Service and therapy pit bulls that went pit bull:
‘Emotional Support’ Dog Kills Neighbor’s Cat In Dedham Apartment
Jane had been enjoying some sunshine with her daughter and months-old grandbaby. Suddenly the pit bull without a collar charged across their patio and into their apartment.
“Eventually the dog just kind of looked up and walked out, like the game was over,” Regan recalled. “There’s blood on his paws and his face and stuff and he’s just hanging around.”
In a statement to WBZ, Avalon Station 250 writes in part: “Our hearts go out to the resident whose cat was killed in a terrible accident… Following this very unfortunate incident, though, the dog involved has been removed from the community.”
Dedham Police say they’re still investigating, and wouldn’t comment on what, if anything, happens next. The Regans have always loved cats, but are still too upset right now to bring another home.
‘The area was completely covered in blood’: Veteran’s emotional support dog mauls a passenger’s face on a Delta flight from Atlanta to San Diego
- Ronald Mundy, Jr. was on a flight to San Diego with his service dog
- Mundy is a US Marine Corp. combat veteran from North Carolina
- Marlin Jackson of Daphne, Alabama was sitting next to the pair
- The dog apparently lunged at the man’s face and he was left bloody
- The vet was reportedly weeping and saying he knew his dog would be ‘put down’
An veteran’s emotional support dog mauled a passenger on a Delta flight Sunday.
A police report said the victim, Marlin Termaine Jackson of Daphne, Alabama, was sitting on flight 1430 from Atlanta to San Diego when the incident happened, reported AJC.com.
A witness said the victim was sitting by the window and the dog’s owner, Ronald Kevin Mundy Jr. of Mills River, North Carolina, was sitting in the middle seat with his dog, described as a “chocolate lab pointer mix” on his lap.
It’s not known what caused the dog to attack, but the witness said Jackson had been mauled.
‘The gentleman’s face was completely bloody. His shirt was covered in blood,’ Bridget Maddox-Peoples told Fox 5. ‘When he walked out, he had a cloth over his face.
‘You could hear a dog growling and a bark and someone screamed “I need help, there’s a medical emergency.” The area was completely covered in blood. They came in and sanitized the area and replaced the seats,’ she said.
According to Maddox-Peoples, another passenger on the plane told her that the victim had his reservations at the dog, who started growling at him, and he asked the owner, ‘Is this dog going to bite me?’
A police report said the victim was ‘in stable condition, but severe injury to the face due to several dog bites.’ He was rushed off the plane for medical attention.
Mundy is reportedly a combat veteran with the US Marine Corps. and had the dog issued to him as a service animal.
Delta’s website says that trained service dogs are allowed to be in the cabin with humans and a kennel isn’t required.
The dog was secured inside of a carrier and taken off the plane and given to Mundy. Delta said the dog and its owner were given another flight and the dog flew in a kennel.
An unnamed witness told Fox 5 that Mundy was seen in the gate area cradling the dog in his arms, crying, and repeatedly saying, ‘I know they’re going to put him down.’
Pit bull mauls service dog, owner
GET THAT AGGRESSIVE PIT BULL OFF MY FLIGHT!!!
Kelly claimed the pit went after her pooch in an LAX parking lot, and coincidentally the owner of the other dog was on the same flight to NYC as Kelly, and she wanted to bring the dog.
We’re told JetBlue did a once-over on the pit bull — a 1-year-old rescue with service dog credentials — and determined it was safe to board.
The owner and pit bull were seated about 10 rows behind Kelly and there was no further incident.
In the end, the Pomeranian — which was not hurt — won. It flew first class.
Youngstown pit bull to be put down after attacking owner
Posted: May 20, 2016 10:08 PM CDT – Updated: May 22, 2016 9:43 AM CDT – By Danielle Cotterman, Reporter
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio –
A Youngstown woman is in the hospital recovering after an unrelenting attack by her dog.
