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Rescue pit bull attacked without warning

Name: Dianne Keith
Victim: Adult
Location: In my home, Pennsylvania
Year of attack: 2021

Tell us about the attack

In May of last year, 2020, my son’s girlfriend adopted a rescue pit bull mix from Centre County PAWS animal shelter in State College, Pennsylvania. She just loved and spoiled this dog and had even taken him for ice cream the day before the attack.

It was a normal morning on April 11th, 2021. The pit bull was sitting on the living room couch when my son went to start to make breakfast in the kitchen. Suddenly, the pit bull jumped off the couch and went into a full on attack on my son. When his girlfriend ran in to get the pit bull off him, it turned on her. The attack continued. She got away outside and the pit bull got out of the door and continued to attack her again outside. My son ran out after her; the pit bull turned on him again. He managed to drag the pit bull still latched to him into his garage where he had to beat him off of him to let him go. The pit bull has been euthanized.

How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
They are traumatized and she has PTSD over it. My son received 38 stitches in both forearms and she received 43 in both upper arms and hands and back. They are both currently unable to work.

Legal Consequences
There are no legal issues as this was their own pet that turned on them. They were taken to hospital by ambulance, and the state troopers attended the scene,  but we found out later that it was never reported as a dog attack, and we don’t know why. Not one agency in this state of Pennsylvania would help us get the dog out of there and they told us it was our problem and their hands were tied????

What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
Pit bulls should be outlawed and not allowed to be bred. This breed needs to be extinguished at all costs. These animals can not be trusted no matter how nice you think they are. This was a completely unprovoked attack on its owners who gave him the world. There is no warning, no growls, or barks. You won’t even see it coming. To any family with small children, don’t be ignorant! It could cost you your child’s life or your own. “Is it worth it”?


 

Small terrier attacked by pit bull, 2020.

Small terrier attacked by pit bull, Pennsylvania

Name: Phil
Victim: Pet
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.

Legal Consequences
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.


Unprovoked Attack on a Leashed Dog

Name: K.R.
Victim: Pet
Location: Walking on a street, Pennsylvania
Year of attack: 2020

Tell us about the attack
Two weeks ago my 11 yr old daughter was walking our 18 lb dog on a leash. A newly acquired female pit bull mix jumped a 4 foot fence and viciously mauled my dog. My daughter tried in vain to punch the pit’s head and grabbed her to release my dog’s head out of her locked jaws. My daughter’s screams alerted neighbors. Grown men couldn’t get the pit off my dog. One brave neighbor scooped up my dog when she dropped him, poised to attack again. My dog was fortunate to survive. The owner of the pit bull was a 73 yr old man living with his ill 93 yr old mother. The dog was a foster.

How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
Our family has been traumatized. My poor daughter will remember this violent attack for the rest of her life. Our neighbors who witnessed the attack said it was horrifying and were quite traumatized. She is scared to walk our dog by herself. Frankly, we are nervous, too.

Legal Consequences
The pit bull, deemed great with kids and other animals by the shelter, was returned immediately. Two weeks after the attack, this pit is advertised on the shelter’s website as an “adoptable, adorable, sweet doll.” We cannot, in good conscience, allow this dog to be adopted by an unsuspecting family.

What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
Shelters lie. Shelters continually misrepresent dangerous dogs.


 

The night that changed our lives

Name: Janet, Jaelynn’s Mother
Victim: Child
Location: At a friend’s house, Pennsylvania
Year of attack: 2019

Tell us about the attack
On July 3rd, 2019 around 7:30 pm, me & 2 of my kids went to visit a good friend of the family for 9 years. I did tell my friend that I was going to pass by her house. Upon arrival, she was at the backyard, she called me & my girls to the back. Never once did she warn me about her daughter’s dog being at the house nor that it had aggression towards kids. My daughter asked to use the bathroom. She walked in before me, the dog jumped on her, knocked her down, ripped off a chunk of her eyebrow & eyelid, lacerations on her cheek & face, bit her shoulder, ribs, hips & thighs. Owners tried to save its life. Didn’t put down until 4 months later. At court the owner said I inflicted the wounds on my daughter, that her dog never touched the baby.

How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
Nightmares about the incident are constantly, both me & my daughter. She has to go to PTSD therapy to help her cope with the horror she lived. We now walk with a pocket knife and she says she hates pit bulls for biting her & making so many scars on her face and body! We never leave the house without protection in case anything happens.

Legal Consequences
Owner was fined for harboring a dangerous animal, no shots, no license or register under Pennsylvania laws. The family was trying to relocate it to a different state because it wasn’t its fault. Ultimately, it was PTS after 4 months. A law suit against the homeowners insurance is on the works.

What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
Never trust a pit bull, any pit bull. Pit bulls are not pets. They will attack unprovoked at any given time. Practice a way to defend yourself, family & pets, from a pit bull attack as well as teaching your family when walking outdoors. Always keep a weapon on you!


 

Pit Bull attacks two dogs within four months on Pittsburgh street

Name: M. Todd Rice
Victim: Pet
Location: Street, walking leashed dog, Pennsylvania
Year of attack: 2020

Tell us about the attack
There is a dangerous, unprovoked, repeat-offender, pit bull terrier in our neighborhood that attacked my dogs on our walk on Saturday, July 11, 2020, on our street, at approximately 0855 hrs. She mauled one of my dogs, Ayva, who sustained multiple bites to the chest, shoulder and leg, required emergency treatment, thoracic x-ray which noted air tracking along the chest wall with veterinary concern for tracheal puncture, anesthesia, wound washouts, an indwelling chest wall drain and multiple sutures to the thoracic laceration, and a prescribed two week course of antibiotics with pain medications. This same pit attacked our neighbor’s lab mix, Fleurey, on their walk on March 1, 2020. She died of wound complications. Police reports were made. We’re trying to get PA’s dangerous dog law applied.

How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
Many of us in the neighborhood go out of our way to not walk our dogs or exercise in that part of the street. I have started a website to document this case: https://dangerousdoginpennhills.com/

Legal Consequences
In our neighbor's attack in March, 2020, a police report was made. The owner's were fined for violations of pet licensing and vaccinations. However, no action was taken regarding protecting the public from the aggressive animal or enforcing any type of owner responsibility for containment. Subsequently, local dog control has initiated charges in Wilkinsburg magisterial district court to attempt to apply the dangerous dog law and the restrictions and remedies that entails.

In my case, police made a report, but no action was taken against the owners of the pit bull in this second attack within 4 months. I have been talking with local dog control who is filing charges in my district’s magisterial court.

What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
We residents need to be aware of dog threats in our areas. If we witness loose and aggressive behaviors, these need to be documented and reported in order to contain these animals before a trauma occurs. In the event that these activities have not been documented, when an attack occurs, the police, dog control and courts have no established basis to suspect patterns of problems and therefore little legal recourse to deal with the animal or its owners. In our case, a dog had died in recent months after this pit bull’s earlier attack. No neighbors had previously reported the dog being out and aggressive, which it had been on multiple occasions. As a result, no swift action has been taken, leaving the dog and its owner to be risks for others, like my own dog who was attacked by it on July 11.