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August 2, 1996 | BY SANDI GIORLA
You never realize just how a news story affects you, your family and everyone around until something happens to you. I am speaking about the latest pit-bull mauling. When my son was attacked, one of the first things I was told was that the dog was a pit bull. If you are like us and most others, the first thing that came to our minds was "Thank God it didn't kill him or get his face. " As our son continues to try to make his 8-year-old mind stronger and less fearful and his body tries to heal, we deal with scarring and other procedures he might have to endure.
NEWS
July 14, 2010
RE THE letter "Pit bull of the Week": As a volunteer for the PSPCA/ACCT, let me answer your questions, Mr. Felix. First, the reason that some pit bulls attack anyone is because they are trained to do so by their idiot owners. And by the way, there isn't an attack "every week. " Second, the reason that the Pet of the Week is always a pit bull is that so much of this city's population thinks it's cool to get a pit bull, either for fighting or for breeding (to make money)
NEWS
June 26, 2010 | By MICHELLE SKOWRONEK, skowrom@phillynews.com 215-854-5926
The popping sound of firecrackers is common around Ditman and Levick streets in Tacony, neighbors say. But last night that sound came from a gun used to shoot a pit bull in the head. It was the second pit bull that was found killed in a public area in two weeks. About 10 p.m. last night, residents on Ditman heard a "pop, pop" but thought nothing of it until cops arrived in the back alley way about an hour later. Police found a brown pit-bull mix laying in a puddle of its own blood, tied to a fence post with a gunshot wound on the side of its head.
NEWS
June 12, 1986 | By Walter F. Roche Jr., Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
A Philadelphia legislator has filed a bill designed to end fighting contests by dogs and other animals that have become a fad in some areas of his district. Rep. Gordon Linton, a Democrat who represents sections of Northwest Philadelphia, filed the bill this week stating that his proposal would make people who promote or sponsor pit-bull contests subject to stiff fines and jail terms. He said legislation setting a stiffer penalty was necessary because existing laws had failed to halt the growing practice.
NEWS
December 12, 2003
MY 6-YEAR-OLD daughter was recently attacked by a pit bull, with some pretty serious lacerations. When I called police, they referred me to animal control. The people who own the dog were only given a citation and a fine. The dog got away with no repercussions at all. The police - I mean "animal control" - said to call the next time the dog was outside without a leash. I thought there was a leash law requiring all dogs to be controlled while outside in public. Next time could prove fatal.
NEWS
July 1, 1987 | By John Hall, Special to The Inquirer
A pit bull terrier escaped from its pen in Levittown on Sunday night, charged into a backyard birthday party, bit one boy and was shot by Bristol Township police as it chased two other boys on a bicycle, police said yesterday. The dog's owner, Terry Thompson of Aspen Lane, told police he was not home when the dog, named Rosco, got out of his pen. Thompson said he believed that someone had lifted a fastener that locked the gate. About 7:30 p.m. police got a complaint of a loose dog causing havoc at a neighbor's birthday party for a 7-year-old girl.
NEWS
December 22, 1988 | By Ron Avery, Daily News Staff Writer
They can be great pets and great fighters. In the wrong hands they can, and are, used as instruments of crime and terror. Originally bred in England to fight bears or bulls in a pit, they are pit bulldogs. American pit bulls were bred to fight each other, mostly in the rural South. Until seven or eight years ago, pit bulls were rarely seen in northern cities. Now thousands can be found in Philadelphia - some in the wrong hands. Recently, the vicious use of pit bulls manifested itself in several incidents in Philadelphia: Five youngsters were bitten Dec. 15 when two pit bulls ran amok among children playing in the schoolyard of St. Edward's parish school in North Philadelphia.
NEWS
April 21, 1997 | by Yvonne Latty, Daily News Staff Writer
She's brown with a white belly, weighs about 50 pounds and has sweet disposition. Her name is Roxie, and she's a 2-year-old pit bull. Her owners don't know if she's still alive. About six weeks ago, she was snatched by two carloads of teen-aged dognappers right out of her North Philadelphia back yard. The thieves tricked the friendly pooch into coming close to the gate for a cuddle. Then they scooped her up, threw her in the back of their car and sped off. What Roxie left behind were tears and heartbreak as her owners, Ira and Patricia Williamson, grieve for their sweet pet as they would for a lost child.
NEWS
September 28, 2004
HOW MANY more attacks by these four-legged menaces are we going to have to endure before City Council does something? These pit bulls are a serious drain on the quality of life meter - just ask the poor woman going to work at 6:30 in the morning. I propose a law similar to the one that applies when a sex offender moves into your neighborhood. You should have the location and the name of the owners of these four-legged weapons posted around the streets to warn people that they're entering pit-bull territory - akin to a deer crossing.
NEWS
May 23, 1991 | By Larry Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Britain, a nation of dog lovers, has found a breed it hates: the American pit bull terrier. And under a ban on fighting dogs now being rushed into law, as many as 10,000 pit bulls now living in Britain could be put to death. After a series of attacks by bull terriers against children in the last few days, the government on Tuesday banned the import of pit bulls. And yesterday, it announced that it would seek to eliminate the breed from British soil. "It is clear that such dogs have no place in our homes," said Prime Minister John Major, at whose insistence the measure was drafted.
