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Anaheim man kills a pit bull after it attacks

Anaheim_police An Anaheim man killed a pit bull with kitchen knife Tuesday after the terrier attacked the man’s wife and two dogs, police said.

Douglas Perry and his wife were walking their dogs near Stonybrook Drive and Birchleaf Drive about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday when they were approached by a black and white pit bull, Anaheim Police Sgt. Rick Martinez said.

When the pit bull attacked Perry’s smaller dog, a Siberian husky, the couple and several bystanders tried to stop it, he said.

Perry asked for something to help him fight off the pit bull, and a woman allowed him into her home, where he grabbed a kitchen knife. By the time he returned, the pit bull had bit his wife and was attacking the second dog, also a Siberian husky, Martinez said.

Perry stabbed the pit bull several times, and it staggered away and collapsed.

Perry, who injured his hand with the knife, and his wife were treated by paramedics, Martinez said.

Both huskies were taken to a veterinarian. One of them underwent surgery last night, and both were recovering at home Wednesday.

Police say they are trying to track down the dog’s owner. A couple who live nearby told police that they were taking care of the pit bull for an acquaintance who was looking for a new residence, Martinez said. They said they had put the dog in the backyard, but that it escaped.

-- Kate Linthicum

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"Taking care of the pit bull for an acquaintance" = "not my fault, ese"

It's terrible that it came to this. I pass a couple of seriously pissed off dogs when I walk mine. I am prepared every-time I walk by for one of them to bust out of the gate. I am prepared to do what ever it takes to protect myself and my dogs. I can honestly say I would do the same. However, I cannot say that I wouldn't go after the sub-humans that would help to turn such beautiful animals into to such terrors. Ultimately it is their fault not the dogs. The people who were responsible for the dog AND the owner should be held responsible for any and all expenses caused by the attack and I'd file criminal charges as well. A lesson need to be taught here.

Good for you Marine. It is pretty sad when a family and their dogs can't go for a walk without being threatened by uncontrollable dogs. The pit bull situation and their "crack dealer" association is out of hand in this country. My wife and I had a situation where our Siberian husky was attacked by a pit bull just for defending his food bowl on our own patio. Our husky was treated for a crushed forearm and the pit bull was smoked at the pound. We hope all is well.

Pit bulls are inherently aggressive animals. (Have you ever heard of a “loving”, “kind” or “mellow” pit bull?) Criminals breed and keep them to be weapons. As for all others who’d want to have a pit bull as pet, they’re just inviting trouble. I agree with above commentator that I’d probably do the same – especially when my wife is being attacked. A good friend of mine recently acquired a taser after his father and dog were attacked. I will probably do the same – it’s a much better way to disable the attacker without killing/injuring it.

If you are concerned about dog attacks like this, please visit www.dogsbite.org to learn more. They happen all the time and far too many people and animals are getting hurt.

Dogs should not be roaming around unsupervised, especially this breed, as it is known for dog aggression. HOWEVER, the dog is NOT at fault here. The owner should be tracked down and reprimanded by the law.

Additionally, commenters should educate themselves on animals and breed traits before naively posting the OPINIONS posted above. Clearly, some of these posters are not educated in the breed at all.

The last statement in the article is what is most important- The dog was not leashed properly, fenced properly and its owner clearly left the dog in the hands of incapable/ irresponsible pet sitters. Additionally, had the owners of the huskies been able to control their dogs and keep a fight from breaking out to begin with, I am sure this instance could have been avoided all together. What a terrible shame that people and animals were injured.

The American Pit Bull Terrier is not at fault. It is the owners. I do agree that dog breeding of ALL breeds should be put to an end entirely. Adopt.


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