Two pit bulls killed a horse in in Morgan Hill last month.
Let that sink in: Two dogs that likely weigh between 40 and 70 pounds so severely injured a 1,000-pound horse that it had to be euthanized.
Sadly, pit bull attacks are not unusual.
A few years ago, my daughter was walking our dog when a neighbor’s pit bull came tearing after them. The pit bull’s owner gave chase and caught his dog. We were very lucky that he was home, noticed that the dog escaped, and able to catch his dog. I shudder to think what might have happened if circumstances had been even slightly different. On another occasion, a pit bull visiting a neighbor broke through the wood fence between our yards and menaced our 23-pound cockapoo; animal services had to capture the pit bull.
A 9-year-old Hollister girl was attacked by a pit bull when she walked to her mailbox last month. Her father was bitten when he tried to save her. KSBW reports that the girl and her father were lucky: They only suffered “moderate” injuries.
When Gilroyan Yvonne Hyatt and her dog were attacked by a pit bull, they weren’t as fortunate. The Dispatch reported that “the pit bull came extremely close to biting into a main artery in [Hyatt’s] hand, a scenario that could have proved fatal.” The pit bull nearly killed Hyatt’s dog and severely injured Hyatt’s arm. Neighbors who rushed to help couldn’t deter the pit bull with broomstick whacks to the dog’s head or with punches to the dog’s face. The attack continued until someone beat the pit bull in the head with a hammer. Hyatt required 68 stitches and a stay in the intensive care unit.
Two-year-old Morgan Hill resident James Soto’s injuries were untreatable: A pit bull mauled him to death.
These are just a few dog attack stories about one dangerous breed from one tiny corner of the world.