Skip to comments.Pit Bull Attacks, Kills 65-year-old Woman
Posted on 03/04/2010 8:31:42 PM PST by Chet 99
Updated: Mar 04, 2010 7:36 PM PST
By Logan Smith
LEE COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A pit bull was euthanized in Lee County Thursday after it attacked and killed its owner's aunt, who had been caring for it while her nephew was out of town.
Lee County Sheriff E.J. Melvin said Ethel Baker Horton, 65, was killed off Stokes Bridge Road near the town of Lucknow while defending her 71-year-old husband, Jerry Horton, from the pit bull.
"You never think of somebody dying that horrible death like that, not someone as close as she is to us," said Brenda Gillespie, who had breakfast with the Hortons just two days ago. "It's just terrible."
The Hortons were dog-sitting their nephew's 10-year-old pit bull named Brutus while the nephew was out of town, Melvin said. The dog had been tied to a 15-foot chain attached to a stake in the ground in the backyard next door.
"I've always been scared of pit bulls, but they weren't scared of them," said Gillespie.
Around 11:40am Thursday, Jerry went out to feed six beagles and two huskies that were also being kept in the backyard. As Jerry was feeding the other dogs, Melvin said the pit bull pulled the chain loose and attacked Jerry.
Ethel ran out and tried to defend her husband with a plastic pipe, but Brutus turned on her and mauled her. Jerry called his son, who in turn called 911.
Ethel was killed in the attack, and Jerry was taken to Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center in Hartsville with non-life threatening injuries.
"I know this is gonna just be so hard on him if he makes it, because they were just as one," said Gillespie.
The pit bull has been taken away and euthanized, and is being tested for rabies. The as-yet-unidentified nephew has been notified of the incident, but it's unclear if he will face charges.
The sheriff's department says Brutus never acted out before and in fact, the Hortons were familiar with him since he was a puppy.
"If any stranger comes around he may bark or anything like that but any other family member that's close to the dog, anybody can go up to him," said Major Daniel Simon. "That's what the family told me."
"It's very devastating, because if you're expecting someone to pass away that's not as bad," said Gillespie. "But for something like this, it's kind of hard to comprehend."
Pit bull attacks are not exactly uncommon in the Midlands, even when they don't result in death. In April 2009, different dogs attacked a Florence woman and a Sumter 10-year-old within a month of each other. The previous fall, a pit bull attacked a woman and her puppy, injuring her and killing her dog.
But fatal attacks have also taken place in the Midlands, mainly on children. In 2007, a father was charged with involuntary manslaughter when his five pit bulls killed his 22-month-old child. Later that year, a two-year-old was attacked and killed after wandering into the fenced-in backyard.
People and animals killed by dogs that just don’t happen to fit chet99’s prejudice against pit bulls.
There was another poster who use to only post pitbull threads too.
TANKS for the thread,Chet,,,
For lack of a bullet,,,
Some folks will never learn I guess...
Statistics are more effective.
all the pit bull apologists here.. only thing that makes them sad about this story is this killer pit bull was put down.
You’d be more likely to expect the pit bull to protect you than to have to be shot.
10 years is more elderly for a dog than for a cat. Pet personalities can change drastically in a short amount of time due to endocrine problems or brain lesions.
My property is a pit bull free zone. With a family dog AND a 5-month old son who will sooner or later be walking, running, and playing in the back yard, if I see a
pit bull moving target on my property, it gets a round put into it.
If people knew how many pits Ive put down out in the county, their heads would explode. If they aren’t on a leash or in a yard, I use my suppressed camp carbine to put them down....I’d do the same if I saw a rattlesnake in an urban area.
Well of course! Because if other dogs attack and kill people then pit bulls are just as safe as any other dog... right up until the statistics are reviewed, that is.
Here's a straw man for you!
I enjoy the irony of its dual application - once for your argument, and once for you. Sing it!
Graffiti on a pit bull LOL
So you think you’re a mind reader? I think you’re just a dipweed. ;-)
“The dog had been tied to a 15-foot chain...”
Looks like a Bull Terrier.. I don’t believe the same as a pit bull.
Tethered would be the correct word. It sounds like the dog pulled out the ground anchor, though.
I am no pit bull fan, but the guy fed 8 dogs in front of him while he’s chained up?
I would too if someone tied me like that.
Pit bulls need plenty of tender loving cavitation from a well balanced diet of proper bullets. Criminals who worship pit bulls need the cleansing of their drug-polluted systems in prison work camps.
Send all Dogs of Peace overseas to be with their human counterparts.
check out post 26... if only the poor pittie poo had been fed first, everything would have been okay.
Chet, check out this kennel. http://kinnemankennels.com/PITBULL_KENNEL.html
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I am no Golden Retriever fan, but the guy fed 8 dogs in front of him while he’s chained up?
Feel free to pick any other breed of dog and see if your statement still makes sense to you.
Put em’ in a sack and drop em’ in the river...
Get rid of them all. States and counties need to pass laws banning them and the ones that exist now, should have to be spayed or neutered. Bad dogs...with killer jaws.
That’s not a pit bull.
