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Pit bull attack reported

Man, service dog attacked near Spokane River

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Posted: Thursday, August 2, 2012 12:15 am

COEUR d'ALENE - A man and his service dog were attacked by two pit bulls Monday as he strolled along the north side of the Spokane River near the south end of Atlas Road.

Joey R. Boyle was bit on the upper arm and twice on the ankle by a female pit bull, and his service dog was attacked by a male pit bull, according to a Kootenai County Sheriff's Department report.

He was treated and taken to Kootenai Medical Center, as was his dog. He was taken to the hospital after the bites aggravated an existing medical condition, the report said.

He said the two pit bulls were with a man and woman driving a "purple colored, Japanese model van," the report said.

Maj. Ben Wolfinger said authorities didn't have further information Wednesday.

Boyle described the woman as heavy set, approximately 5 foot 6 inches tall, with long black hair.

The man was skinny, with lots of tattoos, standing approximately 5 foot 11 inches tall, with short dark hair.

Boyle said he saw the male pit bull near the couple and shouted to them, "Hey, I got a dog down here."

As soon as he yelled, he told deputies, the female pit bull, which he hadn't noticed yet, was on him. Then the male pit bull attack his leashed service dog.

The man and woman said the female had just had puppies. Boyle said they retrieved the dogs and left.

The female pit bull was described as tan in color, and the male was brindle, Boyle told deputies. Both had medium builds, he said.

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  • JesusIsTheLight posted at 11:00 am on Tue, Aug 7, 2012.

    JesusIsTheLight Posts: 667

    I'm sorry to say it but I don't trust pitbulls. I don't want my children around them and I would have no problem putting down a dog that attacks me or my family or any human.

    Pitbulls have a long history of attacks on kids, humans, and other animals. The owners were luck no one with a pistol was around or they would have two dead dogs.

  • Blue Thunder posted at 9:04 pm on Sun, Aug 5, 2012.

    Blue Thunder Posts: 7

    There are signs at the NIC beach, "NO Dogs, NO Alcohol" but it is no longer surprising to me how often signs go unnoticed, and the number, repetition, or closeness of each sign do not make a difference.

  • Jaloney posted at 10:52 pm on Fri, Aug 3, 2012.

    Jaloney Posts: 9

    Somebody get an artist to do a composite sketch and get it on the news. These low lifes need to be caught. SOON.

  • Jaloney posted at 10:50 pm on Fri, Aug 3, 2012.

    Jaloney Posts: 9

    Spray wnn't work. Pitbulls have fewer pain receptors and are not effected by sprays. You need a gun.. or a big knife in their neck.

  • Jaloney posted at 10:48 pm on Fri, Aug 3, 2012.

    Jaloney Posts: 9

    And if a lab or a poodle attacks it is rarely a big deal. When pitbulls attack faces are changed.. FOREVER.. etc. There is a young man entering puberty who lost all of his genitals to his pappa's pitbulls. He will start hormone shots soon to try to look normal. The price some pay for the selifshness of others is too high.

  • Jaloney posted at 10:46 pm on Fri, Aug 3, 2012.

    Jaloney Posts: 9


  • Jaloney posted at 10:44 pm on Fri, Aug 3, 2012.

    Jaloney Posts: 9

    Yes. The cult of selfishness prevails and politicians fall down and do nothing when they get calls and letters from the well organized, loud, and threatening pitbull advoccy groups... You have to get loud, active and organized also.. STAY On those spineless leaders, and vote em out. www.http://walkforvictimsofpitbulls.blogspot.com/
    dogsbite.org has a package on how to start a group to advocate for sane laws.

  • Jaloney posted at 10:41 pm on Fri, Aug 3, 2012.

    Jaloney Posts: 9

    The owner DOES NOT make a dog vicious but you are right that people who choose aggressive breeds are different. Several studies have found that they commit crimes 10 times more often than the folks choosing more docile dogs like the poodles. Ihttp://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/canine-corner/200903/psychological-characteristics-owners-high-risk-aggression-dog-breeds guess the proper slogan should be It's the owner AND the breed.

  • Jaloney posted at 10:37 pm on Fri, Aug 3, 2012.

