Pit Bull Attack Victim Gets Lawyer

Tammie Jesberger has retained the services of an attorney who specializes in helping victims of dog attacks.

Tammie Jesberger has retained the services of an attorney who specializes in helping victims of dog attacks.

Thomas J. Newell, who has offices in the Lehigh Valley, has handled numerous cases throughout Pennsylvania involving pit bulls.

on Feb. 4 in their Pearl Avenue neighborhood. Jesberger and her father were bruised and battered and their 6-year-old cockapoo underwent four hours of emergency surgery after suffering a torn throat, puncture wounds and a broken jaw in the attack.

Salisbury Township police shot and killed the pit bull after it lunged at them.

Police, who have not released the name of the pit bull owner, are still investigating the case and charges are pending.

Jesperger said she was touched today when she received a care package from a stranger  and her two dogs, Colby and Daisy Mae, that included treats and a squeaky toy for Oreo. The woman had read about the attack and said they were concerned.

"There are some good people in the world," Jesberger said.


Ross Janikowski February 08, 2013 at 04:28 PM
The great on-going Pitt bull debate continues. What many people fail to realize is that ANY dog can snap. People also fail to realize that most dogs can be defended off by a Human if attacked. A Pit Bull is like a regular dog on sterioids though. Their overly muscular build and their natural aggressive mentality creates a much greater threat when it snaps than an ordinary dog that can be kicked off. As noted in this story, the female struck the dog with a hard object and jammed a light stake into it, yet the Pit Bull continued to attack. Most dogs (any dog) will attack if they are on their own property, however, it seems more common anymore that this breed of dog is roaming into other people's property and simply killing anything that moves. If Bob-cats were able to be tamed they would make great pets too. The problem is when one snaps defending yourself against it would be nearly impossible. Thus, it is not legal to own a Bob -cat because of their ability to kill. To all of the animal rights activists out there critisizing this, what about the animal rights of the poor 20 pound dog that was minding its own business and was all but killed? A common sense factor starts needing to be applied here and I do believe something needs to be done about this issue. I'm curious to know what the overall opinion would be if this dog would have gotten ahold of a child, and not two adults?
Jon Felosi February 08, 2013 at 06:04 PM
You go Tammie! Get justice for Oreo!
HOBO87 February 08, 2013 at 06:46 PM
But a basic problem with that sort of rationale is that there is no fixed definition of 'pit bull'. And when sentiments over incidents like this are turned into laws banning 'pit bulls', this problem comes very much to the fore; it's not some side issue. Who has to turn in their gentle family pet because somebody says it is a 'pit bull'? And many dogs people would call 'pit bulls' are just that. Also, defending your dog against another dog's attack is a natural reaction but a dog biting somebody who gets their hands between it and another animal it's attacking is quite a different thing from a dog attacking a person straight up. There's no reason to believe in general that a dog which attacked another while running loose would have attacked a child it came across. Attacks by dogs on children are virtually always on the dog's territory, and by unaltered male dogs (90% of dog attacks on *people* are by non-neutered males) usually which are chained up. And the comparison of wild to domesticated animals is silly, sorry. It assumes the truth of some exaggerated view of 'pit bulls' as an easy to define type of dog much different than any other dog, and both those things are simply not so. But your point about a dog being loose on other people's (or public) property and attacking other dogs, or causing any other trouble, is absolutely valid. The owner should absolutely be held responsible for that.
RoastPuppy February 08, 2013 at 10:31 PM
To HOBO87: A "pit bull" is any breed/type dog bred specifically for the purpose of dog-fighting. This includes the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier and Staffordshire Terrier and any mixtures thereof. I agree that people who get between a pit bull and its intended victim is a fool and deserves little sympathy – only a fool would risk his/her life for the sake of a dog. However, when pit bulls are in "attack mode," they attack anything that gets in their way, whether it be the idiot owner of some annoying yap dog, an innocent child, or the pit bull's owner. Pit bull-type dogs are six times more likely to kill their owners than any other breed/type dog. Most dog attacks on children occur inside the home and could be prevented simply by keeping dogs outside where dogs belong. Only a very small percentage of children are killed by “chained up” dogs. While intact males are certainly more aggressive, many people are killed or badly injured by female pit bulls and neutered males. The pit bull that killed Betty Todd last month in South Carolina was neutered, had been raised from a puppy, never abused or mistreated and had never exhibited any signs of aggression. The unprovoked attack, there were blood splatters on the walls and ceiling of the room where the murder occurred. Again, if the dog had been outside, where dogs belong, this woman would be alive.
RoastPuppy February 08, 2013 at 10:34 PM
To HOBO87: Christopher P. Demas, M.D., Director of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at New York's Staten Island University Hospital, was quoted as saying: "Bites from pit bulls inflict much more damage, multiple deep bites and ripping of flesh and are unlike any other domestic animal I've encountered. Their bites are devastating – close to what a wildcat or shark would do." There is every reason to compare the attacks of pit bulls to those of wild animals.
