Dear PoPville – My Friend Was Attacked by a Pitbull – What Can We Do?

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Dear PoPville,

On Monday evening, my friend was going for a run and apparently startled a pitbull as he turned a corner at Harvard and Georgia. The pitbull attacked, and the owner left the scene. My friend spent a few hours at the hospital, thankfully only with an insane amount of stitches, and the police eventually caught up with the owner, but right now, the dog is just in quarantine in the owner’s home.

Apparently, this dog has bit 4 other people, and my friend is really lucky he didn’t need surgery. We’ve called animal control and the Department of Health, but just wanted to know if anyone who has experienced anything like this might have some advice for how we can make sure this is handled properly. We don’t want the dog to have to be euthanized, but it really needs to at least have a muzzle, and the owner should be liable for something.

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  • Why don’t you want the dog euthanized? Who is next? A small child? Of course many will say we would like to have the owner euthanized…

    • +1 as a dog owner myself, even though the owner is totally responsible, this dog needs to be stopped. A description of the dog should also always be posted with these kinds of posts or they’re totally useless to the public. Pit bulls are intimidating dogs, they can be great, banning them is idiotic, as thousands of innocent pits will die, but the first offense against a human should have been taken more seriously.

    • mighty kind of you to say you don’t want the dog euthanized, but if the 4 prior attacks statistic is true, this dog is dangerous and should be put down.

      A dog who has bitten 5 people, the latest so severely it took an “insane amount” of stitches to address, cannot be trained to stop.

  • Four unprovoked seriously violent attacks and you’re worrying about the well-being of the KID? Oh, sorry, that says “dog”. My god, I hope it will be ok.

  • 1 bite, the dog gets off the hook.
    2 bites, the owner is responsible for all damages.
    5 bites (with at least this one unprovoked?) Sorry, but that dog needs to be euthanized.

  • this dog must be euthanized. Im a dog lover too but its clear that the owner has no idea how to control this dog. There are so many pitbulls in the petworth/parkview area its really scary. Please don’t go soft on this owner or dog. the next attack could be so much worse. Does the owner have any criminal liability in this situation?

  • You can try and sue the owner and collect through the owner’s home insurance company (if the owner has insurance) to be reimbursed for medical. I hate to be heartless, but after working summers at the SPCA, you see a lot of bad dogs (usually because they have bad owners), and there’s not much you can do to save them. Sorry.

  • I agree this dog needs to be put down. 4 attacks is far too many. A child could get killed.

    • I’m confused by all the focus on children. Couldn’t an adult get killed by it too?

      • Children get attacked more often, and tend to be hurt worse, than adults. Adults have a much better chance of fighting back.

        Some stats from the humane society:

        50% of dog attacks involved children under 12 years old

        82% of dog bites treated in the emergency room involved children under 15 years old

        70% of dog-bite fatalities occurred among children under 10 years old

        Bite rates are dramatically higher among children who are 5 to 9 years old

        Unsupervised newborns were 370 times more likely than an adult to be killed by a dog

        65% of bites among children occur to the head and neck

        • That’s all well and good, but I don’t want laws being based on a reactionary “won’t something think of the children?!?!” mentality.

        • Anonymous 3:49 get a clue. If children are disproportionately injured by dog attacks, then somebody actually should “think of the children.” What is wrong with you?

          • Well, it seemed like an odd statement to me because it demonstrated a dismissive attitude toward the possibility that an adult could be killed or badly injured. Even if it’s not as likely, isn’t it something equally worthy of concern? Or are children more important than adults?

  • Agreed with others… the dog needs to be euthanized, and the OP’s friend should try collecting through the dog’s owner’s insurance company.

  • we have been down this road on more than one occasion with a dog in our neighborhood. the laws are stronger to protect the animal then innocent citizens being terrorized by the animal. animal control in DC has been horrible to work with in my experience. they are overwhelmed and subsequently incompetent. After one incident an officer told us that we needed to get a gun and shoot the animal ourselves. I mean…really.