Thirty-six year-old Billie Schweikart says her 3 year-old pit bull “Jax” was being trained to serve as her daughter’s service dog, and had never shown signs of aggression before.
“We love Jax he was like apart of the family but, to see him that day he wanted me dead,” said Schweikart.
Schweikart is badly bruised, with more than 100 stitches, and an arm and leg bitten to the bone.
She says she can’t believe “Jax,” who had been so good with her daughter, would suddenly attack.
“It went on for about 20 minutes of him just attacking me until the neighbor came over and ended up hitting him on the head with a baseball bat just enough to get him off of me,” said Schweikart.
Schweikart says she doesn’t know what caused Jax to act out of character but, Thursday afternoon he bolted for her and didn’t let up.
Even after she took refuge inside a family van.
“Jax went under the van and sat right under where I was at, like waiting for me to open the door so he could finish. Like he was dead set he was going to kill me,” described Schweikart.
Medics who arrived on the scene were unable to get to Schweikart until Jax finally gave up his fight when the van tried to pull away.
He is now in the hands of the dog warden and will be put down.
“It was a hard decision but, I new it needed to be done because not only for my daughters sake but for mine,” said Schweikart.
Schweikart says she is thankful that whatever caused their dog to snap, his target wasn’t her daughter or another child.
BRUNSWICK COUNTY NC – A PIT BULL SAID TO BE A SERVICE DOG FROM CANINE ANGELS ATTACKED A JACK RUSSELL/CHIHUAHUA MIX BEING WALKED ON A LEASH BY ITS OWNER AT AN OUTDOOR LIVING SHOW
Service pit bull attacks cat on street. Owner takes off.
Watch video: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=741_1433792447
Published on May 4, 2014
According to the Tufts study, the most public way in which pit bull owners managed breed stigma was to become a fierce advocate for the breed. These owners seek to “educate” the public — often through their own well-behaved pets — by discounting stereotypes and promoting the finer qualities of the breed. For instance, to help deflect the fear that pit bulls incite about children, one respondent kept a photo handy that showed three children rubbing her pit bull’s tummy.
Examples of breed ambassador imagery is easily found on the Internet, like the YouTube video, “Pit Bull Viciously Attacks Child,” which depicts happy babies lying near pit bulls. Some breed ambassadors, however, take activism of the “Pit Bull Cause” to reckless levels. Despite warnings from pit bull experts to “avoid dog parks at all costs,” such persons purposely visit dog parks to show other dog owners that pit bulls are safe, reliable dogs that are merely “misunderstood.”
Breed ambassadors are also the most common pit bull advocates to appear at public hearings determining whether or not a city should adopt a pit bull law. A common tactic is to present their dog as a “therapy” dog (which is not a “service” dog) that cuddles with senior citizens in rest homes. In a famous example of a trained “therapy” pit bull reverting back to genetic pit bull animal-aggression, Anna Klafter’s pit bull, Nettie, unleashed an attack upon a mounted police horse.
Sergeant David Herrera was bucked off in the 2003 incident and suffered neck and back injuries. Klafter suffered a fractured skull after the horse kicked her in the face. At the time, Klafter had been trying to gain control of her “extensively trained” animal assisted therapy dog. Klafter had adopted the dog from the San Francisco SPCA, where she volunteered as a dog trainer. The horse, AAA Andy, was bitten in the legs and belly and never worked another day of service duty.
The pit bull mix that attacked a police horse in Golden Gate Park belonged to an SPCA volunteer who took the dog to senior centers to comfort the elderly and liked to let it run free in the park.
On Monday, the SPCA volunteer, Anna Klafter, was recovering from a possible fractured skull and other injuries she suffered the day before when she tried to pull her 4-year-old dog, Nettie, away from the horse. The horse, which injured Klafter when it kicked her in the face, was trying to get its bearings back to the police stables in Golden Gate Park. The police officer who was riding the horse was getting over a back injury.
Just the day before, Klafter had taken Nettie to the Fillmore Institute on Aging to be with elderly clients as part of a program run by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Nettie is great with people, she said.
