A Pitbull Shredded My Arm – But it Could Have Been My Throat

Name: S. B.
Victim: Adult
Location: Jogging, Alberta
Year of attack: 2014

Tell us about the attack

On April 30, 2014, I was out for a job in my neighborhood. A pitbull got loose, bit my arm multiple times, tearing tendons and shredding flesh. A neighbor had to save me by scooping me up and running inside their home. Had he not done so, I could have died. The owner of the dog just stood and watched, too afraid to intervene. I had stitches and was unable to use my arm at all for more than a week.

How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
Before the attack, I might have believed the propaganda meant to paint pitbulls in a positive light, and that they are misunderstood, sweet dogs. After what could have easily been my death however, my mind has changed. I am afraid of them, and not without good reason. Because I now pay attention to other attacks, it is overwhelmingly apparent that these types of dogs are a public safety risk.

Legal Consequences
I hired an injury lawyer who was able to reach a settlement through the dog owner's home insurance. The pitbull was euthanized.

What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
Pitbulls are a public safety risk, and although there may be many dogs who go through life never harming anyone, even one attack is not worth the risk. My life is more important than your desire to own a certain breed of dog. I have the right to feel safe walking down the street in my own neighborhood.
If this were a defect in the manufacturing of a car, every single vehicle would be recalled, because we understand that if it happens once, that is one time too many. Why can we not apply the same logic to dog breeds?