(FL) Father kills pit bull in savage attack 07-29-03


July 30, 2003, 09:07 PM
(FL) Father kills pit bull in savage attack 07-29-03


Girl, 9, is recovering from attack by pit bull
By Charlene Hager-Van Dyke
Sentinel Staff Writer
Posted July 29 2003

DELAND -- Courtney Davis was only trying to help the pit bull when the
animal snapped, latching its vice-like jaws onto the 9-year-old's
forehead, narrowly missing her left eye.

Two days after her father's 32nd birthday party, Courtney, a Blue Lake
Elementary School student who spends summer days hanging from a tire
swing or riding her uncle's horse, was confined to bed, eyes swollen
shut and a long row of stitches etched across her forehead.

Even with her temporary disability, Courtney fared much better than the
1-year-old female brindle pup that attacked her during John Davis' party
Saturday. The dog, which Davis said was brought to his house to be
picked up by a friend, paid the ultimate price when the father of two
young girls retrieved a .22-caliber rifle from his house and shot it
twice during the party attended by between 50 and 75 friends, family and
birthday well-wishers.

The young animal lover doesn't blame her dad. "I'm not sorry he shot
it," she said Monday.

Davis, a deer hunter and redbone-hound breeder who runs Davis Tree
Service, isn't sorry either. "As far as shooting the dog, no, I don't
regret it," he said. "I know she probably startled the dog, but if it
would do it once, it probably would do it again."

The attack happened just before dark on the Davises' five-acre parcel on
Gasline Road when Courtney went to see if the pup needed water. When she
reached it, Courtney noticed that the puppy's head was tangled in its

"I was pulling on its collar 'cause it was stuck," Courtney said. "She
looked at me, and then she just bit me."

Courtney was taken to a nearby fire station and airlifted to Orlando
Regional Medical Center, where she was photographed, X-rayed and
underwent two hours of surgery on her face before being released the
following day.

Becky Wilson, Volusia County Animal Services director, said Davis was
justified in shooting the dog.

"If an animal is attacking a person or livestock, you have the right to
kill it. I think there's still some discussion to be had around the
circumstances, but if there was the potential for any of them to be in
harm's way before we could get there, then he was right to do what he
did," she said.

Sheree Davis said her daughter looks better than she expected and has
not asked for any pain medication.

"She was calm through all of it and didn't even cry, except when she saw
blood," her mother said. "They said she was lucky it wasn't in her eye.
She's just been a real trooper."

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Standing Wolf
July 30, 2003, 09:29 PM
Well, no wonder the leftist extremists want to disarm law-abiding American citizens! We might rely on ourselves instead of government.

July 30, 2003, 09:44 PM
If any of those damn dogs even approach me if I'm walking with the wife, they will pay the price. This is simply too often. I don't trust them and never will.

July 30, 2003, 10:01 PM
I don't like pit bulls. I just don't trust them.

July 30, 2003, 11:06 PM
I've heard from many people that Pits are not the savage killing dogs that people make them out to be and can actually make good pets....

But I'm with the above poster on this one, never could bring myself to trust them.
I'll stick with my favored breed, the German Shepherd.

El Tejon
July 30, 2003, 11:22 PM
See, this is what you do with aggressive animals--you shoot them.

I wish it was only this clear for the rest of the nation!:cool:

Duncan Idaho
July 30, 2003, 11:39 PM
I like dogs very much, but two-legged or four, or winged, or finned, attack me, or mine? Your done.

The dad, and his little girl are right on the money. Dog bites a human, no more dog.

Here's hoping that the little girl recovers OK.

July 31, 2003, 11:17 AM
Why do people like these dogs so much?? I realize this is by no means scientific, but it seems like everytime I hear of some little kid getting torn to pieces it is almost always pit bull. I really can't remember the last kid that was killed by a German Sheppard. For some reason it is always a pit bulls. When I have kids someday I am not going to allow them to go to anyones house that has a PB. NO EXCEPTIONS

July 31, 2003, 12:12 PM
but it seems like everytime I hear of some little kid getting torn to pieces it is almost always pit bull

Same reason why injuries or deaths resulting from an AD or ND always seem to make the news, especially if its from an "assault rifle"....it inflames peoples emotions and they make snap judgements. "Oh, look dear, here's another kid that was mauled by a dog...someone should do something about that breed..." And when enough critical mass is reached, then comes ordinances and legislation. :fire:

Don't get me wrong, I'm sorry the girl was bitten and needed some patching up. I have kids that age, too, and I'd respond the same way if a dog latched itself to their head. But then the media, ah, the media, bastion of spin free "balanced" reporting... :banghead:

I'm not particularly keen on pit bulls. Some people raise dogs to be vicious, and some breeds have a higher propensity to respond well to this training. Then again, I remember the pit bull that my ex-step-bro had. He tried and tried and tried to make that dog "mean." However, the rube didn't really take care of the dog...he thought feeding it was beneath him. However, my father did feed the dog, and was very gentle to it (giving it scratches and speaking kindly to it). Did this particular pit bull turn out "mean?" No.

