Pit Bull Mauls Two People and Dog, Police Say

Salisbury Township Police shot and killed a stray pit bull in the 1400 block of Pearl Avenue after it attacked two people, a dog and an officer, police said.

Salisbury Township police shot and killed a stray pit bull Monday after it mauled two adults and a dog and lunged at the officers, according to a police news release.

Police were called to the 1400 block of Pearl Avenue to investigate a 911 call of a female screaming for help, police said. When officers arrived, they found a woman who was bitten and knocked down by a stray pit bull in her front yard.

While police, with the assistance of Animal Control and the Lehigh County Humane Society, were helping the woman, they were alerted that a 73-year-old man and his dog whom he was walking were being attacked nearby, police said.

The man, woman and dog needed medical assistance. Police transported the man's small dog, who was critically injured with broken bones and internal injuries, to an animal hospital for emergency surgery, police said.

Police continued to secure the neighborhood and a second pit bull was seen in the neighborhood, but was not acting aggressively.

The first stray pit bull returned and "started to aggressively approach two officers," the news release said. "The stray pit bull was shot and killed by police on the scene."

The pit bull's owner was identified and charges are pending, police said. The incident is still under investigation.

Mary Anne Looby February 05, 2013 at 11:26 PM
There should be an offenders list for owners like this. They should be forbidden to own a dog. Pit bulls are sweet dogs when raised right. This one was obviously raised to attack. I hope they throw the book at the owner and that he has to pay all the medical damages for the people and the dog.
Rick Cornish February 06, 2013 at 12:46 AM
Whether they are "raised right" or not. Any dog can be aggressive if conditions are met. Having said that, I would rather be bit by a Yorkie, than a bite and clamp down dog like a Pit. I know there are Pit owners that will disagree with me and I'm sure their dog is nice. However, accirdibg to the Centers For Disease Control, the Pit is most responsible dog for killing of the elderly and children for the past ten years. And thr report also conveys that the Pit while being most responsible for csusing death, it was also listed ad being the family pet. Don't tell me these dogs are as safe as say...a Yorkie, Golden Retriever etc The CDC says so! Research it.
Marguerite February 06, 2013 at 11:39 AM
The CDC stopped keeping dog bite statistics by breed 20 years ago because most people are unable to identify a specific breed. Too many people assume any short haired medium sized dog is a pit bull, including purebred dogs that are not even remotely related to the breed. Years ago, German Shepherds were demonized the same way that pit bulls are now, then Doberman"s were the breed du jour, then Akitas and now the so called pit bull. Sixteen years ago, some legislators from Reading tried to get a pit bull ban put into place instead of the state's non breed specific dangerous dog ban. While they were doing that, an English Setter in Northeastern PA mauled its owner and was running lose attacking other dogs and people. It was loose for several days before it was caught. Any dog with teeth can bite and even small dogs have killed. Most fatalities are children and most of those are caused by neglect of the parents in not supervising their children as they interact with dogs. There is a blog, the KC dog blog, that tracks news reports of dog bites around the country and follows up to get the whole story, not just the sensational stuff that the media loves to portray. If it bleeds, it leads.
John February 06, 2013 at 12:32 PM
John February 06, 2013 at 12:36 PM
Marguerite, your comment is ridiculous. I am sick of people standing up for these dogs that are responsible for so many deaths. You blaming the children or their parent is equivalent to blaming a rape victim for dressing room sexy. Why can't people just realize that it IS the dog and not the owner. I hear about other dogs biting, but never about any deaths. I wouldn't trust any pit bull near my kids.
John February 06, 2013 at 12:38 PM
Too sexy
Brett Bonfanti February 06, 2013 at 01:59 PM
A lot of the time these pit bulls are adopted and it's actually their former owners that raised them to be aggressive. Even if they calm down with the new owner, relapse is always possible in dogs, many of which are unpredictable in certain situations.
Sheriffchris February 06, 2013 at 02:17 PM
