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.


One Comment

  1. Catherine says:

    By the way, the dogs escaped from an auto body shop. These dogs were not only not raised as pets, but they were probably trained attack dogs. Trained attack dogs that were not properly restrained. Once again, any dog can be trained to be a weapon – it comes back to the owner who is clearly a moron.

    1. Teresa says:


    2. Jasper says:

      Agree, Agree, Agree

    3. Harvey says:

      Not so hasty Catherine…..if a search of this guys apartment turned up missing car parts what would you be saying??

      1. Catherine says:

        I’d still be saying the dogs were not restrained. The guy wasn’t in the auto body shop was he? No. If he had been in the auto body shop there would be no story. Or the headline would be “Darwin award winner breaks in to auto body shop and is attacked by guard dogs”.

  2. Brian says:

    Where in the article does it say pit bulls? I see Rotties and a Wheaton Terrier

    1. Catherine says:

      They changed the story – originally they said pit bulls were to blame, because ya know, that’s what the media does. They never fact check before they blame a pit bull.

    2. Jasper says:

      I wrote to the Drudge Report about this. How dare they put a Pack of Pitbulls in their headline when the attack did not involve pitbulls. Just another biased news outlet spreading lies and fear about a breed. it happens all of the time. Shame on Drudge.

      1. Joyce says:

        Jasper Drudge Changed it Jasper……BTW yesterday the actual article had pix of a Pitbull as the attacker…the CBS site changed the Pic to a Rottweiler. CBS = MSM= Big Liberal Media….a bunch of liberal mainstream media types pushing their liberal agenda as usual. CBS is the problem…not Drudge. Thanks for the headline change Drudge !

    3. Oh Ratts says:

      I don’t even care if it wasn’t Pit Bulls this particular time – I freakin’ HATE Pit Bulls. Anyone who owns one is a moron. The whole breed should be banned. You idiots that own one always say the same thing “Oh, it’s the nicest dog blah blah blah” right up until it attacks another dog or human. If I ever see I Pit Bull coming towards me and my family without a leash, I’m going to shoot it first and ask questions later. BAN ALL PIT BULLS.

      1. Teresa says:

        Only a moron would make such a blanket statement regarding an entire breed of dog without knowing what the hell he/she is talking about. And don’t even try to say you do, because it is clear your only education on the subject if what you read in the media.

      2. Bret says:

        My dad was a veterinarian, and at one point had to ban the treatment of all pit bulls and rotweillers at his office for over a year – and that wasn’t for being nice!! I know bit pulls and rotweillers and some are good dogs. But there is a prevalent street thug mentality to own these dogs, and they don’t train them. As my dad indicated to me when I at one time defended these dogs as some do, “They are hard wired for this kind of agression.” And whether you know good pits/rotties, the probability is still high they will do damage.

      3. ratthater says:

        You’re an ignorant moron. If I ever see you coming and you’re off-leash, I’ll order my pit bulls to attack. Unfortunately, they won’t. The worst they’d do is whack you with their wildly wagging tails. That stings a bit, but it’s never sent anyone to the hospital.

      4. matt says:

        Totally agree. Useless breed of dog.

      5. Teresa says:

        Bret – but you just said it – it’s the street thugs that not only don’t train the dogs, but abuse and intentionally train them to attack that are the problem – not the breed. The reason Pits and Rots are biting and attacking is because this element of society is getting their hands on these dogs. If Rots and Pits are gone, then they’ll just move on to another “tough” breed. Maybe shepherds will come back into fashion for this idiots. Or dobbies or heck even ridge backs – which can be as formidable as a pit bull any day.

        Maybe my vet never had to deal with the type of owner your father had to, because mine has said he has never been bitten by a pit bull, but he has been by many labs.

  3. Rollo says:

    Garnish the judges huge salary to pay for what happened to this poor guy.

    Then place him with the little monsters

  4. Bob says:

    A neighbor of mine raised his 2 pitbulls perfectly treated them with love, they were really nice dogs for 6 years he says, then one day they killed his daughter. Maybe he forgot to throw them a parade or take them to Chuck E cheese but he THOUGHT he raised them right also.

  5. Rollo says:

    It makes my blood boil when I read here”my neighbor has the nicest pitbulls”.

    They are bred to be one thing and that is monsterous killing machines to destroy anything in its path,just ask the darling of philadelphia).

