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Q: Is it true that once a Pit Bull kill/attacks it will do it again?

September 22, 2008 | By Rhonda S. | 13 answers | Expired: 2020 days ago

Rhonda S.

My sister-in-law shares a duplex with her older son Ivan. Yesterday his Pit Bull climbed the 6ft wood fence between their yard and killed her two Chihuahuas . He now has it chained in his yard and won't get rid of it despite what his Mom says. I just got off the phone with my Mother who is afraid the dog will get lose and attack a person or my two nephews next, they are 8 and 7 years old. She wants Ivan to get rid of the dogs and so does my sister-in-law. I had always heard that once a Pit Bull attacks or kills it will do it again. Is this true?

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Erica S.
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Sep 26, 2008

I hate when people stereotype dogs based on the breed. Just because a dog is a pit bull doesn't mean it's a dangerous dog and that if it attacks once it will again. Do you really know the whole story? Were the two chihuahuas acting aggressive towards the pit bull at all? I'm not saying that the pit bull is innocent...not at all..but even a dog that likes other dogs will defend itself or even attack another dog if it feels threatened. I understand that in this specific case the pit bull probably is dog aggressive and that is unfornate because it just adds fuel to the growing arguement against pit bulls. I would say that if the pit bull did instigate the attack and the chihuahuas were not agitating it at all...then the dog will probably become a danger...it may not intentionally hurt a person but it might come down to that if it attacks another dog and someone tries to stop it. I hate to say it because it's a terrible thing...but if this is the case...the dog should be removed and if it's that aggressive towards dogs..it should probably be put to sleep.

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Sep 23, 2008

I'm surprised this hasn't been stated yet but dog aggression (DA) is not the same as human aggression (HA). The dog in question may never be a danger towards humans but could very well attack another dog again.

My heartdog, who passed away a few years ago, was a GSD who was extremely DA yet she adored children. I spent literally years in private training with her to curb that DA streak and it did help but not to the point that I ever considered her trustworthy around other dogs.

I recommend consulting an animal behaviorist and go from there. It is very possible to keep a DA dog and have a happy life but it also requires much more responsibility and dedication to ensure the safety of others. This is a serious matter that the dog's owner will have to consider in all aspects, including his legal liabilities. I always kept my GSD muzzled if in public for safety's sake.

I am very sorry for your sister-in-law's losses. I cannot imagine the horror of losing her little dogs that way.

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Anonymous
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Sep 22, 2008

The attack should be reported to Animal Control. Any dog who climbs a 6 foot fence to kill two dogs is a danger. The owner of the pit obviously isn't responsible enough to own such a powerful breed. It is a matter of time before the kid forgets to chain the dog back up and he will get out again. Animal Control needs to be contacted for other peoples saftey!

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Marta J.
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Sep 22, 2008

I watched the Michael Vick dog story on Dogtown. With the right training those dogs who where once killers are becoming well balanced dogs that will be placed in forever homes. Not all the dogs will make it, but they are being given the chance. This dog really needs to be evaluated and trained by a pro. If the dog is not neutered it needs to be. Most of the attacks in the US are from unneutered untrained dogs of all breeds. Hope this helps answer your question.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Sep 22, 2008

In my state, the law requires the dog to attack other animal(s) on more than one occasion (just two instances) then the animal warden will put the dog down. If the dog attacks a human just once, they'll put the dog down. You can check into your local laws (codes) to see what it says on the matter. Your sister should really read the laws and/or consult a lawyer. I'm pretty sure most states require that your sister report the incident to animal control.

Since the dog has established a history of attacking, your nephew will be legally responsible for whatever damage the dog causes in the future, whether it be to other property (including other pets) or to humans (medical bills, pain, suffering, legal fees) It depends on how old your nephew is and who owns the home where the dogs are being kept as to who will be named in the lawsuit. Your sister might be named in the law suit as well, especially if she doesn't report the matter or if she owns the house.

If your nephew is not going to train the dog, then it is very possible that they will attack animals again but it does not mean the dog will attack a human. It's always best to keep children away from all untrained dogs no matter what the breed. Chi's are far more aggressive than Pits but they are both in the top 10 for aggressiveness in dog breeds. I'm sorry for your sisters loss.

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ArayaNexus
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Sep 22, 2008

I'm sorry to hear about your sister's loss as well. And no, I wouldn't say that because an animal has killed once it will do it again. However the situation that brought the dog to the point of killing two other dogs should be addressed immediately before given the opportunity to get worse.

That said, there are reasons why this happened in the first place, and unless those reasons are addressed the potential for it to happen again is real.

Knowing as little as I do about the situation, first check local animal laws. There are often times regulations regarding animals that have attacked other animals. Being aware of these laws will be handy for future reference (since he's now an "offender", whether it's been recorded or not) and it's something often overlooked.

If Ivan is serious about keeping the dog, check with local animal control, shelters, and breed-specific clubs for a trainer who specializes in similar situations. There are plenty of reasons why this would happen, and it really helps to have a reputable, trained professional to help you identify them, and prevent them from happening again.

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Halan
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Sep 22, 2008

i think it is true pit bulls are horrible dogs hate to say it but its true

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Carly T.
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Sep 22, 2008

I don't think the dog will attack people, but it will probably go after small dogs and cats. So I would recommend he keep his dog away from other people's pets.

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HEATHER D.
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Sep 22, 2008

It sounds as though this pit bull has a high prey drive, which can be typical of this breed. It doesn't mean that the dog is going to harm a human. With the little bit of info that I have, it sounds as though the dog's owner isn't very responsible.

I'm very sorry for your sister's loss.

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kaytei b.
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Sep 22, 2008

The dog is no different than a humane with behavior problems. The character flaws need to be fixed through obidience training. No dog is just plain mean, its how he was brought up. You may need to consider a different fencing option, or try finding the dog a new home without kids or other pets. They are good loyal dogs, but can be very jealous too. Just consider what is best for the dog more than Ivan.

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