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FIRST ON 3: WPD says pit bull attacked two of its police horses


WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -- On Wednesday 20 March 2013, a pitbull that was with his owner but not on a leash, attacked two WPD police horses as the Mounted Officers were passing through 2nd and Chestnut Streets.

The dog latched on to one of the horses as the Officers tried to get their mounts away. The horse received several puncture wounds and scratches, however after being seen by a vet, it was determined that no serious injury took place.

The dog also bit the boot of one of the riders but did not cause injury.

The dog was taken into custody by the NHCSO Animal Control and the owner was charged on a citation for City Code Violation of not having a dog on a leash.

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Attacking Mounted Police?

Are you kidding me? There is no excuse to have a pit bull on the street off leash. I feel for the dog. Its the irresponsible owner that needs to be collared, leashed and muzzled.

I would have...

I would have protected my horse and shot the dog. I love dogs, I own two and volunteer/foster with a local rescue. If I was present when the attack occurred and had my firearm - that dog would not be in custody, it would be dead.

If you insist on owning a

If you insist on owning a dangerous dog, be responsible and keep the thing where it cannot hurt others. How hard can it be to restrain your dog? If it is that difficult for you then you have no business owning one.


FACT. The term “pit bull” is used to describe multiple breeds including the American Pit Bull Terrier,
Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and American Bulldog (ASPCA).
FICTION. A DNA test is the only way to accurately determine a dog’s breed. Even shelter workers
misidentify breeds nearly 75% of the time (Denver Post).
FICTION. Like any other breed, pit bull type dogs are a product of their environment. Proper training,
healthcare, and other factors affect temperament and behavior.
• Pit bulls have an 86% AmericanTemperamentTesting Society passing rate.That’s higherthan
miniature poodles(77.9%), beagles(80.3%), or collies(79.7%)(ChicagoTribune).
• Pit bullswere known as“nanny dogs” in the early 1900s.HelenKeller’s dog “SirThomas”was a pit
bull, as was “Petey” of the Little Rascals (Yahoo! News).
• Dr.I. Lehr Brisbin ofthe University of Georgia reports no difference between pit bulls’ jaws and
those of other breeds (The Pit Bull Placebo).
• Pit bull bites draw more media attention than bites by other breeds.A NationalCanineResearch
Council study found an anti-pit bull media bias. Each of three separate fatal attacks by non-pit
bull breeds was mentioned only once or twice in local papers. Comparatively, one non-fatal pit
bull attack was covered over 230 timesin national and international newspapers, and on major
television networks including CNN, MSNBC, and FOX (ASPCA).
FACT. Every day in the United States, hundreds of pit bulls are abused,tortured, and euthanized.Join the
fight against misinformation, irresponsible owners, breed-specific legislation,
and otherissues. Getthe facts about pit bulls, and tell everyone you know.


Pit Bulls

Pit bulls have an 86% American Temperament Testing Society passing rate. That’s higher than miniature poodles (77.9%), beagles (80.3%), or collies (79.7%) (Chicago Tribune).
Pit bull bites draw more media attention than bites by other breeds. In a four-day study of dog-bite reportage, the National Canine Research Council found an anti-pit bull media bias. Each of three separate fatal attacks by non-pit bull breeds was mentioned only once or twice in local papers. Comparatively, one non-fatal pit bull attack was covered over 230 times in national and international newspapers, and on major television networks including CNN, MSNBC and FOX (ASPCA).
Pit bulls do not have locking jaws. Dr. I. Lehr Brisbin of the University of Georgia reports no difference between pit bulls’ jaws and those of other breeds (The Pit Bull Placebo).
A study by Dr. Brady Barr of National Geographic found the bite pressure (PSI) of a pit bull is less than that of a German Shepherd or Rottweiler (The Pit Bull Placebo).
As terriers, pit bulls bite and hold, whereas other breeds bite and release repeatedly. Dog fighters created bite sticks to disengage pit bulls quickly and efficiently. These sticks are ineffective and dangerous when used with other breeds that snap erratically (Pit Bull Rescue Center).

Off leash... and attacks?