    1. Jasper says:

      Research the subject before spewing lies.

    2. leslie says:

      Sorry Rollo you seem to be mis-informed. My sister and her kids have had pitts all their lives. They have raised their kids around them and in turn their kids have owned them. They have never not one time even growled at the kids or the grand kids. They are members of the family. They travel with them, they go with them on their horse rides. So boil your blood all you want. The truth is there are some beautiful and loving pitt bulls out there. You just only hear about the ones that are not.

    3. Catherine says:

      It makes my blood boil when I read an uneducated comment regarding an entire breed of dog. Go read up on Pit bulls, and not on google where you will find all sorts of misinformation from the media and pit haters, but actual books or sites regarding dog breed information. Because those are the facts.

      1. Devon says:

        A special repost for Catherine and the other “it was Rotties, not pits!!” crowd. Read closely if you’re capable. Special attention to paragraphs 3 and 4:

        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.

        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.

  6. Robert says:

    No matter what people say, it is all in how they are raised. I grew up raising German Rottweilers and I NEVER had a problem with their temperment. I have a 5 year old male Rottie that is around my 2 young children (4 and 1) and they can do anything to him.

    1. bob says:

      hey – idiot: we’re not talking about rottweillers. got literacy?

      1. Becca says:

        Actually bob, contrary to the bold headline, 2 of the dogs were identified as rottweilers (and the third as a Wheaton terrier). Do you “got literacy”?

      2. Catherine says:

        Who is the idiot Bob? It’s about Pits and Rotties now that they have edited the original story and now Rotties were involved.

    2. Veganman says:

      I agree completely. It’s all in how the dog is raised. My rottie is awesome.

  7. (raicho) says:

    The guy who lives next to me has 2 huge pit bulls and they are the nicest dogs you can ever run into. They get into my back yard all the time i have 2 dogs they get along great together. it is a little scary when they come running towards me

  8. McGruff the crime dog says:

    Was he wearing a Michael Vick jersey?

    1. sickoffools says:

      funny ass comment but sad episode for this guy.

    2. Vick hater says:

      Did he have a pork chop tied to his neck and a Vick jersey on?

  9. Michael Vincent Austin says:

    These breeds have no place in densely populated areas. Period.

  10. QinZirO says:

    Genesis is very horrible …

  11. fred says:

    My neighbor has 3 pit bulls on chains and they get off all the time. A few weeks ago one got off its chain and I got away by jumping into the bed of my truck. The owner was fined but now I carry a .22 in my back pocket. Next time it gets off will be the last time. I have children and I just can’t risk it.

    1. John M says:

      Do the owners leave the dogs chained up in the same spot all day? Do they ever walk the dogs or take them to socialize with other animals? Do they train the dogs?

      My bet is those poor animals are the victims of neglectful owners who don’t know anything about raising a healthy, stable dog. You are well within your rights to defend yourself, regardless of the breed.

      Are the owners generally responsible people or is the dog a machismo symbol?

      1. Nav says:

        …and what is wrong with a little ‘machismo’?

      2. John M says:

        Nothing is wrong with ‘machismo’ as long as that’s not a motivator for owning a dog. That attitude will carry over to the dog, who unlike a human won’t be smart enough to turn it off if it has to.

        ‘Machismo’ owners shouldn’t have large breeds. It takes a certain amount of self-assuredness to own a larger or ‘dangerous’ dog, and machismo is the opposite of collected and calm. It’s a show to cover up insecurity, and dogs can see right through it.

    2. Leo says:

      these were not pitbulls. Why are they included in the drudge headline?

      1. cv says:

        Good point, also this happened in Mt Vernon, NY not NYC

    3. matt says:

      A .22 might leave too much to chance. Need to go heavier than that to be safe.

  12. Jared says:

    I smell lawsuit!

    1. Nav says:

      Yep, big time.

  13. xjug1987 says:

    If I’d have been there I’d have shot all 3 dogs, dead! No questions asked.

    1. Maddog says:


    2. Count Yob says:

      He’d be within his rights to shoot a loose attacking dog but not the dogs still chained in the neighbor’s yard.

  14. George says:

    All Rottweiler’s should be removed from this planet immediately. They are a lot worse than pit bulls…..

