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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

He Must Have Provoked That Dog Somehow

posted by on August 19 at 12:58 PM

That 90 year-old mauled by pit bulls—or “eaten alive,” according to witnesses—who wound up having three limbs amputated after the attack? He’s dead.

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The dog is the hero in this story! Think of the money saved on Social Security and Medicare with this guys death!

Posted by Pit Bull Defender | August 19, 2008 1:16 PM

Sounds like he "only" had one limb amputated, actually.

Posted by leek | August 19, 2008 1:22 PM

In my adopted hometown of Hamburg, Germany, one finds a -very- dog-friendly environment. Dogs are routinely seen (and always well-mannered) in all sorts of public places, bars, restaurants, public transit.

It being Germany, there are specific rules for lots of things, a VERY long list is posted in every bus and subway car.

Dogs are specifically allowed, EXCEPT
Pit-Bull, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bullterrier.

Oh yeah, those killer-dog apologists will now equate anti-Pit Bullism with Naziism.

Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber | August 19, 2008 1:23 PM

That's ok, KA, my brother graduated from U Hamburg.

Pit bulls that chew off legs need to have similar fates ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 19, 2008 1:41 PM

Ugh, I quit reading Slog for over a month because of this crap, and you're STILL talking about pit bulls? Jesus fucking Christ.

Posted by Bob | August 19, 2008 1:42 PM

@5, go away again. This time for six months. It might help.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | August 19, 2008 1:46 PM

What is it with hyper-masculine straight guys and vicious dogs? Does the animal represent some kind of horrible extension of their manhood/penis? They should be bred out of existence.(The dogs, not the men. On second thought....)

Posted by scott in chi-town | August 19, 2008 2:10 PM

Vicious dogs usually mean they're insecure about their masculinity on a very core level, actually.

Strange. But true.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 19, 2008 2:16 PM

I do agree some what with the "no bad dogs, only bad owners" argument. However, I have never heard of a golden retriever savaging a neighbor. Maybe it happens and doesn't get reported. Maybe there is a bias to report pit bull attacks. I doubt it is a total black out though. These dogs were originally bred for the purposes of fighting. It is to some degree "in their nature", such that shitty owners will bring it out. If you ban the breed it will help. It's not like people can't get other nice dogs. Of course the best course of action would be serious penalties for owners who don't look after their dogs.

Posted by Geoff in Vancouver | August 19, 2008 3:19 PM

"The niece of the victim, a World War II veteran who spent the past six weeks in intensive care and had his leg amputated, said, 'Uncle Hank's legacy is whatever changes to the law happen because of this. I understand the police are busy. But when people call over five months saying there's a problem, something should be done.'"

Yes, dear, the inept police were the only ones who failed your Uncle Hank. So, princess, what did you or your family do to help poor Uncle Hank during those five months?

...not even a phone call to Cesar Millan?

Posted by yawp | August 19, 2008 3:41 PM

Ugh--you guys are perpetuating the cycle. My neighbor adopted an insanely sweet/social/well-behaved pitbull 3 years ago but now is too scared to take her to the dog park because he feels like you "just cant trust these dogs (i.e. Dan's posting)." Now she is trapped in the backyard bored out of her mind and slowly going INSANE.

Posted by seafan | August 19, 2008 5:51 PM

Has it been confirmed that this was a Pitbull attack and not just media sensationalism. Everyone knows that Pitbulls are the the most adorable loving pets that one could have. And they're great with children. They just get blamed for everything. Had to be one of those bad dog owners at fault here. Have you hugged your Pitbull today.

Posted by papillon | August 20, 2008 12:30 AM

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