Posted by Anne Hampson, a resident of another community, on Oct 6, 2012 at 9:33 am
This is abhorrent for the Cowick family to have experienced. It is good that Mr. Cowick's son had the presence of mind to dial 911. There should be legislation passed that when Pit Bulls are living in an area, neighbors be notified. Why did Animal Rescue not intervene when they had complaints from neighbors? Leaving these dogs unattended for any length of time is asking for a tragedy of this consequence to occur.
Posted by resident, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Oct 6, 2012 at 5:18 pm
Mr. Cowick I have just three words for you -- get a lawyer.
The name and address of your neighbor needs to be made public. You need to sue the everloving crap out of them for what they caused. When people own dogs like that they need to be held accountable for the damages the dogs will do. This is monstrous. Your son will probably be scarred for life and they will just go get more pit bulls.
Sue them, bankrupt them, hope they go far, far away.
Posted by john, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Oct 6, 2012 at 10:13 pm
It is really time to make this breed of dog go away. We need stiff penalties for breeding pit bulls. Anyone who understands statistics knows that the breed is more dangerous to people and other animals than any other breed. Pit bulls were bred to attack and harm other animals.
What's worse in this case, the owners were clearly negligent. They should be sued.
Posted by David Stone, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Oct 7, 2012 at 10:06 am
I just read about a case in Michigan where a pitbull mauled an infant, left in their car seat on the floor. Now I open my local paper and see this. I am also aware that this has happened in our neighboring communities, recently to other dogs. Pitbull owners should be required to post that they have a dangerous animal on their property (or should the city council ban them in our town all together?) I don't know how any of this can be justified on any level! The City needs to take action!
Posted by Lauren Carman, a resident of the Country Fair neighborhood, on Oct 7, 2012 at 8:34 pm
This is a tragedy, and this family is one we know and love at my home in Pleasanton. We are so, so sorry.
The issue of Pit Bull dogs is a difficult and complicated one. Studies have shown that BITING happens across all breeds, and that yes, there are certain breeds that have a higher prey drive or level of confidence.
We should all address the issue of biting, as this is a bad habit of any dog, and sometimes not taken seriously or perceived as "playing" when it is not. It is crucial to teach every puppy or dog what is okay to take into their mouths (as their mouth acts as our hands do) and how to do so in an acceptable manner.
I am an animal advocate and not a fan of Breed Specific Legislation, and have extensive experience working with various breeds of dogs, many of them Pit Bulls or PB mixes. I have adopted and very successfully raised these dogs, and have educated myself in how to effectively train them. All dogs need calm consistent guidance. PBs and other powerful, large dogs need not only these basic training techniques, but also a very specific knowledge of working with their ways of earning power, privelege and normalization in the "pack".
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS THAT ALL DOGS... yes ALL DOGS should be spayed or neutered.
I would like to suggest legislation that requires a strict no-exception law of sterilization for ALL Companion Animals. ALL aggressive dog activity should be logged and made public; this would help to hold dog owners accountable. Dogs should be liscensed (proof of immunization) and records should be kept.
IF SOMEONE WISHES TO BREED DOGS, they may do so but only by going through a specific process (much like the one mentioned in an above comment) in which they have to prove they are capable of doing so responsibly. These breeders can be registered and rated publicly, again to encourage public accountability. You screw up, you are no longer a breeder. You sell a puppy, IT IS FIXED WHEN IT LEAVES YOUR HOME. The responsible breeders will be rewarded and the backyard breeders will be fined and shut down. WHY DO PEOPLE THINK THAT THEY CAN ALLOW THEIR PETS TO RUN AROUND BREEDING??? Oh, and don't give me the old "He might miss his nuts" excuse-- STOP HUMANIZING DOGS. They won't miss their nuts, I promise. It allows them to avoid a life of pure sexual frustration.... perhaps we should look into this option for humans?? LOL!
Anywhooo..... people, get control of your dogs.
It's not a breed thing, it is a STUPID PERSON THING.
If you aren't a reputable breeder, fix your damn dog or cat. It's practically free.
Communicate. If there are dogs in your area like this, TALK TO ONE ANOTHER peacefully, and problem-solve. Involve the cops if necessary-- they are good at moderating this stuff.
In the meantime, you might see me walking my PB Mixes one day, and I hope you smile in admiration at their good manners! You can also depend on the fact that they are fixed, leashed, and I am PAYING ATTENTION, because folks... THEY ARE STILL ANIMALS.
Okay, off my soap box.
To the family, I am so, so sorry.
To the owner of the PB's, shame on you.
To the PB's, I am at peace knowing that you were humanely euthanized and you don't have to be so angry anymore.
To Jazz-- you GOOD DOG.... No one will EVER forget YOU. I heard from my mom that there might be a little "Jazz" in that new puppy. Good dog, go to sleep now....
If anyone is interested in working to create legislation for CA like what I mentioned above, leave a comment here or find me on Fb, I would love to talk.
Posted by Get Real, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Oct 7, 2012 at 10:35 pm
When was the last time I heard of a child or a dog being mauled to death by a Lab or a golden Retreiver? Or a husky or even a German Shepard? Like....never in my memory. But I hear all the time about pit bulls killing. When another breed attacks, they cause injury...when pit bulls attack, they kill.
