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Sammie

Name: Eileen
Victim: Adult, Pet
Location: My neighborhood, North Carolina

Tell us about the attack
I have walked my Sammie girl every day In our neighborhood for 4 years. One beautiful fall morning, a Pitbull escaped a neighbors yard, chased us down the street and attacked my Sammie. It latched on to her chest wall and would not let go. I screamed and kicked it and kicked all the while my Sammie looking into my eyes for help. I tore apart a neighbors landscaping wall and hit the dog over the head repeatedly with the brick, it still wouldn’t let go. The only way to save her was to leave the scene and start banging on neighbors doors screaming for help. My Sammie watched me leave her. I kept running back to try to fight the dog off and then rum again for help. No one was home and my poor sweet black lab was mauled to death.

How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
Took me months and months to recover emotionally from the attack, I also ended up with a torn meniscus and rotator cuff and was unable to work as a hospital nurse for months. Lost 20 to 30 thousand in income because of it. Or to mention my medical bills.

Legal Consequences
Pitbull owner got a vicious dog letter from the county.

What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
Your right to own a Pitbull doesn’t trump my right to not have my pet murdered by yours.


Strong and wild

Name: Dee T.
Victim: Adult, Pet
Location: Walk, Texas
Year of attack: 2017

Tell us about the attack
My father was walking his dog near a canal which was lined with small homes and condos. A pitbull broke loose form his patio area and headed at him and his small dog. It went for the dog first and my dad kicked it off the small dog; he then fell down and the pitbull looked to him. Luckily my father’s smaller dog and eventually another adult came to separate the dog.

I love dogs. Pitbulls and a few other breeds are too dangerous to have as pets. Between their strength and their instincts they are closer to wild animals than domestic dogs. No-one argues that we should have full wolves, large wild cats, wild dingos allowed as pets. These are equally dangerous. This attack was never filed so goes ‘unreported’. The numbers of attacks are much higher. Not to mention the fear caused.

How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
Changed behavior. We have to adjust for these types of dogs and our habits have been infringed upon. When the elderly, parents, owners of small dogs have to change where they go and how they have to behave around these animals, it is a selfish argument to say they don't need to be regulated. No need for them as pets.

Legal Consequences
No fine.

What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
It isn't fair to worry only about the rights to own a dangerous animal and the argument for pitbull ownership doesn't have much weight beyond that argument. Some of these animals are sweet most of the time; that doesn't allay most peoples fears or the facts that nearly 90% of local SPCA animals are pitbulls for good reason. The majority of trouble situations go unreported and still they dominate the news. Pets are wonderful but an attachment to this breed doesn't pass reasonable muster.


Pitbull attack

Name: NT
Victim: Adult
Location: Near my apartment building by a neighboring hotel, Texas
Year of attack: 2020

Tell us about the attack
I walked out of my apt bldg this morning about 6:00 a.m. When I neared the open area, I saw a dark-colored dog that appeared to be alone. I froze. It stared and began running toward me. I ran as fast as I could. Screaming “No, stop!” I heard someone in the distance whistle and the dog retreated. Heart pounding, I walked back up to my apt to get my baton. I had to leave and had already been delayed. So, I decided to go around the other side of the building, even farther away by going around the far side of a hotel. Guess who is right there by the hotel pool? The same dark-colored dog. I saw an adult male sitting. I politely asked him to get his dog. He said nothing. From nowhere a tan-colored pit bull leaped from behind the man and charged at me. I ran and fought for 2-3 minutes.

How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
It just happened this morning, but I am afraid to walk home. I have always had a serious fear of dogs. I just don't understand why people don't leash their pets. My head ached and heart pounded rapidly for seven hours after what could have been a vicious attack if I didn’t fight him off with a super strong metal baton. I was sweating profusely and all I could envision was the dogs teeth tearing away at my flesh. Thankfully, I learned to walk with a baton (weapon) because of past experiences with unleashed dogs, but every owner before this one would call the dog back immediately or say how friendly the thing is. I hate that. We can't predict the behavior of humans. So, we definitely can't say what a dog will do to a stranger. They respond differently with each person.

Legal Consequences
The owner said nothing. No apology. No calling the dogs back. Nothing. I hit the dog so hard on the face with the baton that it ran away to the owner. Still, the owner said nothing, opened the hotel side door and took his dogs inside. I was livid because that was a totally avoidable situation. I reported him, but no one was around but the owner, me and his two dogs. Other than being drenched in sweat and my labored breathing, I had no physical experience of the attack. Of the four of us (owner, two dogs and me), I was the only one yelling about the attack. So, no battle scars, no battle, right? No, that's completely false. I will never get over this. NEVER.

What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
I am scared to walk home. My fear of dogs has heightened even more. I'm not young. I can't continue to run from unleashed dogs, especially aggressive breeds like the pit bull I encountered. LEASH YOUR DARN DOGS!!! What's so freaking hard about that??? I'm too old to be running around cars and fighting off dogs. This could have ended much differently, but my fear made me panic. I went in survivor mode quickly. The owner seemed to enjoy the show until I started whacking the dog in the face with my baton.