“She’s never shown any aggression to people, kids or other dogs,” said Klafter, 27, who has owned Nettie since June 2002. “I think she was freaked out by seeing a horse for the first time.”
Ruth Teeter’s Prized AKC Staffordshire Terriers Ruth Teeter gets high ranking due to her significant contributions in pioneering Stunt Pitting and modern Pit Advocacy. In July 1987, she paraded her animals around in costumes raising donations for the American Dog Owners Association(ADOA) and had articles published about them.
Her meteoric rise to Pit Bull superstardom was neutered after her Staffies were shot while attacking livestock a mere 5 months later… The ADOA subsequently disavowed any relationship with her which started the “Blame the Owner” cop out craze. Ruth is still active in the Staffordshire Club of America and still breeds and sells “WiggleButts”…Only in America!
Robert Weller’s PTSD Service Pit Bull “Chummy” In 2009 the noted reporter published this piece about a California* based Pit Bull group suing Evil-Denver to overturn it’s 21 year old Pit Bull ban. Later in 2010, he published another piece describing how he received a humanitarian exemption from Evil-Denver since Chummy served as his PTSD Service Dog…The piece then deteriorates as he rambles on about Chummy attacking him and the Denver taxpayers getting bitten in the ass responding to his 911 call. Robert is Denver’s last known Pit mauling victim…However, Colorado’s Pit Bull mauling victims are routinely life lighted to Denver trauma centers.Note…*California has sustained 42 Pit Bull fatalities as of this writing. A baby was killed by a Pomeranian there in 2000, so Pit Bull groups feel the need to spread the love around…
Steven Woods Stolen Valor Pit Bull “Mimi” When Texas Pit Bull breeder Steven Woods got in trouble for his Pit Bull Mimi attacking a neighbor, he whipped out the disabled veteran, PTSD -Pit Bull Service dog card. Soon pictures of Tu-Tu wearing Mimi were all over the internet and gullible Pit Advocates raised $17, 000 for his legal fight against “The Man”. Woods even had the balls to wear his uniform for his court appearance. Later. the National Guard revealed that Woods had never served in Iraq or Afghanistan, and in fact that he had never deployed anywhere. Even though Woods and the Pit Bull community saved man biting Mimi, she was euthanized after attacking another neighbor 8 months later. This time Woods didn’t show up for court. In 1991 The Texas Legislature superceded local communities ability to regulate Pit Bulls, thereby by keeping breeders like Woods in business. In the years since, 31 Texans have been killed by Pit Bulls and hundreds have been “merely” horribly mauled. Can I get a good ol’ Texas “BSL Never Works“ Hell Yeah?!?
By the way, you can still purchase a “Free Mimi” T-shirt on line at zazzle.
SAR PITs Kris Crawford left a trail of civil fraud judgments all over the Southwestern United States as Pit Bull owners looking for a hero were manipulated. Even Pit Bull Superstar Tia Torres was one of her victims:
Pit Bull Forum Kris Crawford A Fraud Organized Pit-Idiocy still cites SARPITS/ForPitssake as an example of why we should allow the deaths and maulings continue…but Crawford’s ability to perform SAR work has been euthanized due to her criminal conviction. Pit Grifterin ain’t easy!
LAWDOGSUSA…Another oft cited program by Pit Bull advocates, LAWDOGS has been defunct due to lack of funding and interest since 2006… About the time the Founder’s brazen, yet truthful comments about current Pit Bull breeding hit the press, funding from “BIG PIT BULL” seemed to dry up:
“It’s not sensible to get an animal bred for bringing a 2,000-pound bull to its knees and say I’m going to treat this like a soft-mouth Labrador,” says Jessup, the former animal-control officer. She blames novice owners, as much as actual criminals, for bringing the breed into disrepute. “It’s a capable animal, and it’s got to be treated as such.”When we first got pit bulls in, they were always friendly. They were always nice dogs,” says Diane Jessup, a former animal-control officer in Olympia. Jessup has raised many pit bulls and written several books about them. “I will say now, in the last five years, 50 percent of the dogs are fearful, fear-biters with horribly unsound temperaments.”
