By NR Staff • 

Update: McMinnville police fatally shoot attacking pit bull

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retiredbs

Good Job Mac Police and Yamhill County Dog Control.

Ralph Brickley

As a pitbull owner I'm glad that an aggressive dog is off the streets and unable to hurt anyone else. I also dislike News Resisters lust for headlines, like all news organizations. Everyone will launch on the 'pitbulls are killers' tag line reading the headline and no other details are given or are probably going to be given.

Wouldn't it be something if the 'victims' dog was the aggressor and the larger pitty responded (very poorly) to that?

My pitty has been barked/lunged at and sniped at by other dogs. Thankfully he stands still and watches without responding except to play, but why not fill in the details News Register?

Once again this story could be summed up in one sentence according to news media. It goes like this:

"Wandering killer suddenly strikes for no reason, injuring two people and another canine, unprovoked and without cause, leaving all to believe once again that pitbulls are bred to kill."

I'm all for killing any animal that attacks others, without cause. I do however, with dogs, disbelieve they walk up and down the sidewalks and attack people.

My dog was walking across the street towards my neighbors with tail wagging and tongue lolling, and for no cause they started shouting and a man kicked my dog. If my dog had bitten the man you would be seeing this headline again. Thankfully he pulled away and came back to me, stunned at the reaction. Many dogs would have reacted aggressively to that situation, regardless of breed.

ThatGuy

When I had a Stafordshire Terrior (pitbull if you must) people would cross the street when we walked her. Funny thing was, her best friend was our 7lbs yorkie.

DeeDee

We owned a pitbull for 11 years and found him to be non-agressive. He didn't like wheels (skateboards, lawn mowers, loud cars) - I think it was the noise. He never bit anyone and was gentle around small children, as I'm sure he thought of himself as one of them. He would chase cats, but only if they ran from him - if a cat stood it's ground, the dog would lose interest. I believe these dogs to be as good as their 'people' train them. He was extremely strong (weighing in at 65 pounds) and one of his favorite pastimes was to roll a 17 pound bowling ball around the back yard with his nose - you did have to watch him or he'd roll it into your ankle or across your foot - which was quite painful. He never bit anyone.

retiredbs

http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2012/07/pit_bull_in_mcminnville_killed.html is an article about this case with much more information. The dogs owner, according to this article, was the person who received the most serious injuries. There may have been two pitbulls in the attack.

just_a_mom

I believe that the police did do a good job, but there were four other women, myself included, who were fighting to help pull the pitbulls off, and who were also part if getting one of them to stop all together. One of the saddest parts about this whole situation was that there were three children who watched first hand the animal put down.

It doesn't matter if it was a pitbull or a poodle, any animal that is out of control like that needs to be dealt with appropriately.

miataman91

In my opinion, dogs are raised to be the way they are by the owner. Either good or bad. It doesn't matter what breed it is. People need to get over this bad breed opinion. I live across the street from a Doberman and she is the kindest sweetest dog. Yet, I have seen vicious Dobermans. That's about all I have to say, but to Ralph, I am sorry that people treat your dog poorly. I am sure she was raised with love and caring.

Mack

Question: How did the pitbull breed come to be? That is, for what purpose was it originally bred?
Answer: to viciously kill other dogs in a dog fighting "pit". I say outlaw 'em.

just_a_mom

I believe the breed was originally brought to America to be a babysitting breed. Unfortunately there were people who over breed or in breed them and used them for fighting.

chella929


Mack said:


Question: How did the pitbull breed come to be? That is, for what purpose was it originally bred?
Answer: to viciously kill other dogs in a dog fighting "pit". I say outlaw 'em.

Well Mack, I am sorry to say that you are sadly misinformed. The pitbull breed was originally bred as a farm dog to assist in herding cattle and hogs. Unfortunately humans have abused these beautiful dogs strength.

