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Steelers star’s pit bull attacks his son

Channel 11 News in Pittsburgh is reporting that a pit bull owned by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison attacked the player’s young son on Thursday.

An unidentified neighbor said one of the star player’s three dogs got loose Thursday at Harrison’s Franklin Park home and attacked the boy, James III. His age was not immediately available.

The boy was taken to UPMC Children’s Hospital, where his condition is not known. The hospital declined comment.

“We are aware of the situation, but it a personal matter for James,” the Steelers said in a statement.

Harrison, 31, is the NFL Defensive Player of the Year — and the team member that opted to stay home on the day the Super Bowl-winning Steelers met with President Barack Obama.

Comments

Comment from laura
Time May 22, 2009 at 3:08 pm

Aren’t Pit Bulls MEAN and VICIOUS?

No more vicious than golden retrievers, beagles or other popular dogs! In a recent study of 122 dog breeds by the American Temperament Testing Society (ATTS), pit bulls achieved a passing rate of 83.9%. That’s as good or better than beagles … 78.2%, and golden retrievers … 83.2%. How did your favorite breed do? See for yourself: ATTS.org

In the ATTS test, a dog is put through a series of confrontational situations. Any sign of panic or aggression leads to failure of the test. The achievement of pit bulls in this study disproves once and for all the old tired belief that pit bulls are inherently aggressive to people.

Like any breed of dog, a healthy pit bull that is properly raised will remain loving and friendly. In the past 20 years, we’ve seen some sad examples of poorly bred and badly treated dogs that are the byproducts of irresponsible ‘backyard breeders’ and cruel and abusive homes. These improperly raised, unsocialized creatures can show temperaments far removed from the traditional authentic pit bull. Don’t confuse these unfortunate misbreds with the huge majority of well-loved dogs in this country that remain solid in temperament, affectionate, trustworthy and friendly to their dying day.

Don’t Pit Bulls have LOCKING JAWS?
No. A pit bull’s ability to “lock on” with it’s jaws is one WHOPPER of a myth that refuses to let go! The jaws of a pit bull are built just as any other dog’s jaw. There’s no ‘enzyme’, no special mechanism that would make a pitbull’s jaws ‘lock’. They’re DOGS, not alligators! What a pit bull does have is strength, tenacity, and determination. When he grasps something he wants to hang onto, his willpower is the glue.

Don’t Pit Bulls TURN ON THEIR OWNERS?
No. Healthy pit bulls with stable temperaments are succeeding in hundreds of thousands of homes across the continent. Dogs that bite people are typically troubled individuals, and they represent every breed. In general, biting dogs have been damaged by improper handling, abuse and/or damaged genetics.

Comment from Jeff
Time May 22, 2009 at 5:45 pm

Strike Two. The owners of these dogs know the risks.

Comment from Lisa
Time May 22, 2009 at 7:17 pm

Yes, Jeff, bully breed owners usually do know the risks, both real and imagined, of having a dog. And there is a small subset of bully owners who choose to exploit and mistreat their dogs because of public perceptions about them. Most, though, are careful and conscientious dog owners, who feel an additional burden to act as ‘breed ambassadors’ to try to counter the ignorant public perceptions. Some of the best trained, best behaved dogs I see where I live are bully breeds.

The problem is that so many other owners don’t know the risks their dogs can present. That’s why Labrador Retrievers are the dogs most likely to cause serious bite injuries in my state.

In a way, I wish everyone felt a need to serve as a careful steward and an ambassador for their dog, regardless of its breed.

Comment from Mary Haight
Time May 22, 2009 at 11:14 pm

If the media was actually impartial, the results of the ATTS would be reported everywhere, just as Pit Bull attacks (or dogs that look like Pit Bulls) are broadcast far and wide.

As for bite statistics, since there’s no actual baseline for the dog population and how many of each breed are residents of any state or locale, the stats reports are not at all reliable. Basically you can figure whatever dog is the most popular in the area is going to be at the top of the dog bite list. I believe this info came from the AVMA, perhaps the ALDF, but it stayed with me, so thought I’d pass it along.

