Monday, March 31, 2008

Legal battle heating up: pit bull owners vs. Hillsborough County Animal Services

Tampa Bays' 10 has run several stories in the ongoing legal battle between the a family with pit bulls and Hillsborough County's animal services. On Thursday, they ran a pair of articles here and here on the release of Kane, who had been seized and scheduled to be put down after he bit a vet tech who accidentally dropped him. After a year in custody without any human interaction and several court actions and interventions, he was released to the family and taken to a rehab facility. In the latest news, Hillsborough County has informed the family that they are seeking to euthanize another one of the family's dogs. According to the article, the family was served with papers 24 hours after Kane's release.

12 comments:

patricia finchum said...

Bit bulls out law in florida(all) my daughter and finace were attack by a pit bull that hte use to play with.This dogs once they bite you have a bad problem.They bite and then continue to bite know matter how well you know the dog.My daughter just went to the refrigerater and the dog attack at her face thank God she had covered her face.The dog took her arm and shook it around and would not let go.Know the law is involved and teh owner are seriously mad at my daughter.They will not take clame that their dog is now a attack dog.Please take action on these dogs and out law them.They have been known to maul chleren and kill them.There at least 27 deathe recorded due to these dogs in1997 and 1998.Please save lives from these attacks.My daughter may never be able to use her arm again.There should be alaw of owners insurance of1 million dollars for owning such a dog.This is to cover expeses of medical treatment and emotional stress,along with lose of any part or parts of a person.Goverment need to at on behalf the safety of people.

Regi Fort Luaderdale FL said...

RE:to Patricia Finchum
VERY GOOD STORY AND MORAL
I had a family member a child who had a cat when he was young. And kept complaining that the cat kept attacking him. (luckily they got rid of it instead of putting it down like they do to pitbulls when they attack) ((( MANY YEARS LATER HE TOLD ME THAT HE USED TO PICK THE CAT UP BY THE TAIL.))) its imposable to monitor the child and animal 24/7- sometimes the animal is treated bad some times the child. im not taking any side just opening up the box. I have had pitbulls all my life as well as labs, chiwawas (cant spell sorry) huskies etc.. pitbulls have lots of energy which they get from the terrier in which they were bred through. THE BIGGEST PROBLEM WITH PITBULLS IS THAT OWNERS DONT GIVE THEM ENOUGH EXERCISE. They need lots of exercise. if they dont git rid of that energy they get iritable, and begin to chew on things, have bursts of energy, which most people see as acting up. ((( theres always a reason for a dog acting out ))) just like people - you confine them in a small area( like on a chain or prison) they go crazy. (they need exercise) worst case with a pitbull is if it has a brain problem/injury. Parents are quick to protect their children naturally. Unfortunately we cant hear the pitbulls side of the story. its very sad that people are spreading their assumptions of the pitbull hurting its name. (((Banning pitbulls - doesnt make any sence- its like banning humans because of hanibal lectar and all the other serial killers out their.
Sorry to hear of your daughters arm. But at the same time i cant help but think about the pitbulls who are mistreated and killed also. not being fed, being forced to fight among other things. I think the owners of the bad dog should be given greater punishments rather than banning the dog. like a mother with a bad child. logical things like maybe the dog should be required to have training much like humans with the school system. lol and for that matter everyone should have health insurance, not just the owner of the dog. ( lookup RCA alaskas first certified hearing dog- only one o the many pitbulls used to aid people.) interesting fact pitbulls score better in temperment tests than labs and outperform them also. I hope that everyone that reads thas a better open mind about problems in life now. www.myspace.com/tiercekennels

tinyesha1 said...

I own a pit. The reason they attack people is because they do not train them. Pits need intense training when they are young. My dog has not bitten anyone because i have trained him. Pits shuldnt b outlaws but regualted. People who own them should make sure they keep them on a leash and train them correctly. Plus..pits bite when they are provoked...if your messing with them they will bit..they even lightly bite youy wen they want attention. My Pitbull sometimes nibbles on me when im not giving him enought attention. Pitbulls shold not b banned, jus have stricter rules.

samlowes said...

