Pit Bulls Attack Woman, Kill Dog In San Jose

SAN JOSE (CBS/AP) — Authorities in San Jose were looking for two pit bulls that attacked a woman and killed her dog.

Dawn Marcia Wilson said that she and her dog—a 100-pound husky mix—were out in Cataldi Park after midnight on Thursday when the pit bulls appeared.

The 66-year-old Wilson said they bit her dog, “Shadow,” and grabbed the animal by its throat. When she tried to pull them off, the pit bulls bit her.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

The attack lasted for about 20 to 30 minutes before the pit bulls scampered off.

A veterinarian recommended Shadow be euthanized. Wilsonwas treated for cuts to her face.

One of the pit bulls was described as tan-colored; the other as black.

San Jose Animal Care and Services’ officials have interviewed dog owners in the area.

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  1. BigTIme says:

    All you pit bull fanatics can chime in now about how sweet and misunderstood these awful dogs are.

    1. Heather says:

      My experience has been that pit bulls who attack have not been socialized, trained or worse, have been involved in fighting. Their aggressive behavior hasn’t been addressed by their owners or worst has actually been encouraged. I feel terrible for this victim and for her beloved dog. I also feel for what might have happened to prompt these dogs to act in such a vicious manner. Are they sweet and misunderstood as so sarcastically stated? Many times they are. The media doesn’t cover the happy stories of completed loved and loving pit bulls which is why people always assume the worst.

    2. Donovan says:

      Why don’t you blame the owner(s) of the pit bulls? Any domestic animal that is properly trained and cared for does not go around attacking people or other animals. Dog and cat owners shouldn’t be letting their pets roam the neighborhood without supervision. If you’re not up to the task, don’t own pets. It’s just common sense.

      I have a neighbor that is too lazy to walk his walk dog, he just lets him roam at night so he can do his business — on his neighbors lawn.

      1. Bruce says:

        Because the DOGS attacked the dog and it’s owner,that’s why!

        Pit Bulls should be banned before they kill more dogs and people.

    3. Tami says:

      Please do not show your BigTime ignorance. Any breed of dog that is unsocialized and unmanaged – or trained to be mean – can do just as much damage. It is unfortunate that human idiots have chosen the pit bulls to turn into monsters. A couple decades ago the monster of public choice was the Rottie, then it was the Dobie. Every decade has a new breed of idiot human with a new dog breed preference. Anyone with any dog experience knows that it is the breeding and training turns ANY breed into a killer. I have always owned pits. I also have three 10 pound min-pins and they have friends of every breed. My current pit has been attacked twice by vicious shephards and once by an akita – and she is still the favorite, friendliest, most loving dog at every park we go to. I am not saying that they are misunderstood – I am saying that ignorance and cold-hearted stupid people have done this to what would normally be a wonderful breed of dog. So, if you want to place BLAME for these attacks – place it in the right place – at the idiots who raise them to be vicious. And that goes for every mean dog – not just the pits.

      1. macbaldy says:

        The “problem” with pit bulls is the owners who don’t understand the way that they and other breeds relate to each other versus how they relate to humans. Pit bulls are sensed as threats by other breeds and need careful familiarization that doesn’t always work. They need to be keep separate if there’s any doubt because most healthy pit bulls are capable of overwhelming most other breeds. Also, many owners of any breeds fail to recognize the pack instincts that can activate when dogs sense a numbers advantage. And then, of course, dogs attacking dogs may not be manageable by humans owners or other humans, without very special training. Yes, I had a pet pit bull many years ago. The breed has my respect. It’s their owners who evoke my concern about their capabilities as pit bull owners. Many dog owners are unprepared to be owners of any breed.

    4. Karen says:

      These pit bulls acted this way because of their owner who obviously did not properly socialize them. (this can happen with any breed). I have 2 amstaff/pitbulls and an infant. I rescued them both and they are very lovable. The husky’s owner even stated she used to have a pitbull (she did not have negative comments about this breed). This is a tragic loss. Get your facts straight before you start hating on the breed. How many stories have you read about pitbull heroes? I have read plenty. Including the bay area case where the pitbull laid on a young girl so she wouldnt receive burns and the dog would. They both survived.

    5. Eddy says:

      I would rather blame the dumb owners all over San Jose involved in back yard breeding producing these kind of situations. Any breed can attack if not socialized or trained properly. Spay and neuter your pets, please!

  2. JoeSmathers says:

    These dogs are sweet and quite often misunderstood.

