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Pit Bull Attacks Therapist During Home Visit

Client confined her daughter's dog during therapy session but then asked to bring it out. It leaped upon Wauwatosa woman who had to lock herself in bathroom to escape.

A Wauwatosa woman who works as a visiting physical therapist for Horizon Healthcare reported last Monday that while she was at the home of a client in the 2200 block of North 73rd Street, she was attacked and badly bitten by a dog the client was watching for her daughter.

The dog had been shut in the bedroom during most of the therapy session, whining and barking the whole, time, until finally the client asked if it would be all right to let it out.

The therapist said it would be OK, but her client warned her to keep her hands up and away from the dog. She then let the dog, a 3-year-old American pit bull, out of the bedroom.

The dog approached the therapist calmly but then without the least warning leaped up and sank its teeth into her arm. The victim jumped backward and was able to break free of the dog, but it lunged again and bit her in the calf.

She was again able to escape and barricaded herself in the bathroom while her client corralled the animal.

The victim suffered puncture wounds in both her arm and leg. She was treated for her injuries at Froedtert Hospital and was vaccinated against rabies after it was learned that the dog was not up to date on its rabies shots. The dog was ordered quarantined.

The dog's owner said it had been friendly to all when it was adopted as a puppy but after it matured to about two years old, it had become extremely protective of family members.