I have owned two American Pit Bull Terriers, as they are officially called by the UKC( United Kennel Club), one is with me now. She, Stella, is the most loving and affectionate dog I have ever owned. I never had a problem with the first one I owned either. It is not right that these dogs are pigeon holed into a specific group because of what some degenerates have used them for. I’ve been bitten many times by other breeds people consider “ a good breed”, Dachshund, Chihuahua, Airedale, Britney Spaniel, Cocker Spaniel, with a list like that you may be thinking, “What was I doing”; however, you don’t have to be “ doing “ anything to be bitten. Two of those breeds were my pets, any animal has the ability and drive to bite or attack. It is ignorance that keeps this wonderful breed where it is. There are books available so one can educate themselves on bully breeds; “pit” is not the only one.
PUNISH THE OWNER NOT THE BREED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kim said...

There are superior breeds to invest in. Breeds that are less difficult. Anyone who has these dogs will never be 100% sure nothing will happen. Never. People who defend Pit Bull dogs look like idiots to the courts and to everyone else after they attack. Every time they turn on their neighbors or their owners or some kid we have to slap them on the wrist and say we told you so. Anyway nothing is more important than a child or the safety of a human being. These dogs can be killers and most people don't know how to "properly" train them so they won't bite. Who wants a dog that has to be trained not to bite? Who wants to risk that and why? Who wants that aggravation and trouble? I think they look like giant monsters to be honest. Who's gonna let one of those things around their kid and say, oh, it's only a bad rap. Let the huge dog lick my kid in the face and hopefully its all just a rumor, that this dog is not like the others. Let me just risk that so I can prove I'm politically correct. Dogs like that should only be used by the police or in a setting where there is a good enough reason to have them. But I just don't even see a reason since other less dangerous breeds can do a superior job of it anyway.

jtucker30709 said...

Pit bulls are not mean, angry, violent, or any other word you want to use to describe them unless those words are friendly and playful. They are not aggressive towards people but they can be 'dog sensitive' but that is all breeds. I own three pit bulls. I also have a two year old niece that sleeps on them. Sound like a violent dog? I think not. What people do to the dog is what makes it mean or violent.

*HATE THE DEED, NOT THE BREED*

carebare said...

You have to train every breed of dog not to bit. Pits are no more harmful then a german shepherd. People train pits to be mean, you can train any breed to fight. Pits are part of the terrior family. Maybe we should band terriors all together. I dont believe what everyone says, In fact if you do your research you would see that in England pits are known as the nanny dog. They take care and protect their family. Ive personal been attacked by dogs in my life. Guess what, None of them were pits. I got attack by a chow when I was 5, All I was doing was skating down the side walk. When I was 8 I got attacked by my friends lab, all I did there was walk in the back yard. Dogs are like people, You cant blame a hole race just because someone of that race killed someone. Ive been around pits alot, I have alot of friends that own them. I have never and neither has my son, ever been attacked by a pit. I think there should be more laws on aniaml neglect and abuse, then to make it illegal to own a certin type of dog. People who train their dogs to fight, whether it be a pit or a golden retriever, They should get more then a slap on the wrist. If a goldretriever kills someone It must have been the other persons fault, Not the dog, But if it was a pit then OMG, pits are mean. Did you know that only 33% of dog attacks last year were from pits. Wonder what the breed to the other 67% attacks were. People should really do their research before they discrimanate. Its all how you raise your aniamls

kristina said...

I am the very proud owner of a red nose bull terrier, I have never had a more gentle loving animal. At the same time he is an animal, all animals have the ability to bite or attack. Most don't because they are cared for appropriately.
Bully's should not be picked on, if you want to pick on one breed then you need to pick on all of them. There was a study done and you are more likely to be bit by a golden retriever, which most people think they are perfect family dogs.
What is it about the bully that makes every one scared, they are beautiful creatures of God and for those who don't believe in God....... the human race bred them for war, they listened to our troops, lived with them, loved them, and protected them. It's not their fault that people are morons and don't know how to care for them.
Every since I got Boo people have tried to change my opinion of him, instead he changes their's. All of the people who have met him, fall in love with him, right down to my neighbor who's terrified of dogs. Telling people that bully's are horrable animals and don't deserve to live is wrong, they live the way they are raised, just as our children do. Unlike our children they lack the ability to become their own being, to think for themselves. I am not attempting to choose sides even if it sounds like I am, but animal's defend themselves when they are being abused, mistreated, or provoked in any way. The provoking could have happened before the bitting accident, animals like humans can hold a grudge. If the animal is properly attended to, all needs being met and outsiders, people the animal does not live with, are suppervised or properly introduced to the animal, there should be no problem. Please do not misunderstand me, but when you get a pet and bring it into your home, you are making it part of your family and just like every member of the family they have needs that must be met, if needs are not met bad things can happen in an attempt to meet them.
My favorite true story of a wrong opinion.........
Shortly after we got our bully, we wanted to adopt a cat from the local shelter for my son. To make sure there was no problems between the 2 we brought him to meet the cat. The shelter worker, after seeing his breed refused to allow us to adopt a cat. Since then we found 2 kittens that were not old enough to potty by themselves. Boo, our "big bad dog", raised them, he to this day loves them, gives them baths, corrects them, and protects them. One of them resently had a litter, while she was in labor he layed there with her and helped her clean them. Basically what I am trying to say is that every body has an opinion, a fear, whatever you want to call it but it doesn't make it correct or right.