  15. Maddog says:

    You fellow gun owners ROCK! You cut through all the ‘chaff’ conversation about this breed or that. It’s not the make or model of the dog that counts, it’s the make and model of your weapon of choice that counts! Facts: 3 dogs attacked a man and were eating his flesh. Fact: if he had been adequately armed, at the first sign of danger-3 squeezes of the old trigger on that 380 or 41 cal, and viola’, threat neutralized! 3 dogs, hundreds of dollars, 3 rounds of .41 ammo, a few cents, 3 dead ‘threats’, PRICELESS! Remington Express….Never Leave Home Without it!

  16. Perseus317 says:

    As a dog owner and a dog lover, I still have no sympathy for the owner of the dogs in this story. If he was irresponsible enough to have large, aggressive dogs, and did not properly ensure that they were restrained, then he is responsible for all that followed their “escape” from his property. I hope that the victim in this situation sues the dog owner, and recovers a seven figure settlement. The dogs. unfortunately, must be put down, because they have proven to be a threat to the public.

    1. John M says:

      I almost agree. You should have written ‘properly trained.’ I’ve never had one of my dogs ‘escape’ and I don’t have a fence. They know where home is, they know what the rules are. They don’t even bark at people outside the house.

      I hope the owner is put down, personally. Owning a large breed does indeed require more responsibility. If you aren’t prepared to spend the time and love needed to raise a proper dog, you shouldn’t own them. The owner is guilty of assault with a deadly weapon or some attempted manslaughter charges IMO.

  17. Brian says:

    I love the stock “angry dog” picture accompanying this article. LOL

  18. Nav says:

    Most insurance companies will not sell you a policy if you own one of the aggressive breeds. The liability is enormous. Abundant stats on this. However, outside of consideration as a family pet — they are very useful for military and law enforcement purposes. Again any dog needs a responsible, competent master (sometimes hard to find).

    1. John M says:

      BS. I own a Doberman as a family pet and have no problems insuring anything. Every dog can be vicious if raised improperly. Every dog can be lovable and loving if raised properly.

      The problem is the owners, not the dogs. Ever.

      1. Nav says:

        John does your insurance agent (then company) actually know you own a Doberman? If you’re not sure, I wouldn’t bring it up with him.

    2. John M says:

      They are well aware. I filed a claim and had an adjuster out. One of my dogs had to be put in her kennel because she kept dropping a slobbery chew rope at his feet, she wanted him to play fetch. The other didn’t even get up out of the sunny spot he was laying in.

      Both my dogs go to regular training (with me) and we run on average 5k a day. I let them out into the yard, they never leave the property. (I don’t leave them unsupervised outside because I don’t trust other people)

      All dogs are reflections of their owners. A calm, kind, and responsible owner is going to have a laid back, friendly dog every time. The dog never has to get aggressive because the dog doesn’t ever feel threatened or insecure. The dog knows the owner has everything together and the situation under control, and usually just wants to play or train.

    3. Catherine says:

      When I signed up for homeowners I specifically asked the agent if they had breed restrictions and was told that they don’t care what breed of dog you have, they only care if it is a dangerous dog i.e. a dangerous dog is not based on breed, but on action. That’s state farm, btw. My sister has USAA and they have the same policy.

      1. Roger says:

        You keep defending dangerous dogs, and accuse those who do not agree with your “facts” as morons.
        Give us a few factual examples of news stories of savage attacks by packs of collies, golden retrievers, toy french poodles, or Irish setters. Can’t find them, can you? that’s because there are none. Just the facts, ma,am.
        You people who love dobermans, rottweilers and pit bulls give a normal person the creeps.

      2. Catherine says:

        Roger – I am not defending dangerous dogs – I’m defending a breed. The reason I have to is because narrow minded people like you generalize entire breeds of dogs based on the actions of specific dogs. That’s BS.


        “Pit Bulls attack more people than any other breed.” Bite statistics are
        difficult to obtain accurately. Dogs that are referred to as “pit bulls” in
        statistical reports actually are a variety of breeds and mixes all lumped
        together under the “pit bull” heading. Also, many people have a difficult
        time properly identifying a true Pit Bull, so added to the statistics are
        those dogs that have been misidentified. Considering these factors, the
        actual number of attacks attributable to American Pit Bull Terriers is
        considerably lower than represented. Also important to understand is
        the extreme popularity of the Pit Bull and pit bull-type breeds. By some
        estimates, numbers-wise they are the most popular of all dog breeds. It
        is only logical to assume that the breed with the higher number of
        individual dogs would be represented with a higher number of bites.
        Viewing older statistical reports for the Center of Disease Control, one
        will see that trends in breed popularity reflect in the number of bites
        attributed to a specific breed during a specific period of time.

