Escambia Animal Control Worker Bitten By Pit Bull

March 1, 2011

An Escambia County Animal Control worker was attacked by a pit bull that was being released at the county animal shelter.

The pit bull had been quarantined for 10 days after biting another dog. It was being released to its owner when officials say it pushed past the owner and bit the county worker on both arms. The 31-year old worker was transported to Baptist Hosptial for treatment.

The dog’s owner signed the animal over to the animal shelter. The dog will be euthanized after a 10-day holding period.

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24 Responses to “Escambia Animal Control Worker Bitten By Pit Bull”

  1. Surprised on March 5th, 2011 7:22 am

    I have yet to see an article where an AKC registered American Staffordshire or Staffordshire Bull Terrier got loose and attacked pets and people. It seems people who go through the trouble (and expense) of purchasing an AKC registered “pit bull” are much more responsible than these idiots who are buying (and getting for free) these unregistered pit bulls and pit mixes. Professional AKC breeders do not breed aggressive animals, they are very selective which dogs are bred whereas Joe Bob will simply take 2 pits and breed them, not knowing or caring what the dogs’ backgrounds are.

    People who purchase AKC dogs keep them updated on their shots, keep them contained on their property, pay for obedience training and are very aware – and careful – of the power of their dog. However, in my experience, most people are only concerned about getting a “pit bull” and don’t care what its background could possibly be – they don’t bother to get the dogs spayed or neutered (“I wanna sell pit bull puppies!”), they don’t bother getting the dog vaccinated, they buy a cheap $5 plastic coated tether for the dog and then want to act so surprised that the dog broke it, attacked and shredded someone’s Yorkie being walked on a leash.

  2. Kyleigh- Pit Bull Owner on March 2nd, 2011 3:07 pm

    I am also very happy to see more positive comments about Pit Bulls on here than I expected to once I saw this article :)

  3. Kyleigh- Pit Bull Owner on March 2nd, 2011 3:06 pm

    I am an owner of a Pit Bull and always will be. Me and my boyfriend have both raised a pit bull together and he is the biggest lap dog ever. He is absolutley terrified of the neighbors cat, so to say all pit bulls are dangerous is far from a true statement. Like most of you have said, it all depends on how they are raised, and that goes for every breed. My mom is the owner of 3 chihuahuas, one being shy at first then friendly, one who loves to play, and one who hates everyone (she was given to us from another owner). Its not the breed, its the owners. I can’t stand it when we take our dog out for walks and people freak out when they see him. I do feel sorry for the worker, but at the same time I dont think the dog should be put to sleep, unless this behavior has been seen before. You can’t really judge a dog just by the way it acts towards another dog, all dogs are protective. I will always own a pit bull and wouldnt trade the breed for anything.

  4. Horrific on March 2nd, 2011 9:05 am

    Annoyed….I don’t know where you have been all your life???
    I LOVE DOGS….. ALMOST all dogs….if you think it is easy for me to say
    ban a breed your sadly mistaken.
    THE PROBLEM IS BAD PEOPLE….your right….but THEY are BREEDING
    BAD PITTS…..FIGHTING THEM…… and the drug houses are using them.
    THERE IS NO OTHER ANSWER….THATS WHY MIAMI DID IT.
    For some reason also…some idiots just like a BIG BAD MEAN DOG WITH A
    BAD REPUTATION…..SOMEHOW THEY THINK THAT MAKES THEM A BIG
    MAN…..IF THEY KNEW WHAT I CALL THEM WHEN I SEE THEM OUT WITH
    THEIR MEAN DOG THEY WOULD PROBABLY SHOOT ME.

  5. fearless on March 2nd, 2011 8:55 am

    you say your dog has NEVER TRIED TO BITE well there is your key word TRIED, all dogs bite and trust me I love all animals. Pit Bulls are not all bad it’s how you raise them that is right but all dogs will bite. If you love you dogs protect them from people by putting them up when you have people over, restraine them like they should be, because anything can happen at any time and then your dog will be in trouble so protect them if you love them.

  6. proud pit owner on March 2nd, 2011 2:06 am

    My dog is a pit bull and she is the sweetest dog ever. She loves people and gets along with my cats. Its the way you treat your animal that makes it aggressive! If you tie a dog up all day long and never play with it, sure it will become aggressive because it has no other way to channel its energy! If you give a dog proper care and attention, it will be a loving family pet. My pit bull has NEVER tried to bite anyone. Dont judge a breed by its “reputation”, judge a breed by its owner!

