Thursday's HOT MIC
Please explain to me why pit bulls have not been outlawed, put down, and eradicated as a breed.
The pit bull dogs who mauled their Virginia owner to death went through “drastic lifestyle” changes that could have caused the indoor canines to turn on the 22-year-old woman who cared for them, a certified dog trainer told a Virginia television station.
Bethany Stephens, 22, whose body was found in the woods in Goochland, was mauled to death last week by her dogs, named Tonka and Pac-Man, during a walk, police said. Goochland County Sheriff James Agnew said at a news conference on Monday deputies witnessed the dogs “eating [her] rib cage” last week and found Stephens’ body completely naked except for one boot. The dogs were later euthanized.
The Bell County Sheriff's department confirmed to WYMT a woman was killed following a dog attack. Bell County Coroner Jay Steele said two Pit Bulls attacked Johnny and his wife Lorraine Saylor in their yard. Steele said Lorraine, 66, died during the attack after receiving massive injuries about her neck, face and shoulder, while Johnny was bitten on his head, arm and hand and taken to the hospital for treatment.
James Saylor, who is Johnny's brother, who lives next door heard barking and quickly took action. He said he threw a door stop and yelled at the dogs, which allowed his brother to get away by going into the house. "They had my brother halfway out the door, chewing on his arm," said James Saylor who is Johnny Saylor's brother.
Steele said Johnny was able to shoot both dogs, which killed one, while the other dog ran off near Country Lane. Officials said the dogs did not belong to the couple. "I'd seen them, but I didn't think they'd be mean like that," James said.
In the Stephens case, soft-headed animal lovers immediately leaped to the defense of... the dogs:
[Valerie Paul, a certified master dog trainer] said, “The breed in and of itself is a high-energy breed, they like to have a lot of structure and a lot of exercise, so by keeping them in a pen, alone, undersocialized, away from people, that energy is just building up and building up and building up and that’s when you start to see dogs fighting more regularly, that’s when you start to see more negative scenarios.”
She added that she believes there was “a good chance” that the mauling “was energy gone wrong.”
“There is a lot of speculation … but you can’t blame the breed,” Paul said.
And who can forget this?