Wednesday, October 12, 2016

GENTILLY, NEW ORLEANS LA - PIT BULL DRAMA: BASICALLY IT'S ABOUT 2 WOMEN FIGHTING OVER A PIT THAT SEEMS TO ALWAYS BE WANDERING IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND A FUR MOMMIE ALWAYS SAVES IT FROM A LIFE OF PIT BULL FIGHTING!

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A dispute over a dog turned violent in Gentilly last month. A woman walking her dog said she was attacked by another woman, who claimed the dog was hers.

Julie Butera said she rescued her dog Titus from a life of pit bull fighting when she found him several months ago, and she put herself at risk to save him again.
Butera said she was walking her dog, as she does every morning, when she noticed a woman and her and son walking toward her. 
"I was trying to cross the street to avoid confrontation, and she came up from behind and hit me. That made me release (Titus), and she pulled him and she jumped on his back," Butera said. 

Butera said the woman then called police. According to the police report, the responding officer saw the two women holding onto the PIT BULL, both saying it belonged to them. 
At the time, neither had proof of ownership, so the officer put the dog in the back of vehicle while he asked more questions. 
The woman who called police, identified as Coanna Lawrence in the police report, said her son saw a woman walking with their missing dog, which had gotten out of the yard a while back.
Lawrence did not have paperwork on the dog, but she said the dog was given to her in January after it was found wandering in the neighborhood. The report said she had pictures of the dog on her cellphone. 
However, Butera did have proof of ownership. The officer was able to confirm with the SPCA that Butera had owned the dog since July of 2016 and had gotten the dog licensed, chipped and vaccinated.
"Even after the proof was there, he still wanted to give Titus to these people, and Titus is not only micro-chipped, but he's registered with the state," Butera said. 
Butera said she's been traumatized by the whole ordeal and how it was handled by police. 
"I'm very fearful of walking down my street and in front my house and for my dog. Our lives have changed completely," she said. 
To avoid confusion over dog ownership, Jeff Dorsen Director, of the Humane Society of Louisiana, said to keep medical records and vaccination reports handy, or to consider tattooing your animal---especially pit bulls. 
"Depending on the breed, there's a value in reselling them, or breeding them, and PIT BULLS HAVE A HIGH VALUE TO BE BRED.  There's still a huge market for pit bulls, especially in the inner city," Dorsen said.
A spokesperson with the New Orleans Police Department said that they have opened a Public Integrity Bureau investigation on how the officer handled the incident. The department also reached out to Butera and the Humane Society to meet with them about their concerns.
WDSU attempted to reach out to the other woman who was also involved in this incident, but did not hear back.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Fighting over pit bulls. WHY?!