Archive for Friday, September 8, 2006

Police: Pit bull kills cat

September 8, 2006


A pit bull chased a cat into a home Saturday morning in the 1500 block of Delaware Street, attacked it and killed it, according to a police report.

The cat's 39-year-old owner tried to break up the attack but couldn't. The cat, Zelda, was dead when officers arrived at the home.

Police took the dog to the Lawrence Humane Society. As of Thursday, the owner of the dog had not been identified.


Kelly Powell 11 years, 7 months ago

adog killing a cat....thats never happened before. Let's ban cats.

billmore 11 years, 7 months ago

Many breeds of terrier do represent challenges in socialization (of course there are other breeds that do too). Having owned and raised Skye terriers, a breed that at one time was known for violence much like Bull and Stafordshire terriers, I can say that it did take extra socialization of the Skyes at an early age to ensure a good disposition as they grew up -- more than other experiences such as an American Eskimo mix, a Shetland Sheepdog, a Bichon, and an English Mastiff to name several.

It's not so simple as no dog will attack or some breeds always do. Like anything else, it's a matter of the individual, and in some cases there are genetic dispositions that differentiate breeds toward a pattern of behaviour. Those who wish to own breeds with a genetic disposition towards aggressive behaviour (usually because they were originally bred to protect, and that's what they think they are doing) need to understand that they will need to take extra effort in raising their puppies. Entry level obedience training at a young age, such as puppy kindergarten and the AKC CGC classes are great. While no guarantee, I've seen these early training efforts work wonders with "problem" individuals and breeds.

Ken Miller 11 years, 7 months ago

I had a dog named Shotzi when I was a little kid. One day Shotzi wasn't there when I got home, so I asked my mom and dad where Shotzi was. "We took her to the farm," they responded. "Can we go visit her at the farm?" I asked.


Confrontation 11 years, 7 months ago

So, dogs kill children because these children are bad?

Kelly Powell 11 years, 7 months ago

and if cats were big enough they would be killing dogs and children.

erotomania 11 years, 7 months ago

Dogs kill cats, cats kill birds, birds kill worms...humans kill dogs, cats, birds, deer, bears, PEOPLE...that nature baby!

Why is it news worthy??? I witnessed a dog kill a cat as a child and yes it was rather disturbing, but I am 99.9% positive is wasn't in the paper. I am pretty sick of hearing about all these "evil" pit bulls. Get over it!

DeeK 11 years, 7 months ago

I had a cat Kill a small bird & drag it home! is this crap really news worthy?

Who gives a damn? this is weak!

tweetybird2 11 years, 7 months ago

I don't like pit bulls but, I have seen many dogs go after cats. I don't think you can blame this one on the breed.

staff04 11 years, 7 months ago

I have generally stayed away from the whole pit bull debate, but something sybil said earlier motivated me to weigh in here...

While there may not be breeds that are more inclined to attack, there are a handful that have been bred for generations specifically for fighting. That is a problem. Historically, pit bulls were bred to be aggressive towards other animals.

jafs 11 years, 7 months ago

If more Lawrence residents kept their animals inside or under their control, we would probably have fewer of these incidents. That is in fact the law, but it doesn't seem to be followed by a large number of people here. If you are going to have a pet, then it seems to me it is your responsiblity to make sure it isn't running free.

jafs 11 years, 7 months ago

Also, the city seems to have inadequate resources to deal with the problem of stray animals. If you call Animal Control to report them, it takes at least 1/2 hour for anyone to get there, by which time the animal has left. And they don't find very many by driving around looking for them!

staff04 11 years, 7 months ago

When were collies and sheepdogs bred as fighting dogs?

staff04 11 years, 7 months ago

Are there any numbers out there on the number/percentage of dog attacks by breed that factors in the severity of the damages?

Kontum1972 11 years, 7 months ago

there might be room at the DG Co Jail....mb some counseling will help.....DCCA or Bert Nash...lets rehab some Pit Bulls...dats da ticket...

staff04 11 years, 7 months ago

Actually, wait...marquis' statement makes me realize that this info doesn't really answer my question...

If you were to take all of the bites separated by breed, what breed has the highest frequency of serious bite--one that, say, requires professional medical attention or hospitalization? That would put an end to statements like "The frequency is only attributed to popularity of breed." Right?

