Good Pit Bull– Bad Pit Bull – Where Do You Stand? [POLL]
I give equal time to pit bulls.
I make sure that anytime there’s a story about pit bulls mauling owners or owner’s kids, I try and follow it up by asking members of the Rossi Posse to tell me about your loyal, cuddly, oh so gentle, pit bulls stories.
Here’s the proverbial “pit bull point/counterpoint.” Where do you fall?
A California couple was placed under arrest for child endangerment Tuesday in the wake of the second dog mauling of a toddler in the Bay Area in the space of 24 hours.
Alameda Sheriff's Department Sgt. J.D. Nelson said deputies responded Tuesday morning to a report of a two-year-old boy who had been brought to the hospital after being attacked by the family dog.
The dog -- a six-year-old pit bull/German Shepard mix -- was in custody of animal control under quarantine.
Nelson said the boy's injuries were serious enough to require surgery and described them as worse than those suffered by a two-year-old girl in a similar mauling Monday.
Both attacks remain under investigation.
Meanwhile, the two-year-old girl injured in Monday’s attack was in stable condition at Children’s hospital, but faced a lengthy recovery.
According to reports, the little girl was attacked and bitten at three times by a pit bull.
The attack shook up the Contra Costa County neighborhood and raised questions once again about the safety of pit bulls.
The young girl suffered serious bite wounds to the face and leg and was airlifted to a local hospital. While her injuries were not considered life threatening, doctors say she faces a lengthy recovery.
Neighbor Steve Santoro said, "I'm not a pit bull fan. Everyone has the right to own their own kind of animal," said neighbor. "It's not a good environment to put them in an environment where there's young kids and stuff and be active and get more aggressive and stuff."
And then there’s this story:
A Massachusetts pit bull saved her owner from an oncoming freight train, risking life and limb, to pull her off the tracks.
The woman survived, but the dog is severely injured.
David Lanteigne has adored this pit bull since recuing Lilly from a shelter to be a companion for his mom who suffers from alcoholism.
"We saved her life and she saved my mom's life," he said.
It was midnight last Wednesday when his mom fell unconscious on train tracks.
The entire hit. Eight-year-old Lilly suffered severe trauma. David's mother was uninjured.
Lanteigne, a Boston police officer, will be with Lilly every step of the way.
"I'm supposed to be the strong one. I'm supposed to be here for her, but she's been so great, so tough through all this. It almost seems like she's the one comforting me and being there for me and making me feel better," he said.
So, when it comes to pit bulls, and there’s no grey issue here: Where do you stand?