Flying pit bull attack leaves Wisconsin man with serious injuries

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A Milwaukee pit bull flew from the sky, attacking another pit bull and the dog's owner.
A Milwaukee man was with his wife, walking their pit bull around 5 p.m. Saturday  when they were attacked from above... by another pit bull.

The dog somehow leapt from a second-story balcony and pounced on the couple's pit bull, at which time the 55-year-old husband wrestled the attacking pit bull off his dog. But during the scuffle, the attacking pit bull was able to sink his teeth into the man, biting him several times.

And once a pit bulls sinks its teeth into you, it's hard to get the damn thing off. In this case, onlookers had to literally ram a moving car into the dog in order to break the victim free.

An eyewitness told Milwaukee's WTMJ that "the man's wife, someone had thrown her a shovel and she was hitting the dog with the shovel and he still wouldn't let go."
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WTMJ
The pit bull leapt from the second-floor balcony pictured above the garage here.

The victim suffered puncture wounds to his face, arms, legs, and torso. He will eventually undergo surgery but is expected to live. The same cannot be said for the attacking dog, however.

Police found the pit bull still pinned under the car and blasted it twice with a shotgun, killing it. As of last night, police were still searching for the dog's owner.

A Doubting Thomas neighbor, speaking of the aerial-attacking dog, said, "I've never seen him get vicious toward anyone before." But when it comes to pit bulls, even one instance of viciousness is too many.

Said the victim's daughter-in-law: "If you're not going to take proper responsibility for an animal, please don't get [a pit bull]."

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gbb1013
gbb1013

One pit bull jumped from a 2nd story of a home to attack another pit bull?  Oh well, pit bulls doing what they were bred to do.  Should have just let them fight and saved themselves a hospital visit.  I'm sure both pits enjoyed the "interaction".

lisawaits
lisawaits

Pit bulls have no place in society, period. They were bred to fight and kill to the death. When they do attack it's with little or no provocation, just like the pit in this story that jumped off the roof. There have been too many deaths and maulings by this breed of animal so far this year. I'm getting sick and tired of people claiming that this is a nanny dog. Clearly this breed is not a nanny dog, never was and never will be. This has been proven over and over again. People are getting tired of hearing about another killing by a pit and another mauling every day. I KNOW I am.

anmlpepl
anmlpepl

Of the 4,221 dogs involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks on humans occurring in the U.S. & Canada since September 1982, when I began logging the data, 2,641 (62%) were pit bulls; 534 were Rottweilers; 3,411 were of related molosser breeds, including pit bulls, Rottweilers, mastiffs, boxers, and their mixes. Of the 511 human fatalities, 259 were killed by pit bulls; 84 were killed by Rottweilers; 381 (69%) were killed by molosser breeds. Of the 2,375 people who were disfigured, 1,546 (62%) were disfigured by pit bulls; 307 were disfigured by Rottweilers; 1,968 (79%) were disfigured by molosser breeds. Pit bulls--exclusive of their use in dogfighting--also inflict about 10 times as many fatal and disfiguring injuries on other pets and livestock as on humans, a pattern unique to the pit bull class. Surveys of dogs offered for sale or adoption indicate that pit bulls and pit mixes are less than 6% of the U.S. dog population; molosser breeds, all combined, are 9%. 

angel.davis
angel.davis

This one story doesn’t PROVE anything about ALL PITBULLS.  IT PROVES SOMETHING ABOUT THIS ONE PIT BULL,  AND NONE OF US KNOWS HIS BACKGROUND, WHETHER HE WAS TRAINED TO FIGHT OR NOT.  --ANYONE THAT FIGHTS PIT BULLS KNOWS IT IS ILLEGAL, AND THAT IS WHY WE ADVOCATE FOR THEM.  WE DON'T WANT THEM USED IN SUCH AN INHUMANE "SPORT" -IT IS NOT A SPORT IT IS CRIMINAL ANIMAL CRUELTY... and is not likely to be admitted, or whether he has even taken one obedience course, or has had any PROPER training by the owner.   -Which is an integral part of responsible dog ownership for any breed of dog.   WHAT WE ARE ASKING IS TO JUDGE THIS PIT BULL AND EACH PIT BULL BY ITS OWN ACTIONS. - NOT TO USE THIS INCIDENT TO JUSTIFY ANY ACTION AGAINST SOME OTHER PIT BULL THAT HAS DONE NOTHING WRONG.  THAT IS ALL......

