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Pit bulls attack elderly man
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Jan 09, 2014 | 3146 views | 4 4 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend | print
70-year-old man are thankful that he is alive after he was attacked and severely injured Friday afternoon by two pit bull mix dogs.

William Mote, like 90 percent of his neighbors who live on Greenwood Road, enjoys walking every day. They walk to the church at the end of the street and then around the church building, utilizing the large parking lot.

According to Mote’s granddaughter, Erica Tarpley, her 8-year-old son walked with the victim the day before the attack. Tarpley said her grandfather was walking toward the church at about 3:30 p.m., Jan. 3, with his back to the car lot where the dogs were kept, when the unprovoked attack took place.

One of the dogs was brown and the other white. The white dog was the bigger of the two. When they attacked, the brown dog went for Mote’s leg and the white dog his hand and arm.

Tarpley said the only reason her grandfather survived was his neighbor, Marissa Buice, turned on Greenwood Road from Gray Highway and saw him being attacked. She honked her horn and opened the passenger door screaming for the victim to get in the car, which he was eventually able to do after freeing his hand from the white dog’s mouth.

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Merritt Clifton
January 09, 2014
Of the 4,448 dogs involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks on humans occurring in the U.S. & Canada since September 1982, when I began logging the data, 2,994 (67%) were pit bulls; 545 were Rottweilers; 3,794 were of related molosser breeds, including pit bulls, Rottweilers, mastiffs, boxers, and their mixes. Of the 531 human fatalities, 276 were killed by pit bulls; 85 were killed by Rottweilers; 398 (75%) were killed by molosser breeds. Of the 2,655 people who were disfigured, 1,778 (67%) were disfigured by pit bulls; 319 were disfigured by Rottweilers; 2,231 (83%) were disfigured by molosser breeds. Pit bulls--exclusive of their use in dogfighting--also inflict more than 70 times as many fatal and disfiguring injuries on other pets and livestock as on humans, a pattern unique to the pit bull class. Surveys of dogs offered for sale or adoption indicate that pit bulls and pit mixes are less than 6% of the U.S. dog population; molosser breeds, all combined, are 9%.
January 09, 2014
Pitbulls have already killed two Americans in 2014 and horrifically injured many others. Politicans need to listen to stop listening to the minority.. those that are supported by DOG FIGHTERS.. and protect citizens by banning this dog. PhD study's have found that you have a more thabn 2500 times higher chance of dying if attacked by a pitbull instead of a Lab. AND sweet Pitbulls in family homes that are loved, neutered and unabused suddenly turn into killers. It is UNABUSED pitbulls killing people. Biologists such as ALexandra Semyonova have noted that pitbulls carry genes for aggression that are latent and unseen but can be activated at anytime.. just like any other disease gene. If you want to gamble.. go to a casino. don't gamble on a pitbull.. yeah all dogs bite but only one has killed more people than all other dogs combined.
Thomas McCartney
January 09, 2014
Legislation Proposal

All dogs must be:

Or all dangerous dogs must be:

Or all dangerous molosser breeds, including pit bulls (Staffordshire bull terriers, American pit bull terriers, and any dog generally recognized as a pit bull or pit bull terrier and includes a dog of mixed breed with predominant pit bull or pit bull terrier characteristics), rottweilers, presa canarios, cane corsos, chow chows, Doberman pinschers, German shepherds, mastiffs, dogo argentinos, fila brasieros, and their mixes must be:

* Licensed

* Micro-chipped with any bite history in database

* Insured: All dogs must be covered by mandatory liability insurance of $100,000 min. generic and $500,000 after a skin breaking bite with insurance companies based on actuarial statistic's determining said rate.

* Spayed/neutered (except for limited approved show dog breeders)

* All breeds involved in any bite incident must be kenneled in a locked five-sided enclosure with concrete bottom.

For all other dog owners language can be written that enclosure such as fences must be capable of containing your dog period, such generic language puts the onus on the owner, have the fines be so onerous that said owner will ensure this they make this so.

1,000 the first time, double the second time and permanent confiscation the third time with a ban on said person from owning any dog within city limits, this will create an effective outcome directly or indirectly.

* All dogs must be on leashes outside of home enclosure

* All molosser breeds must also be muzzled outside of home enclosure

* No transport of declared dangerous dogs for the purpose of re-homing. (Dangerous dogs must be dealt with where their history is known.)

* All of the rules listed above also apply to rescues: rescued dogs must be licensed and subject to inspection.

$1,000 fine for noncompliance

Elimination of the one-bite rule in all of the 50 U.S. states

Manslaughter charges for owner of dog that kills a human

Felony charge for owner of dog that mauls human, dog, or other domestic animal
Debbie Bell
January 09, 2014
The old dog bite prevention advice: stand still "be a tree", don't yell or run, avoid eye contact, back away slowly, used to work with non-bully dogs, before pits infested our communities.

Normal dogs want you to leave, so they bark warning.

Normal dogs do not want a confrontation so the will let you back away and leave.

Normal dogs may bite, but if they do, they immediately release, so you CAN leave, again, that's their goal.

Good pits WANT to maul. That's their goal. So good pits don't give warning, and then they don't let the victim leave, or sometimes, live.

Now the "try to survive a pit attack" advice is to scream loudly, don't stop, pray that someone brave had a weapon to kill the attacking dogs.

Those who fight pits appreciate the support of the pit mongers, which enables them to continue breeding and FIGHTING pits.