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Pit Bull Survives Eating Gopher Poison in Beef
NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Feb 14, 2014 | George Kiriyama

Posted on 02/14/2014 3:25:10 PM PST by nickcarraway

A Cupertino woman considers it a miracle that her 3-year-old pit bull, Hammy, is still right by her side.

Last month, Hammy was rushed to a 24-hour emergency animal clinic in Campbell after she ate what turned out to be tainted food.

Emily Aldrich, Hammy's owner, said the incident occurred when she let the dog outside to go to the bathroom. She later found Hammy munching on something from a bag of food.

The food was strips of beef laced with Strychnine pellets in a Ziplock bag. Strychnine is a common type of gopher poison.

Minutes after Hammy ate the poisoned food she started going into seizures. Aldrich believes someone came into her backyard and deliberately tried to kill her dog.

"Oh my God! Why would someone do that?" she said. "You know. It was just questioning like why, how and just no understanding."

Aldrich rushed Hammy to an animal clinic where doctors pumped the dog's stomach and flushed out the poison. But minutes later, Hammy had another seizure that forced her heart to stop.

"I literally watched her die right in front of me and I felt so powerless," Aldrich said.

Aldrich said Hammy was dead for 12 agonizing minutes. But doctors wouldn't give up and managed to revive her.

"I couldn't believe it," Aldrich said. "I think my own heart stopped at that point because I was just in such shock."

Now three weeks later, Hammy is walking around and slowly getting back to her old self.

"The fact that she's still here with me is the biggest blessing that I could ever have," Aldrich said. "I never thought I would be so attached to a dog. She's my best friend."

Aldrich's family and friends have come together to raise money to help pay for Hammy's medical bills. To contribute, click here.


TOPICS: Local News; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: animalcruelty
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1 posted on 02/14/2014 3:25:10 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

If someone was trying to poison her pitbull, I would bet that dog is not very nice. Why people have dogs that are known for killing other dogs and biting people is beyond me.


2 posted on 02/14/2014 3:31:34 PM PST by wmfights
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To: wmfights

Right, dogs who get poisoned deserve it. /S


3 posted on 02/14/2014 3:33:59 PM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: nickcarraway

I’m sure it found that bag while minding its own business inside it’s own fenced in yard....


4 posted on 02/14/2014 3:34:15 PM PST by Hardslab
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5 posted on 02/14/2014 3:35:49 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: wmfights; CatherineofAragon

There’ve been other cases os dog poisoning, and I don’t think it had anything to do with the temperament of the dogs involved.


6 posted on 02/14/2014 3:36:37 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Hardslab

The article says the dog was in its yard. Did you read it?


7 posted on 02/14/2014 3:36:44 PM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: wmfights; CatherineofAragon
Have you ever heard of John Wayne, wmfights? If you watch his westerns, he would kill a bad guy, but he never shot him in the back.

There's a point to what I am saying, but I'm not sure you'll get it.

8 posted on 02/14/2014 3:37:39 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
"There’ve been other cases os dog poisoning, and I don’t think it had anything to do with the temperament of the dogs involved."

Exactly

9 posted on 02/14/2014 3:37:50 PM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: CatherineofAragon
Right, dogs who get poisoned deserve it. /S

If it's a pitbull I would bet the majoprity of them do deserve it.

The article is about a pitbull not a maltese, so trying to change the observation to all dogs is at least misleading.

10 posted on 02/14/2014 3:38:22 PM PST by wmfights
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To: wmfights

Actually, I’d expect a Maltese to be quicker to nip.

Assuming that a dog deserved to be poisoned because of his breed is reprehensible.....at least.


11 posted on 02/14/2014 3:40:52 PM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: nickcarraway; CatherineofAragon
Have you ever heard of John Wayne, wmfights? If you watch his westerns, he would kill a bad guy, but he never shot him in the back.

Sure, everyone should have dangerous dogs in their neighborhoods. Even better if they have small children that like to run and play. Just let those nice friendly pitbulls loose.

