a pit or not in a pit........... they were bred to fight. What difference does it make?
They were certainly not bred to fight children or the elderly but that is where it has led.
My Jack Russells were bred to hunt rats and they love it.
I’ve never owned bull dogs and never will - actually, I’d rather not have any pets. Not even a pet rock.
But in my LEO experience, I never had any problems with Pitt Bulls, Dobermans, Shepherds, Mastiffs, Rottweilers — all the typically “bad” dogs except for one bull dog when I got too close to her new litter of puppies.
But if we are creating a list, I would add Dalmations, Chows, Collies (the Lassie type) and medium to large indeterminate mongrels as those were consistently agressive and/or attacked. And for the record, I never shot a dog. I knocked quite a few on the nose with a flashlight and they kept their distance after that. Maybe I was lucky...
Just my personal experience - opinions may vary.