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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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September 8, 2016 | By Kristen A. Graham, STAFF WRITER
Dena Bassett-Scott stepped over a discarded hypodermic needle and glanced at a pit bull barking urgently against a chain-link fence inches away. "I'm thinking of our younger students - they're walking all this way, and they're seeing all this, and they're scared," said the math teacher at Edison High. On Wednesday, 1,200 pupils are scheduled to report to Edison for the first day of school. On Tuesday, more than 100 staffers walked the North Philadelphia streets that most of their students will travel to get to class.
NEWS
August 4, 2016
A police officer shot and killed a dog that attacked a man and a woman Tuesday night in the Point Breeze section of South Philadelphia, police said. About 8 p.m., police received a call about a dog attacking a woman in the area of South 16th and Dickinson Street, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. An officer arriving on the scene saw a pit bull biting a 28-year-old man in the hand in the 1500 block of Dickinson, Small said. The officer was unable to kick the dog away, so he shot it once, killing it. The man was bit on the finger but refused medical treatment.
NEWS
May 8, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia police shot and killed a pit bull that was attacking a woman in North Philadelphia late Thursday night, authorities said. Capt. Nicholas Brown of the East Detective Division said Friday that two officers were on routine patrol shortly after 11 p.m. Thursday when they were waved down by the woman on the 3200 block of North American Street. The 27-year-old woman, who did not live on that block, was being attacked by a dog that wasn't hers, he said. "She was actively being attacked when she jumped onto the hood of a car," Brown said.
NEWS
March 13, 2016 | By Kim Campbell Thornton, Universal Uclick
COULD YOU pick out a pit bull from a lineup? You might think so, but there's a good chance you'd be wrong. Even experts have problems when it comes to labeling a breed or mix. That's bad news for dogs who are misidentified, especially if they are in communities with breed-specific legislation - laws that ban certain types of dogs. To test the accuracy of shelter dog identification, University of Florida researchers went to four shelters and asked a total of 16 shelter staff members with at least three years of experience, including four vets, to look at 120 dogs (30 at each shelter)
NEWS
January 1, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, STAFF WRITER
Abby Rose got her Christmas wish. The 3-year-old female terrier/pit bull mix - the Delaware County SPCA's longest-tenured resident - left the Media shelter Tuesday wagging her tail as she headed out the door with her new family. "This is what she deserves - years of joy," said Justina Calgiano, spokeswoman for the SPCA. It was a bittersweet moment for the shelter staff as one of their favorite charges left after 357 days. Abby Rose, for her part, stopped and asked to be petted, or rubbed the legs of the volunteers and shelter staff who came to see her off. By Thursday afternoon, the video of Abby Rose leaving the shelter, posted on the Delaware County SPCA Facebook page, had been viewed 25,000 times, there were more than 3,600 likes, and about 500 comments were posted wishing her well.
REAL_ESTATE
November 22, 2015 | By Sally A. Downey, For The Inquirer
When Daphne Howard was a child, houses in her Main Line neighborhood had formal living rooms with sofas upholstered in brocade or chintz, and formal dining rooms with mahogany buffets, tables, and high-back chairs. Windows were enveloped in silken drapes with swagged valances. Today, she owns a Main Line home with a different decor. "We are not formal people; I didn't want a formal dining room or living room," she says. Instead, she opted for an "eclectic modern" look. The Cape Cod in Rosemont, built in 1933, was purchased by Daphne and husband Rob in 1997.
NEWS
November 15, 2015 | BY DAN SPINELLI, Daily News Staff Writer spineld@phillynews.com, 215-854-5906
SUZIE AND DAISY, both pit bulls, are lucky to be alive after nearly being killed by their owners who were fined and barred from owning animals for 90 days following hearing in Municipal Court yesterday. In his East Falls home, Kevin Spence, 56, kept Suzie in a collar so tight that authorities said "her skin had begun to grow around" it. The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals charged Spence with animal neglect in August, took custody of Suzie, treated her wounds, and have since found her a new home.
NEWS
August 21, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
IT WAS NEARLY dusk when Patty Lake spotted the pit bull walking unattended on a busy road in Lower Makefield Township. She pulled over her pickup truck, loaded with groceries from a nearby ShopRite, and approached the dog. "She smelled my hand and started wagging her tail," Lake told the Daily News last night. "It was like she was saying, 'Thank god someone's here.' " Lake said the dog looked healthy and had a collar - she thought it had wandered away from its owner. She waited with the pooch until it was taken by a Lower Makefield Police officer, who in turn handed the dog over to the Bucks County SPCA.
NEWS
June 15, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nani is lucky to be alive. The emaciated pit bull was discovered Tuesday afternoon in Tacony Creek Park by Luis Montalvo, who was walking his two pit bulls when they alerted him to a skeletal, feces-covered dog lying on some dirt and rocks. "Oh my God, she was bones, literally bones," said Montalvo, 38, of Juniata Park, who offered the dog some water from a bottle. "She was trying to get up, but she couldn't. " Nani was picked up by the Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia, who then reached out to Michele Schaffer-Stevens of Lilo's Promise Animal Rescue in Voorhees.
NEWS
October 30, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER awhelan@philly.com 215-854-2961 @aubreyjwhelan
SPCA police officers removed 13 pit bulls from what officials called a suspected dogfighting operation in a home in South Philadelphia early Tuesday. Officials from the Pennsylvania Society for the Protection of Animals said eight puppies and five adult dogs were taken late Monday from the house on the 2200 block of Mifflin Street. While the puppies were found in good condition, some of the adult dogs were injured and treated by veterinarians, said George Bengal, the PSPCA's director of law enforcement.
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