  19. Todd says:

    I think the victim can hear a SOUND…….I believe it is CHA-CHING!!………………..

  20. Rick A Hyatt says:

    There is only one thing to do with this over-population of dogs everywhere: Start posting dog recipes, and my favorite is well-known Filipino dish, “Dog Adobo.”
    Shoyu, garlic, hot pepper, and vinegar. Yum!
    We better start eating them before they keep eating us!

    1. Nav says:

      Rick — definitely gets tonight’s award for ‘most creative solution’. You should be in sales/marketing.

      1. jtgrandmom says:

        Not in marketing, in the looney bin.

  21. ebenezer whoopie says:

    my old M1 from world war 2 would also do the trick.

    1. Red Bill says:

      I thank God both for you and your M1. Thank you for your service!

    2. Maddog says:

      You fellow gun owners ROCK! You cut through all the ‘chaff’ conversation about this breed or that. It’s not the make or model of the dog that counts, it’s the make and model of your weapon of choice that counts! Facts: 3 dogs attacked a man and were eating his flesh. Fact: if he had been adequately armed, at the first sign of danger-3 squeezes of the old trigger on that 380 or 41 cal, and viola’, threat neutralized! 3 dogs, hundreds of dollars, 3 rounds of .41 ammo, a few cents, 3 dead ‘threats’, PRICELESS! Remington Express….Never Leave Home Without it!

  22. Red Bill says:

    Be aware that if your dog leaves your property to attack me or mine, I will kill it with one or two shots. And my gun has a 13-round clip.

    1. OKMatt says:

      It’s a magazine. Not a clip.

  23. gmantheman says:

    All you foolish people who say “It’s not the dog, but the owner”, please produce a story where a bunch of rogue Golden Retrievers or Collies have attacked and killed humans. Good Luck. You are not real bright. Some breeds are like loaded guns. They are more likely to maim and kill. It’s just true folks. You can’t handle the truth. You extrapolate the experince with your “wouldn’t-hurt-a-fly” situation with your dog to the general case. Funny, that’s the first thing a dog owner says after his dog bites someone- “He’s never done anything like that before!”.

    1. Dog Lover says:

      so argue with the american humane society which says what i said under what can dog owners do.. if i am wrong then they are too and we should fix that…

    2. John M says:

      You are the one that is not bright. At all.

      These breeds are statistically owned by irresponsible morons, the dogs reflect that. You don’t see a lot of aggressive, machismo thugs walking collies. THAT is why they don’t attack people all the time.

      I have Dobermans and they are raised the same way my hounds are, and they have much the same personalities but different energy levels. The Dobermans were less likely to get aggressive, actually, because I raised them from puppies, where the hounds were adopted.

      It has EVERYTHING to do with how a dog is raised and trained.

      I guarantee you that the owner of these dogs is not a responsible owner at all. I guarantee you that he/she’s an aggressive if not abusive person themselves.

      Wake up and look at who owns these breeds predominantly, and ban them from owning dogs. Put them down along with their animals, leave us responsible owners out of it.

      1. ricardo4max says:

        Your emotions cloud your logic and reason, if you even have that ability.

      2. gmantheman says:

        The bottom line is this my friend. Pit Bulls are potentially more dangerous than practically any other breed of dog, due to their combination of physique and temperament. Of course theiy are more dangerous under “bad owners”. But their temperament makes them more likely than other breeds to cause major damage to other animals and people, regardless of their ownershiip. Their animals. They react by instinct. Is this not clear to you. Dogs sometimes act unpredictably (to us humans). And then people like you are shocked when they do so, probabley because you try to humanize animals. Not too bright.

    3. Becca says:

      I can’t help but chuckle imagining a group of “rogue” golden retrievers licking me to death.

  24. pogo the clown says:

    the third dog got away? didn’t they set up a perimeter like when other violent crimes take place? or are they hoping the dog that was captured will rat out his friend to save his own behind? does the NYPD have a dog whisperer on staff? i don’t think the captured dog will agree to speak with the regular detectives. they rarely do.