Comment from Grady Burchett
Time May 23, 2009 at 10:51 am

Since Pit Bulls don’t “have a mean streak”, please explain why my neighbor’s 4 pits attacked me and my dog in my front yard on Thursday. Luckily, I had my pistol with me and was able to scatter them with a single shot into the ground, but if I hadn’t been armed, we would have been dog food.

As for “statistics”, I tend to go by my own encounters with pit bulls. One neighbor has a pit that is a big puppy, friendly, and easy to deal with. These other 4 are “gang dogs”… and their first instinct is to attack whatever they see.

All you “pit lovers” need to come down to SC and “embrace” those 4 dogs with all your love, and change their wicked ways… I’m sure they’ll be “innocent victims” of society… just like anybody that happens to walk up on them in public.

Comment from Pete E. Pibble
Time May 23, 2009 at 11:39 am

The dogs known as ‘Pit Bulls’ pose no more of a risk than any other Breed/type of dog.
http://www.animalfarmfoundation.org/pdf/DowdAPBTbehaviormanuscriptV4format.pdf

[quote]The current study has statistically shown, based on a defined temperament test, that the classification of dog breeds and dog breed types (breed groups), with respect to their aggressiveness toward humans is not supported scientifically. The complex and contributing conditions related[/quote]

In fact dogs don`t pose much of a risk at all for serious injury and even less risk for death and the benefits far outweigh any risk.

“These dogs” do not cause injuries unlike other dogs
http://nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/dog-bites/types-of-dog-bites/dog-bites-injuries/

The bigger dog vs smaller dog argument doesn`t hold water because size is a moot point when you`re a baby or toddler.

In Your State
http://nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/in-your-state/

CDC
http://nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/in-your-state/

[quote]A CDC study on fatal dog bites lists the breeds involved in fatal attacks over 20 years (Breeds of dogs involved in fatal human attacks in the United States between 1979 and 1998). It does not identify specific breeds that are most likely to bite or kill, and thus is not appropriate for policy-making decisions related to the topic. Each year, 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs. These bites result in approximately 16 fatalities; about 0.0002 percent of the total number of people bitten. These relatively few fatalities offer the only available information about breeds involved in dog bites.

*** There is currently no accurate way to identify the number of dogs of a particular breed, and consequently no measure to determine which breeds are more likely to bite or kill.[/quote]

That 4.7 million comes from a 1994 Phone Survey
http://nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/dog-bites/
Nationwide,dog bites are trending downwards.
90% of dog bites are classified as minor.

If you`re getting your information about dog bites from the Media,you are bound to have a skewed view and perception of ‘Pit Bulls’

Dog Bites and the Media
http://nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/dog-bites/dog-bites-and-the-media/

I highly recommend that people read
Pit Bull Placebo:The Media,Myths and Politics of Canine Aggression

The Author has made it available online
http://nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/ncrc-publications/

And Jeff surely you still don`t believe the tired old jaw myths.

Toledo vs Tellings
http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/rod/docs/pdf/6/2006/2006-ohio-975.pdf

[quote]Dr. Brisbin, as well as the other experts, testified that pit bulls do not have
locking jaws. Based on actual dog dissections and measurement of their skulls, the
evidence demonstrated that pit bull jaw muscles and bone structure are the same as other
similarly sized dogs. No evidence was presented to demonstrate that a pit bull’s bite is
any stronger than other dogs of its size and build. He stated that, contrary to information
relied upon and perpetuated by earlier case law2 and law review articles,3 assertions that a
pit bull can bite with a “force of 2,000 pounds per square inch” have absolutely no basis
in fact or scientific proof.[/quote]

His credentials
[quote]Dr. I. Lerh Brisbin, Ph.D. – Senior Research Scientist with the Savanna
River Ecology Laboratory; University of South Carolina Professor: Expert in behavior,
training, and handling of pit bull terriers and their anatomy;[/quote]

More on Canine Bite Force
http://dogbitesinformationandstatistics.blogspot.com/search/label/urban%20legend

Why all these myths persist is bizarre.
Factual,credible info is available.

Redirected hatred or anger?
‘pit bull’ sells?…It sure does.

If you`re interested in learning about ‘Pit Bulls’ check out
http://www.animalfarmfoundation.org/section.php?id=5

Sorry for the long post but this is getting so tiresome and it`s so damaging to these dogs and their owners.

Well you know what they say….you can lead a horse to water but…….

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