Maybe you got my point. I doubt it. Most people who have dangerous dogs don't think about how it might affect others.

12 posted on 02/14/2014 3:42:16 PM PST by wmfights
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To: CatherineofAragon
Actually, I’d expect a Maltese to be quicker to nip.

Yeah, I read about all those people that are killed by maltese's all the time.

Assuming that a dog deserved to be poisoned because of his breed is reprehensible.....at least.

The reprehensible thing is why these dangerous dogs are being breed in the first place and why people who purport to be animal lovers buy them.

13 posted on 02/14/2014 3:45:03 PM PST by wmfights
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To: nickcarraway

what an amateur

temic tried and true


14 posted on 02/14/2014 3:47:23 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: wmfights

the people across the street used to have a pit bull...


15 posted on 02/14/2014 3:48:26 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: wmfights; CatherineofAragon
If a dog is dangerous it should be dealt with. Appropriately. Poisoning (a human, a dog)is a cowardly thing to do, and not manly at all.


(I had a dangerous dog in my neighborhood when I was in grade school. It was dealt with. Never once thought about poisoning it)

16 posted on 02/14/2014 3:50:04 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: bigheadfred
the people across the street used to have a pit bull...

One thing I noticed in real estate is when you start seeing pit bulls you know the quality of the neighborhood is going down.

Where you see the designer dogs the neighborhood is "trendy".

Where you see the heinz 57s it's middle class.

17 posted on 02/14/2014 3:52:10 PM PST by wmfights
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To: wmfights
If someone was trying to poison her pitbull, I would bet that dog is not very nice. Why people have dogs that are known for killing other dogs and biting people is beyond me.

Oh I don't know, I'd say it was done by an ignorant hateful person with a closed mind, with concepts beyond them. And what part of poisoned her dog to the point it actually died do you not get? Haters just got to hate!

18 posted on 02/14/2014 3:56:35 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: nickcarraway
If a dog is dangerous it should be dealt with. Appropriately.

you are correct sir

19 posted on 02/14/2014 4:02:08 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: nickcarraway; CatherineofAragon
If a dog is dangerous it should be dealt with. Appropriately. Poisoning (a human, a dog)is a cowardly thing to do, and not manly at all.

I hesitate to fault anyone who is pushed to this point with a dangerous dog in close proximity. Too many animal lovers can't see the danger because they love their pet and think of their pet as part of their family. They think all animals are "special".

Pit bulls were breed to be thrown into pits with Bulls and later to fight other pitbulls. If you read about someone being mauled by a dog odds are it's a pitbull. If you read about some child being killed odds are it's a pitbull. People who own these dogs are imposing a big danger on their neighbors.

So some neighbor thinks they need to kill this dog, instead of going through some process that probably goes nowhere, it's hard for me to condemn them.

20 posted on 02/14/2014 4:02:52 PM PST by wmfights
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To: Mastador1
I'd say it was done by an ignorant hateful person with a closed mind,

If the article was about a toy poodle I would agree with you. Pitbulls no! The people who own these dogs have a screw loose.

21 posted on 02/14/2014 4:06:02 PM PST by wmfights
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To: wmfights
"Yeah, I read about all those people that are killed by maltese's all the time. "

Killed by a maltese's what?

I never mentioned killing. I'm afraid you're going off the deep end, first assuming a dog deserved poisoning because he was not "nice", and now he's progressed all the way to being a killer.

"The reprehensible thing is why these dangerous dogs are being breed in the first place and why people who purport to be animal lovers buy them."

Not all people who buy pit bulls are animal lovers, or know how to handle them. Therein lies the problem.

22 posted on 02/14/2014 4:06:43 PM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: CatherineofAragon
Not all people who buy pit bulls are animal lovers, or know how to handle them. Therein lies the problem.

Wrong.

The problem is animal lovers who think a vicious breed is safe.

