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Two Pit Bulls Attack in Gilroy

Pit Bulls made an unfortunate impact on the city last week.

Police responded to two separate reports of a vicious pit bull last Thursday.

At 10:59 a.m., an owner was cited after her dog attacked on Cherrywood Court. The pit bull was declared a Level 1 Dangerous Dog, Gilroy Police reports show.

According to Best Friends Animal Society, "Level 1 behavior is established when a dog, running at large, is shown to menace, chase, display threatening or aggressive behavior or endanger the safety of any person."

Just over six hours later, at 5:20 p.m., an unleashed pit bull in the area of Crawford Drive and Thayer Court attacked another pit bull that was being walked on leash by its owner. Police logs show that the aggressive dog bit the leashed dog on the neck and would not let go.

The owner hit the dog on the nose with a stick to get it to release her dog.

The two incidents occurred about 3.5 miles apart from one another.

Dangerous dog classification levels span one to five, five being established if the dog has killed a person or been used as a weapon during a crime.

Do pit bulls scare you? Do you think they have an unfair reputation? Tell us in the comments!

Joan February 13, 2013 at 09:33 PM
Current State Law: Current State Law: 31683. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prevent a city or county from adopting or enforcing its own program for the control of potentially dangerous or vicious dogs that may incorporate all, part, or none of this chapter, or that may punish a violation of this chapter as a misdemeanor or may impose a more restrictive program to control potentially dangerous or vicious dogs. Except as provided in Section 122331 of the Health and Safety Code, no program regulating any dog shall be specific as to breed. Don't wait for the City Council to change the law as it appears that they can't other than to significantly increase fines for what is already on the books. Maybe one of the local dog training people/facilities can offer a dog safety class if there are enough interested people?
KatiBee February 14, 2013 at 12:51 AM
...where's the source for this story? Sorry, I don't believe everything I read on the internet, especially since there have been a number of fake pit bull-attack stories floating around recently (and yes, they were proven to be faked). So, Jacob Bourne, a source for your story?
KatiBee February 14, 2013 at 12:53 AM
Also...people do realize that "pit bull" encompasses several breeds...right?
Jacob Bourne (Editor) February 14, 2013 at 12:56 AM
Katie, this came directly from the Gilroy Police Department incident log.
OldTimeGilroy February 14, 2013 at 01:08 AM
Did you actually READ THE STORY, you dunce? The sources are two separate police reports from the Gilroy Police Department. Granted, pit bull owners are generally none too bright, but this takes the cake.
OldTimeGilroy February 14, 2013 at 01:09 AM
I do, and I think all of these breeds should be made extinct.
KatiBee February 14, 2013 at 01:21 AM
OldTimeGilroy, I did read the story, thank you. But people (online, ahem, "journalists") make up sources all the time - not to say that Mr. Bourne did, or accusing him. I just like my stories with a link that I can go to and verify a source for. I find it funny how anti-pit bull nutters are aggressive, rude, and otherwise hateful people on the whole. Mr. Bourne, is that only accessible physically (as in, by people who live in Gilroy and can walk into the police station), or is that something verifiable online? Again, not accusing you of journalistic misconduct, but there have been a LOT of fake anti-pit bull news stories lately.
Jacob Bourne (Editor) February 14, 2013 at 01:28 AM
Katie, the log is sent to the press twice a week by the police department. It is public record though, and can be accessed by going to the station.
OldTimeGilroy February 14, 2013 at 01:45 AM