I'll side with SnowDog...I'll take a GSD any day :D

July 31, 2003, 12:23 PM

Maybe I'm just board dumb or something, but your acronyms have lost me.

What does AD, ND, and GSD mean? Could someone please enlighten me???

Thanks, not a flame just really dont know.

July 31, 2003, 01:02 PM
:o Sorry....

AD = Accidental Discharge

ND = a Negligent one

GSD = German Shepherd Dog

July 31, 2003, 01:17 PM
And everyone should also know this one if you don't already:

TLA = Three Letter Acronym


BTW, this thread is about to become OT ;)

Jesse H
July 31, 2003, 01:30 PM
My next dog will be a pit.

Several months ago I rescued what looked like a pit/boxer mix from the streets of my neighborhood. This dog suffered from scars over her face and body that it was apparent she used to be a fighting dog. She actually followed me home when I was out chasing my little 15lb dog that got out of the house.

She turned out to be the sweetest and most gentle dog I have ever met. My little dog snapped at her and she ignored him. She allowed me to take food away from her while she was eating, despite the fact that she was starving.

Pits are misunderstood, just like our "evil black guns." Thank the media and irresponsible owners.

July 31, 2003, 01:38 PM
The same thought keeps occuring = People are keeping dogs that were originally bred to fight other dogs as PETS!:fire: WHY!?!?

I've known a few people who have 'pets' like this:rolleyes: To a man, they swear _their_ specemin is calm, gentle natured, loves kids, gets on with other animals..... I know of at least a couple of these dogs that have had to be put down because 'something snapped' in their overbred brains, and the instinct to attack came out from under their owners polite denials.

My ex-nextdoor neighbor dispised 'Fighting Dogs', but kept a 130lb Wolf Hybred:confused: Nice friendly 'Pup' = wierd owner... Go Figure:rolleyes:

July 31, 2003, 01:48 PM
I don't want to sound like an anti and say that you'll never bring me over to your way of thinking (about the pits), but I don't trust them and don't know if I ever will. Unlike our "evil black guns", these dogs have a mind of their own (whereas our guns are controlled by us), and could snap at anytime. Not trying to start a flame war; just trying to throw my two cents in.


Jesse H
July 31, 2003, 01:50 PM

So every pit, no matter how well bred or properly raised should not be trusted? Sounds like anti-speak to me.

July 31, 2003, 01:52 PM
I've seen the best and worst of pit bulls. The fact is that the dog ownership carries resposibility, just like firearms ownership. Are there naturally ill tempered dogs? Sure, but I don't think that is a trait acceptable to responsible dog owners.

Was dad right to shoot it? Not just yes, but hell yes!


July 31, 2003, 01:55 PM
I took my young son to the petsmart last year and while we were looking at the fish a young couple walked up with a full grown pit bull on a leash.

the pit bull was white with black spots so my son yells Dalmation! ( he had just seen the movie) and grabs the pitbull around the neck and proceeds to give it a hug.

The dog was startled but the young couple practically soiled themselves
as I dove for my kid and pulled him away from the dog.

Since my kid was 4 I really couldn't blame him for his reaction but I made sure to teach him that all dogs are not friendly like in the cartoons.

As for the folks with the pit bull, I'm not sure I would risk taking it
out in public and judging from their reaction they hadn't thought it out all the way.

I had my CCW at the time of the incident and I would not have hesitated
to put down a dog who attacked my child or anyone for that matter.

July 31, 2003, 02:12 PM
One of my best friends has one of the biggest pits that I have ever seen. It also obeys him like no dog that I have ever been around. Given, the dog is so big and muscular that it is easy to think about the "pits are bad" when playing with him.
We also have neighbors that have some pits and again I was suprised at how well they listen to their owners.
I currently have a mix that we resucued from the pound which is half shepherd and half pit. She has the shape of a small shepherd and the head and muscle mass of a pit. She is a wonderful, well behaved dog which has stood up in the defence of my fiance twice now when they were out walking. (once from a creepy old man, and once from a much bigger shepherd that was out alone)
I think that all dogs have the potential to bite and it is more on how they are raised than what kind of breed they are.

