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Minneapolis woman may need rabies shots after biting pit bull to save her dog

Sunday, April 6, 2008

MINNEAPOLIS -- Amy Rice feared for her dog's life when a pit bull jumped over a fence into her yard and attacked her pooch. So she took matters into her own mouth.

Rice says she bit the pit bull on the nose Friday after trying to pull the dog's jaws off her Labrador retriever, Ella. The dog had jumped a fence to get into Rice's northeast Minneapolis yard, and Rice says she feared the pit bull would kill Ella.

"I didn't plan it, that's what happened. I broke the skin and had pit bull blood in my mouth," said Rice, 38. "I knew what happened, and I knew that it wasn't good."

The pit bull was quaranneapolis Animal Control officers while rabies tests are being completed. Rice's doctor will determine whether she needs shots for rabies.

"I was sure that my dog was dying in my arms; it was horrible," Rice said.

Ella is recovering with staples and stitches to her head and a crushed ear canal, but she is afraid to go for walks, Rice said.


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Why would anyone want to own a pit bull, except the drug dealers, when they pose such a danger to families and neighbors? Some insurance companies won't even write you a homeowners policy if you own one. Pit bulls have been inbred to be unpredictable and vicious for a long while. Yes, I have heard all the sing song about it being the owner who is at fault and not the dogs for vicious behaviour such as maulings because of the way the dogs were raised. But it seems that when you hear or read of maulings it is usually done by a pit bull.

-- Posted by conservababe on Sun, Apr 6, 2008, at 10:57 AM

Pit Bulls are like any other dog, are aggressive when treated that way. My father was a breeder of Pit Bulls when I was a child and these are very gentle dogs. It is a stereo type. Like saying all people with tattoos are bad, and I must say that I have found that is also untrue.

-- Posted by theunknownadvocate on Mon, Apr 7, 2008, at 10:55 AM


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