  7. Mileysmom on March 1st, 2011 11:52 pm

    I know all too well how hard the ACOs of the county are overworked, underpaid, and unappreciated, I used to be one x 65. Their lives are put in danger every day and your post is 100 percent correct and unless you have been in their shoes and risked your life for the public of escambia county you don’t have a clue. The dogs are getting worse each year from my observation but I will disagree on one thing, I don’t think all of the dogs are trained protection dogs, some of them are just pure plain mean idiots like the owners and “no public” don’t blow a gasket and say there is no such thing because there is such a thing as bad breeding, inbreeding, etc that can make a dog just plain mean as well as environmental circumstances that factor in temperament problems. There is an overpopulation of pitbulls in the county as well and I don’t know how to solve this problem since it would not be fair to single out the “bull”owners and breeders alone for kennel licensing or breeders licensing because there again you have your good owners and breeders and your bad ones. There is just not going to be an easy solution.

  8. fearless on March 1st, 2011 7:49 pm

    First let me say ALL DOGS bite if they have teeth they can bite, I hate when a Dog Owner says oh my dog has never bitten or my dog will not bit because honey they are sooooo wrong. I sure hope this worker that is a temp employee at the Shelter heals up fast. I can say the dog did not bite another dog it had attacked another person and was being held but the victum decided they didn’t what anything done to the dog so of course the Escambia County Animal Shelter had to release the dog they had no other choice but to let the owner come and get the dog. People need to respect dogs and train them right and if you decide you want a bad dog to guard your drugs because trust me that is what most of the Bad Pits are trained for to guard the drug house of Escambia County Florida you need to think twice because people are getting injured by dogs everyday. The Animal Control Officer of Escambia County bust their butts work day in and day out putting there live in danger everyday and they get injured all the time the public just doesn’t know. The ACO are very short handed and have no help and they work 24 hours a day someone is always on duty. So until you put yourself in there shoes and have done there job please don’t talk bad about them I say God Bless them because to do that job you have to love animals or you could not do it with all the animals that are trained to attack their life’s are in danger.

  9. K on March 1st, 2011 7:01 pm

    It is so sad that these dogs have a bad name. I once had the attitude that they were bad until I raised a couple of Pitts. They are wonderful family dogs if raised the right way. I have many videos with my Pitt taking care of kittens,playing and sleeping with young children, no aggression whatsoever towards anyone we socialized her the right way.

  10. David Huie Green on March 1st, 2011 6:12 pm

    REGARDING:
    ” Believe it or not, there are more attacks by chows than by xxxxx”

    Likely you’re right. Chows tend to be sneaky little devils–slip up behind you and bite without even barking first, nonetheless, part of what makes it noteworthy is the damage done by the attack

    David for few fatal attacks

  11. bwayne on March 1st, 2011 6:01 pm

    Hope the worker will recover. I’ve been around pit bulls all my life, and the only dog bite I’ve ever incurred was from a chihuahua…..perhaps we should ban them?

  12. Mileysmom on March 1st, 2011 4:10 pm

    Let me correct something before I get blasted. I am under the impression this particular dog was so bad that someone with a lot of experience should have gone in “prepaired” to restrain and get this dog for the owner who was ignorant enough to want it back. I do not know this dog or the owner but I do have enough experience to be making this statement and the scars from a pitbull attack and the certifications of training and knowledge from handling these types of dogs to say this. Sometimes your heart makes you do stupid things when your head knows better. The laws protect people and their dogs and things have got to change——–thus the experience that just happened. Something has got to change to stop owners from having the right to redeem “certain” viciuos dogs after attacks due to investigators opinions. I know what all the laws are, don’t go there. But sometimes laws have got to change to protect someone else and now it’s time to make a change. I do wish this girl a speedy recovery and hope that she does not have the nightmares that myself and others have had to deal with from experiencing these attacks.

  13. me jkf on March 1st, 2011 1:23 pm

    WHY HOLDING THAT ONE 10 DAYS. A PIT BULL DOG WENT AFTER MY GRANDSON (2 YEARS OLD) AND MY DAUGHTER (22 YEARS) GOT TO HIM JUST IN TIME TO GRAB HIM UP OFF THE GROUND AND THE DOG GOT MY DAUGHTER IN THE KNEES AND LEFT TEETH HOLES ALL UP AND DOWN HER LEGS (E.R HOSPITAL) IF SHE HAD NOT GRABBED HIM (GRANDSON) UP THE DOG WOULD OF BEEN IN HIS FACE 2 YEAR OLD BOY IN HIS OWN YARD PLAYING WITH HIS OWN TOYS NOT EVEN THINKING ABOUT A DOG AND YOU CAN GET ATE UP AND THEY DIDN’T HOLD THIS DOG 10 DAYS IT WAS OUT THE NEXT DAY AND NOTHING WAS DONE.
    IF A DOG ATTACKS MORE THAN ONE TIME THAT IS TO MANY.
    PUT IT DOWN.