HOBO87 February 08, 2013 at 11:23 PM
Sorry Roast, your answer doesn't begin to address the issue correctly. When you said 'Staffordshire Terrier' you presumably meant 'Staffordshire Bull Terrier' a breed related to the [American] Pit Bull Terrier and [American] Staffordshire Terrier but seldom used nowadays as a fighting dog in pure breed form, too small. OTOH many other breeds *are* used by fighting breeders. My dog was rescued from a fighting breeder, a puppy machine not a fighter AFAIK, and is at least 1/2 Dogo Argentino; it's not unusual: big and strong. In a recent internet poll where people were supposed to pick out an APBT among 10 pictures, the most popular answer happened to be picture of a Dogo, only a small % chose the actual APBT. 'Ban' something you can't even recognize. 'Pit bull' was used in these discussions is basically meaningless. You've cut and pasted a definition (and even then made a mistake), but it has little relationship to the fighting dog problem and does nothing to address the issue of determining what's a 'pit bull' among family pets which *somebody says*, 'looks like a pit bull', under a 'pit bull ban'. Lone spay/neutered 'pit bull' type dogs have *never* been documented to kill a person (unaltered males=90% of dog attacks on people) and my dog is formally temperament tested besides. She's no threat to you, so leave her alone. But if we can agree BSL 'bans' are nonsense, then have whatever opinion you like about 'pit bulls', under whatever definition you want to make up.
RoastPuppy February 09, 2013 at 03:14 PM
To HOBO87: Please point out where I said no "other breeds" were used for dog-fighting. What I said is that pit bulls are bred specifically for dog-fighting. Please contact the "Staffordshire Terrier Club of America" and tell all those people there is no such thing as a "Stafford Terrier." Looking at a photo of a dog on the internet, or anywhere else, is insufficient to test whether or not a person is able to name a dog breed. To name the breed of a dog, one needs to see the dog itself, or at the very least, a videotape of the animal. Besides, what if a few dogs are misidentified as pit bulls, we're talking about DOGS, not children! BSL most certainly DOES work. It has worked in Miami-Dade, Florida, since 1989. Last August, because of people like you, who think everyone is against BSL, an election was held and the citizens of Miami-Dade voted overwhelmingly to keep the pit bull ban in effect. In Toronto, Ontario, since BSL went into effect in 2005, dog bites have decreased by 22%.
RoastPuppy February 09, 2013 at 06:11 PM
To HOBO87: When people type on the internet, they make the occasional mistake, misspell a word, or whatever. Sorry, let me rephrase that: When anyone -- other than HOBO87 types on the internet -- they make the occasional mistake. I did NOT "cut and paste a definition." I used the definition usually accepted by counties/municipalities when considering pit bull bans. Unlike YOU, I'm not perfect, so please, please, please forgive me for omitting the "Bull" from Staffordshire Terrier. I only ask that in return, you omit the "Bull" from your posts!
Sweetie Pie February 11, 2013 at 07:59 AM
Tammie Jessberger, good for you for not letting this rest without the owner of the pit bull suffering court imposed consequences.
Tony Solesky February 11, 2013 at 08:27 AM
There is no issue identifying a breed called a Pit bull. These are protest arguements that people who advocate for the breed pick up on and assume it is a valid arguement in court it is not. I think the greater irony is they defend pit bulls and then say they don;t exist. My question is how do you advocate for something that does not exist and how do you know your dog is a Pit bull? Ban the breed and end the deed.
Jon Anonnon February 11, 2013 at 09:18 AM
In Ireland and England where the Staffordshire Terrier comes from it is still used for fighting and a good one can go for 50 grand,these are a pit bull.Dogo Argentino are a dog breed from pit bulls,all these pit type dogs are easy to tell and anyone who works in a shelter knows that,If you have a look at real game dogs they are small,but all muscle and mouth,these dogs have not changed in looks at all in the last one hundred years.These and the inbred mutants like the fat am bully are unsound fighting dogs and not safe as family pets,the people who have rescued one are putting their family in danger.
Anne King February 11, 2013 at 04:37 PM
well said Mr. Solesky. Seems such a fault within pit advocacy to blame the deed not the breed, because when it happens, they usually blame the victim. You are right with the mantra ban the breed end the deed, it's high time public safety came first.
Jaloney Caldwell February 12, 2013 at 03:29 AM
Another Pitbull FATALITY today... http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/02/11/police-woman-91-was-mauled-to-death-by-her-2-pit-bulls/
Jaloney Caldwell February 12, 2013 at 03:31 AM
AMEN TO That. People need to turn off the Unreality t.v. Those "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. We can't keep having kids walking around looking like bombing victims for life and their parents begging for help to pay for the medical bills. These dogs were created for evil and nobody knows when or where.. but family loved and unabused pitbulls suddenly turn into monsters.
Jaloney Caldwell February 12, 2013 at 03:32 AM
Indeed. Just today .. another fatality in L.A. Another Pitbull FATALITY today... http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/02/11/police-woman-91-was-mauled-to-death-by-her-2-pit-bulls/


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