Just my $.02


Ed Straker
July 31, 2003, 02:13 PM
A girl I dated had a scar on her chin from being grabbed in the face by a pit bull when she was little. She still likes dogs, just not pit bulls.

2nd Amendment
July 31, 2003, 03:28 PM
For those who mentioned German Shepherds, you know these dogs are responsible for more attacks on humans annually than Pits are?

July 31, 2003, 03:28 PM
This thread sounds a lot like the "ugly black gun" versus bolt actions.

The father had the responsibility to kill the dog to prevent further damage in the future.

That said I owned, lived with, a pit bull for seventeen years until the died. A sweeter dog I have never had.

She helped raise two kids, guinea pigs, cats, parakeets and pet rats. She never got into a dog fight, she never bit anyone. When someone threw some kittens over the fence to watch her kill them she brought them into the house in her mouth, several trips, with a look on her face that said "What do I do with these."

My brother, an animal control animal at the time, had a golden retriever who had escaped from his yard (again) attack him and tear his chest open (missed his throat) when he attempted to put the dog back in his yard as he had done before.

The dog chased him around and over the truck before cornering him. The deptuties responding to his call for backup killed the dog with a shotgun prior to taking my brother to the hospital.

Dog had no prior history of violence. Something snapped in his mind. My brother saw it happen in the dog's eyes and knew he was in trouble.

Actual statistics show that pitt bulls are not the most dangerous dog nor responsible for the most bites. As someone said, they just get the story.

I'll take a pitt bull anyday. Even when on patrol.

Daniel T
July 31, 2003, 03:46 PM
I dug up some statistics on dog bites and breeds here in Texas: http://www.tdh.state.tx.us/epidemiology/99annual/reports/bites.htm

You'll notice that Chows are, by far, the breed responsible for the most severe attacks on humans. You may also notice that the German Shepard is responsible for more attacks than Pit Bulls.

Maybe you should fear German Shepards a little more, eh?

July 31, 2003, 04:19 PM
Maybe we need to look at per capita.

Do the statistics say how many german shepards and chows there are compared to pit bulls?

July 31, 2003, 04:28 PM
I have had all kinds of dogs. I like big dogs but the best dogs that i have ever had are yorkies. great for security and they loves little kids. But i still love Weimaraners.

P.S. i hate cats.

July 31, 2003, 04:34 PM
Hate to sound argumentative but......
I know pit bulls and believe me - usually they are the nicest dogs you could have. They are intelligent, loyal and really very sweet. They have a reputation as fighting dogs and many many times they are treated to be just that and trained that way. MOST pit bulls are great pets. They are a breed that's usually is as nice as its owner treats them, so if you see a bad one look around....there's usually a not so nice owner nearby that doesn't treat them all that great. Sorry but they're a dog that needs a lot of affection - if you don't have the time or the character to give it - don't get one - treat one well and caringly and you'll have a great friend and companion that wouldn't hurt anyone.

July 31, 2003, 04:49 PM
No dog, regardless of breed, should be left alone with a child! They view the child as lower in the pack than they and MAY snap at the child if startled or hurt by the child. They do not have a conscience. They do not think your child is CUTE and they still live by the wolf in the back of their mind!

July 31, 2003, 05:42 PM
Once again we have the wrong focus. Pit bulls are animals devoid of moral agency. No moral content. What does have moral agency is the dog's owner. It is the owner who needs to be held accountable for the animal's actions.

I am of the opinion that the owner needs to be held to the strictist account for the actions of its animal.

--First attack the owner has a choice to destroy the animal or assume the person risk of a second attack.

--Second attack the animal is killed and owner (not his insurance company) spends the remained of his mortal life as an indentured servant of the animal's victim. I personally think the death penalty is the only appropriate penalty for the second offense but our society would not sign on to that provision.

I don't approve of prisons. I do approve of restoration and restitution as a legitimate legal principal. Putting the owner of an attacking animal in prison is assinine. The perp did not wrong society. He wronged the victim and the victim is the one who should receive restoration and restitution.

July 31, 2003, 06:14 PM
I have a rather poor record with pit bulls.

The same thing that happened to that little girl happened to me when I was about 4 years old. While visiting a family friend their pit bull jumped right at my face and tried to tear it off. Fortunately I have always had fast reflexes and jerked my head back in time to avoid the full force of the bite. I just got raked by the eyeteeth, missing my eye by less then an inch. Half the adults present grabbed me the others tackled the dog. I am lucky to not have scars from that bit of fun.