Dear KatiTheDunce: This is from the other Gilroy paper. (Sorry, Jake) You need a sub to get in, so this is cut and paste: Animal attack -Feb. 7 at 10:59 a.m. on the 9600 block of Cherrywood Court, a pit bull ran from its owner's garage and attacked a Gilroy community service officer who was responding to an unrelated incident. The officer used a bite stick and pepper spray to control the pit bull. The pit bull's owner was cited and the dog was declared a Level One Dangerous Dog. Level One Dangerous Dogs can stay with their owners, but are reported as an established aggressive dog. -Feb. 7 at 5:20 p.m. at the intersection of Crawford Drive and Thayer Court, a pit bull owner was walking her dog on a leash when an unleashed pit bull ran up and bit the leashed pit bull on the neck area and refused to release. The leashed dog's owner hit the attacking pit bull on the nose with a stick in order for it to release. The attacking pit bull's owner remains unidentified. " I find it funny how anti-pit bull nutters are aggressive, rude, and otherwise hateful people on the whole." I'm only that way with stupid-ass conspiracy theorists who think all our cops have to do is ride around all day and make up stories about fake pit bull attacks.
Maria Harrington February 14, 2013 at 01:56 AM
Name calling is not appropriate and will not help you make your point. I wondered when we'd be going there in this "discussion". Everyone is entitled to an opinion and shouldn't be called names for putting it out there. Katie is not a dunce. Those of us that support breed-correct Pit Bulls know that not all Pit Bulls are bad dogs just as we know that because some people rob, assault and kill, not all people are bad. We ask that people try not to be so closed minded and label all Pit Bulls as bad. A little self education will go a long way.
OldTimeGilroy February 14, 2013 at 03:10 AM
"We ask that people try not to be so closed minded and label all Pit Bulls as bad." And We, the rest of the world that has an ounce of common sense, ask that people like you quit breeding long-legged alligators that serve no purpose other than to attack other dogs and humans.
Ron Briscoe February 14, 2013 at 04:54 AM
KatiBee or Maria H. please tell me what attribute pit bulls have, that other breeds do not have, that make them attractive to you as a pet.
Jacob Bourne (Editor) February 14, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Here's the pit bull recap from the most recent police log, released today: http://gilroy.patch.com/articles/vicious-pit-bull-tranquilized-small-dog-bites-child
Rosies mom February 14, 2013 at 11:03 PM
What's interesting is exactly what Sue Maxwell says... "child attacked by poodle" doesn't sell papers. So in today's paper when I child was bit but dog other than a pitbull... what did the paper do? Headline reads 'Vicious' Pit Bull Tranquilized; Small Dog Bites Child. Yep you got it ~ start with the pit bull to get everyone's attention. Then a small paragraph at the bottom where the "small dog" bit the child. Sensationalism at it's finest!
Rosies mom February 14, 2013 at 11:06 PM
Here are some quotes from a Pittsburg area reporter after Pittsburg city council declared Feb 16th Hello Bully (pit bull rescue) Day. Bulletproof Sam was on site to accept. He's a champion fight dog. Too bad more reporters aren't responsible and do their research. Those that don't, please don't speak as if you know the truth about a breed you likely can't identify properly nor ever had any interaction with. "Pit Bulls are the dog of choice for the perpetrators of these crimes because they’re so unwaveringly loyal and desperate to please. More than many other breeds, they crave attention and affection; unfortunately, that makes them alluring to people looking to control dogs for unthinkable reasons." http://www.pittsburghmagazine.com/Best-of-the-Burgh-Blogs/After-Dark/February-2013/Meet-the-Most-Awesome-Pit-Bull-Who-Ever-Lived/#.UR1mbiSB4Qo.facebook
Rosies mom February 14, 2013 at 11:13 PM
Pit Bulls are the dog of choice for the perpetrators of these crimes because they’re so unwaveringly loyal and desperate to please. More than many other breeds, they crave attention and affection; unfortunately, that makes them alluring to people looking to control dogs for unthinkable reasons. Quote from: http://www.pittsburghmagazine.com/Best-of-the-Burgh-Blogs/After-Dark/February-2013/Meet-the-Most-Awesome-Pit-Bull-Who-Ever-Lived/#.UR1mbiSB4Qo.facebook
Rosies mom February 14, 2013 at 11:18 PM
Jacob did you actually read this story or do exactly what the paper expected you to do? A small dog bit a child, not a pitbull, that's a separate story. But you wouldn't have even taken a second glance at the article if it had said "Small dog bites child", now would you?
Gerry Blanchard February 15, 2013 at 01:31 AM
I believe and hope they will be thinking about the irresponsible actions of the dogs' owners. Letting them roam free was wrong.
Jaloney Caldwell February 16, 2013 at 02:49 AM
