Mount Vernon Man Hospitalized After Brutal Dog Attack

Witnesses: 'They Were Eating The Guy'; 'Leg Was Ripped Open'

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. (1010 WINS/ CBS 2) – When Maureen Martin looked out from her second-floor apartment on Wednesday night, she saw a pack of dogs attacking her neighbor.

“Another big dog came and they just threw him on the floor and they were eating the guy,” Martin said.

Police said two Rottweiler’s and a Wheaton terrier mix attacked Craig Jones as he walked along East 4th Street around 9:30 p.m.

 LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Kathleen Maloney reports

As CBS 2’s Lou Young reports, Jones, a 38-year-old electrician, was returning returning home from the grocery store when the dog pack struck. His most serious injuries are too gruesome for television.

“I saw three huge dogs on top of him and he was just screaming. He was already bloody. His leg was being ripped open,” witness Dee Dee Smith said.

The victim was just trying to get to his front door but the dogs kept attacking. They brought him down, chewed him up and began dragging him back toward the street. Horrified neighbors alerted by his screams began throwing things out the window. A brick finally hit one of the dogs and seemed to break the spell.

“I was right there hanging out of my living room window and I about fell out. That’s how close to him. I’m still scared. I don’t even want to go grocery shopping today I’m so scared,” Smith said.

Responding Mount Vernon Police officers shot and killed one of the animals and captured another. Witnesses said the third dog got away.

“That could have been my baby. That could have been anyone. I’m very upset about it,” neighbor Joan Murray said.

Police told Young the dogs escaped from an auto body shop. Two of the same animals were involved in the August dog pack killing of neighbors’ pet Yorkie.

That dog’s owner said Wednesday night’s attack could’ve been prevented.

“They should’ve been put down most definitely.  Something should’ve been done and I had a feeling something like this was gonna happen again,” Eric Coleman said.

“I still hurt from losing that dog. This should not have happened. This could have been avoided,” Deana Young told 1010 WINS’ Maloney.

Deana Young blames the city of Mount Vernon for not doing anything.

“You cannot have a pack of dogs like that and not expect something like this to happen,” Deana Young said.

A police spokesman said after the August attack the dogs were returned to the owner by court order. So far no formal charges have been filed, but the animal remains in quarantine at the animal shelter.

The dogs’ owner was not at the auto body shop when the animals escaped, police said. An employee apparently left a gate open.

Medical officials transported Jones to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx where he was treated for serious injuries to his head and legs. He was listed in stable condition.

“He had some pretty significant injuries to his leg area as well as his head,” Police Capt. Edward Adinaro said.

  • Robert James

    What statistics? Absurd, arbitrary ones? Are these the same statistics that say cigarettes kill 25 percent of the American populace each year?

    Pit bulls have been specifically bred to fight other dogs, but not their trainers/handlers. No one would breed a fighting dog with such inclinations. The reason I don’t own one is because I don’t trust them around other dogs, but my neighborhood is full of shelter pit bulls that you can trust at any party.

    Pit Bulls were referred to in Britain as nanny dogs at one point in time. There are few dogs who are capable of putting up with the rough style of play that comes with children(eye poking, horseback riding). They’re also very trainable and very loyal.

  • SMC

    Our Gang, a 30s TV show about children, featured a pit bull terrier. Then, as now, they truly make excellent family pets. That is, unless they were TRAINED to be attack dogs. It’s all about nurture (vs nature). ANY dog can be aggressive toward humans given the proper (or, in the case, improper) training.

    • Ace

      You’re living in la-la land. Dogs are bred to have specific characteristics. Golden Retrievers, retrieve. Water Spaniels, swim. Sheep Herders, herd. Pit Bulls, attack.

      I’ve had too many friends that used to spout the same garbage only to have their beloved and seemingly well behaved pit bull terrier go crazy and turn on them, or go after a baby or child.

      The dogs are bred to fight bulls, take a lot of pain, and rebound very quickly. They’re machines, graceful ones I think, but don’t think for a second that they are meant for anything other than killing.

  • Keir

    What is it with you Yanks? Everyone is allowed to own weapons and vicious dogs that they can’t control. How can a country regress so much in such a short span of time?

    • Robert

      Bite me. You want to talk about regression? You should start with your own grubby little island.

    • Ace

      Those attributes helped out quite a bit the last time we had to rescue you.

    • Tachyon


      How safe is London these days?

    • Devon

      Ah, Keir. We have record gun ownership in this country and most of the 50 states issues some form of concealed-carry permit to law-abiding citizens. The FBI just reported that violent crime is falling

      A coincidence? I think not.

      I’m glad you Brits don’t have any crime in your country now that guns are banned? I would assume that’s a correct assumption. Keir? Right?

    • joe

      Keir….Yank My Doodle..It’s a Dandy !!

  • Chuck

    I was bitten by a German Shepard once. He latched onto my leg pretty good. It left me with 4 separate bite scars right below the knee. Later in life, I had a toe-to-toe fight with a Rotty and if I hadn’t had my surveying rod with me… I probably would have some scars from him too….but he was protecting his turf. Later on…. I reached down to pet my neighbors peek-a-poo… sweet little devil-in-disguise that one! He bit me right between my thumb and index finger… yea …. right there in the soft spot ! I’ve had a small amount of nerve damage there ever since. The way I see it…..the peek-a-poo traumatized me the most… I think we should ban peek-a-poo’s all together!

  • Bob S

    How many more people have to be killed or maimed by these animals before they’re outlawed? When people act like many of these dogs do, they’re locked up and sometimes executed. But don’t lock up the killer puppy dogs. No, we can’t have that.