I would like to point out that these family friends were "good ole boys" who knew how to treat animals and despised people that abused them. Their pit bull was well cared for and treated well.

More recently the mother of one of my best friends was gifted with three of the darned things (pit bulls) when her daughter and boyfriend went on a trip. Now the boyfriend who had gotten the dogs originally was a real piece of work and I don't doubt he mistreated his animals. The dogs tried to mistreat me. For some reason they went after my face too and I was able to deal the with the two young aggressive ones with knee and elbow strikes while I kept my eyes on the older more experienced female that kept trying to circle behind me. If she had attacked along with the other two I would have been totally overwhelmed even with my CCW. Fortunately for me the rest of the family was able to get them away from me and I got out the door with my skin intact.

Didn't bleed that time by the grace of God and the hard work my sensei has put into hammering martial arts into my head.

I later found out that the dogs had attacked my friend several times. His advice to get a pit bull to release it's grip is to hit it in the testicles with a golf club as hard as you possibly can.

After these incidents I don't trust the breed at all and would have no problem killing one that got aggressive with me. I also no longer go to my friends house. (He has formed a truce with the dogs now, mainly due to his impromptu driving practice sessions.)

Rebel Gunman HK
July 31, 2003, 06:18 PM
Pit bulls get a real harsh rap from the media and other naive bone heads. Most dogs are a reflection of their owners. I know you all know that. Now this is what i want to explain... The dog was stuck, or tangled to something in someway. Right. Ever cross your minds that it might be frustrated or in pain? Probably. Add into it the fact that you have a kid pulling on its collar, possibly causeing it more pain or frustration. Dogs aren't psychic. They dont always know are intentions are good. So give the dog a break. I know that my aggression goes up if im frustrated, or in pain. Kids should be supervised with any dog that they are close to eye level with. I say shame on the parents. Also, the father did go get his rifle after his daughter was safely removed from the dog right? Seems kinda stupid if he were to run all the way inside, find the rifle, maybe load it and a min later come out and cap the dog. I think the shooting was probably out of anger, after the bite had occured? Just wondering how to interpret it. I wish the dog could have expressed his side of the story is all. Instead of getting shot and labeled "an agreesive pit bull mean doggy".

July 31, 2003, 07:39 PM
I'm with the crowd that says there's nothing inherently wrong with Pit Bulls as a breed (and equates them with our "black guns"). And you should be aware that "Pit Bull" is a family of breeds. You're probably thinking of the American Staffordshire Bull Terrier. There's a closely related breed, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, that came to be nicknamed the "nanny dog" in the UK for its fine temperment along with guard dog abilities. Did you know the "Victrola" dog is a pit bull?

I suppose you could make an intelligent argument that they belong to a relatively small class of animals with proven potential to be lethal to adults. And it may be argued that nobody should own such an animal (along with German Shepards, Dobies, Ridgebacks, ...).

As long as we're in the anecdotal mode, I have much greater personal history of more German Shepards going nuts than any other breed. and I have never known a Pit Bull to go nuts.

July 31, 2003, 08:04 PM
I later found out that the dogs had attacked my friend several times. His advice to get a pit bull to release it's grip is to hit it in the testicles with a golf club as hard as you possibly can.

But how would you carry it concealed ..... :confused:

July 31, 2003, 08:54 PM
One of my dogs is a pit mix. Half pit - half....Great Pyrenees. He is a BIG damn dog. But he is also the biggest ball of fluff you ever did see. Every kid that sees him wants to hug him and he'd just love that, but really.....kids scare me. I'm always afraid some kid is going to pull his ears or choke him or some dumb thing. He thinks he is still a lap dog and always just flops over when another dog comes along with that alpha dog posturing BS. It is almost impossible to get him to defend himself, but the one or two times he's snapped out of it (passiveness), holy crap. Complete Jekyl and Hyde transformation. I have the utmost confidence he would defend me or my family if there was some sort of danger. I just wish I knew more people like that.

I guess what I'm trying to say is, I think it's about 95% how you raise the dog, and another 5% is pure instinct.

St. Gunner
July 31, 2003, 08:59 PM
Real mean and horrible.

Look for a thread here about .357's and one shot stops, all the bases have been covered, if you still hate pitbulls, you either can't read, don't comprehend to well, or just simply are trying to do it, For the Children...

