Breakthrough Web Design - 641-201-1459 - Build Your Online Presence
News & Entertainment for Mason City, Clear Lake & the North Iowa Region
• Founded 2010

Another pit bull attack today in Mason City


This news story was published on March 19, 2013.
Advertise on NIT Subscribe to NIT

MASON CITY – NIT is fielding reports this morning of another pit bull attack in Mason City.

According to sources, the latest incident took place at about 12:30 PM on 10th Street NW near the 200 block. Police were reportedly chasing the animal after it had bitten a person.

More on this developing story as we get information.

Update:

(13004443) Animal Reported: 03-19-2013 11:49
Officer and animal control dispatched for a loose pit bull that bit a person walking down the sidewalk.
Addresses Involved
12 St NW & Washington Av N, Mason City, IA 50401
Names Involved
Officers Involved
(Primary) Animal Gansen, Pat
Lieutenant VandeWeerd, Ron
Officer Prochaska, Terrance
Officer Schiemann, Mike
Officer Stiles, Jason

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

 characters available

60 Responses to Another pit bull attack today in Mason City

  1. Avatar

    LVS Reply Report comment

    January 21, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    It happened last night in the 200 block of South Monroe. Go figure.

  2. Avatar

    LVS Reply Report comment

    January 21, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    I heard this morning that the Pit had bitten off a finger. Don’t know if it is true or not, but it is what I heard. We have a neighbor that has Pit’s and every time his dog s get out they go to my other neighbor and try to attack her dogs. She is scared to death of leaving her little dog out. It will be a dead pit if it attacks my dog. I will shoot it and then call the police.

  3. Avatar

    Missy Reply Report comment

    January 21, 2015 at 11:08 am

    dogsbite.org good source of info disregard other article/site. This is a better source

  4. Avatar

    Missy Reply Report comment

    January 21, 2015 at 9:52 am

    I used to volunteer at the Human Society and guess what, a nice little Pit Bull bit me and I quit when I saw the Human Society trying to pass this dog off as a wonderful dog for a family.Also MrsS go to DAXTONSFRIENDS.COM and get educated.1. Thou shalt NEVER trust thy Pit Bull not to fight
    2. Thou shalt contain thy Pit Bull securely when not supervised by an adult
    3. Thou shalt NEVER leave thy adult Pit Bull alone and unsupervised with another dog
    4. Thou SHALT attend obedience classes most…

    • Avatar

      Missy Reply Report comment

      January 21, 2015 at 9:55 am

      1. Thou shalt NEVER trust thy Pit Bull not to fight
      2. Thou shalt contain thy Pit Bull securely when not supervised by an adult
      3. Thou shalt NEVER leave thy adult Pit Bull alone and unsupervised with another dog
      4. Thou SHALT attend obedience classes most faithfully with thy Pit Bull
      5. Thou SHALT keep thy Pit Bull socialized with ALL KINDS of people
      6. Thy Pit Bull wilt NEVER be allowed off-leash in a public place
      7. Thy Pit Bull wilt NEVER be allowed to roam free in thy neighborhood,…

    • Avatar

      Missy Reply Report comment

      January 21, 2015 at 9:56 am

      DAXTONSFRIENDS.COM very great site to learn about dog breeds

      • Avatar

        LeftMC Reply Report comment

        January 21, 2015 at 10:24 am

        Hey Missy,

        How about you quit spamming this page / two year old article with your link.

        • Avatar

          Missy Reply Report comment

          January 21, 2015 at 10:34 am

          I just spoke with the originator of this article and the website is current and gives very educated information about dog breeds. You don’t have to like it. I’ll post what I want and if it’s not against the publishers rules they’ll continue to post it. It’s a free country much to your chagrin.

  5. Avatar

    ban pit bulls Reply Report comment

    March 23, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Ban all pits so our children and innocent people can walk the parks or walk in thier yrds without fear.

    • Avatar

      Lisbeth Reply Report comment

      March 24, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      Yes, it’s high time we reclaim our public space, our neighborhoods, our own back yards — ban all the pit bull type dogs.

  6. Avatar

    sickastupd Reply Report comment

    March 20, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    I don’t see anything wrong with banning pitbulls and imprisoning those who would keep them. Sometimes you have to look out for those who are too stupid to look out for themselves.

  7. Avatar

    btincc Reply Report comment

    March 19, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Last week, in Walworth Wisconsin, a 30 year-old woman and her 14 month-old son were attacked by their own pit bulls. The little boy died. The woman will live…some life!

  8. Avatar

    anon Reply Report comment

    March 19, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    What’s it going to be like when a nut brings his agressive pit to the new dog park. Pits are a reason I’d never take my dog there.