Some dogs, no matter how loved they are, like humans, can have an aggressive personality. Any dog can be aggressive, Pitbulls just happen to be the ones who are currently being spotlighted. Years ago it was German Shephards or Rots that were getting the bad wrap, now it is the Pitbulls turn.

My family owned a pitbull for nearly 10 years, and like DeeDee above said, our dog was a gentle giant. She weighed in at a 80lbs and was a staffordshire as well. She had hip dysplasia, and my son at the time was 2, he would lay on her and she would nudge him off and not hurt him. She was kind, and I feel that most are.

Mack

I wonder if the author(s) of this article could ask the police department why the officer didn't use a taser or pepper spray. Wasn't it just a few months ago that a sheriffs deputy was in a similar situation and also chose to use his gun?
As anyone who has read my posts on here over the years knows, I am a big supporter of our local law enforcement and think they do an excellent job. That said, I'm still curious as to why they used lethal force.

retiredbs

Mack I would think the officer would have only a split second to make a decision of what weapon to use. The Officer seeing what the dog is doing, ie.. attacking people and other pets made the right decision of using what he knew for sure would stop the dog. I for one would not want to use pepper spray to find out it had little affect on the attacking dog and get bit as a result. This animal could very easily have killed one of the women or children present and deadly force was completely justified in my mind.

retiredbs

In addition, tasers are temporary at best. This allows the Officer to put the suspect in custody using handcuffs, etc. What would you do after tasing this dog? Can't put any restraints on this animal to protect others and himself. Deadly force is the only option.

retiredbs

Well Mack, I guess the update to this story should answer your question.

Mack

retiredbs, Good point on the taser. I hadn't thought of that.
I think you are right, when it comes right down to it, the officer only has a split second to decide what to do and the most important thing is to stop the animal as quickly and as effectively as possible.
I can imagine he probably felt pretty bad having to end the dogs life like that, but it had to be done.

Mack

Hadn't seen the update...it does shed some good light on things. Just a bad situation for all involved.

just_a_mom

I am so glad that the basset hound is okay. I think that for all those envolved tonight is going to be very hard. God bless the officer who was there and the women who all helped.

CTrunde

Very scary! My sister-in-law, Shannon, also saw the attack and got out of her car to try and help. She used her bag to attempt to fend off the dog, and help get it away from the smaller dog.

The officer did what was necessary. An entire can of Pepper Spray had been directed at the dog, by one of the women, and it still did not stop.

For whatever reason, this dog flipped it's lid, and went berserk. It is too bad it had to be put down right then and there, but choices were limited. Unfortunately, the end result for this dog, was the same. Once he bit a person there, that was that.

There were three young children that witnessed this. My niece and nephew, and the owner's little boy. The whole scene and events, have to be awfully traumatic.

I feel very bad for the owner. She tried very hard to stop the attack. Before anyone jumps to judgement, just remember that "Stuff happens", and it could happen to you, too.

As for "Pitbulls are bad", baloney! As I said, stuff happens. There is a tremendous amount of heartache in this incident. Thankfully, it did not turn out much, much worse. Leave cynicism out of it, and offer support to those needing it. That happens to be, everyone involved.

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone.

mcmac

A truly terrible situation for all involved. To the "pit bulls should be outlawed" crowd, and dog haters in general, please don't put too much faith in sensationalist headlines without doing your own research. Also read Ralph's comment above before coming to such strong, generalized opinions. Not all dogs are alike. This is not directed at News Resister so much as media in general.

BUT I have to ask, you guys still carry revolvers?

Zen

Stop critizising the NewsRegister for reporting the news - teh fact of the matter is, the pit bull was the one that attacked the other dog--- even if the other dog maybe barked at him or something (Ralph), the pit bull was the one who didn't respond well and attacked, I for one am glad an aggressive dog is no longer around to possibly attack one of my children or elderly friends. I'm sure the NR would have reported the breed in the headline no matter what, some of you are just to darn sensitive and dramatic, stop being deffensive and realize in this case, this PITBULL was A BAD DOG

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