Sunday, June 3, 2012

ROYAL OAK MI - A PIT BULL BROKE FREE FROM A 10-YEAR-OLD GIRL AND ATTACKED A DOG BEING TRAINED BY LEADER DOGS FOR THE BLIND

A  PIT BULL broke loose from a 10-year-old girl Sunday afternoon and attacked a dog that was being trained by Leader dogs for the Blind. The  Golden Retriever that was attacked was training in the city's downtown with an instructor and a blind client.

The 10-year-old girl's mother left her with the Pit bull on the sidewalk cafe of Burgrz Restaurant on South Main.  Lana Louys of Wyandotte, who was dining at the restaurant's outdoor area said she heard the girl scream and looked up to see the Pit Bull scrambling after a seeing-eye dog and a blind man who were passing by....

THE PIT BULL PINNED THE SEEING-EYE DOG TO THE GROUND AND HAD IT BY THE THROAT. ABOUT 10 MEN GOT INVOLVED AND SOMEHOW 'PRIED THE PIT BULL OFF" THE 18-MONTH-OLD GOLDEN RETRIEVER.

One of the men held the dog on his leash while others finally found the girl's mother about five minutes later.  Police said that neither of the dogs needed medical treatment, though there was a small spot of blood on the golden retriever's neck.  Animal Control is investigating.

A spokeswoman at Leader dogs for the Blind in Rochester Hills said it will take another week or two before they are able to determine if the incident will have any lasting effect on the Golden Retriever and possible end its eligibility as a leader dog.  It had completed 4 months of training and was in its final month, when leader dogs typically work with deaf or blind clients.

THE OWNER OF THE PIT BULL WAS ALLOWED TO TAKE HER PIT WITH HER AND WAS ADVISED TO QUARANTINE IT FOR 10 DAYS.

http://www.thenewsherald.com/articles/2012/05/22/news/doc4fbbb6222a62f318805779.txt


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