  • i am so sick of pit bulls, ban them!

    • “Ban them” – this reaction is rooted in ignorance. Pit bulls are great family dogs, if properly socialized and not mistreated. To be clear, I’m not defending the dog that attacked this person. Punish the deed (and negligent owners), not the breed. Any kind of dog can bite. Please educate yourself before advocating for a totally ineffective ‘solution’ like breed-specific legislation.

      • I don’t like the sledgehammer vs scalpel approach either, but what are you pit lovers doing to protect the populace…and dogs?

        • Don’t take a scalpel to a pit bull! Cutting them only makes them angrier!

        • I can’t speak to what the OP does for pit bulls, but I donate to PB rescue leagues that are known to rehabilitate their dogs. I educate people about what it takes to own a PB (it isn’t easy training a dog with that much energy and stubborness).
          Also, I simply refuse to allow dogs like the one in this attack to go unpunished. I’m sorry, I love pitties but any dog that attacks 5 times is not going to stop attacking.

      • Blah, blah, “pit bull owner,” blah blah.

        Ban. Them.

        • Wow, you’re smart! You need to contribute more to this board. Wait a minute, are you running for office in Missouri?

          • So, how old is your pit bull type dog, Sweetsound? And how many people are forced to cross the street each time you walk it in this dense urban environment, because they can’t possibly know if you’re walking an attack dog, or you’re one of the “good owners?” The breed is abnormally dangerous and should not be permitted in cities. Sorry.

          • I have to laugh, because while my 2 cats are slightly chubby, they’re not even close to a pit bull in size. And the only dog I’ve ever had as an adult was a bichon frise.

            So that renders your argument somewhat moot. And while you’re entitled to think whatever you want, don’t expect people to put any real stock in your opinion when blah blah blah is the best you’ve got.

        • Perhaps it is you, 1300blk, who doesn’t belong in a ‘dense urban environment’ if you are scared of passing dogs on the sidewalk.

          • PV PB Owner –

            You are fighting a losing battle. One day sooner rather than later they will be banned and should be.

            Trust me, my little Min Pin is not doing much scary or biting on the streets.

          • Frankie-James: my next-door-neighbors MinPin is a vicious little thing that needs to be retrained. He barks nonstop, rushes every dog on the street, snapping at them and jumping at their faces and has zero coping skills.
            MinPin’s require good owners: if they have no training, they can easily become tyrants.

            So, much like Pit Bulls, Pinchers are dogs that should be restricted to owners who are responsible.

          • blk 1300 let me see if i can follow your logic…. since you can’t tell whether a pitt bull (or any dog) is friendly or aggressive it is necessary to cross the street to protect yourself, since we hear about these types of incidents. It would be easier to just ban these types of dogs. I subscribe to the DC MPDs text message alerts. This past week I got about 15 text messages for acts of violate crimes in Park View (where I live) and the surrounding neighborhoods. The description of EVERY SINGLE SUSPECT was “B/M” which stands for black male, most of them also described as 20-30y/o or as teenagers, often wearing baggy jeans and a hooded sweatshirt. Should people who don’t want to get robbed at knife or gun point cross the street every time they see someone who fit that description? Maybe we should just ban young black males, since they seem to be committing a lot more violate crimes in this city than any other demographic?
            Sounds crazy dosen’t it…..moron.

        • If you want to ban PBs, also think about banning other breeds known to be people and dog aggressive. Akitas, Chows, and Sharpeis all have histories of attacking their owners and even Labs are highly aggressive if untrained. I personally was mauled by a lab when I was 8 and had to go to the hospital for stitches. The issue is usually poor to no training and bad owners.

          • I totally agree with you that lack of training causes a major problem with larger dogs in the city. Oh, and to half the dog owning readers out there who think your dog is one of the well trained ones, he/she is not.

