Pit Bulls' Owners Awaits Ruling After Mail Carrier Attack

7 years 6 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, March 02 2011 Mar 2, 2011 Wednesday, March 02, 2011 3:04:00 PM CST March 02, 2011 in Continuous News
By: Brad Galbreath

FULTON - The owner of two pit bulls that allegedly attacked a postman in Fulton was waiting Wednesday for a judge's ruling on whether the dogs will be put down or returned home. The pit bulls will stay at the Garrett Animal Shelter in Fulton until the ruling comes down. The workers at the shelter will evaluate the dogs for about a week before submitting their evaluation of the dogs' temperament to the victim's attorney and the judge.

After this evaluation, the judge can then determine whether the dogs will go home with new restrictions or be euthanized.

Major Roger Rice at the Fulton Police Department said that the two dogs took down a letter carrier Tuesday outside a home on West 14th Street in Fulton. Rice said the dogs bit the man, leaving bite marks on his face. Authorities have not released the name of the victim.

These pit bulls are different from those involved in two attacks last August. Kathy Nielsen said she saw a pit bull attack her family's small dog. Despite bite marks in the dog's back, the animal was alright after an operation at the veterinarian's. Nielsen says this incident only reaffirms why she doesn't think pit bulls should be in households.

"I don't feel pit bulls are safe to have as animals. Even before the attack I probably still felt that way. Especially afterwards," said Nielsen. "I feel very lucky they didn't turn on me or my daughter."

However, other people like, Christina Strawn, said that how owners raise their pit bulls determines how the dogs behave. Strawn has five kids and three pit bulls, and she says they get along fine.

"Every time they hear about it it's something bad. They do something bad or they've done something bad or they attack somebody. And to me it's giving the whole pit bull name a bad reputation," Strawn said.

Police say they expect the judge to rule soon on the dogs in this case.

 

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