May 8, 2008

Pit Bull attacks

This is just another sign of slow collapse of a neighborhood into a ghetto like slum. Why do people need 5 dogs of any breed. They don't. Oh and I am sure these 5 dogs never barked much. And I'll bet the yard looked and smelled great. People that own these types of dogs always say they are gentile and sweet, great around kids etc. What they fail to forget is that they are fighting dogs and are bred for fighting. They also have large mouths and very powerful locking jaws. They never will be like golden retrievers. Period. These dog owners should be prosecuted in some fashion. Also it seems to me that the animal control officer was not well trained going after 5 pit bulls alone. A "two year" "veteran". What? Does not take a rocket scientist to figure that things could go really wrong on this assignment...picking up 5 pit bulls. Not the same and catching ONE stray poodle.

Pit bull mauls animal control officer
From wire reports
Article Launched: 05/08/2008 07:16:41 AM PDT

An animal control officer suffered injuries to his legs and an arm when he was mauled Wednesday by a pit bull at a Lakewood home, authorities said.

The officer, 28, a two-year veteran with the Southeast Area Animal Control Authority, will undergo surgery for his injuries at Long Beach Memorial Hospital, according to Aaron Reyes, the authority's director of operations.

``The biggest concern is infection,'' Reyes said. ``He has a break in his knuckle; his third knuckle is facing upward. His wounds are deep and they are tear-type wounds as well. They're watching for nerve damage and infection. We're on pins and needles just hoping that he does fine.''

The officer went to the home in the 6100 block of Briercrest Avenue at noon to speak with the residents about having too many pit bulls. Authority records show prior violations over the number of dogs kept in the residence.

The dog owner had agreed to relinquish custody of three of the five pit bulls on the property. When the officer attempted to capture the dogs, one ``changed its friendly demeanor'' and attacked him, Reyes said.

``This is a sad day for this officer, who has been hurt very badly simply trying to do his job,'' Reyes said.

The attacking dog will be tested by the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services for rabies. The four other pit bulls on the property will be euthanized.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the authority's Investigation
Division at (562) 803-3301, Ext. 224.

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