In what is believed to be the first fatal dog attack in Philadelphia in more than a quarter-century, a pit bull sank her teeth into the neck of a 38-year-old Fishtown woman and killed her yesterday.
The victim, Christine Staab, had been arguing with her mother in their Oxford Street rowhouse and fell backward. At that point, the dog leaped on Staab, said her mother, Barbara Erb.
Erb, 59, said she tried frantically to pull off the dog, Jade, but could not get the pit bull to relax her grip on Staab's throat. THIS IS WHERE THE "LOCKING JAW" COMES FROM, THIS DOG DOESN'T EVEN OBEY IT'S OWNER, SO MUCH FOR THE LOYALTY!
The dog "was in some kind of protection mode," Erb said. TRY MODE BRED INTO PITS CALLED KILL!!
After struggling with the dog, Erb let go and darted to confine her other dogs and call police. Arriving about 7 a.m., officers shot and killed Jade. They then shot and killed Bear, a second pit bull that lunged at them after he jumped over a barrier that had penned him and four other pit bulls in the kitchen. I GUESS BEAR WAS IN THE "PROTECTION MODE" TOO!!
The four surviving dogs were taken to the SPCA's Animal Care and Control Team shelter on Hunting Park Avenue and quarantined.
Erb said she would like them back. "It was just a horrible, horrible incident," she said.
HER DAUGHTER IS DEAD BECAUSE SHE WANTED TO MAKE MONEY BREEDING PITS AND SHE CALLS IT AN "INCIDENT".
Detectives in the East Division are investigating.
Erb said no one had suggested to her that she might face arrest.
A spokesman for the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office said the death was being investigated as a fatal dog attack. An autopsy is to take place today.
Despite about 70 million dogs in the United States, fatal attacks are relatively rare.
According to the organization Dogsbite.org, dogs killed an average of about 30 people a year nationwide over the last three years. According to a review of Inquirer archives, the previous fatal attack in Philadelphia occurred in 1981, when Mary Logan, 81, was killed by several of the mongrel pets she kept in her house in Northern Liberties.
Dogsbite.org advocates breed-specific legislative action to control violent dogs. According to the group, pit bulls make up only 5 percent of the dog population in this country, but account for more than 40 percent of deadly attacks.
Erb spoke with an Inquirer reporter yesterday as she stood on her street moments after police gave her clearance to return to her home.
According to Erb, her daughter - the mother of a teenage son who lives with his father - had long fought a battle with drugs, shaking her addiction only to succumb again. Staab came into their house about 6:30 a.m. and appeared to be high, Erb said.
"I said to her, 'I can't deal with that anymore. You have to go,' " Erb recounted. "She was telling me where was she supposed to go?"
She said the dispute had not escalated into a physical fight and that their voices had not been raised. IF THIS IS SO THEN WHY WAS THE PIT IN "PROTECTION" MODE?
As they argued, Erb said, her daughter took a step back and tripped over a mirror on the floor. She fell back, taking a lamp down with her. Erb said she was clutching at Staab's sleeve as she fell. NOW THE PIT FIGURED IT OUT AND MADE IT'S OWN DECISION.
This enraged Jade, who went "nuts" and attacked, Erb said. "I couldn't get her off."
OUT OF CONTROL AS USUAL FOR A PIT.
At some point, Erb said, she rounded up the other five dogs and put them in the kitchen, blocking the doorway with a three-foot-high barrier. She called police.
Erb said she found the attack hard to explain because Jade, 6, knew her daughter well. DOESN'T MATTER, PITS DON'T DISCRIMINATE.
"I never had a problem with a dog," she said, describing the six pit bulls as "house dogs" that were well cared for and even had microchips installed for identification.
"They were spoiled rotten," Erb said. "They were not neglected in any way."
AND THEY MADE ME A LOT OF MONEY WITH THEIR BIG LITTERS!!!
A neighbor agreed, saying, "The dogs were very sweet. They never had a problem with them."
The door of the house had one sign that read "Beware of dog," and another saying that in the case of fire, rescuers should save the six dogs inside. It listed their names: Paige, Peaches, Maggie, Satan, Bear, and Jade. YEAH, BEWARE OF PITS THAT ARE "SWEET" AND "NEVER HAD A PROBLEM".
OCALA, Fla. -- Marion County police said a family dog mauled to death a 3-year-old girl on Saturday.
The incident happened at 6540 NE 25th Ave. in Ocala at about 5:30 p.m.
Jenifer Fisher, of the Marion County Sheriff's Office, said breeder Lori Haaker was in her yard with her daughter, cleaning out the pen where the family keeps four dogs chained to trees. YET THIS IS CONSIDERED AN EXCEPTABLE WAY TO CONTAIN PIT BULLS. PIT NUTTERS ABOUND WITH THEIR PROTEST AGAINST LAWS THAT WOULD STOP THIS.
Haaker has a sign at the entrance to her ranch promoting her business that reads: "Haaker's Dream Bulldog Ranch." However, the MCSO said that the dogs chained to the tree were American pit bulls.
EVEN NUTTERS "MISIDENTIFY" PITS FOR THEIR OWN AGENDA.
Police said that Haaker had gone into her house and returned outside but didn't see her daughter. They said she told them that she started searching the property and found that her daughter had entered the pen and was being mauled by one of the dogs. OKAY LET'S HEAR HOW THE MOTHER IS TO BLAME AS IF NO OTHER MOTHERS HAVE EVER LET THEIR 3 YEAR OLD OUT OF THEIR SIGHT IN THEIR OWN BACKYARD.
Fisher said the mother had to wrestle the child away from the dog and that it was difficult because the girl was wrapped in the dog's chain.
Fire Rescue crews arrived but could not save the girl, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Animal Services was at the home Saturday night to seize the four dogs from the pen. They believe only one dog was responsible for the attack but took all of them as a precaution.
Animal Services will investigate to determine which of the dogs should be deemed vicious.
An investigator was questioning the mother and father, as well as a renter who lives on the property. It's not clear whether the parents of the girl will face any charges.
There are four other children who live at the home and the Department of Children and Families was called in to investigate their welfare. THERE SHOULD BE A LAW THAT CHILDREN AND PIT BULLS CANNOT EXIST IN THE SAME HOUSEHOLD.