It is typical when you hear about a dog bite case or a dog attack that the breed involved is a pit bull. This is for two reasons. The first is that media coverage is pre-disposed, to a certain degree, to cover these cases. But the other reason is that pit bulls are strong animals that, when involved in an attack, are more likely to cause serious damage or injuries to a person or other animal due to the incredible power of their jaws.
This paints an unfair picture of pit bulls, and it also leaves other breeds out of the picture, making them seem obedient or nice in comparison to the stereotype of a “pit bull attacking someone.” And yet, there is plenty of evidence that any dog could suddenly and unexpectedly become violent. Take today’s story as an example.
A woman who was walking her son’s 105-pound American Bulldog — a breed that is not necessarily known for its violent tendencies — was mauled after the dog chased another animal and pulled her to the ground. For some reason, this triggered the dog and it went after the woman, who was mauled and suffered serious injuries.
She was able to escape the dog somehow and made it to a screened off room. The police were called and when they responded to the scene, the dog was acting aggressively and wouldn’t let the officers reach the woman. They had to shoot the dog as a result of its behavior.
Source: Sun Sentinel, “Bulldog ‘mauling’ woman shot and killed by deputies, sheriff says,” Adam Sacasa, Aug. 21, 2017