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Old 06-24-2010, 11:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unrestrained Pit Bull Attacks Dog in Downtown Mount Shasta

Unrestrained pit bull attacks dog in downtown Mount Shasta

By Skye Kinkade
Mount Shasta Area Newspapers
Posted Jun 16, 2010 @ 09:36 AM
Mount Shasta, Calif. —

Shedding light on the importance of keeping dogs on a leash, practicing safety with animals and having knowledge in what to do during a dangerous situation, an unrestrained pit bull caused a commotion in downtown Mount Shasta last week when it fatally attacked another dog.

Mount Shasta resident Rhonda Bryant said she was “shocked and horrified” when her 15 year old cocker poodle, Nikki, was mauled on Mt. Shasta Boulevard on the afternoon of June 8.

Nikki was seriously injured during the attack and had to be put to sleep the following day.

“I had to say goodbye to my little dog, who was everything to me,” Bryant said. “It was so traumatic to see him getting attacked like this.”

The pit bull is owned by a transient from the Los Angeles area, according to Mount Shasta animal control officer Gordon Howard, who “scooped up” the dog after Mount Shasta City Fire Chief Matt Melo sprayed him twice with mace. Howard then took custody of the “highly aggressive” animal, which is now in quarantine at Siskiyou Humane Society.

“It’s a sad situation, I’m going to try not to cry again,” said shelter manager Kim Latos. “It’s horrible for both dogs... owners need to exercise caution with aggressive dogs, and all dogs need to be properly restrained.”

Bryant explained that she was walking Nikki (who was on a leash) past the Stage Door when she saw the pit bull. The owner was covering the dog’s eyes with his hand and assured her that everything was fine, she said.

“I told him I didn’t think so, and started to cross the street... The next thing I knew, the pit bull lunged and got my Nikki... there was nothing I could do.”

Bryant said that several people, as well as the dog’s owner, tried to get the animal off Nikki, to no avail.

“At one point, they got him to stop, but then he attacked again,” Bryant sobbed.

That’s when Howard arrived, she said. “He was the only one who was able to really get the situation under control... I wish he could have been there sooner, but somebody called him and he was there as soon as he could.”

The pit bull’s owner was the only person injured in the attack. He suffered bites to his hands, Howard said.

Though Nikki survived Tuesday night, Bryant said she had to make the difficult decision whether or not to put such an elderly dog through the difficulties of surgery to reattach one of his legs and repair several broken bones and lacerations.

“In the end, I decided the best thing for Nikki would be to let him go,” she said.

The city will be filing a case against the owner, but Bryant has not filed a civil case in the matter.

“The city has a 10 day window to take the petition to hearing. A judge would then need to determine whether or not the dog should be euthanized,” said Howard.

If the owner abandons the dog, the Humane Society would then evaluate him to see if he’s a candidate for adoption. However, that is unlikely, Howard said, as he was involved in at least one other violent incident in Los Angeles.

Gordon emphasized that a Mount Shasta city ordinance requires that all dogs, no matter their size, breed or disposition, be on a leash for good reason.

“You can say that your dog is the friendliest little guy in the world, but what if another dog comes up, barking and lunging, and your dog isn’t controlled? Either one could be injured or killed.”

While the pit bull is in quarantine, Latos said he is being treated just as any other dog would be, though it has been difficult to control him in such close proximity to other animals.

“We’re doing our best to accommodate him, but we have to take serious precautions,” Latos said.

Bryant said she hopes the incident, though tragic, will call attention to the absolute necessity of having an animal control officer in town.

“This reaffirms the importance of having someone as wonderful and knowledgeable as Gordon Howard in Mount Shasta,” she said.

Howard’s position is one that may be cut to half time in the 2010/2011 budget.

Though it has been suggested that other officers would be able to do the same as Howard in such a situation, Bryant said this isn’t so.
“He knew just what to do,” she said. “He did a wonderful job.”

Howard is also knowledgeable about animal law and how to go about prosecuting owners of dangerous animals, said Latos.