  3. DC says:

    These are probably the same two pit bulls that attacked and killed a smaller dog last week in San Jose. Someone lets their dogs roam free and don’t know or care that they are killing machines.

  4. BigTime says:

    Heather – So pit bulls are born with a tendency towards fighting and attacking, and it’s only with proper care that this aggression can be eliminated? Sounds like a bad breed of dog to me, unlike “companion” dogs like labradors which are naturally sweet-natured. Show me a neglected yellow lab that will attack and kill a husky and I’ll back off my point.

    1. Tami says:

      Hey BigTime – you really should do your research. There are actually more dog bites on humans each year from Labs and Shephards than from any other breed. The media just doesn’t share all that good news. Pit bulls are NOT born with fighting-tendancies. Unless some idiot like Michael Vicks is breeding the aggression into them on purpose – and even then they still have to be taught to fight. By reading all your comments I get the feeling that you really don’t know much about the different dog breeds – except what you are listening to in the news. That is very sad because it is people like you who get every other inexperienced person all in a tizzy about things you really know little about. No disrespect intended but you should calm down and do some research before posting comments like this.

      1. al says:

        Tami – pit bulls are born with gameiness (sic) their ability to fight and win the fight. That was their sole purpose. The aggression is born into the line. All breeds have a certain natural instinct bred into them by people. Thats why we have so many breed. A Lab will instinctively go after a bird, or jump in water. A Jack Russel terrier will go after varmints and dig until they get it. A cattle dog will round up people at a part and nip at their heels. All without someone forcing it to do so. They were bread for a purpose – an the pit bull was bred for this reason. Instincts and traits will come out in the best trained dog. And to top it off all dogs are pack oriented and put into the pack mentality they are going to do what the pack does.

      2. Rather you like it or not says:

        Michael Vick did not have nothing to do with them dogs fighting each other so leave my African American brother alone! Yall white folks get on my damn nerves with all that b.s! Yall treat animals better than human beings which shows that human life is not valued! I hope a pitbull attack you while your’e walking your dog!

    2. Jay says:

      They were actually bred and selected for their fierce and aggressive tendency to fight other dogs. That was their purpose. To fight. Dogs have been bread to have certain traits. Pit bulls got the name for just that.

    3. Nick 650 says:

      Don’t be so ignorant…

      http://www.independent.com/news/2009/jul/29/dog-kills-dog-hendrys-beach/
      http://www.shortnews.com/start.cfm?id=46922
      http://www.care2.com/news/member/339575512/1446792

      Every Dog is a good dog unless neglected or trained to be otherwise. Don’t get me wrong it’s sad for the woman and her dog, no question. But, Bad owners make bad dogs. And there’s a chance it wasn’t even a Pitbull, a 66 year old woman who is scared after midnight could have been mistaken. So many breeds are cross bread that pure pits are few and far between. Ignorance like this makes me sick

    4. Joni says:

      Here is a link to a list of dog bites http://indigorescue.org/?page_id=83
      Scroll down to the bottom and you will see that labs score MUCH higher than Pit Bulls. Do your own research.
      I work at local shelters to train Pit Bulls to become Canine Good Citizens. These are all dogs who are unknown to me. NEVER have I been so much as growled at. I have, however, be bitten by a Basset Hound.

  5. al says:

    here it is – I love ALL dogs. True, the owner is the one responsible for bing trained and training the dogs. But, unfortunately I would have to say that all breeds of dangerous dog breeds should be banned and illegal to own. There are many countries and US cities where it is illegal. Its time California! Its sad to see these stories happening all of the time. For the victims and for the offenders.
    Pitbulls are and can be great dogs with a proper owner. But, unfortunately more often than not they end up in the wrong hands. Its like giving a loaded hand gun to a child!

    1. Tami says:

      Hi Al – I also love all dogs. You make a good point here with saying it’s like putting a loaded hand gun into the hands of a child. You advocate banning any potentially dangerous dog breed because they might fall into the hands of an ignorant owner and hurt someone or another pet – and what’s sad is that so many people will agree with you. However, when it comes to guns on our streets – everyone wants to defend the right to carry guns and say “guns don’t kill – people do” Too bad there’s no way to keep these pefectly acceptable weapons off the street and out of the wrong hands. Dogs are living creatures with intelligence and feelings that society has domesticated, overbred and messed up – guns are made of metal – so lets kill the living creatures and continue to defend the guns? where are the human priorities?