I don't know that anyone said it (the pit bull) was BRED as a nanny dog, but in any case, what is said, is that they have in the past been called the nanny dog, for being so good with children.   As a matter of fact, speaking of being nanny dogs, there is a pit bull mother right now that is fostering and nursing a baby chimp whose mother died in a zoo, alongside her own puppies.  

You can see it on MSN http://now.msn.com/see-a-baby-chimp-cuddle-up-to-its-adoptive-canine-   

and there is a photo gallery of the same story here:  http://fuzzyfeelings.com/2012/06/gallery-dog-raises-baby-chimp-as-her-own/     

What us pit bull "nutters" as you call us, want to say, is it is not fair to commit GENOCIDE on an entire species for the acts of a specific few, for every pit bull that bites there are 10.5million that don’t.  -and by the way, the “statistics” you posted are completely an invention of fiction.  People like you, who propagandize against the breed with made up "facts", are exactly why we have so much work to do in advocating for this breed.  You might want  to get your facts straight or you make yourself look stupid and discredit your own statements.  You are showing your ignorance.  What we advocate for is to judge each case on its own merits, not an entire species.  http://www.examiner.com/video/unanswered-questions-about-lennox 

-------- Even coming from your stand-point, that would mean if a German shepherd bit my friend (which has happened) then all German shepherds should be rounded up and killed? -or we should exterminate all sharks, because there was a shark attack?  If we did that to every species that ever bit a person, what would we eat? --there would be nothing left on this planet, INCLUDING HUMANS!!   

We are not saying a pit bull has never attacked or would never attack, what we ARE advocating for is responsible ownership, and an end to breed specific legislation, that marks ALL pit bulls as a danger to society, which is simply not true. 

There are MANY PIT BULLS THAT WORK AS THERAPY DOS FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM, with great success, THERAPY DOGS TO CANCER PATIENTS, AND THE ELDERLY, THEY ALSO WORK AS SEARCH AND RESCUE DOGS TO FIND MISSING CHILDREN AND FIND THE SURVIVORS AND RECOVERY BODIES AFTER THE 911 ATTACKS IN NYC.  THEY ARE USED TO SNIFF OUT BOMBS, DRUGS, AND CONTRABAND IN PRISONS, AND AS SERVICE DOGS TO THE HANDICAPPED, ETC.  

 

PIT BULLS HAVE ALSO RISKED THEIR OWN LIVES, AND HAD GREAT BODILY INJURY, EVEN LOSS OF LIFE, TO PROTECT THEIR OWNERS, AND THEIR CHILDREN EVEN SAVED THEIR LIFES, THWARTED ABDUCTIONS AND ROBBERY ATTEMPTS, SAVED THEM FROM POISONOUS SNAKES, AND SPEEDING TRAINS OR ALERTED THEIR OWNERS AND NEIGHBORS TO DANGER OR INJURED LOVED ONES, WHICH ULTIMATELY SAVED THEIR LIVES.

 

If you want to see proof of this you can see ALL THESE STORIES IN ONE PLACE, MY FACEBOOK PAGE. Positive Pitbulls is a place to share stories, pictures and events that represent and promote the Pit Bull breed as the fiercely loyal and heroic family pet that it is.  Combat the unfair stereotypes that come from the barbaric pit bull fighting rings, promoters, and owners.  Relieve the suffering and abuse of the American Pit Bull Terrier and prevent cruelty to pit bulls through education and activism.  Punish the abusers not the breed. Please share our message and spread the word. Help to save a breed that is often so misunderstood.  Thanks so much for all that you do!!  http://www.facebook.com/PositivePitBullsSaveTheAmericanPitBullTerrier

 

... just by the way, most pit bull enthusiasts realize that pit bull is in actuality just a colloquialism that originated in the history of it's genealogy:   THEY WERE BRED TO BE USED AS BAIT FOR FOR BULLS, AND TO FIGHT BULLS IN THE BULL PIT. - which is why they are now commonly kept for PROTECTION.

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Courageous and strong, the American Staffordshire Terrier (Am Staff)’s athletic build and intelligence make him ideally suited to many dog sports such as obedience, agility, tracking and conformation. He is often identified by his stocky body and strong, powerful head. The breed’s short coat can be any color, and either solid colored, parti-colored or patched.