23 posted on 02/14/2014 4:10:02 PM PST by wmfights
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To: nickcarraway

Most dogs love to wander about off the leash in the general area of their house. One problem this presents is the owner doesnt know who’s yard is being pooped on day after day after day. Some pet owners around here walk with their dogs and carry a few plastic bags, those bags not yet confiscated by the Greens. I prefer to stay away from pit bulls, but I would not cruelly poison an animal like this just for a daily poop. There are better ways to keep that Property Owner’ RAGE in check. Maybe Deer repellant works to keep dogs off the lawn. I never tried it.


24 posted on 02/14/2014 4:11:41 PM PST by lee martell
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To: wmfights
If someone was trying to poison her pitbull, I would bet that dog is not very nice.

That's an assumption on your part and a very stupid one.

How many threads showing the extreme cruelty to our animals have to be posted to make you realize that there are very sick people out there?

You got a problem with a neighbor's dog, you don't poision it, you don't shoot it with a pellet rifle and you don't beat it to death.

You call up the local enforcement agency that deals with these kinds of things..........

If I knew that a neighbor harmed my pet, I would likely beat him to within an inch of his life and let the local law enforcement sort out the details.........

25 posted on 02/14/2014 4:15:58 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Was Occam's razor made by Gillette?)
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To: wmfights
I'd say it was done by an ignorant hateful person with a closed mind, If the article was about a toy poodle I would agree with you. Pitbulls no! The people who own these dogs have a screw loose.

No, you are ignorant and intolerant of the breed. You blame the animal for what some people have done to some animals I know over dozen Pits owned by different people, none of them with a screw loose, and all of the animals are sweet, loving and non aggressive. I have known many aggressive animals that cross the spectrum and the most aggressive and likely to attack are smaller dogs.

26 posted on 02/14/2014 4:18:42 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: wmfights

Mmmm no.

I’m no supporter of pitbulls, but this isn’t the way to handle it.

If someone did this to my dog and I found out who it was, they’d be dining on the same dish they served.


27 posted on 02/14/2014 4:19:44 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: wmfights
Maybe you got my point. I doubt it. Most people who have dangerous dogs don't think about how it might affect others.

I didn't, the only point you made was of your ignorance of animals.........

I love German Shepherds and they can be VERY dangerous..........In fact, my dad had several.

28 posted on 02/14/2014 4:20:39 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Was Occam's razor made by Gillette?)
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To: nickcarraway; All

If anyone has contacts in the Baltimore area with the Humane Society or with appropriate law enforcement I would appreciate hearing from you.

I don’t want to be too specific at this point on an open forum but it involves serial dog poisoning.


29 posted on 02/14/2014 4:25:31 PM PST by kanawa
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To: chris37; wmfights

Wow. And you think that any dog not within a foot of it’s owner should be executed. wmfights is way outside the norm.


30 posted on 02/14/2014 4:33:20 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Chet99 is back!


31 posted on 02/14/2014 4:39:17 PM PST by xone
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To: wmfights; Hot Tabasco
"Wrong.

The problem is animal lovers who think a vicious breed is safe."

Quite a few breeds have been branded as vicious....German Shepherds & Dobermans to name a couple. But viciousness was never the issue. It was about people who don't understand that certain dogs require knowledgeable owners.

My sister-in-law had a German Shepherd that was trained for protection. He was a big love puppy with the family. However, he requireed a loving but firm hand. Without training, or the right owner, he would have been an accident waiting to happen.

32 posted on 02/14/2014 4:52:48 PM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: Mastador1

my pit is 8. never once agressive except cats ans rodents
neihgorhood kid grabbed his balls 3xbefore i caught him. all my dog did was YELP.


33 posted on 02/14/2014 4:57:20 PM PST by Donnafrflorida (Thru HIM all things are possible.)
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To: Donnafrflorida

2 reasons I can think of for pushing the nbr to this.

Bit someone and/or endless barking.