            If your dog jumps the shit out of a passing acquaintance or a dinner guest coming through the doorway stop laughing it off and calling him “excited”. God that’s effing annoying.

          • SF, did it ever occur to you that your hosts with the jumping dogs are embarrassed by their dogs’ behavior and are just trying to put a positive spin on things? Training a dog to not do normal dog things is a very long and difficult process. It takes years of hard work and you can’t exactly ban people from entering your house during the process. Be thankful they’re not the type of people who beat their dogs because they don’t have the patience to train them.

      • sure any dog can bite, but only few have bits that can kill. There is no inherent good in continuing the breed over any other breed. Why are people so concerned about unborn pitbulls?

      • i dont get all the hipster pit bull apologists. just get another dog breed! i know u wanna be tough or macho.

        • For many people it’s not that they want a “hipster” pit bull – rather, it’s many of the dogs at the shelter have some pit bull in them, and they would prefer to save the dog from euthanasia rather than buy a designer dog breed.

        • whaaaaa?

        • In other words, your only experience with pit bulls is seeing them in passing in your inner-city neighborhood, where they are treated like inanimate status symbols. Not a good thing, of course, but you are ignorant about the “kind” of people who truly love and advocate for pit bulls.

        • Hipsters? Why does every post on POP end up with a comment about hipsters? What the f does Vietnam have to do with anything, man?

      • I agree with you that most of the bad rap that pit bulls get is because of their owners and poor training and socialization. That being said, you cannot deny that a pit bull is physically more capable of doing more damage than a poodle, or even a lab. Facts are fact. Furthermore, a dog is a dog and sometimes they just snap or get set off by something. So even the best trained and socialized dog will have it’s bad day and unfortunately the breed will do more damage.
        This is where the owner seriously needs to step in and be able to handle their dog. I’ve seen too many people walking pit bulls in DC that are not capable of physically controlling the dog… I’m not for banning the breed but people should really be more conscious of what they have.

    • It’s not the breed, it’s the owner who doesn’t treat them properly or know how to handle the dog. Don’t ask me how you fix that problem, but a general ban seems unfair and illogical.

      • unfair to who? unborn pitbulls?

        • People that already own them, or would like to in the future. Maybe people should be required to take a class, course, etc. before having a pit bull, but an outright ban is unnecessary.

        • sometimes i think people get pitbulls just to show others how wrong they are about the breed.
          lame. banning the breed hurts fewer people than have been bit by the breed.

          • As someone already said, many of the pits you see were adopted from shelters or rescues because they are an abundant breed. The problem in this case isn’t people wanting pits – though they are, by nature, a loving kind of dog, and I know several great pits – but people breeding pits that end up unwanted. I say we end ALL breeding of ALL dogs, except those needed for specific services, like police dogs and seeing eye dogs. Everyone who buys a designer dog could have saved a life in a shelter.

        • For one thing, it drives the breeders underground because they CAN’T be legitimate. That leads to irresponsible breeding practices and unhealthy dogs.

    • Many American communities are overturning their breed specific dog bans because they do not make communities safer for anyone. Just look to P.G. County for proof of that. “Ban it!” is a knee-jerk reaction, not a sound or effective policy prescription.

  • His last album wasn’t his best work, and he’s always had a tough-guy persona. But random attacks in DC? I didn’t know he was even on tour.

    Oh, “a” pitbull….

  • OP –

    Can you give a description of the dog and also say whether the dog was on a leash, in a yard, or roaming freely? I run down Harvard from Georgia all the time and would appreciate knowing what I should be on the lookout for so I can take some precaution should I encounter this dog. Thanks!

  • To BitterElitist, I’m not sure what you mean by “what are you pit lovers doing to protect the populace.” I’m one person with one dog. I give it lots of love. I encourage good behaviors and discourage bad ones through proper training methods. I’m lucky that my dog was predispositioned to be sweet and loving (and based on the other pits I’ve met, these are common traits), and I encourage this as much as I can.

