Pitbull Attacked 8/02/08 – Shot & Euthanized

Man uses gun to defend his dog from pit bull attack

BY ANDREW BA TRAN | South Florida Sun-Sentinel
August 2, 2008

OAKLAND PARK – An Oakland Park man says he shot a pit bull after it escaped from its owner’s backyard and attacked his dog Friday morning.

Anthony Dippolito, 49, will not be cited, and the pit bull was euthanized at the owner’s request, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

The pit bull got out of its owner’s backyard and trotted into Dippolito’s yard a few houses down in the 800 block of Northeast 39th Street . just before 8:15 a.m., he said.

“I heard my dog scream like a little baby outside,” Dippolito said.

He said he saw the pit bull’s owner, Eugene Miller, 37, beating on the dog that had latched onto the neck of Crystal, Dippolito’s 5-year-old mixed breed boxer.

Dippolito said he picked up a 10-pound satellite dish and bashed the pit bull several times, but the dog shrugged it off.

It wasn’t Dippolito’s first pet that had been attacked by a pit bull. In June 2007, he came home from vacation to discover his cat had been killed by a pack of the dogs.

On Friday, he rushed into his bedroom and grabbed his .45-caliber handgun.

Dippolito said he came back out and shot the pit bull in the rib cage.

The pit bull made no sound, let go of the dog, and stared at Dippolito, he said.

Miller said he walked home with the pit bull, named Nikita, that he adopted three years ago. She left behind a trail of blood, he said.

He drove to two animal hospitals—the first one had no surgeon available. At Academy Animal Hospital in Oakland Park, Miller said he learned that Nikita suffered from internal bleeding and decided to have her euthanized. The dog had issues with cats but had never fought with dogs before, Miller said. Dippolito’s boxer was the first.

“It hurts,” he said. “A pet can be replaced, I know, but he could have had more patience. But what can you do? It wasn’t a good situation.”

Animal control officials are investigating.

Dippolito said he was relieved his dog suffered only some gashes and a quarter-sized hole in her neck, but he’s sorry he had to resort to shooting its attacker.

“I’m an animal lover, and I’m absolutely horrified by what I did this morning

Commentary By Clasidog

You know it is truly amazing it is starting to seem like there are no other ‘bad tempered and aggressive’ animals on the planet beyond pitbulls, and I guess I need to be very careful to who I make a statement like that around. 🙂

Apparently all the dumb S.O.B.’s that decide to ruin their animals by ‘not socializing and intentionally trying to make them aggressive’ are only purchasing ‘pit bulls’ these days.

Wouldn’t it be interesting if the government offered an incentive tax credit for ‘pit bull’ owners that dogs become part of neighborhood watch programs!!

You know, drug sniffing dogs etc. or therapy dogs for community hospitals and hospices.

I personally think the above article makes a fine example of what we encounter at the hands of the press and how the alleged news is actually relayed. What is reported is only the ‘highlight’ and so much information is left unsaid.
Point One- ‘Boxer’ mix -mixed with what?? If the Boxer had been the attacker I guarantee you his ‘mix’ (ethnicity) would have been examined.
Point Two – The pit bull ‘attacker’ entered the ‘Boxers’ territory, is it at all possible that the ‘Boxer’ became aggressive or confrontational because his ‘turf’ was being invaded? hmmn??
Point Three – Considering ‘ the Boxers’ owner beat the ‘pit bull’ with a satellite dish and then, ran for his gun, this ‘pit bull’ had plenty of time and could have easily mauled the boxer if he was in true ‘attack’ mode. According to the different reports I have read (and this article did not even ‘mention’ the Boxers condition) the Boxer was not badly injured at all!!
One more thing that I feel the need to bring to everyones attention……

Here are two different accounts of the breed history of the Boxer

A medium sized, smooth-haired, sturdy dog of short square figure and strong limbs. The musculation is very clean and powerfully developed, standing out practically from under the skin. His movements are alive with energy; the gait although firm is elastic; the stride, free and roomy; the carriage, proud and noble.

While the origins of the Boxer are obscure, the Molossian type dog (believed to have been the early ancestor of the breed) was used as a war dog as early as 2000 BC by the Assyrians.

During the middle ages in England, this basic stock developed into three principle types. In Germany one type was know as the Bullenbeisser (bull-biter). The Bullenbeisser was the only hunting dog in Germany. The small Bullenbeisser or Bradanter was bred and trained to hold in check the bull and to obtain a grip on the nose that he held tight. Until bull biting was outlawed in the 19th century, the Boxer, as well as other breeds, was used for this purpose.

The Boxer was one of the first breeds used for police work in Germany. The demands of police work highlight the qualities of a Boxer — intelligence, fearlessness, agility, and strength.

The Boxer has enjoyed wide popularity in the United States especially since the early 1940s.

Boxer History -AKC

Although it has reached its greatest perfection in Germany during the past hundred years, the Boxer springs from a line of dogs known throughout the whole of Europe since the 16th century. Prior to that time, ancestors of the breed would hardly be recognized as Boxers could they be placed beside modern specimens. Still, evidence points to the Boxer as one of the many descendants of the old fighting dog of the high valleys of Tibet.

The Boxer is cousin to practically all recognized breeds of the Bulldog type, and these all go back to basic Molossus blood. Few other strains can claim such courage and stamina; and from this line emanates the attractive fawn color that has recurred throughout the centuries.

Flemish tapestries of the 16th and 17th centuries show scenes of stag and boar hunting; the dogs are the same as the Spanish Alano, found in great numbers in Andalusia and Estramadura, and the Matin de Terceira or Perro do Presa, from the Azores. The Alano and the Matin have been regarded as the same breed-they are either ancestors of the Boxer or they trace back to a common ancestor.

In France, there is a breed known as the Dogue de Bordeaux that is very close both in appearance and size to the old Tibetan Mastiff, and it is from this massive dog that the Bouldogue de Mida was developed. The Bouldogue du Mida, found principally in the south of France, possesses many of the points of the Boxer.

While all the European breeds mentioned are related to the Boxer, this favorite of Germany has been developed along scientific lines that not only have succeeded in retaining all his old qualities, but have resulted in a much more attractive appearance. Besides Bulldog blood, the Boxer carries a certain heritage from a terrier strain. There is also some reason to believe that English Bulldogs were at one time imported into Germany. Indeed, Reinagle’s noted Bulldog, done in 1803, is not unlike the Boxer, and pictures of some English specimens of 1850 are almost identical with the German dog.

The first AKC registration of a Boxer was in 1904, and the first championship was finished in 1915, but it was not until about 1940 that the American public began to take a real interest in the breed. This came about because of the consistent Group and Best in Show wins scored by some outstanding Boxers.

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