This breed of dog is a hybred, it was cross bred to kill...and that is what it is very capable of doing. A 40 pound dog can knock a 200 pound young man off his feet and kill him in minutes. When are we ever going to learn that these dogs are not pets, they are in fact responsible for over 60% of deaths by dog bite when they represent only 4% of the dog population......when will we learn indeed !!!!
Mary Anne Looby February 06, 2013 at 03:19 PM
Everything said is has some validity. However, a pit bull, raised from birth by a kind owner is a loving pet. I know numerous people who have pits and they are sweet family pets. I also know plenty of people with german shepards and rottwillers. When raised from infancy, all of these dogs can be sweet gentle pets. I agree that the pits that are in shelters are for the most part probably dangerous at some level. The reason they are there is because they were abandonded by crappy owners, beaten and taught to attack. Most animals will attack when threatened, so yes in that respect any dog can bite.
Rose Strong February 06, 2013 at 06:31 PM
Margeurite's comment is not ridiculous...how can you blame a dog for doing something an owner has propagated by giving positive reinforcement? Oh and the idea that they cannot rehabilitate...all but one of the Michael Vick dogs have been rehabbed & are in homes, some w/children! As for the photo with this article...the person responsible @ Patch needs to rethink using such a photo which does nothing more than fuel the frenzied myths about what is a loving, faithful canine if raised responsibly! The police officer along w/animal control who shot the dog would benefit by a Pit Bull boot camp seminar. There are things to do before pulling a trigger! For info on pit bulls check out BadRap.org.
Sue February 06, 2013 at 06:49 PM
most dog bites at vets are from the small dogs.
Marguerite February 06, 2013 at 08:47 PM
From the website of the CDC: "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." Too many people engage in magical thinking. Pit bulls have magical locking jaws or have magical killer genes. Pit bulls are dogs like any other. They do not have special genes that make them more likely to kill. Sadly, most so-called pit bulls are bred by people who have no clue about genetic selection for improvement. You can get the whole gamut of possibilities in pit bulls that you are likely to find in mixed breeds. Pit bulls make terrible guard dogs because they tend to have low levels of aggression towards people. The breed originated back in the late 18th century when bull dogs were cross bred with the now extinct white terrier to produce dogs with the tenacity and strength of the bulldog and the high prey drive of the terrier. These dogs became popular when bull baiting was banned in England in the early 19th century and the masses turned to dog fighting instead. Dogs were prized for fighting prowess, not their viciousness. Most of these dogs were kept as pets and had to get along with people.
katie v February 06, 2013 at 09:00 PM
As an owner of a pit bull mix, she is much sweeter than my purebred retriever (an intruder would be licked to death by my pit, the retriever would no be so friendly) i believe all dogs are dogs and therefore capable of harm. That is why it is important to be a responsible pet owner. Growing up, we had chows, akitas, and mutts and none of them bit or even growled at anyone. We adopted our pit mix from a shelter and have been thankful for her wonderful temperament. Dogs are individual. Yes some are stronger or faster than others but just like every lab isn't a joy, every pit is not a monster. I agree with the comment about the bad pic though.
Chris February 06, 2013 at 11:50 PM
What the pit bull apologists always ignore is the genetic component. Hunting dogs are bred for hunting. They are good at it and they enjoy going it. I never hear anyone arguing otherwise. Pit bulls were bred for fighting and killing. Just connect the dots, it's not that difficult.
Ross Janikowski February 08, 2013 at 04:26 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?
KayOss February 08, 2013 at 05:50 PM
They Should be charged with assault or attempted homicide with a deadly weapon Yes those dogs should be considered a DEADLY WEAPON and to the owner of the attacking dog I HOPE YOU ROT IN HELL ALSO. and NEVER GET ANOTHER PET AS LONG YOU LIVE YOU DON'T DESERVE ANY PETS not even a pet mouse.... TO: Tammie my prayers are with you and your hairy person (Oreo) to get well soon. BTY I do carry a hand gun at all times and would not like having to kill any animal ever however i would if forced to.