    To 1300blk, I’m not sure what to do about people who cross the street when they see my dog and me coming. I’m not usually in the business of catering to other people’s fears and stereotypes.

    • +1

    • bfinpetworth

      Unfortunately, in this city where there is a clear problem of thugs having uncontrolled pits, it is not irrational fear. It is playing the odds that one day, one of those pits you pass on the sidewalk will very likely BE the aggressive pit we fear. So you can keep walking you dog around but do not smugly assume that our fear is irrational. It isn’t.

    • Pit bull mixes represent less than five percent of dogs, but are responsible for more than a third of dog attack fatalities. You can presume that your dog is “good” — maybe it is, maybe it isn’t – but you can’t project the supposed qualities of your dog onto the tens of pits in my part of Petworth that are kept three to a concrete slab in back yard all day every day, and I can’t know which owner you are. The breed is capable of doing incredible damage, and does. Sorry if you can’t see that.

  • bfinpetworth

    Definitely euthanize. This coming from a former Rotty owner who dealt with people’s fears, albeit unwarranted in my dog’s case. But if she ever attacked anyone unprovoked, I would do the responsible thing and put her down.

    Because of all the pits and other aggressive animals in the neighborhood, I never go out walking without my pepper spray. You just never know when some dimwit is going to be walking down the street acting tough with his dog off leash (seriously, why do these guys think it is macho to walk a dog off a leash???) and placing me (and possibly my dogs) at risk.

  • the problem is that the majority of pit bulls owners I see in petworth out walking their dogs don’t seem to have much control of them even on a leash. I walk a small dog (old and about 17 lbs) and I always steer clear not so much because of the pit bull but more because of the clueless owners who employ such helpful tactics as such screaming “sit the fuck down can’t you see thats a puppy” at their dog when they see us approaching. And yes that actually happened this week. I steered my liittle guy in the opposite direction. A pitbull with that kind of owner is a trouble. So yes, I would support a ban. the dog culture in a lot of places just does not emphasize proper training and control of large/strong breeds.

  • First – sue the heck out of the dog owner (suprised the other folks didn’t).
    Second – Pitt Bulls are great dogs. If you ever watched Little Rascals – the dog was a Pitt. They were considered the greatest family dogs and protective of kids. The dog isn’t the problem – it is the owners, and sadly Pitts attract a terrible ‘breed’ of owner.
    Third – the headline should be changed to just “My Friend Was Attacked by a Dog – What Can We Do?”

  • Lets just cut the crap with this “if properly socialized and not mistreated” stuff.

    By that metric pet tigers are safe, for years and years until they eat your face for no apparent reason. Ask Roy.

    Yes, animals are animals but some breeds are far more inherently violent than others. I volunteered at a shelter for years and saw countless abused dogs of all breed. The abused and mistreated labs, retrievers etc simply retreated to a corner and cowered from people and other animals. Mistreated pits were always on the offensive, always looking for a fight.

    Yes, I know many people have pits and have never had problems with them, but more do and it astounds me that people go to such lengths to make up subjective clap trap to defend a genetically violent animal.

    • From a friend active in the animal rescue community: When a lab bites someone, it doesn’t end up in the news. The bite rate for pits is actually quite low. Also, pits are not really a breed, dogs are so mixed and only something like 6% of genes goes to the shape of a head, which is how most people judge pits — there are dozens of breeds that can contribute to a square-shaped head. Moreover, a dog can look all pit, and actually be 90% other breeds, and vice versa. So you gotta question everytime someone claims it’s a pit. The dogs that are biting and killing people are not “family” dogs — that is, they aren’t raised in a loving home. They are often chained, abused, undersocialized, etc. Unfortunately pits are subject to more abuse than any other dog. Even then, it’s amazing how many maltreated pitbulls have turned out to be wonderful — take the Vick dogs, over half of whom ended up in families, some with kids, even one is a therapy dog.

