START A PETITION37,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good

Man, 20, Died of Dog Bites, Officials Say


Animals  (tags: human, killed, dogs, attacks, pitbulls )

Lone
- 2989 days ago - washingtonpost.com
Authorities have confirmed that the 20-year-old man found dead inside a Leesburg house Monday died of bites from two adult pit bulls. It is the first human fatality from a dog attack in memory in Loudoun County, said Adrienne



Select names from your address book   |   Help
   

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.

Comments

Janet G (108)
Friday August 14, 2009, 12:43 am
That is really sad as he was so young. I wonder why the Pit Bulls killed the little Pug, perhaps jeaulousy? This is not good for Pitt Bulls, as there really are some nice ones. There has to be more to this.
 

NOMAILS F (550)
Friday August 14, 2009, 4:14 am
I agree Jan. Stupid dog owner sometimes dress their dogs wrong. Sad story. Thanks Terry.
 

BernadetteP P (72)
Friday August 14, 2009, 6:15 am
wehave traain aur doegs right and that want happen thank terry
 

Linda a (1)
Friday August 14, 2009, 10:33 am
Its so rediculus all these ''ban pit pulls' stuff going on... I live in Sweden and we got this up quite alot, that some kind of pit bull bit a human. But how often don't a ''normal'' dog like a collie or retriever bite a person? Its all in the way we train our dogs. Good trained dogs don't attack without a warning unless they are sick.
 

Rocio C (38)
Friday August 14, 2009, 11:00 am
:-( Terry, a friend of mine has a dog like this and he seems to be so nice! but we must not forget that, eventhough they are dogs and can be domesticated, the true is that they are animals... they may act like that! Humans should be more careful when having an animal.
 

Rhonda Maness (580)
Friday August 14, 2009, 12:16 pm
Thanks Terry
 

. (0)
Friday August 14, 2009, 12:22 pm
Thannnnxxx... these dogs ahve always had a bad reputation.. perhaps there is just to much in breeding with these animals and so little understanding on their temperaments.... Crossed with a Pointer seems to bring out all the good qualities..
 

Glenda J (158)
Friday August 14, 2009, 12:26 pm
You must have the knowledge to be an owner of Pitt Bull Terriers it's not that raising them from a puppy they will turn on you when they are an adult..most people that bring Pitts into their home is for protection and they have no knowledge of what this animal has been threw as far as cruelty. It takes one second for any animal that has been abused to turn on anyone including a child or as this twenty year old..was he messing with their head teasing them to the point of anger..Pitts or any other animal abused will turn on their culprit in time. There needs to be a Law for Pitt Bull Owners to protect the rights of these Majestic Beauties. People have just gone crazy in this World what do you expect our animals to do?
 

Жанна (3)
Friday August 14, 2009, 12:56 pm

is that dogs bite people blame the people themselves - they do not educate the dog properly! need to call to account those people!
 

. (0)
Friday August 14, 2009, 4:19 pm
Aw cmon all you bleeding hearts. The "Pit" Bull is a renegade underground breed. Bred specifically for fighting in the "pits" (Dog fighting arenas). The original "Bull terrier" (from which the "Pit" Bull derived) was bred for working with cattle. (The dog in the "Little Rascals" movies was a Bull terrier).
These animals are renegade and are dangerous. Anyone that wishes to own one should be required to have the same permits required for owning any exotic and/or dangerous animal.
Just a few years ago a 70 something year old woman was mowing her lawn and attacked and slaughtered by 5 "Pit" Bulls in Rockdale Texas. Just the other day a Police officer had to shoot and kill a "Pit" Bull that was loose and attacked him right here in Corpus Christi Texas. BTW This officer is a true animal lover and owns several dogs and cats, so he would never harm any animal that was not trying to harm him.

No !!! YOU CANNOT train the kill instinct out of this animal. It was wrongfully bred into them by unscrupulous breeders for fighting other dogs and FIGHTING ONLY. Please don't get me wrong. I love animals. ALL animals and none is more dangerous the the Human being. BUT ! ! ! The "Pit" Bull was bred by the most dangerous of human beings. NEVER trust one because they can and HAVE killed their owners.
One more thing: I have never met an owner of a "Pit" Bull that I have liked, even before I knew they owned such an animal. Go figure that one.
 

Ruth Soppe (0)
Friday August 14, 2009, 4:36 pm
My grandaughter is a veterinarian. She & her husband had a beutiful pit bull mix . They are gentle loveung people who have other dogs & love each one.One day when she came home from work , the pit had killed it,s pen mate. Soon after the pitattacked her sister,s dog & almost kiiled. They had it put downbecause they are resposible onwers. They had the pit since he was 6 weeks old. someone tell me that owners are the cause.
 

Mandi T (421)
Friday August 14, 2009, 5:25 pm
Something is missing in this story. How could the pits kill this young strapping man without him being able to get to a phone in the house.
Owners of these pits, which are beautiful by the way, need to be responsible pet owners all around. That means training!!
Sad story, they euthinized the dogs too.
Tx Terry
 

Jeanette Steffi G (189)
Saturday August 15, 2009, 4:06 am
I agree with Mandi. Pit bulls are not vicious or monstrous at birth as some idiots out there say, humans turn them aggressive. pit bulls can be the most gentle of all pets if raised in a loving home where it was never introduced to fighting. And those that were in fights can be rehabilitated and adopted.

