Sunday, July 5, 2015


Johanna McQuillan suffered horrific leg injuries during the attack by the dog
DNA tests pinned a savage mauling that left a girl with 17 horrific wounds on a pet Staffordshire bull terrier.
Johanna McQuillan had chunks of flesh dangling from her legs.
The nine-year-old needed two hours of surgery after the attack as she played in a park with her three-year-old sister.
Distraught Emma Hastings had her pet Staffie Mally seized by police this week when swabs revealed he was responsible for the attack. He was returned to the 24-year-old yesterday – and she had him put down right away.
In tears, mum-of-one Emma said: “They told me that they had carried out door to door enquiries with my neighbours and were satisfied that he could be brought home.
“But I knew I still had to put him to sleep. I had to pick him up and take him to the vets.”
Emma did not know Mally had escaped from her home in Ayr before the attack in April.
She took the dog to police after recognising a description. Officers took swabs and collected other evidence.
Distraught owner Emma Hastings agreed to have her dog, right, put down
The case is thought to be one of the first times DNA testing has been used in a dangerous dog investigation in Scotland.
Johanna’s dad John last night paid tribute to Emma. He said: “It was very noble of her to come forward.
“I’m really sorry for her. I think it was a mistake the dog got out.
“We see the scars on Johanna every day. She is psychologically scarred as well as physically.
“But I just wish the dog didn’t have to be put down and I’m sure Johanna feels the same.
“The owner is a good citizen. It is a family pet and I really am sorry for her. We don’t bear her any grudges.”
Mally was allowed to remain at home with Emma and her young child until this week.
Weeping, Emma said: “I never ever imagined Mally would have been capable of something like this.
“This has made me doubt whether you can really trust your animals.
It shows any dog can change. A little girl has been left permanently disfigured and will probably be afraid of dogs for the rest of her life.
“I want to say I’m so sorry to the family. My dog was not brought up to be vicious and I’m absolutely devastated.”
Emma backed our Stop The Danger Dogs campaign to target irresponsible owners who do not control their pets properly.
She said: “I believe that all dogs should be muzzled when they are out.”
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “A 24-year-old woman will be subject of a report to the procurator fiscal in connection with this alleged incident.”


B Cazz said...

Because people are loathe to "discriminate" against dogs who have been selectively bred to fight and kill, their logical conclusion is that all dogs, including teacup poodle and the like, will have to wear muzzles while out in public.

How does this make sense?

Cardinal said...

Yes, B Cazz, I thought the same thing. There are a lot of irresponsible dog owners out there, and that causes problems. But the combination mass hysteria/propaganda surrounding pit bulls has made it look like they're the defining example of the human/dog relationship. Dogs, which were made by people to perform tasks, many of which now acceptable, generally benign choices of pet.

My grandparents have a dog. Not crossed with a mastiff or fighting breed. I stayed at their place a couple days for the Fourth of July, and one of their sons brought his golden retriever to the party. I haven't spent much time around dogs since I left the family home four years ago, and being around these ones actually sort of reminded me why I was a dog-crazy kid. They were docile and friendly, and thankfully not barkers (ask why I like dogs instead of love them now--barking is among the top answers).

I spent my college years in a somewhat stigmatized part of town where you'll have your share of pit-dodging. Not a one to be seen in my grandparents' neighborhood. The difference was incredible. No side-eyes at the party, no worry that either dog would clamp onto one of the kids and not let go. They were pets and things went fine. I've been state superstar at avoiding pits since May 2013, but being at the party really showed me how much pit bulls have changed our ideas of what's tolerable behavior for a domestic animal (okay, really just dogs).

As for May 2013. That was the time in which two-year-old Beau Rutledge was killed by a pit bull his parents owned for eight years. Before that point, "Kissy Face" had never shown aggression. I used to believe a very good owner could handle a pit bull and that stringent measures be taken to make sure they only went to those owners. But after learning about Beau, I absolutely no longer trust pit bulls and find a large and insidious, yet successful propaganda geared towards making pit bulls look like ideal pets. They've been pulling the wool and blood over our eyes, yes they have.

Dayna Hamilton said...

It wasn't "noble" of the owner to come forward, claim her dog and have it put down. It was the right thing to do, but she doesn't deserve a freaking medal for it! She's the one that chose the breed, she's the one who let it get out.