      • Don’t you know? The definition of a pit bull is “any dog that attacks someone.” If it didn’t attack someone it can’t be a pit bull and if it did, it must be!

    • Well-stated. +100

  • Hi all,
    I am the person who submitted this to PoP, and I perhaps naively didn’t think it would become an entirely anti-pitbull forum. Two things first- the dog was on a leash and is 14 years old, to answer someone’s question. Secondly, I understand that there is a good chance that the dog will be euthanized, but before that happens, it needs to be established as a dangerous animal, etc. I didn’t mean to call out pitbulls as a nasty breed by including it in the title, but the truth is, another kind of dog probably wouldn’t have caused so much damage. I legitimately intended for this to be a posting to get advice from people who have also had run-ins with animals in the District who could recommend effective courses of action, but I understand that the pitbull debate might be more interesting. Many thanks to those who have made suggestions.

    • If this were a dachshund who bit 5 people, it would still need to be put down. The pitbull part just adds to it.

    • So getting back to practical advice – the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance may cover this – but realistically, such an irresponsible dog owner probably doesn’t have any. Someone’s unleashed dog once took me out & broke my elbow while I was roller-blading on Beach drive and his insurance was very happy to settle without being sued.

      If the person has a job where wages could be garnished, it could be worth your while to sue – at least in small claims. And yes, this dog should be euthanized – with no guilt. Again, this is an irresponsible owner, so one must accept that a requirement for a muzzle will not be honored.

      • +1. I was also wondering if an owner that irresponsible would even have insurance, but it’s worth investigating.

        And +1 on a muzzle not being a realistic option — an owner that irresponsible is not going to suddenly become responsible and muzzle his/her dog every time the two of them go for a walk.

  • If you startled me I would bite you too.

  • The United Kennel Club says of American Pit Bull Terriers, “Because most APBTs exhibit some level of dog aggression and because of its powerful physique, the APBT requires an owner who will carefully socialize and obedience train the dog.” The breed’s name refers to the fact that it is bred to fight and kill in a pit. The fact that they are the dominant breed in Popville reflects both our ghetto mentality and bleeding-hearted stupidity. So that nobody loses their beloved pittie (What a pity!), we ban them in 15 years, making the purchase, sale, rescue, etc. of Pit Bulls illegal in the meantime. When the market for Pits disappears, the need for rescues goes with it. Surely we can love another breed.

    • Here’s the AKC description: “The Am Staff is a people-oriented dog that thrives when he is made part of the family and given a job to do. Although friendly, this breed is loyal to his family and will protect them from any threat. His short coat is low-maintenance, but regular exercise and training is necessary.”

      The problem with these dogs is they are too protective of their “family” and unfortunately, when improperly trained, they may defend their family by attacking strangers on the street who they see as a threat. And of course, they’re very strong dogs.

      I wouldn’t ban them, but I think rescue shelters do the community a disservice by offering up abused and/or neglected pit bulls as rescue pets. If there’s so many unwanted pets to begin with, why not offer up the other unwanted breeds that aren’t nearly as strong or powerful, or prone to mistreatment by previous owners who wanted a dog to look and act tough.

  • why can’t we have a surplus of chihuahuas in shelters, like Los Angeles does?

    • There are chihuahuas available for adoption at many animal shelters. If you want to adopt one, you should get off prince of petworth and get on petfinder.

    • Man if there was ever a breed to ban it’s Chihuahuas. Ugly, mean, prone to bite, annoying yip yip yip all day.

    • anonymouse_dianne

      re: chihuahuas — the Washington Animal Rescue League just took in 24 from a hoarding situation.

      re: pit bulls – definition please. Ah, I thought so. “Any dog that bites.” There is nothing special about pit bulls that makes them more dangerous. Read Karen Delise Pit Bull Placebo and the National Canine Research Council’s statistics on dog bites.