  • Walter Daniels

    Dogs are not Gods creation they are mans creation. All dog species come from the same original blood line . They were bred from wolves and domesticated by man. Ancient breeders would identify certain traits they desired in specific pups and as they grew they would breed the ones together that had similar traits until they achieved the desired outcome and this is what created the many different dog breeds we have today. Pitbulls were not bred for their sweetness and lovability, they were not bred for their ability to heard livestock, they were no bred for their ability to hunt or smell they were bred for one thing and one thing only, they were bred and born to kill. Plain and simple. No doubt about it no matter what any pitbull lover says. If you own one you need to understand that and you need to accept the consequences.

    • Kathy Dupuis Hunter

      Walter maybe you should educate yourself actually they were first used as Nanny dogs!again uneducated people talking about something they know nothing about!!!!!!Helen Kellers dog..Pitbull..Little Rascals Dog.. pitbull!!Educate yourselves people!!My Harley is 10 years old and has never so much as growled at anyone EVER!!!So do NOT tell me they are all killers because i will tell you differently every chance i get!!!!!!!

    • TravlnTexan

      The sad part is “it’s the other guy that ends up accepting the consequences”!

    • Brian n Texas

      You should be aware of the consequences of owning “ANY” large breed dog.

      Pit Bulls are not the only dog to posess bone crushing power and nimble agility.
      Whether you want to believe it or not, they were originally bred as working class dogs that performed duties with large livestock and game.

      Heeliing, for instance. Your dog would need some mighty powerful jaws to heel a bull. A bull is usually how many times larger than the dog? A bull can weigh 1500 lbs, but your average Pit Bull 50-60 lbs. Wow, thats quite a discrepancy. Surely if my dog is going to be working with livestock it must have the physical prowess to do so. The Pit Bull is one of the best examples of this kind of a dog.

      Yes, the ability to grab a hold of a bull and not let go when the bull is thrashing you around and pounding you on the ground, would inherently mean that you could easily do the same thing to a human being.

      We all should understand that…

      Again, Pit Bulls were not bred to be killers. or to attack. Backing down, sometimes, might be hard for them. Then again, it is the same for a Rat Terrier.

      Long Live TExas, All Dogs, Our Right to Bear Arms, and my ak-47.

  • astralweeks

    Unfortunately a large percentage of pit bulls are owned by men with low esteem and think it makes them more manly, or to put it another way, they think it gives them a bigger—-

    • Robert

      Rubbish. They are bred and trained to be security dogs or facilitate the drug trade.

    • Singlemom33

      Well I am a white female, educated, and make 6 figures and I Own two female Pit Bulls and love them to death. I also foster for a pit bull rescue. Yes there are some very aggressive DOGS out there. My girl was attacked twice now by the same Black Lab. Both times he wasnt on a leash but mine was, so far the owner has not got charged or had to pay any of my vet bills hmmmm now if that was my dog attacking his, she would be put down, I would have a fine and vet bills to pay all because she is a Pit. Whats wrong with this picture????

  • Seon

    The city doesn’t care if packs of vicious dogs are terrorizing ppl. It sickens me, pit bulls are also vicious animals because of how they were bread. They should be banned.

    • Brian n Texas

      Just exactly how were they “BRED”.

      These dogs were used as catch dogs for semi-wild cattle and hogs, to hunt, to drive livestock, and as family companions.

      You hear that, WILD HOGS. Now that is an agressive animal. And your friendly neighborhood pit bull, is one of the very few dog breeds that can hang with a wild animal.

      The thing I want to make perfectly clear, PIT BULLS WERE NEVER, EVER BRED TO “KILL”, or “FIGHT”.

      They are simply working class dogs. Bred with all the tools needed to do their business.

      • Walter Daniels

        Brian n Texas, that is complete BS, do Pits need the power in their jaws to crush bone to be a loving pet? No Do they need the extreme muscle tone and aggression to herd sheep? No they were bred to attack and kill wild animals, that is it. Plain and simple.

      • Tim

        Dam Right buddy. A Bulldog saved this guys life from a raging bull when no one else would go near.

      • Tim

        Brian n Texas
        The video is to back you up and to show how ignorant people are (like Walter) as to the true nature of one of the most deeply loyal, intelligent, and superior companions a bulldog is. If you never owned one keep your uninformed mouth shut.

      • Brian n Texas

        Walter Daniels

        They were never bred to Kill the animals they were working with.
        They simply needed to be strong and fearless, as they were typically dealing with animals who were twenty to thirty times their size.

        You wouldnt send Pee Wee Herman into the ring with Mike Tyson, Would you?

    • jon

      First of all pit bulls are bred to be people friendly. Its the GHETTO dogs of any breed that are dangerous. They should no more be banned than any group of humans that display features that could be profiled!! BTW since When did a couple dogs turn into a pack/gang?

      • John M

        Someone nailed it. “Ghetto” is a great description. So is “Barrio.”

        All these dogs have common traits, and that’s owners who were unwilling or unequipped to raise them right.

        THOSE are the people who need to be put down, or barred from ever owning anything larger than a toy breed.

  • Smashicus

    A stupid animal for stupid owners.

  • klbhen

    California has already reached Third World Status and it appears NewYork is close behind. Wake Up people…………..

    • Boni

      We are too far gone. We can only watch as the whole US crumbles.

  • commonsense

    Why don’t they ever report that someone was hurt or killed…because they didn’t defend themselves, with say a knife or a gun? Shouldn’t those who pass and enforce laws that stifle the right to self-defense be sued?

