Mostly, what is occupying the news here in Pacifica is this pit bull attack. The Pacifica Tribune ran a more detailed article in print today stating the “San Mateo Coroner as well as two forensic odontologists (bite experts) conducted tests, including teeth impressions, and blood samples and determined that the male pit bull was the sole dog in the attack.” The paper went on to say, “Darla Napora [the victim] had extensive bite wounds to the upper body and face and multiple defensive wounds on her arms.”
First and foremost, I feel very sorry for Darla, who was pregnant at the time of her death. She was attacked and killed by a trusted and well loved member of her family. I think her last moments on this earth were horrendous. Having said that, I have no intention of getting into the pit bull debate whether these animals are dangerous killers or loving pets.
As for my own experience, my cat was attacked, mauled, and killed by a pitbull when I lived in another city. There is a lot of speculation as to the events leading up to these type attacks. I can testify first hand, my cat was enclosed behind a 6 foot wooden fence. The pit bull stood on a car behind my house and leapt over the fence into our tiny backyard. He was unprovoked. Though I grew up on a farm, and have interacted with a multitude of animals, I have never seen another animal do what this pit bull did. My ex-husband and I shot it 3 times, the last at point blank range before he dropped our tiny black cat, and still, the pit bull was not dead, possibly because we were using safety slugs to prevent wall penetration. The pit bull attempted to follow us into our home. The police ultimately had to kill the dog. My cat did not survive.
So, how do I feel about pit bulls? I am very undecided about exactly what goes on with them. You would think I would condemn them all and their very nature, but I love dogs. All dogs. Not just small dogs or cute dogs, but the massive ones too.
There are a lot of opinions on the internet floating around for and against pit bulls, and in particular the pit bull, Tazi, who Darla’s husband is bringing home from the shelter. I can’t help but wonder if I was a neighbor if I would be leery of the dog too. Something drastically went wrong there. Some people want to know the circumstances, leading up to Darla’s death, but I’m not sure there were any circumstances. Some people are convinced pit bulls only go bad if they are not neutered or raised poorly. I’m not sure I believe that either. I’m not sure what I believe.
I do know one of the worst dog bites I ever received was from a poodle as I jogged by his house. He was loose in the front yard, and as I jogged by he mustered all his curly haired force up, chased me down the street and chomped my ankle. I jogged off bleeding, but then had to go back because the poodle had run so far from home, he was lost. I had to take the ankle biter back to his house. And I don’t know what to think about that either.