    • Avatar

      seriously? Reply Report comment

      March 19, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      Well, in Austin MN new dog park what happened is the pit killed another owners little toy dog in one bite.

      • Avatar

        anonymous Reply Report comment

        March 20, 2013 at 11:03 am

        That would be awful to see happen.

        • Avatar

          Pits are deadly threats Reply Report comment

          March 23, 2013 at 6:48 pm

          Nashville and many areas have laws banning fighting breed canines from dog parks. Nashville does not permit “Pit bulls or dogs having the physical characteristics of a the pit bull breed”. Now one could argue that pit bull is not a breed but still the point is, if it looks anything like a pit its banned. 😀

          It took about a year for people to finally get it since then incidents and crime at the dog parks have dropped off and attendance has soared. Many citizens now feel comfortable telling people with pit like dogs to leave.

          At first lots of pit owners would fight and people would back down, eventually the police got on board and started to enforce it. Some people look the other way, which is sad because I am sure even more people would go to the park if there was a 100% adherence to this very basic and very important rule.

    • Avatar

      Missy Reply Report comment

      January 22, 2015 at 6:25 am

      Too late my dog was attacked already and I know of at least one other attack by a pit bull and pit bull cross.Had to take mine to the Vet. I tried to get her dog off mine but he kept trying to bite me too. The gal finally grabbed him off and yelled on her way out it was no big deal as her dog has killed plenty of other dogs so I was lucky. I was so concerned about my dog that I rushed him to the vet. So scary and I wanted to turn her in but had no info on her or her dog.

  9. Avatar

    ArmBears Reply Report comment

    March 19, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    I was at the Humane Society last week as a volunteer. In the Stray Animal section of the facility the majority of dogs(8-10)were Pit Bulls or a Pit Bull mix. Most had signs posted on their kennels not to enter or touch the animal due to the unpredictably of their behavior. Just imagine, these dogs were running loose or abandon when picked up by Animal Control. Scary.

    • Avatar

      MrsS Reply Report comment

      March 23, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      Those signs are not for unpredictability, a lot of those dogs are injured or have just had a surgical procedure. I know one says not to put your fingers in kennel, & you shouldn’t do that with ANY dog. I got bit by putting fingers in the kennel of a MALTESE! Needed 3 stitches! I really would love to know why the media insists on sensationalizing bites made by this wonderful breed & NO OTHER DOG BITES ARE PUBLICIZED?! THE MEDIA is at total fault for the stereotypes these dogs have. I volunteer at the shelter & NONE of those dogs are dangerous, putting that on here is a death sentence for good family dogs!!! How dare you speak about the temperment of dogs you have never even met?!! Pitbulls are good dogs, mine are proof of that & so are the ones at the shelter.

      • Avatar

        Pits are deadly threats Reply Report comment

        March 23, 2013 at 6:51 pm

        Really? why would you have any pet where you couldn’t put your fingers in the cage? No pet should attack humans, I know a lot of mentally ill people think it is cool to have deadly or dangerous animals.

        • Avatar

          MrsS Reply Report comment

          March 23, 2013 at 9:09 pm

          About 40% of pets are kennel aggressive, the most common kennel aggressive dog is a large breed, labs, German Shepards, Huskies, Boxers, Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Great Dane, & so on. So my Maltese bite was out of the ordinary, can I have my sob story on here about my dog bite? I actually have 2 dogs that are/were kennel aggressive. It can be changed with the right responsible loving owner. One of mine is now fine crated & the other is still a work in progress. Writing false information about why those signs are there is ignorant & shouldn’t be tolerated by any media site. I have personally walked & handled all of the dogs at our shelter & they are all great pets & have a lot of love to give. Slandering pets is a new low & you should be ashamed of it.

        • Avatar

          Lisbeth Reply Report comment

          March 24, 2013 at 12:32 pm

          MrsS is making things up. I worked at a shelter before the pit bull plague began. Only about 1% of the dogs that came in had to be handled some special way because of aggression — and I mean even including fear aggression.

          She’s also lying about what the ‘do not touch’ signs on pit bull type dog cages mean. I doubt she’s ever really worked in a shelter. Everyone who does or has must know about the ASPCA special protocol for handling pit type dogs in a shelter environment. Some main points:

          1) Always kennel them alone.
          2) Make sure the cages are such that the pit can’t escape and the cages have shields such that the pit bull CAN’T GRAB ANOTHER DOG OR PERSON through the bars or by chewing through said shield.
          3) Never interact alone with a pit bull, always at least two staff members present.
          4) Install panic buttons in all spaces where humans interact with pit bulls.

