Skip to comments.Shovel Stops Pit Bull Attack: Update
Posted on 04/26/2010 2:13:09 PM PDT by Chet 99
Shovel Stops Pit Bull Attack: Update
Published Date: 2010/4/26 12:34:34 Article ID : 7748 Version 1.00.02 By Keven Drews
UCLUELET A 27-year-old Ucluelet man says he was forced to knock out a pit bull with a shovel Saturday night in order to stop an attack on a family pet being walked by two children.
Jesse Stenbaugh told the Westcoaster.ca Monday he heard childrens screams of help, help, while walking home from a friends house near the trailer park on Cynamoka Road at about 8 p.m.
When he ran across the street and arrived on scene, Stenbaugh said he saw the pit bull shaking a golden Labrador retriever about eight months old by the neck.
I just saw this dog shaking this other dog, he said.
A man in a truck arrived on scene, as well.
Stenbaugh said he grabbed a shovel from the truck and tried to stop the attack by shoving the handle up the pit bulls anus and by prying open its jaws.
Neither attempt worked.
Stenbaugh said he then wound up and smashed the dog on its head several times, knocking it out.
The dog was trying to kill the little kids dog, so I hit it on the head with a shovel and knocked it out and stopped the fight right there.
Stenbaugh said he didnt see the pit bulls owners around, doesnt know the children, although he suspects they were about eight and 12 years old, and he doesnt know the man in the truck.
He said the Labrador was in rough shape.
Shortly after knocking out the animal, members of the Ucluelet RCMP arrived, said Stenbaugh.
Const. Ryan Warren, of the Ucluelet RCMP, called the incident a full on, vicious attack.
He said the smaller dog suffered puncture wounds, was taken to a veterinarian and is expected to survive.
He said the attack was so vicious it came in as a cougar attack.
Warren said the pit bull was taken to Port Alberni. The animals fate is not known.
The Port Alberni SPCA office is closed Monday.
shovel, shovel, and shut up?
LOL! That’s hysterically funny!
He put the shovel handle up the pit bulls anus and pried open his jaws?
bahahaha looks like something my dog would do
Wrecked him, hell! He (almost) killed him!
Chet, I don’t know where you find all these stories about pitbulls! This one, at least, seems to have a good ending.
Except for the pitbull, who, if he survived, has one hell of a headache!
One of those ‘shovel ready’ jobs the ONE promised...
Atta boy ‘Digger’.....woof!
Even though the article is poorly written, it pretty much covers several of the options I’ve thought I would try to employ in a similar situation.
I suspect he tried to shove the handle up the Pit Bull’s anus, not the other end of the tool. But I could be wrong.
I’ve also thought of bringing my shotgun out and shooting the attacking dog in the hind quarters at close range to avoid hitting the other dog. As soon as that thought occurs to me, I picture the attacker twisting and turning, making any shot risky. And with the emotions of the moment, it’s too easy to not see bystanders in the path of the shot.
Grab the dog by the hind legs and walk backwards.
Do you have personal experience with that, or is it a guesstimate?
I suspect that if the dog has a hold on a victim, pulling him like that might risk tearing larger wounds. Though it might cause the dog to let go of the victim, you might be its next victim.
Making the dog dead is the best bet, IMO.
Wow, rolled up paper works on my Pittie....
Had the man that broke up the fight been reading the excellent posts by Chet 99 he would have known to wind up and take one giant swing at the pit bulls head first and without hesitation. He would have known not to just poke around.
I’m in no way an expert, but I have pulled apart four or five dog fights that way; the biggest dog was a boxer. I’ve never tried it on a pitbull.
All of the dogs were too surprised to turn around and snap at me, so I don’t know if it’s possible for them to reach you; as long as you can keep it moving sideays I think you’d be fine.
Warning: Nobody follow that advise with a pit bull. That is extremely dangerous. You must act as if you intend to kill the pit bull and make sure you have a weapon sufficient to do the job.
Don't stop until the pit bull stops moving but be ready to strike hard again if it shows any signs of movement.
Right; so if you don’t have a shotgun in your pocket, just flap your hands ineffectually and squeal like a girl. That’ll help.
Oh, well I guess that works just fine if you have long elegant legs.
Yeah...I saw that too and said the same thing. I’d have never thought to stick the handle up the dog’s butt but playing “Whack-a-mole” with the business end makes sense.
A Glock 40 and a CCW should be sufficient. No need for a shotgun, unless you want to pull it out afterward for good measure.
Bought a couple canisters of pepper spray so the wife and I would feel safe on our walks. A couple neighbors have pitbulls and seem to have difficulty controlling them.
Anyone have any knowledge as to whether or not pepper spray would be effective with this breed?
Look, I’m trying to get helpful information out there, based on my personal experience and the experiences of other pit bull owners. I don’t have a problem with shooting an attacking dog; you could use my advice to get the animal into a position where you could get a clean shot off.
As much as we all love to hear about how you’re going to hit the dog with napalm and then stick your 50 cal up it’s nose, I think my way is a little more practical.
You have some experience with it, and that always beats the person with a theory.
Now that is an old old joke......:O)
Somebody needs a walk!
While the article made it sound that way, I do believe he made two separate attempts, first up the anus and when that failed tried to pry the jaws apart. I am sure if he got the shovel up the dogs anus to his jaws the dog would have noticed!:)
I forgot to put in my post, the dogs I have grabbed that way have always let go of the other right away; I don’t know what they would have done if they were holding on to something light enough to drag...
(Blue Hippos LOVE their spoons!)
(What do Pit Bulls, tornadoes and Vikings have in common?)
Do Blue Hippos love their spoons as much as Walruses love their bukkits?
Works with full grown male Dobes, too.
Unlike LEL, I’m short and well within their reach so if the dogs had wanted to, they could’ve easily turned around and bit me but they did not.
Being hoisted off thrown balance like that seems to take the fight right out of them.
Being hoisted _up and thrown off_ balance....
Never post after your 90 pound Dobe wakes you up, snarling and barking at something he hears outside...and then jumps on your chest in his desire to make *sure* you know there’s something outside.
Send in the Blue Hippos!
One less pit bull in the world today, a great way to start off my day, thank you for posting this. A good pitbull is a dead pitbull.
It is not helpful to advise someone to grab an attacking pit bull by the hind legs. That advise will get someone killed. The only way to deal with an attacking pit bull is with excessive deadly force.
Grabbing a pit bull by the legs is only a means to save the pit bull and that should not even be a consideration if a pit bull is attacking. It should be killed without question. If one so much as walks in my direction and is off its leash, it will be laying in the street dead.
Well, you go ahead and just unload into a dog, surrounded by a crowd of people, while it’s still got somebody’s arm/leg/child in it’s mouth, and possibly under it’s body.
Let me know how that works out for you, Rambo.
Go ahead, resort to snide uniformed insult. I have a CCW permit and the training that goes with it. I have over 40 years handling weapons, many of those as an expert marksman. I am trained to know when to pull the trigger and have the accuracy to put the round where it needs to be.
I don't mean to be harsh with you but your sillyness on here is what is dangerous. I'm sorry if you are embarrassed because someone pointed out that your bad advise puts people's lives at risk but it needed to be corrected.
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