      1. al says:

        Tami, I get your point. The subject here is the dogs and thats what i would like to stick to. We can go on forever about guns as well. I believe its time to (sad to say) pit bulls. It has gotten out of control. Im even scared to walk my own dogs. Like i said this is happening all to often and enough is enough.

      2. Tami says:

        Al – then all I can say is that they should start arresting the owners and stop stereotyping this one entire breed. I have had more bad experiences with german shephards than any other breed myself – but I don’t stereotype the entire breed – I blame the owners that don’t know what they have or how to handle them.

  6. smarks says:

    Joe, you’re right, this was probably just a misunderstanding (insert sarcasm).

  7. BigTme says:

    Sure Tami, next it will probably be the golden retrievers and yellow labs that are turned into monsters, and then thugs and homies will be breeding yellows, chocolates, and goldens to fight in their backyards.

    Pits will always do more damage than most other dogs because they were bred for fighting strength, locking jaws, and a temperament to match.

    1. smarks says:

      Or maybe the standard poodle!

      1. Tami says:

        You may think that was a smart remark meant to be funny or sarcastic – but the truth is that a standard poodle can hold its own. If only you knew!

        No, I doubt that the hoodrats will get labs of any color to fight each other – but get rid of the pitties and they will find another breed, no doubt. So, again – and trying to keep things mature and civil here – go after the owners that are raising these dogs to be vicious. It doesn’t matter what sarcastic remarks you come up with – paired with the right owner, pis are loyal, loving companions. I’ve had several, and have a lot of friends with pits, raised from pups in loving homes by owners who know how raise a balanced, happy dog. Yes, I’ve met a lot of pits that were unsocialized and unsafe to be in public and it was because of the way they were raised – no dog is born vicious – every breed can be made vicious.

  8. justmyopinion says:

    Tami,

    There is no arguing that, as you said, any breed of dog can attack. The fact is, however, that certain breeds have much more of a tendency, and more importantly, when breeds such as pit bulls do attack, their jaws are potentially lethal. A poodle attacking may hurt or cause scarring but will never endanger someone’s life. Bottom line, given the potential for grave consequences (responsible owner or not), the banning of a habitually problem breed should be considered.

  9. Jane Doe says:

    TWO WORDS: LOCK JAW
    These dogs clamp onto something and cannot be forced to release. This is no ordinary bite.

    1. owner of 2 pit bulls!! says:

      Jane Doe, you do not know what in the hell you are talking about!!!!!! A big bad misconception is that pit bulls lock their jaw! this is not true!!! Pits have really strong jaws!!! the owner of these dogs should be punished, Not the Breed!!!!!! I have 2 loveable pit bills & I make sure that they are well trained.

  10. jazzercarol says:

    I like pits, but there outta be a license. too many idiots flock to the breed and this is what happens…

  11. Victor says:

    Where is “People are Talking?”

  12. Gizmo says:

    Just a thought but what was he doing in a park after midnight?? Yes it’s horrible what happened..

  13. Johhny K says:

    I got bit by a Bull Mastif… that hurt, however the only time my Pit Bull ever bit anything was that bull Mastif that bit me right in front of him… He was protecting me and did not want to let go… but the minute i put my hand in his mouth to make him let go he knew it was me and he released… so yea this lock jaw thing is a crock. but he has 4 buddies that are all different breeds of dogs he has never attacked,( boxer, lab, pug, bulldog) and he has been to dog parks weekly his entire lifespan of 6 years and has shown nothing but love and friendship to other dogs at the parks.

    I think the real issue here is that people fear pit bulls because they are big and strong, so when morons do not properly train their dog( just like any other breed) they attack. Just so happens that the pit can do more damage. But I would not consider possibly banning a species of dog because people cannot get there s*** together. I liked the idea of liscencing. Pushes for more responsibilty.

    1. al says:

      thats because he is YOUR pitbull. From what you are saying he is trained properly and socialized. But the other 90% are not. They are in the hands of hoods and generally irresponsible people. Not every owner will or can train them. This is a breed that not just anyone can own. Ive seen it too many times

      1. Johhny K says:

        i agree… not everyone should own a pitbull… but i would put those same people in the pot that shouldn’t own a dog period

    2. So What says:

      You’re claiming that ANY breed of dog, when neglected, can attack and kill. So then, can ANY breed, when trained properly, be a guide dog for the blind? I doubt it.

      1. Johhny K says:

        I lived in Portland for 5 years.. you would be surprised to see what kind of seeing EYE dogs you will find.