    If you act like a victim and talk like a victim, then don’t be surprised to become a victim. It just made me sick to hear other stood by while this guy was eaten…

  • Josh

    common sense is literally extinct in this country…
    let’s just assume the numbers thrown around are “fact” and 20-some fatalities occurred (and we will also assume that they were all pits, even tho that has yet to be fact-checked as well)
    fact: there are MILLIONS of pit bulls in this country, do the math on your “fatalities” and see what percentile then are clearly “not” killers by your own logic = 0.000023 (based on 23 fatalities and 1 million dogs < and that 1 million is just a fraction of all that exist)
    150 people per year are killed by falling coconuts, so whoops! gotta ban coconuts!
    350 people per year drown in their own bathtubs, whoops! gotta surely then ban bathtubs!
    50 kids per year are killed by their own cribs… gotta ban cribs too!

    • Peter

      Please site the source for your numbers.

    • Catherine

      I know Josh. Stick a fork in me too, I’m done. Too many ignorant media brainwashed people in the world.

      • Peter

        Nope, just too many people who have seen that type of breed terrorize another person or animal. I personally withnessed one “the sweetest one you’ve ever seen” rip into a boxer for no reason whatsoever. I’ve seen dogs fight in the park and such, but this was so much more vicious than anything I’ve seen. Denial isn’t just a river in Egypt.

    • Steve

      Josh…see Jamie’s comment, they were “bread” to kill ya know.

      • Catherine

        Darn – now I’m hungry – off to make a sandwich.

      • Josh

        no steve… actually they were not “bred” to kill humans… people need education.

    • Brian n Texas

      This is a good point. Are we really getting bent over 20 people losing their lives because of dog attacks. Id say considering how many dogs are in the USA, 20 seems like a very, very low occurence.

      • Yogi

        How many tickets a year win the Mega Millions grand prize? Maybe twenty. Savage dog death and wining the lotto about the same odds, doesn’t seem very good to me since I buy lotto tickets now and then in hopes of being the lucky one.

    • Steve

      Josh…you completely missed my “bread” comment. Yes, it is spelled “bred”…I was commenting on Josh’s (the original “bread” author sharing his infinite wisdom on pit bulls if not his spelling capability) level of intellect.

      • Steve

        I mean Jamie’s!

      • Josh

        got it, sorry steve… the way these comments stack down upon each other is odd… not to mention sometimes you can’t determine sarcasm through text

  • Bellah

    Two Dogs does not a pack make although big dog who bites human needs go to pound. One strike only.

    • Brian n Texas

      Yea thats cool.
      Meanwhile, repeat human offenders can waltz in and out of correctional facilities all across america, while our tax dollars pay for the whole thing.

      Instead of robbing us, these guys should break and enter, and do some chores.

  • Jamie

    Exterminate all the Pits and outlaw there being anymore!
    They were bread to kill. Are we surprised?
    Only Pit lovers defend them.

    • Steve

      They were “bread” to kill. That gives us an indication of the level of intellect here.

      • Josh

        level of intellect??? are you serious? you spelled “bred” like a sandwich (bread) instead of how it’s supposed to be spelled….

    • Pamela

      Actually: FACT: they were bred to be NANNY dogs. Untill HUMANS discovered how atheletic and strong they were and that they could win dog fights with this new breed. that is FACT. get your facts STRAIGHT before spewing garbage out of your mouth.

      • Janelle

        I agree!

    • Brian n Texas

      Pit Bulls are Working Class dogs. these dogs were used as catch dogs for semi-wild cattle and hogs, to hunt, to drive livestock, and as family companions

      NO DOG HAS EVER BEEN BRED TO KILL. it could only take a human to breed something like that anyway.

      How many children are attacked and bitten by smaller terrier breeds. I bet the new would love to report all of those stories too. Oh wait. dont take my chihuahua away.

      • Josh

        thank you!!

      • Ben Franklin

        Whatever. Bottom Line: it’s a vicious breed that can kill humans and should be exterminated.

      • Ace

        The ASPCA disagrees with you. Look it up on their web site.

    • Bonie

      Right, Agree with you 100%

  • Kathy Dupuis Hunter

    @Chris no it is people like you who have no idea other then what you hear in the media!!Maybe you sshould do some research meet some of the killers you are so fast to condemn!!But wait you won’t do that because you would rather believe everything the media says about the breed instead of being educated in what you speak of!!!

  • Steve

    How many of you anti-pit bull people have ever owned a pit bull or been around the breed? Raised correctly and treated humanely, they are a joy to be around. Yes, they are a strong breed and will fight if abused…kinda like humans. So ease up because most of you don’t know what you are talking about. You can recite all the statistics you want, what they really reveal is the incidence of abuse this breed endures.

    • Rich

      Very nice Steve, I love the “reveal is the incidence of abuse this breed endures” very true, very true!

    • Wonk

      I HAVE been around them extensively and they are a notoriously strong breed with a very different air about them. They will be as loving as any other breed and then in the next minute, the owner comes under attack, or another pet, or a child.

      It’s happened many times and they are NOT a good breed of dog to own. The only people who defend them are those determined to own o e “just because…”

      • Brian n Texas

        To WONK:
        I have worked as a Vet Tech before, and have owned some 20 different dogs breeds in my lifetime, including pit bulls. The only thing different about their “air”, is your Fear of them. I, personally, havnt ever noticed any significant difference between them and any other dog.

        The only thing of note i will mention, is their Fearlessness. but this is a trait of many other terrier breeds. They just happen to be very large and very strong.

        Dont fear the reaper!!

