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Pit bull attack leaves multiple people injured (UPDATED 12:10 PM)


This news story was published on March 2, 2013.
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MASON CITY – Reports are now coming into the NIT newsroom that a pit bull attacked at least 5 people early Saturday morning in Mason City.

Mason City police confirmed the incident, which sources say took place near Washington School on the city’s North End at the 000 block of 9th Street NW at 12:35 AM.

One caller stated that a young lady has been in surgery for over five hours due to her injuries. Several others were taken to Mercy Hospital with serious injuries as well.

Mason City police said today in a press release that the dog was subdued and contained and is being held at the animal shelter pending further investigation.

Stay tuned to NIT for more on this developing story.

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163 Responses to Pit bull attack leaves multiple people injured (UPDATED 12:10 PM)

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    anon Reply Report comment

    March 7, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Val Flores was charged today with 3 counts.
    Having a vicious dog, allowing dog at large and no vaccines.
    Real upstanding responsible owner. Too bad it probably won’t be the last dog he abuses.
    Here’s another idea.
    Let’s turn a mean ass pit lose on him like he allowed his to attack his own Mother.

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      another brick in the mall Reply Report comment

      March 8, 2013 at 6:59 am

      well, thank God he wasn’t caught possessing a drug or he would’ve really got in trouble.

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        LVS Reply Report comment

        March 8, 2013 at 9:09 am

        @Fried Brains-yeh-if he had gotten in drug trouble you would have had to find another supplier.

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      Katie Reply Report comment

      March 8, 2013 at 11:20 pm

      It did not say there was no rabies vaccination. It said no current city animal license. Big difference. If there had been no current rabies vaccination, the dog would have been put down immediately to check its brain for rabies.

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    Backoff Haters Reply Report comment

    March 7, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    I think we need more Pit bull life saving stories posted don’t you?
    I have an idea lets post Val Flores Animal convictions all over on the net. Let it be known just HOW he treats his animals!

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    Just My Opinion Reply Report comment

    March 7, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    14-month-old killed by pit bull in Wisconsin today while at his babysitter’s…

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/03/06/pit-bull-attacks-kills-wisconsin-toddler/?cmpid=prn_step_leader_digital

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    Faye don't know shit Reply Report comment

    March 6, 2013 at 2:26 am

    Aww I feel so sorry for mama Flores!! This lady is a saint and her kids and grand kids have put her through hell!!it was the Flires family check Harley Huerta face book page she even has picture of her grandmas nite on her page!! 🙁 this dog needs to be shot! Nobody would ask me to do it if my dog bit anybody it would be gone!!!! God bless you Mama Flores!!

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 6, 2013 at 8:34 am

      I really don’t think anyone is actually blaming mama Flores, its not her fault her kids/grand kids trained that dog to fight! And its certainly not the dogs fault either. I bet he was following orders.

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        LVS Reply Report comment

        March 6, 2013 at 8:47 am

        @Anonymous-well there you go, Flores, Arp’s, Reich, Jones, Foster. All pillars of the community. What do you expect from these people? I am sure I have seen all of these names from time to time on the jail registry. Do you really think they care about laws? They just ignore the laws and fines and do what they want. They should never be allowed to own any animal, much less a Pit Bull.

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        anonymous Reply Report comment

        March 6, 2013 at 9:07 am

        But she no doubt knew about it. And tolerated the animal and allowed it around her grandchild. I feel bad she got attacked but maybe now she will wake up and stop tolerating bad behavior in her home. Her and her grandchild’s life are at stake! Chances are this won’t be the last pit her son will aqcuire to train to make money off.
        I’m tired of all the sugar coating. The only innocent one is the 3 yr. old.

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      anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 6, 2013 at 9:01 am

      A “saint”? Saints don’t raise hellions. Irresponsible parents do. I realize good parents can have wild teens but if kids are reared proper they grow out of that wildness. If momma is a saint she wouldn’t have tolerated the activity that brought this event on. Why was she allowing a 3 yr. old to be up running around at 12:30 a.m.? Momma’s an enabler.

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    Allen Reply Report comment

    March 5, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    This could be old news, but word on the street is that the owners name is Val, and that he had shot up the dog before it went crazy. Now this is just here say mind you, just street talk….

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      50 MILES SOUTH Reply Report comment

      March 5, 2013 at 8:57 pm

      if thats so, then they can test the dog for it and arrest the owner for animal cruelty. then the owner will be the one to blame, and those who wanted the dog killed can say that about the owner. since he is the only one at fault. IF TRUE

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        Katie Reply Report comment

        March 6, 2013 at 10:36 am

        It’s too late to test the dog for drugs now. It would have had to be done right away before they were metabolized.

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        50 MILES SOUTH Reply Report comment

        March 6, 2013 at 12:36 pm

        Katie: shame on the mason city police dept if they dont drug test the dog. I dont think all evidence of drug use would be gone from the dogs blood. since dogs shouldnt have ANY signs of drugs in their system. its not like they take cough medicine.

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      anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 6, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      If that’s true that dog may be going through withdrawal. It may not be the 1st time it’s been fed drugs. A dog’s body would react to drugs just as humans or other animals. Police should test the dogs blood and hair folicles. Poor dog.

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      LVS Reply Report comment

      March 7, 2013 at 2:47 pm

      @Allen-there is a Val Flores that just hit the jail roster today but I think that is the young one who was the wrestler and now fights MMA. He is in jail for contempt so if he is the one who fights he won’t be fighting there anymore. Like father like son.

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    another brick in the mall Reply Report comment

    March 5, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Look, you guys know I’m a free man and am always in favor of freedom. In this case I don’t think we need to ban any species, however we do need institute and two tier licensing system of some kind. Pit bull owners should be able to demonstrate more owner responsibility in some way.

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    Gma Jean Reply Report comment

    March 5, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    We need to destroy the breed all together. They are nothing bit trouble. Just like anyone that owns one of these nasty dogs.

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      Joao Do Carmo Reply Report comment

      March 5, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      Then we can destroy Rottweilers? Then German Shepherd, then Doberman Pinschers . . . ?

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      Sara Lynn Reply Report comment

      March 5, 2013 at 7:07 pm

      Really? Do your research. I have a Pit Bull who is a therapy dog, and my other one is a Canine Good Citizen. They should be destroyed? Shame on you. Don’t categorize me and thousands of other responsible owners. It’s people like you that make this world an awful place to live in. Check out http://www.atts.org where Pit Bulls have a higher rated temperament than most breeds, this is FACT. Also, they do not have locking jaws, this is also FACT. Don’t believe me? Better look that one up too from the University of Georgia by Dr. Brisbin. I have two college degrees and don’t need to explain what KIND of person I am to you. A dog is created to be good or bad by the owner. Every dog should be treated as an individual.