 

A Look Back:  Until the early 19th century, the Bulldog used for bullbaiting in England was more active and longer-legged than the breed as we know it today. It is thought that the cross of this older Bulldog and a game terrier breed created the Staffordshire Terrier. Originally called the Bull-and-Terrier Dog, Half and Half or Pit Dog, it became known as the Staffordshire Bull Terrier in England. When accepted for AKC registration in 1936, the name changed to American Staffordshire Terrier to reflect the heavier American type and to distinguish them as separate breeds.

 

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angel.davis
angel.davis

---------all pit bulls are different, ----------just like people.  ---If one black man murders that does not make all black men are murderers. ---If one white man rapes that does not make all white men rapists. ---If one pit bull attacks, it does not mean all pit bulls will attack. ------------------------------------------That's the point. I feel for this man who was injured trying to protect his pit bull that did nothing to provoke an attack, and proves your point invalid... Why do you have to fill the world with hate?

Keywords
Keywords

Damn ig im an idiot for owning a 3 pit bulls ....damn just say yall are scared to own a pit cuz my pits know whos the owner n know how to behave with people n some animals but then again just like we dislike a person or sumthing they are too just like we aint perfect they aren't either but they behave like they are raised just like everyone in this world

JMorgan
JMorgan

This proves its not just the owner.  This is the second time within a month that pit bulls have lept off a second story just for the joy of attacking.  You do not see badly trained or abused labs doing this at all.  Another pit bull lept off a second story last year and killed a dog.  Pit bulls are different.  And the only thing more dangerous than a pit bull is a pit bull with an irresponsible owner.  And the only thing more dangerous than that is an unneutered pit bull with an irresponsble owner.

Roastpuppy
Roastpuppy

Yes, bad owners who don't have any better sense than to own a PIT BULL!

Roastpuppy
Roastpuppy

 You're missing the point. It is estimated pit bull-type dogs comprise no more than 5 to 6% of the US dog population. This being the case, pit bulls should be responsible for the same percentage of dog attacks resulting in death, dismemberment, scalping, etc. But this is NOT the case. Last year, pit bull-type dogs were responsible for almost 75% of the US dog attacks resulting in death, and 100% of the attacks resulting in dismemberment and scalping. These percentages are way out of proportion and those who cannot understand there is a problem with these monsters have an even greater problem. Pit bull attacks are so vicious and cause such horrendous injures – as opposed to those by other dog – that ER physicians in San Antonio, Atlanta and other locations are calling for a ban on pit bulls. Owners do NOT create vicious dogs. A dog is a product of breeding and the tendencies to attack without warning; rip, tear, shake and hang on until the victim stops moving; and a very high tolerance for pain when in "attack mode"; are genetic in pit bull-type dogs. While training and the way a dog is raised can impact behavior, the genetic characteristics are still there and when the dog attacks, those characteristics surface. Additionally, most pit bulls that kill and injure children are the "family pet" and investigation has revealed most of those dogs were never mistreated or abused and most had never exhibited any prior aggressive tendencies.

Roastpuppy
Roastpuppy

"British royalty got a pitbull puppy for every child born." RUBBISH! Where do you pit nutters get such hogwash?! The British royal family has NEVER gotten a "puppy" of any breed for "every child born," but if they had, you can bet it would NOT have been a pit bull. The breeds favored by British royalty are hunting dogs and corgis. I have seen tons of photos of members of generations of the British royal family with dogs and the only one I've ever seen with a pit bull-type dog is Princess Anne. And because of idiot Anne’s decision to own a pit bull, she became the subject of a criminal conviction in 2002 when her "sweet, loving, loyal pittie" – without warning or provocation – attacked and injured two children. No, horses are NOT "just as dangerous." When was the last time you heard of a horse jumping a fence, chasing someone down the street and tearing them apart?! People who choose to ride horses, like those who choose to ride motorcycles, assume the risk. Those who choose to have no contact with horses do not have to worry about being injured by them – the same cannot be said about pit bulls.

Roastpuppy
Roastpuppy

How do you know the dog was a pit bull? Did your friend have it DNA-tested? Or was it just a Lab-mix or some other mix misidentified as a pit bull? Every time there is a pit bull attack, the nutters all come out of the woodwork claiming the dog was misidentified. If these dogs are so difficult to identify, how do we know the "pit bulls" owned by pit nutters are really pit bulls?

