Sunday, December 24, 2006


Hours after a vicious attack by a pit bull Deuce the German Sheppard mix returned home to a very happy and relieved family.

Deuce had just been put on his chain in the front yard of his Foster Ave home when a pit bull began the attack. The family tried to stop the pit bull by pouring bleach on the dog and by striking it with broom handles and even a torque wrench, none of which had any affect on the dog. A mailman driving by the home witnessing the attack got out of his truck and ran to Deuces rescue. The mailman first struck the pit with gold clubs provided by a next door neighbor, all that did was bend the clubs. The mailman then ended the attack by pepper spraying the pit bull. Family and neighbors said that the spray was the only thing to get the dog to retreat. The entire attack lasted about 15 to 20 minutes leaving Deuce bleeding profusely and with a bone poking out of his 11 week old body. A neighbor quickly grabbed Deuce and took him into his house right after the pit was hit with the pepper spray. This was the same neighbor who offered up his gold clubs, anyone have a 5 iron they aren’t using anymore? Family rushed Deuce to a local Vet ER and although the ER shot Deuce with Morphine to ease his pain they would do anything else until they had cash in hand. The family started making phone calls and was able to gather enough money to get the treatment going. Surgery went well and by 11pm Deuce was on his way home to a tearful reunion with the Baum family. Deuce is suffering from a lot of blood loss, may puncture wounds but surprisingly no fractures.

The Baum family was able to reach the local post office yesterday afternoon to thank the mailman who stopped. They were not able to speak to him but told his supervisor what happened and asked that they please pass on the family’s gratitude for what he did. His stopping helped save Christmas 2006 for this family.


Anonymous Donna said...

To joke around if someone has another 5 iron was in bad taste, IMHO. Usually, I have the highest regard for this blog, I love to read the stories around the county. I didnt find it funny.

The dog is a product of how it was or WASNT raised....I raise English bull terriers, the Spuds Mackenzie dogs....people constantly mistake them for pit bulls. Our oldest dog is due to certify for therapy dog next month and is also canine good citizen certified as well.

We work alot with our dogs, get them out, take them places and it is good for the public as well as for the dogs....Socialization with breeds such as this are the key.

I feel for the family and glad that their dog is going to be ok....I agree the dog does need to be put down before it hurts another dog or person the next time. But to make light of beating a dog with a golf club in my opinion is just in poor taste.

2:26 PM  
Blogger TMC NEWS said...

The comment about the 5 iron was not meant to make light of the situation. The neighbor offered two golf clubs up in an attempt to save his neighbors family pet from a vicious attack. That neighbor is now minus two expensive golf clubs because they were bent. Asking if anyone has a 5 iron that they aren't using anymore was an attempt to see if any of our readers would be willing to replace the broken one.

There was nothing light about the situation. I was there at the begining to see the children crying and there when Deuce was returned home after the surgery and witnessed the tears then as well.

2:35 PM  
Blogger TMC NEWS said...

By the way, what does IMHO mean?

2:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In my honest opinion

2:47 PM  
Anonymous Donna said...

Ah, I am sorry about the way I intrepreted the golf club comment...sometimes it is hard to understand the way things are written, NOW it makes more sense to me about the 5 iron. My apologies!

Now, the dog does look skinny as someone else pointed out...any word on who the owner is?

2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anne said...

Are you serious? You poured bleach on a dog? What the hell, that is major abuse, I can't even imagine the pain the poor dog must be in with bleach burns on his body.

Way to act mature and teach your children how to abuse animals.

I feel bad that your dog got attacked, but hate to imagine what will happen to your own dog if it happens to scratch or bite one of your own children. Will your cure be to pour bleach on him too?

Disgusting. Hopefully animal control is treating the burns that the pitbull obtained. You should go after the owner of the dog, not torture the poor animal.

3:07 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...


