Pitbull Has Neighbors Worried
PART ONE, The Attack aka "The Incident"
On November 14, 2012 around 2:00 pm, in the quiet and upscale California bay area city of Hillsborough, the pit bull known as GRACIE that lives at 30 Terrier Place escaped through the front door when a visiting elderly relative had an oops moment and left the door ajar. GRACIE seized the opportunity and went on a rampage terrorizing her neighbors, jumping up and scratching at the windows, attempting to get to the occupants inside the home. By the time it was over, one cat was dead and the entire neighborhood was left shaken.
Hercules the cat was mauled while relaxing in the sun in his own yard. The owners of Hercules called the deadbeat pit nutter and animal control and they took their critically injured family member to the vet. Hercules' injuries were so severe that he had to be euthanized. His injuries included: crushed pelvis, pneumothorx, fractured mandible, fractured femur, no identifiable anatomy of the pelvis region (so crushed and dismembered, hard to identify anatomy), perineal area torn open, large gaping, deep wounds on backside, etc etc. Hercules was frozen and bagged for San Mateo county ACO ADAM BAGGETTA to pick up on the following day. Meanwhile BAGGETTA seized the frankenmauler and began the investigation that would ultimately end on November 28th with a Vicious Dog declaration. It was a simple case, a slam dunk really. GRACIE met criteria number 3 to be declared vicious. Any animal which inflicts severe injury on or kills a human being or another animal. With the savage unprovoked killing of Hercules on his own property and menacing neighbors just seconds before mauling the cat, previous escapes and a home invasion to her credit, GRACIE was headed for a dirt nap.
JORGENSEN was cooperative with AC, even helping load his frankenmauler into the van. The second the van was out of sight, JORGENSEN went to work contacting everyone that he could think of that had met GRACIE, no matter how superficially and asked them to write letters of support on their behalf. The very next day, JORGENSEN contacted the ACO and submitted letters attesting to GRACIE'S three unblemished, yet admittedly prey driven years culminating in her big moment with Hercules. In the letter, JORGENSEN described $5000 worth of security improvements that he made after GRACIE'S first big shot at freedom and promised to make his property more secure if GRACIE was given another chance. The support letters all followed a predictable pattern. I lost count of the times I read "loving", "gentle", "sweet", "friendly", "never aggressive before", "unfortunate accident" and "great with kids and dogs". The last testament to her behavior is meaningless, given the fact that she mauled a CAT. GRACIE'S fan club described her as integral to the community who brightens everyone's day, and never aggressive even when left tied outside on the street. Word on the street is she has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. There was no shortage of praise for JORGENSEN as a "loving" and "responsible" dog owner either. The same owner who leaves his prey driven pit bull TIED to a post on busy public sidewalks. KRISTIE MACHUCA went even further and promised to pack the hearing with her staff at Pasta Pomodoro if the authorities dared to take her away from her "loving" TomTom. But there was one letter written by DULCE REYES that screamed for my attention. "At times her owner would have to leave town and my fiance and I would watch her. While he was away Gracie seemed a bit off. As soon as Tom returned she would get so happy." More on REYES' observations later. Also on the following day of "The Incident", ACO BAGGETTA put in a request for a necropsy, he checked the box RUSH. His stated objective? "TO DETERMINE CATS CAUSE OF DEATH TO BE INDICATIVE OF A DOG ATTACK." A necropsy request that Peninsula Humane Society/SPCA veterinary chief of staff DR LINDA JANOWITZ ignored. More on that act of insubordination later.
I find JORGENSEN'S letter very self-incriminating. Apparently he hadn't lawyered up yet.
Dear Mr. Baggettta,Prey driven? Five grand on fencing reinforcements to contain his kind loving dog? Blaming a senile old man? A fucking "protocol" for a kind loving dog with 3 years of obedience training that everyone loves and who loves everyone? WTF? This dog screams accident waiting to happen. The county SHOULD have taken into account his efforts to contain his loving prey driven mutant and denied his appeal based just on that! And if the hearing official had any integrity and half a brain, that's exactly what she would have done just based on his letter alone but read on.
I wanted to submit some letters from people who know GRACIE as kind of loving dog. yadda yadda yadda.
I do feel terrible about my neighbor's cat. blah blah blah. I have owned GRACIE for just over 3 years without incident. I know GRACIE is prey driven, so I had taken steps to keep her securely in the house. ...GRACIE got out....blah blah blah... so I spent $5000 on retrofits. I put up a high sloping chain link... yadda yadda yadda.... it appears GRACIE likely got out due to my friend's grandfather propping open the front door. He knows the protocol in my house, but he seems to be getting senile. blah blah blah.
I do hope you will take into account my efforts to secure the yard. yadda yadda yadda...
All the best,
Lifestyles of the Rich and Terrified: Part 1, "the Incident"
Lifestyles of the Rich and Terrified: Part 2, The Appeal
Lifestyles of the Rich and Terrified:Part 3, "The Professionals"
Lifestyles of the Rich and Terrified: Part 4, The Brief - Lies, Exaggerations, Illogical Conclusions, Inconsistencies and Speculations
Lifestyles of the Rich and Terrified: Part 5, The miscreants, science whores, dirty hippies, kidults and philanthropic robber barons