“We have been saying that Gordon is irreplaceable for a long time,” she said.
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Bryant explained that she was walking Nikki (who was on a leash) past the Stage Door when she saw the pit bull. The owner was covering the dog’s eyes with his hand and assured her that everything was fine, she said.
These are the types of people that should not own a dog period. He was covering his pit's eyes? Are you kidding me??? Dog's don't need eyes to sense another dog!! Kangol starts barking at our living room window 5 minutes before I even see a dog walk past the house. What an idiot. Because of this guy's ignorance and stupidity, a woman lost her dog and added to the negativity surrounding all pit bull type dogs. I am a strong advocate for leash laws and it irks me when I see people walking their dogs, no matter the breed, without one.
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Old 06-25-2010, 03:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I saw that on the news this is around my area. This is the second one in the last two days. They might close the Redding dog park cause a dog attacked a lady let me go find the link. The Redding one wasn't a pitbull it was a Japaneses Tosa but people still need to learn how to restrain their dogs or not own them.

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Old 06-25-2010, 03:49 AM   #3 (permalink)
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That sucks! I have enough issues when we go to Shasta with the dogs now things are just going to get worse
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I know what you mean Holly we've had trouble up there too. The thing is Redding is way to close to home too, glad that one wasn't a pit or we'd have BSL activists up here in a flash. *sigh* why cant people be more responsible with their pets.



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I know what you mean Holly we've had trouble up there too. The thing is Redding is way to close to home too, glad that one wasn't a pit or we'd have BSL activists up here in a flash. *sigh* why cant people be more responsible with their pets.
Kangol tends to be a little DA with dogs he doesn't know, I think it has to do with when he was attacked a few years ago because he wasn't always like that. Yes, I know it is a breed trait but he is fine with dogs that he does know, no matter what breed. Anyway, I always walk him at night to avoid the neighbors and other people walking their dogs (I live in your typical suburban soccer mom neighborhood in which most people cringe at the mention of a pit bull) but there is this a--hole in my neighborhood that has a Golden Retriever looking dog but it isn't a Golden; he walks this dog without a leash and we have leash laws. The dog walks 10 feet in front of him while he carries a stupid retractable leash with him. I've seen him around as his dog was rather aggressive with Camo, the puppy, and she tried to take my son's Popsicle from him in the front yard!! I said something to him and his wife then and haven't really seen them much since. That is until last week.
I was walking Kangol and it was almost midnight and we were down at the pool so he could do his business and I turned to walk back home and I see that dog; however, no owner in site (I finally saw him but he was 5 houses behind the dog). So I distracted Kangol and let him go for a dip in the pool. Well, when he and his dog walked over to the pool area I told him there are leash laws and to please keep his dog on one; additionally, I said to him, "Just because you think your dog is nice doesn't mean my dog can't be an a--hole. Please walk your dog with the leash you have in your hand." He got a major attitude with me and told me "it was a free country and he could do as he pleased."!!!!!!!!!!!!!! an you believe that crap? I told him next time I see his dog off leash (b/c there have been 2 occasions where that dog has approached me in my driveway running loose in the neighborhood) I will call AC and report him. I hated being like that but that response pissed me off and I follow the laws and so should he. Leash laws are for everybody's own protection.
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I totally feel you. That would P me off for sure. Leash Laws are made for a reason, this guy is gunna end up with a law suit on his hands for sure. I might not have been so nice.



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when are people going to learn that its unsafe to have your dogs off leash in public.
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That sucks for the little dog and its owner; APBTs are supposed to be DA that doesn't make them a threat to people, and step 1 in owning an APBT is to get a Stratton book, in which he says a NOVICE or NEW APBT owner should always have a breaking stick, and should also study wolves, as APBTs are raw canine instinct. I always have a break stick, even in town at the park, and I educate those around me including LE. My dogs herd, hunt, play all the game with my kids that kids and dogs play, and my dogs will kill and eat any coyote or feral dogs that get caught up at night or while we are gone, does that make them dangerous or aggressive, only to tender hearts and bleeding feet. Which is why they don't have a place in most of society and why I chose Idaho to live. DA is acceptable APBT behavior, yes ALL PETS should be leashed in the city limits.
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Idiots.

Never understand why people don't grasp the concept of a leash in public. It's not that difficult people.
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