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USA - KPLC - TV
May 2, 2006
Local Pit Bull Debate Heats Up Again
The debate surrounding the pros and cons of pit bull dogs is not just taking place in Southwest Louisiana, it is going on all across the United States. Is it just media hype that gives this breed of dog a bad name, or are pit bulls more dangerous than other dogs? One thing about pit bulls is for sure, this breed of dog leaves many people on opposite sides of the fence. On one hand you have those that say they are a lovable pet, on the other hand many people feel they are simply too dangerous to have around.
Despite how you may feel about the American pit bull terrier, you may be surprised to find out that the breed is given more than an 83 % passing rate by the American Temperament Test Society. That is a group that tests how aggressive certain kinds of dogs are. Pit bulls were found to be less aggressive than the popular Border Collie.
7 News found some warnings about pit bulls, even on a pro-pit bull web site. The warnings included such things as never trusting your pit bull not to fight with other animals, always supervise your dog with small children, and that it is important to start socializing pit bulls while they are still very young. 7 News also found that pit bulls are often used as narcotic and bomb sniffing dogs, as well as in search and rescue efforts.
Pit bull advocates all seem to agree that it is important to punish the "deed, not the breed." Others feel pit bulls are such naturally powerful animals, they are just too risky to have in neighborhoods.
Despite how you feel about this issue, it is clear that responsible pet ownership is a must. That is a rule that seems to apply no matter what kind of dog you might own.
Reported by Vince Atkinson
USA - Indianapolis Star
September 29, 2006
House arrest not enough in fatal dog mauling
I would like to comment on the article concerning the sentencing of the owners of the dog that fatally mauled an elderly man ("Widow regrets backing plea deal in fatal mauling, Sept. 26). The sentence in this case is a perfect example of what is flawed about Indiana's dangerous-dog laws. The owners of these dogs should have some prison time, not house arrest. Their negligence caused a man's death.
I would also like to comment on the lack of mention on the breeds of dogs that fatally killed this gentleman. The dogs were an American bulldog, Johnson bulldog, Border collie, and a Neapolitan mastiff. I find it interesting that when a pit bull bites someone, the breed is the headline. When it's other breeds, they aren't mentioned. This story is a perfect example of why breed-specific legislation is flawed. It would not have covered these breeds. I feel for the family members of the gentleman who was killed by these dogs; house arrest is not enough.
USA - Clawson - Michigan - Hometown Weeklies Newspapers
A Clawson man told police two dogs attacked him while he was walking on High Street on the evening of Sept. 21. The man said the dogs ran out of an open door of a home in the 700 block of High. The man said one dog bit him on the left arm, and the other grabbed his pant leg but didn't injure him. The man said he struggled to get the dogs off of him and had to kick one in the head. After the attack, a resident cleaned the man's bite wound and put a bandage on it. The man later went to a medical center for a tetanus shot and antibiotics. The dog owner told police she locked the dogs in an upstairs bedroom, but her young sons let them free. The dog that injured the man is a border collie named Jake. Police said it was properly immunized but had an expired dog license.
- Norwich Evening News
Extracts from much longer story - 02 September 2006
Baby savaged by family's pet dog
A seven-week-old baby had emergency surgery yesterday after a dog savaged her hand.
Doctors at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital operated on the baby girl - but they were not expected to be able to save three fingers of her left hand. Ambulance crews rushed the baby to the N&N with what was described as a "non-life threatening amputation injury". The animal, a 10-week-old puppy, has been put down, according to a family friend.
The Evening News has reported a number of children who have been attacked by dogs in recent months.
Two-year-old Shontai Lily Ford, from Bacon Road, Norwich, was bitten by a German Shepherd in July. The youngster had to have an emergency operation and has been left with permanent scarring to her face. She will need another operation.
Sprowston First School pupil Natasha Dunne, seven, was attacked by a border collie/spaniel cross at the Mustard Pot, Thorpe Road. She was left scarred for life and needs plastic surgery on her face after the incident in April.
- Warrnambool Standard
August 30, 2006
Woman injured in dog attack
A vicious dog attack left a woman with leg wounds and a chunk of flesh ripped from her arm yesterday near Colac.