Roastpuppy
Roastpuppy

I'll bet before this happened, the man and wife walking THEIR pit bull were among those who swore pit bulls were 'sweet, gentle dogs that wouldn't hurt a fly." I had very little sympathy for the man in the beginning for getting involved in a dog fight and now that I know he's a pit bull-owner, I have none at all! Only a fool would attempt to come between two pit bulls without a weapon, but then only a fool would own a pit bul.....

JMorgan
JMorgan

What this story precisely illustrates is that PIT BULLS ARE DIFFERENT and that it is not just the owner.  Show me any instances of any other kind of dog leaping off a second story balcony just so it can have the joy of attacking.  I don't care whether it was well-cared for or not LABS DO NOT DO THIS. This is the SECOND INSTANCE OF THIS WITHIN ONE MONTH  for pit bulls: http://www.nbc12.com/story/18575779/pit-bull-jumps-from-2nd-story-window-and-attacks-lab This one happened last year: http://www.mantecabulletin.com/archives/21703/ This one in 2008: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2008254586_dogbitevictims11m.html

Roofus
Roofus

Being both wrong and ignorant of facts, as well as prone to hyperbole, is no way to go through life, kiddo. Now go ask the librarian for help getting to sesamestreet.com. The adults are talking.

Roofus
Roofus

Ooh that hurts. No wait, it doesn't. Pit bull owners, apologists and those ugly fucking dogs should be segregated to an island. Hear me out: you can all live together in blissful pit bull worship harmony. In 10 years, we'll check in. Want to bet it'd would be like 'Survivor', but with no survivors?

Erica
Erica

And I hate ignorant folks like you. How do you like them apples?

Erica
Erica

No, you are the one who is wrong, along with Mark G. You guys never been around well trained pit bulls.

Erica
Erica

I wish I could dislike your comment. Yes pit bulls have the capacity for aggression. There are bad  breeders who will breed them for aggression. It is not by the dog's fault but by bad owners. I have met quite a few well-trained and sweet pit bulls who are around children constantly.

Sarah
Sarah

Its so easy to blame the dog.  Its not the dog, its always the owner.  well trained, properly cared for animals do not do things like this.  its when bad owners fail to train and care for thier animals that dogs get vicious.  the same way that abused people do!  Pit bulls were brought to america in at the turn of the 20th century to be service dogs, and they were originally bred as nanny dogs!  to care for and protect children!  They are smart, loyal, wonderful animals!  For example, a pit bull named Stubby became the first American war dog during World War I, when he served with a platoon in Germany. There, he saved countless lives and became a decorated war hero upon his return to the U.S. This early example of a bully breed's heroism and loyalty helped catapult bullies to the status of beloved household pets. Their popularity continued to grow throughout the mid-1900s, and a bully breed dog's image appeared on pro-America propaganda materials during World War II. There's no doubt bully breeds had become America's dog by the 1950s. So what changed? You could probably trace the beginning of bully bias back to the 1980s, when gangs began using pit bull breeds for protection or as status symbols. According to the ASPCA, another probable cause is the media's misidentification of dogs involved in attacks. One often overlooked fact is that any dog may attack if it's neglected, abused or trained to be aggressive. Dogs are like children, they learn what they are taught.  If they are treated with loving care, they are taught love and loyalty.  If they are abused, neglected, beaten, force-bred, etc, then they learn not to trust humans, and to do what they need to do to survive, including attacking others.  Abused dogs are not so different from abused humans, at some point, they will strike back.  But if they are loved and trained, they will be some of the best life-long companions a person could ask for.

Red
Red

how about we extinguish small-minded people like you?  or maybe we should just extinguish all cats, they can be pretty vicious bunch?  Actually while we are extinguishing, I think we should also get rid of all the wolves up north, they can hurt things.  also, moose!  those things are pretty scary.  and what about geese?  I mean if we're talking about vicious animals, those have to be the worst! get your head outta your butt, the answer is not to eliminate a single breed.  Because next year, there will be another "bully breed" that everyone thinks its the canine anti-christ.  if we did that, then we wouldn't have anymore german shepards, rottweilers, dobermans, boxers, bulldogs, bull mastiffs, staffordshire terriers, or boston terriers.  ooooooh those boston terriers are some beasts!

Red
Red

sometimes its what you're wearing.  my dog gets nervous around men with hats or hoods, or when people wear gloves.  no idea why.

