Mail Carrier Injured After Dog Attack in Concord

June 19, 2014 · 107 comments

A mail carrier was injured after a dog bit him on the hand on Rockne Dr., just off Oak Grove Rd. in Concord.

The attack occurred on Wednesday afternoon.

The victim received non-life-threatening injuries, and went to the hospital for treatment.

The dog, a pitbull-mix, was captured a short time after the attack. It is unknown at this time if the owners of the dog were located.

1 FirstW June 19, 2014 at 8:40 AM

When our Pleasant Hill mail person was bit by a little yappy dog, it didn’t make Claycord?

2 mutts June 19, 2014 at 8:49 AM

I hate happy dogs but they aren’t able to kill.

3 anun June 19, 2014 at 9:03 AM

A pit bull. Shocker!

4 Blink June 19, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Even worse happy yappy dogs

Hope mail carrier has swift recovery

5 Nutcreek Frontier June 19, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Hope the carrier gets better soon, dog bites very painful and traumatic.

6 Jim Shoes June 19, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Shocking

7 Marianne June 19, 2014 at 9:21 AM

@mutts
That is just really morbid. How is your day today.

8 Upsetjet June 19, 2014 at 9:28 AM

The only good pitbull is a dead one. The truth hurts.

9 claytonista June 19, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Hope the mail carrier heals soon. It sucks for people who work in service type fields who have to go to other people’s houses and deal with their happy/yappy/crappy dogs.

10 Dr. Jellyfinger® June 19, 2014 at 9:37 AM

I have a ripped pants cuff due to a violent tugging incident involving a Chihuahua. Thank God the Wawa is such a small breed. Imagine if they grew to like 80 lbs or so. I’d probably have lost the entire trouser. I didn’t need medical attention…. but golly!

11 @#3 June 19, 2014 at 9:42 AM

No, no, no. Despite the overwhelming evidence piling up against pit bulls, there is NO connection between them and attacks

12 anon June 19, 2014 at 9:56 AM

No mail delivery for that neighborhood

13 @10 June 19, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Cuffs? Was that on your leisure suit?

14 WC Resident June 19, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Put that mutt down.

15 WC Resident June 19, 2014 at 10:00 AM

@post #11:

Ok, sure. And the tooth fairy likes to visit 40 year old men.

16 Dwight Schrute June 19, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Pit Bulls are a menace and should be eradicated…thank you.

17 PitBull Owner June 19, 2014 at 10:18 AM

I own two pitulls who are both very well behaved. To have someone say the only good pitbull is a dead one is sickening. You are obviously not educated on the pitbull and only read what happens in the media. Pitbulls always make it in the media but you never see other breeds. Either something provoked this dog or if wasn’t trained right. Whatever it was we should blame the owner not the dog.

18 anon June 19, 2014 at 10:31 AM

goes to show ya, people believe what they want to believe.

19 mutts June 19, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Give it a rest. I typed “yappy” turned into happy!
I also hate auto correct!

20 Pro Fi June 19, 2014 at 10:47 AM

@17 – Agree 100%. The reason these guys make the news like they do is that they are “hood” dogs.. a symbol of gangsta culture. I own a husky and a malamute, both are regarded in the top 10 of aggressive dogs. They have been trained, but I still have to make sure I control them. And my homeowner’s insurance is more then if I didn’t have them.

My sister rescued a pitbull and after she worked with him, he was a great dog, loving, loyal and friendly. There are two pitbulls that live on the other side of the fence, with 4 children, the youngest is about 3. They are sweet and loving, very friendly as well.

I know my neighbors work with them and they are well cared for. Would either of us let our dogs roam free, absolutely not! I don’t even let my guys in the backyard if I am not home.. they are escape artists (another trait of the breed). Owning an aggressive breed means educating yourself, knowing the potential damage they can inflict and insuring you do everything in your power to keep them under control. No different then owning a gun, IMHO.

21 A June 19, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Growing up absolutely terrified of all dogs I have had a change of heart and am the proud owner of a Pittbull. Yes, in the beginning I was skeptical of her nature after all the awful media coverage on this breed. However, my pup has been raised in a loving nurturing environment and that’s exactly the kind of dog she is.