LONGVIEW, TEXAS near LOOP 281 and FOURTH ST.


Pitbull attacks and kills small family pet

Name: Karysma Sanchez
Victim: Adult, Child, Pet
Location: A walk down a back alley, Texas
Year of attack: 2020

Tell us about the attack
I was walking my dog and my baby sister was in a stroller. We turned to walk down a back alley to get home when suddenly 2 vicious pit bulls slipped under a gate and immediately started mauling my dog, puncturing her lung and killing her and also causing my sister to fall out of her stroller and hit her head bruising it badly and causing scratches down her arm in result of the stroller being knocked over.

How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
My dog meant the world to me and my family. She was my first pet and brought so much happiness. I am traumatized and truly hurt seeing her go out that way. Everyday I think about her and miss her so much. If she wasn’t there to protect us we woulda been dead or seriously injured. She is a true hero and will never be forgotten.

Legal Consequences
Absolutely no action was taken in this situation. Police said there was nothing they could do. The animals were immediately taken and hidden to avoid consequence. The dogs still live in that house and the gate hasn’t been fixed. We haven’t even received and apology from the owners of those animals.

What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
Please always keep a weapon on you whenever you’re walking. Something strong enough to kill because once those dogs latch onto their victim they will not let go. Please be safe…


Pitbulls and livestock don’t mix well

Name: Dk
Victim: Pet, Other Horse goats
Location: In pasture and on public dirt road, Georgia
Year of attack: Choose one

Tell us about the attack
Just 2 of many in 3 states I’ve dealt with pits killing My livestock.

My neighbor had three pitbulls. I told him you need to put those dogs up They’re coming to my house trying to get my goats. I called the sheriff. The sheriff supposedly went to talk to the guy. The next day the same thing the pitbulls are at my gate. I pull up can’t get out of my truck cuz they’re circling my truck. I called the sheriff he said he didn’t talk to the guy that they before now he’s going to talk to him. The same day he spoke to him the dogs attacked my horse with a girl riding it down the dirt road. Sheriff made him pay my vet bills, gave him a ticket. Few months later one of those same dogs killed my goats with a different owner. I sued on Judge Judy and won. No more pit issues since.

How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
Everyone knows not to let their dogs onto my farm 😉 only tow truck in area refuses my AAA Calls because he’s a bull advocate breeder..I’m hated by pit owners in the area big time but dogs are no longer a problem. Now someone is shooting my livestock… Sheriff does nothing…

Legal Consequences
Owner in one case paid vet bills and fine. In other case Judge Judy paid me but pit owner was shamed publicly and moved out of our county. Lost her job etc, she obviously lied on tv.

What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
Pit bulls are bred for blood sport. They will target livestock that often goes unreported. It happens daily. I know many people dealing with pits killing mauling livestock. It happened to me in FL, GA and AZ.


Pitbull Frenzy

Name: JMS
Victim: Adult
Location: On the street walking my dog, California
Year of attack: 2020

Tell us about the attack
I was walking my 4 year-old female German Shepherd a few houses from being home. I saw a pitbull through a neighbor’s driveway gate looking at me and my dog. A man was walking toward the pass-through gate and I thought, “I hope he can control his dog because it looked like it wanted to attack my dog.” Next thing I knew was the pitbull was outside the gate attacking my dog and clamping on. I grabbed the pitbull by the tail and pulled as hard as I could. It let go of my dog but turned around and bit me on the leg. My dog went to the vet ER, I went to the ER and got my puncture wound treated. My dog has a lacerated leg and I am in pain (this happened 12 hours ago).

How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
Too early to tell the long term effects because the pitbull attack was yesterday evening (12 hours ago). I did not trust pitbulls before, but now, even more, I think that cities should consider outlawing them within city limits and insurance companies should not insure homeowners who have pitbulls. I will always have the puncture scars to remind me of the danger of this breed.

Legal Consequences
Where I live Animal Control is very pro-active. The pitbulll is already quarantined (10 days) and I will be able to find out whether it was current on rabies shots. I do not want that dog back in my neighborhood again. The owner will be held liable for the pain, suffering and medical bills caused by his vicious dog. The house where the pitbull was is worth well over a million dollars, so I expect the owner has insurance. BTW, the owner got control of the dog after it bit me, went back into his yard and never came back to see how I or my dog were doing (I was laying there bleeding, neighbors called 911 and police and fire department came and checked me over.

What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
Do not trust pitbulls. If you know there are pitbulls on the route you are walking, bring along pepper spray or a baseball bat for protection.


Living a nightmare after attack by multiple pit bulls

Name: Amy
Victim: Adult, Pet
Location: My front yard, Delaware
Year of attack: 2019

Tell us about the attack
August 24, 2019, I was walking my puppy on his leash in my front yard. The neighbor’s 2 pit bulls jumped their fence, one jumped at me, the other grabbed my puppy off the leash. Then they both attacked him. My parents had just arrived, my dad laid in the horn for the neighbors to come. I could watch…I couldn’t help. My puppy had a $1,500 vet bill and spent 6 months on quarantine because they failed to vaccinate their dogs (my puppy wasn’t old enough for his vaccine to be in his system for 21 days). The neighbors response was “if my dogs wanted to kill your dog they would’ve”.