Raider 11 years, 7 months ago

I like cats. I just can't eat a whole one. :-)

acg 11 years, 7 months ago

Pit cat!! ROFLMAO!! Macon gets the prize for comment of the day.

i_have_only_valid_opinions 11 years, 7 months ago

enforcer, you need to come forward and claim ownership of your dog.

fairylight 11 years, 7 months ago

Billmore, I sent you a note re: Skyes

While it is NOT strange for a dog to chase a cat..any dog...and not unheard of for dogs to kill a cat if they catch it. IT IS RARE for a dog to follow a cat into a house that is strange to them, and continue the attack.

That shows the onemindedness of the 'pitbull'. His focus IS on the kill. That is what makes these modern day, illbred animals dangerous.

That could have been just as easily a small child running from the dog, sparking it's prey drive.

If people are going to take on these type dogs, they must get their heads out of the asses and realize they have a huge responsiblity . The owner of this dog is as much at fault as the dog!

Tychoman 11 years, 7 months ago

Tragic event, that poor cat.

The truth about squirrels? Sow, please, this is a serious forum. Everyone knows that bears are the real godless killing machines, not squirrels or pit bulls. Stinking bears.

Tychoman 11 years, 7 months ago

Scenebooster I watch it when I can, but alas I don't get comedy central because god hates me. Figures.

It's okay, Mr. Bush, reality has a liberal bias.

prairietracker 11 years, 7 months ago

It was my cat. I didn't see the intial contact between the cat and the dog, but it appears the dog crashed through our screen door to get at the cat. I would guess the cat was inside at the time, perhaps just inside the screen door when they spotted each other.

I was not home at the time of the incident. My wife tells me the dog chased the cat through the kitchen, down the hall and into our daughter's bedroom. When she followed them to the bedroom she saw the dog mauling the cat. She did not know what breed the dog was. Frightend by the ferocity of its attack, however, she decided to get the kids out of the house and call 911.

The emergency call made the incident news, as did a stray dog entering someone's house and killing their cat. It didn't happen in the yard or street, but in my daughter's bedroom. I don't know what would have happened if my daughter had been in her room at the time this dog entered it in a killing frenzy.

Finally, yes, the controversial breed of the animal made this news as well. Strong animals bred from fighting dogs, Bull Terriers have a powerful bite and can do plenty of damage if they do attack. That makes them potentially dangerous animals and many people fear them. I know they can also make affectionate companions. I don't believe this incident indicates a problem with the disposition of the breed. Just a problem with a particular dog.

The dog did not look malnourished. It looked healthy and fairly young. It had no collar and we had never seen it in the neighborhood before. My wife said it had a strange, not quite sane, look to it when she viewed it later in the animal control vehicle. Its eyes kept shifting out of focus.

While I didn't witness the attack, it was a pretty horrible thing to clean up after. My cat fought back and blood from both animals was all over my daughter's room and things. I was pretty much in shock about the whole thing, as were my wife and kids.

acg 11 years, 7 months ago

prairietracker, that is absolutely horrible. I'm so sorry for your cat and your family. I can't even imagine what may have happened if one of your children or your wife had tried to intervene on the cat's behalf. Thank God they're safe.

estespark 11 years, 7 months ago

A buddy of mine was attacked by a Pit Bull back in college - similar to this story the sucker ran right through a screen door and sank his teeth right into my friend's buttocks - no joke.

Glad to hear the cat was able to get his licks in.

as_I_live_and_breathe 11 years, 7 months ago

We used to have a dachsound. Lovely dog, untill we took her to my grandma's farm. she jumped from the car and ran thru the chicken pen, snapping the chickies heads right off with out missing a step.

She discovered that she LOVED to kill things!

Man we all had to eat chicken for weeks...

as_I_live_and_breathe 11 years, 7 months ago

And bears... in tutus

I have been terrified of bears in clothes since my granpa took me to that weird circus....

the bears just look so p.o. to be wearing clothes.

Tychoman 11 years, 7 months ago

Holy bear in a tree! That cracked me up, swbsow.

billmore 11 years, 7 months ago

I realized that in my rather sterile comments, I negleted to express my sympathies to the family -- certainly, this was a terrible situation.