  • All of this debate sounds an awful lot like the two sides of the old “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” argument. It may be true that Pit Bulls are only problematic when in the hands of the wrong people but do those of you who take the view that they shouldn’t be banned also believe that assult weapons should be legal? In the hands of the “right” people, assult weapons pose little danger to society.

    • I’m replying to my own post here but perhaps the answer is to require some kind of permit to own dogs of a “dangerous” breed.

      • License requirements for all dogs are common in many cities. It should be here, too, but would have to be enforced.

      • There is no such thing as a dangerous breed. So, we can ban them, and ban unicorns, but both bans would be equally silly.

        • Monica, this just seems like an irrational excuse to me. Breeds are breeds because they are animals selectively bred for specific purposes. Your post makes no more sense than saying “there is no such thing as a breed that excels at retrieving, or tracking by scent, or swimming, or running fast.” Pit bull terriers were bred for many years as fighting dogs, and they were bred selectively for traits that made them effective killers. The ones who weren’t died in the pit. I’m not saying it’s the dog’s fault and in most cases I’m sure animals of this breed are perfectly fine when handled by responsible owners, but to try to pretend there’s nothing more potentially dangerous to safety about this breed than, say, beagles, is silly. My nephew’s lab, mauled by a pit bull terrier that did so much damage he had to be put down, is just one of countless examples.

  • Dog needs to be euthanized, sorry to hurt feelings. Danger to public trumps compassion for animals in any case of a domestic animal attacking humans.

    Whether or not pits make great family pets, as some say, can we agree they should all be spayed or neutered, and people shouldn’t actively be breeding a dog that seems to be the favorite of those who want an aggressive animal to show off or bolster their own egos?

    And while we’re talking about family dogs, isn’t a lab or golden retriever a better family dog on all accounts? You don’t often read about golden’s going crazy, or having to be shot by a police officer.

  • Why is this owner not up on criminal charges? If this dog has been in 5 documented attacks – the dog should already have been euthanized, and the owner should be held responsible – both civil and criminal.

    Pits are beautiful animals. Irresponsible owners are scum humans.

  • I love this website and read it all the time, I try not to read the comments sections because it’s like a bad and often uninformed version of the old Crossfire show on CNN (you’re stupid! no, YOU’RE stupid!). But as I read through this, I have to weigh in. Banning pit bulls, or enacting any BSLs, does absolutely nothing positive. It only demonizes the dog and breeds unreasonable fear. Pit bulls are great dogs, but like most dogs, especially ones in the terrier family, they require regular exercise, socialization, and discipline. I get upset because I see what these dog fighting rings have done physically to pit bulls (incomprehensible abuse) but then also how they have influenced public perception of the breed as vicious killers. And even more disappointing is watching the media prey on this fear by writing and showing one-side stories. Now, that being said, this attack with the person who posted this story is awful as well. The dog got scared and lashed out, probably due to a variety of reasons like poor socialization and neglect being at the top of the list most likely. I am sorry for what happened and hope you get what you should from the owner. But I do not believe this dog should be put down. There are lots of rescues and rehab organizations that will take it and reshape it into a dog that can once again rejoin society. In terms of how to prevent this in the future? The answer is difficult to pinpoint. But I do know that simply shutting the door on pit bulls is not it. If you have the interest please check out the vicktory dogs story on – it’s really amazing what these dogs are capable of despite all the horrendous events they have been through. And I know it’s hard, I ask people to please not pile on when a story like this bite comes out, it’s a really complicated problem that killing a dog or banning a breed won’t fix.

  • It’s time for happy pet pictures and stories….

  • yes, yet another comments section that somehow mentions hipsters, Pop’s favorite scape goat. All hipsters rescue pit’s cause its trendy and they are to blame. hahahahhaha They are giving shelter dogs a home and they are to blame.