How dare anyone pass judgment on an entire breed of animal. Get your head out of the hole and maybe get to know a pittbull before you make a snap judgment based on what the media tells you think. I am not discrediting any of the awful attacks but to eradicate the whole breed? Let’s get real. How many serial killers, rapist, pedophiles do we have in the human race? Shall we eradicate mankind because of their horrific acts that are often brought on from a traumatic childhood? The answer is no. Let’s look at they conditions those dogs were brought up in and begin to question the owners capabilities of raising a dog.

22 Subterfuge June 19, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Well well, another Pit Bull “mix”. A trashy dog for trashy people.

23 Smart,Goodlooking&Debonaire June 19, 2014 at 10:55 AM

dogs have wet noses. And I know why.

24 gun collector June 19, 2014 at 11:00 AM

I think dogs of any breed need to be properly trained and controlled, just like guns need to be properly stored. It is the owner’s responsibility.

@17

A lot of people don’t know what to do when confronted by a dog and inadvertently provoke it. I’ve seen someone run like hell and the unleashed dog went right after him. Luckily, the dog gave up about 50 yards later. Still, it is no excuse on the part of the owner.

25 Old Kezar Guy June 19, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Mommy and Daddy, Why did fido have to go to doggy heaven? Mommy And Daddy:”Because we’re totally irresponsible people, and he tried to eat the mail carrier, so he was sentenced to death. So remember, when you attack somebody, don’t get caught, because they might put you to death(someday) Now go out and hang with your friends, and don’t get caught. Remember Fido”.

26 Marissa June 19, 2014 at 11:08 AM

I like my dogs, when they bite the mail men I give them steak.

27 TJ June 19, 2014 at 11:09 AM

And here come all of the pitbull advocates – reminding us what ‘wonderful’ family pets they are! Pitbulls should be outlawed. Defend them all you want until your child is almost malled to death by one, then maybe that will change your mind.

28 Charles June 19, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Pitbulls are owned by trashy people. End of story.
The pitbull could be the new mascot for CVCHS to represent its um, ‘classy’ students/parents/administration. LOL

29 Idiocracy June 19, 2014 at 11:36 AM

LoL #28 That’s was a good one… I would never get one but I had met many pits and none have ever bitten me

30 Idiocracy June 19, 2014 at 11:36 AM

have not had

31 @ Marissa June 19, 2014 at 11:40 AM

You attitude is scary…sociopaths walk amongst us…Be prepared to never get mail delivery at your house, and to pay large lawsuit claims, should your dog ever attack a mail carrier or anyone else. Maybe you would not find it funny, if you had even been attacked by a dog.

32 Little Red June 19, 2014 at 11:44 AM

I know Pit Bulls are a different breed, but when I was lsmall my German Shepard (ex Police dog)
nipped a mailman and various people, only when they were up to no good or she thought I was in harms way.
Dogs are smarter than we think..

33 Me June 19, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Okay Okay, I wasn’t going to write but now I will. The never ending question: Why are pits always in the news for biting but not other breeds when, yes other breeds do appear higher on the list for biting. Because a pit’s bite is often more destructive than other breeds and that is a fact. Pits are commonly used for vet classes on anatomy esp those pertaining to the head and neck because of their pronounced muscles.

34 Michelle June 19, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Charles, tell that to the pitbull rescue foundation that use these dogs in rescue operations of people.

35 Anonymous June 19, 2014 at 12:12 PM

@TJ….believe you mean “mauled”, though of course we all feel “malled” to death at times….especially around the holidays.
Completely disagree though with your idea of “outlawing” any specific breed, however. The one to blame here is the owner and those who can’t responsibly raise and care for animals should not be allowed to own them.

36 @Subterfuge June 19, 2014 at 12:26 PM

“Pitbull mix” means it didn’t look anything like a Pitbull, or probably contain any Pitbulls in its ancestry, but it bit someone so we have to find some way to call it a Pitbull.

37 mysteryperson June 19, 2014 at 12:31 PM

I am not a fan of pits myself as for about 3 years ago, my obident friendly smart, brave black lab was attacked by my aunts pit bull, my lab was smart and brave and fought for her life she had 26 staples on he neck and all her neck fur had to be shaved off for the staples. It was horrible. but that pitbull wasn’t put down then, no no no. That pit got to have a second chance. The pitbull later on attacked my aunts other dog, a healer, who was older. That pit killed him. Then she got put down.

They are not “only like them if they are trained to be.” Its by nature once they got the taste of blood they don’t stop.. They are not family pets. If they are your lucky.

