Saturday, December 22, 2012
PARKLAND, PIERCE COUNTY WA - PIT BULL DRAMA OF THE WEEK - NEIGHBOR'S PIT BULL DUG THROUGH FENCE AND CLAMPED DOWN ON BUBBLE'S NECK RUPTURING HER JUGULAR VEIN - NO CITATIONS ISSUED - NO ONE CHARGED - BUT WAIT..!!!!! THERE'S SO MUCH MORE TO THIS STORY !!!
PIERCE COUNTY WALK OF SHAME !!!
ANIMAL UNCONTROL OFFICER SAYS: "I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT ISSUING AN INFRACTION WOULD SERVE ANY PURPOSE OTHER THAN BEING PURELY PUNITIVE."
Debra Stoltenberg's beloved 12-year-old Chow/German Shepherd Mix was attacked by her neighbor's Pit Bull that dug under a fence and came onto her property and attacked Bubbles on her front porch. Nearly 2 weeks later Bubbles has survived the surgery for a ruptured jugular vein and the layers of stitches and much medical care leaving Stoltenberg with a bill of $1,635 plus.......BUT HERE'S THE PROBLEM.....
STOLTENBERG WAS NOT HOME WHEN THE ATTACK HAPPENED AND THE PERSON WHO OBSERVED THE ATTACK AND CALLED 911 WOULD NOT LEAVE HIS NAME WITH THE RESPONDING OFFICER. OFFICIALS ARE SAYING THAT WITHOUT A WITNESS LEGAL ACTION WOULD NOT HOLD UP TO A CHALLENGE IN COURT. IF THAT PERSON WOULD HAVE STEPPED FORWARD, THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN AN EASY CASE.
NO ONE DISPUTES BUBBLES WAS ATTACKED BY THE NEIGHBOR'S PIT BULL ON THE FRONT PORCH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WITH A WITNESS THE OWNER COULD HAVE RECEIVED AN INFRACTION, PERHAPS "ANIMAL AT LARGE" WHICH CARRIES A FINE OF $246, AND THE PIT BULL WOULD HAVE BEEN DECLARED POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS, OR DANGEROUS. BOTH DESIGNATIONS HAVE STRICT REQUIREMENTS INCLUDING LIABILITY INSURANCE AND A PERMIT.
BUT WAIT....READING FURTHER......
ON FRIDAY, A FATHER AND SON TOLD THE NEWS TRIBUNE THEY WITNESSED THE ATTACK ON BUBBLES AND SAID THEY WOULD TESTIFY. LAMAR MAPP SAID HE CALLED 911 AND ANIMAL CONTROL AFTER HIS SON, RAMAL, TOLD HIM THE NEIGHBOR'S ....
****PIT BULL AND BULLMASTIFF WERE ATTACKING BUBBLES.****
LAMAR MAPP LIVES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF STOLTENBERG AND HE SAYS HE TOLD THE RESPONDING ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER WHAT HE SAW AND GAVE HER HIS NAME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HIS SON WAS WALKING HOME FROM SCHOOL AND SAW THE ATTACK ALREADY UNDER WAY AND HE TRIED TO STOP IT BY YELLING AND THROWING ROCKS.
WHEN DEPUTY COUNTY PROSECUTOR CORT O'CONNOR WAS TOLD THIS INFORMATION, HE ASKED THAT ANIMAL CONTROL CONTACT THE MAPPS AS POSSIBLE WITNESSES.
ENTERS A POSSIBLE PIT NUTTER ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER SAYING THIS:
"I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT ISSUING AN INFRACTION WOULD SERVE ANY PURPOSE OTHER THAN BEING PURELY PUNITIVE."
The Pierce County Animal Control Officer who responded to the attack on bubbles did not issue an infraction in part because of the PIT BULL OWNER'S WILLINGNESS TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY (WHATEVER THE HELL THAT PHRASE MEANS ?????!!!!!!!) THE OWNER, WHO HAS NOT BEEN IDENTIFIED BECAUSE SHE HAS NOT BEEN CHARGED, SAID SHE WOULD PAY FOR BUBBLE'S MEDICAL BILLS AND WOULD KEEP THE PIT BULL IN A KENNEL UNTIL THE FENCE WAS FIXED.
OTHER INFURIATING FACTS:
* The owner moved into the rental house next door just a few days before the attack on Bubbles.
* She has refused to pay the vet bills.
* When Stoltenberg arrived home around 6 pm on December 10 after the attack there were 7 people in her yard saying Bubbles was getting ...."SHOOK LIKE A RAG DOLL".
* Lamar Mapp says he gave the responding animal control officer his name but "SHE" did not talk to him.
* Stoltenberg says she plans to go to court in an attempt to force her neighbor to pay the bills.
* BOTTOM LINE ------BUBBLES IS NOW SCARED TO GO OUTSIDE AND WON'T IF SHE HEARS....
***THE NEIGHBOR'S 4 DOGS OUT OF THEIR PENS***
SUE GORMAN WAS ALSO ATTACKED BY PIT BULLS IN PIERCE COUNTY
PIERCE COUNTY PAID $2.2 MILLION
SUE GORMAN SPEAKS: "PEOPLE OF PIERCE COUNTY ARE STILL NOT SAFE BECAUSE OF FLAWED ANIMAL CONTROL SYSTEM"