    Jaloney Posts: 9

    How illogical. I have not been killed by a drunk driver but I do know they exist. SO you need to be mauled to death or lose a leg to believe the accounts of people being shredded, disfigured, etc. because.. you like to follow along with what you think is cool? Caskets are cool if you pick out the right colors and those sweet pitbulls put more people in caskets than any other dog.. but this hasn't happened to you or your family yet (lucky you) so it doesn't concern you at present cause if it did not happen to you.. it doesn't exist huh? Well Karma is a wonderful teacher/ Perhaps you will get your chance soon. http://walkforvictimsofpitbulls.blogspot.com/

  • Jaloney posted at 10:34 pm on Fri, Aug 3, 2012.

    Jaloney Posts: 9

    HAAAA HAAAA your are wrong. Dead wrong. Pitbulls attack children and owners more than other breeds, and Mortality, Maiming and Mauling found that they are removing a BODY part of a human being every 4-5 days now. So what if you aunt is not smart enough to fear dogs that attacked her. Maybe she has the same genes as you? Speaking of genes.. Pit crosses attack more often and more tenaciously too.. which only further proves ITS THE GENES.. not the owner.

  • Jaloney posted at 10:28 pm on Fri, Aug 3, 2012.

    Jaloney Posts: 9

    Service dogs take over two years to train and a lot of money is put into the training, so a dibabled person can be more independent. The newspapers was not very sympathetic to this man's trauma physcial of mental just noting that the attack AGGRAVATED an existing condition...Ya think? These morons should not of left .. this is just like a hit and run in a car.. and they are breeding these AGGRESSIVE pitbulls? Wonderful. When are people going to reach down inside and find some morals and love other people by choosing less aggressive dog breeds instead of following UNREALITY t.v. and other fads?
    The it's the owner not the breed mantra sounds logical but it's not. This repetitive slogan is illogical. Other dog breeds owned in much greater numbers have equal chances of getting neglectful and abusive owners, yet they adapt to human shortcomings and don't maul people or pets at anywhere near the rate that pitbulls do. Labs are routinely forgotten and chained in backyards and they are the most popular dog breed in America, Labs are not the top killers, pitbull are. Beagles are routinely penned up in backyards and ignored. They are given no human socialization but they do not pose any threat to humans when they get loose. Most dog bites are nothing more than a minor annoyance, as they rarely break the skin. This is why you don't hear about them on the news. If a normal dog is in a fight it will fight until the opponent submits and then stop. Pitbulls don't bite, They maul. They do not stop when the victim submits, they keep on mauling until the pet or human is left in parts. The other problem with pitbulls is that they are extremely strong, and were bred to have fewer pain receptors, and are able to keep breathing while attacking. This makes it extremely hard for people to stop a pitbull attack in progress. News stories are full of stories of strong men being mauled and three or more men being unable to get a pitbull to let go of its victim.
    Mortality, Maiming and Mauling by Vicious Dogs, Annals of Surgery, April 2011, is study of dog injuries in hospitals spanning the last 15 years. The study found that you have a more than 2500 times higher chance of dying if attacked by a pitbull. In addition it found that pitbulls caused the highest hospital charges, and the most deaths, dismemberments, permanent disability, and disfigurement of all breeds. The study also found that pitbulls attack children, and owners much more often than other breeds AND IT IS FAMILY LOVED AND UNABUSED PITBULLS THAT ARE MAULING PEOPLE. Despite be given all the love and care that other dogs enjoy, pitbulls turn suddenly and the owners are always shocked by the sudden change in behavior. Alexandra Semyonova, a world reknown animal researcher and author of the book, The 100 Silliest Things People say About Dogs, says pitbulls have a disconnect between the thinking and impulse control centers in the brain and a different chemical make up in the brain. Just as you can't see a gene that suddenly turns on cancer, you can't see the gene that is suddenly activated in a pitbull making them violent. I personally know of several people who had a pitbull turn on them after years of normal behavior. Personal accounts of owners who had "nice" pitbulls doesn't mean that pitbulls are not dangerous. This again is illogical. The statistics on pitbulls seriously harming people at a much higher rate than other dogs are overwhelming. You can't love out genes or untrain genes. Family owned and loved pitbulls can turn on a dime. If you believe that pitbulls are just like any other dog, and regurgitate the false "its the owner not the breed mantra" you might of believed the world was flat, too Just because something sounds good doesn't make it true. LOVE THY NEIGHBOR, don't own a pitbull!
    Support the first ever walk to honor VICTIMS of pitbull attacks. http://walkforvictimsofpitbulls.blogspot.com/