    No one knows not even the OP if this was a pit pull. A bit pull is not a registered breed, so technically its nothing. Like a Puggle or Labradoodle. This dog could have been a mix, an american bulldog, a staff, a cane corso, you have no idea. Its almost like race baiting

  • Hi…I was actually the one who was bit. Just so people in the area know what the dog looks like, it’s a white pit bull with greyish spots towards the rear. Also, I really like dogs and actually do some work with helping to raise funds for dog shelters so please don’t read this as having a problem with pit bulls. My friends were nice enough to post because I’ve been laid up the last couple days but the real reason for this post was to ask for advice in how to proceed with the legal side, getting medical bills and stuff like that taken care of, if anyone has any advice with that I’d really appreciate it. Thanks.

    • Frank, the dog’s owner should legally be responsible for everything. Whether it’s through their home/renter insurance, or paying directly, they are 100% responsible for your costs. If they aren’t willing to do so, you should contact a lawyer. (this perspective is from a law grad, not a lawyer, do not construe as direct legal advice)

    • PDleftMtP

      That should be right. Your insurance should be willing to go after theirs – if they have any. For out of pocket losses, you might want to consider small claims court. You could sue in regular court, but if the owner doesn’t have insurance or a lot of money you might have trouble finding someone to take the case on a contingency (and it probably wouldn’t be worth paying a lawyer). So, up to $5,000 in losses, small claims. More, or you’re trying to get pain and suffering or other damages, talk to a lawyer, but you’re probably going to need some idea of whether there’s any money to be had.

  • For more information on pit bulls:

    While I was growing up the doberman pinscher and the rottweiler were considered to be “dangerous” dogs that needed to be euthanized and banned. The whole banning dog based on breed is not new. The fact that various breeds have been targeted at different times only goes to show that there’s not much validity to it —

    As a dog walker I’ve interacted with many different breeds of dog — whether a dog is socialized well and/or does not over-react in situations has nothing to do with the breed, but rather, on training, the environment the dog lives in and the dog’s inherent demeanor. The dog I have the most trouble with is a 15 pound boston terrier.

    For more information on media bias against pit bulls:

    • PDleftMtP

      For data on the other side, see the CDC study at Yes, the data are messy, and yes, figuring out what breed a dog is in the first place is tough. But the pit bull advocates sound a bit like climate change deniers – “we don’t know exactly how bad it is, and it’s hard to figure out what to do about it, so let’s just ignore it.”

      There are legitimate conversations to be had about the right approach to the issue. Saying anyone who thinks there’s an issue is a hysterical fool is not part of that conversation.

  • It never ceases to amaze me how you guys are so politically correct on a blog when you are virtually anonymous.

  • The dog should be euthanized AND the owner should be liable for something. Eventually this dog is going to fatally injure someone.

  • I’ve known some wonderful, friendly Pit Bulls, but as a parent of a toddler, any dog that roams freely attacking people needs to be put down. Sorry, but a bad bite on an adult could be fatal to a child. A idiot neighbor on my block often leaves her gate open, letting her two pit bulls run free. The dogs seems nice enough, but with Pit Bullls, you can’t afford to take a chance.

  • I believe D.C. has pretty strict laws about incidents like this – our previous landlord was forced to relocate her dog out of the city because it bit someone.

  • Five bites? I’d say the owner needs to be in jail and the dog should be put up for adoption/put in a pound.

  • That happened to my wife a few years ago, but no matter how many times I requested it the city would not euthanize the owner.

  • My daughter is a veterinarian. They had a guy come in with a totally out of control pit-bull. They said: “No muzzle – not allowed in this clinic.”

    The dog severely mauled the OWNER when the owner tried to put a muzzle on it. What makes people want to own such unmanageable animals

    • I’m a pit-bull owner and my dog is pretty awesome. She’s friendly, a little overzealous with kisses and hugs, and is fiercely loyal to my partner and i. She was a rescue and was clearly abused prior to coming into our life. All that to say that my experience has taught that it takes a lot of attention and positive support to train a dog. Bad dogs are the result of bad owner; not a result of the breed of a dog.

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