Dr. Saul Funkhouser October 30, 2012 at 01:16 PM
This is why I carry my gun while I walk the dog at the dog park, too many goofs out there with pit bull dogs, I would not hesitate to blast one of those creatures back to hell where they came from.
Taoist Crocodile October 30, 2012 at 02:45 PM
So, NOW can we have a pit bull ban?
debbie bell October 30, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Standing calmly, then launching into an attack without warning, IS "good" pit bull behavior. This behavior won dog fights, so dogs who demonstrated this were the ones who were bred to others with this traits. Althought the pit mongers' propaganda down plays this fact of pit heritage, mauling and killing is was pits were created to do. The goal of normal dogs is to make the intruder leave. Most normal dogs bark to give warning, rush and retreat.. If they do bite, most normal dogs immediately release as their goal is to make the intruder leave, so the let the intruder leave, and live. The goal of the pit bull, the BEST FIGHTING DOG, the choice of essentially all US dog fighters still, is the mauling, the attacking. Your pit bull might not be a "good" pit bull (yet) but this is what pits were designed by cruel pit bull fanciers (fighters) to do. A good pit's goal is the mauling,the crushing bone, the tearing of flesh, the killing of their "opponent". While it is never the dog's fault, as dogs control no aspect of their lives (not their heritage, not their management or training), it is the fault of the pit breeders and pit mongers that these handicapped dogs have invaded our communities and are currently flooding our pounds, where they must be killed by the ton. You cannot adopt your way out of killing pits because most pit owners do not spay/neuter. This is caused by the fact that dog welfare is not a priority of pit owners or pit mongers.
debbie bell October 30, 2012 at 05:45 PM
The AKC, formed in 1884, would not permit pit bulls/THE fighting dogs, in their registry so in 1898 the UKC was formed to register the American Pit Bull Terrier. The first registration was given to the founder's own pit bull, Bennett's Ring. While the AKC is simply a beauty pageant for dogs, the UKC stresses form and FUNCTION, the dog had to win Iin contests doing his "job" in order to become a Champion. Beagles had to win in field dog trials and bird dogs had to prove they could point and hunt. Pit bulls? Did they have to win "farm dog" competitions or "nanny dog" tests? Nope, pits had to win 3 dog fights (kill other dogs) with a UKC referee to report the "contest" results to the UKC. The dog fighting rules were written by the UKC! There is no pit bull breeder website (AST, SBT, APBT) that states: "we never breed dog aggressive dogs; all our dogs have excellent social skills." Although the new pit mongers want the public to believe otherwise, pits were created to kill other dogs. They still are being created to kill dogs! Some do not display their abilities until they mature, but there is no way to anticipate when their instincts will make them act on their centuries of fighting dog heritage and attack. Like it or not, pits who attack or kill are being "good" pit bulls.
debbie bell October 30, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Pit mongers only care about themselves and their ability to own the dog of their choice. The disproportionate suffering and death both caused by pits and also suffered by pit is acceptable to them. Proof? Their refusal to offer or accept any breed specific solutions to an obvisouly breed specific problem. Pit mongers insist that breed doesn't matter and that behavior is dependent on training and management. I disagree. I believe that pits can do more damage than chihuahuas, as no pack of chihuahua's has ever killed a jogger in the USA; pits have killed passersby and neighbors too. Since pit mongers insist that breed doesn't matter, they should not oppose steps that would make pits become extinct, right? When pits become extinct, pit mongers can adopt any homeless dog and manage/train that dog to be their charming pet. Ban pit breeding. Enact and enforce mandatory spay/neuter microchiipping of all pits, pit mixes all dog aggressive dogs. (MSNM). to the breeders of other dogs. Know who is buying your pups and for what purpose. When in doubt, spay/neuter puppies before sale, so your breed is not selectively bred for increasing reactivity and unprovoked aggression. If you fail and over the decades your breed becomes the "next pit bull", your breed wll be added to the MSNM law. This law punishes no responsible pit owner, as his dogs are spays/neuters already.
Ray Ray Johnson October 31, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Another Pit Bull attack. Are they just more salacious than a schnauzer attack, or do they actually happen disprpportionately higher than they do with other breeds? In South Milwaukee, it's unlawful to own a Pit Bull in the city. They are, in fact, unstable critters due to the nature of the breeding. Aggression, mania, and an iron jaw were built into the breed, Their condition is actually a mineral deficiency, cured by a 1 oz. injection of lead right behind the ear.
Deb Strzelecki October 31, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Maybe all dogs allowed to enter any hospital, assisted care facility, etc. should HAVE to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen test or a nationally recognized therapy dog organization certification. The very few bad apples spoil it for all others. The fact that the dog was shut into a room and became highly agitated was just plain dumb for the one who decided to let the dog out. The dog was highly upset. Better training for all is required. Some breeds are more "reactive" than others. And yes, I've run into Labradors and Goldens that are totally off the wall and uncontrolled. I am still recovering from a 90 lb Lab running into my right leg this past January. Dx: totally fractured and displaced fibula, cracked tibia, severely dislocated patella, and almost severed MCL. Don't know if I ever will be able to get back to "normal," but my big red Dobie boy and I are hoping so. My dogs and I have walked with many wonderful and sweet Pitties over the past 3 decades. We have also run into those we totally steer clear of. And also those which were having fun with my dogs, but I sensed they were getting overcharged and it was time to shut down play and time to walk away. You just have to know dogs well enough and have common sense.
Deb Strzelecki October 31, 2012 at 05:36 PM
An overly hostile reponse. Punish the deed, not the breed. And yes, I have run into Pitties in MKE which have been poorly bred and raised. I do CCW and will protect myself and my dogs. Pretty sad. We ran into a Pittie last winter out at the County Grounds being walked by an African American male. I thought, oh no, as we approached one another. He and his dog were the biggest sweeties. His Pittie female and my big dork male had the time of their lives playing. I've run into more idiot Lab mixes and their clueless owners in Tosa than problem Pitties. BTW, I've been training and competing in schutzhund, AKC obedience, and having fun with agility the past 30+ years.
