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Two Pit Bulls Attack in Gilroy

Pit Bulls made an unfortunate impact on the city last week.

Police responded to two separate reports of a vicious pit bull last Thursday.

At 10:59 a.m., an owner was cited after her dog attacked on Cherrywood Court. The pit bull was declared a Level 1 Dangerous Dog, Gilroy Police reports show.

According to Best Friends Animal Society, "Level 1 behavior is established when a dog, running at large, is shown to menace, chase, display threatening or aggressive behavior or endanger the safety of any person."

Just over six hours later, at 5:20 p.m., an unleashed pit bull in the area of Crawford Drive and Thayer Court attacked another pit bull that was being walked on leash by its owner. Police logs show that the aggressive dog bit the leashed dog on the neck and would not let go.

The owner hit the dog on the nose with a stick to get it to release her dog.

The two incidents occurred about 3.5 miles apart from one another.

Dangerous dog classification levels span one to five, five being established if the dog has killed a person or been used as a weapon during a crime.

Do pit bulls scare you? Do you think they have an unfair reputation? Tell us in the comments!

Maria Harrington February 19, 2013 at 04:48 AM
Thank you for asking Ghengis. My dog is so incredibly loving, a people-pleaser and intelligent. "Breed correct" American Pit Bull Terriers posses these traits. It's the backyard breeders looking to make big money that are causing the breed so much trouble. They breed and breed and breed. The dogs end up with people that don't have the time or the desire to take care of the dog and they wind up running the streets or in shelters. Many organizations are working across the country to stop this trend. I will remind you I said American Pit Bull Terrier, which is way different from Cane Corso, Presa Canario, Dogo Argentino, Mastiff, or American Bully. I'd encourage you to go to this website and see if you can spot the American Pit Bull Terrier - http://www.pitbullsontheweb.com/petbull/findpit.html
Maria Harrington February 19, 2013 at 05:00 AM
I read the story and it's really tragic that it happened. The dog was identified as a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, not an American Pit Bull Terrier - that's a different breed of dog. It looks very different - stockier with a much bigger head and wide mouth.
Maria Harrington February 19, 2013 at 05:52 AM
Debbie Bell - Let me start out by saying I am not sadly naive. Pit Bulls were originally bred for blood sports in England. They were bred to fight large animals in pits such as bears. Later they were used for fighting other dogs. The human aggression was bred out of them so that their handlers could grab them while they were in the pit and not suffer bites. I don't know why people that have no experience with the breed think they all snap and attack for no reason. That's not true. Not all dogs bite, fight or kill. I see that you post the same information all over the country - you appear to be on a one woman campaign. Why? Where do you get your information? There are more people in this country than there were when German Shepherds were popular and at the top of the bite chart. More people equals more dogs. More dogs equals more problems. Since you don't live in California you don't know about our Chihuahua problem - they are surpassing Pit Bulls in shelters. I agree with you that the rampant breeding by people that don't know what they're doing has to stop. Dog fighting has to stop too. Based on my personal experience and knowledge I completely disagree with you about everything else and it will have to remain that way. I've had my dog since she was about 1 year old. She just turned 10. She's not going to "tug" on me and kill me. She might lick me a lot or whip me with her tail. I won't die from that.
Maria Harrington February 19, 2013 at 06:45 AM
Jaloney Caldwell - did you actually know Darla Napora and her whole tragic and unfortunate story? Were you there to see what happened? No one knows what happened that day, not even her husband. They had a two-year old intact male Pit Bull in their house along with a second female Pit Bull that was not involved - dental impressions were used to determine her involvement. The female Pit Bull was completely traumatized by what happened. Darla's husband, Greg Napora and his family asked that people please avoid implicating a breed type in that incident. He still has the other Pit Bull living in his home. Where did you get the statistics to back up your claim that Pit Bulls kill more of their owners than any other dog breed? I did a quick search and didn't find anything. I did find this - The National Canine Research Council said this about the Darla Napora case "First, serious incidents involving dogs have always been exceedingly rare, though they generate news coverage that creates an impression they are more prevalent than they actually are. There are roughly 78 million dogs in the U.S., and 308 million human beings. Annually, there is one dog bite-related fatality for every 10 million human beings, and every 2.5 million dogs."
Maria Harrington February 19, 2013 at 10:10 PM
I have a couple of comments I forgot to bring up earlier. In Temperament Testing the American Pit Bull Terrier tested better than a lot of popular breeds. They test slightly higher than the Golden Retriever. See for yourself: http://atts.org/breed-statistics/ Canine Good Citizen testing through the American Kennel Club is a 10 step test dogs must pass to receive the certification. My American Pit Bull Terrier has that certification and so do scores of other adopted Pit Bulls. There are several Michael Vick dogs living & thriving in the Bay Area that have that certification along with Therapy Dog Certification. Don't assume the entire breed is bad because some people aren't responsible enough to have them or evaluate a potential problem. Many Pit Bulls that aren't breed correct have been put down and rightfully so. In a 2006 temperament study the American Pit Bull Terrier was described as "not defined as a guardian breed, and whose standard specifically states that human aggression is not part of the breed standard". This was a rigorous test and the APBT's weren't allowed to show any aggression during the test. The American Pit Bull Terriers showed significantly higher proportion of dogs passing the test than hounds, herding, working, and toy groups. Check it out for yourself, here's the link: Here's a link to a 2006 study Temperament Assessment Related to Breed Groups: http://www.beyondthemythmovie.com/wp-content/uploads/DowdAPBTtemperamenttest.pdf

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