I am not trying to sound like a hot shot to pit bull lovers, but my case and this is not a good perspective of pits to me.

38 Ingrid June 19, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Agreed. People are ignorant. Any dog can be dangerous just like any human. Pit bulls were not bred to be human aggressive unlike people like to believe. They were bred to be dog aggressive. Also, a study was conducted testing what breed had the strongest bite: a Pit Bull, Rottweiler, or German Shepherd. German Shepherd came in 1st while Pit Bulls came in 3rd.

39 Cowellian June 19, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Our Mail Lady loves our dogs and trades treats for kisses anytime she sees them.

40 I can sympathize with the pit bull lovers and all... June 19, 2014 at 1:07 PM

…but the truth is that this breed has earned its bad reputation, thanks to both the dog fighting community who have likely screwed up the gene pool through breeding and abuse…and an overwhelming number of owners that use them as a “tough guy” status symbol, but would otherwise not be trusted to take care of a gold fish.

In my personal experience, the vast majority of loose and roaming dogs that we see in my neighborhood are pit bulls. I’m talking 9 out of 10. Every random dog on human attack incident in my circle has been pit bull related. Every dog on dog attack I’ve encountered has been a pit bull. Every dog on kid attack amongst friends and family is pit bull related. The roaming issue alone tells me that the average pit bull owner in Claycord does not have the capacity to be responsible for this type of animal.

I understand that some of you may be great pit bull owners and don’t like feeling persecuted, but the problem isn’t you (or maybe it is?). It’s everyone else who takes on the responsibility of caring for a notoriously dangerous breed of dog, yet for one reason or another can not control them, that is ruining it for you.

41 Lucy June 19, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Any dog will bite! Some just bite a little longer and want nothing more than to just rip to shreds whatever it is they are biting.

42 TooBad June 19, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Too bad for this mail carrier. Hope they make a full recovery and won’t be afraid of dogs. Too bad for hte dog too because it could lose it’s life. Dogs of all breeds can be aggressive. I have been nearly attacked by tiny little yappy dogs or medium sized fuzzy ones. I was bitten by a cocker, a small furry mutt, an akita, and a german shepherd as a kid. Hopefully, people will be more careful about securing their fences and making sure their dogs can’t get out. Any dog protecting its property can be aggressive. My samoyed was a fabulous guard dog and was a holy terror if anyone came into the yard. I always made sure the gate was locked and the fencing was always checked for security. There were a couple of occassions when she did get out and when she did, she’d park herself on the front porch and wait for us to return, but on those days no mail was delivered.

43 Henry June 19, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Pit bull dogs are just plain dangerous because of their capacity to quickly do great bodily harm to humans and other dogs.
It also seems that many Pit bulls owners are low life boorish people themselves who use the dogs as sinister extensions of their sick minds.

44 Good Grief June 19, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Trolls. I’m fairly certain most of the Claycord readers are trolls. I absolutely cannot believe some of these comments could come from normal people. Trashy people own pit bulls/trashy dogs? What an ignorant douche. Enjoy the inbred pup you bought. That’s definitely superior to saving a rescue. Maybe the media could start reporting all of the animal attacks on a daily basis rather then feeding the pit hate and misinformation machine…

45 Elwood June 19, 2014 at 1:37 PM

This is a good reason why mail carriers should be armed with pistols loaded with shot shells.

46 Reality Check June 19, 2014 at 1:48 PM

@upsetjet You are completely ignorant, and it is ignorance like yours that breeds more ignorance. Until you fully educate yourself on the breed instead of repeating what the ignorant media reports….please keep your mouth shut on the subject.

47 someone should have told the mail guy June 19, 2014 at 1:58 PM

to take the breakfast sausage and bacon muffin out of his pocket.

Now the dog is in trouble.

48 Don P - N. Concord June 19, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Probably bit the mailman for his sub par service. I know I would if I had the chance.

49 Smart,Goodlooking&Debonaire June 19, 2014 at 2:43 PM

dog gone it.

50 Smart,Goodlooking&Debonaire June 19, 2014 at 2:47 PM

more importantly, did anyone say anything offensive? because that’d really get the libtard lips a flappin’

LOLOL!!!

51 Fumunda June 19, 2014 at 3:16 PM

No bad breeds , just bad owners .

52 The Realist June 19, 2014 at 3:16 PM

A dog is only as well behaved and trained as its owner, irregardless of breed.

