Skip to comments.Police: Pit Bull Attacks Man's Face
Posted on 02/28/2010 9:39:20 PM PST by Chet 99
UPDATED: 4:41 am MST February 27, 2010
MESA, Ariz. -- A pit bull attacked his young owner in Mesa on Friday, slashing the mans face, police said. Friends of the victim described sounds echoing through their apartment complex that are the stuff of nightmares. I just heard growling. I heard him say, 'Stop it,' said Darrin Keser.
Cops everywhere, ambulance, said Malynzo Cofey. According to police, an 18-year-old man named Raul went inside his home to get a video game for a friend when his pit bull, named Chico, attacked.
The 18-year-old suffered severe lacerations to the face. We got him out of the apartment and he was transported to Scottsdale Memorial Hospital, said Mesa Police Sgt. Dan Butler.
Police said that initially, the victim was so traumatized by his appearance, he told officers to shoot him.
The victims father was also in the apartment at the time of the attack and initial reports from police were that the two got into a verbal fight that riled the dog. However, officers said they were having trouble confirming that.
We dont know where the father is at this particular point, so were still looking for him to get some kind of statement as to what happened , said Butler.
Darrin Keser identified himself as the friend who wanted to borrow the video game.
He said Raul always treated both of his pit bulls well, but Chico was known to have a temper.
The dog does get vicious at times, and I heard the dog growling and then I heard Raul saying, 'Dad,' said Keser.
Officers at the scene said the victim will most likely need multiple reconstructive surgeries to repair his face.
The attacking animal was taken to Mesa Animal Control. The family has not yet decided if Chico will be put down.
“It’s not the breed (and ‘whah, Chet 99 hates us, statistics be damned!’)” in 3...2...1...
I gotta say, it’s kind of...poetic when the dog attacks the owner for a change.
>>I gotta say, its kind of...poetic when the dog attacks the owner for a change.<<
May I suggest the word “ironic?”
I picked “funny” first but opted for poetic instead actually.
From that site (and I await a factual response).
In the 3-year period from 2006 to 2008, pit bull type dogs killed 52 Americans and accounted for 59% of all fatal attacks. Combined, pit bulls and rottweilers accounted for 73% of these deaths.”
Here is the link to the underlying data, lovers of these weapons: http://www.dogsbite.org/reports/dogsbite-report-us-dog-bite-fatalities-2006-2008.pdf
Better the owner gets mauled than some kid,,,
The tax payer will still have to pay his bills...
I’ve posted this link and a few others. It doesn’t make any difference to the people who make excuses for these vicious dogs. They do not care to know the truth of see the facts in front of them. When it happens to them they will be front and center telling everyone how they never dreamed their gentle little pet could kill a child. Ya they know because we have told them. I would love to step onto a witness stand and tell a jury that I had informed them of the potential homicidal tendency of their pit bull. I’ll ask this question one more time. Can anyone give me a reason why they need a dog like this? Is there anything, anything at all that these dogs do for you that another breed of dog couldn’t do just as well? People own these dogs by personal choice. If I chose to own a gun and that gun causes someone else injury or death I will be charged as a criminal. This same set of rules should be applied to pit bulls.
I bet none of your guns ever chased anybody down the street
all by themselves and shot them...;0)
Why do people think they can play dog roulette with pit bulls? It’s only a matter of time before these dogs spin out of control and attack someone.
This is an idiotic statement. Guns don't "cause" anyone's death. Careless handling or deliberately firing at someone can cause death, the gun itself can't. Poor analogy since the dog can act on it's own and the gun can't.
Expecting a pit bull not to attack is like expecting a labrador retriever not to jump in the water.
The family has not yet decided if Chico will be put down.
What’s to decide?
Dogsbite is a hate site. The woman who runs it has admitted to having mental problems which affect her ability to make sound judgments. She was also known by the name “bitbypit” a full year before she was supposedly attacked by one. The saddest part is, the reputable studies she has links to on her site contradict her claims, but she only takes certain quotes out of context to use for her cause. The Merritt-Clifton study she so proudly displays there is also the only “study” that actually supports her...too bad it has been dismissed by experts as biased, incomplete, and flat-out wrong. The man is the editor of a pet magazine, not a scientist, and is not interested in showing the full scope, much like Coleen Lynn (creator of Dogsbite). They have both refused additional information coming from highly reputable sources, and Dogsbite regularly erases messages on their site from others trying to give them information. It’s best to steer clear of sites like this one for sound advice. The woman is in it for the money, and not at all interested in learning about the causes of dog attacks. Here are some links to sources you will find more reputable:
Also, it’s interesting to note that the places in which breed bans have been enacted have not seen any decrease in serious attacks, but places that have instituted responsible dog ownership laws have seen dramatic decreases in attacks. Experts agree that the problem has so much more to do with the care the dog receives, rather than the breed. Pit bulls are one of the most popular breeds, outnumbering all others in some highly-populated areas. The same issue happened years ago with other breeds that became popular with the wrong crowd, and it will continue unless the right laws are passed.
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