OWNER: Pit Bulls Kill One Dog, Injured Another In Attack

A poodle is dead, while another dog is recovering after their owner says they were attacked by two pit bulls.

Velita Ivey says it happened Wednesday in the backyard of her Kinston home.

She says Rex was killed when her neighbor's dogs crawled under her fence on Cameron Drive and attacked her two dogs. Another neighbor saw what was happening and had to throw bricks at the two dogs to get them to stop. Rex was already dead, while her other dog, Snowball, was injured.

The pit bull owner tells WITN News that her dogs have been declared dangerous by animal control officers. The pit bulls must now be chained in a fenced yard when outside, and must be muzzled when walked on a leash.

Two years ago, Kinston's public safety director proposed banning pit bulls from the city, but that idea was never acted on by city council.


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  • by Owners Fault! on Dec 13, 2010 at 04:25 PM
    Pitbull Terriers- bred to kill rats in large "pits" for sport in Europe, after the sport was banned they were used for illegal dog on dog fights. They develop their solitary demenor only if they are not socialized with other animals outside their breed and pack(family) early and often. Laws banning them cause people to confine them to their homes keeping them unsocialized(Illegal weapons/handguns outnumber the legal ones in the US too)! It could be fear or aggression from another breed that causes them to attack as poodles are also highly dog agressive. The terrier in their breed means they simply don't stop once they begin anything competative. Have you ever seen a tired jack russel? Their stature and mass give them great power. The breed is what it was intended to be but it takes committed and responsible owners to keep them occupied and out of trouble because of their strong working minds. Severe punishment for owners/breeders/those responsible for fights or attack related crimes!
  • by OMG on Dec 10, 2010 at 12:03 PM
    I agree with StupidPeople to an extent. I wouldn't go as far as to say ban the breed, because I know there are a ton of responsible pitt owners out there (you know who you are). Wouldn't be fair from them to suffer due to others ignorance. There should be a way to control pitt bull breeders and people that purchase them. Maybe criminal background checks or psychological evaluations. I think that the genuine lovers of the breed would submit to these tests because they really care for the animals. It would certainly weed out the stupid people.
  • by StupidPeople on Dec 10, 2010 at 08:01 AM
    It would be great if we could find a way to ban stupid owners but we can't. So, we have to ban artificially created, powerful, inordinately animal aggressive dogs instead. Stupid owners with powerful pits have caused death to people and pets. Can't ban stupidity so I guess the dogs gotta go.
  • by Stopthelying on Dec 9, 2010 at 07:27 PM
    Dogs do get out from time to time but they don't go on killing rampages, and I'm tired of hearing pit bull advocates trying to indict normal dogs of this kind of pit like behavior. I knew many dogs who got loose over the decades that never attacked. I knew dogs who got loose that just wanted to raid the garbage pail, play, run around,follow you home, etc. They never attacked and certainly never killed. That's what the pit bulls seem to do and their advocates are trying to make it sound like that's what all dogs do. NOT SO! Not in my experience, at any rate. Fix your breed, pit bull advocates, and stop trying to bring the normal dogs down to the level of pit bulls by lying about them. If all dogs were the same we wouldn't have different breeds. It's not our fault that your breed is a mess - fix it!
  • by Anon on Dec 9, 2010 at 03:42 PM
    @.50DESERTEAGLE If my dog got loose, which dogs do from time to time, and was not violent, and simply walking across your property not bothering anything, and you were so inhumane to take violent justice into your own hands, you would suffer the same fate as the dog. It's 2010, not 1810. You sound like a trigger happy hillbilly. Yo mama must be so proud!
  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville, NC on Dec 9, 2010 at 12:18 PM
    This story is reported on for one reason only...ratings! Dogs get out and hurt each other (or people) all the time, but only when it is a "Pit Bull" is it news. Look at how many comments this story has gotten! THAT is why this story was reported on in the first place. This site wanted hits and that's what it got. This is why I never watch local news, they report on things that are not newsworthy and repeat the national news stories.
  • by Let'sThink on Dec 9, 2010 at 11:50 AM
    I am in favor of a ban on the breeding of pit bulls. I am not in favor of taking pit bulls away from people who already own them before the ban, unless the dog attacked a person or another animal. Taking pets away from people who already own them before the new law takes effect is cruel and unfair. There are some nice pit bulls and there are some very responsible pit bull owners. To deny this is the same as denying that pit bulls (as a breed) have statiscally killed and maimed more people and other animals than any other single breed. I believe in stopping the breeding and any new pit bull acquisitions, and allowing the existing ones to remain but with stringent containment rules. Something needs to be done. That's my idea. Does anyone have another idea? Post it. Who knows, we may be able to find a solution that will make both sides happy. Can't leave it as it is though. It's not working.
  • by snowbird04 on Dec 9, 2010 at 08:44 AM
    Using the words “pit bull attack” in a news story is a guaranteed click hit that will generate a comment war between breed advocates and haters – a media marketing wet dream. Check out this interesting research from the BADRAP blog, done on dog attack reporting: http://www.witn.com/home/headlines/111270919.html?storySection=comments
  • by .50DESERTEAGLE Location: GREENVILLE on Dec 9, 2010 at 08:13 AM
    To all you Pitt Bulldog owners-If I have to explain it to you- you probably would not understand. Like I said in a comment a few days ago- any loose and agressive dogs-(either condition) on my properties are dispatched- by the means previously mentioned. So if you care for your pets- contain them- or bring them out to my place and turn them loose- I'll be glad to dig a mass grave with my John Deere front end loader and resight in my Bushmaster at variuos yardages. As previously stated I will not be held hostage-anywhere- by ignorant and/or thug people's mentality about their pets.Doggone it-I don,t have time for spell check again-I think I hear barking.............
  • by Get Real on Dec 9, 2010 at 08:07 AM
    Pit bulls were bred to be dog fighters. The myth that the human aggressive ones were culled (killed) is just that, a myth, brought to us once again by pit bull propagandists. Do your research. You will find, if you have an OPEN mind, that pit fighting dogs who were big winners (and big money makers) that were also human aggressive were NOT killed because it's all about the money, honey. ECONOMICS. MONEY.GREED. Big winners sired puppies that brought big bucks. Does anyone really believe that if a dog who was making big bucks bit a person, he was going to be put down???? Get real. I think we all know how the world works. PS. - when a pit bull attacks a bull in a bull fighting ring, he isn't doing it to SAVE the human. Get real. He would attack the bull even if there wasn't a human around for 100 miles. He just likes to attack and kill. Further proof that these dogs were bred to have animal aggression which is why we have this news story in the first place.
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