One pit bull was killed and another was shot after they attacked a German shepherd on a neighbor’s property Thursday.

According to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, on Thursday at approximately 5:45 a.m. a 29-year-old man from Toledo heard dogs growling in his front yard. He found his German shepherd pinned down by the neighbor’s two pit bulls. One of the pit bulls was biting the dog’s neck, while the other one was on top of the German shepherd biting his hindquarters. 

After attempts to scare the dogs failed, the man went into his house and retrieved his shotgun. He fired one warning shot, and when the dogs continued their attack, he shot at each of the pit bulls. Although the dogs retreated, one returned and approached the man. 

The dog was shot and killed.

The investigation revealed the action was justified because there was no evidence that the German shepherd left the property when the attack occurred. 

The pit bulls’ owner, a 39-year-old Toledo man, said his son left the gate open, allowing the dogs to escape. He said he understood why the dogs were shot. The German shepherd is currently in critical condition and was taken to a veterinarian to be treated. No human injuries were reported. 

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It's surprising that animal controls and their municipalities are not facing class-action lawsuits for failing to protect the public. Nationally and locally dog attacks occur on a daily basis.

The safety of communities across the nation is being threatened by a system that fails to be pro-active, definitive, and consistent in handling of dog attacks. In regards to this, the effectiveness of municipal services is questionable at best, failing at worst, and without a doubt—not pro-active.

We need:

1. Stricter legislation, and criminal prosecution in serious cases with gross negligence. A person being mauled severely or killed is no small matter, and currently legislation does not align with the severity of such cases.  In some cases it’s literally getting away with “man-slaughter.”

2. Mandatory liability insurance for owners of large and powerful dog breeds. Most victims are left to fend for themselves financially and emotionally after an attack—that is the current reality. This is simply horrible and completely preventable with insurance.

3. Mandatory immediate confiscation of unlicensed and unvaccinated dogs. Such circumstances are indicative of careless ownership, and put the public at immediate risk.

4. Mandatory euthanization of dogs that kill or maul a human being, or kill another domesticated animal. This type of unbridled aggressiveness puts the public at immediate risk.

5. Pittbulls and Guard-dog breeds must be muzzled at all times when in public areas. If these types of dogs gets loose, as often is the case in almost all attacks, the public must be protected.

Write your Governors and Senators, and ask them to protect our families and children.

db bell

This was excellent pit behavior: leave home, attack, attempt to kill. These are essential traits in winning dog fights

These instinctive behaviors were intentionally created by dog fighters using centuries of selective breeding for these behaviors.

Proof that pits are different is the FACT that essentially all North American and UK dog fighters all choose pits.

Don't ask vets, shelters, dog trainers about dog aggression, as they all benefit from dog aggression, so they will not speak out to reduce dog aggression.

db bell

The ATTS is often cited as proof of pit bull temperament. 80+% pit bulls pass the ATTS test.

But read the test.No other dogs, no kids, no senior citizens are in the test. Most dogs who fail the test do so because of shyness. These two "good" pits would have probably passed the test.

Part four is when a starter pistol is fired suddenly behind the dog 3x. Dogs who panic fail the test. These pits didn't panic, they continued mauling.

This tells a thinking person that if you're trying to stop the attack of a good pit bull, you must shoot to kill as warning shots won't stop most 80% of the pits.

And that is what's happening. More pits are killed by victims, owners, Good Samaritans, or first responders than pass this misused test.

Thomas McCartney

In North America, from 1982-2014, Pit Bull breeds and mixes have seriously attacked 3,595 humans that resulted in 2,233 maimings and 307 deaths

The Bullmastiff is a Pit bull type dog with the same genetic makeup and danger of a pit bull.
The Bullmastiff was a cross of 40% Old English Bulldog or pit bull type dog and 60% English Mastiff
In North America, from 1982-2014, Bullmastiffs have been responsible for 111 serious attacks on humans, resulting in 63 maimings and 18 deaths.

In North America from 1982-2014, Rottweilers were responsible for 535 attacks on humans, resulting in 85 deaths.
Rottweiler mixes were responsible for 30 attacks on humans, resulting in 4 deaths.
The following is a list of the top 10 dog breeds involved in dog attacks in the U.S. and Canada involving humans from September 1982 to December 31, 2013, based on a larger table compiled by Merritt Clifton, former editor of Animal People, an animal rights charity/news group. Clifton now is the editor of Animals 24-7.

A Bullmastiff is considered a pit bull type dog and a pit bull mix between a pit bull and a mastiff and is 40% pit bull.

Breed ****** Attacks doing bodily harm ****** Maimed ****** Deaths
1. Pit bull **********2792 ***********************677 **********263
2. Rottweiler *******514 ************************294 **********81
3. Bull Mastiff ******105 ************************61 ***********15
4. German Shepherd 102 **********************63 ***********15
5. Wolf Hybrid ******85 *************************49 ***********19
6. Akita **************68 ************************50 ************8
7. Boxer *************62 ************************29 ************7
8. Chow *************58 ************************39 ************7
9. Pit bull/Rottweiler mix 50 ********************15 ************15
10.Labrador ********50 *************************39 ************3

The report states that the numbers are compiled from press accounts dating to 1982. It only includes attacks by dogs of clearly identified breed type or ancestry, as designated by animal control officers or others with evident expertise, which have been kept as pets.

