Friday, May 13, 2011

TUSCALOOSA AL - 1987 - SPECIAL NEWS ARTICLE - PIT BULLS: ATTACK DOGS OR BELOVED PETS? INCLUDES 2 PIT BULL ATTACKS IN THE TUSCALOOSA AREA - THIS PROBLEM IS MORE THAN 30 YEARS OLD AND UNLESS IT TOUCHES YOU PERSONALLY, YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT IT!

"I'VE NEVER KNOWN OF A PIT BULL THAT COULD BE CALLED OFF DURING A FIGHT. THEY LOSE THEMSELVES IN THE FIGHT."

Sunday July 12, 1987- The Tuscaloosa News - Life/Leisure  1-C
Pit  Bulls:  Attack Dogs or Beloved Pets?  by Mike Brantley-staff writer - The Tuscaloosa News ran two lengthy articles on the Pit Bull controversy.  Some of the issues covered is the increasing number of reported  Pit Bull attacks and the 35 plus cities that have either banned or placed severe restrictions on them. In 1987 Five people have been killed already by Pit Bulls.  This first article also covers the history of Pit Bulls being bred for fighting and interviews a breeder who tells his story that includes an incident where his oldest Pit Bull bit him when he went to spank his child ---"-but that's OK because that's what it was trained to do."  They also interview a veterinarian who speaks only good things about the dogs saying, " All the Pit Bulls I've been around are all nice with nice owners."

Then the writer interviews Steve Ledbetter, Shelter Manager for the Tuscaloosa County Humane Society, who disagrees with  the the Breeder and the Veterinarian in saying, "I think genetics plays a big part in it,  You have dogs that have been bred  200-300 years for fighting and their natural predisposition is to fight."  He believes Pit Bulls are more dangerous than other breeds and he goes on to tell of 2 attacks where people were seriously injured in the Tuscaloosa area:

On May 5, 1984, a 12-year-old girl in Northport was attacked by a 7-month-old PIT BULL that belonged to a neighbor.  The girl was playing with the dog in her backyard when it turned on her for no apparent reason.  She received injuries to her arms, legs, and back needing 52 stitches.

Also, on Sept 15, 1984, in an incident in Alberta City, a woman and her son were attacked in their yard by a neighbor's PIT BULL.  The woman saved her son by pulling the dog off him and he got in the house, but then the dog went after the mother biting her over and over and dragging her around the yard for nearly 10 minutes. She had bites all over and deep puncture wounds that could not be stitched up. 

The writer goes on to tell about horrible  Pit Bull attacks that have happened nationally.  Ledbetter then states that dog fighting is a felony in 33 states including Alabama....still dog fighting goes on every weekend.

In the second article appearing in this Tuscaloosa New's Life/Leisure section about Pit Bulls titled ---PIT BULL ATTACKS SPUR TOUGH "VICIOUS DOG" LAWS ---this article taken from the Sarasota Herald Tribune writtened by Marc Zaloudek,  this writer begins by telling of a horrific Pit Bull attack on an elderly lady, Helen Dudgey in 1981 in Sarasota, who was severely mauled  by 2 Pit Bulls when she was riding her 3-wheeled bike in her neighborhood. She still suffers 6 years later from the attack, and she sued the owner of the dogs and settled out of court for a sum. 

This writer gives information on Miami's attempt to control dog attacks by passing laws, as well as the state of Ohio, as well as the problems Insurance Companies have with these dogs. It ends with a quote from Marc Paulhus, a leading national authority on Pit Bulls and Southeast regional coordinator of the Humane Society of the United States,   who states this:

"I'VE NEVER KNOWN OF A PIT BULL THAT COULD BE CALLED OFF DURING A FIGHT.  THEY LOSE THEMSELVES IN THE FIGHT."

The animals can be so unpredictable that many humane societies won't place stray or unwanted Pit Bulls in new homes. 

 http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=XUmZziu-z7kC&dat=19870712&printerec=frontpage&hl=en


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