Meanwhile, Police Departments continue to pay top dollar for Belgian Malinois and Law Enforcement has to shoot hundreds of Pit Bulls annually in the United States.
James Greible’s Victory “Bitt Bull” Mercedes…James does all the work here on this one in his bragging on PitNutter.org, his comments are left intact and in their shining Pit-Nutter glory:
“I have a pitt bull service dog that i self trained to pull my wheelchair as i can not walk that far too many back problems the school system here seams to think pitt bull’s CAN NEVER BE OR WILL NEVER BE SERVICE ANIMALS well i proved them wrong when i went on to 6:00 news the school thought they could tell me i couldn’t bring her on campus well they got told i could SHE IS BY LAW A SERVICE DOG EVEN THOUGH SHE’S NOT REGISTARED (there ain’t one required nor can you obtain a certifiedservice animal certificate from the government) when i got mercedes it was cause she was loving and kind and great with kids and other animals but it was to pull my wheelchair and those other things were just a plus training half done but i didn’t think of all the crap i’d get for choosing a pitt bull and her bread wasn’t even a factor when we got her it was her. SO TO ALL THOSE OUT THER ONE MORE VICTORY FOR BITT BULL’S and if you go to channel 13 KTNV UNDER YOU ASK WE INVESTIGATE CLICK PITT BULL’S AND THE CCSD THERE WILL BE MY STORY TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK
Then the rest of the story comes out…
CCSD later sent Action News a statement admitting the district was wrong about the need for certification, but claiming James was wrong, too. A spokesman said James did not notify the school prior to bringing the dog on campus. The statement also said the dog was observed chasing children while she was leashed, and that James made a threat to set her loose on the custodian. School police are investigating that alleged threat, but CCSD now says James can take his service dog to Wengert if he keeps her under control.
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Garfield, Colorado-Pit Bull “Bite Education” Dogs; Animal Control Officer-Nutter Aimee Chapelle establishes one of the first known bite prevention school programs using Pit Bulls to educate…err, indoctrinate children…She is on her way to Pit Bull Superstardom after getting this fabulous PR piece published:
Pit Grifting Operation/Autism Service Pit “Toby” Kelly Nolan stages an Oscar Winning performance for the media, lamenting that her daughter’s autism Service Pit Bull “Toby” was abducted by a pit hating, blonde woman and killed with a baseball bat.
Watch the performance here!:
Linda Forney-“Exposure” Stunt Pit “Snoopy” …Grandma Rose Forney volunteered at the City Public library and would take her Pit Bull with her to expose as many people as she could to Pit Bulls for the “Great Struggle“. All was well until Snoopy bit a resident in the face. Now the City of Maul-lala is being sued for $158,000.
Marc Langevin’s PTSD Service Dog “Princess” attacks a neighbor walking her dog and severely bites both of them…Langevin expresses bewilderment as to why his fighting breed dog was “triggered” at the sight of another dog.I don’t get it. …What’s with all the Pit Bull PTSD service dogs?!? Do they help the owner by making the rest of the world seem safer?
San Francisco, Unnamed “Depression” Service Pit…In 2002, when landlord Guy Lowe’s Nutter tenant tried forcing him to accept her “Depression” Stunt Pit as a service dog and he refuses, she gets uppity, forces a court battle, then gets mauled in Federal Court:
Issuing one of the first court verdicts to weigh a conflict between the right of a legally disabled person to keep a companion animal and the duty of landlords to protect tenants from dangerous dogs, U.S. District Judge William Alsup ruled on August 8, 2002 that the San Francisco landlord of Guy Lowe, 38, met the requirements of federal law and the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission by allowing legally disabled persons to keep small dogs, and that Lowe, whose claimed disability is severe depression, acted unreasonably in demanding to keep a pit bull terrier. “The potentially catastrophic consequences of a pit bull attack must be considered, even if the risk of that attack is remote,” Judge Alsup wrote.