  14. robert on March 1st, 2011 12:42 pm

    My brother had an 85 pound female that was the biggest lap dog you ever wanted to see. it’s not the dog that is the problem it is ignorant people having the dogs that is the problem. he has a 60 pound male right now and he has never showed any aggession unless a stranger pulls up and the kids are in the yard. you just have to train your dogs right.

  15. Natural Born on March 1st, 2011 11:54 am

    I am truly sorry about the worker being bitten but I do not believe that there is a reason for a pitbull ban!!! My family has 6 grown American Bullies a spin off of the American Pit Bull Terrier the is bred for sound mind and body. My dogs are UKC & ABKC registered and are shown all over the country they are a huge part of our family my 3 kids are around them from birth including my 1 year old it is not the dogs that are the problem. It is combination of things including ignorance, and media hipe I wonder how many time a worker has been bit at the animal shelter by something other thsn a pit and we didn’t see that all over north escambia. The other is Socialization you must get all anmial out around things in life in order for them to be accustomed to there surroundings thay are like kid they need to be taught how to act. So please let’s don’t condemn some dogs for a problem caused by people

  16. janice on March 1st, 2011 11:31 am

    this is truly sad. I had a bull mix that I miss dearly! Do we have a pitt rescue in our area? I have been looking for a white one with black eye patches…any info? Email jparham@live.com

  17. LINDA on March 1st, 2011 11:29 am

    The government – local, state or federal – should not have authority to dictate to us what is or is not acceptable in regard to dog ownership. Outlaw pitties and that opens the door to include other dogs “deemed dangerous” by some faceless government paper pusher or worse yet, a committee of paper pushers!! Schnauzer attacks a kid? Beagle bites boy? Dobie chases mailman? Outlaw them all. Laws already in place – leash laws, ANTI FIGHTING laws – should be enforced. The last thing any responsible pet owner needs to see coming down their driveway is some government employee with a clipboard and an attitude. Enforce existing laws – hold owners accountable – please don’t encourage the making of new laws and breed bans. To paraphrase the slogan used by guns rights people “Outlaw a breed of dog and only outlaws will own that breed”.

  18. annoyed on March 1st, 2011 11:15 am

    Horrific and name(required),
    We don’t have a ‘pit bull problem’, we have a ’stupid human’ problem.
    Banning them is never the answer.
    I can show you a large number of pit bull terriers that are more docile than the average housecat.
    On the same note, I can show you a little pug that is more vicious than a hungry shark.

    I take great personal offense at the statement about bad people taking over and breeding these dogs for nefarious reasons.
    I am not a bad person. My dogs are not, never have been, and never will be used for anything other than a loving and cherished member of a family.

    For every ‘bad’ dog out there, I’ll show you an idiot human who is most of the time 99.9% responsible for that animal being that way.

    And just for a little education, the reason you hear about pit attacks more than any other dog breed is media sensationalism. Believe it or not, there are more attacks by chows than by pits.

  19. Horrific on March 1st, 2011 9:20 am

    Unfortunately for pitts, bad people have taken over the breeding and buying
    of these dogs for nefarious reasons and there I think a NO PITT ordinance
    is in order, so the BAD people doing this and fighting them or whatever
    can be weeded out of town.

  20. Name (required) on March 1st, 2011 9:06 am

    I hate to say it, but we have a ‘pit bull problem’. The garbage of the world has practiced selective breeding for aggression…

    … Many areas have a ‘no release’ policy with Pit Bulls…

  21. ArmyCptswife on March 1st, 2011 8:55 am

    They can just go ahead and euthanize the animal and examine the brain for rabies. I’m sure it had already been held after biting the dog. Then again… maybe not.

    Another pit thats gives the other great family bulldogs a bad name. People really should socialize their bulldogs and train them properly instead of bad breeding and trying to produce a killer.

  22. William on March 1st, 2011 7:39 am

    >>Why the ten day holding period ?Will they change there mind ?

    It’s to make sure the animal does not have rabies.

  23. barrineau on March 1st, 2011 7:36 am

    Why the ten day holding period ?Will they change there mind ?

  24. art on March 1st, 2011 6:02 am

    oh how terrible…best wishes for a speedy recovery to the worker. so sad.





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