I was just out playing with my heeler with a leather wrap, she was grabbing it and biting and raising hell, Bandit knocked her down and held her, because he thought she was being to rough. If anything messes with my daughter(another dog) he is on it. He was out earlier chasing rabbits out of the yard, cause he doesn't want anything in the yard with his kid. He's not full blooded, but close enough it really doesn't matter.

I know a few years ago the national leader for dog bites was Australian Cattle Dogs(Blue Heelers). Thing with them is they prefer to bite in the face, most dogs grab whatever is closest.

My uncle who is a vet said PB are his favorite dog to work on, never had one try to bite him in 20yrs in practice. The dog he hates worst for biting, dalmation.


St. Gunner
July 31, 2003, 09:10 PM
Oh and just for the record, when you get bit and the bite is reported, you are sitting in the ER getting stitched up they ask, "Do you know where the dog is?" If you answer "NO" the next question is, "Do you know what breed it is?" You can go ahead and toss the Chow/cross, Lab/Cross, and Mixed breed bites in as "Pitbull Attacks" cause the media does. I have watched several news broadcast where they say something about a Pitbull attack and the dog getting carted away is some sort of Lab/Chow cross or Rott/Lab cross(they do look alot like a PB).

I had a lab for many years that would bite anyone who came in the yard if you where not invited in, I had the yard posted. She was fine with kids, but not adults. She is solely responsible for my parents property tax hike, she bit the tax man, idiot couldn't read I guess. :rolleyes:

Don't buy into the media frenzy folks.

Another popular cross here to hunt hogs with that is a pure demon dog is a pit/heeler cross. Heeler are descended from Australian Dingos and they are normally aggresive anyway, cross that with a dog with the power of a PB and give it the heeler attitude and you will have severe bites.

July 31, 2003, 09:19 PM
As I recall one of the top 'biting' dogs is the Cocker Spaniel.

"Pit bull - the other white meat"

July 31, 2003, 09:20 PM
From what I've heard with regards to Pits.....one issue faced by them is inbreeding. Apparently the gene pool in this country is rather small for this breed. Not sure how true it is however.

Byron Quick
July 31, 2003, 09:56 PM
All of the pit bulls I've been around have been nice family pets. But, you need to consider the history of the breed. For a couple of centuries, the only pit bulls that were allowed to breed were the ones who survived the fighting pit. That dog might be a nice, sweet tempered pet but if it does decide to bite it will not be a warning.

I've bred both Rottweiler and Dobermans over a period of about ten years.

Been around a lot of dogs. The breeds I'm most wary of initiating totally unprovoked attacks? Chows, Lab mixes, and German Shepherds...in that order. Don't know what it is about Lab mixes but it seems that many are prone to unprovoked biting no matter what the other half happens to be.
Chows and German Shepherds are perennial leaders in the biting breed order.

I've also met a St. Bernard that put the movie Cujo to shame. That dog was terrifying. Saw it chase a pickup...and catch it. Bent the fender badly at the top of the wheel well.

I don't have a problem with a dog being agressive and protective. But some folks have dogs that are psychotic and do not realize what they have. These dogs should be put down.

Byron Quick
July 31, 2003, 10:05 PM
inbreeding? Not really. Or not more than other breeds. Check out the pedigrees of the majority of registered animals of any species. You'll see the same names in several generations repeatedly. Standard breeding practice with animals. As long as you do not get a popular stud with a genetic disorder, there's not a problem. Inbreeding does not cause problems, it will only perpetuate problems if problems are already present.

July 31, 2003, 10:07 PM
I have also heard that German Shepards and Cocker Spaniels are prone to attack (I have first-hand experience with the later).

One thing about the Pit Bull is that it's jaws are so strong that attacks often lead to death of the victim.

Pit Bulls, in my opinion, are like the old VW Beetles: You may have one that is great and love it to death but someone, somewhere has one that burst into flames this morning.

Pontiacs and Labradors may ignite from time to time, but not regularly.

August 1, 2003, 12:17 AM
I've heard it all before from the pit bull owners. "Oh, that's crap, it all depends on how it's raised," is the most common. Well, a friend of mine has a grand champion pit, and believe me, he knows how to raise them. So far, his has bitten 2 people. He's worried.

With pits and Rotts, the jaw pressure is simply too strong to take chances. If one ever approaches me without a leash, it's dead.

August 1, 2003, 08:14 PM
When I was 3 I was attacked by my grandmothers mix of a dog. Almost 100 stitches to my face and top of my head. The last thing the dog saw was the working end of a 20g shotgun.