There are plenty of breeds around. We need to let this one become extinct. How many more children do we need to have maimed or killed? I'm tired of these senseless tragedies.
Posted by Leah Norling, a resident of another community, on Oct 8, 2012 at 8:10 am
All breeds are capable of, do, and have attacked. A simple news search will provide that information. This is about responsible pet ownership, not breed elimination. Irresponsible owners can create problem animals out of any breed. Lauren offers constructive comments on how pet owners and community members can work together to create a safe environment for one another. I urge you to read her suggestions.
Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of the Vintage Hills Elementary School neighborhood, on Oct 8, 2012 at 9:25 am Kathleen Ruegsegger is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Here is an interesting study on dog attacks: Web Link 30 years of data puts pit bulls and pb mixes at the top. So while I agree with Lauren and Leah that any dog can be a problem, not everyone properly trains or can handle the tougher breeds. Perhaps owners should be licensed to own pits or other aggressive dogs. And maybe regular checkups can be made by a town's animal control officer.
My condolences to the Cowick family. It sounds like the new puppy has big shoes to fill.
Posted by question, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Oct 8, 2012 at 9:49 am
There is a pit bull mix in our neighborhood. The family think it is gentle and would not hurt anyone. However it is powerful looking and I have seen the dog off leash chasing a child who was running away - the child was very scared, the owner thought the dog was playing and laughed. The dog also barked aggressively towards me when the owners were away and the dog got out of the home off lead. I'm reluctant to say anything, and not really sure what to say, but also a bit worried.
Posted by Responsible Pet Owner, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Oct 8, 2012 at 12:03 pm
My condelences to the Cowick family.
Over ten years ago, my neighbor's dogs got loose and into our backyard. The two dogs attacked our puppy and killed him. Neither of the two attacking dogs were pit bulls. (The dogs were euthanized and we did not sue.)
I'm currently an owner of two licensed pit bull mix rescues. I agree with Lauren, Leah and Cole. This is about responsible pet ownership and not breed elimination.
Oh yes, did I also mention that we have a baby (under one year)? Like any responsible pet owner, we took measures to properly introduce our dogs to our newborn. Pit bulls can make great addition to a family. For over 100 years, pit bulls were known as "Nanny Dogs".
I have seen non-pit bull dogs roaming around neighborhoods (without owners and without leashes) frightening walkers, runners, dog walkers, children, etc. We have helped out on many occasions to return these dogs to their proper owners.
At the end of the day, it is about responsible pet ownership and not breed elimination.
*Last but not least, thank you to The East County Animal Shelter in Dublin and Tri-Valley Animal Rescue for our fur babies*
Posted by Question, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Oct 8, 2012 at 1:04 pm
To responsible pet owners: how do we protect innocent children, adults and animals from irresponsible pet owners who own dangerous breeds. It's fine to say that you are responsible and that the dogs are trainable, but what about the owners?
Who is more important - the breed that has innate attacking nature owned by an irresponsible owner or the victim?
If you can't guarantee responsible pet ownership, is it fair to have breeds around that have a reputation for attacking and killing?
Posted by Truth, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Oct 8, 2012 at 3:24 pm
Ann Hampson...to your comment concerning Animal Rescue...prior to this attack Animal Services is bound by the law and cannnot just seize dogs. People have rights. It is not Animal Services responsibility to ensure dog safety, that falls squarely and completely on the dog owners. This is one of the problems with America is we feel there must be laws and agencies to handle everything instead of taking personal responsibility for our own actions.
Posted by john, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Oct 8, 2012 at 8:20 pm
You are wrong about this. We need laws to prevent people from breeding pit bulls. We have laws that prevent people from building nuclear weapons in their houses. We need laws to keep people from breeding these animals.
Posted by June , a member of the Alisal Elementary School community, on Oct 31, 2012 at 7:38 pm
My 20 lb dog was mauled by a pit bull and almost died. The owner could not control the pit bull and it broke free from its leash in the park and attacked. Two thousand dollars later, a week of vacation time and my little dog was never the same. I dont want to blame all pits but I dont think most of the owners do not have the patience or ability to properly train them.
Posted by Laury, a resident of the Laguna Vista neighborhood, on Jan 12, 2013 at 11:21 pm
We rarely hear about dog attacks in Pleasanton, although, I suspect they are common. It seems only Pit Bulls are in the news. My Canine Good Citizen Chihuahua was killed by a German Shepherd while we were taking our walk. The Shepherd pulled her owner off-balance. No provocation. Nothing. We weren't very close, but the Shepherd made a mad dash and my dog did not survive.
Posted by Dog-owner, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jan 13, 2013 at 3:07 pm
It seems maybe Pleasanton should consider a muzzle law for pit bulls,..certainly not collies, poodles, chiwawas?, labs. Neither little dogs, OR giant cuddlers are threats. BUT, if both big muscled AND aggressive spells potential for pulling away from owner in a rage.
Of course,when dogs in ones own backyard, who break free, it is clearly the owners responsible for inadequate or neglected fences. Paying for a neighbor's dead dog or teenager who bounced a basketball does't make anything right. Owners need to be properly shunned and punished... for having that kind of dog. Hmmmm, we have to have smog inspections if we own a car, and termite inspection to sell our houses, maybe a combined big & aggressive dog owner should certify secure fences annually.....or, just keep shaning those owners. Pitbull stats tell the story.