          • Avatar

            Missy

            January 21, 2015 at 10:06 am

            Sadly Lisbeth MRSS may be telling a little truth there as I too volunteered at the Mason City Iowa Human Society but quit when a pit bull bit me and they actually billed this dog as wonderful in their adoption paper after I was bit. Also they don’t adhere to any of the rules you’ve stated. Feel free to turn them in to the apropriate agency as I know for a fact they are in violation if what you state is correct.

          • Avatar

            Missy

            January 21, 2015 at 10:37 am

            The Pit Bull that bit me did not break skin so they did not put it down but I did ask them to make sure whomever adopted the dog be told and not to let it around children

        • Avatar

          anonymous854 Reply Report comment

          March 25, 2013 at 11:41 am

          @lisbeth, I’m with you on this issue. I would follow those guidelines not so much because of the breed but because of some of the habits of owners of pits. Many of those owners train their pits to be aggressive, don’t get proper licensing or vacines etc.. So combined with that and pit aggresive traits they are a high risk dog. Sad but true.

        • Avatar

          LVS Reply Report comment

          March 25, 2013 at 1:13 pm

          @anonymous854-I am a dog lover and always have been. I have owned several different types of dogs with one being a Rot and another Doberman (I really loved that dog). She was a great dog but we always watched her very closely around people because when was bred ti be a guard dog and would attack if one of the family was threatened. Out Rot was just a sweet lovable dog but the same deal as the Doberman. The point is the dogs were bred to be protective and a Pit Bull is bred to fight. When something trips their trigger they will attack and can do serious damage. Irresponsible people should not be allowed to own one but you can’t stop that so the only thing left is to ban the breed.

          • Avatar

            Missy

            January 21, 2015 at 10:09 am

            You are so right LVS!!

  10. Avatar

    seriously? Reply Report comment

    March 19, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Say NO to removing dogs from loving homes, say YES to having a two tiered licensing system. If you want a pit, prove you can handle one.

    • Avatar

      Shorty The Pit Boss Reply Report comment

      March 23, 2013 at 12:32 am

      That’s a good idea — with some sort of proof of insurance on the yearly license fee.

  11. Avatar

    btincc Reply Report comment

    March 19, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Yesterday in Louisiana, a 54 year-old woman was attacked by three of her own pit bulls. By the time police could get to her, they had torn off both of her arms, an ear and one eye. She’s going to live…some life!

    • Avatar

      sanchez Reply Report comment

      March 19, 2013 at 7:07 pm

      Good lord. Every time a pit bull bites an old lady, an angel gets its wings. Maybe the ole lady was picking on the dogs. Who knows. Blame the deed not the breed, morons!

      • Avatar

        btincc Reply Report comment

        March 19, 2013 at 7:45 pm

        Sanchez…they were her OWN dogs!

      • Avatar

        anonymous Reply Report comment

        March 19, 2013 at 8:07 pm

        When was the last time you heard of 3 other types dogs attacking it’s owner? NEVER. What part of “unpredictable” and more “potential” to attack than other breeds don’t you understand? How many more little kids have to die before people like you admit pits are prone to vicious attacks for NO good reason?

        • Avatar

          Lisbeth Reply Report comment

          March 24, 2013 at 12:35 pm

          Anonymous, the pit fanatics are never going to admit it — and we don’t need them to. What we need is for our elected officials to step up and ban all pit bull type dogs, and enforce these bans.

          • Avatar

            Missy

            January 21, 2015 at 10:14 am

            So true!

  12. Avatar

    My Real Name Reply Report comment

    March 19, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    This latest incident is quite close to my home. I pity the owners of a dog, whatever breed that attacks me or my dog while I’m out walking. I will have my attorney attacking them, in court!

  13. Avatar

    OK Reply Report comment

    March 19, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    I disagree with taking these dogs out of their homes because of a few bad apples.
    A good way to sort these dogs out would to be able to have a behavior evalutaion done at the humane society on all pitbulls before being able to get their city liscense.
    This could be a money maker for the humane society and a way to keep families and the general public safe from aggressive pitbulls.

    • Avatar

      Bobby G Reply Report comment

      March 19, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      A lot of cities force the owners to have liability insurance on there dogs. That way if somone gets bit it will pay for medical cost. It’s up to the person bitten if they want to sue.

      • Avatar

        OK Reply Report comment

        March 19, 2013 at 4:23 pm

        I’d rather have the dogs checked than having them run the streets with liability insurance. That’s not preventing the problem, that’s dealing with the problem after it happens

    • Avatar

      anon Reply Report comment

      March 19, 2013 at 6:50 pm

      Problem with that is they’re unpredictable. Owners of biter/attackers have said the dogs had been gentle in the past. Then one day they went balistic.