Since Judge Alsup’s ruling, 22 Californians have been mauled to death by Pit Bulls, but a Pomeranian killed a baby there in 2000…
ATTS Testing and subsidized Good Canine Citizen Certifications: Pencil whipped GCC Certifications and ATTS testing are a low cost way to to generate an army of “certified” stunt pits that can be cited to support the “It’s the Owner” defense.
An examination Pit bull apologists mothership Animal Farm Foundation’s 2009 Tax return reveals that they subsidized Pit Bull rescues and humane groups to produce roughly 100 Good Canine Certifications (GCC) to the tune of $150 each…A nice little tax free subsidy to the dog trainers pencil-whipping..err…“certifying” the animals…No wonder dog trainers love Pit Bulls, once they get on the AFF payroll, they receive a steady income!
Then you have the American Temperament Test Society Test….The abuse of the test for advocacy purposes is exposed here: The TRUTH About Pit Bulls
Ironically, the two breeds that use the test the most are Pit Bulls and Rottweilers which have pumped through over 7000 dogs to the tune of $25 each. Unfortunately, breeders from those communities have produced dogs which have killed over 440 Americans, so ATTS testing rates seem to be inversely proportional to public safety….For breed clubs, pumping dogs through testing is easy, while apparently, breeding and selling safe dogs is nearly impossible….
Former head of the AVMA and now head apologist at Texas A&M Dr Bonnie Beaver summed it up best about Temperament Testing when she was responsible for the AVMA’s insurance program:
The AVMA warns veterinarians to be careful about supplying behavioural evaluations of dogs for insurance purposes.
“It’s risky for veterinarians,” said Dr. Beaver, explaining that there are many situations in which a dog may behave aggressively, and temperament tests can’t rule out the possibility of aggression. “You don’t have temperament tests that can identify all possibilities.”Yes Bonnie, temperament testing IS way too risky for vets…So let’s leave it to the Pit bull apologists!
International wanted fugitive Mormon kidnapping-Raper Joyce Mckinney clones her Service Pit “Booger“ in South Korea …Joyce claims Booger actually did laundry and answered the phone. Her Pit-lunacy of near-Biblical proportions can be witnessed here:
Pit Bull Service Dogs: They’re too sensitive but they still need prong collars
The recent near-fatal mauling of Joe Finley in Chicago revealed a great deal about who runs Chicago Animal Care and Control and how it operates.
Finley’s brutal attack left him without a foot or the use of his arm. In response, the CACC and the city attorney’s office did exactly nothing to prosecute the irresponsible owner that let his dogs, which were known to be aggressive, run at large. Local residents and aldermen were appalled and wanted action to ensure public safety. When Alderman Fioretti raised the question of a pit bull ban, the obligatory pit bull service dog handler was trotted out to state he was afraid that his pit bull service dog would be taken away if BSL were enacted in Chicago. The service dog handler in this case was Chris Maddeford and the service dog is in fact a service dog in training from Kelly and Greg Yearwood’s non-profit called Pits for Patriots which was started up less than a year ago. They started with four pit bulls and two of those washed out – one for health and one for temperament reasons.
BAKERSFIELD, Ca. – Kern Animal Control, Kern County Fire and Kern County Sheriff’s Department officials responded Wednesday morning to a home in northwest Bakersfield after 911 received a call about a woman being attacked by a pit bull. Ryan Dunbier, Senior Deputy with the KCSO, said two women, ages 21 and 22, were at home when one of the women began having a seizure.
