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Officer saves young girl from family pit bull
CBS Atlanta ^ | December 7, 2012 | Jennifer Mayerle

Posted on 12/09/2012 10:09:21 PM PST by Uncle Chip

SPALDING COUNTY, GA (CBS ATLANTA) - Lilly Goodson, 5, is in critical condition with severe bites to her face and body after being mauled by one of her family's dogs on Wednesday.

Her grandmother, Kathy Goodson, tried to stop the attack. Neighbors also tried to help, but it was Griffin Police Cpl. Stan Phillips that finally ended the attack.

"It was heart-wrenching to see. I never want to see it again," Phillips said.

Phillips is still shaken up by the events. When he arrived at the home on Ruth Street in Griffin, he witnessed a 120 pound pit bull attacking Lilly, and Goodson was trying desperately trying to stop it.

"She was trying to pry the dogs mouth open. She actually lost some teeth biting the dog, trying to get the dog off," Phillips said.

Phillips knew he had to act to save Lilly's life, so he drew his weapon.

"The dog still had Lilly's head in his mouth and I had to try to position myself, because it's a high risk situation, and be able to shoot the dog with being concerned for the child and grandmother's safety," Phillips said.

The 10-year police veteran's training kicked in.

"I fired the first round and the dog stopped and let go and looked at me and went to re-engage again, and I fired a second shot, and at that point he let go and went running around a tree where I pursued the dog and fired several more rounds until it dropped," Phillips said.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: doggieping; dogs; notapitbull; pitbull; pitbulls; police; shooting
She actually lost some teeth biting the dog, trying to get the dog off
1 posted on 12/09/2012 10:09:28 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

A rarity- a cop actually shot a dog that needed shooting.

I gotta wonder, though, how people could even consider such a breed in a home with children.


2 posted on 12/09/2012 10:13:54 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: Squawk 8888

and a 120 pound one at that.


3 posted on 12/09/2012 10:17:35 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Squawk 8888

It’s good to hear stories where the cop shot the dog because he had to in order to save someone’s life.

And again I’ll say the only place you should be able to see a pit bull is in a zoo.


4 posted on 12/09/2012 10:28:52 PM PST by Terry Mross (I haven't watched the news since the election. Someone ping me if anything big happens.)
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To: Uncle Chip

Yup. There are big dogs that are wonderful with kids (I had a 10-year-old neighbour with a black lab that was bigger than her and they were inseparable), but a pit bull is not one to keep around kids who haven’t yet learned the hard way that some critters will bite when teased.


5 posted on 12/09/2012 10:29:07 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: Uncle Chip

If it really weighed 120 lbs, it wasn’t a pit bull.


6 posted on 12/09/2012 10:35:31 PM PST by Trailerpark Badass (So?)
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To: Terry Mross

I think pit bulls should be classified as an “exotic” pet where one should prove that he’s qualified to care for it before being allowed to keep one. Too many owners do not know what it takes to keep them in control.


7 posted on 12/09/2012 10:41:27 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: Terry Mross

And yes, on the surface regulating them would seem to go against my libertarian instincts, but the fact is that if you harbour a potentially dangerous animal then you have the responsibility of ensuring that it doesn’t harm anyone.


8 posted on 12/09/2012 10:43:45 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: Trailerpark Badass

It could have been a mixed breed, or maybe a rottweiler and the journo was clueless.


9 posted on 12/09/2012 10:44:54 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: Trailerpark Badass

If it weighed 120 pounds, then it’s been feedun on more than Purina Dogchow.


10 posted on 12/09/2012 10:54:35 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Squawk 8888
Well done, Cpl. Phillips.

I hope the facial scarring will not be bad, and that her eyes are OK.

11 posted on 12/10/2012 12:14:11 AM PST by TChad
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To: Trailerpark Badass

Agree. May have been a mix breed; i.e., part pit bull and part something else. Also, presa canarios or a PC-mix could easily be mistaken for a pit bull.

Thank God the cop came along. Doubt the little girl would still be alive otherwise.


12 posted on 12/10/2012 12:49:25 AM PST by LibWhacker
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If anyone is interested...click on the Keyword “pitbull” just above Reply #1 for a history of articles about pitbulls on FR.


13 posted on 12/10/2012 1:21:59 AM PST by deks ("...the battle...liberty against the overreach of the federal government" Ken Cuccinelli)
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To: Joe 6-pack

For your list


14 posted on 12/10/2012 3:08:12 AM PST by verga (A nation divided by Zero!)
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To: Uncle Chip
Pit Bulls do NOT get to 120 pounds.

It was a Mastiff or Canary dog or something like that.

Just the journalist's incompetence.

15 posted on 12/10/2012 4:38:27 AM PST by Tolkien (Grace is the Essence of the Gospel; Gratitude is the Essence of Ethics.)
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To: Uncle Chip
Pit bull threads really boggle the mind. They are an object of worship here on FR. "Not really a pit bull" indeed.

My opinion? Homeowners insurance should refuse to cover any large bully-breed breed dog. Let the pit bull worship peers be ruined and martyred and thrown onto the streetb for their Big Love.

16 posted on 12/10/2012 5:01:25 AM PST by Mamzelle
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To: Mamzelle

The arrogance of ignorance knows no bounds.