  • Paul

    so, these dogs have been running loose since last summer? again, where is the responsibility of the OWNERS? I had a pit, he never left the yard unless on a lead, never showed any signs of aggression, and yet irresponsible owners (or maybe in this case, lax animal control procedures) are making uninformed pit bull haters raise the alarm once again.

  • Pamela

    PS go to the American Temperment Testing Society and you will find almost every breed out there and Pit Breeds (there are several breeds considered Pit’s) are on the higher end (meaning they have GREAT temperments). They beat out Labs, Golden Retreivers amongst other “family” breeds. these tests are very strict and thorough. Also, 26 different breeds and mixed breeds are commonly mistaken as Pit Bulls so how do we know with 100% certainty that a dog reported in the media as a Pit IS in FACT a Pit?? FOOD FOR THOUGHT!!

    • Wonk

      Totally unscientific test and no proven reliabilty. Google Mr Alfons Ertel (the “developer” of the Society and there are very few returns on anything that confirms any remote authentic credentials. False testing supported by a false scientist…

      • Roger Spikes


        You are the voice of truth here.
        I am experienced in the behaviors of breeds of dogs, at least those in this country..
        People who own Pits and Rottweilers are a different breed of human being. They are all antisocial, they do not like other people, and they excuse every violent or even fatal attack by these beasts as normal reactions to human cruelty.
        When I was ten, a neighbor’s pit bull decapitated their 18 month old child. They did not mourn the child. They said that the child must have done something to cause it. They went to court to prevent the dog from being put to sleep. Only sick, sick people could mourn the loss of their child’s killer over the loss of their own flesh and blood.
        I view all pit and rottweiler owners as unrepentant perverts. Further than that, if one of these beasts ever hurt my grand children, or if I see them attack other people, I will kill the dog on the spot. If their owner protests, they and I can lock horns at any point they wish. Nothing would give me more pleasure.

      • Boni

        Thanks for this info. I don’t believe for a second that Pit Bulls have tested to be of better nature than a lab. If I was walking down the street and a lab approached me, I would not be afraid. Not so a pit bull. I never hear of labs viciously attacking people, only pit bulls. That is why auto body places keep them as guard dogs. No one is afraid of labs.

  • Gabrielle

    My neighbor was killed by a pitt bull 6 years ago. About 10 years ago, my dog was attacked by a different pitt bull, which then turned on me. It was owned by another neighbor in a different neighborhood; if I hadn’t clubbed it in the head, it would have killed my dog and maybe me. That same dog’s owner’s father took it out and shot it about 6 months later after the dog bit his 2-year-old grandson. Enough was enough. I’ve had enough of pitt bulls to last me a lifetime.

    • Teresa

      You need to move because you live around A LOT of dog abusing/neglecting irresponsible dog owners.

      • Gabrielle

        If you read my post again, the 2 incidents happened in 2 different neighborhoods. These were in 2 different towns, about 30 miles from one another. I”m sure there are good pitt bulls out there…but I’d rather just not be around them at all. Twice is enough for me.

    • Boni

      You mean they didn’t shoot it after it killed the neighbor? If the owners didn’t do it voluntarily, the police should have. Sickening.

  • Marc

    Potentially dangerous breeds should require $1mm insurance policies. No policy, no license. If you can afford the premiums on a large ins policy, you’ll probably be a responsable PB owner

    • Rich

      What the heck does your financial ability have to do with your ability to raise a dog!! It doesn’t take much money to raise a dog Correctly, then they should also imply these insurance policies to people that want to smoke, drink, drive, any act that can kill someone right!

      I agree that there needs to be ordinances that needs to be followed but again the person that is going to put their dog in this position are not, I repeat NOT good owners.

      • Marc

        You don’t get it. For the powerful breeds, no policy= no license. No license = no owner. Perfect way to get “tough” breeds out of the hands of the “Bubba” class that are into the macho dog thing. Also known as irresponsible owners

    • Debbie

      Then all dos would need your proposed policies because every single breed out there are “potentially dangerous” depending on the situation.

      • Marc

        When is the last time you heard of someone being killed by a Pug?



    • Pamela

      which is why we need STRICT rules on who owns ANY dog. these JERKS and criminals are ruining this breed. they abuse them, fight them, use them as protection, they MAKE them mean cause it makes THEM look cool. It’s disgusting. blame the owner, not the dog.

      • mikey

        Yes, more laws, more rules, more restrictions, more surveillance, more police state tyranny. Phuck you

    • ron

      you are so sheeple you hurt the world.. Tool

  • Pamela

    Media coverage of Pit Bull attacks are out the roof but if you actually look at reported dog bites, Pit Bulls are in fact on the lower end of the list. Lets not forget that in the 90’s it was Doberman’s that got the bad rap. Media coverage left and right about Doberman attacks. And in the 80’s it was German Shepards. It IS the owner, not the dog. Why are these dogs allowed to roam free?? Do they let themselves out? No, the owners do. Pit Bulls are the number one (by a staggering number) abused dog. It is time to start targeting the APPROPRIATE side of the leash. PEOPLE make dogs bad, not dogs. As any dog expert and they will tell you this. And as a person with COMMON SENSE, I am going to trust and take the side of dog EXPERT rather than some joe blow who has an uneducated opiinion OR the fear mongering media.

    • Dave

      Pitt bulls are like tattoos. Only deviant imbeciles have them!

    • Gene

      Easier to defend against a raging Pomeranian than a PB

      • Rich

        Easier to dog a bullet from a 22 than a machine gun!!! Point they both will attack

  • Tim Taylor

    So I guess the next time a bunch of young black males go ‘wilding’ in Central Park & rape/mug/beat-up a bunch of random white people, we whites can claim that all blacks are savages & need to be removed from society?