I'm still a dog lover. The forehead scars have been a conversation piece over the years.

I would not hesitate to drop any dog that came after my kids to save them from what I went through

August 2, 2003, 01:13 AM
I have to say that in my opinion the argument is dumb. Ive met the nicest pitbulls and some sriously vicious little toys. Ive even know a mean Lab. Dogs are each different and each a product of their environment. Some turn out to be mean or nice regardless of how they are raised. Like people, some dogs are sweet and some are just jerks.

t driver
August 2, 2003, 01:11 PM
In my area we hear more about Rottweiler attacks. What you hear most is probably based on region. With any large breed dog, for sure, the media will make it seem as bad as they can. I guess they (media) think we should all have Schnauzers or Daschounds.

I also believe that how a dog is raised and treated directly transfers to how it acts. There are always exceptions.
I currently have a Doberman and a Chow/Husky mix.

This is my second Dobe and she is not the caliber dog my last one was. She has a very short attention span, and reacts abruptly, not agressively, to many things.There may be a genic flaw or it might be the fact that when I got her, she was 8 months old and had been mistreated, and malnourished and had terrible muscle development. She is a good dog and very needy (characteristic of the breed from what I have read) and responsive to attention and approval. I trust her, but not around kids and strangers. She is overly protective and doesn't have the grace my last one did.

My last Dobe, also needful of attention, was an excellent dog. Listened without hesitation, every time. She not only responded to spoken commands but equally well to hand signals. She never minded kids pulling her collar or ears and was not at all protective of her food. She made her presence known to adults she didn't know and was on alert unless I was welcoming to the person. She could just tell by how I acted.

My Chow/Husky.She was 2 when I inherited her from my sister when she got out of college and couldn't keep her any more. She is now 14 years old and starting to show her age.She is by far the most graceful and coordinated dog I have ever seen. She moves like a dancer. She doesn't play with kids like she used to. When she doesn't want attention she just walks away. Very friendly and loyal dog. She is also low mantenience. Doesn't always crave attention, just wants to see what is going on. With her I just keep jer food dish full, she eats when she wants. She listens, but it is "when she gets around to it". She will let anyone to come up on my porch, she just won't let strangers leave until I tell her to. She responds well to my neighbors. They think of her highly and if there are dogs barking in the neighborhood they listen for her voice to see if there is a legitamate issue.

With all of these dogs, I was told they are dangerous and shouldn't be trusted by various people. They have all turned out well.
Family members have had 2 German Shepherds, a St. Bernard, a Beagle mix, 2 Great Danes, and a Miniture Pincher. That little mini was the meanest of the lot.
A friend had a great Pit. She listened well and was playful. She was a great companion for him. Her only glitch, She loved to chew up 4X4 lumber.

Sorry if I got off the topic, just my little story.:)

Matt G
August 2, 2003, 01:57 PM
You cannot equate a pit bull or any other breed to a black rifle or another weapon.

An AR-15 or another form of "Assault Rifle" [sic] is a tool that simply cannot act on its own. Load it, chamber it, take it off safe, set it down, and it will rust and fall apart before it goes off on its own. It simply does not have the capacity to do harm of its own accord; it MUST be operated by a malicious or careless person to do harm.

Pit bulls and some other breeds of animals, on the other hand, can simply "go off." Sometimes the reasons are fairly obvious (kid poking at it or surprising it, other animal goes by that it feels threatens its territory, or animal was trained to fight and/or was tortured), but sometimes, no one knows why. I've personally seen pit mixes charge a 6'5", 250 lb man [me] who was carrying a large steel baton, simply for walking across a street. I've no clue why. Similarly, I've still never settled in my mind why they stopped just short of me because I drew my pistol.

I've seen an old man that was attacked by pit mixes while checking his mail at his own mail box. I've seen a woman with her arm partially removed by a pit/shepard mix that had attacked her in her own yard as she tried to take in the groceries. After several surgeries, she has retained some of the use of her arm again.

I've met fellow officers that have come to animal bite calls, very dubious about the victim's claim that the neighbor's pit bull had jumped the fence to attack them, only to have that same dog attempt to attack them.

If you want to keep them, well, so be it. Put up a nice high fence with double gates, and keep them in your yard. But don't be surprised when I or anyone else sees fit to kill any pit bull that we feel is threatening to our families. In my case, I'm feeling my family (including 1 and 4 year old daughters) is threatened by any unleashed pit bull that is outside of a fence in my daughters' proximity.


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