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Crazies like pitbulls


dog-bite1I’ve been living in the LA area for some time.  We have at least 55,000 homeless, and about 66% of those are mental ill.  That translates to about  a tenth of the nation’s homeless are in LA county.

A friend of mine recently took to the streets to visit a favorite Denny’s for coffee and a snack, and was bitten brutally by a pit bull, who was on the lose, and was part of a three-dog entourage for a crazy woman, panhandling on the street corner.  His story makes this somewhat personal for me, but I will not go into the gory details, nor describe the 57 stitches that repaired the wound he received. Nuff said!  LA may be considered the capital of entertainment, but I think it is more along the lines of the capital of crazy.

The real story is that dog mafioso came out to protect the pit bull from being put down after the case was reviewed in court.  The animal protect league in LA has lawyers on the spot ready to defend pit bulls who maim people.  That’s the real essence of the craziness of LA.  You see the man who was mauled got nothing for support, but the damn dog did. ASPCA (the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) sent a lawyer to ensure the dog was not blamed, nor put down.

In one study it was found that pit bulls initiated a dog attack 94% of the time as compared to around 40% by other dog breeds.  In a medical study designed to teach trauma units about the severity of dog bites, I found this quotation: “the gravest injuries would be those caused by pit bulls.”  Another quote I found was from the Maryland court of appeals; it simply read “pit bulls are inherently dangerous.”

An attorney who works to collect money for people bitten by dogs wrote this on his web site: “U.S. health officials estimate that Americans are bitten by dogs 4.4 million times a year, causing 330,000 emergency room visits, and 6,000 hospitalizations and 17 deaths. Among the most seriously injured victims, 70% are children.”

You wonder if those who love these dogs, love people less than the dogs, especially after they plea for mercy for dogs who have truly maimed people they have bitten.  Love is thicker than blood, for sure!

Also, my advice to all, if attacked by a pit bull, punch or kick them as hard as possible in the nose.  Avoid them if you have a choice.  Climb to the highest location possible, like atop a car or truck.   For more advice: Defense Against Dark Dogs. And for those of you with these dogs, keep them on a leash and away from humanity.

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Homeless with dog

Other articles of interest:

http://dogbitelaw.com/press/los-angeles-times-profile-of-kenneth-phillips.html

http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2013/06/pitbull_crackdown_los_angeles_antelope_valley.php

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/88/1/55.short

http://www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/Mental_Illness.pdf

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/animal-emotions/201301/my-dog-always-eats-first-homeless-people-and-their-animals

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