The woman, who works for an aged-care facility, was visiting a Larpent property about 1pm when the border collie attacked.
A Colac police spokesman said police received a call from the ambulance service to attend the scene. ``The victim was taken to hospital. ``It is a pretty vicious attack. ``The dog bit up her arm, ripping the flesh off, and also bit her leg,'' he said. The dog is believed to have escaped its enclosure on the property and was protective of its owner, police said.
investigation into the attack is continuing. A Rural Ambulance Services
spokeswoman said the woman aged in her 30s was taken to Colac hospital
with leg injuries. A WorkSafe spokesman said the authority was aware of
the incident and would be speaking with the woman's employer about work
practices and procedures.
USA - Alaska Star
He said he ran out of the house screaming and carrying an axe and chased the dogs away as they ran into the Eaglewood subdivision.
Dingo was injured with several quarter- to half-inch puncture wounds between his left shoulder and neck, Hannaway said. He attributes the dog's surviving the attack to a thick leather collar it was wearing that protected it from the full force of the pitbull's bite.
The attack is being investigated by Animal Control, Hannaway said.
Mary M. Rall
AU - The Daily Telegraph
August 19, 2006
Toddler attacked by dog
A TODDLER suffered serious facial injuries when she was mauled by a neighbour's dog at a house in Adelaide's north.
The 18-month-old girl was taken to the Women's and Children's Hospital in Adelaide and was in a stable condition, a hospital spokeswoman said. The girl was attacked by the border-collie blue-heeler cross when she got out of a car at a neighbour's house on Casterley Road, in Elizabeth North, about 4pm (AEST) yesterday. "She jumped out and it ran straight at her," Playford Council Mayor Marilyn Baker said. "She got a nasty laceration to her face." The dog was owned by another neighbour who was visiting the house and was tied up in the backyard of the property, Mr Baker said. Police and council officers attended the scene after the attack. Ms Baker said the council would decide the dog's fate on Monday.
- KYET3 - Santa Barbara
July 7th 2006
Infant Severely Mauled By Dog
say the tragic attack happened at an apartment here in Santa Barbara. An
11 month old baby was badly injured after being mauled by the family's
55 pound dog. The child's parents told authorities they placed the baby
on the floor with the "Border Collie-Pit Bull" mix to
introduce the child to the dog for the first time. Within minutes, the
animal pounced on the child. The infant suffered severe bite-wound
lacerations to her face. She will require special treatment by a surgeon
who specializes in severe facial trauma.
- Rockingham Police report
31st may 2006
At 9:03 p.m. Newton Police received a report from a Peaslee Crossing Road resident who said a neighbor’s border collie has attacked his small Papillion while his dog was tied up on his own property. A fine was issued for vicious dog.
- Sydney Morning Herald
11th May 2006
Women hurt in attacks
AN ELDERLY woman is in a serious condition in hospital with severe injuries to her hand after one of two separate dog attacks in Sydney yesterday.
The 85-year-old woman was bitten by her border collie in the yard of her Greystanes home about 3.50pm.
"She had extensive and severe arm and hand injuries," a NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said.
NSW police said the woman, who is being treated in Westmead Hospital, has asked that the dog be destroyed.
In the other incident, a 27-year-old woman was attacked by her four pit bull terriers in her yard in Blacktown about 9am.
The woman had been trying to break up a fight between the dogs, police said.
She suffered injuries to her wrist and was taken to Westmead Hospital.
- First Coast News
4th April 2006
Attacked By Dog That Has Attacked Before
CAN - Toronto Star
Mar. 31, 2006.
Officer kills attacking dog
Rampaging animal sends elderly woman to hospital
A Toronto police officer was forced to shoot an out-of-control dog yesterday afternoon after it attacked a number of Newmarket residents, including a 75-year-old woman.
The dog attacked the senior and two teens, seriously injuring the elderly woman. When the officer came to their aid, she too was bitten on her back, knee and arm, police said. As a result, the officer shot and killed the dog, which was a two-year-old Border Collie, Australian Shepherd mix.
