24 September 2013



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in the past 18 months three people have been attacked by dogs in Wichita Falls it is a frightening trend and all three of those attacks involved pit bulls or pit bull mixes so we went to the exports we wanted to check the facts and find out the pit bull breed gets a bad rap after those vicious attacks the pit bull was behind me he threw me to the ground when he thrown on the ground that's when they started fighting Cruz Gonzalez was as lucky as you can get she was attacked last November by two pit bulls but was rescued by her grandson just this past februari Jew no hair was attacked by two pitbulls a group of passer by's came to her rescue just a vicious a vicious attack against a beautiful older woman she was just in shock you know about just extremely afraid and bleeding profusely June escaped but not before suffering serious injuries that sent her to the emergency room in December of 2010 the worst attack of these three and I would hate for you to see him today they're gonna take his eyes out today I wonder what you think if it was you I'm a retired nurse and my son look like a monster my granddaughter will never see him

yesterday and she just around the room Melvin Lewis was attacked as he walked down tenth Street two dogs almost killed him his injuries so bad he underwent 14 hours of surgery after he was flown to Dallas the owner of those two dogs was arrested and charged with a second-degree felony nationally from January of 2006 to December of 2008 dogs bite org in Austin recorded 88 fatal dog attacks nearly sixty percent of those attacks or by pit bulls what may be even more startling is according to Pediatrics digest seventy-three percent of dogs that attacked children were familiar to the kids they attacked and in 75% of those attacks the child provoked the dog it's statistics and stories like these that spark a growing debate many people want the pit bull breed outlaw but supporters are quick to stand up for pitbulls saying the breed isn't the problem study after study does not paint a pretty picture for the pit bull breed we went to dog man Eamon Riley he's been training dogs for more than 30 years we asked him if pit bulls were a bad breed and he put it simply for us it's not a bad dog it's irresponsible Morgan Rielly

said dogs reflect their training or lack of it even simple discipline can go a long way when it comes to a doll Riley introduced us to a pit bull by the name of TR TR is a service dog for his owner David Knight who said he thinks God every day he's alive after a motorcycle accident left him disabled I'm suffering from a handicap I have a bad leg and I'm blind or not and Tierra provides balanced and helps me with my motoring around places David is an attorney and TR pretty much goes anywhere with him we asked David what kind of reception he gets when this 90-pound pit is at his side and he walks into the courtroom with the most feared breed of dog around initially the reaction is somewhat of a shock once they see how he reacts and how he is interacting with people they like him very much and they are very very glad that he's there tonight using a bit ball as his service dog was not his first choice my initial reaction was revulsion what was fear and was I was not interested in having a dog that I knew had a reputation of being a very violent a very vicious type of animal so is this pit an example of how every pit bull can be or is he the exception to

the priests epson and I'm convinced that if a dog is trained and socialized properly that the dogs can be very very effective partners for a person with TR being an example of a trained pitbull from almost birth we wanted to know with pitbull rescue groups who saved dogs from bad environments we're doing the right thing in putting dogs trained to be aggressive back on the streets it begged the question can you teach an old dog not just new tricks but a new lifestyle Eamon Riley brought up the Michael Vick case and the dogs that were seized from him as an example 16 pit bulls are taking up these are fight fighting dogs two were completely unsolvable they put them down that left 14 pitbulls 12 of those pit bulls are now certified therapy dogs so you can teach an old dog new tricks now the pitbull TR that we met in the story has been trained for more than a year to be a service dog he is certified he has been professionally trained and we want to know what you think is it the owner or is it the breed now this story in all the studies that we did researching it are available on our website at news channel 6 now calm you can also leave a

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