Sadly the media often spends so much time with negative news when there’s Positive Pit Bull stores out there just waiting to be shared. Here’s a story about a Pit Bull named Missy…
Coral Springs – A boy was saved from what could’ve been a deadly encounter with two 100lb Akitas. His savior was a Pit Bull. Witnesses said after fifteen minutes and several struggles Missy pulled the dogs off the boy. During the horrific attack the dogs had bit his skull and ripped off much of his left ear. Missy’s injuries were less severe. She suffered some scrapes and cuts on the shoulders and buttocks and was back home after receiving stitches.
The boy and some friends were outside the dogs’ home. They’d gotten out of the house and that’s when the attack occurred. Missy’s owner lived next door and was outside drinking coffee when the attack began. He’d handed another witness a metal pipe to get the dogs off the boy. Unsuccessful at diffusing the situation the owner let his dog out .
“Missy saved the day, she just went out there and broke the fight up.” – Missy’s owner.
The owner of the Akitas was cited for not putting her dogs on leashes, no dog tags, no proper rabies vaccinations, and the attack. More then $800 in fines. At the time of the article the family being friends with the owner hadn’t decided whether to press any charges.
The dogs involved in the attack were sent to undergo a dangerous dog investigation. If found dangerous: owner may keep the dogs if certain requirements are met (muzzling when left home alone, dangerous dog signs posted on property), may appeal decision, or surrender the dogs to be euthanized.
It’s important to point out that the Akita Club of America’s website states this intelligent and loyal breed has complex personalities. They can exhibit aggressive tendencies though not necessarily toward humans.
Sadly this is a perfect example of how any dog can attack. If an owner doesn’t take dog ownership seriously horrific things can and will happen. In this particular story the ‘villains’ were not Pit Bulls, the ‘hero’ was. Another interesting thing to point out is that the police did not document any information about the ‘hero’ of this story. Perhaps some may ask why that is so. Others will point out that it’s because she was a Pit Bull. After all this is a positive Pill Bull story The ‘hero’ was played by one of those infamous “dangerous dogs”.
Missy felt protective towards the boy. She’d most likely played with him on many occasions. Her young owner was this victim’s best friend. She considered him part of her ‘family.’ Any owner and advocate knows that a Pit Bull is loyal and protective.
Original story, Pit bull leaps to rescue
by Hector Florin. 11/08/03