  • meanie posted at 3:45 pm on Fri, Aug 3, 2012.

    meanie Posts: 80

    HAHAHAHA, Love all the comments made by the "dog whispers" out there. People are stupid. Such a mob mentality. Hey I know let's get rid of all dogs. Then we won't have to worry about anyone getting bit. All this is... Is a person was at the wrong place at the wrong time , with idiot owners that didn't share a brain cell long enough to figure out they needed to leash their dogs. If a dog has a mouth , no matter the breed, it can and will bite. Number one bite problem and calls are Labs. Yes folks those cute ole yeller faces. Ask any Kootenai Sheriff. Granted there is more of them around , so these things are bound to happen. So answer me this? Is it the breed or the owner. In my rule book there is..... "NO BAD DOGS , JUST BAD HANDLERS"I swear something happens and the sheep want to ruin for all the good ones out there. And trust me the're more good pits out there then bad. And that goes with any breed. My aunt was attacked by two of them when she went out on her morning walk. In the hospital for about a wk. And till this day she isn't and doesn't fear pits. She knows it wasn't the dog , it is the handlers responsiblity to keep the dog behind the fence. Or on a leash. This state has such a hard on to get rid of wolves, why not get rid of dogs too, ppssst, they came from the wolf ya know. I hope the man and his dog recover well. It is a terrible tradigity to them and those other two dogs.

  • Mark on the Park posted at 11:45 am on Fri, Aug 3, 2012.

    Mark on the Park Posts: 471

    The only dog I've ever been bitten by is a Dachshund. Of course, I was two years old and thought the dog wouldn't mind sharing his food that was just put in his bowl. Lesson learned.

    You are correct, this had nothing to do with the article whatsoever.

  • Joseph Jr posted at 7:31 am on Fri, Aug 3, 2012.

    Joseph Jr Posts: 512

    I AGREE!

  • Joseph Jr posted at 7:26 am on Fri, Aug 3, 2012.

    Joseph Jr Posts: 512

    HALFRICAN: I don't own a poodle, but know several people who do. One elderly gentleman and his wife whose Standard Poodle is unbelivably well behaved, friendly, and just a joy to be around. I know several other people with small dogs, including myself (Yorkie), and these dogs are wonderful pets, who would never hurt anyone. I have however been around a very mean chihuahua...the dog is vicious, nasty, unfriendly, and to be honesty very scary. About 5 lbs of SCARY! Owned by very nice people. Makes no sense if we always blame the owners.

    You mentioned rotweilers, dobermans, and chows also. These dogs have a reputation for turning on their owners and families. I believe certain "types" of people, choose these dogs. People that do not necessarily want a pet, but an animal they train and encourage to be threatening and intimidating. I believe it's a different type of owner. That is not a compliment.

    German shepards? I don't believe this breed has a reputation for anything but responding to threats against an owner or its family, unless abused.

    I'll gladly put up with a small poodle barking to alert its owner of the presence of another, over being greeted by a put bull, rotweiler or chow. With the german shephard, you've got a prayer.

    A lab? Well, 99.9 times out of a 100, you'll be greeted with full tail wag.

    Certain people choose certain kinds of dogs. Dogs are like jewelry and tattoo's. It's about the owner...

  • JoeIdaho posted at 7:21 am on Fri, Aug 3, 2012.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    Wrong, the issue IS the breed.
    The BREED is responsible for MANY attacks on humans. The humans are dolts, granted, but the BREED is what is common, much like how muslims are the PRIMARY terrorists in the world.

    Truth gets said-
    Joseph (P) Idaho

  • Halfrican posted at 3:55 am on Fri, Aug 3, 2012.

