Saturday, July 10, 2010

From My Google Alerts- July 6, 2010

Aurora police dog bites wrong man
The Denver Post
AURORA — Aurora police have removed a K9 dog from duty after the animal bit the wrong person during a foot pursuit, a police spokesman told 9News. The incident happened Saturday about 4:30 p.m. near Boston Street and East Colfax Avenue, police Detective Bob Friel said.
Police had surrounded a room at the Carriage Motor Inn to arrest Reginald Hawthorne, 21, on a warrant for sexual assault, Friel told the television station.
When Hawthorne ran from the motel, police sent a K9 dog after him, 9News said, but the dog bit Juan Ramirez as he worked outside his taco stand a block from the motel.
Ramirez is recovering from bite and scratch injuries, 9News said. Police are conducting a review.
Well, that sucks for the man who was bitten; however, how is the dog supposed to differentiate between the sexual assaulter and the taco stand dude?
Alleged Animal Abuse
In Memphis, TN, a man is behind bars for picking up his dog, said to be a pit bull, and throwing it seven feet away from him after he was ticketed for allowing the animal to run loose. He then did it again, all in front of the police who ticketed him. Hence, this idiot abused his dog because he is an careless and negligent owner. I hope they do not return the dog to him because he will probably do a lot worse next time. Let’s hope AC doesn’t drop the ball either and euthanize it for being a pit bull. Find the dog a good forever home.

Elgin mayor taught these pits, but not owner, some manners

July 5, 2010
By Jeff Ward For Sun-Times Media
Californians, you can keep your Terminator because we have the Schockinator.
That's right. You may have Ah-nuld the governor, but we have Ed the mayor. Elgin's motto really ought to be "Our mayor kicks ass!" However, I have to say my previous motto suggestion, "You might want to watch out for the pit bulls," is looking better and better.
You see, the mayor was walking Rako, his 2-year-old German shepherd, by a house in the 200 block of Plum Street at 9:30 p.m. June 24 when two pit bulls took exception. Little did they know they messed with the wrong man.
One of the pits began circling the pair, and when it lunged, Schock kicked it, sending the bewildered beast scurrying for cover. Before the second pit bull realized the error of his ways, Ed whacked it with a spare leash, dispatching it, too. Neither the mayor nor Rako sustained any injuries.
In a previous column, I described routing a Doberman, a Rottweiler and a German shepherd, but in my three pit bull confrontations, the best I could do was stand my ground. Schock credits Rako's even temperament for keeping the situation within the bounds of reason. But if it's all the same to you, I'll never write anything negative about Elgin again because I'm terrified of getting on the mayor's bad side.
And speaking of even dispositions, with the pit bulls on the run, Schock was willing to let the whole thing go, but that all changed when a teenage girl descended from the porch to retrieve the fleeing dogs. Schock explained, "I realized she was just a kid and these things happen, but when I tried to give her a bit of lecture on responsible pet ownership, she dropped the F-bomb on me for kicking her dog."
So Schock told her, "If you're going to be a smart-ass about it, I'm going to call the cops." Having learned nothing from the fate of her dogs, the insolent brat retorted, "Call the police. I don't care," so Schock dialed 911. This exchange is yet further proof of my long-held theorem that teenagers should be rarely seen and never heard.
As it turns out, our impertinent pet owner made an exceptionally bad choice, because she ended up with five citations -- two for no dog collars or rabies tags, one for loose dogs, one for the attack and yet another for having dangerous dogs. Those fines could hit $4,000 under the stricter Elgin dog ordinance passed last March. I don't think she's going to be getting her allowance any time soon.
Of course, the teenager disputes the mayor's version of events, claiming her perfect pit bulls were the modicum of politeness and personality. That still doesn't explain the lack of collars, leashes or rabies tags.
Despite my newfound fear of getting whacked with a leash, I dared to ask the mayor if this wasn't a message from God. After all, having now faced down two of these heinous creatures, shouldn't Elgin reconsider its failed pit bull ban?
"I think the current ordinance is a better answer," Schock responded. "We have to let that ordinance work. If you're an irresponsible dog owner, it's going to cost you a lot of money. Those dog owners might want to reconsider dog ownership. Word is going to get around on this one." (Schock's always been a master of understatement.)
Considering Elgin police had to shoot two charging pit bulls over the Memorial Day weekend, and on June 29 a pit bull mix plowed through a locked screen door to bite an Elgin postal worker, it's a good thing Schock's the mayor and I'm not. I wouldn't be nearly so magnanimous.
Because we agree the real problem is almost always the pet owner, this re-emphasizes a query I've posed before. "What kind of person would want to own a pit bull?" I'll tell you. In general, it's someone with low self-esteem who sees a powerful, domination-determined animal as an extension of themselves. It's someone who, after their pit bull attacks you, has the nerve to hit you with the F-bomb for kicking their dog. Although I love Schock's ordinance optimism, even the threat of a multi-thousand-dollar fine will not deter that kind of thinking.
But, to quote a famous movie, "Dangerous dog ordinance? We don't need no stinking dangerous dog ordinance!" If you're nervous about walking little Fifi down Elgin's streets, simply call upon the Schockinator. Legend has it he can send a pack of pit bulls into full flight with a mere glance. I'm thinkin' Harrison Ford plays the mayor.
I hope this teenage owner of these dogs is fined a lot of money. Stiffer penalties for irresponsible dog owners! There is no good excuse for her dogs not to have been a leash or off her property. Then to top it off she cusses the mayor for kicking her dog, which had just attacked him. Give me a break little girl. You get what you get you little dumbass. Excuse my language but that pisses me off that the mayor/victim was going to let bygones be bygones but she had to run off at the mouth. Idiot…
As for the comments regarding the author’s question about who would want to own a pit bull, he needs to rethink that statement as it does nothing for him except to show everyone how ignorant he really is.

PLUMSTEAD: Bravery award for dog hurt saving owner in machete attack

10:39am Wednesday 7th July 2010
By Kelly Smale
A BRAVE dog has been awarded the animal equivalent of the George Cross after protecting its owner from a gang wielding machetes.
Staffordshire bull terrier Oi was posthumously honoured with the highest award for civilian animal bravery, the PDSA Gold Medal.
The 15-year-old pet leapt into action when a gang armed with machetes forced their way into her family’s home in July 2008.
Owner Patricia Adshead, of Maxey Road, Plumstead, was making a cup of tea when three men wearing balaclavas broke into her home.
Her ex-husband came running downstairs to help.
Ms Adshead said: “He kicked one of them down the stairs but another severed his hand. It was hanging by a thread.”
The 62-year-old added: “I was trapped in the kitchen with Oi and one of the men. He raised the machete over my head.
“Oi jumped up and bit his hand. He brought the machete down on her head but she still chased him out of the house.
“If she hadn’t gone for him I would have been dead. She saved my life.”
Oi was rushed to the Thamesmead PDSA PetAid hospital, The Freda Powell Centre, in Eynsham Drive.
The mother of four said: “The PDSA saved her life. They did a fantastic job and gave her another two years.
“I only wish Oi could have lived long enough to accept her medal.”
Oi died from cancer in March.
The People's Dispensary for Sick Animals charity gives free health care to animals owned by people on low incomes.
© Copyright 2001-2010 Newsquest Media Group
This Staffie was a true hero and model canine rep for pit bull dogs. She lived up to her name as a loyal companion and put her own life at risk to help her beloved owner. What is truly amazing is that she survived the attack and lived another two years before succumbing to cancer. What an awesome baby dogs!! Congrats, Oi!!

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