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Pea the Mighty Toy Poodle

Name: Penny S.
Victim: Pet
Location: My front yard, Ohio
Year of attack: 2015

Tell us about the attack
All of my animals are rescues, a motley bunch. I adopted Pea when he was 9, a senior toy poodle. He came in and took over. He was the smallest and oldest, but that didn’t matter, he was in charge. My neighbor had a pit bull that wanted to fight my son’s lab, Pea’s accepted pack member. One morning I was filling the birdbath in the backyard, when the dogs took off around the side of the house, barking. Thinking they were going to chase a cat into the woods, I followed. As I came around the corner, I heard an animal shriek. The neighbor’s dog was shaking Pea by the front leg. Pea had jumped between the lab and the pit, to save his pack member. When the dog saw me, he dropped Pea and ran. Pea survived, with a broken jaw and radial leg fracture. Still pack leader, he was 14 then.

How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
I am very vigilant in restricting pit bulls on my property. I’ve lost friends who believe I’m a dog racist. I had a tenant who had an illegal pit bull, I made him get rid of it. He posted my name and address online, I received death threats and worse, had to get the sheriff. I’ll never stop speaking out against bully breeds, no matter what happens.

Legal Consequences
The pit bull was gone by the time I got home from the emergency vet, it was a Sunday. They thought I’d demand it be put down. They did pay the vet bill, over time. They moved later, and I heard they took the dog back. It had a habit of running away (not neutered), and even though they lived 15 miles away, once the dog showed up here. The owner came and got it, but eventually it disappeared for good.

What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
These dogs are not like other dogs. They want to fight, no matter how loving they appear. They are dangerous because they look like other dogs. They are unstable. Most times the animal or person they go after is their owner or a member of their owner’s family. This cannot be loved or socialized out of them. They select their victim, and that’s it.

Blue’s Story

Name: Carol Miller
Victim: Adult, Pet
Location: City park horse trail., Ohio
Year of attack: 2007

Tell us about the attack

The early part of our story was covered by a sympathetic blogger. Here is a link. http://17barks.blogspot.com/2011/10/story-of-blue.html

The attack upon Blue, my horse, lasted 20 minutes and covered a mile. It was terminated by direct Park Ranger action. The attack was witnessed by hundreds of horrified park patrons.

How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
Thirteen years after the attack the horse still has flashbacks and he is no longer sound. He is pretty much retired and a big, expensive pet. This is a huge waste, he was a lovely and very talented six-year-old at the time of the attack. Blue was never able to be shown. He lives because none of this was his fault and he did not deserve to die.

I required major surgery to control my pain. Nobody can predict how long the pain control may last. Possibly the rest of my life, possibly not past tomorrow. I still have flashbacks from time to time as well. Pit bull attack victims don’t get their peaceful lives back.

Legal Consequences
There was an attempt to bring the pit bull into a densely populated suburb under falsified state documents, into a rental property, directly across the street from a school, and uninsured by claiming that the dog was suddenly a different breed. Local animal control was warned and the dog was ordered out of town. The owners sent the dog out of town, possibly out of state. She rode the Pit Bull Express to some other community putting innocent people at risk.

What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
Pit bull attacks happen everywhere and anytime. No animal is too big to be at risk. Attacks upon horses are as common as dirt and without immediate human intervention, a confined horse will die every time. Blue did not die because he had the opportunity to run.