    1. philgorp says:

      your the man. LMAO

  25. SerfOfObama says:

    Good thing for the dog that Mayor-for-Life didn’t catch him smoking or eating any trans fat, then it would’ve been needle-time.

    1. ricardo4max says:

      Thanks for the humor. It’s right on the money.

  26. BossCal says:

    Check out utube mrocsidakota and see for yourself how a rednose pitbull gets attacked by a chihuahua. Great piece of video.

    1. Movienite says:

      Oh my god, that chihuahua is a killer, the pitbull is so gentle and kind. I love this video. Thanks.

  27. walnut oaktree says:

    so… did the dogs remove his nutsack or what? People want to know.

  28. Lassie says:

    Has Bo attacked and/or eaten any congress”persons” yet?

  29. Cato says:

    The hell with the dogs, put the owner down.

  30. Jack says:

    All dogs need to be put down.

    1. wake up says:

      I’d rather put down all insufferable pinheads, such as Jack. Or well, maybe I should even paint a broader brush, and say all New Yorkers should be put down. That would do it.

    2. moli in ny says:

      starting with you

    3. WILLI E says:


  31. yarply says:

    Another good reason to carry a pistol.

  32. Kathy says:

    I really don’t understand why people feel the need to defend certain breeds. Breeds are totally man made, and some dogs are bred to be more protective than others. Add to that you have some breeders who will purposely work to breed dogs to be meaner etc. Our neighbor has a very sweet Rotwieller, but personally I wouldn’t own one. I’ve read too many news stories where otherwise very nice Rotwiellers, and Pitbulls have turned on people. To me they are too unpredictable. Give me a good mutt, no inbreeding.

    1. Nav says:

      Kathy, you have excellent perspective. Well said.

  33. Simon says:


  34. gmantheman says:

    Hey, you folks who own Pit Bulls and Rottweilers need to acknowledge that you do not like people. You have low self-esteem and think by owning a “bad” dog you too are “bad”. You have unresolved anger issues. You don’t know how to communicate and really connect with other people, so instead of educating yourself and making something legitimate of yourself, you take the most cowardly route of all- intimidating other people with your animals. Sad.

    1. Sondra Arrache says:

      And you need to learn how to read. There are no pitbulls in the story. And yet the headline talks about the “pitbull attack”. Which is why pitbulls have such a bad reputation. If you actually took the time to read the story, you would find out that it was two rotties and a wheaton terrier. This crap happens all the time and pitbulls ALWAYS get blamed.

    2. Dog Lover says:

      i own a cane corso or itialian mastif and a chocolate lab.. the corsos are more protective and powerful that most rots.. i don’t own it to cover my short comings in life, i own it to protect my family because i travel, and i live in the country… if you walk in with me or stand at my door you are safe you come in my door uninvited, god help you… but with fam, friends and other dog licks and cuddling

      i can tell you one thing that you don’t know obviously, its not the dog or the bread its the owner, training and socialization that make the dog.. any lab can be as dangerous as a pit and any pit can be as loving as a lab.. that is with my cane she will piddle herself still when she see friends but strangers and she will find us and let her presence be known, but will only bite when you are with in arms reach of her and we or her feel threatened…dogs like humans are a product of how they are trained and raised, some are insane sure, but 99% is how they are raised

      1. gmantheman says:

        Dog Lover, I too am a dog lover. And, oh yeah, when you can produce a story where a bunch of rogue Golden Retrievers attack and kill someone I’m going to stick by my story that people who defend “loaded-gun” breeds like pits and rots are a little angry with other people and like to intimidate with their “big dogs”.

      2. Dog Lover says:

        gmanthenman the magnitude of damage that can be done by a mastiff vs a lab is agreed, the point i am making is that dogs are pack animals and they do kill in packs when left to be wild no matter what breed.. read up on india and other 3rd world countries and the killings by wild dogs done there. when you figure out the breed let me know.. they are only loaded guns if they are allowed to be.. and i will do the same with you that i did another.. prove the humane society wrong and we can have a conversation read under what dog owners can do..
        # In response to these statistics, many communities have enacted breed-specific legislation (BSL) that prohibits ownership of certain breeds, such as pit bulls, Rottweilers and others.
        # Any breed of dog can bite, and research suggests BSL does little to protect the community from dog-bite incidents.