PitLover
PitLover

actually they were bred as nanny dogs, to care for and protect children.  they are the most loving and loyal dog breed. its criminals who buy them and breed them just to abuse them that give them a bad image.  they are no more dangerous than any other large dog, including german shepards, labs, rotts, etc., if they are properly trained and cared for.  like any other large animal, if they are beaten and abused and not trained properly, then they can be dangerous.

guess
guess

Actually ~ the breed for a very long time was considered "the Nanny dog" ~ remeber "Petey" from Our Gang ~~ he was a pit-bull...  people & what they're capable of  ~ by-&-large ~ are more frightening to me, than is a dog, any dog, even a pit-bull

robin-m
robin-m

@angel.davis Please stop saying pit bulls are "nanny dogs." That implies that it is safe to leave young children alone with pitbulls. Eleven children have been killed by pit bulls so far this year.

dougfur
dougfur

@angel.davis Positive pit bull, just my opinion, but I think maybe you've  achieved the opposite of what you intended. The public knows that the attacks and fatalities are not by dog fighters dogs, or even thugs dogs, they are by the pits kept as pets. The  stats coming from attacks (not bites) serious enough for hospitalization are so completely different than pit bull advocacy stats, that it's obvious one side is "invention or fiction". I'd say with attacks that require hospitalization on an almost daily basis, and a fatality every 10-11 days, the proof is in the pudding. So, clearly the public is not basing their opinion on one event or one dog, as you claim, but on a 30 year problem that has escalated to an epidemic. Using dramatic words like genocide, and extermination of a species...do you even realize a breed is not of nature, not a species? A breed is man made for mans purposes. It only exists as long as man controls it's mating. As far as your pits in 911, you can look up all the dogs used in the 911 rescue on the net -there were no pits used. Someone  photographed a pit at the site is all. And the military bans pits on all bases and military housing, so it's not likely they use them in service.

dougfur
dougfur

@angel.davis Pit bulls are not people. If you want to compare a breed to racism, then say "only white pit bulls attack" The publics opinion is not about just one pit bull attacking, it's about them attacking everyday, which is what they were bred to do. If it became the fad to keep bloodhounds as pets, call them pets, and raise them on your couch with love and training, they would still have the instincts of a scent hound.

D_Stein2
D_Stein2

@Keywords Pits raised by people like you who dont know how to write or comprehend the issue are exactly the reason why they need to be kept away - no time is a human life worth more than a dog and when there are so many other breeds for recreation / therapy, why chose the one that was genetically engineered to be randomly violent/aggressive? - read this if you dare to know the heartache of a bereaved and bereft family - http://blog.dogsbite.org/2013/07/beyond-the-interview-essay-of-a-fatal-pit-bull-mauling.html


angel.davis
angel.davis

all pit bulls are different, just like people.  If one black man murders that does not make all black men are murderers. If one white man rapes that does not make all white men rapists. If one pit bull attacks, it does not mean all pit bulls will attack. That's the point. I feel for this man who was injured trying to protect his pit bull that did nothing to provoke an attack, and proves your point invalid... Why do you have to fill the world with hate?

dougfur
dougfur

@Erica When pit bull forums have asked their members if they should try to breed out the aggression, every one said NO! that is what makes it a pit bull. If the aggression was bred out of them, they would not have the same attraction or appearance, as form follows function. Pits have the lowest spay/neuter rate of any dog, so most come from home breeding with any other available pit. This is what causes the variableness and unpredictability compared to the dogfighters breeding, which culled any that would not immediately fight, and fight to a death. But just because a dog is not up to dog fighters standards, doesn't mean it's pet quality/neighborhood freindly. If people actually wanted a non aggressive dog, they have hundreds of breeds  to choose from.

I also know a pit that has been around children through two generations; she is eight. I don't believe she is game enough, at least at this age, to not be able to be pulled off, but I wouldn't want to be the one to do it. The last time her owner did, he was bitten. She has turned on a dog she was raised with, although she is presently highly tolerant of a toy sized dog she lives with. She is highly dog aggressive, even lunging out at other dogs while on leash. I put my trust in this dog due to her age and past, because she is owned by a friend, and I know she loved me, but the day she came after me was the end. Sorry, as pets, these dogs are just too unpredictable. What a hassle it must be to own one.

