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Old 01-25-2012, 04:00 PM
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And this dog was purportedly adopted from FOHA in August. I really wish they had given the dog's name in the article. I have some theories based on the clues, but it really bothers me not to know for sure. It was just adopted out in August apparently, so likely I knew the dog.

http://alextimes.com/2012/01/alexand...-from-mauling/
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Ok I just noticed they updated the article, now the dog is a "doberman pit bull mix" and they completely removed the part where it says they adopted the dog from FOHA in August and that it orginally came from PG where it had been impounded three times for being a stray.

Now I'm more confused!
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Ok I just noticed they updated the article, now the dog is a "doberman pit bull mix" and they completely removed the part where it says they adopted the dog from FOHA in August and that it orginally came from PG where it had been impounded three times for being a stray.

Now I'm more confused!
Someone in the comments sounds like they're from FOHA, and is claiming the dog was a douge de bordeaux.

edit: she also says the dog did not have a bite history.
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There's something just odd about this story.

Not to mention that most of the story is about the animal control officers who weren't there and didn't do anything until after the event occurred.
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What.... I want the whole story too That's so sad =/
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I'd hope that if this was a FOHA dog, you'd get the news, so you'd be able to know the whole story. I feel like when something like this happens, the rescue that adopted the dog out should know, because it went from them to someone's hands and this was the result (the END result, not what happened in-between because with the story changing, and it being what it is, we probably never will know the whole story).
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It won't load for me. Is it a video or an article? Could you quote the article if there is one for me so I can read it?
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Woman shoots, kills dog to save boyfriend from mauling

Incident underscores safety issues for animal control officers

By David Sachs

An Alexandria woman shot her dog dead as it mauled her boyfriend at the couple’s Eisenhower Avenue home January 18, highlighting safety issues for pet owners and local animal control officers.

An unidentified man was moving the dog’s toy with his foot when the Doberman/pit-bull mix lunged at him and began biting, said Patrick Cole, spokesman for the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. While waiting for police and animal control to arrive, the owner tried to pin his pet to the ground. Unable to subdue it, he told his girlfriend to shoot it, which she did, in the head.

The man was taken to the hospital and treated for his wounds — five to nine bites all over his body.

“These kinds of attacks are rare,” Cole said. “Most of the dog bites we receive calls for are a dog biting someone or another dog on the street … but in terms of a dog basically mauling its owners at home, that’s rare.”

The dog had a history of aggression, including multiple biting incidents and “resource guarding” that went unreported by its owners, according to animal control officers who investigated the matter.

“This unfortunate incident highlights the importance of reporting all dog bites to animal control, regardless of severity,” said Joy Wilson, Alexandria Animal Control chief. “Dog bites do not result in automatic detainment of the animal. We’d rather have all of the facts and work with owners to prevent future safety risks.”

The incident also highlights the risk animal control officers take to protect the public, Wilson said. They are not permitted to carry guns — a catch pole is the extent of their defense — yet the Alexandria Police Department’s policy is to call on the force in all animal-related situations, said APD spokeswoman Ashley Hildebrandt.

This time was no different, though the dog was dead by the time officers arrived. Animal control officer Erika Jewel, who responded to the scene before police officers, shivers at the thought of arriving to an unknown home, hearing a man being mauled and seeing a gun in the hands of an unknown person — with nothing to protect her, not even pepper spray.

“We didn’t now what we were walking into,” Jewel said. “I’m not sure I wouldn’t have said, ‘Shoot the dog.’ [The pet owners] were defending themselves.”

It’s not just pets officers worry about. They deal with humans just as often, and they aren’t always happy with uniformed officers telling them how to treat their animal, Wilson said. She is lobbying the police department for self-defense training and certification with pepper spray, but members of the APD, which certifies officers, believes training animal control officers is a liability; if they misuse a weapon the department would be held accountable, said Capt. Al Tierney. Plus, the use of pepper spray on animals is an unproven practice, he said.

But it all could be moot, because Tierney, who advises animal control officers, says there is no established basis to arm them in the first place.

“I have a Glock 40 caliber at my side right now and I could be in a position where I would need to use a sniper rifle to save someone’s life, but that doesn’t mean I walk around with a sniper rifle,” Tierney said. “I’m equipped for the general situations I encounter.”

He’s unconvinced pepper spray would have changed anything. And if Jewel had arrived during the mauling to see a firearm in the house, she should have exited the home immediately, Tierney said.

Yet animal control officers are contracted by City Hall and are technically agents of the city. They are sworn in to protect residents. The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, a quasi-city agency that gets significant funding from taxpayers, employs them. And animal control officers remain on the front lines — ahead of police officers — when unpredictable pets are involved. Wilson’s officers were lucky this time, she said.

“When thinking about the scenario, I and any other one of my officers would say, if they arrived on scene, ‘We’re certainly not going to stand by and listen to somebody get mauled by their own animal.’ So we definitely would have stepped in,” Wilson said.
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The article now says it was a Dogue de Bordeaux. Because a Bordeaux and a Pit/Dobe mix look like such the same dog. Somehow, I'm taking everything that is in this article with a grain of salt...
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We had a DDB mix, possibly with AB, and he was the only dog we had since I've been volunteering there that could be classified as a DDB mix. His name was Hooch. I used to play with him with his kong toy, and he'd let me take it right out of his mouth. Never saw any food aggression either.

One weird thing did happen once, when they had Hooch in the office. A staff member (really nice woman) was standing there holding a bag of dog food and suddenly Hooch lunged at her and ripped the bag open. Nobody knew why, whether he was going at the bag of food or at the staff member, and he never did anything like that before or since. It just kind of left everyone confused. I didn't see it happen, I was told about it after the fact.

If it was you, RIP sweet Hooch.
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