In a small western Colorado city, a 150-pound or larger American Allaunt alleged “service dog” is in danger of being euthanized — possibly this very week — as a consequence of his having attacked a woman last November 2012, and his owner’s having been cited under the community’s “vicious animals” ordinance. A judge ruled in January that the animal should be put down, but its owner and his friends have launched an online campaign to save the dog which has included no small amount of withholding of certain key facts, along with spinning the story such that the biting victim is cast as an abuser who provoked the attack for no good reason, and who’s lying about both what happened and her concomitant injuries. A petition to save the animal on the notoriously blindly animal-loving Care2 website has been signed by some nearly quarter million people, at this writing; yet the real facts of the story are becoming lost.
Quincy the Guide Dog Viciously Killed by Pit Bull Dogs
I chose to once again post the story of Quincy the Guide Dog who was viciously attacked and killed by pit bulls, because there are some important updates to this story. Please visit Quincy’s page athttps://www.facebook.com/QuincyColeGuideDog and see what’s new with Quincy’s story. RIP Quincy, brave and wonderful soul!
YAKIMA, Wash.– A pit bull’s future is in doubt after it attacked three people here in Yakima. It’s the first attack since Yakima allowed pit bulls if they’re service animals. This was a registered service dog.
It’s only been a short time since Yakima made it OK to have pit bulls in city limits, as long as they meet the requirements of a service dog. Now, one of them has attacked.
“I had a hunch that something like this would happen with these dogs,” Yakima Code Administration Manager Joe Caruso said.
It’s Caruso’s job to investigate dog attacks with help from the Yakima Police Department. He says Thursday’s attack involved a pit bull that ran out of a home on Garfield Avenue. The front door was open and the dog was not contained. Then, the pit saw another dog on Lincoln Avenue and attacked.
“The dog would not release,” Caruso said. “That’s their characteristic: that they do not release.”
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (AP) – A northeast Missouri man is charged with animal abuse for allegedly stabbing a pit bull to death.
Police were called to a home Thursday night and found the dog lying in a pool of blood with what appeared to be a stab wound to the neck. Police say Vance was intoxicated and covered in blood.
Police say Vance told them the dog bit him and he stabbed it in response. The dog was a service dog, assisting Vance with an undisclosed medical condition.
The dog was taken to a veterinary care center, where it died.
REAL Service Dogs That Were Attacked By Pit Bulls
by: Maria Guerrero Updated: Jun 7, 2016 – 5:01 AM
Abilene man’s guide dog to be evaluated after pit bull attack
Guide dog attacked, unable to help blind owner
Bradenton resident, Richard Draper, has been blind his entire life and is no longer able to rely on his specially trained, $60,000 guide dog to help him get around.
His pet, named Andie, is unable to serve as his eyes following an attack on Monday.
Draper was walking down the sidewalk on Southern Parkway right across from an elementary school. According to a witness, a pit bull then attacked his dog Andie – leaving puncture wounds. A second pit bull grabbed on to Draper’s leg and a third was hovering around.
The witness jumped in to break up the attack. Then, Draper and the owner of the dogs went at it — shouting about who was at fault.
The Manatee County Animal Services and Bradenton police are both investigating. Draper was very upset by how long he says it took for help to arrive.
“My dog was bleeding, she was crying on the ground whimpering and at that point I didn’t know whether she was going to live or not,” he said.
“For God’s sake, the dog has got to get medical care. It can’t just lay there for an hour and a half while everybody’s doing their paperwork and getting the reports in.”
The owner of the three dogs didn’t return a call for a chance to comment.
Draper said he doesn’t want the dogs or their owner to be punished. He just wants to see a change in the way dog attacks are investigated, including response time and understanding the importance of guide dogs.
Service dog killed by pit bull; owner held on different charge
UPDATED: Therapy dog put down after attack in Pitt Meadows
Buttons, the Shih Tzu-Lhasa Apso cross, would have been seven years old next month.
However, instead of getting ready to mark the little therapy dog’s birthday, his owners are grieving his loss and saying goodbye after a tragic incident Monday.