Thanks for the news.
 

April Standridge (3)
Saturday August 15, 2009, 9:17 am
When children who are not old enought to understand what they are doing, kill or hurt someone are they executed? How can we treat animals like this? Why don't we hold owners accountable like we do parents or adolecents who break laws they can't be punished for?
 

April Standridge (3)
Saturday August 15, 2009, 9:25 am
I have a good friend who is an excellent responsible breeder of pit bulls. She investigates potential owners and requires they sign a contract containing many specific agreements including a fenced yard and her ability to take back the dog if it is not being cared for properly. If more people had this much care and concern for the animal kingdom these things would not happen so often.
 

Terrie Williams (798)
Saturday August 15, 2009, 1:33 pm
Mr. McGlamery, you are in desperate need of education about this breed. If you care to know the origens of this breed, please go to www.ADBA.org Not that you will but I put it out there for your enlightenment. And you probably won't like me either because I share my life with a pit bull. It's not the breed, sir, it's the deed. And the deeds come from PEOPLE, not the dogs.

I have had pits for decades and none of them ever turned, ever bit anyone, ever killed anything--NONE. But then, none of them ever knew what a logging chain is or a fighting pit or a treadmill or what a game test is. None of them ever knew what starvation or thirst or lack of a warm bed at night was. None of them ever knew what a slap or a punch or a kick is. They all knew what obedience training done with positive reinforcement was. They have all known what love is and what respect is.

You said to never trust a pit bull. I would, have, and do, trust my pit bull with my life anyday/everyday over placing my life in the hands of another human being. Trust works both ways.

Genetics plays a part but not all. Today pits get bad raps because of IRRESPONSIBLE PEOPLE/OWNERS who breed them indiscriminently without knowing the lines or giving a crap about their temperament which makes it even harder for those who ARE responsible owners or breeders. I ask you sir, and others who have a blind hatred of this breed, to please educate yourselves with facts and data--not media hype, urban myths or fear.

The lady that was killed by 5 "pit bulls' in Grimes County...was killed by 7 Rottweilers who were let loose to roam by her irresponsible neighbor who had no business owning one dog let alone 7.
 

. (1)
Saturday August 15, 2009, 3:33 pm
These dogs need to be BANNED from the USA and the World! They are good for nothing but killing. They have been breed to be killers, and even their owners are not safe. How stupid can people get? I would never allow one of those dogs into my life, what so ever. I just think it is ridiculous that people even want them. This is a sad story,... about a needlessly lost life. What a mess...
 

Zel J (23)
Saturday August 15, 2009, 6:30 pm
Pits have a bad rap Just like rotweilers did, & dobermans before them. Wow hadn't thought of this but I have owned all of the above breeds. All were gentle docile creatures. We raised rabbits when we had the doberman. The rabbits figured out how to get out of their pens & the doberman would round them up when it was time to feed them. She also was very protective of our children & had nothing but kindness in her heart. I currently own a pit. She was mistreated before I got her, & she is the kindest gentlest dog you could ever imagine. I believe that those that mistreat pits are the ones that should be punished. They raise these kind gentle beings & train them to fight, just like they did with dobermans, & rotweilers, & give the entire breed a bad name. They are more civil than most collies, but do you ever hear anything bad about collies?? No & why because the media introduced us all to Lassie, but pits, & rotties, & dobermans don't have a Lassie.
 

Elaine W (103)
Sunday August 16, 2009, 8:09 am
Well said Terrie Williams. it's not the breed but the owners every time. Poor guy though to loose his life trying to save the wee pug. Just not fair.
 

Jennifer Ppopoli (1)
Monday August 17, 2009, 12:37 pm

Too sad story...
 

Jen M (5)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 6:29 am
Sad story.

To those painting all of these dogs with the same brush: You are just plain wrong. It IS the deed. The problem is that so many people have bred aggression into the bloodlines that you have to be really, really careful when buying/adopting a pittie. It's hard to know what's in the bloodlines, and THAT'S where the problems come in.

I have spent time with pitties, rotties, dobies, German shephards, mastiffs--all kinds of large dog breeds that are often considered aggressive. I have never had a problem with any of these breeds. All of these dogs were lovely dogs. I even almost adopted a pittie that someone had to give up due to dog aggression (she would have been an only dog.) I just didn't have space at home for her.

I really hope that some of the folks trash-talking this breed will take Terrie's suggestion and check out the web site she posted.

I miss having a dog. At least I get to enjoy my mom's dogs. :)
 
Or, log in with your
Facebook account:
Please add your comment: (plain text only please. Allowable HTML: <a>)


Track Comments: Notify me with a personal message when other people comment on this story


Loading Noted By...Please Wait

 


butterfly credits on the news network

  • credits for vetting a newly submitted story
  • credits for vetting any other story
  • credits for leaving a comment
learn more

Most Active Today in Animals





 
Content and comments expressed here are the opinions of Care2 users and not necessarily that of Care2.com or its affiliates.

New to Care2? Start Here.