I used to have a large german shepard who was the biggest,sweetest baby there was, until someone knocked on the door or saw a black person. (Most likely abused as a puppy from the Pinole shelter). But she was also trained and exercised properly and obeyed commands even offleash.

53 PHILTHYphresh June 19, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Dogs aren’t dumb, A.D.D., maybe, but I feel its the owners responcibility to attend to their animal’s needs, and manners shold be one. All this article really shows is negligence on our part, the human’s part. It’s not the dog’s fault.

54 Unmarried Man (and proud of it) June 19, 2014 at 3:52 PM

@Marrissa,
Something tells me you live in a double wide, and drink 40’s all day.

Next time your pitt decides to attack me, better get out the body bag.

55 The truth about pitbulls... June 19, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Read this article which tells you all you need to know about the dangers of owning pittbulls:
http://www.dogsbite.org/dangerous-dogs-pit-bull-faq.php

The truth is that most people (Marissa included) are completely incapable of taking control and properly training the pittbull. If you encounter a person who claims their pitt is well trained, you have met a fool.

56 Seems Pretty Obvious June 19, 2014 at 5:02 PM

if home insurance companies make you pay more for certain dogs. That should be a clue on what is safe and what is not.

57 Atticus Thraxx June 19, 2014 at 5:20 PM

“How dare anyone pass judgment on an entire breed of animal. ”
I’ve been on this planet a while now, so I accept your dare. Judgement passed. Those things are like loaded guns, except nobody quite knows where the trigger breaks. But I’m not for banning them, but you ought to be required to carry insurance as an owner.

58 PHILTHYphresh June 19, 2014 at 5:30 PM

my point exactly /\

59 Postman's Wife June 19, 2014 at 5:33 PM

It was a female carrier, may she heal soon.

60 Sid June 19, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Read this by Malcolm Gladwell for a different take on Pittbulls.

http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2006/02/06/060206fa_fact?currentPage=all

61 tish June 19, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Just have to say, as an owner of both a pitbull and a chihuahua, my little ankle biter is more terrifying than the big loveable hunk in the backyard. My 4 year old niece who lives with us, is more scared of going near my chihuahua than my pit. Every dog owner has a responsibility to know their dogs personalities and capabilities, whether you have apitbull, a chihuahua, a lab, a doberman, or whatever breed. I got my pit neutered, trained, and he knows he comes from a lot of love so he’s sweet and listens to us when being disciplined or praised. Every dog has his issues. My chihuahua has to get used to people who walk into my house, whether she’s known them for years or just meeting them. My pit loves every single human that walks through that door and greets them with love and kisses. I love both my pups equally, and at least I know both their strengths and weaknesses, and to not put them in situations where they can harm themselves or god forbid another person or dog. My gates are always locked and dog proof to prevent them from getting out, even though both my “beasts” are terrified of leaving home without me. I strongly believe in “it’s the owners fault, not the dog.” I’ve met a few aggressive dogs in my day. I’ve worked in kennels and doggy daycares. The owners I’ve met let us know that their dog is dog aggressive or human aggressive or whatever. RESPONSIBLE OWNERS! We knew to where to place the dogs, and knew which dogs not to coddle in case of aggression. If you know that your pup is aggressive, and someone is walking up to pet it, let them know who your dog is! It’s so simple! Know your dog’ personalities and capabilities, and everybody will be safe.

EVERY DOG HAS IT’S DAY, SO DOES EVERY BREED! SO DON’T JUST BLAME ONE!

62 Badger June 19, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Baby Pit. So cute.

63 Anon June 19, 2014 at 6:13 PM

“That’s not my dog”
“My doesn’t bite(bark)”
“Who’s dog is that?”

Sample answers from violent dog owners.

64 Dennis June 19, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Gangs/Felons are prohibited from gun ownership. Often, they substitute an “attack dog” for the gun. Their dogs are just as socially maladjusted as their owners. So why not make “attack dogs” illegal for ganga/felons just like guns?

I also have a question for parents who own pit bulls. If you are shopping for your next car, you do due diligence and read up on their safety records. Of thousands of brands/models to choose from you notice that one or two have a higher probability of rollovers, or brake failure, or popping out of “park” on a hill. Or whatever. Unfortunately, the make/model that scores worst is also the car you’ve always wanted to own: maybe a little Shelby Cobra with a 427 or something.

