Saturday, September 26, 2015


COEUR D'ALENE -- A pitbull adopted from the Kootenai Humane Society attacked its new owner a day after it was adopted and then got away when police tried to corral the animal.

During the attack the victim, Kip Legaard, called 9-1-1 and when police officers arrived and tried to taser the dog it ran away. Legaard, who lost nearly two pints of blood in the attack is now angry because he had been told by the Humane Society the pit bull could be a family dog.

Kip Legaard adopted the pitbull named Mojo on Friday. He says the humane society told him the dog was nice.

"The lady's like he's so sweet, so sweet, so sweet," Kip said.

On Saturday Kip says that out of nowhere the dog suddenly lunged at him.

"All of a sudden BOOM the dog had my arm," he said. "It felt like someone put my arm in a hydraulic press."

Legaard's arm was bleeding and then the dog attacked again. He managed to free himself and run inside into the bathroom. Bleeding from his wounds Legaard called 9-1-1 and then waited until the dog went downstairs before he bolted from his house into a waiting ambulance.

"The dog followed me out to the ambulance ... the guys are like run, run," he said.

Now, as his wounds heal Legaard still can't believe what happened and he can't believe the Kootenai Humane Society let someone adopt that dog.

"I think they should do way more assessment on the animals behavior before they adopt it out," Kip said.

Eric Hess is the behavioral specialist for the Kootenai Humane Society and he did assess Mojo prior to adoption. Hess says the behavior assessment is 15 pages long and the pitbull passed it.  Before any dog goes out Hess analyzes the dog, how do they act when they're fed, when they're played with, walked, how do they react to children and how do they react to strangers. Mojo passed every scenario Hess threw at him.

"If I wasn't confident in adopting the dog out he wouldn't have passed his behavioral analysis in the beginning," Hess said.

Hess added that Legaard did lie on his application form to adopt the dog. Legaard said he didn't have other dogs in the house when in fact he does. Those other animals, the Humane Society says, could've TRIGGERED the attack.

Mojo, meanwhile, remains on the loose.

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Sweetie Pie said...

Yet another shelter, yet another SO-CALLED, self-appointed 'expert', who says -- without realizing it -- "Our behavior tests are worthless and don't predict a thing".

Never let a shelter, any shelter, persuade you to adopt any dog that has even a little bit of pit bull in it.

Farmer Jane said...

Giving a pit bull a behavior assessment is like giving a sociopath a lie detector test. By their breeding they don't give away their true nature until they're in attack mode. That is why so many idiots think that these make good pets. They're sweet and loving until they are not. They can switch from good dog to killer to good dog in a second with no indication. How can these "dog experts" think that any kind of behavior test can tell whether or not the ticking time bomb will go off?

Anonymous said...

What a great story! Because the victim lied on his adoption form, that's why the pit bull attacked? I thought the pit bull passed all of the testing? I guess the page about getting along with other dogs was marked FAIL? Or did the pit bull pass that testing with flying colors?