Wednesday, January 11, 2017

WILLIAMS TOWNSHIP, NORTHAMPTON COUNTY PA - A PIT BULL MIX BEING WALKED BY AN EXPERIENCED VOLUNTEER SUDDENLY BROKE FREE AND SEVERELY MAULED A BEAGLE "PENNY" BEING WALKED BY ANOTHER VOLUNTEER AND WITNESSED BY A COUPLE WHO HAD COME TO THE SHELTER TO ADOPT HER!


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It was a rare occurrence at the Center for Animal Health and Welfare in Williams Township, but one an Easton couple won't soon forget.
Lynn Hartranft-Fortebuono had gone to the shelter with her boyfriend, Randy Grube, last Thursday to see about adopting a beagle named Penny. She was ready to pay the $250 fee for the 7-year-old, who had come from a rescue in Virginia.
Then, in a flash, Penny was being mauled by a PIT BULL MIX named Oreo.
"I'm not exaggerating," Grube said in a telephone interview. "The dog literally chewed the dog apart. The dog's throat was hanging out, the jaw was just hanging out. There was blood everywhere."
"It was like a murder scene," Hartranft-Fortebuono said in a separate call, "and I am not lying when I say that this pit bull was shaking the dog in its mouth and the blood was flying like in slow motion."
Penny was rushed for treatment and ended up in surgery at the 24-hour Quakertown Veterinary Clinic, according to the couple. As of Saturday, she was stable, said Kelly Bauer, executive director at the Center for Animal Health and Welfare.
Bauer was not in the office Monday for an update, and clinic spokeswoman Adele Averill said she could provide an animal's condition only to the owner.
"We have never had an incident like this at all," Bauer said.
Due to the severity of the attack and the potential for a recurrence, Oreo was euthanized soon after the attack at the recommendation of the center's behavioral committee comprising board members, management and staff, said Bauer.
The incident unfolded as Oreo was being walked by an experienced volunteer toward the walking trails beside the 1165 Island Park Road shelter and Penny was near the parking lot, also under the control of an experienced volunteer, Bauer said. 
Oreo broke free, and his walker fell over, as the attack began.
For Grube, the scariest part is that it occurred in an area frequented by families with children who come to visit the animals and perhaps find a pet. He feels Oreo should have been walked elsewhere on the property, and been wearing a muzzle.
"If that was somebody's child, a baby, walking on the grass or something, that dog would have ripped that person apart," he said.
Grube said he called Pennsylvania State Police at Belfast to report the incident. State police said they directed him to contact Northampton County's dog warden, Kathy Andrews, who deferred comment to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Bonnie McCann, spokeswoman for the department, confirmed an incident report was filed and that it remained under investigation.
Bauer said Oreo, who had lived at the shelter for eight months, had no bite history while in the center's care or at his previous home.
"It was not as though we took a dog that had multiple bites and were allowing him to roam free," Bauer said. "This was a dog who unfortunately became aggressive with another dog."
The incident was traumatic for visitors and center staff and volunteers alike, said Bauer.
Bauer stressed that Oreo was not a pure pit bull, and that pit bull was not even his dominant breed. Her concern is that pit bulls have a bad-enough reputation already.
"I will tell you that unfortunately pit bulls, they do get a bad reputation," she said. "They are oftentimes the dogs that are surrendered the most to us for many different reasons. But again I think it's about reputation and it's an unfair reputation and I think it's unfair to label them in any way."
Pit bulls, as a breed, are very loyal, a trait that can be exploited for evil in dog-fighting circles, Bauer said. Their build also makes an attack more severe.
"Unfortunately they have very strong jaws," she said. "They have very strong teeth. So if they do bite, it definitely does more damage than if a smaller dog bites.
"However it doesn't make them any more dangerous or aggressive especially if they don't have a history of violence, which this dog did not."
The costs of the incident are being borne by the Center for Animal Health and Welfare, which is supported primarily by contributions, in addition to spay/neuter fees and other services.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

"However it doesn't make them any more dangerous or aggressive especially if they don't have a history of violence, which this dog did not."

What a bizarre statement. If one type of dog is more easily able to inflict serious harm, even if by virtue of size alone, then, yes, they are inherently more dangerous.

Has the dog rescue world gotten so crazy that one cannot even admit that a large, muscular animal with teeth (pit bull, akita, german shepherd, etc.) is more dangerous than a small and easily punt-able animal with teeth (chihuahua, toy poodle, etc.)?

"Pit bulls, as a breed, are very loyal, a trait that can be exploited for evil in dog-fighting circles, Bauer said. Their build also makes an attack more severe."

I hate this dumb statement. Loyalty isn't even the right word to describe the type of behavior they are pretending that all pit bull are full of. The correct word is biddability.

