Dog Attacks Family After Its Owner Tried To Make It Wear A Sweater

Submitted by: lalapancakes 6 months ago in Misc

I saw the headline, “Dog viciously attacks family after woman tried to make it wear a sweater” and had a funnier vision of an indignant dog being made to wear some ugly Christmas sweater but after reading the story, it’s not so funny. It's quite sad.

A woman in Tampa “tried to put a sweater” on the family pit bull, Scarface, and the dog lost its shit. It mauled the woman, attacked her husband as he tried to pull the dog off his wife, and it attacked their 22-year-old son who tried to defend his parents. After what sounds like a long attack the son came back again at the pitbull with a knife, stabbing the animal trying to defend his parents. Everyone eventually managed to escape the dog, going inside their home, leaving a pissed off Scarface in the back yard.

Unfortunately the situation didn’t end there and the family had to call the police who had to bean bag, stun, and tranquilize the animal after it broke into the home. The dog was eventually euthanized due to the danger it presented and its stab wounds. I don't even feel like making an ugly sweater joke now. Florida always takes shit too far.

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Male 6
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Male 2,411
dont try to make your animals wear clothes.
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Male 1,457
I still feel sorry for this dog, it may have lived its entire life with out a problem if not for these idiots.
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Male 3,636
casaledana Actually, I do too. The dog looks bewildered and confused as it's being led to the van. At the same time, would I want it to be in the same room, off-leash, as a toddler of mine? Nuh-uh.
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Male 1,457
As dangerous as a dog can be, Humans far exceed that risk. That dog probably got real docile after getting shot with that potato gun, a human not so much.

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Male 2,969
Police shot the dog with bean bags, then tazed it, than tranquilized it before taking it - alive - into custody.
So, cops treat dogs better than black folks - that's what I'm reading here, because black folks just get shot 37 times - sometimes in the back, as they run away(Unarmed).
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Female 1,192
I am perfectly happy with my 7lb Wienie dog....She is too preoccupied with being all up in my business every night rather than to attack anything..I can't go anywhere in the house without her being there 100% of the time..So No big dogs for me, especially large aggressive breeds...
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Male 2,411
pinkminx22 tiny dogs are the worst for biting 
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Male 3,636
Ugh. There was a time when I was convinced by a pit bull trainer that pit bulls are not more likely to maul humans than other breeds. The argument went that it's media sensationalism; that other breeds at other times were demonized; and that if there's any difference in breeds at all, it's how they're raised. So for a few years I was defending the breed with these talking points.

Then I came across data from a three-year study. From 2006-2008, pit bulls committed 59% of the fatal dog attacks. The second breed wasn't even close. For off-property fatal attacks (meaning the dog has gone off the owner's property to find a victim), pit bulls committed 81% of the attacks.

Study here: http://www.dogsbite.org/dog-bite-statistics.php

I now think there's something uniquely dangerous to this breed. I've read far too many stories of pit bulls that were raised in loving homes, not abused, then lost it all of a sudden and turned on the owner, the owner's children, or neighbors. I would not feel comfortable with a pit bull running around my neighbor's yard if I had small children.
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Male 1,232
squrlz4ever Yeah, I've heard all that bullshit about it being "how they are raised", or "how they are trained", too. My brother is a firm believer in that (faulty) line of reasoning. There have just been too many cases of pit bulls who were raised from birth in a very loving home, and never mistreated, that suddenly, with no apparent trigger, turned on a family member and mauled them. You have to understand one basic thing about a pit bull. The word "pit" really explains it all. These dogs were bred to fight. Period. It is instinct to them, because it is bred into them. Collie breeds instinctively try to herd. Labrador breeds retrieve. Pits fight. That's all there is to it. Trying to "teach" a pit to not be aggressive is about as effective as, say, trying to teach a horse to drive a car. They are just not suited to it. You can't reasonably expect hundreds of years of bred-in instinct to be easily overridden.
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Male 806
squrlz4ever Chihuahua's are much more aggressive than Pit Bulls.  However, when a chihuahua attacks, who really cares?  When a Pit Bull attacks, it can easily be fatal.  The dogs are much more powerful and have the ability to kill.  Chihuahua's just don't.  If a Chihuahua bites you, it's likely not even gonna break the skin.

So yeah, there is something uniquely dangerous about the breed.  It's the strength of their jaw.  You try to put a sweater on a Chihuahua and what is he gonna do about it?  He might try to bite you, but you can control him and even if he does bite, what harm is done?  You try to put a Pit Bull in a sweater and this is the result.

They may be in a "loving" home.  That doesn't mean anything.  A "loving" dog owner may decide to put a sweater on a dog.  Dog's don't like that.  Dogs don't like lots of things, and loving or not, dogs don't always understand what you are doing to them.  They think in Dog terms, not human terms.  You have to understand dogs and know that they don't necessarily like sweaters.  Some may seem like they like it, because they sense the joy the owner gets from it and that makes them happy.  It is not the sweater making them happy though, it's the owners joy at seeing them in the sweater that makes them happy.


Just like a small kid giving a dog a hug.  To a Pit Bull, you are putting your arms around his throat.  That's a challenge.  He perceives his life in danger.  Loving or not, all the dog knows is that you are around it's throat and that's how you kill things, by biting them in the throat.  Putting a sweater on a dog is similar, you have to basically put your hands around his throat.  That's threatening, and long time pet or not, when a dogs life is threatened, instict kicks in and they bite.  Pit Bulls have very strong jaws, stronger than nearly any other dog, so yeah, when you put your hands around his throat and he perceives his life is in danger and he responds with instinct, things don't turn out too well.
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Male 352
waldo863 You can lose a limb or your life on a (chihuahua) bite infection.

Yes, a lot of dog owners don't know their dog. I observed people actually expecting their sentences, repeating their "commands" in different grammar etc..  Others are regarding their pets as their alpha-(fe)male. Please, everybody, before you get a dog, watch some dog whisperer videos.
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Male 806
7eggert Yeah, you can,  If it actually happens to break the skin, which half the time doesn't happen.  Then the other half the time, if it actually breaks the skin, neosporin and a band-aid.  Then you have the fact that because it was such a minor injury, it never got reported to anyone.  Same thing with lots of small dogs.  

That's really half my point right there.  All the statistics that make Pit Bulls look so aggressive, aren't including hundreds, if not thousands, of "attacks" from small dogs like chihuahua's that go unreported.  So most of those statistics are BS.
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Male 1,611
squrlz4ever Other statistics to ponder (both sides of the arguement):

Pit bulls are less likely than Rottweilers, German Shepards or Chows:
http://defendpitbulls.com/pit-bull-attack-statistics/

Pit bulls deserve their dangerous reputations:
http://www.livescience.com/27145-are-pit-bulls-dangerous.html

It's hard for me to decide who's got the better data on this. Both seem to be credible sources.


And here's an article basically saying all the statistics you can find online are bunk:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steffen-baldwin/the-lies-damn-lies-and-st_b_8112394.html
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Male 352
insaneai http://dilbert.com/strip/2008-05-08
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Male 490
squrlz4ever I read once that there is a breed (I forget the name) would decide that it was going to be the dominant and attack its trainer.  The trainer would just have to know it was coming, have the dog on a choker collar, then choke the dog unconscious when it made its play.  After that the dog would be fine for life.

Who knows what random triggers we have bred into pit bulls.  I have known and like many of them, but that uncertainty is definitely there.
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Male 352
muert They may or may not be safe for life. I'd assume that if they spot an opportunity to make a second try, they will.
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