JMorgan
JMorgan

You need to educate yourself on genetics.  If you don't think  breeding is the reason that pit bulls are the best fighting dog in the world, you need to go back to school.  Or read ANY working dog book and see how much any person with knowledge about working dogs RELIES ON BREEDING to get a good working dog.

robin-m
robin-m

@Sarah Continuing to spread the "nanny dog" myth is so irresponsible. Are you aware that pit bulls have killed 10 children so far this year? Please don't imply that children are safe to be left alone with pit bulls. They are not.

dougfur
dougfur

@Sarah Unfortunately trained and properly taken care of pit bulls attack everyday. They were not brought to America as service dogs or nanny dogs, they were brought for what they are, fighting dogs. Stubby dog was only a mascot of the men, he was not a military dog. He certainly did not look like the pits of today; he was tiny. But the men loved him so much, they did decorate him after the war.

Now, as far as claiming that pits popularity grew from the 1900s to becoming americas dog by the 50s, and then going bad in the 80s due to gangs, well, that's just so wrong. There were about as american as the KKK in the south. They were hardly ever kept as pets until dog fighting became illegal. Until then, they had low breed registration in America, mostly by dog fighters in the south. Only after dog fighting became illegal in the mid seventies, and their re promotion as pets, did their popularity start. Popularity was boosted in the mid 90s with the gansta wanna bes when the rap artist DMX named his album Grand Champ, with a picture of a fighting pit, and in the late 90s, Michael Vicks dog fighting bust birthed the rescue/ advocate movement of today. The attacks started happening with pits being moved into the mainstream, first with a few deaths a year, till what it is today; an epidemic. Attacks did not start in the 80s due to popularity in dog fighting, but in popularity as pets. Dog fighting has been around since pits were brought to America, and is still going strong. The dogfighters dogs never affected the public.

robin-m
robin-m

@Red Please name another domestic animal breed that has killed 10 children this year (as the pit bull breed has).

dougfur
dougfur

@Red   This article is not about cats or wolves or moose or geese. They are not mauling people everyday, nor killing a person every 10 days, and if they were, pretty sure something would be done about it, which is not happening with pit bulls. 

You can take boston terriers off your list of dangerous dogs, as they are too small to seriously harm. As for bulldogs, depends. If you're meaning the squat Winston Churchill English bulldog thats been bred down with the pug, than no, they're too malformed to cause much harm. If you're talking the pit infused american bulldog, than yes, keep it on your list. And of course the staffordshire terrier IS a pit bull; in fact it can be dual registered with the AKC, which of course you already know.

susan61443
susan61443

@Red  I have heard it all. Just this morning, someone posted that it's fear that makes these dogs attack, now someone's fashion choice could get them mauled. Ridiculous.

dougfur
dougfur

@PitLover They prove themselves dangerous even if they are trained and not abused. Most attacks are all by family pits, raised as any dog. In fact the majority of attacks are to family and visitors in who the dog knows well. You cannot train or love away impulse aggression.

Roastpuppy
Roastpuppy

You people are totally insane! Pit bulls were NOT bred as "nanny dogs to care for and protect children." When the sport of dog-fighting became popular, bulldogs were mixed with terriers to and the result was the "pit bull terrier," a muscular, canine gladiator bred specifically for combat with other dogs. Even official pit bull websites and selling pit bull puppies will tell you this. You and "guess" above are typical pit nutters – ignorant and proud of it! As for "Petey," the Our Gang dog, pit bulls in those days have little in common with those of today. In the 1950s, a pit bull weighing 50 pounds was considered huge; in 1998, an official pit bull newsletter featured a pit bull weighing 140 pounds. For the past few decades, pit bull-type dogs have been negligently bred to be larger and more vicious and if "Petey" was confronted by one of today's pit bulls, he would be mincemeat in less than 10 minutes!

Justin Morgan8
Justin Morgan8

this is a despicable lie that KILLS CHILDREN.  STOP IT.

susan61443
susan61443

@guess  And Petey was despised and hated by everyone on the set. He was actually killed by someone on the set who put glass in his food and had to be replaced. He bit Carl Switzer (Alfalfa) and Thomas Ross Bond )Butch) said he dreaded going to work. Petey was a fighting dog bred by a dog fighter. You all may want to find a new mascot.

xxlillycxx
xxlillycxx

@D_Stein2 

Your pathetic you know that?

Pit Bulls don't need to be kept away. They need a loving home and to not have an ignorant person like you to own them. JUST LIKE PEOPLE

They are breed to love kids and be very good with people. SOME are animal aggressive because when they first were breed they were used as hunting dogs and cattle dogs.