      3. fastaire says:

        The problem with the lovers of these vicious dogs is that they are completely blind to the dangers these animals pose. I can picture one of these nuts walking a Siberian Tiger on a leash and insisting to the people encountered on the way “Oh don’t worry he is gentle. He won’t bite. He is very socialized” Look at the crazy lady who owned the chimpanzee that ripped her friends face off.

    3. Joshua Nutt says:

      Nope I don’t like people, and in order to keep them off my property I have dogs. Leave me alone and my dogs will leave you alone. Come on my property and the dogs are the least of your worries 🙂

    4. John M says:

      Show me some insecure thugs and lowlifes that keep collies and golden retrievers as pets.

      The problem is the owners, not the dogs.

      Good owner + any breed = great dog
      Bad owner + any breed = bad dog

      The type of personality that is aggressive and insecure, machismo, etc. gravitates to a ‘cool dog’ or a ‘mean dog.’ That’s why you see the trend.

      I own Dobermans because:
      -They can go on long runs with me
      -They are smart enough to do more advanced ‘play’ that I find entertaining too
      -The gratification of seeing new people learn that my ‘mean looking dog’ is really a well trained, loving animal that just wants affection and maybe to toss the ball or rope around.

      I’ve met more than my fair share of irresponsible Dobie owners, they make me sick.

  35. Americans are Morons says:

    This artilcle further proves the severe lack of reading comprehension skills amongst Americans as evidenced by recent international standardized testing. Even Matt Drudge can’t read very well. The article says ROTTWEILERS AND WHEATON TERRIER NOT PIT BULL. Sheesh.

    1. Nick says:

      Even worse, in the article under related tags, it has Pit Bulls. It’s not just a lack of reading skills. It’s about the media misrepresenting any dog attack as a Pit Bull attack just for ratings.

      Oh, and I’m an American and read the article, btw. We’re not all morons. Pretty sure that trait is shared worldwide.

      1. Teresa says:

        AAM – the original article said pits were responsible (because of course like always when the media hears dog attack it must be pit bulls) then much later changed it to the actual breeds involved, but by that time it was too late. The pit haters came out in force because they have nothing better to do with their pitiful lives then cut down a breed which they know nothing about except what the media (like the ones responsible for this misinformation) forces down their throats.

    2. mah29001 says:

      I believe people should have the right to own a gun legally speaking…then there’d be no incidents like this one.

    3. John M says:

      Nobody has a monopoly on ‘stupid.’ What you are talking about is just a reflection of the ongoing brainwashing and fear mongering the press participates in. They’ve labeled certain animals ‘dangerous breeds.’ Now, when you talk about one, you talk about all of them automatically.

  36. DogBitesManBack says:

    The Related Stories get right to the root cause. This was obviously a revenge attack due to Nathan’s and Kobayashi.

  37. cb says:

    The breed needs to be eradicated.

    1. whatever says:

      Wow – way to contribute to the conversation. See, I’ll keep the breed and get rid of people like you any day.

      1. skent says:

        ‘Get rid of’ as in kill? Over a dog? Over a dog breed?

  38. rick says:

    That’s why everyone should be allowed to carry handguns, both open carry and concealed.

    1. Rott Wieler says:

      Actually you are under the Constitution. Except you allow tyrants to rule over you.

      1. Joshua Nutt says:

        Typical Americans don’t read the Constitution and/or are unaware of their rights.

  39. Sal says:

    Another reason to allow concealed carry of firearms. States with concealed carry laws have seen murder and rape rates drop. Animal control officers carry guns in case a vicious dog is attacking them or others. Tasers work well also but not with multiple dogs attacking. Unfortunately, the gun control
    zealots prohibit citizens from defending themselves in states like NY. One of the reasons I moved to Virginia.

  40. Brian says:

    Stupid people and their stupid dogs.

    1. Brian n Texas says:

      Do you even like dogs?

      1. adm454 says:

        Do you even like people?

      2. Brian n Texas says:

        I love people, hehe. Thats good stuff adm454 😉
        I think humans have great potential as a species.

        Just think that some need to be dealt with.

        Euthanasia is something I think should work all across the board.
        As a matter of fact, I think it could have some very positive effects
        on us as a species.

