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Old 08-12-2014, 03:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Lillie was attacked this morning

Wasn't sure whether to put this in Agression or not, mods
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Preface this by saying I'm fine, I think Lillie is fine, but she was attacked by a loose pit bull this morning. She's at the vets as an overabundance of caution to get chest films to make sure her lungs are okay after the blunt force trauma. And I'm sorry, but after all my years of support for pit bulls I think my views have irrevocably changed. This dog was intent on killing her. The only reason he didn't is a contractor working nearby raced his truck over, pulled out about an 8 foot long 2X4, and brought it down with all his might on the pit. It stopped him. Yes, a police report was made. The dog had no collar or tags though, so remains to be seen if an owner can be found.

I tried with all my might to kick off the dog, but I couldn't protect my
poor Lillie, and that makes me very sad.
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Old 08-12-2014, 03:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What a nightmare!! I am so glad your girl survived!! Thank goodness for the wonderful man who came to your rescue. Post an update about your girl when you know more. I'm so glad you weren't physically attacked too!!
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Old 08-12-2014, 03:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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That's terrible. I hope your dog is alright.
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Old 08-12-2014, 03:40 PM   #4 (permalink)
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This dog was intent on killing her.
sadly this is how many pits are
they say that a pit might not start the fight but it will finish it
this is what they were bred to do and you can raise em right and all kinda stuff but the base instinct is there
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The only way I was able to break up pits attacking/fighting was with water. They hate water. I suppose if desperate I would try a choke hold. Pits are not my favorite. I've seen very nice ones attack in a fraction of a second.

What happened to you is one of my worst fears. I;m very sorry it happened. I hope your dog is ok.
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sadly this is how many pits are
they say that a pit might not start the fight but it will finish it
this is what they were bred to do and you can raise em right and all kinda stuff but the base instinct is there
This is so true. My raised one from a puppy. One of our female pits had puppies with our golden retriever. (My parents dogs). He had only been with us and he would growl at people if I took him for a walk. He also ripped the golden's face apart. We never trained that dog to fight or be aggressive. It was just in him. I don't trust that breed at all.
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The only way I was able to break up pits attacking/fighting was with water. They hate water. I suppose if desperate I would try a choke hold. Pits are not my favorite. I've seen very nice ones attack in a fraction of a second.

What happened to you is one of my worst fears. I;m very sorry it happened. I hope your dog is ok.
They don't all hate water, my dads pit loves water more then my golden. I wouldn't count on water to stop a pit bull, you were very lucky it worked. I would look at the stick they sell to open the jaws or pepper spray. I would much rather take my dog to the vet for pepper spray in the eyes over puncture wounds everywhere.
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Oh no!! I'm so sorry! And am so glad it sounds like you will both be okay. I completely understand the helpless feeling. Felt the same way after Cafall's attack. We'll be keeping you both in our thoughts.
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Lillie is home, lungs showed clear on x-ray, but she is really
"ouchy" and the vet sent us home with pain meds and anti-inflams.
She shrinks away from my hand when I run it down her back, at
one point the dog had her pinned on the asphalt and I think she hurts
from that. We are both going to just try and relax and recover now.
It could have been a lot worse after all.

Thank you all for the kind words, it helps!
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There is nothing wrong with pitbulls. It's part of the breed description for the UKC APBT. And it should not change your option of the breed.

Border Collies are bred for herding.
German Shepherds are bred for their ability to protect.
Pit bulls have been bred to fight other dogs, it's in their genes. Is it a trait I believe they should continue to allow, no I personally don't. But there are many people within the breed that do not agree with me.

Unfortunately it means that people that decide to own the breed need to be aware of this characteristic and be progressive in not allowing things like this to happen.

Last fall I had my pit mix out for a walk and we too were attacked by a pit. This dog had one goal in mind and it was to chew my dog to pieces. My dog however did not defend himself. His only goal was escape. It took 5 people to get this dog under control (one thing to note is that this dog didn't have any interest in the ppl around, just my dog) and I am pretty sure someone came out with a 2x4 and hit the dog. All the ppl that came out said this was not the first incident for the dog and because of this I filed a formal complaint. The dog was eventually PTS. IMO this whole thing could have been prevented. The owners knew the dogs history and should have been doing everything in their power to keep this dog indoors...they did not, in turn failing this dog.


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