Humane Society Quarantines 2 Dogs After Woman Bitten

Puncture wounds prompted hospitalization after attack on public property in Bahia.

The is asking for public assistance as it investigates two Novato dogs that have a history of threatening behavior against people.

Residents of the Bahia area in northeast Novato have been asked to share details about their contact with Blue, a neutered male pitbull/miniature pinscher, and Precious, an unspayed female pitbull, according to Humane Society spokesperson Carrie Harrington. Both dogs are 1 1/2 years old.

On June 22, the Humane Society received a report about a dog bite in the Bahia neighborhood, and the two dogs were taken into custody as part of the investigation, Harrington said. A woman in her 60s was transported by ambulance to Novato Community Hospital for multiple puncture wounds to the upper leg, said Deputy Chief Eric Nickel of the .

The said it is not involved in the investigation and referred all inquiries to the Humane Society, which is contracted by the city of Novato to handle such animal-related incidents.

Harrington said the two dogs allegedly charged and cornered a man and his dogs March 19, and one of the dogs, Blue, bit a member of his household in October 2011.

The dogs' behavioral history is taken into account to determine whether there will be a hearing about the most recent incident and what consequence might be extended to the dogs' owner or the dogs, Harrington said. The severity of any possible punishment also depends upon neighbors' and victims' willingness to speak with Humane Society investigators, she said.

"It’s important to report any incident where a dog threatens public safety or when an animal is loose and unattended," Harrington wrote to Novato Patch.

A viscious dog hearing is to take place soon and the dogs will be kept at the Humane Society until then and possibly after then, depending on the result of the hearing.

Anyone familiar with the dogs is asked to call the Humane Society at 415-883-4621.

janna nikkola July 04, 2012 at 02:05 AM
I'm not familiar with these two particular pitbulls, but I am familiar enough with the breed to know how dangerous they are. It scares the dickens out of me to see them running loose in Pioneer Park right near the children's play ground. I hope the victims of these attacks will charge the owner with assault and that the dogs are put down. So the Humane Society put them in quarantine -- that's like putting a child in time out. Remember the Humane Society isn't all that interested in protecting humans from vicious dogs -- they're all about protecting animals from humans. Owners of pitbulls claim their animals would never harm anyone, but they do and there are millions of vicious dog attacks every year, the majority of them by pitbulls and Rhottweilers. Their jaws have the power equal to 425 lbs of pressure which can break the thigh bone of a grown man. It's beyond me why anyone would want to have such a dangerous and vicious animal as a pet, unless it's to protect an illegal stash.
Al July 04, 2012 at 04:58 PM
It really bothers me to see people say these kinda of dog scares you. Like really? Every dog can bite or kill not just a pitbull. I hope they do not get put to sleep , you apparently dont know what your talking about an illegal stash ? I hope no one listens to you above . I truly dislike people that think like you
Alex July 04, 2012 at 08:09 PM
If this dog attacked the small kid instead of 60 years old woman it could be deadly! It's just a matter of time when this dog will attack somebody again especially when it gets older. If the owner allowed this dog to run loose in the neighborhood without the leash they have no responsibility and can't have this type of dogs anymore. Putting them to sleep might not be humane but if they keep alive dogs have to leave far away from populated area! Look what happened to the kid who got attacked by a pit bull: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXK8KZGRQXw&feature=related
Cindy July 04, 2012 at 08:10 PM
It's all about the owners, not the dogs. There are people who are responsible for their dogs and those who don't care enough to train and control their dogs. I am not sure where you get your statistics from Janna but dog bites occur by all types of dogs, every breed and every mix of breed. In most cases, people need the training and sadly too many irresponsible people own dogs!!
Jaloney Caldwell July 06, 2012 at 09:18 PM
The its the owner not the breed mantra sounds logical but its not. This repetitive slogan is illogical. Other dog breeds owned in much greater numbers also have equal chances of getting neglectful and abuseful owners yet they adapt to human shortcomings and don't maul people or pets at any where near the rate that pitbulls do. Labs are routinely forgotten and chained in backyards and they are the most popular dog breed in American but they are not the top killers, pitbull are. . Family owned and loved pitbulls can turn on a dime. If you believe that ptbulls are just like any other dog, and regurgitate the false "its the owner not the breed mantra" you would of believed the world was flat, too Just because something sounds good doesn't make it true. http://walkforvictimsofpitbulls.blogspot.com/ http://www.blogtalkradio.com/pitbulldangers
Lola Brand July 08, 2012 at 08:26 AM
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thepitbulladvocate For the TRUTH about Pit Bulls & related issues!
BJL July 10, 2012 at 08:13 PM
having had my daughter and her small dog attacked by a pit bull in Novato, now I take the offense whenever seeing one of those dogs. If it ever made a move at me or anyone around me, I would tear its head off and feed it to the owner! Then, I would continue to beat the owner... ya probably get in some trouble - but sometimes stupid people just don't get it and need a little forced education. Pit Bulls should be exterminated...
Jax August 07, 2012 at 05:43 PM
i believe some people should be exterminated but that's never going to happen. Do you only believe that ONLY pitbulls bite? no you hear it because it's a pit bull. Wake up! smell the coffee! I was attacked by a tiny dog, the kind with a barrette in it's hair when I was about 6. The bugger bit me right on the nose and i was scared of dogs for years. No one put the dog to sleep. It was my fault and it was my parents fault and the owners fault for NOT paying attention. Each person has the right to their own opinion, but when killing a life is your best option i can think about murderers, rapists, drunk drivers, drug users, bad parents, etc that should probably be "exterminated"
janna nikkola September 11, 2012 at 03:24 PM
When I'm out walking in Novato, I often see a man with a pitbull that starts snarling and pulling on his leash when he sees me or anyone else walking toward them. The owner has to stop and try to calm it down. I walk to the other side of the street when I see it or any other pitbull. Try googling "pitbull attacks in the US" and see what you find and the statistics about pitts. They are now banned in some countries, including England. They can bond with their owners, so the owners mistakenly believe the pitts are that way with everyone, but that's not how it is. Pittbulls regard any human they don't know as a threat. Talk to any mail carrier about pittbull attacks, or Google "Pitbull attacks on mail carriers" for more statistics. They are dangerous and vicious animals and they scare the dickens out of me. Even if they're in a locked yard, they should have chained leashes on them because they've been known to escape from these yards and go after any human they don't know. When a new neighbor moved in next door with a pitbull, I made a point of having the neighbor "introduce" me to the pitbull, and let him smell my hands so he was familiar with my scent, and had the owner bring it into my backyard so he could check it out and know what was on the other side of the fence, but it was still nervewracking have that pitt right next door and fearing it might get loose. The person in Bahia was lucky to have only been bitten and not mauled.


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