Disclaimer: This is only intended to discuss one of the MANY factors that might be responsible for pet behaviour.

One thing I have not seen commented on yet was if anyone knows if there have been any studies conducted about the personalities of the owners of the dogs involved in the bite incidents leading to the statistics about the nature of these "violent" breeds. Simply put, once a breed is characterized as violent or aggressive, do humans with the same traits have a greater liklihood of wanting that breed as opposed to another? If that were true (and I have no idea if it is or not) it could be that we humans are contributing to the problem.

as_I_live_and_breathe 11 years, 7 months ago

By the way I was refering to ... Hairy - animal - pooh in the woods - kind of bears in tutus, not Chicago Bears in tutu's.... although that would be scary too!!!!

as_I_live_and_breathe 11 years, 7 months ago

Billmore, I'm not sure if there has been a "real gubment funded study" but I would image if you did a search or questioned a few breeders you would find your theory to be correct.

Humans are apes with pants... we see something we think is cool we think it will make us look cool too if we have one just like it.

mean stupid scum may have NO idea that an animal is good at hurting and maiming until they see or hear it on a sound bite. They run out and get one so they can be "cool" too. Mix the size, power, loyalty and temperment of a 4-legged animal with the ignorance and hatred of a 2-legged animal and you have yourself a death machine.

Then, word of mouth kicks in and they start breeding them for their friends and fun just escalates !

LawrenceRes 11 years, 7 months ago

Exterminate the breed. What is the point in having an animal that is a known killer? Pit Bulls are unpredictable and impossible to "raise correctly" because it is in their nature to be unnecessarily aggressive. I do not want to sacrifice my saftey and the saftey of my family so that some white trash can have their Pit Bull.

ForThePeople 11 years, 7 months ago about not beating around the bush and letting everyone know how you really feel! Though I agree with some of your post....I gotta say I know several people who own pitbulls and they are most definately NOT white trash!

gr 11 years, 7 months ago

Heh, heh. I'm sure glad that prohibiting the chaining of dogs as resulted in less "animal cruelty" - cruelty to the poor kitty.

as_I_live_and_breathe 11 years, 7 months ago

Oh Larence Res.. way to show your liberalism and non-judgemental you can see thru a key hole with both eyes at the same time.

Exterminate the Breed? guess you better round up the springer spanials, they have a documented rage disorder that can pop up any time.

Dobermans, they have been so inbred that they have become unpredictable.

Cocker spanials... see springer spanial

Chows --- they get alzheimers and for get they aren't suppose to bite

Most inbred yappy dogs. they all deserve to die just for being so niosy.

any dog over 50 lbs. even a friendly one could roll over and crush you

Friendly Dogs with big tails can could knock over a person and cause them to hit there head and kill them instantly.

we should just kill all the dogs and let the asians eat them and require all citizens to own fish... not jewel fish or piranhas they are mean.... just gold fish.... with big bubbley eyes....

LR you are the reason I left lawrence.... too much prejudice.

Tychoman 11 years, 7 months ago

You know, LR, humans have a documented history of killing, too.

Breathe, liberalism in LR's post?

LawrenceRes 11 years, 7 months ago

From 1979 through 1994, attacks by dogs resulted in 279 deaths of humans in the United States. (Sacks JJ, Sattin RW, Bonzo SE. Dog bite-related fatalities from 1979 through 1988. JAMA 1989;262:1489-92; Sacks JJ, Lockwood R, Hornreich J, Sattin RW. Fatal dog attacks, 1989-1994. Pediatrics 1996; 97:891-5.) In the latter study, which covered six years, the researchers made these findings:

There were 109 bite-related fatalities. 57% of the deaths were in children under 10 years of age. 81% of the attacks involved an unrestrained dog. 22% of the deaths involved an unrestrained dog OFF the owner's property. 59% of the deaths involved an unrestrained dog ON the owner's property. 18% of the deaths involved a restrained dog ON the owner's property. 10% of the dog bite attacks involved sleeping infants. The most commonly reported dog breeds involved were pit bulls (24 deaths), followed by rottweilers (16 deaths), and German shepherds (10 deaths).