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    MrsS Reply Report comment

    March 5, 2013 at 11:45 am

    This isn’t the 1st time ANY breed attacked 5 people. I just can’t see a dog doing anything of the sort without being provoked, ie, abused or neglected. I’m sure if the police or animal control looks back through their call log, they have been called about this residence & pet before, lots of times. It makes no difference if this lady is 60 or older, if you’re mean to a pet, they get ticked off & don’t like you. Some of these people’s relatives lived next door to me before & had a puppy that they didn’t treat right…wonder if it’s the same dog. Damn shame that you don’t need to take an IQ test before getting a pet.

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    Lisbeth Reply Report comment

    March 5, 2013 at 9:45 am

    This isn’t the first time a pit bull attacked five people. Check out the video with this article, where a pit bull attacked five policemen. Didn’t end well for the pit bull, hehe.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-19149275

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    4ever49 Reply Report comment

    March 4, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    From the references used by posters here it appears approximately 60% of all dog attacks can be attributed to pit bulls.
    Pit bull lovers can dance all around the issue but the facts are just that – facts. Day in & day out we can predict that these animals will injure, maim & kill children and adults.
    Given that, Mason City should enact an ordinance prohibiting the further licensing of any pit bulls within the city limits and should a resident bring one in the charges start at the misdemeanor level.
    I know this would bring howls of “discrimination”, but people get real – this is an animal, not a person and discriminating means no more than making a choice, a choice for safety.

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      LVS Reply Report comment

      March 5, 2013 at 8:57 am

      @4ever-logic and common sense do not enter into this. Fear and emotion will rule the day. Having a Pit Bull is kind of like having a assault rifle without the 2nd amendment. All comments are ruled by fear and emotion. That being said, I agree with you.

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      Joao Do Carmo Reply Report comment

      March 5, 2013 at 10:59 am

      “Given that, Mason City should enact an ordinance prohibiting the further licensing of any pit bulls within the city limits and should a resident bring one in the charges start at the misdemeanor level.”

      Why not enact an ordinance prohibiting the further licensing of any vicious animal within the city limits and should a resident bring one in the charges start at the misdemeanor level; and be done with it?

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    Matt Marquardt Reply Report comment

    March 4, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Just an FYI here. KAAL TV in Austin came all the way down here to Mason City to shoot a picture of the street where this attack happened. Their story got no comments and not one Facebook like or share. Guess Minnesota folks don’t much care what happens here.

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      Katie Reply Report comment

      March 4, 2013 at 5:38 pm

      Matt, I see 8 likes, 1 share, and 68 comments on KAAL’s story on FB. Their news story had more info about whom was bitten than the local news. They said it was believed they were 4 family members and they all knew the dog.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 4, 2013 at 10:07 pm

      Some people in Rochester don’t even know where MC or C Lake is. All the more reason for KIMT to stop giving too much Minn. news. For sure Minn. people don’t tune in to KIMT for news.

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    Katie Reply Report comment

    March 4, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    KIMT just said that the dog has a current rabies vaccination. That is good news for the victims. The dog will have to be held for 10 days and then either destroyed or whatever is decided by the police. They didn’t name the dog’s owner and didn’t say the owner had been found. They also said that homeowner’s insurance could cover the medical costs for the victims, but that the insurance company would likely then drop the homeowner if the dog was not destroyed, or some such thing.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 4, 2013 at 6:29 pm

      “Could” is the operative word here. I won’t believe they’ll pay until I hear it from the homeowners ins. agent. I find it very hard to believe an insurance company would pay up. And KAAL doesn’t know for sure she has insurance. Not all homeowners do.

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        LVS Reply Report comment

        March 4, 2013 at 6:39 pm

        @Anonymous-If they rent and have renters insurance I would bet they won’t pay. Homeowners will pay the first time if covered because they are required to. Then they will cancel the policy if the owner decides to keep the dog.

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        Katie Reply Report comment

        March 4, 2013 at 6:53 pm

        It will be up to the insurance company, if there is one, and the victims’ lawyers to fight out. It depends on if the dog’s owner lived there and was covered by insurance or not. If the dog’s owner didn’t live there but the dog was staying there and the homeowner had insurance, new game. If no one has insurance, the dog owner is responsible, but what if he’s a turnip? Could the landlord become liable because he has insurance and the others don’t? A lawyer might try going after him. There are all kinds of interesting scenarios. It takes me back to a law class figuring out who might have financial liability.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        March 4, 2013 at 10:02 pm

        I’m inclined to think the taxpayers will foot this bill. Do they sound like responsible people that carry ins..? Mean pit running around house. 3 yr. old up running around at 12:30 a.m. Who knows what else was going on there.
        I don’t get why news site would even mention ins. “could” cover cost.
        LVS, I don’t think renters ins. covers dog bites. I have renters. Don’t see dog bites in policy.

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        Katie Reply Report comment

        March 4, 2013 at 10:15 pm

        Renters insurance may just cover contents. You can get personal property protection, liability protection, reimbursed living expenses, and/or guest medical expenses if you live in a rental, I believe. Smart people get everything unless they can move in with family in case of a disaster, and then hope it wasn’t a tornado that wiped out family as well.

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        50 MILES SOUTH Reply Report comment

        March 4, 2013 at 10:43 pm

        BINGO Katie… because renters may not actually purchase the right kind of insurance(if any). the insurance company will say the loss falls under an exclusion in the policy. been there… dropped after a claim in 1988. in that commercial claim, my quote for roof repair from a local roofing contractor was about $10,000. the Ins company found someone over 150 miles away to give a very low quote. then prorated that because of the age of the roof. my check was $1000. what an insult. then in 2005? I had a residential loss with another company, and was told that my insurance had been recently canceled and I should have received a registered letter about it. they refused to show proof that I got or signed any letter. In my opinion most insurance agents should be strung up, castrated and burned. then pissed on to put out the fire. my 90yo mother lost her home in the Parkersburg tornado. she had a $125,000 policy. they offered her $35,000 cash because she didnt plan on rebuilding. what an insult

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    Special Agent Molder Reply Report comment

    March 4, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    I love it when people try to defend their position without even acknowledging the facts. statistics don’t lie only infatuated pit bullvrs

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    another brick in the mall Reply Report comment

    March 4, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Look, let me tell you something. When you have a bunch of labs out there you can have stupid owners. You can’t do that with pits. I love all dogs but we simply have too many dip sticks around here. Everyone’s broke…feed yourself first, then get a dog.

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    anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 4, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Family “pits” have been known to attack and KILL children in the family. So the “gangbangers” make them mean excuse isn’t entirely true. Pits don’t have the common sense other dogs have. It lacks the ability to control it’s own actions. If it were just gangbangers training them to be mean we’d never hear of them killing children in suburban households. Yes other dogs bite. BITE NOT KILL like pits do.