Angry American said...

I have three Pits in my neighborhood all of which manage to escape from the owners several times a month and run the neighborhood. It happens, they bolt out an open door, bust through a weak part of the fence, dig...etc. The problem is that "people" are not strong enough to control them. My cat was snatched off my front porch banister and no matter what I did the dog would not let it go in fact it was growling at me for interfering..and though the owner and numerous neighbors were there, screaming yelling, calling the cops ...no one would do anything. They were scared to provoke it. What would have happened had it been my four year old or just my four year old trying to rescue his cat?! These kinds of risks are inexcusable..My family nor my timid animals should be put at risk just because someone else is trying to prove a point. My cat is dead, and the freaking dog still lives next door to get out another day. It is their nature, aggression, just like a lion or a chimp! I do not care why they attack, the point is that they do and most that have were earlier described as lovable great family pets! My kids tug on the tails of their beagle and of their German Shepherd mix and sometimes step on them, they pick up their food bowl when they are eating, and steal their toys ..but they do not maul them to death! Should one of my dogs every decide to attack, I can control them without being half killed myself! These animals need STRICT regulations and anyone that is attacked by one needs to sue the county and owner for everything they are worth because that is apparently the only thing that matters now days..money.

Kristina from Clovis said...

All animals should have strict rules.......my uncle was mauled by a mini pony, my mom's friend was attacked by a house cat, my baby brother got ripped off his bike by a lab, and my step dad had to have his fingers re-skinned because a Chihuahua ripped his fingers wide open. So quiet trying to attack one breed of animal. Your neighbor is the one responsible for their escaped animal. If it was being properly cared for it would not have the urge to break free. Instead of trying to get the poor things killed or whatever you want accomplished why don't you go after the owner that is being irresponsible. I myself have 3 bully breed dogs and only have a problem when some other animals come on to my property and pose a threat to my home.
My neighbor much like yours was being irresponsible and their dogs got out quite often, which by the way was a lab and some other mix. They pinned me and my child on my own land, until my bully came to rescue us. Your neighbor needs to have their animals in training or give them to a family that can take care of them appropriately. It is not the animals fault the owner is failing proper care.
A few more things it is a very well known fact that dogs and cats don't get along and are natural enemies. People fear pits because they are "big", I have 5 children around my dogs 90% of a year, the oldest being 6, they pull their tails, ride them like they are ponies, poke their eyes, pull their ears, feed them by hand one piece of food at a time, move their food while their eating, pull their faces, step on them, and several occasions were they collide into them when playing with their bikes. Pits are known as the baby sitter because they will protect you and your family to the end of their life if need be, and they are more patient and forgiving then 90% of humans. They only need proper care like any other animal, training is part of proper care for ALL dogs.

Karyn Jansen said...

Any animal can attack its all in how u raise them shepards are just as protwctive as pits i have 2 Pits and could ask for a more loveable breed and security. system. Those who are against them are just looking to blame something other than humanity for their short comings yall need your heads examined . its all in how you raise and treat ANY BREED

Store Critic said...

I have three pits and they are the most loving and gentle animals. I have had them since puppies and never had any problems. They don't growl at anyone. The most dangerous thing they are capable of is licking you non stop. There is no need to ban this breed. Anyone who says they are viscous especially for no reason at all is ignorant. How about we ban bad owners instead of dogs. They only do what they are trained to do. It is the owner's responsibility. BLAME THE DEED NOT THE BREED.