A south side Indianapolis woman is recovering after three pit bulls attacked her in her own yard.Councilor Mike Speedy knows what he's talking about. We've got to do something to address this problem. I've had to come face to face with a problem pit bull owner in my own downtown neighborhood. There is no doubt in my mind that the dog's owner is training this dog to be a fighter. I've never seen a dog behave so aggressively at such a young age as this dog. I've been around well-raised pit bulls and they can be wonderful dogs. Unfortunately, this is the breed of choice for the underbelly of society. And these dogs are increasingly posing a risk to the safety and well-being of our public safety officers as they attempt to go about their jobs.
"We are being attacked by pit bulls! We need the cops here." That was the 911 call that came in Wednesday about a vicious dog attack on a 30-year-old south side Indianapolis woman.
As Heather Paugh walked to her mailbox on South State Avenue Wednesday, three pit bulls suddenly attacked.
"She had a severe chunk taken out of her left forearm all the way down to the bone. She had multiple punctures to both legs," said Jerry Bippus, Animal Care and Control.
To ward off the dogs, the victim's friend released their Rotweiler into the yard. That gave Paugh the chance to escape with her life. The Rotweiler did not survive.
When police showed up, "the dogs would not let the victim come out the house or let the police onto the property. Police had to shoot two of them. The other took off running," said Bippus.
Animal Control officers not only showed us how the dogs got to the victim under the fence, but also how they got in and out on the other side of the house. Officers believe the dogs went in and out of a window they found open at a house next door to Paugh's.
Inside were even more dogs in unfit living conditions, according to police.
"There were feces all through the house," said Bippus.
Animal Control removed three other pit bulls from the house, which are now in custody.
City County Councilman Mike Speedy hopes to revive his proposed at-risk dog legislation, which was tabled last month.
"It would limit the number of pit bulls households could have to two and it would also require registration and mandatory spade and neuter of pit bulls," Speedy said.
Just like Councilman Speedy, Animal Control believes owners are the problem, not the dogs.
Heather Paugh says she is recovering, but the attack has devastated her entire family.
Animal Control has identified the owner of the pit bulls who they say will face citations and most likely criminal charges.
Thursday, June 04, 2009
Yet Another Pit Bull Attack
We've got a problem here in Indianapolis. There are too many people living on the fringes of society in this city who get a kick out of breeding and training pit bulls to be human killing machines. Three pit bulls violently attacked a woman living on the city's south side today in her own yard. It looks like the home where the dogs were being kept had no human occupants. Go figure. WTHR's Steve Jefferson reports: