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In 20 years working in animal hospitals, and many years doing training, i can say that pit bulls are not more likely to attack "without reason/warning" the way they are portrayed. BUT...they ARE more likely to be dog aggressive. But that is an obvious thing, they owners should have known, and surely did know. It wouldn't be some huge sudden surprise where a dog that was always friendly suddenly became aggressive. But of course, the owners always claim they had no idea, the dog has never done anything like that before, etc etc...it's almost never true though. And so infuriating, because admitting it and taking proper precautions could prevent so much tragedy! And of course, the same people that are irresponsible enough to not have their dogs vaccinated for rabies, and not responsible enough to keep them contained, tend to be the same people that want a "tough" breed like a pit bull....the exact WORST combination. A good pit bull can be the best dog ever...in fact veterinary staff often love them because they are so easy to work with. Super easy to train, almost never fear biters, and they are pain tolerant so not likely to nip at you for giving them a shot. But a bad one, or bad large strong muscular dog in general, is a nightmare. And because they are pain tolerant yes, they are hard to beat off, because they just don't even feel it. And because they are so in tune to their owners, and easy to train, an owner that wants a "mean" dog will get one, because the dog will do anything to please it's master. Ugh.
All those years working with dogs and the worst attacks we had were a labrador and an akita. The labrador...it was so scary, and very aggressive. The owners were in total denial, even though it had nearly killed both their other dogs. When the wife got pregnant we warned her and warned her, and begged her to put the dog down or at least never let it near the baby. She didn't listen, and before the baby was a year old it was in the hospital with a skull fracture from the dog attacking it. Then she went on TV and told everyone how there was "no warning" and the dog had never been aggressive before. Not sure if she was lying to herself or the camera to make herself look less negligent. The Akita was only a puppy and scary, and again we warned the owners, and again they ignored it, and said the dog was fine, and again they had a child end up in the ER after being attacked. He will have permanent scars on his face.
I only knew of one person attacked by a pit, and she'd had a siezure and fell on top of the dog, while seizing and everyone thinks the dog thought she was attacking him and was protecting himself. once she stopped having the seizure he was back to licking her and never bit anyone else again.But, of course the pit bulls we saw in the clinic were the ones owned by responsible people that sought good medical care, stayed up to date on vaccines, etc. The ones that tie their dogs up in the front yard and let them terrorize the neighborhood are not generally the kind of people taking their pet to the vet for regular check ups. I swear I wish there was some kind of class you had to pass to own a dog!
I'm so sorry someone's idiocy had to cost you and your dog so much in pain, trauma, and money. I hope they take responsibility, but given the circumstances, they certainly don't sound like responsible people at all. And I hope those dogs were put down.
Last edited by ktgrok; 04-27-2019 at 03:11 PM.