Location: Public park (not dog park), Pennsylvania
Year of attack: 2020
Tell us about the attack
I was walking my dog at approximately 9 p.m. in a grassy area across the street from my house. All of a sudden I saw a loose pit bull running across the street. The pit bull was laser focused on my small dog and grabbed its abdomen and started shaking and biting it as if it was prey. The (I later learned) foster person ran over and helped remove the pit bull. My dog barely survived after emergency surgery. I found out the pit bull was known to be dog aggressive, but despite that was still placed in a foster home in a dense, urban area without fenced back yards and with many dogs the pit bull would need to be walked around. The shelter called us once they got our number and wanted me to convince the foster to still adopt the pit bull. Instead, I asked that the pit bull be put down, but was rebuffed by the shelter and vet as if I was crazy.
How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
I have been completely traumatized and extremely disturbed to see the increase in aggressive and untrained pit bulls in our neighborhood. I think it is the combination of people wanting to adopt dogs during COVID-19, and shelters only having pit bulls available because they are so over represented in shelters. I have also become an advocate for dangerous dog and pit bull bans. I also think that zero mistake dogs should be put down after their first near fatal or fatal attack.
I do not think the foster adopted this pit bull. I assume the shelter adopted it out to someone else.
What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
I would like people to realize pit bulls are not pets and should not be adopted. They should all be spayed and neutered and live out their lives in controlled environments, such as animal shelters.