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    mdk Reply Report comment

    March 3, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    This is what i’ve heard 2 of the victims were Flores grandma,dog went after 3 year old child, the grandma saved the child but the dog took her down after she handed child to someone else.Then dog took her and tore her arm up.She spent 5 hours in surgery.This lady is a small women and weighs around 90lbs and in her 60’s.It is really hard to believe they don’t know owner.Real lucky child wasn’t killed.

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      anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 3, 2013 at 6:50 pm

      Now watch some dodo claim the 3 yr. old provoked the attack and was picking on dog.
      And if this is all true then there probably won’t be a lawsuit. But no doubt taxpayers will foot the bill from hospitol.
      All preventable and disgusting.
      Thankfully the child is ok. Too many times children have paid the price for pit bull owners ego trips.

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      Wrong Reply Report comment

      March 4, 2013 at 8:07 am

      The only true part of that story is that the pit IS owned by a Flores. One of the victims who is 27 yrs old spent 5 hours in surgery.

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    anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 3, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Some of you are half right. This shouldn’t be as much about the dog as it should be about the owner. WHERE IS HE?! He should have been there. He shgoulkd be apologizing all over the place for the damage HIS animal did. Even if someone comes to your house YOUR pet should be trained NOT to bite. If a stranger steps into your fenced yard and bothers your tied up dog that is that person’s fault. But a loose dog biting people is CRIMINAL. So get off the “poor dog/poor owner” bandwagon.
    And any dog that bites when not provoked should be put down. Period end of story.

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      Katie Reply Report comment

      March 3, 2013 at 12:45 pm

      I don’t disagree. THIS dog needs to be put down. This owner will be very sorry if he didn’t have liability insurance. I’m telling all of you renters and homeowners out there who have pets: GET INSURANCE!!! A bite incident can ruin you financially. Landlords should require that their renters provide certificates of liability insurance, regardless if they have pets or not. Lots of people sneak pets in. If I were a landlord, I would NOT want any victims trying to come back on me for having a renter whose pet bit me and didn’t have coverage. This is a sue-happy society and people sue over a cat scratch or a slip on an icy sidewalk.

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        Joao do Carmo Reply Report comment

        March 3, 2013 at 12:58 pm

        “Landlords should require that their renters provide certificates of liability insurance, regardless if they have pets or not. Lots of people sneak pets in. If I were a landlord, I would NOT want any victims trying to come back on me for having a renter whose pet bit me and didn’t have coverage.”

        ?? Please connect the dots for me. How could a landlord be responsible for a renter’s dog bitting someone (specially if, as you say they “sneak pets in”).

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        Katie Reply Report comment

        March 3, 2013 at 2:12 pm

        People who sue are going to go after whomever they can and whomever has the deepest pockets. If a landlord allows pets, they’ll go after him. If a landlord doesn’t allow pets and doesn’t monitor a renter to make sure there are no pets, they’ll go after him. When a doctor screws up in surgery, the patient doesn’t just go after the doctor, s/he goes after the hospital, too, just because the hospital gave the doctor rights to work at that hospital. That’s just the way it goes.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        March 3, 2013 at 2:45 pm

        Connecting the dots is too hard for Katie. She just likes to color.

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        Vicious Dog Owner Reply Report comment

        March 3, 2013 at 6:11 pm

        FYI for anyone looking for insurance. I have an animal who is considered a “vicious dog” my insurance said they will not cover a few particular animals a few on the list were Rotts, German Shephards, Dobermans, and last but not least Pitbulls. It was worth checking into but no luck.

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    Katie Reply Report comment

    March 3, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    I wish the police would name the dog’s owner so the public could be on the look out for him or her.

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      anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 3, 2013 at 12:32 pm

      Do they actually know who the owner is? Obviously “mums the word” amoung those bitten. Or they (those bitten)would have pressed charges on the owner by now. I certainly would have insisted on it if I were a victim. This area is MC’s ghetto. And you know how tightlipped people are in the hood.

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      Jim Bob Reply Report comment

      March 3, 2013 at 1:52 pm

      Norris Hughes owner

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        Jim Bob Reply Report comment

        March 3, 2013 at 3:21 pm

        Sorry, I was wrong about Norris Hughes being the owner. Family members bit.

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        People are responsible not the dogs Reply Report comment

        March 3, 2013 at 7:53 pm

        Of course that would be the dogs owner someone who has been in trouble multiple times who does not care for their animal. And if the dog truly went after a 3 yr old who in their right mind has a 3 yr old out at one am and not only that this is the problem the wrong people get their hands on good dogs and the rest of us suffer for it. Well I know if a pit bull ban gets attempted in mc they will have a large battle on their hands and if it goes through they will lose a lot of good citizens due to a few bad ones! That side of town will never change and neither will the trouble causing druggy families involved I feel sorry for even a dog who belongs to those people

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    Publius Reply Report comment

    March 3, 2013 at 1:12 am

    Can I be the one who gets to put this dog down?

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      Lets put the owner down Reply Report comment

      March 3, 2013 at 9:35 am

      Only if I can be the one to put YOU down!

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      kfc wings Reply Report comment

      March 3, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      What a vicious statement! The dog is not at fault is is the owner and how it was raised!!

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        Publius Reply Report comment

        March 4, 2013 at 2:13 am

        Sooooo, you wanna watch me put it down then?

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    Jim Bob Reply Report comment

    March 3, 2013 at 12:22 am

    You’re right! Pitbulls are great dogs, no worries! And Republicans care about the middle class and Dick Cheney has a heart and Mayor Boozmeyer is a great leader! WAKE UP!

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    Bullie Pulpit Reply Report comment

    March 2, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    All 5 people knew the dog, but the owner wasn’t there? It sounded on the 10 PM news as if they still hadn’t located the dog’s owner. I’m guessing the dog must have a current rabies vaccination or else it would have been put down immediately to be checked for rabies so the victims could be treated prophylactically ASAP if necessary.

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      People are responsible not the dogs Reply Report comment

      March 3, 2013 at 7:55 pm

      The dog won’t be put down immediately you cannot check for rabies that’s why they Hold them 7 to 10 days to watch for rabies to develop

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        Bullie Pulpit Reply Report comment

        March 3, 2013 at 8:06 pm

        Baloney. You can put the dog down immediately and check the brain for rabies, particularly if the dog does not have a current rabies vaccination. Or, if the dog has a current vaccination, the dog may be held for 10 days to be observed for signs of rabies. Then it may be euthanized or released from quarantine.

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    concerned neighbor Reply Report comment

    March 2, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    I have been a homeowner very near this location for 15 years, and I think the authorities need to realize the true problem. I have watched the rental property numbers spread over the area surrounding Casey’s, and the owners seem to rent to any low-life trash that pays the rent with some type of government aid. Along with this type of renter, you get crime and pure human stupidity. I am an animal lover, and I feel that certain breeds of animals can cause more harm than others…any pet can attack you, be it a cat, bird, reptile, or even your cute and fuzzy hamster! How can you control the owners? Good question…more rules about obtaining a pet? How do you control that? I wonder how many unlicensed dogs and cats run our streets? Maybe landlords need to be held accountable for who and what they have living in their property. The neighborhood is going downhill fast, and I worry about my children’s safety in our own yard…mine too.