BUT, They were used to protect family and keep away animals that could harm them.

Oh and FYI just because one pitbull hurts someone doesnt mean another will.

I would know i own pitbulls and they are the most loving dogs i have ever had.

Oh and studies show your more likely to be killed by a 5 gallon bucket of water than a pitbull.

So if thats so Why not ban water? its dangerous isnt it?? so is medicine, oh and everything else in this world.

Haha IF YOU RAISE THE DOG IN A LOVING HOME WILL IT HURT OTHERS? NO

IF YOU RAISE IT AROUND OTHER ANIMALS AND SHOW IT THAT THEY ARENT THE ENEMY WILL IT HURT THEM? NO

It all falls in the owners lap, If you treat the animal badly its not gonna be such a loving animal even though some do.

They are JUST like humans, what happens if a person is abused and beaten and treated poorly and had no one to love them and care for them? studies show that most become suicidal or end up with mental problems. Whos fault is that? their guardians.

and ever think that MAYBE these pitbulls hurt those people because I don't know maybe the provoked them or bad people??

Dont just automatically blame them, Because theres no proof that the animal just saw them and attacked them because they wanted too.

Just like every kid thats been hurt by a pitbull, why did that animal hurt them?? One story said that a kid was killed by a chained up pitbull after the child ran off into the dogs yard and the parents werent watching the child.

Whos fault is that? Not the dogs or the kids but the PARENTS

Regardless of what the parents had to do YOU NEVER let your child out of your sight ESPECIALLY if there us a huge dog in the other yard and theres no gate 

I mean come on now If you wanna talk at least make sense

I know your a pitbull hater but Get to know them before judging them

Ugh people now-a-days sicken me

dougfur
dougfur

@angel.davis No one cared less about pit bulls before dog fighting became illegal and they were promoted as family pets, so that their presence wouldn't rouse suspicion. This has enabled dog fighting to not only continue, but to expand.  What people HATE is the restriction of movement, and threat of attack  by having these dogs in their neighborhood.

susan61443
susan61443

@Roastpuppy  Petey was also an ahole. He was actually a fighting dog bred by one of the most notorious dog fighters of the time. He was so hated on the set that someone actually killed the dog by putting glass in its food, requiring that he be replaced. Carl Switzer, who played Alfalfa, would admit years later that Petey bit him. Thomas Ross Bond, who played Butch has said that he dreaded going to work because of that dog and also confirms that the dog was despised by everyone. Another pit bull apologist myth shot to hell.

angel.davis
angel.davis

This one story doesn’t PROVE anything about ALL PITBULLS.  IT PROVES SOMETHING ABOUT THIS ONE PIT BULL,  AND NONE OF US KNOWS HIS BACKGROUND, WHETHER HE WAS TRAINED TO FIGHT OR NOT.  --ANYONE THAT FIGHTS PIT BULLS KNOWS IT IS ILLEGAL, AND THAT IS WHY WE ADVOCATE FOR THEM.  WE DON'T WANT THEM USED IN SUCH AN INHUMANE "SPORT" -IT IS NOT A SPORT IT IS CRIMINAL ANIMAL CRUELTY... and is not likely to be admitted, or whether he has even taken one obedience course, or has had any PROPER training by the owner.   -Which is an integral part of responsible dog ownership for any breed of dog.   WHAT WE ARE ASKING IS TO JUDGE THIS PIT BULL AND EACH PIT BULL BY ITS OWN ACTIONS. - NOT TO USE THIS INCIDENT TO JUSTIFY ANY ACTION AGAINST SOME OTHER PIT BULL THAT HAS DONE NOTHING WRONG.  THAT IS ALL......

I don't know that anyone said it (the pit bull) was BRED as a nanny dog, but in any case, what is said, is that they have in the past been called the nanny dog, for being so good with children.   As a matter of fact, speaking of being nanny dogs, there is a pit bull mother right now that is fostering and nursing a baby chimp whose mother died in a zoo, alongside her own puppies.  