Patti Stollbs February 09, 2013 at 02:15 PM
I hope the family will be all okay God speed to The little dog who sounds to be in bad shape . Hope he pulls thru ok.
Donna Fiorillo DeNardo February 23, 2013 at 06:04 PM
John, your comment is part of the problem. I know many pit bull owner...NONE of which are aggressive....this breed specific crap is total crap....any dog can snap, not just pit bulls. Do some research and educate yourself on the breed . Pit bulls were known as " nanny dogs" years ago. When I was growing up, it was the German shepherds and Dottie's to be scared of, now it's the pits. Blame the owners and how they're raised and STOP blaming the BREED
Donna Fiorillo DeNardo February 23, 2013 at 06:06 PM
please do some research, it's not cross bred to kill...good Lord. Go to any Shelter and see how many times your mauled to death by kisses from a pittie. Educate yourselves people.
Donna Fiorillo DeNardo February 23, 2013 at 06:07 PM
thoughts and prayers to Oreo and all involved. It's always heartbreaking when this happens, as many pets are part of the family.
Lynne Meade February 24, 2013 at 01:45 PM
Sorry John as a Vet Tech I think Marguerites take is right on. My kids grew up with a pitbull rottweiler mix (who's an old guy now) with no problems at all.I'll also add that the only time I was bitten at work was once by a Chihuahua and several times by cats and we had many pitbull/pitbull mixes in our practice. I'll go by my judgement and experience and not which ever breed dujour the media decides to sensationalize.
Carol Damian February 24, 2013 at 08:43 PM
you really need to do your research Chris before you put your foot in your mouth even further. I have a pitt bull who knows nothing but love. They are the most faithful dogs a person could ever own. My grandkids have rolled around on the floor with him since they were born. They pull his tail, they are rough with him. He loves the attention! Until you have owned one, you have absolutely no right to say they are raised to kill. Most dogs that bite are the smaller breeds. It is only because when a pitt bull bites, cause he was probably trained to or beaten by the owner; it always makes the news because of the stereotypeing out there on them! A pit bull brought up in a loving home just like any other breed will give you unconditional love. The only fear I have is of being licked to death!
Carol Damian February 24, 2013 at 08:46 PM
I agree and they also said it was a stray dog that has probably been beaten and then set free to fend for itself ;(
Patti Stollbs February 24, 2013 at 09:01 PM
People could we get back to the fact that this lady and her dog need help. Every breed dog has good and bad, we all know that, but right now Oreo needs our help. I'm sure we can all spare five or 10 dollars to send . This lady did not ask for this to happen to her dog and as DOG LOVERS lets try and help her out.
Rick Cornish March 25, 2013 at 01:26 AM
38 U.S. fatal dog attacks occurred in 2012.2 Despite being regulated in Military Housing areas and over 600 U.S. cities,3 pit bulls contributed to 61% (23) of these deaths. Pit bulls make up less than 5% of the total U.S. dog population.4 Together, pit bulls (23) and rottweilers (3), the second most lethal dog breed, accounted for 68% of all fatal attacks in 2012. In the 8-year period from 2005 to 2012, this combination accounted for 73% (183) of the total recorded deaths (251 The breakdown between pit bulls and rottweilers is substantial over this 8-year period. From 2005 to 2012, pit bulls killed 151 Americans, about one citizen every 19 days, versus rottweilers, which killed 32, about one citizen every 91 days Annual data from 2012 shows that 50% (19) of the victims were adults, 21-years and older, and the other half were children, ages 8-years and younger. Of the total children killed by dogs in 2012, 79% (15) were ages 2-years and younger In 2012, roughly one-third, 32% (12), of all dog bite fatality victims were either visiting or living temporarily with the dog's owner when the fatal attack occurred. Children 8-years and younger accounted for 75% (9) of these deaths You are not going to tell me that these are safe animals! Just not going to do it! if you want these animal as pets...fine. You will not convince me that these animals are just as safe as a...GoldenRetriever, Springer spaniel, Collie!
Rick Cornish March 25, 2013 at 01:27 AM
Especially here in the Lehigh Valley there is a "toughness" that people want to express by having this breed. That is the only reason...to show off!


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