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      anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 3, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      The entire area from 2nd SW on the S end (with Fed. as E border & Monroe as W border)to 11th NW has become MC’s new Section8 hood. Same on E side of Fed. from 1st SE to 15 th NE. with Penn. as E border.
      So I stay away…far far away.

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    50 MILES SOUTH Reply Report comment

    March 2, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    I would assume that the dog said to himself. 12:30 in the morning? what the hell are you doing out that late and on my property? 5 people bit. looks to me like the dog was protecting his property like all dogs do. Any dog owner will tell you that a dog can sense if a person is good or bad. However more facts need to come out before everyone commits this breed to death.

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      Xylon ll Reply Report comment

      March 2, 2013 at 10:51 pm

      Your like one of those people who thinks you can get away with smoking until the Doc shows them their chest x-ray with an english muffin growing on their lung! You must be praying that those five people were burglars or maybe al-qaeda, and Mason City will have a parade for the “hero” dog. You people are delusional! It doesn’t matter!
      This is a breed that can take down 5 or more people and can only be stopped with an ounce of lead or someone deadly accurate with a tire iron. Just think about your daughter or grand-daughter coming home from school and tell you about the funny many in baggy pants and a tattoos that let her pet his pit bull.

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        jake Reply Report comment

        March 3, 2013 at 7:46 am

        Xylon ll-u sound like a complete moron thus your argument to me is invalid. nothing wrong with people having tattoos and yes it does matter who owned the dog and what the situation at the time was obviously, and who are you to say anything? funny u can run your mouth under a fake alias so that you can say outrageous things, pitbull owners should be put down to? your a child

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      anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 3, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      What an ignorant statement! If you weren’t there how in the hell would you know 5 people tresspassed? And WHERE is the OWNER? He/she hasn’t showed up yet. Probably because they don’t want to foot the $1000’s of medical bills HIS animal caused. MC has an ordinance that ALL dogs must be LEASHED when not on home property. duuuuh. Case closed. OWNER GUILTY.

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    jake Reply Report comment

    March 2, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    this is dumb…point is the story is unfinished…still dont know why he attacked who the owner is or the people involed or what the living situation was…cant blame a dog for defending itself (if that was the case) but we just dont know im sure he didnt just attack

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      sickastupd Reply Report comment

      March 2, 2013 at 9:33 pm

      Why are you so sure he didn’t just attack? It’s obvious that the breed has a high incidence of doing great harm – unprovoked. How do you know this dog didn’t?

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        jake Reply Report comment

        March 2, 2013 at 9:53 pm

        how do you know he did attack for no reason? and as far as your “high incidence” goes i will give you that. but what do you know about the kind of people that own pitbulls? a lot of them want them because of what people portray them as and a great deal of people want them hence they are over bred. ive been around a lot of them and ive never met a killer pitbull or even an aggressive one and my dog shouldnt be looked down upon because somebody else couldnt handle his. pitbulls are not for everyone and some people straight up should not own a dog.

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        Xylon ll Reply Report comment

        March 2, 2013 at 10:36 pm

        Who gives a rats arse what the owners are like!!! We wouldn’t been reading about this if they owned Chihuahua or Poodles or other bad tempered dogs. Pit Bulls get bad press because they’re a BAD BREED…period. ALL dogs can bite. Pits, Dobes, etc were bred to go beyond that. Pit owners live in this testosterone fantasy world that they can tame this wild beast. Bangers own them because they can walk around with their gun outside their pants. ALL humans are fallible. ALL kennels, and containment are escapable. I wish they’d not only put down the dog, but the owners too, but that’s not gonna happen. So there’s only one recourse…get rid of this breed from within the city limits. You can’t do one damn thing about the owners except take their dogs away.

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      anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 3, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      Yeah the end of the story would be the owner comong forward with an apology and some money to pay the medical bills. And him putting the dog down. Unless the people were standing around poking the dog with sticks this dog ATTACKED! duuuuuh. Any other ignorant questions? Maybe you’d like to go visit the “nice little doggy and give it a hug”. sheeeesh.

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    sickastupd Reply Report comment

    March 2, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    This report was compiled by the editors of Animal People, and comes to these conclusions:

    Number of humans attacked by dogs in fatal and disfiguring cases: 3394.

    Dog breed in these attacks:

    Pit Bull – 2113, or 60%.

    The report makes the conclusion that pit bulls must be handled with special consideration and be subject to specific regulations and requirements appropriate to the risk they pose.

    These are animal people. They are not pit bull haters. And they know that pit bulls are dangerous and should be kept contained at all times, or be banned altogether.

    http://images.bimedia.net/documents/Dog+attack+stats+with+breed+2012.pdf

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      sickastupd Reply Report comment

      March 2, 2013 at 8:50 pm

      Oh, and poodles were named in 4 attacks. That percentage of the total is .020

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        anonymous Reply Report comment

        March 3, 2013 at 12:52 pm

        It cracks me up when pit bull owners claim poodles bite too. Yeah right…but do you ever see poodles used for guard dogs? Pit bull owners choose pits because they know that breed can be very vicious unprovoked. Pits have killed babies. But no pit owners will bring proof of poodles killing babies.
        Thanx for posting that info. Saved me the time. 🙂

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        People are responsible not the dogs Reply Report comment

        March 3, 2013 at 8:00 pm

        Poodles attack more it just doesn’t get reported actually my child was attacked by one last summer! Hmmmm wonder why the media didn’t cover that story? Or why that dog didn’t have to be put down but the pit bull should be? Same law should apply to all!

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      50 MILES SOUTH Reply Report comment

      March 2, 2013 at 9:57 pm

      does the report state that all 60% of the pit bulls were dna tested to be sure they were pits? or did the people doing the report assume that they must have been a pit cause they looked big and mean? because of this, the report results can be assumed totally different than actual facts. even from those that love animals. OR did the animal lovers doing the research actually see every (pit bull?)

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        anonymous Reply Report comment

        March 3, 2013 at 12:10 pm

        Why do you think gangbangers or others who want to act tough choose pits? BECAUSE PITS ARE DANGEROUS AND WILL ATTACK to the death upon command! duuuh. If that wasn’t true they’d own poodles. GET IT?! Gangbangers want an ATTACK DOG not a dog that will have an inborn docile personality. They want an animal that KILLS! Comprende’?