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February 17, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Damien, a jet-black pit bull whose paws and tail are tipped in white, knows just one trick. But it came in handy Saturday at the "With Love: Soul Mate Skate" at Penn's Landing. "If you're like, 'Come here,' " Lindsay Sharpless said, holding her hand to her mouth and pinching her fingers like pursed lips, "he gives you kisses. "We're working on sit," the Chester County SPCA volunteer added, as Damien layered her face with licks. Making love matches was the goal Saturday.
NEWS
January 29, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
TRENTON - A shivering two-year-old pit bull who was stranded on a frozen patch of the Delaware River for hours Sunday is safely home with his family after being rescued by two daring dog-lovers. Russ Miller, a former firefighter, and Ciro Silvestri, a bystander who refused advice to stay off the ice, ventured about 200 yards out into the river to reach the frightened dog as the sun was setting on a frigid day. Miller took along an ocean kayak to use for flotation if he fell in and to carry the dog back to the shore.
NEWS
January 9, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
JUSTICE RESCUE, a team of brawny, tattooed dog-lovers, has finally gotten some justice over an ordeal with a Northeast Philly pit bull, the group's lawyer said. Two members of the animal-rescue group, Russell Wayne "Wolf" Harper and Robert John "House" Lewis, were arrested in February and charged with impersonating a law-enforcement officer, theft, receiving stolen property and conspiracy for allegedly taking a pit bull in November 2012 from a property near Frankford Avenue and Orthodox Street.
NEWS
December 30, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
A man police were chasing in Camden ran into his house and commanded his pit bull to attack the officers, one of whom was bitten, authorities said Saturday. Officers Brandon Galloza and Michael Ross of the Camden County Police Department were on patrol Thursday night when they saw Thomas Wright and Tajay Wilson, both 19, in what appeared to be a drug transaction, police said. The two Camden men ran when Galloza and Ross approached and told them to stop, police said. The officers chased them into Wright's house on the 1800 block of Filmore Street, police said, where they were blocked by Quazeem Jackson, 21. That's when Wright "repeatedly commanded a pit bull in the house to attack" by pointing at the officers and shouting, "Sic 'em," police said.
NEWS
December 11, 2013 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
A woman whose husband ran a dogfighting enterprise out of their West Brandywine Township home was sentenced to 23 months in prison Monday by a judge who said she failed to shield her children from the carnage. Laura Acompora's youngest child, who is now 3, is still terrorized by what he saw before police shut down the operation last December, Chester County Assistant District Attorney Priya DeSouzza said. The child, one of three who lived in the home, has memories of seeing a dog stomped to death by a group of men and a pit bull eating another dog, DeSouzza said.
NEWS
November 19, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
WEST CHESTER Jermaine was not trained as a guide dog for the visually impaired. But the pit bull has answered the call to service for a four-legged fellow in need - his blind brother, Jeffrey - and in the process has captured the hearts of millions. This canine brotherly love story, with paws in Philadelphia and Chester County, became a Facebook sensation over the weekend. Kimberly Cary, a volunteer with the Chester County SPCA, had posted pictures on Facebook late last week of the inseparable 8-month-old puppies.
NEWS
September 11, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Current and former staff and volunteers and a board member at the Chester County SPCA said recently that they had reported mistreatment and neglect of animals to shelter officials, but that their accounts were ignored or not addressed seriously. Conrad Muhly, the board president, and other board members declined requests for comment on the allegations. The shelter has defended its performance. "Our staff and volunteers will continue to devote all our efforts to the compassionate care of the animals in our open-access shelter, where no animal in need is turned away," SPCA spokesman Richard Britton wrote in an e-mailed statement.
SPORTS
June 21, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
LAST TIME we checked, there was no mention of Lucas on Michael Vick's Twitter account yesterday. Which isn't surprising. The Eagles quarterback most likely doesn't want to be reminded of the 548 days he spent in prison for his role in a dog-fighting ring. Lucas was one of Vick's prized fighting pit bulls. And on Wednesday he was euthanized because of failing health. The dog - known as a grand champion in fighting circles - was about 13 years old, and was one of 22 of Vick's dogs sent to Best Friends in Kanab, Utah, for long-term rehabilitation or permanent placement.
NEWS
May 9, 2013 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
The series so far: The 12 inmates and their six rescue dogs living on Mod 3 have formed close bonds. The men are practicing job interviews, preparing for employment after prison. And most are working hard to ready their dogs for the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test, which is fast approaching. Others are falling behind. Fourth of six parts. Under a gray spongy sky on a Sunday afternoon, the hopeful came to the Philadelphia Pet Hotel and Villas, a boarding facility near the airport.
NEWS
April 2, 2013 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
A CHAIN-LINK fence capped with razor wire sits between two pit bulls in a North Philly car lot and the lady who wants to pet them. The woman, who lives on Green Lane near Broad Street, tosses them some treats, and the dogs gobble them up quickly, their tails wiggling and wagging. "See how friendly they are? They wouldn't hurt a fly," said the woman, who didn't want to give her name. "You're just some nice doggies, aren't you?" Over the course of an hour on this Sunday afternoon, the dirt-covered dogs don't bark or growl at anyone, and the woman from Green Lane isn't the only one showering them with snacks and baby talk.
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