17 posted on 12/10/2012 5:03:23 AM PST by kanawa (FB-- Save George Zimmerman from racial onslaught)
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To: Mamzelle

Pit bulls are banned in my town.
that being said, there are gobs of them at the animal shelter, some of which have been used as bait dogs for the sick demons that fight dogs. These poor bait dogs are all bruised and bitten up. There should be immediate and severe consequences for anyone associated with dog fighting, including for those sick individuals that bet on the outcomes. And they should not be allowed to play in the NFL.


18 posted on 12/10/2012 5:22:38 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Mamzelle
"Pit bull threads really boggle the mind. They are an object of worship here on FR. "Not really a pit bull" indeed. "

I don't think it's "worship" to logically recognize that 120 lbs. is far beyond the range of pit bull weight. According to dogbreedinfo.com, the American Pit Bull Terrier weighs from 22 to 78 pounds.

When it comes to pit bulls, it's my view that the problems arise from bad breeders and bad owners.

19 posted on 12/10/2012 7:02:40 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: Mamzelle

Notice where you find all the pit bulls — in the inner city or outer counties where people have no homeowner’s insurance. No one in a suburban area where people have homeowners insurance is dumb enough to have one.


20 posted on 12/10/2012 7:10:45 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

A pit bull? That’s unusual. #sarcasm


21 posted on 12/10/2012 7:14:30 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: CatherineofAragon

Ah, we are splitting dog hairs over the commonly recognized pt bull and stafford shire terrier?


22 posted on 12/10/2012 11:30:50 AM PST by Mamzelle
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To: CatherineofAragon

http://www.guns.com/arsenal-to-import-af2011-a1-january-1-2013-launch-shot-show-11525.html


23 posted on 12/10/2012 11:32:46 AM PST by Mamzelle
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To: CatherineofAragon

http://www.guns.com/arsenal-to-import-af2011-a1-january-1-2013-launch-shot-show-11525.html


24 posted on 12/10/2012 11:32:53 AM PST by Mamzelle
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To: Mamzelle

Sorry wrong link. But interesting anyway.


25 posted on 12/10/2012 11:34:03 AM PST by Mamzelle
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To: Mamzelle
"Ah, we are splitting dog hairs over the commonly recognized pt bull and stafford shire terrier?"

Well, no. The article concerns a pit bull, and I was referencing same.

http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/americanpitbull.htm

26 posted on 12/10/2012 12:37:24 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: Mamzelle

dang it...

http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/americanpitbull.htm


27 posted on 12/10/2012 12:38:17 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: Mamzelle
"Sorry wrong link. But interesting anyway."

Yes, it was!

28 posted on 12/10/2012 12:39:22 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: CatherineofAragon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pit_bull

It is a little precious that when someone says "pit bull" one would pretend that it is a specific breed of dog, when it is clear that people have started to use the term to describe agressive bully breeds that are commonly owned by rural drug dealers.

29 posted on 12/10/2012 1:24:21 PM PST by Mamzelle
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To: Mamzelle

Precious.

Whatever.


30 posted on 12/10/2012 5:25:39 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: CatherineofAragon
I know of an ER doc whose first patient in a new town was a five year old torn to pieces by two dogs that register to those not concerned with the niceties of dog breed distinctions, as pit bulls. They looked like the dog with Spanky and Our Gang. That was a pit bull, non?

The child was walking across a parking lot, two dogs jumped out of the back of a pick up, ripped him to shreds and jumped back in the truck to await Master's Voice. (Nipper the RCA dog was a pit bull mix) The child died.

Whatever, yourself.

31 posted on 12/10/2012 7:27:40 PM PST by Mamzelle
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To: Mamzelle

A horrible tragedy, no doubt about it.

However, use of a search engine will pull up endless accounts of children being mauled and killed by German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Malamutes, and Huskies.

My sister-in-law owned a German Shepherd for protection; that dog was trained within an inch of his life. If he hadn’t been, he would have been a loaded weapon for anyone who came near him. As it was, he was a potential danger to those he didn’t know, but a big, sweet darling with family. He was the best dog I’ve known. And when he reacted threateningly to strangers, as he was supposed to do, my SIL was prompt to command him to stand down.

The National Canine Research Council, in studying over 40 years of dog bites, has identified poor ownership practices as a factor in the overwhelming majority of dog bites/attacks. Some dogs may be more prone to biting (personally, I believe it’s the small, yippy ones who lead the pack, but that’s me). It’s the responsibility of the owner to train and control his own dog. When that responsibility is shrugged off, bad things happen. And when you think of all the thugs who want pitbulls and Rottweilers so they can strut around with their tattoos showing and the chain collars on the dogs, looking tough, you can begin, possibly, to understand a big part of the problem.

“Non?”


32 posted on 12/11/2012 8:28:09 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: CatherineofAragon
I am not familiar with the National Canine Research Center but my brother is a veterinarian and he and his colleagues think that the reason that children are often attacked by dogs is not necessarily training or lack of it. According to them dogs do not always recognize children as small humans but as another animal that they are in competition with. Especially if they have not been raised around children.
33 posted on 12/11/2012 8:36:44 AM PST by Ditter
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To: Ditter

I’ve read about that, as well.

Recently there was a video posted here in which a lion at the zoo showed extreme curiosity about a young girl. Several Freepers said they’d seen big cats react similarly to children, but not adults. So maybe it’s a common thing with both domesticated and wild animals.


34 posted on 12/11/2012 9:08:14 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: CatherineofAragon
I would think that a wild carnivore would look on anything smaller than them self as a meal.
35 posted on 12/11/2012 11:47:01 AM PST by Ditter
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