As a responsible parent, you choose something – anything – else, rather than take on the RISK of endangering your family. Sure, the risk is low, but are you willing to bet your children’s – or your neighbors’ childrens’ lives – on your choice?

If you have a family, and choose a dog breed that has a high risk profile, you are an irresponsible parent.

’nuff said.

65 The Proud OWNER of my Banding Mastiff June 19, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Hello to all u uneducated idiots. My dog was in the house when the mail carrier came to my door. THIS MAIL CARRIER provoked my dog. She jumped on the woman and her sharp nails SCRATCHED her arm.. she DID NOT bit her.. my dog is the sweetest kindest dog. Would, never hurt anyone.. I’ve had pits my entire life with 3 children and now they r all grown and i have 2 grandchildren that play with my dogs all the time.. I have trained her since she was 8 weeks old. So shut the f*** up and get a life.. its sickening how all u ignorant people talk.. as a few of u said Pit Bulls are the only ones u hear about.. but again my dog was protecting my family, this mail lady was in the wrong.. but all u idiots think what u want.. I know the truth as well as the mail carrier and I’m happy to say everyone, is FINE.. Thank u to all u that backed my sweet girl.. The PROUD OWNER of my Bandogge.. Read about the breed before u judge..

66 snowwhite June 19, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Pits are amazing dogs. I would own another one any day. They are great compains and do awesome with children. They need to be trained properly. Any dog will bit no matter the breed. If you put vibe off that your scared any dog can sense that, so they will get in defense mode. There are so many things that go hand in hand when an animal bites a human. What set them off? Don’t just go blaming anyone know the facts. I hope both the mail person and dog will be ok.

67 Walnut Creek Resident June 19, 2014 at 7:42 PM

So sorry this happened. Good thing the dog was caught and this was not
worse. That is all I can say about this.

68 Michelle June 19, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Love my pits, but I keep them in cages until it’s time for them to walk.

69 ANNONeeemoose June 19, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Michelle??? WHAT? You keep your dogs in cages? All day? Every day? How many times a day do you walk them? Aren’t they part of your family? Maybe treatment like that is EXACTLY why a dog has bad behavior. They are terriers with high activity levels and VERY high smarts. They want to be busy. In cages? Wow.

70 Animal Control is ineffective June 19, 2014 at 8:27 PM

This is tragic… and avoidable.

In our neighborhood, a pack of dogs have “charged” children, dog walkers and the postman — who had to use pepper spray to defend himself. Animal Control has received multiple reports from neighbors yet have done little to investigate the situation.

It’s not just Pitbulls, but any dog with owners who are negligent and/or ill-equipped to deal with the situation… and sadly, there doesn’t seem to be much civic enforcement.

71 To the Owner June 19, 2014 at 8:29 PM

You are a shining example of the thug mentality of SOME pit bull owners…yep, the mail carrier was in the wrong for delivering mail to your house…sheesh, hope you stick to that story before the judge

72 Atticus Thraxx June 19, 2014 at 8:36 PM

“uneducated idiots”? I hold multiple degrees of lower education, plus I’m an ordained minister of a church outta Stockton. Or maybe it’s Merced.

73 Yhe Phantom June 19, 2014 at 8:46 PM

2013 Dog Bite Fatality Victims:

First five months 2013

1.Betty Todd, 65-years old – Killed by her son’s pet pit bull.
2.Christian Gormanous, 4-years old – Killed by his neighbor’s chained pit bull
3.Elsie Grace, 91-years old – Killed by her son’s two pit bulls
4.Isaiah Aguilar, 2-years old – Killed by his neighbor’s chained pit bull
5.Ryan Maxwell, 7-years old – Killed by a pit bull while visiting family friends
6.Daxton Borchardt, 14-months old – Killed by his babysitter’s two pet pit bulls
7.Monica Laminack, 21-months old – Killed by her family’s pet pit bulls
8.Tyler Jett, 7-years old – Killed by his neighbor’s two pit bull-mix dogs
9.Claudia Gallardo, 38-years old – Killed by a property owner’s pit bull
10.Jordyn Arndt, 4-years old – Killed by her babysitter’s pit bull
11.Beau Rutledge, 2-years old – Killed by his family’s pet pit bull
12.Rachael Honabarger, 35-years old – Killed by her family German shepherd
13.Pamela Devitt, 63-years old – Killed by a pack of loose pit bulls
14.Carlton Freeman, 80-years old – Killed by four roaming pit bulls

[17 more were killed by December]

In the first 5 months of 2013, pit bulls inflicted 93 percent of all dog bite fatalities. This is well above the average of 60 percent from 2005 to 2012.