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        People are responsible not the dogs Reply Report comment

        March 3, 2013 at 8:01 pm

        Most clai

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      XDM owner Reply Report comment

      March 3, 2013 at 7:53 am

      Report: U.S. Dog Bite Fatalities January 2006
      to December 2008
      A 2009 report issued by DogsBite.org shows that 19 dog breeds contributed to 88 deaths in a recent 3-year period. Pit bulls accounted for 59% followed by rottweilers with 14%.
      Of the 88 fatal dog attacks recorded by DogsBite.org, pit bull type dogs were responsible for 59% (52). This is equivalent to a pit bull killing a U.S. citizen every 21 days during this 3-year period.
      The data also shows that pit bulls commit the vast majority of off-property attacks that result in death. Only 18% (16) of the attacks occurred off owner property, yet pit bulls were responsible for 81% (13).
      “The off-property statistical data about pit bulls shows just how dangerous they are.” She noted that six senior citizens were killed under these circumstances: “Two were killed while standing in their own backyard,” she said. “Four others were killed while taking a morning walk or getting the mail.”

      http://www.dogsbite.org/dogsbite-newsroom-2009-dogsbite-three-year-fatality-study.php

      More FACTS!

      http://www.dogsbite.org/dangerous-dogs-pit-bull-faq.php

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    Jason Reply Report comment

    March 2, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Looks like the address of Devin Flores another wannabe gangsta.

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    jake Reply Report comment

    March 2, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    people please stop saying that pitbulls are nothing but killers and bloodsuckers thats not even an intelligent thought to have…people do way more damage and we dont label ourselves that way…people kill and make bad decisions, dogs (yes including pitbulls) are innocent

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      People are responsible not the dogs Reply Report comment

      March 2, 2013 at 7:08 pm

      Very much agreed! It would be nice if for once the people who made the dog if it was even a pit bull were punished instead of always blaming and killing the dogs and letting the people continue to live free only paying a fine!

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        anonymous Reply Report comment

        March 3, 2013 at 12:18 pm

        Of course it’s not the dogs fault it was trained centuries ago to be a killer. We get that. But killing is inbedded now and too late. If I were attacked I’d rather it be by a Shepherd than a pit. A Shepherd’s or other dogs instincts is to bite or hold someone down. A pit to Kill!

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    Observer Reply Report comment

    March 2, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    I have yet to meet on pit bull terrier that was behaved as a pet should be. They do not heel, they are allowed to bother others, they use other peoples properties as their own open sewer.

    I have said this before, and I truly mean it, people who cannot control their animals, should not be allowed to have them. Any animal who accosts a human, no matter the situation, it’s owner should be fined $5,000 and give up the pet.

    People would learn that they either need to properly train the animals, or be very rich.

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      jake Reply Report comment

      March 2, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      how many pitbulls have you been around?

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        Observer Reply Report comment

        March 2, 2013 at 7:28 pm

        Quite a few, not one of them properly trained. To the degree that when I see one, I cross the street. One was chained to a large box and refused to let me get near the entrance of a store, nearly choking itself on it’s leash. One ignorant man seeing I did not want to go near his animal, set it loose to run after me.

        If there are properly trained pit bulls out there, I have yet to meet one in this city.

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      People are responsible not the dogs Reply Report comment

      March 2, 2013 at 7:14 pm

      Observer you can come meet my pit bulls cause I train dogs and mine exceed the standards of what a pet should be! What pet wouldn’t use a yard to go to bathroom if allowed that’s the silliest statement I’ve ever heard, and as for bothering citizens what about all those yappie little designer dogs that don’t do anything but bark? I think everyone needs to remember we are talking about an animal here how do they communicate? They bark! How do we train them? To go to the bathroom outside ! Geesh the owners are at fault why was their dog loose and where were they? It not the dogs fault it has irresponsible owners! Stupid people should be banned not pit bulls!

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        Observer Reply Report comment

        March 2, 2013 at 7:38 pm

        First off, I will not go near your dog. After 15 stitches as young man from “the kindest dog around”, there is no desire to experience it again.

        Second, what a dog does in the owners yard is their business, what they do on my property is mine. And my yard is not an open sewer. My grass nor bushes nor beds are not some litter-box for ill-trained pets.

        No matter what kind of dog one has, it should be trained to obey it’s owners commands. That includes the proper place and time to defecate or urinate. It should behave around others in a manner that will not alarm or accost strangers.

        That includes barking. Constant uncontrolled barking is a sign the animal does what it whats when it wants, or the owner is insensitive to it’s needs. It is up to the owner to set parameters on when it is appropriate.

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        People are responsible not the dogs Reply Report comment

        March 2, 2013 at 8:34 pm

        @ observer , my point exactly everything you just said points back to the owners. It’s not the dogs fault and I’m sorry you’re scared of pit bulls but at the same time it’s because of people like you and your biased opinions that the dogs get the undeserved rep they have. I personally don’t care what people think about the breed because deep down all that really matters is the truth. I own them I train them and I know what they are capable of yet any dog is capable of attacking they are an animal it’s their only defense. But at the same time people like you who go out of their way to make the breed look bad is what rubs me the wrong way. Ok so maybe you have met dogs that aren’t trained but that doesn’t mean that all are that way! Mine are trained in fact they go to the hospital to visit kids and they go to nursing homes to visit and opportunity village etc so you can’t blame an entire breed due to the ones you have came in contact with. If that was the case humans should be banned too cause I’ve met a few pretty bad ones so if we are pointing fingers here than nothing in this world is good

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        jake Reply Report comment

        March 2, 2013 at 8:59 pm

        mine is pretty well trained, still a puppy though but still

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      MrsS Reply Report comment

      March 3, 2013 at 4:29 pm

      Come meet my dogs then. You’re obviously not out & about much to make such an ignorant statement about them. I walk my dogs daily all around. And yes, there’s only one Animal Control officer, she goes out on calls….well sometimes, the rest of the time it’s the police doing HER job for her. The rest of the time she sits her big butt at the shelter doing diddly squat. She has PLENTY of time & there’s PLENTY of money to hire her an assistant & for them to patrol the city in between calls. Even when she’s out on calls she won’t do anything about abused pets. Too much work for her? Then fire her & find somebody else for that job. This dog was obviously abused & mistreated & had enough & fought back. Ever seen a dog get mad & attack more than one person? There’s way more to this story, illegal activity & abuse. Bottom line, it’s the people’s responsibility not the dogs when they bite. No matter what breed & yes a German Shepard or other large dog can do a lot of damage too. After finding out about this dogs living conditions & the way he/she was treated, I’d like to shake the dogs paw for standing up for his/herself. One of my biggest annoyances is when good dogs happen to bad people.

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    People are responsible not the dogs Reply Report comment

    March 2, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Actually labs have put people on the hospital and so have chihuahuas and also poodles as well as many other breeds! It’s not just pits! I have trained dogs for years dogs aren’t born evil people make them that way! The people responsible for this dog should be held responsible and what were the other people doing out on the north end walking around that late? Going to rob a property or something? Maybe the dog was provoked anyone think of that? Most normal people won’t be walking around the trash end of town at almost 1 am .