https://saints.catholic.org/hf/family/story.php?id=49359 Another mauling by a family loved and unabused pitbull that went beserk for no reason. People who gamble on this breed with their family members are playing Russian Roulette thinking it can only happen to "other" people.
Jaloney Caldwell February 16, 2013 at 02:52 AM
They watch unreality T.V. shows like Pitbull bosses and Pitbulls and Parolees. They can't comprehend or care that hose "stars" are PAID to promote pitbulls.. just like t.v. celebs promoted cigarettes for money for decades on the t.v. Wealthy dog fighters promote this fad because they don't have to worry about getting caught and can keep their barbaric sport going with pitbulls popularized. The it's the owner not the breed mantra sounds logical but it's not. This repetitive slogan is illogical. Other dog breeds owned in much greater numbers have equal chances of getting neglectful and abusive owners, yet they adapt to human shortcomings and don't maul people or pets at anywhere near the rate that pitbulls do. Labs are routinely forgotten and chained in backyards and they are the most popular dog breed in America, Labs are not the top killers, pitbull are. Mortality, Maiming and Mauling by Vicious Dogs, Annals of Surgery, April 2011, is study of dog injuries in hospitals spanning the last 15 years. The study found that you have a more than 2500 times higher chance of dying if attacked by a pitbull.
Jaloney Caldwell February 16, 2013 at 02:55 AM
There are many pitbull owners that did not abuse their pitbulls and raised them from puppies and they still had major aggression problems. Remember Darla Napora the pregnant pitbull advocate that spoke the same words as you? Remember how she did a horrific and painful death when her pitbull mauled her to death. Noone can predict which pitbulls will suddenly have their fighting DNA turned on. Noone.
Jaloney Caldwell February 16, 2013 at 02:59 AM
Yep Darla Napora said that. David Cook said that. Fact is pitbulls kill more of their owners than any other dog breed. In fact, pitbulls attack family members quite frequently instead of "protecting" them and these are not dogs that were abused. I know of several LOVING, devoted pitbull owners that had major problems with the dogs becoming aggressive. It is not all in how they are raised. It is LUCK. There are a lot of bad genes circulating in the pool of pitbulls and noone can see or determine which ones will be aggressive. Heck even in Racheal Ray who supposedly purchased her dog from a respected breeder had her dog attack other dogs 5 times while it was leashed. Denial is deadly when people think it can't happen to them. http://occupymaulstreet.blogspot.com/2013/01/pit-bulls-should-they-be-called.html this is why pitbulls should be called FLIGHT DOGS.
Jaloney Caldwell February 16, 2013 at 03:00 AM
http://occupymaulstreet.blogspot.com/2013/01/pit-bulls-should-they-be-called.html this is why pitbulls should be called FLIGHT DOGS.
Jaloney Caldwell February 16, 2013 at 03:00 AM
http://occupymaulstreet.blogspot.com/2013/01/pit-bulls-should-they-be-called.html this is why pitbulls should be called FLIGHT DOGS. These people pay 18-20K before they even get to the hospital. Hospital charges can exceed a million dollars and few victims can recover a dime from uninsured pitbull owners who are often renters.
Maria Harrington February 19, 2013 at 04:39 AM
OldTimeGilroy You're making huge assumptions and you're wrong. I am not a breeder. I have a rescued American Pit Bull Terrier that is spayed, obedience trained, and micro-chipped. I could probably say the same thing about your guns.
Maria Harrington February 19, 2013 at 04:48 AM
Thank you for asking Ghengis. My dog is so incredibly loving, a people-pleaser and intelligent. "Breed correct" American Pit Bull Terriers posses these traits. It's the backyard breeders looking to make big money that are causing the breed so much trouble. They breed and breed and breed. The dogs end up with people that don't have the time or the desire to take care of the dog and they wind up running the streets or in shelters. Many organizations are working across the country to stop this trend. I will remind you I said American Pit Bull Terrier, which is way different from Cane Corso, Presa Canario, Dogo Argentino, Mastiff, or American Bully. I'd encourage you to go to this website and see if you can spot the American Pit Bull Terrier - http://www.pitbullsontheweb.com/petbull/findpit.html
Maria Harrington February 19, 2013 at 05:00 AM