    Halfrican Posts: 1

    Responsability of the owner is at issue here not the breed. Everybody says how bad pits are. Well rotweilers, donermans, german shepards and, chows are just as aggressive. It all breaks down to how they are trained and restrained. Leash, muzzle and, fence if all these percautions are met the likly hood of an attack is very unlikly. The owners must take responsability. Its def the owners fault that this poor man and dog were attacked. As far as the poodle remark I personally think all those small dogs do is bark too much.

  • searcher posted at 7:48 pm on Thu, Aug 2, 2012.

    searcher Posts: 365

    Do I hear conservatives actually supporting legislation, or rules or regulations that would protect innocent citizens and inhibit the individual right to have the meanest, nastiest, most dangerous and unpredictable pet on the planet and actually be held responsible (by law) for that animal's behavior? What is this world coming to??

  • concernedcitizen posted at 7:39 pm on Thu, Aug 2, 2012.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    The owners ne to be found and put down. ;-)

  • bionic man posted at 6:51 pm on Thu, Aug 2, 2012.

    bionic man Posts: 347

    Guaranteed, if I'm walking my dog (on a leash) and another dog attacks her.....that dog will be dead. Unfortunately we have to punish animals because of their "owners" lack of responsibility. Too bad we can't save the animals and get rid of the irresponsible owners. And for you cat owners that let your cats roam, that goes for you especially. I have my solution for those and it works great.

  • JoeIdaho posted at 5:46 pm on Thu, Aug 2, 2012.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    Pit Bulls shouldn't be allowed around HUMANS, much less other dogs.
    They've been killing & maiming animals & people forever. You can blame it on the owner if you like, but Labs & Poodles never attack anyone. (Hardly)

  • My2sence posted at 1:25 pm on Thu, Aug 2, 2012.

    My2sence Posts: 317

    Yes, I'm sure there are folks out there that don't know what a pit bull looks like, because there are none under the rock they live in, your talkin a very small few individuals that have never in their life seen a pit bull, in person or plastered all over news channels, these are the people that perfer to sit around and Knit & gossep all day long. If you don't know what a pit bull looks like, your an idiot, that's like saying you don't know what a wolf looks like, or a german shepard, or a weiner dog...gimmie a break!

  • My2sence posted at 11:05 am on Thu, Aug 2, 2012.

    My2sence Posts: 317

    You can bet i'll be scoping out each and every trailer park around here!
    "wasp spray"? that size can is equivalent to 2 or 3 cans of pepper spray, (which is of convenient size), I've accidentally sprayed wasp spray into the wind before and alot of it blew back in my eyes, it didn't sting, burn or even so much as to irritate my eyes, just had to wipe it off with my shirt sleeve, so no thank you, ill use the s$@t that actually works.
    Another famous line these pit-idiots like is "oh my ! he's never done that before!"

  • IDJeepgurl posted at 10:58 am on Thu, Aug 2, 2012.

    IDJeepgurl Posts: 67

    This makes me REALLY sad. This is the reason Pits have such a bad name. Shame on these people. Pits do have an incredibly high prey drive and will chase down anything that runs from them. I am a RESPONSIBLE owner of 3 pits, and I know my dogs well, and don't put them in ANY situations where they could get in trouble. They don't even go out in our yard with a 6 ft fence without me. Not because their bad dogs, but, because I know what will happen if they ever did do something that even my lab would do. I have fought for years to better the Pitbull name, by showing people how wonderful and loving my dogs are, and all it takes is one moron owner to wreck all of it. But, I have also noticed people around here know they don't like Pits, yet have no clue what one looks like. My 3 could be the poster dog for a Pit, and still I have had many people say, (as they pet my dogs) "oh what a cute dog, what kind is it?" me- "they're pits" Them- "Ohhhh, I don't like Pitbulls".. Really? How do you know this if you don't even know what they look like?? I am sooo sorry this happened to you Joey. Please don't hate all pits because these two have ignorant owners. I hope these owners are found, they shouldn't own a dog. Just had pups huh? That makes finding them even easier... Pit pups on Craigslist?

  • ricksnidaho posted at 9:43 am on Thu, Aug 2, 2012.

    ricksnidaho Posts: 43

    We were charged at but luckily not physically attacked by two Pit Bull mix dogs a few years ago. Now whenever we walk with the dogs, I carry a can of wasp killer. It sprays approx 25 feet which is better than pepper spary. However, it is more lethal in some cases than pepper spray but I honestly could care less. If you dog is charging me with bodily harm intensions, then so be it.

