I’ve blogged extensively over the last month regarding dog bite incidents, Oklahoma law regarding dog bites and discussed the dangers of more aggressive breeds as well as the correlation that environmental factors may play into a dog’s propensity to attack a person. I’ve further been repeatedly attacked by “pit bull” owners who seemingly disregard the dangers of these dogs. Whether environmental, genetic and/or both, a sad incident in Midwest City Oklahoma occurred today where a 52 year-old handicapped man was severely mauled by two pit bulls while another man suffered injuries at the hands of these dogs.
According to the News Channel 4 out of Oklahoma City
a 52-year-old man with a pre-existing physical disability that limited his mobility was taken to Midwest Regional Medical Center with "severe leg injuries." A 27-year-old man was treated at the scene for bites on his legs
The article goes on to say that one dog was killed by a shotgun blast from a police officer while the other fled into a house through a dog door.
A Midwest City police spokesman stated that
We will be seizing the dog that’s alive and citing the owners for harboring a vicious animal and allowing the animals to run at large
Whether you believe in “dangerous propensity” or believe solely in environmental factors of aggressive behavior, this is a sad situation and those harboring these animals must be brought to justice. Can you imagine the medical bills this 52 year-old man is incurring as a result of this incident? There is no excuse and the law of Oklahoma requires that the owners of these dangerous animals that were allowed to “run at large” pay both the medical bills and pain and suffering of these men.