Pit bull terriers and Rottweilers together appear to commit about two-thirds of the reported serial attacks on humans (65%), and more than three-fourths of the rampage attacks (79%), ANIMAL PEOPLE has learned, in a review of files on approximately 1,500 dog attacks in cases in which a person was killed or maimed, or police shot the dog.

Among the 59 dogs who flunked a second chance after biting a person or killing a pet were 28 pit bulls (48%), 10 Rottweilers (17%), and 21 dogs of 10 other breeds.

Persons killed by dogs in July 2006: The month of July 2006 saw three human deaths by pit bulls. On July 27th, 71-year-old Ms. Jimmie May McConnell was in her yard in Kansas City, Kan., when a pit bull jumped over her fence and killed her. Earlier in the month, 3-year-old Mariah Puga of Hargill, Texas, was killed by her parents pit bulls. John Brannaman, 81, died of a heart attack at Orlando Regional Medical Center on July 31st after he was mauled by two pit bulls in front of his home when he tried to retrieve garbage cans from the road.

Nicholas Fabish -- parents' pit bulls killed their son inside their apartment

Emily Paige Stinnett -- family pit bull ripped off 4-year-old's scalp

Johnnie Streeter -- 8-year-old killed at his friend's house

Roddie Philip Dumas Jr -- father's four pit bulls killed his 8-year-old son

Ruby Sharum -- great-grandson's pit bull caused amputation of 91-year-old woman's arms

Shall I go on? When will it be enough??

Serial and rampage attack data

© Merritt Clifton, editor, Animal People

BrianR 11 years, 7 months ago

LawrenceRes, Please continue, it's entertaining to watch you convulse like that.

I could fill entire buildings from floor to ceiling with stories of pit bulls, rotties and squirrels who've never harmed anyone.

Your rant is meaningless.

LawrenceRes 11 years, 7 months ago

Ignorance is sad but negligence is scary.

This is no rant, I am entitled to post my OPINION just like the rest of you. Why don't you try writing something intelligent? You're wasting space!

BrianR 11 years, 7 months ago

I am hereby revoking your right to have an opinion.

Thanks for visiting.

Go away.

You ARE a waste of space.

LawrenceRes 11 years, 7 months ago

Are you that scared of hearing something that you don't agree with? Threatened by the fact that people can disagree with you? Your're wasting my time because we could go back and fourth all day and never get anywhere, its easy to hide behind your computer and throw out insults because you don't have to look anyone in the eye. I give up, there is no point in wasting any more time on this issue. I'll wait until another life is lost to rant.

as_I_live_and_breathe 11 years, 7 months ago

So, I'm not a mathmatition or anything, but yours saying that because in a 15 year time span, 181 people have been killed by pit bulls or rotweillers, we should ELIMINATE them?

Those are pretty stiff standards. Given those perameters, what else could we eliminate?????

ForThePeople 11 years, 7 months ago

Riding lawn mowers are not necessary.

Everyone could buy a goat instead.

That is actually funny....LOL! Unfortunately they don't leave that nice manicured look, I'm so particular about!

as_I_live_and_breathe 11 years, 7 months ago

How many dogs SAVE lives every year???

How many pitties and rotties are the only friend their elderly owner has?

How many dogs, pits and rotts in particular, have prevented a burglery or rape?

What about those dogs at the WTC? Or at Earthquakes sites?

What about those stories where the dog dials 911 when the owner is choking?

Also I think the math WAS wrong d'0h... it's like 1 person a YEAR killed by the breed you are slandering...

some buddy got sum splaining to do?

as_I_live_and_breathe 11 years, 7 months ago

nice posts davisnin... oddly one of the source you use is the same one LR used to justifiy killing off the entire breed...

about the goats... i thought it was the other way around.... sheep went all the way to the roots but.... goats like to stand on the roof of cars.

as_I_live_and_breathe 11 years, 7 months ago

in a brief search for another topic i've discovered that more women die each year from abortion related complications than are killed by any type of dog at all... mmmmm?

Ban Abortion doctors??????

bearded_gnome 11 years, 7 months ago

"take my goat ... please!"

you mean goats are banned in lawrence, or is that only if they're adorned with balloons?

goats eat whole unpeeled artichokes, and they like them, nettles and all. now...I think that's apropose as Mamrion seems to be nettling us all. ban Mamrion (AKA biosolidsman)!

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