How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
Some days his back leg still bothers him. He still cries when he hears their dogs. It was months before he could be outside if another dog barked. I still have nightmares and flashbacks. I was in therapy. I can’t park in my driveway I share with them, so I park on the street. I carry mace. I can’t be in my front yard. I know if they attack again I know well be dead I know if it happens again there is nothing I can do if the mace doesn’t work and I won’t be able to save him.

Legal Consequences
The neighbors were fined for their dogs being outside of their yard, for not having rabies shots and not being licensed in the state they were living in. No penalty for attacking my puppy…they’re not considered dangerous.

What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
It doesn’t matter how much a pit’s owner tells you they’re gentle. They can attack at any moment. We were on my property. They jumped the fence. Pits are not confined by fences. People do DNA tests on their dogs to see what their temperament is…but when it comes to pit bulls they ignore the violence and damage they can cause.

Do NOT allow your child to be near them. Build the highest fence the county or state will allow. You cannot trust a bread that causes 68-72% of the human fatalities. Animals are mauled daily, people are attacked and children are disfigured. They’re not a “misunderstood” breed. Their bloodline was created to kill. Are you the parent, aunt, uncle, grandparent, friend who wants to attend a closed casket funeral because the dog killed a child and their body is mauled?


Our little Boba attacked by pit bull

Name: Ron Manor
Victim: Pet
Location: Street, California
Year of attack: 2020

Tell us about the attack
We walked around the block with our dog Boba on a leash, suddenly a pit bull came from behind and attacked Boba. The pit bull grabbed Boba in the stomach. It took a few seconds until I was able to kick the pit bull and the pit bull let go Boba which was bleeding a lot.
I saw the pit bull trying to go through a broken wooden gate right in front of where attack happened.
We rush to closest Vet. emergency Hospital. After we been told there is 75% of chance to live, we decide to pay $9,669.00 estimated hospital bill. I called the local police, they transfer me few times until I got an Officer at Animal care center. The officer ask to send him photos and details about the attack. I sent, he reply once, now two days after I am still waiting. Boba is out of the hospital and getting better.

How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
Just two days went by. I always thought that pit bull is a dangerous breed. Now I am sure.

Legal Consequences
Nothing yet

What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
Pit Bull is unpredictable breed, People should support the stop of breeding this breed.


Five year old girl attacked by mix pit

Name: Lynda Ellison (grandmother)
Victim: Child
Location: In yard – Calista was on her swing, Florida
Year of attack: 2016

Tell us about the attack
A pit mix from a shelter grabbed my granddaughter Calista by the shoulder and pulled her off the swing. I threw myself on top of Calista but the pit grabbed her face and would not let go. I screamed to God to help us. She survived with over 100 stitches to her face, shoulders and arms.

How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
The horror will not leave my thoughts and probably never will. Tears flow when I relive this horrific mauling.

Legal Consequences
Pit was put down.

What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
Please look up the origin of the pit bull. This breed was man made to fight and kill. It was a sport that people bet money on. The aggressive nature of the bull dog is in their genes. DO NOT TRUST THIS BREED.


Two loose pit bulls chase horse and rider and attack black lab

Name: Cynthia
Victim: Pet
Location: front yard, Massachusetts
Year of attack: 2020

Tell us about the attack
Two loose pit bulls charged out of a wooded area and circled me with my horse as I rode down my street. Upon returning home, while trying to alert my family including elderly parents and young nephews who were waiting outside in my yard, the pit bulls stopped circling the horse and ran straight for the 4 family dogs (2 Welsh corgis, one golden retriever and one black lab). Before the humans and animals could be rushed inside to safety, the two pit bulls attacked the black lab, latched onto and bit his hind leg. The police were called and the dogs were trapped in a nearby fenced horse paddock. The owners were out of town and the dog sitter had not noticed their escape. The black lab was transported to emergency vet for treatment and the pit bulls were ordered to quarantine.

How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
I was convinced these dogs would attack me and the horse as we traveled down the street. They circled us and I was fearful for them to attack me at any moment. They bit at the horse’s hind legs and when I tried kicking them away, they didn’t care. This is an event I won’t soon forget. The police department was not cooperative (these attacks are not common in my town) and they said we don’t have any power to do anything as there is no leash law. I discovered where the dogs lived only by knocking on doors in my neighborhood. One neighbor told me these dogs had chewed a bumper off his car while they were trying to get at a rodent that had made its way into the engine area. I am now afraid these dogs will return since they know where my animals live and my other dogs, family and horses.

Legal Consequences
The owner tells me she will pay my $1000 vet bill but I still have not seen the police report I requested. I will write to my local paper and explain the incident to get attention if she doesn’t relocate the dogs. I will also need to take her to court if she doesn’t pay the vet bill. My dog is traumatized from this experience and I can no longer feel safe allowing him outside within his own invisible-fenced yard.

What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
These pit bulls are not family pets and have no place in suburban neighborhoods.