Animal Control was called to dispose of the animal. Authorities will test the remains to see if the animal was suffering from any medical conditions. The attack on the elderly woman, a 16-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl happened on Carlson Drive in Newmarket at about 2:45 p.m. The dog was not leashed.
The 75-year-old victim received numerous stitches in hospital. The two teenagers were also taken to hospital with minor injuries.
The officer was not seriously injured in the attack.
- DEPARTMENT OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT - New South Wales
1996 REPORTED DOG ATTACKS
449 dog attacks were reported by a total of 48 councils. 25 of the councils were in the Sydney metropolitan area.
Of the 449 reported attacks, 64% (286) occurred in the streets, 30% (136) on private property and 6% (27) in parks or reserves. Attacks on private property were more likely to be on an animal or bird (72%). Attacks in the streets or parks most commonly occurred because the dog was not properly contained on the owner’s property or because the dog was being walked and not on a lead.
33% (165) of all reported attacks were on adults, with 18% (81) of attacks being on another dog. 11% (49) of attacks were on children (under 18 years of age). The remaining attacks were on a variety of animals and birds (cats and chickens being the most common). (Note: Several attacks involved both a person and animal - the person usually being injured in trying to stop the attack.)
19% (79 of 214) of attacks on people (adults and children) resulted in some form of medical treatment being sought - most commonly a tetanus injection or stitches. 11 attacks required some type of hospital treatment.
Of the 170 attacks on animals and birds, 71% (121) resulted in the animal or bird being either killed or needing major veterinary treatment.
28 breeds of dog were recorded in the reported attacks. 46% (208) of all the reported attacks were either by cross breeds or where the breed of dog was unknown.
It should be noted that the breed of dog in the reported attacks has not been verified, but recorded as reported by the person(s) involved in the attack. The breed types most commonly reported in the attacks were:
RANK BREED TYPE INCLUDES BREEDS NO. OF ATTACKS % OF ATTACKS
1. CROSS -159 - 35%
2. GERMAN SHEPHERD - 61 -14%
3. UNKNOWN - 49 - 11%
4. CATTLE DOG TYPES - Blue Heeler; Cattle Dog; Heeler; Kelpie - 40 - 9%
5. ROTTWEILER - 39 - 9%
6. BULL TERRIER TYPES - American Pit Bull Terrier; Bull Terrier; Pit Bull Terrier; Staffordshire - 38 - 8%
7. DOBERMAN - 12 - 3%
8. COLLIE TYPES - Border Collie; Collie - 9 - 2%
9. TERRIER TYPES - Fox Terrier; Jack Russell Terrier; Silky Terrier; Terrier - 9 - 2%
10. BOXER - 8 - 2%
Of the reported cross breeds, where specific type was identified, the most commonly reported types of cross breeds were Cattle Dog types; Bull Terrier types; German Shepherd; Labrador and Rottweiler.
Of these breeds most commonly identified Cross Breed, Unknown, Cattle Dog types, Collie types and Terrier types were more likely to attack a person. (All the reported attacks by a Collie type were on people).
Bull Terrier types and Doberman were more likely to attack an animal or bird. (33 of the 38 reported attacks by a Bull Terrier type were on another animal or bird.)
Reported attacks by German Shepherd and Rottweiler were evenly divided between people and animals.
- An posting from a writer from K9obedience.com (a US based dog training
website) found in a forum on dog training. We include it to
illustrate that the points we try to make about Border Collies and
children are echoed by other organisations who are not frightened to
voice their observations, even if it does risk making them unpopular
with those who tend to view the breed through rose tinted spectacles.
Their website is at - http://www.k9obedience.com/
Due to the Border Collies popularity in films
and on television, many people are attracted to this breed, for a family
pet. I am often asked whether the B.C. is good with children. For the
most part the answer has to be NO. The herding instinct in Border
Collies is a behavioural trait that has been bred into them for over two
hundred years. Herding instinct is simply a modified version of the
killing instinct of wolves. Of course the instinct has been toned down,
by breeding the killing instinct "OUT" of the dog. They still
retain the circling and gathering instincts, that were used in the wolf
pack when hunting prey.
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