Tuesday, June 20, 2017

RASMUSSEN, QUEENSLAND AU - A NEIGHBOR'S KILLING MACHINE CHARGED INTO NADINE RACKEMANN'S HOUSE, CHASED DOWN HER BELOVED SHIH TZU AND FATALLY MAULED HIM...HERO!!!...NADINE'S SON STABBED THE MEAT GRINDER TO DEATH

Nadine Rackemann from Rasmussen with her son Josh Rackmann and grandson Leo Lawford, 5, after her assistance dog was mauled to death by a neighbour's dog. Picture: Zak Simmonds
A RASMUSSEN woman has been left traumatised after her mental health assistance dog was mauled by  A NEIGHBOUR'S PIT BULL  in a terrifying attack inside her home.
Nadine Rackemann said she had been cleaning up after a garage sale on June 10 when a neighbour’s dog ran into her house and chased down her shih tzu cross Thor.
Her 17-year-old son Josh, fearing that his five-year-old nephew was in danger, stabbed the attacking dog to death.
Thor, who helped Ms Rackemann manage her PTSD, was so badly injured that vets had to euthanase him.
Ms Rackemann said she was sitting in her lounge room with her grandson Leo Lawford, 5, when she saw the neighbour’s pit bull cross running up her driveway about 7pm.
“This pit bull ran in my house, grabbed (Thor) in the jaw, I’m in sheer panic, screaming,” she said. “I’m screaming out ‘Leo, Leo, go, go’. I thought the dog might have hurt him.
“Next minute I’m punching with all my might on this pit bull’s head. It still wouldn’t let go of my dog.” Ms Rackemann said the pit bull dragged Thor on to her front patio.
“(Josh) thought I said the pit bull got Leo. He came out of his room with this big carver knife and stabbed the pit bull,” she said.
"WORDS CAN'T DESCRIBE HOW VICIOUS THIS THING WAS." 
Ms Rackemann said the attack had left the family shaken.
“(My son) Tyson was so traumatised that he couldn’t even talk. The ambos sat with him for quite a while. I was so distraught they took me to the hospital,” she said.
“I’ve had to go to the doctor, I’ve been put on Valium, I can’t sleep, can’t eat. I’m lost, I’m really lost.
“I know it’s just a dog, but it was more than a dog. It was my companion, it was my mate.”
Townsville City Council’s community health and environment committee chair Cr Ann-Maree Greaney said it was a “horrific attack”.
“The council is investigating and is in the process of taking statements and gathering evidence from both parties and the police who attended the scene,” she said.
“This has been extremely distressing for the family and the council will continue to gather evidence and look at whether there are grounds to prosecute the matter in court.”

2 comments:

Dayna Hamilton said...

Pit bulls: Home invasion dogs.

Anonymous said...

The comments on the story... someone is questioning why Josh had a carver knife in his room (thank God he did). Someone commenting as Josh asked why he wasn't allowed to own a knife. If your neighbors are allowed to keep monsters for pets, maybe it's OK to have a knife. Comments are mixed between those fed up with vicious pit bulls and those who say all dogs can bite, blah, blah blah.

What a nightmare for this family. On the few occasions my dogs have gone to someone else's house for the first time, they are noticeably cautious being on unfamiliar territory. I can't imagine what it takes for a dog to go barreling into a stranger's home like this. That is boldness you don't want to see in a pet.

All those pit bulls scoring so well on the ATTS temperament test which tests for boldness not safety - just because a dog is bold doesn't mean it is a good pet. But breed apologists made a meme out of pit bull ATTS scores. Interested in a dog that isn't startled by gunshots? That's part of the test. Actually pugs scored higher. I showed that to a pug owner who got a big laugh out of the idea of a K-9 pug.

What other breed of dog maims & kills like this, attracts the worst sort of dog owners, requires heavy and dishonest promotion by breed advocates?