Jennifer Lynch's THE COMPOUND came to life on fuller road in spartanburg, south carolina saturday morning when RICKY MONTGOMERY'S pit bull went on a rampage. Felicia Burgess went to pay RICKY a visit and was chased back to her car by his wiggle butt. Burgess describes the events as being just like those in the movie Cujo where the dog was jumping up at the windows trying to get in. MONTGOMERY tried to pull the frankenmauler back into the yard and the crazed mutant bit another woman on the arm. when MONTGOMERY pulled the dog off of the woman, the people pleasin' wiggle butt bit his owner in the face.
when deputies arrived they found MONTGOMERY lying on the mutant trying to hold him down. the deputies tried tying Cujo to the porch but the dog grabbed a hold of his master's wrist and wouldn't let go. the deputies fired one shot in the chest but the dog wouldn't release. a second shot was fired into the dog's chest. that killed the frankenmauler but still it did not release its grip! an emergency worker pried the mutant's jaws open.
and where was animal control in all of this?
BRAVO!! give this woman a raise!
like me, you probably can not get enough of this happy attack. enjoy!
and in a somewhat related story...
PAT MILLER at peaceable paws is trying to rally the pit nutter troops against the police for using lethal force against dogs. PAT starts her diatribe by pointing out how rare it used to be for cops to shoot dogs but "something has happened in our culture" to cause an "exponential" rise in these "tragic" events. PAT quotes RANDALL LOCKWOOD'S estimate of 1000 police dog shootings that are not reported in addition to the 250-300 per year that do gain media attention. PAT asks "What is wrong with us?" she then proceeds to answer her own question. she starts out rational and clear headed but quickly loses her way.
1) popularization of the pit bull.
PAT notes that when she first started in the shelter biz (1976) she never saw a pit in the shelter or on the street but now they are everywhere (attacking people and pets i might add). PAT says (in the good old days) pit bulls were only owned by dog fighters. she is right on target with the first 2 sentences but after that it is all down hill. she regurgitates the dogfighters killed all man biters myth, attributes the glamorization of these ugly mutants to the HSUS campaign against dog fighting and blames law enforcement for being "exceptionally phobic about bully breeds". (please read the spartanburg attack and tell me honestly if those officers have an irrational fear of these monstrosities.)
2) sensitization of society to dog bites.
PAT provides the much needed definition of the "good old days" that JESSUP spoke about. the nutter "good old days" when a dog bit a kid, "mom asked junior what he did to deserve it". in contrast, now mom calls AC and an attorney. unfortunately in the bad new days, junior is often in surgery before mom can start to place blame. and then mom has to put up her house as collateral to pay the astronomical medical bills. prior to the current the economic crisis and unemployment rate, the number one cause of foreclosure was due to medical bills. scalpings and amputations just might have something to do with the "less tolerant" attitude toward dogs these days.
3) dog mauling and fatality statistics.
PAT then cleverly acknowledges the spike in dog maulings and fatalities in the last 15 years but can't quite make the connection to the spike in pit bull numbers. she ends with the recital of statistics for lighting strikes, car accidents and murder.
4) lack of outrage.
PAT thinks police are shooting more dogs because WE are not speaking up and demanding that they stop. she then goes on to thump her lion tamer chest and tells her readers that in her 20 years in animal control, SHE has only had one minor bite. unfortunately she fails to make the connection between those years when she never saw pit bulls in the shelter or on the street and TODAY. now THOSE were the good old days!