    • reggin

      sounds liek a good idea to me, lets get rid if the darkies

    • Jay

      Blacks ARE savages and they SHOULD be removed from society.

      • Next

        Darkies? Savages?
        Wow! What arrogant comments.
        Well, what goes up must come down.
        Enjoy the fall.

    • Roger Spikes

      You are pretty stupid, Ted

  • Rob

    I have been around many dogs my entire life. I have seen different dogs go after other animals (squirrels, deer, rabbits) but have only seen four dogs viciously attack humans or other dogs, one was a husky/wolf mix and the other three were pitt bulls. All attacked unprovoked and had to be forcefully removed in order to save the victim. Having to do the removing in one of these instances and seeing the kill in that dogs eyes convinced me. Consider this anectdotal evidence if you must, but I am sure my experience is not unique. I immediately shield my children from pitt bulls and suggest you do the same.

  • Catherine

    Dear haters, go to dogbreedinfo dot com and look up american pit bull terriers so you can actually learn about the breed. Please, stop embarrassing yourselves.

    • Chris

      No thanks. I am under no obligation to learn about your weird hobby.

    • Roger Spikes

      Pit bull lovers like you are a disgrace to society,

    • Ace

      Please go to the ASPCA web site and read under the animal cruelty section that pit bulls were bred to fight and kill.


      • catherine

        Dogs – they were bred to fight other dogs. If you keep reading you’ll find out that human aggression was bred out. If a dog showed signs of human aggression they were actually destroyed or at least removed from the breeding pool. Look, I’m out of here. I train dogs and understand dog behavior. You do not – or you wouldn’t post such nonsense. And Roger Spikes – I’m a dog lover. Period. I understand the breed has nothing to do with it. I hope you haters don’t have dogs at all, because you obviously don’t understand the first thing about dog behavior. Night folks.

  • Josh

    another link over at news12 says it wasn’t even pits… it was a rottweiler and 2 mixed dogs — BUT POINT IS, I’M NOT IN FAVOR OF BANNING ANY TYPE OF DOG, that is chump logic

    • Teresa

      Typical – the media reports pit before fact checking. They do that around me as well. Turns out in the end it wasn’t a pit at all, but the damage is done.

  • Mario Gandolfo

    All you Pitty haters are a bunch of seem to be clearly ignorant of many beautiful statistics surrounding one of the most loyal,loving,fragile and so eager to please breed that is the outstanding pit bull/American Staffordshire Terrier .You freaks really need to get a clue !!!.

    • Chris

      Yeah! Who cares about all those kids that are killed every year by pit bulls?I bet they were just asking for it anyway.

    • Ivanov32

      look in the mirror freak, you are blind and stupid at the same time. You criticize others for being haters, then you turn around and spit your own hate. You’re a hypocrite.

  • ricardo4max

    So the usual suspects defend pit bulls and resort to name calling of those that provide facts and evidence that pit bulls are far more likely to cause harm serious injuries and deaths to humans and other animals such as pets. To those among you that use the argument , “It’s the owner, not the dog.” Please explain why we don’t see nearly the damage from other breeds except maybe the Rottweiler. If this were a gun analogy could we say that shootings resulting in serious injury or death were likely to occur when a certain type of gun was used, let’s say a machine gun, fully automatic rifle or pistol? Answer: YES. A dog bred to kill and injure is far more dangerous than one bred for companionship or herding sheep. No matter who the owner is, the pit bull is a dangerous breed and presents a danger to society. I pray that no animal, especially a Pit bull, attacks any member of my family or their pet. i would insist on the “owner” paying the price for his or her negligence.

    • Josh

      your definition of “facts” are a joke padre… a dramaticized, shock-journalism based version of the truth

    • Rich

      So if you put a gun in a responsible owners hand what happens, the bullets are not kept in the gun, the gun is kept in a lock box! If you put a pit in someones hands that are not going to raise the dogs properly you mine as well just leave the loaded gun on the table!!

      Who shouldn’t pay the price if something (anything) they own and are responsible for inflict or cause damage, anyone that owns a dog that does something that it criminal should have to pay the price, hell you would prob have a lot of the less responsible owners weeded out!

  • Kathy Dupuis Hunter

    UGHHHH You people are all so ignorant of the breed @Matt so let me get this straight u just publicly admitted to killing dogs good we will get your letter to the proper authorities!!!Moron!!I am a 50 year old women who has had many dogs over the years and the best one i have had i am PROUD to say is a Pitbull/He is the biggest baby you could ever meet all my grandchildren have been around him since day one and guess what none of them have been “eaten”The ignorance in the letters posted here astound me!

    • Chris

      That’s what every pit bull owner says after their dog kills someone. You’re part of the problem, Kathy.

      • Debbie

        No, your ignorance IS the problem, Chris.

    • Shaun

      Ask your local law enforcement. They’ll tell you that pit bulls are incredibly violent. You’d pretty much get along just as well with a hungry shark.

      • Rich

        Ah Shaun, there is a local township POLICE or law enforcement officer that lives across the street from me that owns TWO pits, how many law enforcement people have you talked to about this!! I find that an interesting and under researched point of view!

    • Peter

      “This is the first time my dog has ever killed a child. Normally he’s so good with kids. I can’t believe that he just ripped that little girl into 30 peices. He’s always been such a sweet and loving dog.”

  • Jeffrey

    Pits don’t know when to stop. They LOSE IT very easily Anyone that has one should not.