As the pit bull population rises, more human fatalities ensue. During the last eight-year period (1991-98) that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studied fatal attacks by breed, pit bulls were estimated at 1 percent of the U.S. dog population. Pit bulls killed an average of three people per year.

The pit bull population has since grown to 4 percent. During the most recent eight-year period (2005-12), pit bulls killed an average of 19 people per year.

– Thorough analysis here and notice an explosion of killer dog stats beginning in 2003…wonder if gang related, cocaine felons of the 90”s make parole.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatal_dog_attacks_in_the_United_States

74 Cowellian June 19, 2014 at 9:10 PM

It’s funny how the person calling everyone else uneducated idiots is the uneducated idiot who can’t use the language properly.

75 Monkey June 19, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Hate hate hate pitbulls. Who would want to live with an animal that could potentially kill a human when you could have a snuggly little cuddle dog that loves everyone ? Wawas , pugs, Yorkies, Maltese rule

76 Monkey June 19, 2014 at 9:43 PM

The only person equipped with the skill and discipline to own a pitbull is Cesar Millan. And he even has issues with agression. The average person that owns these powerful dogs hasn’t a clue about them. Stupid people own pit bulls.

77 Michelle June 19, 2014 at 9:54 PM

No Anon, only when they are misbehaving.

78 funny man June 19, 2014 at 10:03 PM

may be we can get bonnilla or marky marky to introduce some useless laws to ban “assault” dogs
fell good legislation incoming!!!

79 furian June 19, 2014 at 10:10 PM

The only way to stop a bad owner with a pitbull is a good owner with a gun.

Wait, what?

Is this the politics thread? I think I’m lost.

80 What about the viscious chihuahuas!! June 19, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Do you ever notice small dog owners really don’t know anything about dogs. That’s why their dogs are always the least well trained and are out of control 99% of the time. I’ve actually seen a chihuahua lock it’s teeth onto a pitbulls balls!!! (poor pitbull..) and the pit didn’t do anything about it!

There are so many ignorant people in claycord. It’s hilarious.

81 RanchgirlCA June 20, 2014 at 5:40 AM

Maybe they were tired of not getting their mail until 730pm… Oh wait, this isn’t in my neighborhood.

82 Rollo Tomasi June 20, 2014 at 7:01 AM

@ #79:

You’re disqualified from helping by both criteria.

83 @Dennis June 20, 2014 at 7:35 AM

I would buy the car I want, then take the extra steps necessary to mitigate the risk. If the car had problems with slipping out of park, I’d make sure to always set the parking brake and block the wheels on hills.

I would never leave small children unattended with my Pitbull (or any other large dog), even though, in his 12 years of life, he has NEVER shown aggression toward ANY human. I hold him when someone comes to the door because he gets excited and might scare somebody who can’t tell the difference between excitement and aggression.

It’s really not that hard to safely own a “dangerous” dog. You just need to apply some common sense.

84 OK so where are you now?! June 20, 2014 at 8:47 AM

So where are all the Pit Bull defenders responses to Yhe Phantom’s facts/statistics? No takers?

That’s what I thought…

85 Aspirin June 20, 2014 at 8:52 AM

With all of the choices for a nice dog why does one choose a pit bull? Are these the same folks who keep alligators for pets and complain when their child is eaten?

86 Aspirin June 20, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Attention drug dealers and suppliers: Get a Pit Bull dog, a drug dealer’s choice. Nothing enhances your reputation as much as a handy pit bull kept with you at all times. Negotiating drug deals is much easier when accompanied with a snarling, snapping set of polished canine teeth at hand. Watch as your drug sales profits leap as you smother the competition. Better than a gun, a pit bull is entirely legal. Get yours today!