'Off leash' is one thing but 'off leash and attacking' should be entirely another thing. Another proof that PitBull owners think THEY are above the law just because they own mutant killer dogs that are bred to attack, maim and kill without warning... all on their own instinct. Penalties should be treble and stiff along with jail time for attempted destruction of government property. (the horses) Too bad the police didn't shoot them... they had a perfect vantage point.... and most police horses are trained to ignore gunfire.

Really??? Did you really

Really??? Did you really write that ridiculous response?? You're honest to God proof of the ignorance of so many people. Why don't you get some FACTS together before showing your foolishness. You probably want to punish small children when they're naughty because their parents are irresponsible. Get educated!!

While anti BSL, pro pit

While anti BSL, pro pit advocates celebrate what they consider victories. We mourn another death of a innocent child. Thus far this year there have been 6 fatal dog attacks . In every one of these deaths only one breed (type) of dog has been the killer .The pit bull has been the only type of dog to take human life so far this year. Please Pray for the families and loved ones of the following . (Braxton Berchardt, 14 months old ) ( Ryan Maxwell, 7 years old ) (Isaiah Aguilar, 2 years old ) ( Esile Grace, 91 years old ) (Christian Gormanous, 4 years old ) (Betty Todd, 65 years old ) What kind of people find celebration while lives are lost. At this rate within the next 10 to 20 days We will be adding another innocent victim to this list. Please join Us to bring regulation that will reduce the mauling and killing.

The biggest problem with Pit Bulls is their owners tend to be...

on the stupid side - the types of guys who wear wife beater t-shirts, have chinstrap beards and repeatedly yell "know what I'm sayin" in any argument and of course, they fail to secure an animal that is essentially weaponized. They rent a house in YOUR neighborhood and insist "Don't hate the breed. Know what I'm sayin?"


Really...the problem is w/people who don't own a APBT is they tend to be a little on the stereotypical side. Do you know what I'M saying???

I own one and am a 42 yr old mother of four. I don't wear wife beaters...I don't say "you know what I'm saying"...I own my home and a work for in an elementary school. My husband of 15 yrs is a supervisor for a large company and he coaches sports for our children on the weekends (with a shirt over his wife beater of course).

My Pit plays with my children, plays with the neighborhood children, stays on a leash whenever out of the yard and is working toward his AKC Canine Good Citizen certificate. We are also working on getting him trained as a service dog due to my husband's hearing loss sustained during 11 yrs of military service...

My neighbor who works for a national company, is a 42 yo mother of two and a breast cancer survivor. She has been married for 13 yrs and her husband is a supervisor for a professional restoration company. They own their home and have three Staffordshire terrier rescues. They play with the children and have never attacked anyone. Her oldest is 13yo.

Where are they?

where are all of the comments about pit bull dogs and how they are loveable?

Why not take the owner down to the zoo on Carolina Beach Road and let him spend a few hours in the cage with one of the big loveable lions or tigers?

Owners fault not the breed

This breed gets a bad rap. Its the owners that train them to be vicious that causes the problems.

not owners-pit bulls are unstable!!!

This breed should be done away with. My friend had 2 pitt bulls. They were very friendly to people. One day these 2 dogs- one was 1 year old, one was 3 years old- ripped their cat to shreds. The owners then had to put these two dogs down!! There wasn't any past occasions of aggressive behavior! This particular breed has been genetically realtered over the years to be killers- no matter what people say/do. If this breed continues to flourish then Insurance on this breed should be instated ASAP- it is in at least 5 states!

Your one of the most

Your one of the most ignorant individuals I have ever ever had the unpleasure of reading. I think you need to do more research on the breed, and STOP being a "typical" wimp when you see a pitbull.

That was a well-trained Drug Dog!!!

That pitbull was well-trained to sniff out ANY Law Enforcement looking for illegal drugs or dealers!

another pit story

I watched a tv special this week about pits getting a bad wrap in the media and the fact is its NOT the dogs fault, its the worthless owners thats causing this for pit bulls. Same with guns, guns dont kill people, people kill people. There are no bad dogs, just dogs made that way from BAD owners !