I don't think that you're quite understanding the fact that this pit bull was viciously attacking the shepherd. I don't think anyone was thinking about abusing the Pit or torturing it, they were just trying to save the other dogs life.

I'm sure the bleach was an act of desperation, and just think-we're not all running around with a bottle of bleach in our pockets, so someone had time to run home, go into their laundry room, grab the bleach and come back, and all that time had gone by and no one else had been able to pry the dog off the shepherd. That's a long time.

I'm wondering what YOU would have done to break the Pit off the shepherd? Were you aware that they have jaws that lock, so mere force can't usually pull them off?

NO ONE was able to break them apart-they even used golf clubs in an effort to save the life of the dog that was being attacked.

If it were my dog being attacked, I don't think that I would have done anything differently than the people involved. I never leave my dog chained up or even unattended, but something tells me that this dog would have possibly attacked someone walking their dog down the road.

I'm afraid too, that the Pit will have to be put down. No responsible agency is going to run the risk of him attacking again, because next time it could be a child.

Let me just say that I'm always sorry to see when things like this happen with Pit bulls, because I've never personally met one that I didn't like. It's stories like this that lead people to believe that EVERY pit is like this, and that's honestly not the case.

Dogs are a product of how they're raised. If you raise a dog with love and positive training and good socialization, you're going to end up with a lot of love back.

If a dog is a stray, beaten and abused or raised to be a fight dog as many Pits are, then you're going to have a dog that attacks dogs and even other people.

This is a good warning to everyone to invest in some pepper spray for your key chain.

4:08 PM  
Anonymous Donna said...

Well, if the dog is attacking the other dog, you are going to be pouring bleach on YOUR dog and his wounds as well....Yes, the pepper spray may have gotten them both, however, it is not a caustic substance like the bleach is and will not injure either dog permanently.

Before we start spreading the *lore* of pit bull facts and fiction, Nicole, I suggest you read up on the animals BEFORE you start commenting. Pits jaws do not lock, dear.

Info for you to read....

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Anne said...

Nicole says: " Were you aware that they have jaws that lock, so mere force can't usually pull them off?"

Anne says: I think you should read up on Pit Bulls before posting such nonsense.

The few studies which have been conducted of the structure of the skulls, mandibles and teeth of pit bulls show that, in proportion to their size, their jaw structure and thus its inferred functional morphology, is no different than that of any breed of dog.

There is absolutely no evidence for the existence of any kind of "locking mechanism" unique to the structure of the jaw and/or teeth of the American Pit Bull Terrier.

In other words, a Pit Bulls laws DO NOT LOCK.

Perhaps you would do well to study up on Pit Bulls before spreading rumors about Lock Jaws.

4:32 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

My bad, I was wrong about the jaws. They are very powerful though, correct? Strong enough that most people cannot overpower their jaw strength if needed, such as this particular situation?

However, it doesn't change my overall opinion in regards to this matter or to Pit Bulls, in general. :)

5:04 PM  
Anonymous Donna said...

Well, Nicole its not about pits only.....

"According to statistics kept by city of Boulder Animal Care and Control, "labs" — as they are so innocently called — were responsible for an astonishing 18.9 percent of the 748 dog bites in the city from 1997 to 2003, more than twice as many as the next highest breed (German shepherds, at 8.5 percent)."

quote from this article....

any dog can bite....punish the deed, not the breed.

5:34 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...


If you read my first post thoroughly, you'll see that I mentioned that I was disappointed to see when Pit bulls got this kind of press because I believe that it's not the breed of dog but instead the way it's raised that determines how it acts in the future.

With this in mind, I'm curious as to why you directed your last post to me?

5:43 PM  
Anonymous Donna said...

Because you wrote this, Nicole...

However, it doesn't change my overall opinion in regards to this matter or to Pit Bulls, in general. :)

5:53 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Yah, that statement was in regards to the comments I made about pits getting bad press that they don't really deserve.