      • Avatar

        OK Reply Report comment

        March 19, 2013 at 7:11 pm

        what your trying to imply is that aggression in a pitbull or signs of one being a aggressive are unforeseeable. This dog for instance may have been unfamiliar with its surroundings or spooked by the person.

        • Avatar

          anon Reply Report comment

          March 19, 2013 at 7:20 pm

          Explain why a family pit wuld all of a sudden attack a 3 yr. old and kill the child? The kid pulled it’s tail?! Don’t bother trying to explain away bad behavior in any dog. Any “family pet” that kills a child is the one at fault not the child or other family member it bit or killed.
          If a dog attacks when “spooked” there’s something wrong with the dog.

      • Avatar

        OK Reply Report comment

        March 19, 2013 at 7:32 pm

        you are arrogantly talking about this. if you spook a horse what does it do? run.. if someone breaks into your house what do you do?
        if a dog gets scared it can become aggressive or develop behavior problems to what spooked them

        if your vacuuming the floor most dogs get scared and try to bite the vacuum, its a normal behavior in any animal…some people have certain things that tick them off and so do dogs

        • Avatar

          anonymous Reply Report comment

          March 20, 2013 at 10:54 am

          Comparing a horse to a dog. Moot and ludicrous.
          Biting a vacume cleaner. Never had a dog do that. Most isn’r a treu number. A few might be more like it. Dogs who do that need some training. And biting a cleaner due to sudden noise is different than chewing the arm off a 3 yr. old for no reason.
          A dog being protective when someone breaks into a house is also a different matter.
          Why do you think some people get certain breeds for protection or for certain use? Their inborn traits and how well they can be trained for a designated purpose. Problem with pits is many of them are unkowingly defective and have inborn agression.

          • Avatar

            Missy

            January 21, 2015 at 10:23 am

            Agree with anonymous. Pits are genetically bred with aggressive and unpredictable traits.They are, if not kept in check, natural born killers.Big problem in Mason City is there are a lot of totally irresponsible Pit Bull owners who lack any education about the breed they own. Just wish their home owners insurance knew who they were so they would raise their insurance rates. Most Home owners insurance companies will either raise insurance rates or refuse to insure with good reason.

        • Avatar

          Missy Reply Report comment

          January 21, 2015 at 10:28 am

          No dog i’ve ever owned has bit my vacuum. What kind of vacuum cleaner do you have? Is it made of rawhide lol

    • Avatar

      anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 20, 2013 at 10:58 am

      What about the ones that are gotten as puppies and always appears gentle then at 2-3 yrs old attacks family members? There’s no way to check for that.

  14. Avatar

    LVS Reply Report comment

    March 19, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Now we have to read all that crap again. Ban them from the city and forget it.

    • Avatar

      Nicolás Reply Report comment

      March 19, 2013 at 2:43 pm

      Trate de llevar a mi cachorro n ver qué pasa

      • Avatar

        LVS Reply Report comment

        March 19, 2013 at 2:56 pm

        Now I’m scared-sissy.

        • Avatar

          Mr. Bojangles Reply Report comment

          March 25, 2013 at 5:54 am

          No shit, this is America, speak English or leave jackass.

  15. Avatar

    yorkie lover Reply Report comment

    March 19, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Ban all pit bulls in Mason City. NOW!!

    • Avatar

      Carmen Reply Report comment

      March 19, 2013 at 1:29 pm

      If Manly can do it why can’t mason. Ban the breed! Maybe then me an my Chihuahua can walk down the street without feer.

      • Avatar

        Carlo Reply Report comment

        March 19, 2013 at 2:34 pm

        Try n take my pup see what happens

        • Avatar

          goat Reply Report comment

          March 19, 2013 at 3:29 pm

          Carlo………what would happen? I’m interested.

        • Avatar

          TheRealFred Reply Report comment

          March 19, 2013 at 5:50 pm

          Let your “pup” bite my kid. See what happens.

          • Avatar

            Carlos friend

            March 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm

            I heard ur keed look like a peet bull.

        • Avatar

          armchair captain Reply Report comment

          March 19, 2013 at 6:50 pm

          Carlo would assault somebody, they would run his name and there would be an ICE hold?

      • Avatar

        anon Reply Report comment

        March 19, 2013 at 6:52 pm

        I’d get a CC permit. Ilove dogs but I don’t like being attacked or walking in fear.

      • Avatar

        badpontiac Reply Report comment

        March 20, 2013 at 11:56 am

        Manly has a ban on them but they don’t enforce the law. Still about a dozen in town. The next time I see one walking down the street I might see how fast they are.