    • Rich

      This is a bogus statement, They lose it very easy, can you elaborate on this, when my pit goes to the dog park if an altercation occurs she will automatically sit when told to stop and does not proceed! So how is it they do not know when to stop are they like vampires that get the taste of blood and there is no looking back, I don’t think so!

  • lovemypits

    since when is a two dogs a “pack”? when pit bulls are involved and dumb reporters write stories. count me among the many millions of pit bull owners who just shake their heads when they read comments like these, too. how about we ban morons from breeding instead of pit bulls?

  • James Orleans

    I would love to know what percentage of total attacks are intact males. Also, for a number of years the Rottweiler was the most popular breed in America, so please don’t confuse number with rate. Without that information, the breed statistics are pretty meaningless.

  • Derek

    Hasn’t it been super cold and snowing in NY? Pit bulls aren’t exactly cold weather dogs. I think they need to find whoever is taking care of these dogs and charge that person with attempted murder. There is no way these dogs could survive without human help. This is so stupid. They shot one dog because it lunged at them? Great one dog. You should have killed all of them you idiot.

    • jgreene

      I think they should have shot both of them. They are vicious dogs in the process of maiming a human being.

      No I do not believe in rehabilitating vicious dogs, pit bull or other.

  • Susan

    Here in Texas, if your dog injures or kills someone in an unprovoked attack, it means automatic felony charges for the owner. As it should be. I am so sick of hearing about idiotic dog owners with dangerous breeds who are shocked…SHOCKED!…that their dog chewed the face off of someone passing by their home.

  • Walter Daniels

    Here are some stats on dog attacks. It specifically lists Pitbulls as the largest danger.

    The deadliest dogs

    Merritt Clifton, editor of Animal People, has conducted an unusually detailed study of dog bites from 1982 to the present. (Clifton, Dog attack deaths and maimings, U.S. & Canada, September 1982 to November 13, 2006; click here to read it.) The Clifton study show the number of serious canine-inflicted injuries by breed. The author’s observations about the breeds and generally how to deal with the dangerous dog problem are enlightening.

    According to the Clifton study, pit bulls, Rottweilers, Presa Canarios and their mixes are responsible for 74% of attacks that were included in the study, 68% of the attacks upon children, 82% of the attacks upon adults, 65% of the deaths, and 68% of the maimings. In more than two-thirds of the cases included in the study, the life-threatening or fatal attack was apparently the first known dangerous behavior by the animal in question. Clifton states:

    If almost any other dog has a bad moment, someone may get bitten, but will not be maimed for life or killed, and the actuarial risk is accordingly reasonable. If a pit bull terrier or a Rottweiler has a bad moment, often someone is maimed or killed–and that has now created off-the-chart actuarial risk, for which the dogs as well as their victims are paying the price.

    Clifton’s opinions are as interesting as his statistics. For example, he says, “Pit bulls and Rottweilers are accordingly dogs who not only must be handled with special precautions, but also must be regulated with special requirements appropriate to the risk they may pose to the public and other animals, if they are to be kept at all.”

    • Catherine

      dogbreedlaw dot com is run by a lawyer who is a pit bull hating ambulance chaser.

  • Josh

    God help us… you ignorant people just have an out of control level of hate and prejudice that is shining through clearly here!! please go retain some shred of your common sense and some shred of your decency before you ever address another issue concerning pit bulls… there are millions of pit bulls in this world… and if you truly are advocating for the phasing out of an entire breed of dog then you are a psychotic bumbling genocidal idiot. put the focus where it needs to be, on whomever owns the dog… unless of course you are also in favor of jailing all people of a certain ethnicity the next time one of them rapes a woman? because that is the level of your supreme political patheticness

    • Nicole

      well said Josh I agree with you!

      • John Doggit

        You are the one with the lack of sense. We read in the paper all the time about pit bulls mauling innocent people. Not collies, not boxers, not yorkie, Pit Bulls. Pull your head out of your own @ss .

      • Rich

        To John Doggit…..They also serve as rescue dogs, there have been NEWS Stories of them their family’s from fires, other animals and at times actually given their lives to protect their families, served in Wars (the first dog to ever be used in the UNITED STATES Military and are known as super therapy dogs.

        How about the analogy that guns don’t kill people….people kill people, they give the ability for the gun to be used by being bad owners, likewise bad owners put their dogs in situations that the dog has no control over.

        Now everyone watches the news, do they start off with the good feeling story about a dogs that saves its family or dog loose attacks person ……….bad news always ALWAYS gets more pub, because PEOPLE suck up and latch onto it!

    • Teresa

      My dog is a pit/rottie/mastiff mix a he is the best dog I have ever owned. He’s the smartest one as well. He has his CGC, TDI and was certified as a man trailer for search and rescue. He’s over a hundred and twenty pounds, but was the only dog in our search and rescue group that had the temperament to work with a pack of boy scouts.

      My sister has a pit and she is the sweetest dog you could ever meet. All she wants to do in life is jump in your lap and stick her tongue down your throat. I am a responsible dog owner/trainer and I will tell you that you won’t find a real dog trainer who believes pit bulls are an evil breed. Ask you vet or vet techs or even groomers – I’ll bet you will hear the same from them all – they have been bitten by labs and rat dogs, but never a pit. That’s because the pit bulls that bite are not owned by people who take their dogs to vets or groomers. Their dogs are caged or tied up in yards and beaten.

    • Phil

      Josh you really sound like part of the problem. I am with Susan and wish there were more laws like that.

    • jgreene

      Josh, just get out of my neighborhood with your pit bull. If I see a pit bull or any dog mailing a child or adult I am going to shoot him.

