Wednesday, September 1, 2010

But, but, but...every little pit bull bite makes the news!?

But apparently this one didn't.  This 9 year-old boy was mauled by a pit bull sometime "last month" in Calgary, according to this article.  Judging from the current state of his facial wounds, his attack happened a week or more (I would say more) ago and I didn't see a single report.  Surgeons say the little boy nearly died from his wounds but the attack wasn't even reported?  I wonder if it was even recorded?   Bill?  Greg?

Here's the article.  Everything in parentheses is mine.

Here's the link, look at the pictures:


Mother calls for pit bull ban

Dakota Van Diest Pollon survived a viscious attack by a pit bull.

Dakota Van Diest Pollon ended up needing surgery and more than 300 stitches after the pit bull attack

At the request of his owner, Bruno was put down after the attack (good thing, because you know rehoming is the favored method of pit bull abatement in Algarycay).

The mother of a nine-year-old Calgary boy is calling for a province-wide ban on pit bull terriers and rottweilers.

Dakota Van Diest Pollon was attacked by a pit bull last month while at the home of his sister's boyfriend.

The boyfriend wasn't home at the time and the sister eventually mustered up the strength to pull off the dog.

By the time is was over, Dakota needed surgery and more than 300 stitches.

"I honestly thought he was on his death bed. It looked so horrific," says Angie Pollon, Dakota's mother.

Surgeons say the nine-year-old came within an inch of losing his life.

Dakota has a long recovery ahead of him as he tries to heal from more than the physical wounds. "Every night I wake up and see pit bulls surrounding my whole bed, everywhere, they're jumping up and barking at me," says Dakota.

The three-year-old pit bull had never attacked before. At the owner's request, he was put down on Tuesday.

Dakota's mother is now calling for a provincial ban on pit bulls and rottweilers. She wants them to be labeled dangerous dogs like they are in Ontario. "I would say to any pit bull owner that they're harbouring a killer," says Pollon.

Officials with Calgary Bylaw Services say the city will not be advocating for a ban because it believes the owner is at fault, not the breed. "This is a behaviour issue, not a breed issue," says Greg Steinraths.
"We look at the whole philosophy. We make sure the dog is licenced, spayed, neutered, they need proper training and care and ensure they do not become a nuisance or threat," says Steinraths. (And don't forget about rehoming them, Greg, because you KNOW biting dogs that get new homes immediately cease Alphie).

Bylaw Services says its policies do work and adds that Calgary has less dog bites per capita than other cities around the world (I wonder how many of them are from pit bulls?  I wonder how many of them, like this one, never make the news?).

The province also says it is not considering a ban on pit bulls.


  1. "This is a behaviour issue, not a breed issue," says Greg Steinraths

    specific breeds have specific behaviors. what is so hard to understand?

  2. You need to campaign for a recording of bites BY BREED. Not doing this is Bill Bruce's way to overcome BSL/bans. Everyplace I know of records bites by breeds for obvious reasons.

  3. ummm it did make the news! That link is to a news article! and it was a family friend so why would they childs mother call the news to report their friend??? Also Calgary Services doesn't rehome dogs that are involved in unprovoked attacks. Also dog bites are reported to Capital Health and Animal Service not THE MEDIA! Just cause you don't know about it doesn't mean that their isn't a full investigation. All I have to say is thank god people like you don't hear about all the dog bites or else no poodle, chihuahua, pitbull or especially spaniel would be safe!!! you and your 4 fans would be out there with pitchforks setting fire to every poor creature out there. I shutter to think what you would do if you knew that more cat bites occur in shelters and are reported then dog bites. Why are cat bite so dangerous??? Because the structure of their teeth leave a puncture that is partially closed essentially injecting bacteria into the bloodstream and making it impossible to cleanse adequately unlike a dog bite. This usually causes blood poisoning and requires medical intervention. I speak from experience as I spent 2 days requiring IV antibiotics after a cat bite but surprisingly required only stitches after a bite from a yellow lab. Uh Oh I said too much! Here comes the "kill all Kitties" blog now!

  4. Ahhh..Didn't Bill Bruce allow one of Louise Byer's multi-biting Pits be relocated out of Calgary?!?

    That's rehoming. PIt Centric A/C policies only endanger the public. Calgary is proof of it.

  5. A Ban on Pit Bulls and Pit bull type dogs in Calgary is the only answer to keeping these killing machines out of the hands of the negligent and immature.The Pit Bull ban's in Ontario and Winnipeg are working incredibly well and have virtually eliminated Pit Bull Atrocities and Fatalities in these areas. A Pit Bull Ban in Calgary will work.If a ban is not implemented soon, we as a community can only sit and wait for the next Pit Bull Tragedy to occur.

  6. Hi im dakota i was really scared when i was attacked.

  7. I know 3 people who's dogs were mauled or killed by pit bulls. No news coverage of any of them.

    I know 4 people who were bitten or severely attacked by pit bulls. Yet again, no news reports.

  8. Every year women are attacked by men, these raping murderinig monsters go about our cities looking for prey. One in four girls is sexually assulted at some point in her life - I suppose you would support a ban on human males?