And this statement is obviously false. If it were true, then Oreo would have stopped mauling at the command of his handler. But he didn't. He tore that other dog to pieces.

How people can still try to pretend pit bulls are more "loyal" than other dogs when they're the type of dog most likely to ignore their owners and continue to maul someone/something is mind-boggling.



I want a cute purse said...

Pit bulls, as a breed, are very loyal, a trait that can be exploited for evil in dog-fighting circles, Bauer said. Their build also makes an attack more severe.
"Unfortunately they have very strong jaws," she said. "They have very strong teeth. So if they do bite, it definitely does more damage than if a smaller dog bites.
"However it doesn't make them any more dangerous or aggressive especially if they don't have a history of violence, which this dog did not.".......
WTF?????? Did she just completely contradict herself? Pro pit people don't even know what the heck they are trying to say! They are as impulsive as the pits!

B Cazz said...

"Unfortunately they have very strong jaws," she said. "They have very strong teeth. So if they do bite, it definitely does more damage than if a smaller dog bites.
"However it doesn't make them any more dangerous or aggressive especially if they don't have a history of violence, which this dog did not."

Total lack of critical thinking skills here, no wonder this person's job is mainly to shovel shit.

She also has eyesight issues based on her inability to identify breed.

Anonymous said...

My brain is scrambled after reading the bullshit coming from Kelly Bauer.

"Bauer stressed that Oreo was not a pure pit bull, and that pit bull was not even his dominant breed. Her concern is that pit bulls have a bad-enough reputation already."

Yes, let us protect the reputation of killer dogs because it's just so unfair. Oreo was a pure pit bull. Look at what it did to another dog! Where is the DNA test, Kelly Bauer, to show what Oreo's dominant breed was? Was the dominant breed Border Collie?


"I will tell you that unfortunately pit bulls, they do get a bad reputation," she said. "They are oftentimes the dogs that are surrendered the most to us for many different reasons. But again I think it's about reputation and it's an unfair reputation and I think it's unfair to label them in any way."

If you have a pit bull for 8 months, what does that tell you? NO ONE WANTS IT because IT IS A DANGEROUS BREED! A breed that is surrendered THE MOST should also tell you something. But I realize it is difficult for nutters to understand that normal people do not want killer dogs.

"Pit bulls, as a breed, are very loyal, a trait that can be exploited for evil in dog-fighting circles, Bauer said. Their build also makes an attack more severe.
"Unfortunately they have very strong jaws," she said. "They have very strong teeth. So if they do bite, it definitely does more damage than if a smaller dog bites.
"However it doesn't make them any more dangerous or aggressive especially if they don't have a history of violence, which this dog did not."


This is the one that makes my head spin! Oreo did not have a history of violence, yet it destroyed a harmless dog, and that makes Oreo less dangerous? And I'm sorry, but these heartless rescue nutters are making things worse. How this lady could show her true concern for pit bulls' reputations, say that pit bulls are loyal, and the most surrendered dog, and then turn around and say that they are less dangerous if they do not have a bite history, is beyond me. To begin the story that this was a rare occurrence is further proof that rescue nutters should not be allowed near pit bulls.

I want a cute purse said...

AND let's not forget the hard truth. Numbers don't lie and they paint a telling picture.
Apparently it costs $250 for the beagle. I know some shelters that actually pay YOU to adopt a Pitbull.
If that's not exploitation and manipulation, I don't know what is.

Dayna Hamilton said...

I was going to flip out on the completely contradictory "However..." paragraph but you all said it better than I could. I really hate these pit defenders, I don't know how they survive to adulthood as stupid as they are.

Anonymous said...

I think it's amazing that all of us basically interpreted this story the same way, without seeing each other's responses first.

I'm anon 9:54 am.

There is something that I did not articulate well. Kelly Bauer explains that pit bulls have strong jaws, strong teeth, and do more damage if they bite. Then Kelly tries to minimize those dangerous traits by saying if the pit bull does not have a history of violence, then it is safe.

Guns are dangerous because each one, if loaded with bullets, has the potential to kill. Not every gun has killed anything. If a gun has no history of killing, that makes the gun safe. According to Kelly Bauer, that is perfectly logical.

Nutter logic is perplexing. Nutters try so hard to redeem pit bulls, and pit bulls keep demonstrating how dangerous they are. If an experienced shelter handler cannot prevent a pit bull from tearing apart a Beagle that is about to be adopted, then how can an inexperienced lay person handle a pit bull?

This is why we need Breed Specific Legislation everywhere! To prevent these insane people from talking their way out of reality. Kelly Bauer is proving that pit bulls are dangerous, with or without the history of violence.