All accounts are cross-checked by date, location and identity of the victim, according to the report.
Attacks by police dogs, guard dogs and dogs trained specifically to fight are not included in the report.
About 31,400 dogs attacked about 61,500 other animals in the U.S. in 2013, killing 43,500 and seriously injuring 18,100.

The animals killed included about 12,000 dogs, 8,000 cats, 6,000 hooved animals, and 17,000 other small domestic animals, primarily poultry.
The seriously injured included about 12,400 dogs, 4,000 cats, and 1,700 hooved animals. Few small mammals and poultry survived reported dog attacks.

Pit bulls inflicted 99% of the total fatal attacks on other animals (43,000); 96% of the fatal attacks on other dogs (11,520); 95% of the fatal attacks on livestock (5,700) and on small mammals and poultry (16,150); and 94% of the fatal attacks on cats (11,280).

About 30,000 pit bulls were involved in attacks on other animals, many of them killing multiple other animals.
There are about 3.2 million pit bulls in the U.S. at any given time, according to the annual Animal24-7 surveys of dogs offered for sale or adoption via online classified ads.

Thus in 2013 about one pit bull in 107 killed or seriously injured another animal, compared with about one dog in 50,000 of other breeds.
Nationally, fatal and disfiguring attacks by dogs from shelters and rescues have exploded from zero in the first 90 years of the 20th century to 80 since 2010, including 58 by pit bulls, along with 22 fatal & disfiguring attacks by other shelter dogs, mostly Rottweilers & bull mastiffs.

Altogether, 33 U.S. shelter dogs have participated in killing people since 2010, including 24 pit bulls, seven bull mastiffs, and two Rottweilers.
The only dogs rehomed from U.S. shelters to kill anyone before 2000 were two wolf hybrids, rehomed in 1988 and 1989, respectively.
Dog Attack Deaths and Maimings, U.S. & Canada, September 1982 to May.25, 2013.
By compiling U.S. and Canadian press accounts between 1982 and 2013, Merritt Clifton, editor of Animal People, shows the breeds most responsible for serious injury and death.

Study highlights
Pit bull type dogs make up only 6% of all dogs in the USA.
The combination of Pit Bulls, rottweilers, their close mixes and wolf hybrids and other Pit Bull Type Dogs:

84% of attacks that induce bodily harm.

75% of attacks to children.

87% of attack to adults.

72% of attacks that result in fatalities.

80% that result in maiming

Merritt Clifton Editor Of Animals24-7:

I have logged fatal & disfiguring dog attacks in the U.S. and Canada since September 1982.

Of the 5,206 dogs involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks on humans occurring in the U.S. & Canada since September 1982, when I began logging the data, 3,595 (68%) were pit bulls; 567 were Rottweilers; 4,713 (85%) were of related molosser breeds, including pit bulls, Rottweilers, mastiffs, bull mastiffs, boxers, and their mixes.

Of the 577 human fatalities, 307 were killed by pit bulls; 89 were killed by Rottweilers; 440 (75%) were killed by molosser breeds.

Of the 3,141 people who were disfigured, 2,232 (68%) were disfigured by pit bulls; 354 were disfigured by Rottweilers; 2,716 (84%) were disfigured by molosser breeds.

Pit bulls--exclusive of their use in dogfighting--also inflict more than 70 times as many fatal and disfiguring injuries on other pets and livestock as on humans, a pattern unique to the pit bull class.

Fatal and disfiguring attacks by dogs from shelters and rescues have exploded from zero in the first 90 years of the 20th century to 80 in the past four years, including 58 by pit bulls, along with 22 fatal & disfiguring attacks by other shelter dogs, mostly Rottweilers & bull mastiffs.

The only dogs rehomed from U.S. shelters to kill anyone, ever, before 2000 were two wolf hybrids in 1988 and 1989. 33 U.S. shelter dogs & one U.K. shelter dog have participated in killing people since 2010, including 24 pit bulls, seven bull mastiffs, and two Rottweilers.

Surveys of dogs offered for sale or adoption indicate that pit bulls and pit mixes are together less than 7% of the U.S. dog population; molosser breeds, all combined, are 9%.

Thomas McCartney

Facts on the Danger of all Pit Bull Type Dogs

The Truth about the success of Pit Bull type Dog Ban & BSL enforcement, Views of Dog trainers/animal control, Pit Bull breeders, owners,Canine experts, animal behaviorists, Vets, Doctors, Dog attack statistics for the USA, General Dog Bite Statistics across the country.

And everything you were want to know about the pit bull type dog but were afraid to ask.!
God Bless these souls through eternity and may there killers be dammed for eternity.!

This is the truth of the Pit bull type dog's Genetic reality and outcome: We the people “WON’T BACK DOWN”*********************************************************************************************** Wednesday, January 7, 2015
2014 Fatal Dog Attack Breed Identification Photographs Most of the Expected, Longtime Killing Culprits

Bite Statistics to Sink Your Teeth Into

January 06, 2015

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