Deb Strzelecki October 31, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Remember "Petie" of "Our Gang." The "yankee terrier" was a hero and family guardian in the US from the mid 1800s. The frikkin thugs have ruined the breed. Pitties are the breed of choice for fighting. So very, very sad. But Micheal Vick is again a big NFL star. Poor dogs have to suffer for asshole humans.
Ray Ray Johnson November 01, 2012 at 11:01 AM
No...punish the deed and the breed. The breed must be exterminated. We don't allow lions and tigers and bears and wolves and aligators, etc. to live amongst us because they are a dangerous threat. Pit Bull are a breed worthy of extermination. The guy you site may have a pit bull that's a sweetie, until some stimulus triggers its genetically predisposed aggression. Then, the sweetie might bite half your face off, like what happened to a 10 year old boy in Sheboygan who was bit by a pit bull in the face while passing its owner walking it on the sidewalk. Sweetie and her breed must be eradicated. Your AKC training must have proven to you that some dogs are bred to have certain traits.
Ray Ray Johnson November 01, 2012 at 11:08 AM
"Haben Sie ein Ausweiss, Herr Hund?" I don't think asking a dog for it's authorization papers is the issue here. The therapist was doing a home visit. Sorry for your injury, but I'm sure your lab exhibited some doggie remorse. The pit bull was just doing its pit bull thing, and probably without the remorse that civilized dogs feel when they've disappointed their owners or done something wrong. Maybe you get a titanium rod in your leg, which is unfortunate, but the pit bull should get a high speed lead injection at the base of it's thick, blunt skull, which is good.
Ray Ray Johnson November 01, 2012 at 11:10 AM
Not until your alderman's child is bit.
Taoist Crocodile November 01, 2012 at 01:31 PM
So, is the dog exterminated in a case like this, or will it live to attack again?
Ray Ray Johnson November 01, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Deb, I blame Gregor Mendal over Michael Vick.
Brian Weber November 01, 2012 at 02:26 PM
It's too bad people have such misconceptions about this type of dog. And the first response is always with hatred and violence. Let's lock away or kill all of the big and strong humans because if they were ever to attack someone they would surely hurt them. Anyone over 6ft tall with a muscular body is just a danger to society. You never know which one of them might have this "violence gene" and hurt or kill someone else. So let's get rid of them just to be safe. Then what? Start in on the religions that have some extremists that give them a bad name? How about race? Gender? Small minds.
Taoist Crocodile November 01, 2012 at 02:45 PM
I'm sure that the attack victim doesn't have any misconceptions. It sounds like the only misconceptions in this story were on the part of the pit bull owner, who thought that letting his rabid dog interact with a stranger was a good idea. Somebody call Kathy Pobloskie, so she can sit this attack dog down with a nice cup of tea for some positive affirmations and some Reiki. You know, to keep all the kids safe.
Taoist Crocodile November 01, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Well, it probably won't be long until someone's child is attacked. Let's see... 2200 block of North 73rd? There's a candy store on that block, and it's pretty flipping close to Longfellow, and the public library.
Ray Ray Johnson November 01, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Brian, your premise is assumptive if you think that this is the first response. Incident after incident has happened invloving these dangerous critters, in a manner disproportionate to any other domestic animal. Your premise is wrong about hatred and violence. Euthanizing a breed is neither hateful nor violent. Shooting the currs in at the base of their enlarged Medula Oblongata is neither hateful nor violent. Your indictment of man is misplaced. How about considering those who engaged in the selective breeding that created these monsters? Did they act ethically, with peace in their hearts and minds when they engineered these maniacle, unpredictable creatures? No, they intended to make a dangerous bio-weapon, which a pit bull is. Would you let your kids play with dynamite? Why not? Because it's not completely stable and could go off unexpectedly? The only difference is that a dynamite victim doesn't have to live with the scars. I tell you what...put your child in a room with 2 random golden retreivers. Now, put them in a room with 2 random pit bulls. You wouldn't do the latter, would you?
Deb Strzelecki November 01, 2012 at 06:16 PM
So, then, what is an Am Staff and the Staff Bull? A rose by any other name, etc.
Deb Strzelecki November 01, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Don't know where my comment went, but, to clarify, it was not my dog that ran into my leg. My dog(s) are trained. (Just put down my dear 12 1/2 year old a month ago and only have one now.) It was a goofy happy out of control Lab owned by a very nice lady who was/is clueless. She also didn't have leashes for her dogs. They were jumping all over the paramedics while they were working on me.
Deb Strzelecki November 01, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Ray Ray, putting any child in a room unattended with any unknown dog is irresponsible. When I was out walking my dogs on crutches while recuperating from my injuries, Labs and Goldens ran up and jumped on me with their owners nowhere in sight. Must've been a comical sight with me waving a crutch around trying to fend off such nice friendly dogs capable of inflicting further injury on me. The owners are to blame.
Jaloney Caldwell November 07, 2012 at 08:20 AM
Keeping any dog that has become OVERLY protective of family is keeping a dog that is not fit to be a pet.
H Middleton May 17, 2013 at 04:48 PM
I am 7 months pregnant and was in the park 4 days ago throwing the ball for our black lab. A man with a pit bull came walking by, too close considering there was no one else in the park, when his dog lunged at my dog and tried to kill her. The man seemed to enjoy watching and did nothing as I tried to get to her where against better judgement for me and my baby fought the dog to get it's death grip off my dog's neck. Our dog's thick collar saved her life and I must have had angels with me that it did not grab me before the owner decided to tighten it's leash and pull it away after I broke it's grip. I am trying to locate this man and his dog, which I have reported as he walked away right after seeing the blood all over our dog and me without any concern or seeing if we were ok and making no effort to call his dog off while a pregnant woman had to fight his dog off. He is a white male, lean, about 5'10", longer brown hair, sun damaged wrinkled skin yet about in his late 40's. His dog is light brown with white markings, about 7 years old and of good and larger size for a pit bull.
H Middleton May 17, 2013 at 04:49 PM
If you think you see this man, call the Wauwatosa police department right away.

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