You can see it on MSN http://now.msn.com/see-a-baby-chimp-cuddle-up-to-its-adoptive-canine-   

and there is a photo gallery of the same story here:  http://fuzzyfeelings.com/2012/06/gallery-dog-raises-baby-chimp-as-her-own/     

What us pit bull "nutters" as you call us, want to say, is it is not fair to commit GENOCIDE on an entire species for the acts of a specific few, for every pit bull that bites there are 10.5million that don’t.  -and by the way, the “statistics” you posted are completely an invention of fiction.  People like you, who propagandize against the breed with made up "facts", are exactly why we have so much work to do in advocating for this breed.  You might want  to get your facts straight or you make yourself look stupid and discredit your own statements.  You are showing your ignorance.  What we advocate for is to judge each case on its own merits, not an entire species.  http://www.examiner.com/video/unanswered-questions-about-lennox 

-------- Even coming from your stand-point, that would mean if a German shepherd bit my friend (which has happened) then all German shepherds should be rounded up and killed? -or we should exterminate all sharks, because there was a shark attack?  If we did that to every species that ever bit a person, what would we eat? --there would be nothing left on this planet, INCLUDING HUMANS!!   

We are not saying a pit bull has never attacked or would never attack, what we ARE advocating for is responsible ownership, and an end to breed specific legislation, that marks ALL pit bulls as a danger to society, which is simply not true. 

There are MANY PIT BULLS THAT WORK AS THERAPY DOS FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM, with great success, THERAPY DOGS TO CANCER PATIENTS, AND THE ELDERLY, THEY ALSO WORK AS SEARCH AND RESCUE DOGS TO FIND MISSING CHILDREN AND FIND THE SURVIVORS AND RECOVERY BODIES AFTER THE 911 ATTACKS IN NYC.  THEY ARE USED TO SNIFF OUT BOMBS, DRUGS, AND CONTRABAND IN PRISONS, AND AS SERVICE DOGS TO THE HANDICAPPED, ETC.  

 

PIT BULLS HAVE ALSO RISKED THEIR OWN LIVES, AND HAD GREAT BODILY INJURY, EVEN LOSS OF LIFE, TO PROTECT THEIR OWNERS, AND THEIR CHILDREN EVEN SAVED THEIR LIFES, THWARTED ABDUCTIONS AND ROBBERY ATTEMPTS, SAVED THEM FROM POISONOUS SNAKES, AND SPEEDING TRAINS OR ALERTED THEIR OWNERS AND NEIGHBORS TO DANGER OR INJURED LOVED ONES, WHICH ULTIMATELY SAVED THEIR LIVES.

 

If you want to see proof of this you can see ALL THESE STORIES IN ONE PLACE, MY FACEBOOK PAGE. Positive Pitbulls is a place to share stories, pictures and events that represent and promote the Pit Bull breed as the fiercely loyal and heroic family pet that it is.  Combat the unfair stereotypes that come from the barbaric pit bull fighting rings, promoters, and owners.  Relieve the suffering and abuse of the American Pit Bull Terrier and prevent cruelty to pit bulls through education and activism.  Punish the abusers not the breed. Please share our message and spread the word. Help to save a breed that is often so misunderstood.  Thanks so much for all that you do!!  http://www.facebook.com/PositivePitBullsSaveTheAmericanPitBullTerrier

 

... just by the way, most pit bull enthusiasts realize that pit bull is in actuality just a colloquialism that originated in the history of it's genealogy:   THEY WERE BRED TO BE USED AS BAIT FOR FOR BULLS, AND TO FIGHT BULLS IN THE BULL PIT. - which is why they are now commonly kept for PROTECTION.

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Courageous and strong, the American Staffordshire Terrier (Am Staff)’s athletic build and intelligence make him ideally suited to many dog sports such as obedience, agility, tracking and conformation. He is often identified by his stocky body and strong, powerful head. The breed’s short coat can be any color, and either solid colored, parti-colored or patched.

 

A Look Back:  Until the early 19th century, the Bulldog used for bullbaiting in England was more active and longer-legged than the breed as we know it today. It is thought that the cross of this older Bulldog and a game terrier breed created the Staffordshire Terrier. Originally called the Bull-and-Terrier Dog, Half and Half or Pit Dog, it became known as the Staffordshire Bull Terrier in England. When accepted for AKC registration in 1936, the name changed to American Staffordshire Terrier to reflect the heavier American type and to distinguish them as separate breeds.

 

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The Am Staff is a people-oriented dog that thrives when he is made part of the family and given a job to do. Although friendly, this breed is loyal to his family and will protect them from any threat. His short coat is low-maintenance, but regular exercise and training is necessary.

 

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