Pit Bulls can do bad things. But please read this to the bitter end -
A Mountain Ranch, CA man was mauled to death by two Pit Bulls late in August (2010), according to the Calaveras County Sheriff's Office. According to media reports, Sheriff's Capt. Jim Macedo said the body of Vietnam veteran Jerry Yates, 69, was found
by his son, Jared, between two cars outside a shop
building on Yates' 11-acre ranch.
YES - this is a tragedy, absolutely!
The dogs belonged to Sheryl Sellers,
who rented space on the property for her trailer and kept
the Pit Bulls in a fenced area. Macedo said Sellers was arrested on a single felony charge
of allowing vicious animals at large, and her fence was clearly
In all cases of fatal attacks by dogs, and most serious attacks (by Pit Bulls or any other breed) which I've ever read about - there was some sort of red flag....whether it's dogs already deemed dangerous and no one did anything about it, or complaints to officials going unanswered, or even dogs used on purpose as weapons.
As Dr. Sophia Yin points out in her blog, The Art and Science of Animal Behavior, this a responsible dog ownership issue. Yin, who is an applied animal behaviorist writes, "As a veterinarian and applied animal behaviorist, I deal with aggression
and bite cases all the time. In fact these make up about 80% of the
cases that veterinarians practicing behavior see. One common thread
between many of the cases--the owners failed to recognize the early signs
that could develop to fatal aggression."
Again - I reiterate - however this came down, a real tragedy.
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