    3. So What says:

      Okay, Johnny K, what kind of seeing eye dogs do you see? Labs, retrievers? Maybe a sheperd? How about pitts, rotts, dobies, and presa canarios?

      1. Johhny K says:

        You see your standard labs, ive also seen boxers, a great dane, a husky…. Of course you want to name the “SCARY” dogs… The whole time i lived in Portland… The only fatality from a dog attack was from a Lab… weird.

      2. Tami says:

        Just so happens that my husband and I were shopping at CostCo last evening and ran into a man with diabetes. He had a service dog with him – an older, very gentle pit!!!

  14. Jane Doe says:

    “STRONG JAWS” that a person cannot pull apart. Other breeds don’t do NEARLY the damage that these dogs do OVER AND OVER. I have met lovely pit bulls but I would NEVER TRUST THEM LIKE OTHER BREEDS. These dogs can be great UNTIL THEY SNAP!

    1. Johhny K says:

      I pulled mine apart no problem… i just put my hands in front of of his nose so he smelled em first

  15. justmyopinion says:

    He’s your dog!!! Every pit bull owner will, of course, defend their dog and the breed. to be expected and really has nothing to do with the fact there IS A PROBLEM!

    1. Johhny K says:

      Your right… there is a problem… People who lack resposibilty to properly raise their dogs. PEOPLE

      1. justmyopinion says:

        But the people don’t bite! Their dogs do!!! Do you see how illogical your argument is?

      2. justmyopinion says:

        In spite of how I feel, I am a dog lover and understand why you would feel the way you do. What’s your suggestion given that there will always be irresponsible dog owners of these type of breeds and many will go ahead and get a license if required, so that won’t negate the potential hazards.

      3. justmyopinion says:

        And one addition – even responsible pit bull owners can’t be assured their dogs won’t go off, if even once.

      4. Johnny K says:

        My dog has never gotten away… and no i do not see how illogical an argument is when all it is saying is that people have no self accountability they would rather blame an animal then themselves…. The dog is not in charge of locking a gate, or putting on a leash.. The owner is. This is 100% the owners fault for letting them out and raising them in a manner to perform aggressive acts.

      5. Johnny K says:

        Case in point… my dog has been off his leash at dog parks…. amongst big dogs, little dogs, medium sized dogs, as well as old people middleaged people, teenagers, kids, toddlers, and infants. He was raised right and has never shown anything but Love and compassion to anyone or anything. (except the Bull Mastif that bit my arm first) So when i see things like this happen, being a proud owner of a FANTASTIC animal and people thinking they should be banned. How am I supposed to take anyone serious who says my argument is not legitament? Expose yourself to a friend’s dog or someone who actually raised their dog right. I think you will change your mind.

      6. justmyopinion says:

        By ‘going off’, I meant behaviorly speaking. No guarantees.

      7. Johnny K says:

        Is their any guarantee with any dog?

  16. Sharon Gentlespirit Wolf Paige says:

    Everyone is saying Pitbulls,There are other dogs that look like pitbulls . These dogs could have been pits or not. Don’t blame them until they are found and a DNA test is done.I feel sorry for the lady and her dog,as I feel sorry for anyone who has to endure this.Seems to me that a lot of you don’t know about pits.You only know what you read in the paper. A lot of what you read is not true,this was to make the dog look and appear more dangerous .As you know Spanky and our Gang had a pit bull,Pres.Roosevelt had them,plus more.I can go on.More people are bitten by other dogs than pits,and killed by other dogs.It doesn’t make the paper because it is not big news.Lets see what you say when they target your breed,every few years it is a new one.

  17. smarks says:

    Sharon Gentlespirit – are you saying standard poodles and labs are killing people and dogs and nobody is reporting it? Come on.

    If there was a pack of golden labs running amok and biting people and their dogs, it would be in the news.

    1. Johhny K says:

      i think the morons are the people letting their dogs run amock like it’s the coolest thing to do.

      1. Johhny K says:

        And I do think that if they do find the 2 dogs that did it… they should be Euthanized im not saying that they should be protected. I wanna get that out there. But i think that the owner of the dogs should be prosecuted for the neglect and iresposibility

    2. Johnny K says:

      I lived in Portland for 5 years. There was one fatality from a dog attack. An 8 yr old boy was Killed by a Yello Lab. Do not think it doesn’t happen.

  18. your mom says:

    Pitbull jaws are no match for a sweet, loving, socially adjusted 12 gauge.