    2. Mary says:

      “Brian” is a name given to children that have no Brain….it’s therapeutic for the parents..

      1. SerfOfObama says:

        When did you change your name and have the operation?

  41. dave says:

    Gun control freaks, pay attention and ask your self, if this would have happened to you would you have liked to have a gun for protection?

  42. Jim says:

    THE DOGS were now reported as rottweilers. Now this liberal jerk Devon is trying to cover his supercilious liberal tracks……typical liberal jerk know-it-all….hahahah

    1. catherine says:

      Figures – they always scream pit before fact checking. Although, now the rottie bashing will commence.

  43. Eric Pinola says:

    In Texas we shoot animals and people that hurt others.

    Just saying

    1. insol says:

      I just wish we had more Texans and Texan voters up here in the northeast.

    2. Nav says:

      Eric — you Texans appear to have the best, balanced real-world solution! The Texas method is sure to work beautifully in other states as well. Be sure of your target and beyond.

  44. Devon says:

    I wish Mr. Jones a speedy recovery. Had Mr. Jones been my neighbor, I could have quickly eliminated the threat to his person as I live in a state that believes in firearms ownership by law-abiding citizens for self-defense.

    Had Mr. Jones lived somewhere else, maybe one of his neighbors could have saved some of his flesh and months of rehab. Loud yells and flower pots don’t work on pit bulls or determined criminals.

  45. joec says:

    READ THE STORY….It says the dogs were two Rottweilers and a Wheaton Terrier. The photo is a Pit Bull, but that can be any photo. The newspapers sensationalize these stories and the readers all assume it is pitbulls

    1. Devon says:

      You’re right, Joe. I left out the Rotties – hope this helps:

      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.

      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.

      1. James says:

        You left out the population of Rottweilers which has a substantially smaller population than Pit Bulls so put your attack statistics into perspective, the Rottweiler is still more statistically likely to be involved in an attack on human.

    2. DB says:

      Dog in photo is a Rottweiler!

      1. Joe C says:

        they just changed it, it really was a pit bull

  46. Devon says:

    Johnny Wilson
    56-years old | Chicago, IL
    Johnny Wilson, 56-years old, was mauled to death by his daughter’s six pit bulls. It was reported that Wilson suffered severe head trauma, including having both his ears bitten off and at least one of his eyes mauled. There was no history of mistreatment to the dogs and neighbors say Wilson had never seemed to have any problems with the dogs in the past.

    Christine Staab, 37-years old, was mauled to death by one of her mother’s six pit bulls. Christine’s stepfather, Thomas Fowler, and mother, Barbara Erb, defended their pet pit bulls on local news stations. Erb described the six pit bulls as “house dogs” that were well cared for and even microchipped for identification. “They were spoiled rotten,” Erb said. “They were not neglected in any way.”

    Nathan Aguirre, 2-years old, was fatally mauled by the family’s pit bull. The one-and-a-half-year old male pit bull, who had been with the family for about 3-months, was seized along with another family pit bull that was not involved in the attack.

    Savannah Gragg, 9-years old, was severely mauled by the family pit bull as she opened the door to let the dog out. News reports indicate that only her grandmother and parents were home during the incident.

    Jacob Bisbee, 2-years old, was mauled to death by his step-grandfather’s pit bulls. The next day, from a jailhouse interview, Hayashi admitted that one of the dogs had killed his pet Chihuahua a year earlier. But he said he never believed his dogs would attack Jacob.

    Mattie Daugherty, 85-years old, was mauled to death by her daughter’s pit bull. The woman had owned the dog for nine years without any previous incidents. But friends of the family, Dale and Laverne Holbrook, said the pit bull was a big part of the Daugherty family. They said the dog “even had its own room in the house.”

    The above accounts show deadly attacks by pit bull dogs that appear well-cared for, doted-on, and accepted members of their families. Some had gone as long as 9 years before attacking anyone, but when they did, it was deadly. Us pit “haters” I would argue are just acknowledging reality of the breed. Maybe most are good dogs, but when they go off, it’s like randomly firing a gun over a crowd of people.

    1. willford says:

      BUT GUNS ARE OUTLAWED IN CHICAGO. THAT SAYS IT ALL!!! THE safest city in the midwest RIGHT!! K.M.RNK.A

    2. Ariah says:

      But friends of the family, Dale and Laverne Holbrook, said the pit bull was a big part of the Daugherty family. They said the dog “even had its own room in the house.”