    • craig

      Josh.If a Chihuahua bites someone nobody cares….but if a pit bull bites someone people get killed. At the very least pit bull owners should have to carry alot of insurance. And Josh dont compare humans to dogs.

    • Chris

      Adolf Hitler was a dog lover.

      • Catherine

        So were/are

        Helen Keller
        Anthony Robbins
        Molly Price (Actress)
        General George Patton
        Jan Michael Vincent
        Fred Astaire
        Stephany Kramer
        President Woodrow Wilson
        Pink (the singer)
        Ashley Olsen
        Jan Michael Vincent
        Alicia Silverstone
        Humphrey Bogart
        Ananda Lewis
        Linda Blair
        John Steinbeck
        Fatty Arbuckle
        Malcolm – Jamal Warner
        Mary Tyler Moore
        Steve & Terri Irwin (Pit Bull Named – Sui)
        Mo Vaughn (NY Mets)
        James Ellroy (Author)
        Amy Jo Johnson (Actress)
        Jack Johnson (Hawaiian singer)
        Barbra Eden
        Rosie Perez
        Kelli Williams (Actress from The Practice)
        AJ Mclean
        Rachel Ray
        Orlando Bloom
        James Caan
        Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neal
        Judd Nelson
        Barbara Eden
        Veronica Mars
        Walter Scott (Author)
        Ken Howard (Father in Crossing Jordon – his Pit Shadow saved his life)
        Usher (Singer)
        Michael J. Fox
        Thomas Edison
        Mel Brooks & Anne Brancroft
        Julian schnabel
        Jessica Alba
        John Stuart
        Jesse James and (Pit Bull Named – Cisco)
        Stephan Jenkins (Singer)
        Jack Dempsey
        Brad Pitt
        Theodore Roosevelt
        Bernadette Peters
        Stephan Jenkins
        Tamika Dixon (Athlete)
        Singer Rick Springfield
        Actor Vin Diesel
        Barbra Ede
        Cassandra Creech
        Sir Walter Scott (Poet)
        Shannon Elizabeth
        Earl Holliman
        David Spade
        Robert Ferguson (Green Bay Packer)
        John Stewart (from the Daily Show)
        Bill Berloni (Broadway show dog trainer who has said that the Pit is the breed of choice for training),
        Roy Jones Jr.
        Serena Williams
        Justin Miller
        Cozy Coleman
        Veron Haynes
        Hugh Douglas
        Jermaine Dupri
        Richard “Rip” Hamilton
        50 Cent
        Young Buck
        Lloyd Banks
        Jordan Babineaux
        Maurice White
        Rosie Perez
        Kelli Williams
        Judd Nelson
        Thomas Edison
        Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft
        Stephan Jenkins
        Jon Stewart

    • Phil

      Kill all pit bulls, they are a dangerous breed, only an imbecile wouldn’t comprehend that.

    • Don

      not all pitt bulls are killer dogs but all killer dogs are pitt bulls…..coincidence? I don’t think so…

      • Josh

        common sense is literally extinct in this country…
        again, like stated above… the dogs in this story weren’t even pit bulls… it was a rotty and 2 mixes… but just like the media, they use “pit bull” to sensationalize and get viewers regardless…
        but let’s just assume the numbers thrown around are “fact” and 20-some fatalities occurred (and we will also assume that they were all pits, even tho that has yet to be fact-checked as well)
        fact: there are MILLIONS of pit bulls in this country, do the math on your “fatalities” and see what percentile then are clearly “not” killers by your own logic = 0.000023 (based on 23 fatalities and 1 million dogs < and that 1 million is just a fraction of all that exist)
        150 people per year are killed by falling coconuts, so whoops! gotta ban coconuts!
        350 people per year drown in their own bathtubs, whoops! gotta surely then ban bathtubs!
        50 kids per year are killed by their own cribs… gotta ban cribs too!

  • brian

    2010 Dog Bite Fatalities

    33 U.S. fatal dog attacks occurred in 2010. Despite being regulated in Military Housing areas and over 500 U.S. cities, pit bulls led these attacks accounting for 67% (22). Pit bulls make up approximately 5% of the total U.S. dog population.3
    In 2010, the combination of pit bulls (22) and rottweilers (4) accounted for 79% of all fatal attacks. In the 6-year period from 2005 to 2010, this same combination accounted for 71% (129) of the total recorded deaths (181).

    The combined breakdown between the two breeds is substantial. From 2005 to 2010, pit bulls killed 104 Americans, about one citizen every 21 days, versus rottweilers, which killed 25 Americans, about one citizen every 88 days.
    2010 data shows that 61% (20) of the attacks occurred to children (11 years and younger) and 39% occurred to adults. Of the children, 75% (15) occurred to ages 4 and younger. Within this same age group, males represented 60% of the victims.
    2010 data also shows that 36% (12) of the fatal incidents involved multiple dogs. Nearly a third, 30% (10), involved breeding on the dog owner’s property either actively or in the recent past, and 9% (3) involved chained dogs.
    Dog ownership information for 2010 shows that family dogs comprised 73% (24) of the attacks that resulted in death; 88% (29) of these incidents occurred on the dog owner’s property and 12% (4) occurred off the owner’s property.
    The state of California led fatalities in 2010 with 7 deaths; pit bulls contributed to 83% (6). Florida followed with 3 deaths and Georgia, Illinois, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas each had 2 deaths.

    • David

      Thanks, Brian! It’s instructive to see the actual facts minus all the emotional arguing. I think the data speaks for itself.

    • jimmy

      The same thing can be said about bllack people, but I don’t hear you saying to kill them.