I witnessed an off the leash pitbull attack a 10 year old black lab that was on leash and under the owners control a few weeks ago. The lab was not even looking at the pit when it struck, and did nothing to provoke the attack. Thankfully the lab went completely submissive and did not try to pull away from the pit, or the outcome would have been fatal. As it was, the lab’s owner, and then the pit’s owner was able to get the pit to release. The pit was a fairly young dog, and the owner a young woman. Sorry, but I wouldn’t trust a pitbull with your life, let alone the lives of family, friends, or neighbors.
Oh please, give me a break. Euthanize them all.
See my post #35
Yeah, they look real cute when a puppy - not so much when full grown.
For those that don't know,,,
We only walk the yorkie out back behind my fence because
of a pit puppy-mill rite next door,,,
The thug/turds tend to let them loose to shit where they
Most are kept chained in their back yard and they get loose,,,
Anything/Anybody that comes over My wire Will be shot dead.
for doing such a dreadful thing, the wife gets a death sentence immediately......9 dogs and only 1 attacked, what % of the dogs in that yard attacked someone? I am bad at math...Now if the number was 9 out of 10 did not attack that would be 90% did not attack, but 8 out of 9 is more math than I can handle..
That seems to be part of the problem with people too,,,
“Gimmie~Gimmie~Me first and to hell with everybody else!”...
Do you believe pitbulls or “gangster” criminals killed more people yesterday?
So why aren’t you out in the ghetto...proposing night trains for the ghetto dwellers?
I guess the answer is because there is no NAAAPBT, and no APBT ever screamed racist at its accuser.
Do you believe pitbulls or gangster criminals killed more people yesterday?
So why arent you out in the ghetto...proposing night trains for the ghetto dwellers?
I guess the answer is because there is no NAAAPBT, and no APBT ever screamed racist at its accuser.
IMHO Chet has better sense than to go into a “Ghetto” day
Chet reports currant news about people who have been
killed/mauled by these damned things,,,
Check the links that he posts!,,,
He is in no way a “Hypocrite” and you know it!!!
He only posts facts from the net,,,
Why don’t you and others go find facts of other breeds
that kill/maul like pits do ??!!?,,,
As smart as you are I’m sure you can find other breeds that
kill/maul as many people as pits do,,,
Put up or STFU!...
” but the guy fed 8 dogs in front of him while hes chained up?”
Yeah. That is a very, very, BAD idea. With any multiple dog situation.
My point is that chet99 NEVER posts any type of dog attack except for pit bulls when attacks occur from ALL large aggressive cogs.
Actually, especially in the case of any large dog breed, but any dog breed in general, it does make sense.
As an aside, Goldens can also be aggressive. I used to be on an aggressive dog listserve and came to know some of the other group members very well. Several had Goldens that had aggression issues. Some were dog aggressive, some people aggressive, some food aggressive. Some had what is known as displaced aggression— like when you yell at a family member but it’s really because of something that happened at work— it’s displaced. Some had combinations of the above.
If you have any dog chained, and feed other dogs in front of it, you’re potentially asking for trouble.
Not excusing what happened. Just stressing this is not a good way to handle feeding in a multiple dog situation.
Et tu Brutus?
“Get rid of them all. States and counties need to pass laws banning them and the ones that exist now, should have to be spayed or neutered. Bad dogs...with killer jaws.”
Some places already have, and doing so has not helped one iota. Banning a breed of dog has not worked in any place so far, and there have been a few (UK for example) that have been in place for decades. Incidentally, the UK ban has actually caused an increase in serious dog attacks, which is why they are considering repealing the ban and creating responsible ownership laws.
These type of laws address the real problem, which is owner irresponsibility, because over 50 breeds have taken lives, and last year 19 people died from dogs that were not pit bulls, so breed bans would do nothing for these incidents. Calgary is the poster-child for responsible dog ownership. They had a problem, and instead of banning breeds, they instituted common-sense laws that address every dog owner. Since they passed the laws, they have seen a dramatic decrease in serious attacks, as well as a 90% licensing rate, which blows most other places out of the water. Several countries have already abandoned pit bull bans after finding similar results, such as Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands.
This site shows all the deaths last year from dogs, and it includes the breed of dog, the conditions it was kept in, the circumstances leading up to the attack, and even the poverty level for the area in which the attack took place. Notice that there is no difference between the pit bull attacks and the other breeds. Same irresponsible ownership, similar income level areas, and when children are involved, there is the same lack of supervision.
I think at this point there is no reason to bicker about whether the dogs are to blame or the people because we now have seen that certain laws work, and others don’t. I don’t care if pit bulls drop off the face of the planet, this issue has been ongoing since we have had the pens to record it, and before pit bulls, a variety of different breeds have taken the spotlight for a time (mostly due to popularity with the wrong crowds)so after they’re gone, as we are seeing in places like Denver, Colorado and the UK, nothing will change. People will continue to be attacked at a rate of about 13 thousand every day, and people will continue to die at a rate of 17-35 a year, which has only slightly increased over the years due to increases in population.
Also, their jaws aren’t anything special. They have been studied extensively, and there’s nothing different there. No super strength, no multi-directional biting, no locking mechanism. That’s all myth that got started by a reporter who claimed the dogs had 2,000 psi, and when asked for a source, he could not provide it, but the damage was already done, much like the Doberman having a skull that doesn’t grow big enough for the brain, causing insanity. If it were true that the skull didn’t fit the brain, the dog would die rather quickly, not go insane, but hey....gotta love these ridiculously absurd explanations.
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