      That dog ruled that house – it was not properly disciplined. Not only that, it sounds like the family placed the dog at the “top of the totem pole” and constantly reinforced that it was in charge. A dog who thinks it’s in charge of the people can do whatever it wants to people – why wouldn’t it?

      “They were spoiled rotten,” Erb said. “They were not neglected in any way.”

      Same problem.

      “Hayashi admitted that one of the dogs had killed his pet Chihuahua a year earlier.”

      Again, the problem is the human believing what he wants about the dog and not giving the dog necessary discipline.

      Other breeds of dogs who have been treated similarly have acted similarly.

    3. Joann says:

      I work for a shelter and saw a little 20 lb Lhasa that was put down for mauling his owner very badly. I heard about a Pom that mauled to death an 8 month old baby, then there was the lab in France who ripped the owners face off (remember the first face transplant?), etc. etc.

      All dogs can bite and all dogs can do serious injury. Stop picking and choosing the most gruesome stories to fit your agenda against certain breeds. I bet a lot of those “statistics” you related – if investigated – weren’t pit bulls at all but other mixes and breeds. In fact, this very story morphed into one about a pack of pit bulls attacking this man and then oh – oops, not pit bulls, but 2 rotties and a wheaten terrier (seriously! You idiots mix up a pit, rott and wheaten????)

    4. John M says:

      Doting on a dog means nothing. Well cared for means nothing. All that matters is the owner’s attitude and disposition. An insecure owner leads to an insecure dog, no matter how well they eat.

      “No history of mistreatment” also doesn’t mean anything. Just neglecting a dog is mistreatment. That would never get reported though. Many people have problems with their dogs because they never socialized them around other dogs and people when they were puppies. Their dogs don’t get enough exercise, their dogs don’t get enough love, the dogs don’t get the proper activity- many breeds aren’t happy unless they are doing some ‘work’ to earn their keep.

      Being a responsible owner isn’t about how well the dog is treated alone. The personality of the owner is 99% of it. It doesn’t mean the owners are necessarily bad people, just that they don’t have what it takes to responsibly own an animal that has the potential to be dangerous.

      Finally, look at the type of personality that is attracted to ‘vicious breeds.’ Do you really think they make good owners to an animal? A dog is only loyal to a person they feel is a pack mate. If the person is more like an arbitrary bundle of schizophrenic emotions, something only others very close to the person would pick up on, then the dog starts to do what it has to do to survive, and that is take over the pack.

  47. Devon says:

    So far this year in the U.S., there have been 32 confirmed fatalities as a result of dog maulings – 22 of these confirmed to be due to a pit bull or pit bull mixes and most of the victims were children.

    As a law-abiding gun owner and Florida concealed weapons license holder, I am made to have state and federal background checks. Maybe it’s time for regulation of dangerous dog breeds similar to those regulations gun owners are required to endure.

  48. Jeffrey Henry says:

    This is the work of our government people! This is your CIA at work, and it will continue and increase so that they can take away all of our liberties and our guns and have you convinced their our only hope for being safe – Hegelian Dialectic!

    You will notice that none of these “events” are real events – nothing ever happens from these “terrorist” events, except for the destruction of our Constitutional freedoms!

    This is all out of Rules for Radicals.

    There will be a lot more hand gun killings being done as well as a pretext to disarm us. Watch and see.

    Their MO – find a patsy, have the FBI or CIA set them up, teach them how to make a “device” and then give them the materials, and then tell them what to do, and arrest them for “terrorism” so they can then start doing random searches on us for being out in public.

    Time to get rid of these Nazi’s in office and positions of power.

    1. yikes says:

      Can I get you some tin foil?

  49. Mateo says:

    Not the dogs fault. Lock up the owner for 10 years.

  50. Brutus Beefcake says:

    Has anybody confirmed when those dogs last ate ? Perhaps they was just HUNGRY ? Most animals will fight for food, it is just natural.

    Always carry some beef jerky wit you and stuff like this no happen.

    Hope the gubmint not overreact and kill all those type dogs.

    The human will heal his wounds but those cops KILLED/MURDERED that dog and he do not have chance to heal. Such a shame. Shame on authorities and do-nothing witnesses.


    What part of this you no understand really ???

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