      • Bryan

        Jimmy, you are a moron. Big difference between people and dogs. But if a person intentionally kills someone else then yes…kill them too.

  • Paleo2k

    I’ve known dozens of pits over the years. Every single one was a big baby. It is the negligent owners and those who have them as ‘tough guy’ accessories who are the problem.

    I currently have a pit bull mix, an abused and/or neglected stray I took in three years ago. He watched over a batch of kittens, picking them up by the scruff of the neck and returning them to mom when they strayed off. I still have two of them and they play rough all day then sleep together each night.

    As with guns it’s the human factor which is to blame.

    • jgreene

      Well, Paleo I have no intention of shooting your “baby” but if your “baby” attacks a child or adult and I can intercede I will blow your baby’s brains out.

    • astralweeks

      Wish I could agree. Last year where I live an eleven year old boy watched his mother get killed by two ‘big babies’ who turned on her for no reason. They were raised right, coddled, and loved.

      • Yogi

        How about this…if you own a pitbull or rotweiller and the dog attacks a human or pet, the owner dies. How confident are you in your dog if we just blow your brains out when your “baby” attacks. No more ‘oops, I am surprised’, will be ‘good bye honey and kids, daddy has to go die for being stupid’

  • Frank Rizzo

    Was the guy wearing a meat suit? Maybe he had bacon in his pocket.

  • Mike

    Markdpez, Matt, Harry, Len … When I say you are all quite ignorant, please don’t take offense. I mean it in the literal sense that you are all sadly misinformed and not, as much as it may appear, actually of sub-standard intelligence.

    • mikey

      Says the progressive elitist

  • bryan

    Yes its almosy always how the owner raises it.Harry and Len are both idiots.

    • mikey

      Well, you mean they’re almosy idiots?

  • Catherine

    Wow Markdpez – you need to stop listening to stupid people and start fact find for yourself, because they are making you look really dumb. You will never find one single factual citation that says pit bulls can turn violent at any moment no matter how they are raised. Some dogs may become diseased which can cause neurological problems, but that can happen to any breed of dog – not just pits.

    • Ace

      Found it! ASPCA Web site.

      Sorry Catherine.

      • catherine

        That pit bulls turn violent at any moment no matter how they are raised? Nope. I don’t even have to go there to no you are full of it. If you are referring to the part about being bred to fight – see my remark on you other silly comment.

  • mikey

    It is irrefutable that PBs have become the dog of choice for the mongrel races of humans. Thus, and sadly because their “owners” are no better, society must put them all down.

    • Catherine

      I hope you mean the owners and not the dogs, because I’d be all for that. The reality is if you remove one breed the mongrel races of humans would find the next best thing – my bet is Rotties would be back as the main target. And since Rotties are true guard dogs by nature (unlike pits) it’s only going to get uglier.

    • Nicole

      your a POS with no brains whatsoever, your the one who should be put down

  • maston

    Yeah, lets outlaw pitbulls and why stop there? cars kill people too and don’t forget fast food, guns, etc…..

    • Jay Davis

      I can park my car in my front yard and let little kids jump on it, kick the tires and play all day without my car killing them. Your analogy is weak. Fast food, guns, none of these things will kill someone without a human either ingesting them or firing them. Unlike a vicious dog who will attack and kill based on its own internal reasoning. (instinct, whatever)

  • Catherine

    Where the heck are you getting those statistics?? The fact of the matter is this is a feral pack of dogs – it wouldn’t matter if they were labs. (I know – start screaming locking jaws – yawn, so not true). Feral dogs that pack together survive by reverting into wild animals and hunt on instinct. These dogs were probably mistreated to begin with. I’m not going to go into facts about pit bulls, because it will fall on deaf ears. I wish people would look up TRUE facts and not ramble off hearsay.

    • mikey

      PB behavior and murderous tendencies is not anectdotal

      • Catherine

        They were bred to be dog aggressive, true, but that can be socialized out of them (my dog was in day care for the first year of his life, now he loves all other dogs). They were never bred to be human aggressive.

  • Joe

    It isn’t the dog you morons, it’s the owner.

    • Austin

      these dogs were strays. i used to see them wandering the streets all the time. it has nothing to do with any owner. They’re just like most people, you grow up on the street you turn bad

    • mikey

      The PBs and their respective owners are one and the same—think Raiders Fans

    • jgreene

      I must have missed something. The owner attacked that man and put him in the hospital? Did they identify the owner by his teeth marks and dental records?

  • Markdpez

    in addition. From what I have always been told. Pit Bulls are just naturally wired in a certain way that makes them have the ability to turn violent at any momment, no matter how well the owner raises them.

    I disagree with the simplistic answer that “its just the way the owners raised it”

  • Leroy Whitby

    Harry is wrong. I googled it and there were 23 total dog fatalities in 2008. 1 every 17 days from one breed is nonsense.

    • Christopher


      • Catherine

        Interesting – I noticed you didn’t question Harry’s source.

    • brian

      23 fatal attacks is one every 18.25 days. if 80% were from pits thats one every 20 days.

  • Matt

    There are no pitbulls in my neighborhood anymore. Ground up and spiced they serve as excellent catfood for my Persians.

  • Harry

    According to statistics, a human being is killed by a pit bull on average every 17 days in the US. Maybe it’s time to start thinking about outlawing these dogs as pets and classifying them as the wild animals they are.

    • Len

      I so agree with you Harry. These dogs are killers and people keep making excuses for their actions. Anyone who owns them should be fined heavily if they are not leashed and muzzled always. In addition if they bite anyone the owners should be jailed and in the case of someone dying they should be charged with manslaughter.

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