‘Unprovoked’ Dog Attack…Raises Our Questions

ASSUMING that this was:

(a) an unprovoked attack

(b) a “family pet” dog…

We then have only several questions: 1) WHERE did the dog come from and 2) HOW LONG was the dog owned?…… and we would be willing to place a bet that:

(a) the dog was a rehomed, rescue or shelter dog

(b) the dog was not owned from a puppy age, or for very long period of  time

(c) that the dog was obtained by the female person who knows nothing about breeds of dogs, dogs in general, or rehomed animals.

IF we are incorrect, and in fact the dog was owned since it was 8 weeks old, by same person, never displayed aggression, was trained and handled with kids and others—we would be SHOCKED. Because very few if any deaths caused by any dogs are by original owed puppy owner. They are almost always rehomed and unknown to the owner. And for the one case we saw where the dog was owned from puppyhood, which killed a baby, no baby should be left with a 100lb dog or any other dog, no matter how good the dog is. Breed should not be the criteria. Common sense should be.

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The male pit bull, a family pet, was euthanized Sunday after it mauled the 40-year-old woman inside her home on the 2700 block of Silverado Drive, a quiet, tree-lined street in a residential area of Pinole Valley.

The woman, whose name was not released, was transported by helicopter to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where she was listed in critical condition Monday. The attack was so vicious that even paramedics were shocked.

“The guys came back and they were a little shaken up by it because it’s not something you see often. They were some pretty horrific injuries.”

It wasn’t clear Monday why the dog attacked, but investigators are looking into the possibility that the muscular canine pounced when the woman attempted to help a man who lived in the home and who was having a seizure or some kind of medical emergency.

The man, who was not identified, was not harmed by the dog, but he was sent to the hospital for evaluation after the attack because he appeared confused, Piper said.

Lt. Joe DeCosta of Contra Costa Animal Services said officers are trying to determine which one of the two residents was the primary owner of the dog. If it is determined that the owner knew the potential for harm and did not take reasonable precautions, he or she could be charged with a felony or misdemeanor for harboring a “mischievous animal,” DeCosta said.

“We’re investigating all aspects of the case at this point,” DeCosta said. “It’s a serious case and it involves a family member, so it’s a tragedy all around. The thing we have to look into is whether this was a preventable incident.”

Brain tissue samples were taken from the dog so that the county health department could conduct rabies tests, the results of which are expected Tuesday.

The victim’s neighbors said the pit bull had appeared to be well behaved. Andrew John, a retired missionary who lives up the street and trains therapy dogs, said he’d seen both the woman and the pit bull on his frequent walks with his own dog, a border collie named Penny.

“The dog had a kind, loving temperament, just like Penny here, but it must have snapped,” he said. “For whatever reason, it must have interpreted her behavior as a threat.” Animal Services officers went door to door Monday talking to neighbors about the attack.

“It definitely raises some concerns,” said Stephen Beaton, a United Kingdom native who has lived in the neighborhood for about three years. “You see dogs around, but they are all generally under control. Right now our thoughts are with the woman and her family.”

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