  • NoName posted at 8:16 am on Thu, Aug 2, 2012.

    NoName Posts: 253

    I have owned Pitbulls, Fila's, Dogo's, 5 other types of Mastiffs, Labs, etc., etc., for almost 50 years. There is a difference in the breeds, even between the world's "best" guard dog (the Fila) and Pitbulls. The Pitbull has, by far, the highest "prey drive" of any breed. Their prey drive triggers are far more sensitive than the other breeds- Pitbulls should never, ever, be off leash in public. With responsible owners (far and few) they are a fine family and guard dog. Unfortunately too many punks and low lifes with bad intentions have Pitbulls and the rest of us (often the Pit's themselves) suffer the consequences.

  • SamuelStanding posted at 7:48 am on Thu, Aug 2, 2012.

    SamuelStanding Posts: 608

    "A purple colored Japanese model van." Sit this man down with van model pictures. ID the type of vehicle first. Heavy set, black haired woman, skinny man with tattoos. I will certainly be on the look out and have NO PROBLEM calling the police when I see these two irresponsible individuals. Not waiting to see if the man and dog were okay? Just fleeing the scene with vicous dogs. Could it be because they knew they were in trouble??? Well fleeing just made it worse. I have two dogs and will not tolerate bad pet owners. I hope that this man's story makes it to the local news channels as well -so these two idiots and their pit bulls are found.

  • 3GenNative posted at 7:46 am on Thu, Aug 2, 2012.

    3GenNative Posts: 195

    Practical & Joseph, I totally agree with both posts. I do hope Joey and his dog will be OK.

  • practicalone2 posted at 7:08 am on Thu, Aug 2, 2012.

    practicalone2 Posts: 5

    Of course the pit just had a litter! That's what practically ALL pits are doing! While many people acquire non-pit dogs as companions, as family members, most pits are acquired as weapons, status symbols, for fighting, for the vicarious power and aggression they provide their owners. That means the pit's welfare is of no importance, so pit owners do not spay/neuter their dogs. What happens next? Pits are breeding and dying like flies; they fill our pounds where they are literally dying by the ton. You can't adopt your way out of killing pits as long a dozen litters are born in the community every week.

    Forget the recent pit monger propaganda. With countless combinations of breeds, pits remain THE dog of choice of ALL US dog fighters because they are the best dog at attacking for no reason, attacking off territory, attacking without trying first to avoid a conflict, immediately doing damage, not stopping if the victim yelps/is down/submits/"says uncle"/is dead. Most normal dogs WILL stop if the other submits. This normal dog behavior "ruined a good dog fight", so it was specifically removed in the creation of the fighting dog.

    Ban pit breeding. Enact and enforce spay/neuter microchipping of all pits, pit mixes, all dog aggressive dogs. Pit mongers should agree with this, as they insist that pits are just dogs, just like all other dogs.Great, let pits gradually become exinct. Pit mongers can keep their current pit bull. When it passes away, they can adopt any dog and manage/train that dog to become your delightful pet.

    Cruel humans created the pit bulls for killing other dogs. That is not sufficient reason to CONTINUE breeding more of them. Pits are victims too. Stop making more victims!

  • Joseph Jr posted at 7:07 am on Thu, Aug 2, 2012.

    Joseph Jr Posts: 512

    QUOTE: "Boyle said they retrieved the dogs and left."

    Sickening but I fear typical of owner's of such dogs. Go ahead and tell me how wonderful your pit bull is. I don't want to hear it. This is horrible!

    I believe there should be laws, which state a dog owner will be prosecuted for all harm, as if the dog owner did the harm him/herself.

    I am beginning to think we all should carry a can of bear spray/mace/pepper spray in our hand, while walking in public places. Pretty sad if you ask me.

    I hope the dog is alright also.

  • Jill Heine posted at 6:08 am on Thu, Aug 2, 2012.

    Jill Heine Posts: 408

    Every time I visit I see dogs running loose. Especially at the beech near NIC.
    There Ought To Be A Law....oh THERE IS a leash law!
    a sad case of Pit and Run.

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