87 FirstW June 20, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Watch this video to see the truth about Pit Bulls. http://www.inquisitr.com/1307785/pit-bull-video/

88 Bigjoker June 20, 2014 at 10:11 AM

I cannot believe how many uneducated people have such horrific things to say about pit bulls. You can take your surveys and throw them away. Like all Surveys and stats they can be twisted to product whatever shock factor number you are looking for. Pit bulls are a very loyal and protective breed. Yes I own pit bulls and yes I have them around children. It’s amazing how many people are quick to condemn a breed of dog without ever having interactions with them. I own two and the besides barking at the mail person (Because they are a stranger and come close to the house) the only person they have gone after was a person trying to break into my home at night. He hopped my fence then the dogs ran out after the guy and he was quick to get back over the fence. I prefer my pit-bulls over any other breed. My dogs have never tried to bite me but my sisters mixed Chihuahua’s have. I am not a drug dealer or low life as some of you have indicated. You shouldn’t blame the breed for a few people’s mistakes. By the way do you what the rescued pits from the famous M. Vicks fighting dogs are now used for? Check the links if you would like to get some true info about pits.

http://www.thepetcollective.tv/did-you-know-that-pit-bulls-were-known-as-the-nanny-dog/
http://moderndogmagazine.com/gallery/where-former-michael-vick-dogs-are-now#slide=1
http://www.pitbull411.com/history.html
http://www.badrap.org/breed-history

89 Pro Fi June 20, 2014 at 10:19 AM

To those wanting to ban pit bulls….

Phantom’s post is enlightening, and I noticed that many of these attacks involved a family pet. I don’t think it is a good idea to ban any breed, but owners need to be held accountable. With that said, any breed deemed “dangerous” should require a special permit and handling training. Once again, it is ultimately the responsibility of the owner.

The argument that these dogs should be banned is ironic, considering we are not willing to ban guns in this country. Statistically, weapons kill more humans than dog attacks. A very telling study on the effectiveness of gun ownership and “protecting” one’s property: http://www.huppi.com/kangaroo/L-kellermann.htm I would bet on the dog.

90 MeeVee June 20, 2014 at 10:27 AM

To all of you very ignorant people who are so quick to jump to conclusions without knowing ANY of the facts:

First: Do any of you know why dogs were initially bred and domesticated? And how each breed of dog evolved? They were bred because people wanted PROTECTION. This goes back to caveman days. The humans would feed the animals and the dogs would protect the humans. Great concept, right? So why would that have changed? It’s in their genetics. They evolved physically but they still have the same make up. They are bred to protect. Even if you have a little (or large) meek and mild dog who you dress up- that dogs instinct if you are hurt or in trouble -or they see someone coming into your home without your invitation – they will protect you. And I know the dog in “Up” had an awesome collar that allows us to hear what the dog has to say – but that’s not real life. Dogs stand up and in front of their humans and babies and if necessary- they attack.

Yes the dog was ABSOLUTELY a pit bull mix. One brought up (from the day it was born) in a big family with people from infancy and up.
Meaning – as with ANY other breed of dog, cat or a damn parrot- that
Is where the personality of the dog will come from. If she was raised in an abusive household or to be some fighting dog, that would have beena completely different story.

But SINCE SHES A FAMILY DOG- it’s INSTINCT as it it with ALL FAMILY DOGS- to protect her family. Her kids. Her owners.

So if some LAWSUIT HAPPY mail woman wants to bring trouble upon herself – let her! She’s lucky she didn’t ACTUALLY get hurt.

Do you have a dog? If someone walked into the door jam of your front door that you didn’t know – would your dog sit and be oh so kind? Or would they PROTECT you and your family? If you have the type of dog that would just sit there… I’m so sorry for you.

Pitbull; German Shepard; chihuahua – all protective animals!

Saying all pits are attack animals is like saying all Asians are ninjas; all blacks are thugs, etc… Is that the case? Is each race
One type of personality/profession?

IGNORANCE IS NOT BLISS.

Get your facts straight before jumping to conclusions.

Educate yourself. It’ll help even if you are a ninja. And go get a dog that’s willing to protect you –
Don’t count on your boyfriend to protect you or your gun.

Go ahead. Respond. Goodluck.

91 Pro Fi June 20, 2014 at 10:54 AM

@ FW – 5 stars.. great video…. pretty cleaned shaved drug dealer! ;-)

92 @ Mee Vee (the Owner) June 20, 2014 at 11:00 AM

The dog is not at fault, you are. You were negligent, and did not curb your dog, leading to injury to someone just doing their job. Your complete lack of concern for her injury and trauma is shocking; she wasn’t attacking your home with an Uzi, she was bringing you your mail. What will be you justification when you dog gets out and attacks some kid…they brought it on themselves?? Please reflect.