34 posted on 02/14/2014 5:05:49 PM PST by bicyclerepair (TERM LIMITS .......... TERM LIMITS .......... TERM LIMITS)
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To: Donnafrflorida

I am fully aware that there are damaged animals out there, I have run into them and sadly that is why it is playing roulette to adopt a pit from the shelter, sad for the undamaged pits that won’t find a home. However if you know the lineage and breeding they are safe loving animals. My six year old grandson has a Pit puppy from his other grandfathers dogs. The pup and my dog got along just fine and I find this to be the rule not the exception. I just don’t understand the vile ignorant hate that some people have for the breed.


35 posted on 02/14/2014 5:06:21 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: wmfights

What about Great Danes?


36 posted on 02/14/2014 5:08:46 PM PST by libstripper (Asv)
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To: nickcarraway

Wow. You are an idiot.

I mean I’ve seen people say dumb things, but that really has to be the dumbest.

How about you quote where I said that.

Or you admit that it was you who said that and not me.

Go ahead and quote it, you damn idiot.


37 posted on 02/14/2014 5:33:28 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Mastador1

there are obvious exceptions but i do believe how a dog is raised is paramount to his temprament.
to be honest had someone squeezed my balls three times i definitely would have bit him. i was amazed that he took it three times and NEVER touched the child. just looked at me with a “HELP” expression.
everyone loves him.. realtor neighbors family etc
with that said i would not allow ANY breed of dog unsupervised with very young infant or child. you just never know.


38 posted on 02/14/2014 6:30:15 PM PST by Donnafrflorida (Thru HIM all things are possible.)
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To: Donnafrflorida

That’s absolutely true, and not so much because of the dog, but because of the child. It takes time and direction for children to learn and respect an animals boundaries. They don’t have the experience to know that a old animal can’t tolerate the play a puppy can and they have no concept of an animals response to having its feeding space invaded.


39 posted on 02/14/2014 6:38:36 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: wmfights

I met a lady today who was talking about the drug dealers who live near her who let their dogs run in a pack.

The local LE cites them> Big deal. It doesn’t stop them.

They are now considering more drastic action.

However, they are concerned that shooting them will result in retaliation. They are considering other options because of that.


40 posted on 02/14/2014 6:47:48 PM PST by metmom (...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith....)
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To: chris37

Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Punk.


41 posted on 02/14/2014 6:59:32 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: nickcarraway

either someone in her neighborhood with a deal with her dog, or a muslim there doing jihad against dogs.


42 posted on 02/14/2014 7:54:35 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: nickcarraway

how exactly was it “dealt with”? seriously it might be good to know.


43 posted on 02/14/2014 7:56:08 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: wmfights

Bullsnot.

My neighbor tried to poison my *Ibizan Hounds*, who are so habitually nice they’re sickeningly sweet because HE is a freaking drunken psycho who is *still* pissed that I refused his advances 23 years ago.

I can’t even believe you typed that.

SMH.


44 posted on 02/14/2014 8:10:48 PM PST by Salamander (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: nickcarraway

I’m gonna bet *somebody* is projecting like mad.


45 posted on 02/14/2014 8:11:50 PM PST by Salamander (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: CatherineofAragon; Altariel

Have you not heard?

Dey *all* gots De Ebils.

/good Lord


46 posted on 02/14/2014 8:13:26 PM PST by Salamander (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: wmfights; CatherineofAragon
We're all Nazis, too.


47 posted on 02/14/2014 8:18:17 PM PST by Salamander (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: xone

And stupid as ever.


48 posted on 02/14/2014 8:18:41 PM PST by Salamander (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: kanawa

Muzzies moving in?

Google it.

Nobody will help you.

They’re a sacred class.


49 posted on 02/14/2014 8:19:38 PM PST by Salamander (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: CatherineofAragon
They're kinky, too.


50 posted on 02/14/2014 8:21:45 PM PST by Salamander (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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