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    Joao do Carmo Reply Report comment

    March 2, 2013 at 6:18 pm


    “Modernly significant pit bulls are: Weela, who helped save 32 people, 29 dogs, 3 horses, and 1 cat;[27] Popsicle, a five-month-old puppy originally found nearly dead in a freezer, who grew to become one of the nation’s most important police dogs;[28] Norton, who was placed in the Purina Animal Hall of Fame after he rescued his owner from a severe reaction to a spider bite;[29] Titan, who rescued his owner’s wife, who would have died from an aneurysm, and D-Boy, who took three bullets to save his family from an intruder with a gun.[30]”

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      People are responsible not the dogs Reply Report comment

      March 2, 2013 at 6:25 pm

      Nicely said! These dogs are amazing! They just like kids unfortunately can’t choose who their parents are! It’s stupid people that get their hands on an amazing dog and torture it and ruin it! These dogs are more capable of live and forgiveness than any other breed yet the people who make them mean remain innocent while dogs get killed for their stupidity !!!!!!

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        badpontiac Reply Report comment

        March 3, 2013 at 5:50 pm

        They need to ban these dogs just like Manly did.

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    rukidding Reply Report comment

    March 2, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    We either need to ban this breed or the punks that own them. Some people want to have one of these dogs not for pets but to act like they are a tough guy. I know people will say its not the dog fault but until we can eliminate the stupid owners the dog needs to go. Making people prove they have insurance would be a step in the right direction but some loser’s will slip through the cracks and we will have more incidence like this.

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      People are responsible not the dogs Reply Report comment

      March 2, 2013 at 6:33 pm

      Half the time people say they were attacked by a pit bull and it ends up not even being a pit bull. My question is what were these people out doing at one am on the north end in the first place? And what did they do to the dog to make it attack ? Usually a dog doesn’t just run up and attack you out of nowhere . Banning pit bulls is only going to force all the good dog owners out of town and the ones who stay will get another breed that will do the same thing! If it was even really a pit bull to begin with the owners should be in Trouble but no the sad reality is the dog will be killed again and the stupid cowardly ignorant humans will go on with their trashy lives and get another dog that will be allowed to do it again? It is not the pit bus fault! It’s the people’s !

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    #*#* Reply Report comment

    March 2, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    With all the trouble they have with this type of dog, maybe you should need some type of liabilty insurance to cover injuries that people recieve from them when they go off on someone.Going to the hospital isn’t cheap.Some dog owners don’t control or have a chain on their dogs.Many dogs I’m sure aren’t keep up on rabbies vac either.What is needed is responsible dog owners.Isn’t the dogs fault they act crazy it is the people who raise them.MC Dogowner

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 2, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    My sister was one of the people bitten, and she was just leaving a friends house at 12:30 on a Friday night and a dog bit her real bad. She lost a lot of blood and had to have surgery. She’s not abusive to animals and did anything to the dog to provoke it.

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      jake Reply Report comment

      March 2, 2013 at 5:42 pm

      your sister might not have but did anybody do anything? How old was the dog? how shitty were they ppl that owned him? what events were going on right before the attack? I seriously doubt that he just started attacking ppl 4 no reason at all

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    Matt Reply Report comment

    March 2, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    THAT’S IT!! Obama should fly all over the country campainging to ban “High Capacity Assault Pits”.

    It’s time for a vote! We deserve a vote!!!

    Too many people are getting hurt or killed by people with Assault Pits. BAN THEM FROM EVERYONE!!

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      Matt Reply Report comment

      March 2, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      Screw it! He should just ban everything. Just to be safe. Ban the damn sunlight, it’s giving me cancer. You know how many people die each year due to Melanoma!?

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    Joao do Carmo Reply Report comment

    March 2, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    “Kimon said someone broke into his Bradenton home Friday night when he and his children were sleeping.
    He said he woke up when he heard his dog [a pit bull] attacking the intruder.”

    “The family’s hero is their pit bull, D-boy.” D-boy was shot three times, altogether. The intruder, apparently spooked, took off out the front
    door.”

    “Pet pit bull drags woman to safety” “But when Sorrells stepped on an icy patch in
    the back yard, she slipped and broke her right foot.
    ‘I just had on some thin sleep pants and a Tshirt,’
    Sorrells said. ‘Even if I yelled, nobody would be able to hear me from the back yard.'”

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    'Nonymus Reply Report comment

    March 2, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Ban, ban, ban! Ban guns, ban pit bulls, ban marijuana, ban meth, ban all the other illegal drugs. That has worked out so well for everybody. Just look at the results of banning alcohol during prohibition did. Just stupid! It didn’t work in the past and won’t work in the future. Quit banging the “ban drum” and let law enforcement deal with each individual case as the laws our forefathers drew up were meant to be enforced. Maybe we need to ban the word BAN.

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      another brick in the mall Reply Report comment

      March 2, 2013 at 1:58 pm

      Hey, there’s lots of money in banning! It is itself addictive.

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      50 MILES SOUTH Reply Report comment

      March 2, 2013 at 9:36 pm

      you forgot to BAN the child molesting catholic priests.

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    chanel Reply Report comment

    March 2, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Dont ban pitz just cuz this one insident dont you fools know a pit never hurt no one till it goded into a fight this pit was harmless and want in dog fights it was loved

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      Hamburger helper Reply Report comment

      March 2, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      You type/talk like a retard.

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        chanel Reply Report comment

        March 2, 2013 at 1:44 pm

        U might think so til i n my homies roll up

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        Observer Reply Report comment

        March 2, 2013 at 6:32 pm

        No one could understand what he/she was saying.

        Can we get an interpreter?

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      jp Reply Report comment

      March 2, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      It doesn’t matter how many homies you have. Your terrible spelling is just plain ignorant. Go back to school.

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    another brick in the mall Reply Report comment

    March 2, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    I just wanted to mention that I don’t advocate removing loving pets from families like Manly did. I would allow all current pit owners to keep their dogs until they passed away. Pit crosses may be an entirely separate issue.

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      Katie Reply Report comment

      March 2, 2013 at 1:19 pm

      Pit crosses. Hmmm. I’d love to see a requirement that cities have to DNA all these “pit bulls” before they can ban them. They aren’t even an AKC registered breed, so how are they going to prove what they are? If I had a so-called pit bull and a city outlawed them, I’d have mine DNA-ed to see what it came back as breed-wise. I don’t think the tests are that expensive. A friend of mine had her little mixed breed done for fun and it came back something entirely different than it looked like. The report gave percentages of each breed that was in the make-up of the dog. So a dog that looks like a pit bull might be mostly Boxer with a little Lab and poodle thrown in. Don’t just cave in to animal control when it comes to this issue!

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    just the facts Reply Report comment

    March 2, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    And when was the last time a toy poodle took five people?