93 Mailmanmike June 20, 2014 at 11:22 AM

One more reason to arm are mail men…

94 Lori June 20, 2014 at 11:31 AM

I have friends that have pit bulls, I personally would not own one. They have not had any incidents that I am aware of and they seem to be responsible owners. My love for my own children is much stronger than my ego. To each his own, it is not a risk I am willing to take. Yes any dog will bite but I would rather take my chances being bitten by just about any other breed and not one you have to slam with a baseball bat to get it to let go.

95 Lori June 20, 2014 at 11:35 AM

“not” willing to take

96 Lucy June 20, 2014 at 11:36 AM

@68 Michelle!!!!
are you freaking kidding me????? You should NOT own any pets if you keep them locked in a cage “until you walk them” People like you should never own a pet!!!!!!!!!! I bet your poor pups are misserable and angry!!

97 Atticus Thraxx June 20, 2014 at 11:39 AM

I’m calling bullstink. You can’t come on here in genuine surprise with the public’s reaction to pit bulls and call us ignorant and uneducated. You know good and God dang well their reputation and part of you gets off on it. And don’t tell me about how sweet and gentle yours is….I can say that about any of my pistols. Would never hurt anyone. Can I carry them around as long as they’re on a leash?

98 Cowellian June 20, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Michelle@68,
Do you really own pitbulls?
Methinks thou art just stirrin’ the pot a little.

99 Witch Of The North June 20, 2014 at 1:17 PM

That is my job, to stir the pot. Eye of newt, toad spores and bat wings. mmmm…dinners ready!

100 Michelle June 20, 2014 at 1:18 PM

of course Cowellian, someone has to.

101 RD June 20, 2014 at 2:41 PM

@Marissa June 19, 2014 at 11:08 AM
“I like my dogs, when they bite the mail men I give them steak”

I can’t believe you would say such a hateful thing. You should be very careful not to let your animal bite the letter carrier or anyone else for that matter.

I hope that the letter carrier is okay.

102 Monkey June 20, 2014 at 3:39 PM

@meevee # 90. You should learn something about dog breeds. Chihuahuas were not bred for guarding or protecting, but as a food source. Pit bulls, Great Danes, Rottweilers were all bred for guarding .

103 Level-headed June 20, 2014 at 3:51 PM

So I googled “true stories of pit bulls saving human lives”…What do you think I found? In 2013 in the city of Chicago, alone, 7 extremely heart- warming stories, with pictures of the dogs, recuperating from their heroic deeds. One took several stab wounds for its owner. One saved an entire family and 5 other dogs from a burning home including a deaf one whom he pulled through the smoke and flames to firefighters by the scruff of his neck. One alerted its owner to a 98 year old Alzheimer patient who had fallen out of his wheel chair and was near freezing outside. One found an infant who was etc. etc.
That is only one city, one year, one google search. Try to remember there are 2 sides to every coin people. Phantom: I find your arguments are usually more even handed. It is not fair minded to point out only the lives which have been lost due to pit bulls if you do not mention the lives saved by pit bulls also.
Maybe we should treat pit bulls a little bit like a loaded gun. I don’t mean that negatively. But we have to be realistic. If you do not have the proper training to safely interact and train a pit bull, you should not have the right to own one. No body should EVER leave a child unattended with a loaded gun or a pit bull.
We do not, as a species, have the right to eliminate another species for any reason. Where are all of the religious zealots who claim to be right to lifers? Or does that only apply to when its convenient and familiar enough to be a human life?

104 To MeeVee June 20, 2014 at 4:09 PM

If you have such keen insight into why all dogs (pit bulls included) are so protective. And if you are so much smarter than everybody else on Claycord, and if you are such an expert on the history of dogs.. why in the world would you not restrain your naturally protective dog to ensure a member of the public ( a civil servant bringing your mail no less) could not be injured? I find you, the dog’s owner, to be at fault and exhibiting extreme negligence considering you are so educated about the matter yet you took no absolutely action to protect the unsuspecting public. The proof is in the pudding.

105 Wait, Elwood... June 20, 2014 at 4:28 PM

I just got that… pistols loaded with shot gun shells? Really?
Ok,,, I get it. That’s funny. But I still don’t get it all of the way. I thought you were a gun advocate?

106 BossHogg June 20, 2014 at 4:52 PM

ill run over a pit bull with my dually and take great pride in it

107 kax June 20, 2014 at 5:08 PM

bosshogg…..if you run over my pit bull you won’t be taking great pride in it…..

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