Perhaps I should have spelled it out with quotes from my original post so I wouldn't confuse ya. :)

5:55 PM  
Anonymous Donna said...

Quotes Might-a

6:02 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Yah, my bad.

I figured dedicating 2 paragraphs to pit bulls and dog raising for temperament would be enough to get my opinion across, however in the future I'll be more careful to quote things to avoid misunderstandings.

Happy Holidays!

6:08 PM  
Anonymous Donna said...

Well, I stopped reading your post and was quite angry at the misinformation you were putting out there about the pit bulls jaws locking!! So, for that I am sorry.

happy holidays to you too, though! ;)

6:13 PM  
Anonymous John said...

I can find web sites with much different information than some have posted here:

Pit bulls at top of fatal attacks

20-year study finds kids under 14 suffer 42% of bite injuries -- 3 of 4 involve family pet

Pit bull tops in fatal maulings (6/23/05)

Attacks by pit bulls accounted for about a third of the 238 fatal dog attacks in the United States during a 20-year study, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Pit bulls were blamed for killing 76 people, or 32 percent, during a study of dog attacks from 1979-1998, the study showed. Rottweilers were the second most deadly animal, reportedly killing 44 people, or 18.5 percent, during the same period. "

According to the Clifton study, pit bulls, Rottweilers, Presa Canarios and their mixes are responsible for 74% of attacks that were included in the study, 68% of the attacks upon children, 82% of the attacks upon adults, 65% of the deaths, and 68% of the maimings. In more than two-thirds of the cases included in the study, the life-threatening or fatal attack was apparently the first known dangerous behavior by the animal in question. Clifton states:

If almost any other dog has a bad moment, someone may get bitten, but will not be maimed for life or killed, and the actuarial risk is accordingly reasonable. If a pit bull terrier or a Rottweiler has a bad moment, often someone is maimed or killed--and that has now created off-the-chart actuarial risk, for which the dogs as well as their victims are paying the price.

The scene of attack is home or a familiar place
The majority of dog attacks (61%) happen at home or in a familiar place.

Dogs bite family and friends
The vast majority of biting dogs (77%) belong to the victim's family or a friend.

It looks to me like these are DANGEROUS animals. The "good" pit bulls are FAR and FEW between the many "bad" ones.

Personally, I would never trust a pit bull in my home.

12:40 PM  
Blogger a Love revolution said...

Please people, if you can't control your dog should it get in a fight, please please please don't take it off a leash.
Should your dog get in a fight, pull the aggressor by it's hind legs and pull! Walking backward will force the dog into a weaker state. Keep pulling the dog until you've got it isolated from whom it was attacking.

My heart aches for both of the dogs in this sad story, this scenario happens way too often.

12:47 PM  
Blogger a Love revolution said...

Additionally, gladiator dogs (presas, rotts, pits,bulldogs, dobers,etc) are way too often owned by people who cannot dominate them, who do not challenge them and therefore, they go looking for a challenge and sadly may end up attacking.

Everyone who ever hopes to be an adequate dog owner, by YOUR DOG'S STANDARDS, and not by your own should research Cesar Milan.

For the sanity of your dog, please learn how they think and STOP thinking they think how you think they think.
People please Think.

12:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just another reason to own a gun....could have ended it in seconds instead of almost 1/2 hour.

9:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is in regards to the person who was so up-in-arms about the bleach being poured on the dogs. The bleach was in a mop bucket next to the front door as there was cleaning being done and it was instinct to grab the first thing near us to save our dogs life. It seems that some people will find the negative in any situation before they ask WHY?

4:25 AM  
Anonymous Sonja said...

I don't want to be mean here and I agree with the people who posted that the Pit should not have been off of a leash... but let's look at another side...

Leaving a dog outside on a chain where other animals CAN get to it is not responsible pet ownership. Walk your dog, be outside with your dog and keep an eye on your dog.

2:57 PM  

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