I read the story and it's really tragic that it happened. The dog was identified as a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, not an American Pit Bull Terrier - that's a different breed of dog. It looks very different - stockier with a much bigger head and wide mouth.
Maria Harrington February 19, 2013 at 05:52 AM
Debbie Bell - Let me start out by saying I am not sadly naive. Pit Bulls were originally bred for blood sports in England. They were bred to fight large animals in pits such as bears. Later they were used for fighting other dogs. The human aggression was bred out of them so that their handlers could grab them while they were in the pit and not suffer bites. I don't know why people that have no experience with the breed think they all snap and attack for no reason. That's not true. Not all dogs bite, fight or kill. I see that you post the same information all over the country - you appear to be on a one woman campaign. Why? Where do you get your information? There are more people in this country than there were when German Shepherds were popular and at the top of the bite chart. More people equals more dogs. More dogs equals more problems. Since you don't live in California you don't know about our Chihuahua problem - they are surpassing Pit Bulls in shelters. I agree with you that the rampant breeding by people that don't know what they're doing has to stop. Dog fighting has to stop too. Based on my personal experience and knowledge I completely disagree with you about everything else and it will have to remain that way. I've had my dog since she was about 1 year old. She just turned 10. She's not going to "tug" on me and kill me. She might lick me a lot or whip me with her tail. I won't die from that.
Maria Harrington February 19, 2013 at 06:45 AM
Jaloney Caldwell - did you actually know Darla Napora and her whole tragic and unfortunate story? Were you there to see what happened? No one knows what happened that day, not even her husband. They had a two-year old intact male Pit Bull in their house along with a second female Pit Bull that was not involved - dental impressions were used to determine her involvement. The female Pit Bull was completely traumatized by what happened. Darla's husband, Greg Napora and his family asked that people please avoid implicating a breed type in that incident. He still has the other Pit Bull living in his home. Where did you get the statistics to back up your claim that Pit Bulls kill more of their owners than any other dog breed? I did a quick search and didn't find anything. I did find this - The National Canine Research Council said this about the Darla Napora case "First, serious incidents involving dogs have always been exceedingly rare, though they generate news coverage that creates an impression they are more prevalent than they actually are. There are roughly 78 million dogs in the U.S., and 308 million human beings. Annually, there is one dog bite-related fatality for every 10 million human beings, and every 2.5 million dogs."
Maria Harrington February 19, 2013 at 10:10 PM
I have a couple of comments I forgot to bring up earlier. In Temperament Testing the American Pit Bull Terrier tested better than a lot of popular breeds. They test slightly higher than the Golden Retriever. See for yourself: http://atts.org/breed-statistics/ Canine Good Citizen testing through the American Kennel Club is a 10 step test dogs must pass to receive the certification. My American Pit Bull Terrier has that certification and so do scores of other adopted Pit Bulls. There are several Michael Vick dogs living & thriving in the Bay Area that have that certification along with Therapy Dog Certification. Don't assume the entire breed is bad because some people aren't responsible enough to have them or evaluate a potential problem. Many Pit Bulls that aren't breed correct have been put down and rightfully so. In a 2006 temperament study the American Pit Bull Terrier was described as "not defined as a guardian breed, and whose standard specifically states that human aggression is not part of the breed standard". This was a rigorous test and the APBT's weren't allowed to show any aggression during the test. The American Pit Bull Terriers showed significantly higher proportion of dogs passing the test than hounds, herding, working, and toy groups. Check it out for yourself, here's the link: Here's a link to a 2006 study Temperament Assessment Related to Breed Groups: http://www.beyondthemythmovie.com/wp-content/uploads/DowdAPBTtemperamenttest.pdf

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