    1. Nick 650 says:

      ignorance like this proves everyone defending pitbulls point, keep it up loser

  19. J says:

    100% the pit bull owners responsibility. Whatever the reason the dogs were loose, it’s the same as if they personally attacked Dawn Wilson. What were they thinking?

    1. Johnny K says:

      I 100% agree with you.

  20. Joni says:

    Re: Lock Jaws. Pit bulls do not have locking jaws. Do your research. Yes, they are very powerful, but come in 3rd for jaw strength. I am a mother of 3 and a grandmother of 5. I currently have 4 dogs of my own and a foster dog. A chi mix, a boston terrier, a shepard mix and 2 pit bulls. ALL of these dogs are very well behaved because I am a responsible owner. My yard is secure and they are never allowed outside the fence without a leash. This goes for ALL of my dogs. It is the owners who do not properly train and socialize their dogs…any dog. The media loves to sensationalize this breed. Make up your own mind, DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH and you will see.

    1. Tami says:

      Very good Joni! Rottie’s come in at #1 and Shephards at #2 in jaw strength PSI. Someone above said something about ‘snaping’ mentally – pits don’t suddenly snap – they grow into being vicious by being raised badly. I have, on the other hand, wittnessed a doberman and a shephard snap sudenly – from being calm and sweet to attack mode.

  21. HooDatIS? says:

    PUTBULLS ARE NOT SUPPOSE TO EAT PEOPLE…..BUT WHAT ELSE IS NEW PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE I GUESS THE ANIMAL IS ACTING LIKE A HUMAN
    VISIT MY BLOG
    http://ethicalfutures.wordpress.com/
    SO SAD THAT THIS HAPPENED GET WELL SOON VICTIM

  22. Sharon Gentlespirit Wolf Paige says:

    wHAT I AM SAYING IS THAT ONE,YOU DON’T KNOW IF THE DOGS WERE PITS.SECOND THAT MOST DOG BITES ARE NOT FROM PITS. I CAN’T CHANGE YOUR MIND ABOUT THEM AND I WOULD NOT TRY.BUT I FELT THE SAME WAY. I DIDN’T LIKE THEM,I HAD NEVER EVEN BEEN NEAR ONE.ALL I DID WAS HEAR ABOUT THEM AND THAT WAS 20 YEARS AGO. SINCE THAT TIME I HAVE RAISED THEM(WHEN I SAY RAISE I CARE FOR THEM,I GET MY DOGS FIXED). I HAVE ONE NOW THAT WAS LEFT TO STARVE BY AN OLD MAN IN A YARD,BEATEN BY TEENS,HER HIP BROKEN.SHE IS THE SWEETEST DOG.LOVES ALL PEOPLE AND KIDS.MY MIN.FOX TERRIER IS THE BOSS,AND MY CAT ALL GET ALONG. THE PITTY STILL SUFFERS FROM HER ABUSE,AND I HAVE HAD HER FOR 5 YEARS..THESE DOGS GO THRU HELL BECAUSE PEOPLE THINK THEY CAN TAKE ALL KINDS OF TREATMENT.THE POLICE DID NOTHING. ANY LARGE DOG CAN KILL. I HAVE SEEN DOGS I THOUGHT WERE PITS AND THEY WERE NOT.ALL I AM ASKING IS FOR PEOPLE TO KNOW THERE ARE OTHER BREEDS THAT LOOK LIKE THEM.I WILL NOT GO TIT FOR TAT ON THIS YOU CAN SAY AND THINK WHAT YOU WANT,BUT THE REAL TRUTH IS OUT THERE YOU NEED TO READ THE REAL BOOKS ABOUT THESE DOGS.IT IS THE PEOPLE NOT THE BREED.!!!!!!! AS WITH ALL BREEDS.

  23. Lisa says:

    My Pit Bull and my Pit/Akita mix jjust both received their CGC (Canine Good Companion) certifications. My full pit is training to be a therapy dog. You know how this happens? Because we are responsible pet owners. Keep the positiveness and the facts about this wonderful breed going. Please remember to always be respectful.

  24. Marc says:

    Well, I don’t care if your dog is a pit or not (although all of my incidents/attacks have been with off-leash pit bulls). If your dog attacks me, I will end the attack. I have a device to slow the dog attack down; I have a chemical repellant to disable the dog without permanent damage, and I have pepper spray for you in case you attack me physically because you’re unhappy that I actively defended against the attack from your dog. So I think we can all live in peace, If you can control your dog, all will be fine. If you cannot control your dog and the dog attacks me, neither the dog nor you will win that battle.

  25. Amazing post and keep writing like this!

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