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

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by WAGCEVP, Jul 30, 2003.


    WAGCEVP Active Member

    May 26, 2003
    (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."
  2. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    Idahohoho, the jolliest state
    Well, no wonder the leftist extremists want to disarm law-abiding American citizens! We might rely on ourselves instead of government.
  3. Stevie-Ray

    Stevie-Ray Senior Member

    Feb 22, 2003
    Mitchi-gun, the Sunrise Side
    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.
  4. einnor1040

    einnor1040 New Member

    Jul 7, 2003
    Middle TN. AKA Smyrnasaki
    I don't like pit bulls. I just don't trust them.
  5. Snowdog

    Snowdog Senior Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Hendersonville, WNC
    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.
  6. El Tejon

    El Tejon Elder

    Dec 24, 2002
    Lafayette, Indiana-the Ned Flanders neighbor to Il
    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:
  7. Duncan Idaho

    Duncan Idaho member

    Jun 12, 2003
    The early years of WWIII
    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.
  8. sturmruger

    sturmruger Senior Member

    Jan 4, 2003
    NW, WI

    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
  9. JSolie

    JSolie New Member

    Jul 22, 2003
    Murrieta, CA
    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
  10. Redrider

    Redrider New Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    seattle, wa

    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.
  11. JSolie

    JSolie New Member

    Jul 22, 2003
    Murrieta, CA
    :eek: Sorry....

    AD = Accidental Discharge

    ND = a Negligent one

    GSD = German Shepherd Dog
  12. TallPine

    TallPine Mentor

    Dec 26, 2002
    somewhere in the middle of Montana
    And everyone should also know this one if you don't already:

    TLA = Three Letter Acronym


    BTW, this thread is about to become OT ;)
  13. Jesse H

    Jesse H Active Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    The Great State of Texas
    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.
  14. Crimper-D

    Crimper-D Member

    Jan 21, 2003
    Sierra Nevada Foothills
    I've seen these "Pitbull" posts before...

    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:
  15. Newt

    Newt Member

    Apr 23, 2003
    NW Arkansas
    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.

  16. Jesse H

    Jesse H Active Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    The Great State of Texas

    So every pit, no matter how well bred or properly raised should not be trusted? Sounds like anti-speak to me.
  17. only1asterisk

    only1asterisk member

    Jun 13, 2003
    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!

  18. jsalcedo

    jsalcedo Senior Member

    Dec 31, 2002
    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.
  19. KpEng16

    KpEng16 New Member

    Apr 22, 2003
    Central FL
    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

  20. Ed Straker

    Ed Straker New Member

    Feb 12, 2003
    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.

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