Springdale, PA – Pit bull mauls neighbor’s Pomeranian (4/25/15)

Owner Expects To Face Charges After Pit Bull Mauls Neighbor’s Pomeranian

benny-dogCBS Pittsburgh – 4/25/15 

SPRINGDALE (KDKA) — A Springdale Township dog owner whose pit bull mauled a neighbor’s pet says he expects to face charges.

James Puorro says he owns six put bulls, and two bull dogs.

On Thursday night, one of the pit bulls got out of his pen, crawled under a neighbor’s deck and attacked a Pomeranian named Benny.

Eileen Vansach, who lives next door to Puorro, says her husband went out to call Benny in, and the pit bull came out from behind their hot tub with Benny in his mouth.

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Springdale woman concerned about neighbor’s dog that mauled hers

SPRINGDALE, Pa. — A Springdale woman told Channel 11 Friday that she’s concerned her loved-ones could be the next ones hurt after her neighbor’s dog attacked and killed her Pomeranian.

“He was the energetic dog, played with my granddaughter. She loved that dog. He was a good dog,” said Vansach.

She said her 7-pound dog named Benny was in a fenced-in portion of his yard Thursday afternoon when her neighbor’s pit bull came through a crawl space below her deck and attacked Benny.

“I guess he grabbed him by the neck, and what happened was when I caught up to him, my dog was sitting next to him,” said Jimmy Puorro, who owns the dog that killed Benny.

Puorro, who owns seven other dogs, said the pit bull knocked down a wooden gate and escaped, but only after the dog was provoked. He said once he realized what happened, he tried to help.

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American Pit Bull Terrier

APBT 2The American Pit Bull Terrier has a history and bloodline deep rooted in the blood sports of animal baiting and dogfighting. As with all breeds, they retain their original traits. They often to do not accept other animals, especially dogs, and can be extremely aggressive towards them. They may accept animals they are raised with, but have been known to kill other family pets even after years of living together happily.

Most APBT puppies get along fantastically with other animals, including dogs. Puppies often love to play with and have companionship with other animals. This often gives owners a false sense of security. As the APBT matures, their relationship with other animals can change drastically. Often dog aggression issues emerge from 1-3 years in age, but some dog’s exhibit aggression as early as 6 months of age. They often will actively seek out other dogs to engage in fighting with and have broken their collars, crashed through windows, and torn through fences to do so, and one recently leaped from an apartment 2nd story balcony, to get to a dog. They can get along with other dogs at times, but things can escalate quickly and they can attack suddenly and for no apparent reason. They often redirect onto humans who try to break up the fight14. Extreme caution should be used with all animal interactions and owners should never be completely comfortable. They can be unpredictable and a dog that plays nicely with dogs for years can suddenly change. Many owners have been shocked to see their beloved pet’s fighting instincts suddenly surface. It is highly recommended that the APBT is separated from other animals in the household when they cannot be supervised15. This is not a breed that is suitable for interactions at off leash dog parks16.

It is recommended that American Pit Bull Terrier owners have and carry a break stick17. A break stick is a device designed to open a Pit Bull type dog’s mouth while it is engaged in fighting. Pit Bull type breeds have a very distinctive fighting style and often will latch on their opponent and not let go. They usually will shake the other animal violently when they are latched on. This can cause horrific damage quickly. The break stick was designed by dog fighters to be inserted into the Pit Bull’s mouth and release his grip. The original purpose was to safely end a dog fight. The break stick often is the ONLY thing that will release the dog’s grip. People have been known to hit Pit Bulls with objects such as a bat or even shoot them and the dog still will not let go. Bully Breed owners should always have one handy in cause of an emergency. The break stick is not safe to use on other breeds of dogs and is only recommended for dogs in the Pit Bull family that were once used for dog fighting purposes.

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This is a list of dog breeds that have a history of being potentially dangerous to people, especially children. Daxton’s Friends for Canine Education and Awareness understands that any dog has the ability to bite or inflict serious harm to humans. This list consists of several dog breeds that have a higher than average number of recorded human fatalities. Please use extreme caution if you choose to bring one of these breeds into your home. Rental communities and homeowners insurance may restrict many of the dog breeds on this list due to the likelihood of a serious incident.

Pit Bulls, Mastiff, and Rottweiler lead in fatalities and are listed first. The rest of the breeds are listed in alphabetical order:

potentially-dangerous-dog-300x300Pit Bull Terrier Family





Alaskan Malamute

Chow Chow

Doberman Pinscher

German Shepherd

Shar Pei

Siberian Husky

Wolf Hybrid