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      jake Reply Report comment

      March 2, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      you cant compare a pitbull to a toy poodle

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      MrsS Reply Report comment

      March 2, 2013 at 12:32 pm

      I’m sure other large breed dogs have….I know of one that attacked 3 just last month, not a Pitbull, so you never heard about it. Bottom line is all dogs are capable of biting. I’m curious as to what 5 people were doing at 12:35 am….???? Sounds like the dog was more than likely fed up with being abused.

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        happyguy Reply Report comment

        March 2, 2013 at 4:22 pm

        now its the peoples fault for being out late. You are getting nuttier

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      jake Reply Report comment

      March 2, 2013 at 12:33 pm

      obviously toy poodles are not capable of doin that duh

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        Just the facts Reply Report comment

        March 2, 2013 at 12:58 pm

        Duh, jakey, I was referring to the earlier post about banning chiuauas and poodles. THEY don’t rip your face off !!!!!

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        People are responsible not the dogs Reply Report comment

        March 2, 2013 at 8:20 pm

        Actually a Pomeranian was euthanized last summer for ripping an infants face to shreds looked line ground hamburger so any dog is capable of doing that!

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      People are responsible not the dogs Reply Report comment

      March 2, 2013 at 7:24 pm

      My child got attacked by a poodle last summer should we ban them too? DNA tests should be done on every dog that attacks that is judged a pit bull due to looks cause I’ve been on the intake end and I can guarantee you half of those dogs weren’t pit bulls and the media jumped all over publicly criticizing pit bulls yet when the dog was proven not to be not once did the media correct themselves! Pit bulls get a bad rep due to ignorant people, ignorant owners, ignorant accusers and ignorant people who are easily persuaded by the opinions and stereotypes of others!

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    MrsS Reply Report comment

    March 2, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    And exactly what were these 5 people doing when they were attacked? Is the media ever going to report attacks by other breeds because I know of a few in the last month. Pitbulls are good dogs, they need a loving owner & responsible owners, same as ANY OTHER DOG. All large breed dogs do damage when they bite someone. Banning dogs isn’t the answer, maybe if Animal Control would actually do something about abuse & neglect before the dog gets mad & fights back, everything would be ok. I don’t know how many times I’ve called in neglect or abuse cases & they do NOTHING about it. Then the dog gets fed up with being treated like crap & bites, then it’s the dogs fault?! PLEASE! Bull$hit. The media sensationalizing bad Pitbull behavior & nothing else makes it bad for these loving dogs who have good homes or dogs that are up for adoption. Never met a “bad” Pitbull, in Mason or anywhere else.

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      happyguy Reply Report comment

      March 2, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      Mrs S so you are blaming the police and animal control!!! You are nuts

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      People are responsible not the dogs Reply Report comment

      March 2, 2013 at 7:36 pm

      Exactly! Our animal control sucks! This whole city sucks! People are allowed to starve their dogs and neglect them leaving them tied up and that’s ok but then when an unsocialized neglected animal bites someone no one can figure of why? Really!

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      John Reply Report comment

      March 3, 2013 at 10:47 am

      Mrs. S.
      let’s roll with your idea of putting blame on Animal Control. We have one animal control officer in this town. To accomplish what you are saying here and make them responsible to monitor all of these pet owners, we could set up a whole new department here in town called “The Department of Pet Services.” They could go, visit the homes, interview the owners, blah, blah, blah. Of course this will take a lot of money, I suggest that we divide the cost of this new department equally between every Dog owner in Mason City. Are you good with that Mrs. S?

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    dog lover Reply Report comment

    March 2, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I have 2 Chihuahuas, animal lover, I’d rather fight them off than a pitbull. Pitbulls are great dogs, we’ve destroyed the breed with irresponsible owners, worthless humans who participate in dog fights, and people who think they’re cool, don’t care for them properly and end up taking them to the shelter. At the end of the day pitbulls are animals bred in the beginning for protection, and to take down strong, massive animals. They are to be enclosed at all times, in a large area to run, exercised daily, and loved within the family with adult supervision at all times. Pitbulls don’t have a chance around this area, too much irresponsibility…they should be banned, bottom line.

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      another brick in the mall Reply Report comment

      March 2, 2013 at 12:12 pm

      Well said, agreed.

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      jake Reply Report comment

      March 2, 2013 at 12:15 pm

      well in that case better ban any breed that ever attacked anybody

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      MrsS Reply Report comment

      March 2, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      Yeah, that’s complete ignorance on your part. I’m a responsible Pitbull owner. Don’t lump everyone into one group. We’re all individuals & so are dogs. Let’s ban bad owners or maybe arrest them & punish them for treating their dogs bad, but again, no, animal control & the police do nothing to hold people accountable. Dogs shouldn’t be held responsible for their actions, they are all raised a certain way & yes that can be rehabilitated. All 3 of my adopted dogs are proof of that.

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        Really!!! Reply Report comment

        March 2, 2013 at 12:25 pm

        They may be good dogs with people, but if I owned one I’d sure be Leary having it out with other dogs. They may be people lovers but not other strange dog lovers. Besides what are the police supposed to do? Grab them out of the house or attempt to take them legally while all the while the dog owner says their dog is a good dog. I think they think it’s a useless battle.

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      MrsS Reply Report comment

      March 2, 2013 at 12:28 pm

      Um, Pretty sure the police & animal control know the difference between responsible owners & idiots. Even I can drive around town & tell the difference. Derr. And yes, mine are good with eachother & our neighbor dogs, I don’t know too many dogs that are amazing with strange dogs.

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        Really!!! Reply Report comment

        March 2, 2013 at 12:39 pm

        If I were out walking a small dog and we met up with a Pit, I’d grab up my dog and I bet you one thing, I’d be the one bit before we got out of there. sad. but true!!

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    another brick in the mall Reply Report comment

    March 2, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Most people don’t understand that pits were bred to kill other dogs, not people but are protective.

    Pits should be banned NOT because of attacks on people which any dog can do, but be banned because these dogs have a deep seated drive to attack OTHER DOGS. Yes, a good trainer can overcome this on most dogs, but most people are terrible trainers.

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      jake Reply Report comment

      March 2, 2013 at 11:56 am

      are you a professional on pitbulls? really I just want to know where you got your information that pitbulls were bred to kill dogs?

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    jake Reply Report comment

    March 2, 2013 at 11:48 am

    pitbulls should not be banned because some ppl are irresponsible…that person should never of had a dog in the first place whoever it was

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    jake Reply Report comment

    March 2, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Whos dog was it, how did it get loose and were there any previous problems with the dog are all questions that should be asked

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      Matt Marquardt Reply Report comment

      March 2, 2013 at 11:48 am

      Agreed. We will see what the MCPD says. We do have more information coming as well.