On that morning, as they have done numerous times before, Pitt Meadows retirees John and Yvonne McDonald – who are also members of St. John’s Therapy Dogs program – took Buttons for a walk. They stopped for a coffee at the McDonald’s restaurant on Harris Road and Lougheed Highway around 11 a.m.
John stayed on the outdoor patio with Buttons, while Yvonne went inside to order their drinks.
“All of a sudden, I heard screaming outside,” Yvonne recalled.
Another dog, which was sitting on the patio with its owners, had charged Buttons and clamped its jaws down around the little dog’s stomach, she explained.
“It was horrendous,” John told The TIMES on Tuesday.
The dog’s owners had a muzzle with them, but had taken it off, and untied the dog to allow it to get a drink of water and didn’t put the muzzle back on, John recalled.
“The minute it saw Buttons, it rushed Buttons – who went straight into a submissive position – and it took us about five minute to finally get this dog off him.”
The rest of John and Yvonne’s day was spent at an emergency animal clinic. Buttons was found to have a broken leg in two places, which could have meant amputation. Further assessment also showed puncture marks from the big dog’s teeth went right through to Buttons’ stomach, meaning surgery would be required. For the McDonalds, the price of Buttons’ potential surgery was simply too prohibitive, explained John. The decision was made Monday night to put Buttons down.
KGW talked to two people riding the train Wednesday night around 6:30 p.m. One passenger said four dogs, all with different owners, boarded about the same time at Northwest 21st Avenue and Lovejoy Street. A couple minutes later, a larger dog, which appeared to be a pit bull mix, attacked a smaller dog that looked to be less than 10 pounds.
“There was a small dog on the ground and a pit bull came in, and I was holding my dog up and the pit bull attacked the small dog and latched on to his head,” said passenger Joe Garside.
KGW reached out to Portland Streetcar and is still waiting for a response. The agency’s website states that only service dogs are allowed on trains. A witness KGW talked with said the dog that died appeared to be wearing some sort of service dog designation, but animal control officers said it was not a licensed service animal.
VANCOUVER — Yuri was an assistance dog who helped a woman with autism navigate her daily life, a therapy animal who comforted palliative care patients and an integral part of his Vancouver family.
That all ended Saturday afternoon when the miniature pinscher was eviscerated by a pit bull in what Yuri’s owner describes as an unprovoked attack.
Mia Johnson and her daughter were walking Yuri and a second dog on-leash when they encountered another dog owner at 10th Avenue and Dunbar Street. The other woman was walking a Staffordshire bull terrier, one of the breeds commonly referred to as pit bulls.
“The dog was straining on its leash and it went right for our dog,” Johnson said.
“I saw it had a muzzle on but everything happened so fast. The muzzle came off and it went after one of our dogs.”
The bigger dog’s jaws locked onto Yuri. People nearby who witnessed the sudden attack ran over and began hitting the pit bull, poking its eyes and pulling on its ears, but it wouldn’t let go.
By the time it finally loosened its grip, Yuri was barely alive.
“My dog was disembowelled. I picked him up and everything inside him was just in my hands,” Johnson said.
“(My daughter) was screaming. She was trying to go after the lady and calling her a murderer. Everything was just out of control.”
A visually impaired Calgarian is recovering from an attack by an unleashed pit bull that injured both him and his guide dog.
It happened last Wednesday as Trevor Fitzhenry was walking his dog, Neptune, in Forest Lawn.
“He had his jaws right on his neck, on Neptune’s neck,” said Fitzhenry. “I was thinking, ‘I am going to lose my dog. My dog is going to die here on me.’”
Fitzhenry couldn’t actually see the attack; he has been blind for 15 years.
“It’s just crazy because Neptune is my lifeline, he’s my eyes,” he told Global News. “I was just horrified seeing another dog attack your seeing-eye dog; it was just horrifying.”
The dogs were eventually separated, but not before Neptune was bitten on the face and paws. Fitzhenry required stitches to his hand.
“I was horrified, I was screaming. I was yelling for someone to come help separate these two dogs and it just wasn’t working.”