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      Katie Reply Report comment

      March 2, 2013 at 11:58 am

      Yes. I want to hear who the owner was, if it was vaccinated or not, if was spayed or neutered or not, if it had been trained for protection or not, and if it was used for fighting or not. There’s a huge difference in the type of pit bull owners.

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        LVS Reply Report comment

        March 2, 2013 at 6:33 pm

        @Katie-as of 6:00 PM on the news they still had not found the owner. They did say that all five people attacked knew the dog and when the find the owner they will probably file charges. Meanwhile the dog is in a shelter somewhere here in town and will probably be put down.

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    animal lover Reply Report comment

    March 2, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Pit bulls are great family dogs and are meant for one owner. It is how you train and treat your dog. While we are trying to ban pit bulls should we ban chiuauas and poodles? They can be mean too.

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      Xylon ll Reply Report comment

      March 2, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      Pit Bulls are not mean… they are destructive! The bloody sock you get from your vicious Chihuahua (spelled correctly) or poodle is light years from a surgeon reattaching your muscles and tendons. I don’t know how a more ludicrous of a comparison you can make. How absolutely ridiculous and obtuse can you be?

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    Mr. Bojangles Reply Report comment

    March 2, 2013 at 11:35 am

    These dogs do not belong in the City or any town no matter how good they have always been. They can turn in an instant just like you hear about all too often.

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    Xylon ll Reply Report comment

    March 2, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Another “I don’t know what got into him/her? He/she has always been a big puppy and licks my face every morning…I never in a thousand years thought Puddles would do this.”

    I know…Pit Bulls don’t kill people, Pit Bull owners do! Total BS! Pits kill people…they can’t help themselves.

    I’m sure hope’n this is the death nell for this breed in this town.

    What’s the difference between a Pit and a gun? One has a safety.

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      ds Reply Report comment

      March 2, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      you are a complete idiot. They only reason you think that is because the news shows u pitbull attacks all the time. how many labs do u think bite people every year? Ive seen little toy breed dogs that are way more aggresive than my pitbull. ITs not the breedd its the idiots who think there cool to have a massive pit and make it mean> my pug and my pitbull get along just fine so quit with that they can snap at anytime bullshit

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        Xylon ll Reply Report comment

        March 2, 2013 at 5:45 pm

        ds should be bs. When’s the last time a lab has put multiple people in the hospital. Check the CDC registry for deaths by breed. These ghetto gang-banger dogs are way out in front. It makes news just like when a great white nails a surfer, it’s a profound savage death or maiming! They weren’t bred to herd cattle, retrieve ducks, or even guard property…THEY WERE BRED TO BE THROWN INTO A PIT WITH ANOTHER PIT AND ONLY ONE COMES OUT!!!! What part of PIT don’t you understand. This didn’t happen over night it took hundreds of years. When a bitch had pups the most aggressive large ones were saved to fight and breed and the rest were hit with a club and thrown in a river. I am a life long dog owner and a gun owner I strongly believe there are guns the public should not have and I believe there are dogs that should not be allowed in City Limits. Do some research and you’ll see the majority o human deaths caused by pits are children and the elderly and most are relatives of the owners. Your pit needs to die…period.

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        Joao do Carmo Reply Report comment

        March 2, 2013 at 6:11 pm

        “These dogs were initially bred in England, and arrived in the United States with the founders. In the U.S., these dogs were used as catch dogs for semi-wild cattle and hogs, to hunt, to drive livestock, and as family companions.”

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        jake Reply Report comment

        March 2, 2013 at 6:28 pm

        Xylon ll-where are you getting your info from? doesnt sound like a legit place

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        Joao Do Carmo Reply Report comment

        March 2, 2013 at 8:34 pm

        “One of the most high-profile dog maulings was revealed at the end of 2005 when French mother Isabelle Dinoire received the world’s first face transplant. She lost her nose, lips and chin during the attack by her pet Labrador while she slept.”

        ” dog is being held under veterinary quarantine after a nine-year-old boy attending the a day camp in the Kolapore Uplands was bitten, Tuesday. The dog that bit the camper is a male Border Collie/Labrador retriever cross . . ”

        “west of Alderwood Lake Reservoir in Helvetia, Ore., when a Labrador attacked the girl.”

        “He was one of three customers in the store bitten by the black Labrador/German shepherd mix. One of the victims was a terrified young boy who ran out of the store before he could be identified.”

        “According to a police report, the 41-year-old, who was at the park with a group of people, encountered a man who was walking a Labrador and asked to pet it. When she began flailing her arms, the dog bit her in the lip. “

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        anonymous Reply Report comment

        March 4, 2013 at 10:32 am

        Then why don’t dog fighters and gangbanger get poodles? I’ll tell you why. Because when pits attack they attack to the death! Other dogs will bite to let you know they aren’t happy with someone either teasing them or to protect their “supposed” territory. But it’s rare to find a breed of dog other than pits that will attack and kill a child UNPROVOKED. So some people get pits because they know the dog makes a good guard dog because it’s easily trainable to attack and fight to the death!

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      Xylon ll Reply Report comment

      March 2, 2013 at 11:12 pm

      jake…One review of the medical literature found that pit bulls and pit bull cross-breeds were involved in between 42 and 45% of dog attacks.[38] Fatalities were most often reported in children, with 70% of victims being under the age of 10.[38] Some studies that have been performed on the number of human deaths caused by dog bite trauma have surveyed news media stories for reports of dog bite-related fatalities. This methodology is subject to several potential sources of error: some fatal attacks may not have been reported; a study might not find all of the relevant news reports; and the potential for misidentification of dog breeds,[2] although courts in the United States[39][40] and Canada[41][42] have ruled that expert identification, when using published breed standards, is sufficient for the enforcement of breed-specific legislation.

      and Jo do…you didn’t read far enough
      These dogs began to find their way into America as early as 1870, where they became known as Pit Dog, Pit Bull Terrier, later American Bull Terrier, and still later as a Yankee terrier.[19] They were imported “PRIMARILY”, but not exclusively, for pit fighting.[20]

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        Joao do Carmo Reply Report comment

        March 3, 2013 at 9:58 am

        ” They weren’t bred to herd cattle, retrieve ducks, or even guard property…THEY WERE BRED TO BE THROWN INTO A PIT WITH ANOTHER PIT AND ONLY ONE COMES OUT!!!!” “These dogs began to find their way into America as early as 1870

        Those are your words.
        “These dogs were initially bred in England, and arrived in the United States with the founders. In the U.S., these dogs were used as catch dogs for semi-wild cattle and hogs, to hunt, to drive livestock, and as family companions.”

        Is my quote. The founders of the US come a little before 1870.

        I simple showed that the breed was not created for this use, but created for a gentler, useful purpose. That they have been corrupted for the entertainment of some knuckle-draggers isn’t in question.

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        Xylon ll Reply Report comment

        March 3, 2013 at 5:43 pm

        Jo… I stand by my statement. The info was from the same source as yours but further along.